Netherlands, Utrecht

Principles of Plant Community Analysis

when 20 August 2012 - 31 August 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 895

This course is a training in plot design, data collection and data analysis in community and landscape ecology. A theoretical background in these fields is given. During the course the following topics will be covered:

day1 - Introduction and kick-off of the course
day2 - Excursion to different Dutch landscapes
day3 - Methods in plant community analysis
day4 - Excursion and field measurements
day5 - Effects of local and global changes
day6 - Theoretical background in landscape/community ecology and excursion
day7 - Multivariate analysis of field data
day8 - Practicals
day9 - Practicals
day10 - Presentation of results

Course leader

Dr. Marja van Staalduinen and dr. Gerrit Heil

Target group

Upper year (3rd/4th) bachelor students and beginning master students in the fields of biology, environmental sciences, earth sciences or related areas of study. Also for graduates who want to get more acquainted in plant community analysis. Basic academic knowledge in plant biology and experience with Excel is strongly recommended.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to obtain an understanding of the origin and development of Dutch landscapes, the development of vegetation patterns and the occurrence of plant species in relation to environmental factors. This will enable you to formulate research questions and make an experimental design, to analyse collected field data using different methods (a.o. making Braun Blanquet relev├ęs), Multivariate analysis methods, and to draw conclusions from the results.
At the end of the course, the student will be able make a statistically proper design for taking field samples, to analyse the field data, and to interpret the results in a landscape ecological perspective.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 895: Course + course materials + housing + deposit
EUR 560: Course + course materials + deposit


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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