The Forest Ecology and Forest Management (FEM) Group of Wageningen University is part of the Centre for Ecosystem Studies, where groups of Wageningen University and teams of the research institute Alterra cooperate.The FEM Group deals with fundamental and applied ecological issues such as forest ecosystem dynamics, environmental influences on tree growth and forest development, and sustainable silvicultural systems. Based on sound understanding of growth and development of forest ecosystems, and of the ecological processes underlying forest ecosystem dynamics in relation to species properties and environmental conditions, guidelines for sustainable forest resource management are derived. | The main objective of the group is to study and provide understanding of tree growth and forest ecosystem dynamics in relation to site conditions, the role of forest ecosystems in vegetation-atmosphere interactions and in cycles of carbon, water and nutrients, and sustainable silvicultural systems for natural resource management. | The focus is on forest ecosystems worldwide, with emphasis on Dutch forestry, European forest resources, and tropical rainforest conservation. Ongoing research includes a.o. partners from most European countries as well as from China, Russia, Indonesia, Eritrea, Cameroun, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Brasil, Chile, Peru, Surinam, Costa Rica, Mexico, US and Canada.