Project properties

Title Climate effects on tree growth and mortality during secondary succession in a Mexican tropical wet forest
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 39
Supervisor(s) Frans Bongers
Examiner(s) prof.Frans Bongers
Contact info frans.bongers@wur.nl
Begin date 2017/11/01
End date
Description Secondary forests that are regrowing after agricultural fields are abandoned now comprise more than half of the tropical forest area, and are expected to expand in area in the future. They play an important role in the global carbon cycle by sequestering carbon, thus it is of large importance to predict how tropical secondary forests will respond to climate change. In this project, you will use an exciting dataset in which trees in 13 secondary forest plots in Mexico of different ages have been monitored over 10 years. You will calculate growth and mortality rates of individual trees, and assess whether growth and mortality rates are related to variation in rainfall and temperature. As a next step, you will investigate whether responses to climate vary among tree species, and assess effects of forest age on tree growth and mortality responses to climate. The study does not involve field work.

[Climate change effects /Biodiversity and functional diversity/ Population and forest dynamics/ Forest restoration and succession / Ecosystem services / America’s/Tropical]
Used skills
Requirements FEM-30306 Advanced Forest Ecology and Forest Management, REG-31806 Ecological Methods I