Study unit
3513011 Forest zoology, 4-6 Cp  
Code 3513011  Validity 19.05.2010 -
Name Forest zoology  Abbreviation ForZoo 
Credits 4-6 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Olli-Pekka Tikkanen 

Study unit's general literature:
Author Title Year Obligatory library
Other learning material distributed during lectures.
     Danel, K. et al.  Large herbivore ecology, ecosystem dynamics, and conservation   2006  Obligatory library
     Additional information Chapters 2, 4, 5 ja 6.
     Price, Peter W.   Insect ecology   1997  Obligatory library
     Additional information Chapters 2-9 and 12.
     Wainhouse, D.  Ecological Methods in Forest Pest Management  2004  Obligatory library

Learning outcomes 

Upon a successful completion of this course, the students understand ecology of forest insects and their population dynamics and ecosystem effects of forest insects and browsing mammals and interactions between different trophic levels.


Biology of forest insects. Browsing mammals, their population dynamics and effects in forest ecosystems. Climate change and forest damage. Invasive alien insects and their influence in forest ecosystem. Theories explaining plant-herbivore interactions and applying them in silviculture. Environmental factors and their influence to pest resistance. Species Identification Examination 3 (insects).

Modes of study 

Lectures, seminar, and species demonstrations (24 h), Literature and Examination, studying species independently, Species Identification Examination 3 (insects). Laboratory exercises (30 h). It is recommended that international non-degree exchange students take only lectures, literature and species identification exams (4 credits).

Study materials 

Danel, K. et al. (2006) Large herbivore ecology, ecosystem dynamics, and conservation, Chapters 2, 4, 5 ja 6.

Price, Peter W. (1997) Insect ecology. Chapters 2-9 and 12.

Wainhouse, D. (2005) Ecological methods in forest pest management. 228 p.

Evaluation criteria 



University Researcher in Forest Pathology and Zoology


3511010 Forest damage and –diseases (or equivalent basic level course) 

3512013 Dynamics and control of forest pests and pathogens (or equivalent intermediate level course)


Spring 2022 (every other year).



Further information 

Lectures will be either in Finnish or English depending on the participating students. Lecture slides are available in Moodle.

The maximum number of students accepted for group work and exercises is 10. Finnish For. Sci. master students have priority in access followed by UEF Master’s Degree Programme students. Course seminar is arranged in web (Moodle).

Non-degree students and students of UEF master programs should notice that previous basic and intermediate level studies in Forest Protection or Forest Zoology are required (approximately 6 cu).


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Registration ended Forest zoology  General examination  Olli-Pekka Tikkanen 
03.06.22fri 12.00-16.00
Register Forest zoology  General examination  Olli-Pekka Tikkanen 
12.08.22fri 12.00-16.00