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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
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EKOL2311 Geographical plant ecology 6 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Professor Lauri Oksanen, lauri.oksanen@utu.fi

Learning outcomes

To understand factors structuring plant communities by using natural vegetation patterns as equivalents of long-term experiments.


Lectures deal with macroclimate and other abiotic factors, competition between plants, herbivore-plant interactions and physical disturbances that modify plant communities, influencing the characteristics of "winners" and species diversity. In this context, we will tackle population and metapopulation dynamics and source sink dynamics, and learn the basics of the theoretical tools needed relevant for tackling these processes (e.g. game theory).

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

lectures (6 hrs/week)

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work and Written exam

Active participation to lectures and successful completion of the exam. Written final exam or course essay, where the student applies the contents of the course to some specific problem related to large scale vegetation patterns.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year autumn
5. year autumn

The course is given in the fall of even years

Further information

EKOL2311 Geographical plant ecology 6 ECTS was earlier in two parts: EKOL2311 Geographical plant ecology I: [Vegetation processes in arctic, alpine and arid environments] and EKOL2315 Geographical plant ecology II [Vegetation processes in forested biomes].
The course will not be arranged during school year 2013-2014.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Biology
DP in Biology
Finnish Study Modules