Mathieu Lévesque: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

Name Dr. Mathieu Lévesque
Address
Professur für Waldökologie
ETH Zürich, CHN G 77
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 52 08
E-mailmathieu.levesque@usys.ethz.ch
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
061-0103-00LEcology and Plant Sciences Information Restricted registration - show details
Only for Landscape Architecture MSc.
2 credits3GT. Galí-Izard, N. Guettler, A. Guggisberg, J. Hille Ris Lambers, M. Lévesque, A. Rudow
AbstractThis course introduces ecology and plant sciences. Through lectures, exercises and excursions, students will gain a broad vision of the cutting edge topics that are being researched and studied at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.
ObjectiveStudents acquire basic knowledge in ecology and plant sciences focusing in its application in the field of landscape architecture. Temporal and physical scale, research methods, units of measurement, lexicon, modes of representation and critical literature form the framework for the joint discourse.
ContentThe fundamental course “Ecology and Plant Sciences” is an introduction to the field of living systems, starting with the history of ecology, followed by an introduction to plant systematics, taxonomy and physiology. The course will also introduce students to the specifics of grassland systems and forests. Lastly, the course will focus on the specifics of tree structure and function.
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe fundamental course is organized with the Fundamental Studio I as a joint two-week module. The weekly schedule is provided with the course documents.

Module 4 "Ecology and Plant Sciences", 10.10.–21.10.2022

The course is held in English or German.
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Decision-makingassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
701-0559-00LSeminar for Bachelor Students: Forest and Landscape3 credits2SM. Lévesque, T. Ohmura
AbstractInterdisciplinary seminar on forest and landscape issues with particular emphasis on the key processes shaping the development of forest ecosystems and landscapes.
Objective- To critically analyze and discuss original scientific articles for selected processes and methods in relation to forest and landscape.
- Scientific exchange with subject-specific experts.
- Learn standard rhetoric and moderation methods through training in the seminar.
- Effective feedback regarding the independent development of presentation and moderation competencies.
ContentSeminars will deal with the following topics: 1) Biological, ecological and physical processes, and technical aspects in forest ecosystems with effects on the community, ecosystem and landscape; 2) Social and political processes and institutions with relation to land use; 3) Products and services of forest ecosystems and landscapes and 4) Forest management systems. The contributions will be grouped by topics. Furthermore, the seminar teaches rhetoric and moderation methods, which will serve to deepen the above topics through presentations and discussions.
Lecture notesThere will be a script for the rhetoric and moderation methods.
LiteratureLiterature references will be provided by the lecturers.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe credits are assigned if the following requirements are met

a) Independent literature research on the topic and exchange with experts for preparing for the presentation
b) Presentation with questions and answers (15-20 min)
c) Moderation of the scientific discussion (20-35 min)
d) Actively contributing to the feedback of students' presentations, moderation and discussions.

The presentations can be made in German or English.
We expect a regular and active participation.
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed
701-1635-00LMultifunctional Forest Management Information 5 credits2GM. Lévesque, S. Zimmermann
AbstractForests provide a variety of ecosystem goods and services. Multifunctional forest management attempts to control natural processes in a sustainable and near-natural way so that various requirements from the society can be met. Adaptivity to changing conditions (global changes), handling of conflicting goals and the development of alternative management strategies are of central importance.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course students will be able:

- To describe forest management and silvicultural measures for enhancing forest resilience to climate change, increased disturbances, and invasive species, and evaluate their feasibility and effectiveness in various situations;

- To concisely describe silvicultural options for the management of multifunctional forests and critically evaluate their feasibility and suitability;

- To explain the various social expectations towards forest functions and their implications for multifunctional forest management and critically analyse conflicts and synergies resulting from different forest functions;

- To carry out research on a given topic, identify relevant literature and present the results in a structured presentation and discuss the implications for forest management.
ContentThe course will cover important topics for the sustainable management of multifunctional forests and present silvicultural strategies to fulfil a variety of forest ecosystem goods and services. Current and future challenges of forest management will be presented. The course is structured into the following sub-topics:

1) Global change and adaptive forest management
2) Invasive species: implications and mitigation measures
3) Introduced tree species: risks and opportunities
4) Silvicultural and forest management options the provisioning of multi-dimensional ecosystem goods and services.
5) Challenges and silvicultural strategies for wood production.
6) Integrative and segregative forest management approaches for biodiversity conservation.
Lecture notesNo class notes or text books
Lecture presentations are available for download
LiteratureLiterature will be provided for the group presentations.
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse language is English. Prerequisites: Sufficient English language skills

In addition to the lectures, students need to attend 4 all-day field excursions.
Excursion topics: Forest management and climate change, Nature-based silvicultural concepts; Soil protection and forest management; Continuous cover forestry.

Participation at all 4 full-day excursions is a prerequisite for the credits.
Excursions are held in English, German and French (some German and French knowledge is good to have).

Additional field excursions focusing on the Swiss femelschlag system, the Plenter- and other uneven-aged systems will be offered during spring term in the optional course "Selected Topics of Multifunctional Forest Management". 9 all-day field trips will provide the possibility to consolidate theoretical knowledge, to apply it to real examples in the field, to discuss with forest practitioners and further consolidate what has been taught in this course. The additional course is an important part of the overall formation on forest management and is highly recommended.
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Decision-makingassessed
Problem-solvingassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed