LNAK10099U Biodiversity in Urban Nature
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management
MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture
MSc Programme in Nature Management
WHY Biodiversity in Urban Nature (BUN): Obligations to international conventions, ecosystem services close to everyday life and reconnection with nature in cities, e.g. psychosocial effects, education, etc..
WHAT is BUN: Biological diversity (biodiversity) at different levels from the genome to ecosystem level. Increasing biodiversity and supporting wildlife of all sorts in urban surroundings. We focus predominantly on the species level and broader taxonomical groups, extending to habitat-types applicable to numerous urban green space types.
HOW to increase BUN: Presentation and discussion
of scientific literature and practical measures to
increase biodiversity and in- and out-of-class exercises with this;
for example, manipulations of urban surroundings which can increase
diversity of flora and fauna in the urban environment. We focus on
evidence-based solutions from the global research community, active
researchers and practitioners working with urban nature in
Keywords from the course plan:
- Biodiversity in urban formal green and blue spaces, e.g. public parks, gardens, cemeteries, ponds
- Urban informal spaces, e.g. brownfields - a space for natural processes
- Measuring urban biodiversity and relevant biotic/abiotic structures
- Living green roofs (and walls) - a reconciliation measure for biodiversity
- Potentials for urban biodiversity through climate adaptation infrastructure, e.g. SUDS
- Green “corridors” and “stepping stones” – life savers for urban organisms
- Habitat continuity: importance of urban forests, parks and cemeteries
- Diverse value of urban nature: ecological, cultural, economic, health, (re)connection with nature
- Importance of plant selection in the urban environment, e.g. native vs exotic species
- Urban soils in relation to biodiversity
- Practical methods for enhancing diversity and abundance of invertebrates, fungi, amphibians, birds and mammals
- Maintenance and management for urban biodiversity
- Importance of education and communication in regards to increasing social acceptance of biodiversity
When the course has been completed, the participants are expected to have achieved the following:
- Identification of elements and conditions that promote and increase diversity of mammals, birds, amphibians, insects and other arthropods, plants including forbs and trees, and fungi in the urban environment
- Expected consequences on diversity of practical actions taken
- Interactions between plants, herbivores and organisms on other trophic levels
- Methods for quantification of biodiversity
- Able to suggest which actions that in a given situation will result in increased or reduced development in the biodiversity
- Able to explain relationships and interactions among organisms in a given location and situation, and the reasons for absence or presence
- Ability to analyse and evaluate the potential for development of biodiversity in a given locality
- Measures to put up a goal for development of biodiversity in a given area and for evaluation and documentation of this ambition
- Transform theoretical knowledge to practical action in a situation given limited frames
- Assess biological elements, potentials, and possible development barriers in regards to nature areas in the urban environment
- Discuss biological aspects in relation to management with focus on authenticity, aesthetics, recreation and other interests
Course literature will consist of selected scientific papers. Literature will be freely available on KUnet.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, during courseOral examination, 25 minDuring the course the student will choose a subject on which to write a small assignment. The assignment will be delivered to the course responsible at least one week before the final exam. The assignment will be used as a part of the final examination.
Description of Examination: The individual oral exam consists of a short presentation of a sub-topic from the written assignment (6-7 min) followed by questions on the assignment topic (6-7 min). In addition the student will draw a question in relation to lectures and exercises (6-7 min). ¨
Passing the course requires, that the combined weighted grade is 02 or above. Each part contributes one third to the final grade.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Same as ordinary exam.
The student has the following options:
- If the quality of the written assignment is not acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a new or revised report.
- If the quality of the written assignment is acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a revised report or resubmit the original report from the ordinary exam.
The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure and also includes examination in the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. The written report and the oral exam both account for 50% of the grade.
I order to pass the course, both parts of the exam have to score a grade of at least 02.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome.