Restoration ecology

Course Code :2001WETREC
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:55
Credits:4
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Ruurd van Diggelen
Willem-Jan Emsens

3. Course contents *

The course starts with an overview of the ecological background and societal context of restoration ecology. Then problems and possibilities for restioration of some ecosystem types are discussed: Mires, bogs & fens, , Heathlands and nutrient-poor grasslands, Grasslands, Forest, Coastal habitats, Inland surface waters. Next more general topics are present: Restoration of soil functions, Restoring resilience, Spontaneous succession as a restoration tool, Ecological Restoration in the EU Biodiversity Strategy

 The different aspects of restoration are presented during 4 excursion days in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands where different projects are visited.