The course critically reviews the goals, measures, and scientific foundations of ecosystem management for conservation. Such management is a societal enterprise, and therefore the study of human dimensions is important. How could effective conservation management be pursued in a socioeconomic context? Which stakeholders are important and what are their values? The professional roles of ecologists in ecosystem management are addressed. Concepts and measures in management, restoration, and compensation in different ecosystems are described and discussed. The importance of landscape scale processes is discussed in depth. A comprehensive group project is included, using literature and interviews to describe and discuss conservation management of a specific ecosystem and a specific organism group. In a number of daylong excursions, real world conservation measures in, for example, boreal forests and rivers are demonstrated in the field.
120 ECTS credtis including 60 ECTS in Biology of which 30 ECTS in Ecology, or 60 ECTS Earth science/physical geography or Environmental science and 30 ECTS in ecology, or equivalent knowledge.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.