Plant Ecology

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plant Ecology

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This module will integrate theory and practical components of plant ecology, specifically sampling methods and population models.

    After completion of this module, students should:

    • be aware of the relationships that link plants to each other and to their environment;
    • have some experience in writing scientific papers as well as extracting and summarising relevant information from ecological papers;
    • be aware of the different sampling methods used in plant ecology and be able to select the best sampling method for a particular vegetation type;
    • have basic knowledge to be able to use population models as a tool for predicting changes to populations;
    • know the basics of population and community ecology and be able to build on these subjects during later modules.


    • Plant growth.
    • Life history patterns.
    • Life span and environment.
    • Plant economics.
    • Phenology.
    • r and K selected life history patterns.
    • Sampling methods.
    • Population ecology.
    • Population modelling & matrix models.
    • Community ecology.
    • Species composition.
    • Species richness, evenness and diversity.
    • Plant diversity in Southern Africa.

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