Course Topics

Key: Unstudied, ~ Current, ✔ Completed, ☆ Reference

Canvas Class Page (Resource)
University of Missouri Canvas site.
Assignments (Resource)
A list of assignments and the due dates.
Introduction (Overview)
Outline of the class structure and resources.
References (Reference)
List of the class resources that cover this material in greater depth.

Section 1 (Introduction)

The niche of Forest Stand Dynamics (Stand Dynamics)
How Forest Stand Dynamics fits into the other areas of study in Forestry and Ecology.

Section 2 (Plant Interactions and Limitations to Growth.)

Where plants are found (Stand Dynamics)
Why all plants do not grow everywhere.
The Niche (Stand Dynamics)
Describing where plants can establish, survive and growth.
Limitations to Growth. (Stand Dynamics)
Compensation curves.
Limitations to Growth. (Stand Dynamics)
Sun and Shade leaves.
The Concept of Growing Space (Stand Dynamics)
A description of the abstract set of resources available to a plant.

Section 3 (Tree Architecture and Growth)

Parts of a tree (Stand Dynamics)
Parts of a tree.
General Growth Patterns (Stand Dynamics)
Types of growth and the their relative priorities.
Shoot Development Patterns (Stand Dynamics)
How different species conduct primary growth.
Tree Shapes (Stand Dynamics)
How these pattern inpact tree shape in differing environments.
Crown Shapes (Stand Dynamics)
How these pattern inpact crown shape in differing environments.
Height Growth (Stand Dynamics)
Height growth patterns as controled by a plant's genetics and environment.
Diameter Growth (Stand Dynamics)
Diameter growth patterns as controlled by a plant's genetics and environment.
Regeneration Mechanisms (Stand Dynamics)
How tree regenerate around the world.
Root growth (Stand Dynamics)
How root systems develop and change in response to environment
Pipe Model (Stand Dynamics)
Pipe Model as a carbon allocation idea.
Crown and Tree Development (Stand Dynamics)
How trees respond to growing space availabity.

Section 4 (Disturbance and Stand Structure)

Awareness of Disturbance (Stand Dynamics)
Until the last 30 years the awareness of disturbance was vague.
Classification of Disturbance (Stand Dynamics)
What type of disturbance impact forests.
Characteristics of Different Disturbance Agents (Stand Dynamics)
How do forest response the differing disturbances?
Tree Response to Disturbance (Stand Dynamics)
The view of individual tree response to disturbance.

Section 5 (Overview of Stand Development Patterns)

Stages of Stand development (Stand Dynamics)
Idealized grouping of tree structure.

Section 6 (Temporial and Spatial Patterns of Tree Establishment)

Section 7 (Stand Initation)

Section 8 (Stem Exclusion)

Section 9 (Understory Reinitiation)

Section 10 (Complex Structures)


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Advanced Forest Biometrics by David R. Larsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Author: Dr. David R. Larsen
Created: December 14, 2016
Last Updated: January 3, 2017