The course focuses on the study of vegetation dynamics at various spatial and temporal scales, from theoretical and empirical perspectives. We seek that the student acquires theoretical and applied concepts of ecological succession. Through the understanding of vegetation dynamics, the student will be able to investigate the responses of ecosystems to global change and the coupling of the atmospheric changes with ecosystems. It is hoped that through this inquiry, the student will acquire advanced knowledge and tools that will allow them to predict the response of ecosystems to changes produced by humans, climatic changes and natural disturbances. The proper use of these concepts can result in effective ecosystem management practices.

Course objetives 

The student:
- Understands and masters the scientific-technical concepts used in vegetational dynamics.
- Understands methodologies for studying vegetational dynamics and applies to scientific research questions.
- Critically analyzes the scientific literature.
- Communicates and discusses information, effectively, with peers.

Course overview

Principles and concepts, Successional theories, Niche theory, Path mosaics theory, Ecological resilience,
Vegetation responses to environment, Global change uncertainties, Measuring changes in vegetation, Dynamic
vegetation models (from local to global applications).