Mathieu Lévesque: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Dr. Mathieu Lévesque
Gruppe Waldbau
ETH Zürich, CHN G 77
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 52 08
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0034-08LIntegrated Practical: Forest Ecosystems Restricted registration - show details 1.5 credits3PH. Bugmann, M. Lévesque, P. Rotach, T. N. Sieber
AbstractIntroductory course on field methods in forest ecosystem research and ecosystem management, with an emphasis on regeneration ecology, forest growth and management as well as mortality processes. The course is set up as a comparative study between a low-elevation beech forest and a mixed spruce-fir forest in the northern pre-Alps.
•- get to know the diversity of forest ecosystems based on case studies
•- understand important processes of forest dynamics (regeneration, growth, mortality) and their significance in an ecosystem context
•- acquire pracitcal skills regarding field methods of forest ecosystem research
•- get to know selected forest management systems
Lecture noteswill be distributed
701-0560-00LPractical "Forests and Landscapes" Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
Priority is given to students withthe specialisation Forest and Landscape.

The lecture "701-0303-00 Waldvegetation und Waldstandorte" is an important background for the excursions "Standortkunde". Participation is strongely recommended.
7 credits14PH. Bugmann, H.‑U. Frey, F. Kienast, M. Lévesque, P. Rotach, T. N. Sieber, S. Zimmermann
AbstractIn this practical, students get to know important field and laboratory methods of forest and landscape research as well as landscape management. They apply these methods in the context of small projects. The practical consists of three parts: Ecology (both forest and landscape), Site Classification (soil science & phytosociology), and Land Management.
- know the most important methods of field research in selected branches of forest and
landscape science
- can apply these methods independently on the context of a project
- are in the position to interpret data from field sampling correctly, and can use them to
answer applied research questions
Prerequisites / NoticeFor this practical, it is recommended that students have some knowledge in the following subjects (besides the core courses of the specialization "Wald und Landschaft"):

- Geographic Information Systems (elective course, 5th semester)
- Site classification (elective course "Site classification and plant communities", 6th semester)
- Knowledge of forest soils (elective course "Ökologie von Waldböden", 6th semester)
- Dendrology and Woody Plants of Central Europe (elective courses)
- Systematic botany (e.g. biodiversity excursions, plant part, 2th semester)
701-0582-00LConcepts of Forest Management3 credits2GM. Lévesque
AbstractConcepts of forest managment
ObjectiveForests and landscape are influenced by the numerous needs of society. Current conditions are largely the result of historical and modern forms of forest management. For a good understanding of these systems and for the development of future, adaptive management concepts, basic knowledge of the former and current concepts of forest management is essential.

Objectives of the course:

Students get an overview over historical and modern froms of forest mangagment. They know the important products and services of forests and landscapes. They are capable to validate the different forms of management, especially regarding their economic efficiencies, their influence on ecosystem functions, - processes and -structures, habitat quality, biodiversity and negative ecological effects
Content- Historic concepts of forest management, experiences and "lessons learned"
- Goods and services of forests (former and today) basic concepts of forest managament (irregular, regular systems, histroic forms, multifunctional concepts) - Advantages and disadvantages of the various concepts (economy, ecology, forest and landscape goods and services, environment, habitat quality, biodiversity) - forest and land use in tropical and subtropical areas - combined forms (agroforestry)
Lecture notesno handout
power point slides are available for download
Prerequisites / NoticeKnowledge of German and English language required