Plant ecophysiology in a global change perspective
Land ecosystems provide food, energy and materials to humans. They also exert strong control over the global cycles of carbon, nutrients and water, thereby influencing the Earth’s climate. On this course, you will learn about how plants physiologically respond to environmental conditions and ongoing global change, as well as how this in turn affect large-scale ecosystem processes and climate. The course prepares you for working with issues related to plants, ecosystems and global change in authorities, companies, NGOs or the academia.
On this course, you will gain advanced knowledge on how land plants physiologically respond to different environmental factors, and how these responses in turn affect large-scale ecosystem processes such as biomass production, carbon storage, nutrient cycling, hydrology, and local to global climate regulation. You will learn and get practical experience of studying how plants interact with their environment to take up, use and circulate resources with emphasis on carbon, water and nutrients. Particular emphasis is placed on plant and ecosystem responses to global change factors such as warming, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, altered precipitation, and nitrogen deposition.
The course is highly interactive and contains, in addition to lectures, practical work in the field and laboratory, seminars, modelling exercises, and individual and group projects with student presentations. It consists of about 10 weeks of full-time studies and is divided into a theoretical part (9 credits) followed by a practical part (6 credits). Except lectures, all course components are compulsory, since they develop the skills and approaches that are included in the learning objectives in a way that is not possible through self-study.
Examination takes place through a written examination, active participation in seminars and modelling exercises, as well as student presentations of individual and group projects.