ForBio and SLU course: Practical and pedagogical skills in vascular plant field biology

This field course explores the vascular plant flora of central Sweden. Around 400 species will be shown in the field and their habitat and ecology will be discussed. We will train in keying out species with the help of floras, and collect and prepare herbarium specimens and discuss pedagogic methods in teaching of species knowledge. Each participant will also perform an inventory project. The need of persons with species knowledge will be discussed as well as how conservation biology species (regionally or nationally protected species, species of special concern, red-listed species, signal species, typical species, keystone-species) and invasive species can be used in teaching.
The course is composed of two parts:
·         In a first preparatory part, the participants should read assigned literature.
·         In the second part, participants of the course will stay at the field station Tovetorp in Södermanland where excursions, lectures combined with student presentations and hands-on exercises will take place.
Tovetorp is strategically located with species rich habitats as seashores, rich fens, calcareous rocks, broadleaved deciduous forests and coniferous forests as well as bogs and lakes nearby.

The schedule of the course and important practical information are available here

The course is taught and organized by: Dr Göran Thor, SLU, Uppsala, tel. 018-672419 or 073-6297465 

Financial aid: Participation of the Norwegian-affiliated students/researchers will be covered by ForBio. Other applicants will need to secure own funding to cover travel to Tovetorp field station, as well as accommodation and subsistence for the course duration. There is no course fees. 

Registration and selection process: ForBio -member please fill in the online application here. All other participants please contact the course organizer Göran Thor for signing up.

The course is equivalent of 3 ECTS points.

Find out about how to become a ForBio member here.

Application deadline is February 28, 2020.

Contact  Göran Thor, SLU, Uppsala,  for more information.


Published Jan. 13, 2020 3:41 PM - Last modified Jan. 28, 2020 10:13 PM