History of forest vegetation

Course Information
TitleΙστορία Δασικής Βλάστησης / History of forest vegetation
Code56Ε
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID600019448

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Dasologías kai Fysikoý Perivállontos (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 19
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Elective CoursesElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)532
Elective CoursesElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)532
Elective CoursesElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)532
Elective CoursesElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)532
Elective CoursesElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)532
Elective CoursesCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)532

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
600231450
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon a succesfull termination of the course the students will: 1. aquire basic knowledge on the land plant evlution as well as on the evolution of major plant groups (extinct and extanct) 2. aquire knowledge about pollen morphology and its use in reconstructing past vegetation changes 3. deepen their knowledge on palaeoecology and past plant biomes
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Geologic time scale. First evidence/appearance of land plants. Evolution of land plants (e.g. Trimerophytes, Pteridophytes, Progymnosperms, Pteridosperms, Gymnosperms, Angiosperms). Major massive extinctions. Quaternary period and its epochs Pleistocene and Holocene. Quaternary climatic conditions (Pleistocene-Holocene). Pollen analysis as a tool in reconstruction of Pleistocene-Holocene vegetation. Pollen morphology- pollen types. Methodology of coring, lab chemical processing, microscopy of pollen and non-pollen palynomorph sub-samples, construction of pollen diagrams. Pollen diagrams of percentage, concentration- accumulation rate values of palynomorphs. Anthropogenic pollen indicators- interpretation of human impact on the landscape and its vegetation (agriculture, animal husbandry, forest clearings, fire as a management tool of vegetation). Adaptations of major forest wood taxa, their use in the indirect interpretation of past climatic conditions. Vegetation development of Europe during the Pleistocene. Quaternary refugia. Pollen zones for the time interval Last Glacial Maximum (LGM)- present day. Successional expansion of major forest trees (Pinus, Abies, Picea, Quercus, Fagus). Short geologic history of Greece. Vegetation development in Greece for the time interval Last Glacial Maximum (LGM)- present day. Man’s role in the shaping of the landscape and its vegetation.
Keywords
History, forest, vegetation, pollen analysis, palynology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures260.9
Fieldwork90.3
Reading Assigment220.7
Exams30.1
Total602
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Συστηματική των Φυτών Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 50657760 Συγγραφείς: Michael G. Simpson Διαθέτης (Εκδότης): UTOPIA ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΕΠΕ 2016
Additional bibliography for study
Σημειώσεις ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΔΑΣΙΚΗΣ ΒΛΑΣΤΗΣΗΣ (https://elearning.auth.gr/course/view.php?id=5188)
Last Update
04-09-2023