ForBio and UiB Dead Wood Course 2021

Date : October 1, 2021- October 31, 2021


Course description

The intensive five-day course program is comprised by lectures, workshops, excursions, and an obligatory book exam. The target group is advanced master and PhD students. It is recommended that students have taken basic courses in entomology, mycology, and ecology. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with various aspects of the habitat, organism groups and ecological processes in dead wood. Dead wood experts will provide deeper coverage of their fields and research and will give examples of case studies and the workshop sessions. We will go through a broad range of topics, such as biodiversity in dead wood in boreal and temperate environments, biodiversity conservation and restoration, and of course all kinds of lignicolous organisms: fungi, insects, and more. 

Assignment and credits

Course attendance is 2 ECTS. Student must choose one of the books for the obligatory course exam, which takes place on the last day of the course. Beginners and advanced beginners have to choose Afterlife of a Tree, 2 ECTS, or Biodiversity in Dead Wood, 3 ECTS. Students already familiar with dead wood systems may instead choose Ecology of Saprotrophic Basidiomycetes or Saproxylic Insects for an advanced 3 ECTS book exam.


  • Bobiec A, Gutowski JM, Zub K, Pawlaczyk P, Laudenslayer WF 2005. The Afterlife of a Tree. WWF Poland, 252 pp. ISBN 83-920712-1-2 (basic book, 2 credits)
  • Stokland JN, Siitonen J, & Jonsson BG 2012. Biodiversity in Dead Wood. Cambridge Univ. Press, 524 pp. ISBN 9780521717038 (intermediate level, 3 credits).
  • Lynne B, Frankland J, Van West P, eds. 2007. Ecology of saprotrophic basidiomycetes Elsevier, 386 pp. eBook ISBN 9780080551500 / ISBN 9780123741851 (advanced book on fungi, 3 credits).
  • Ulyshen MD, ed. 2018. Saproxylic Insects. Diversity, Ecology and Conservation. Springer, 904 pp. eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75937-1 / ISBN 978-3-319-75936-4 (advanced book on insects, 3 credits).

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Course language 

English, with limited support in Russian.

Location :

The course will take place at the Espegrend Marine Biological Station located in the proximity of the Bergen airport and within a short drive to the city centre. The station provides access to various managed and undisturbed forest biotopes and has excellent  teaching and accommodation facilities.  

Participant quota : 

Minimum 12, maximum 16 students; priority given to students from Norway and Russia, a few additional places for other countries. Participants will be selected based on the registration form, which includes a paragraph for motivation and importance of the course for your study/work (max 100 words).

Fee : 

There is no course fee required from ForBio members or associates.  Find out about how to become a ForBio member/associate here.