Symposium 'Meet the PhD Jury: Ecosystem management in changing environments'

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Studenten, Medewerkers
10-02-2020 van 14:30 tot 15:30
Vergaderzaal A0.1 Azalea, Campus Coupure, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent
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Department of Environment, faculty of Bioscience Engineering
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Talks by Prof. Christian Ammer (University of Göttingen) and Prof. Martin Hermy (KU Leuven) prior to the PhD defense of Leen Depauw.

1. Research on forest ecosystem management – a mirror of changing environmental impacts and societal demands

By Prof. Christian Ammer, Silviculture and Forest Ecology of the Temperate Zones, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Based on a short overview of global and regional challenges the talk shows some examples how these challenges could be addressed by forest research.

In a densely populated country such as Germany forestry has to deal with a variety of societal demands. In contrast to the past, these demands go far beyond timber production only.

As a result, the public request forests that differ in structure and composition from the forest types that have been dominating over decades. However, not only the societal demands have changed during the past decades. Actually, the assumption of rather constant environmental conditions does not apply any more.

Both trends lead to a high uncertainty of forest management and result in questions frequently asked by forest managers, such as: "Do the requested structural changes result in a better provision of ecosystem services?" or "What are appropriate ways of adapting forests stands to climate change?"

The talk will provide examples of recent research approaches addressing this kind of questions.

2. Trees, gardens and me

By Prof. Martin Hermy, Division of Forest, Nature and Landscape, KU Leuven

This talk will describe Martin's recent book project, examining trees and gardens in the context of changing environmental conditions and the delivery of ecosystem services. It will include advice on tree selection for gardens.

This talk is aimed at professionals, students, gardeners and the general public (especially those interested in gardens, parks and urban green), and will cover native and non-native tree species.