|Title||The distribution of genetic diversity of main tree species over Europe|
|Group||Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group|
|Supervisor(s)||FEM group: Koen Kramer, Frits Mohren
Other organisation: prof. Dr. Kärkkäinen Katri (Luke) email@example.com; Dr. Vakkari Pekka (Luke) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|Examiner(s)||Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits)|
|Description||Genetic diversity (GD) is the base of adaptation to environmental changes such as climate change. To use and conserve GD, Gene Conservation Units (GCUs) are installed throughout Europe (see: www.eufgis.org; www.euforgen.org). The question is if these GCUs are installed at locations where GD is highest or that important hotspots of GD are missed.
The research questions of this project are:
• what is the current distribution of GD of main European tree species (beech, oak, Norway spruce, Scots pine)?
• Do the CGUs represent the distribution of GD?
• Where best to place GCUs?
• Are there gaps in our knowledge in the distribution of GD?
• What are the best DNA sources (nuclear, chloroplasts, mitochondria) and genetic markers to characterize GD for an efficient measuring and monitoring?
A large database with information on GD is available on hundreds of sites throughout Europe, including environmental data for these sites which needs to be analyzed to answer these questions.
BSC/MSC Thesis or internship
Best period: any moment
Co-operation: project can be done in a group of 2-3 students
Type of work: emphasis on literature study and statistical analyses.
This research is part of the FORGER project (‘Towards the Sustainable Management of Forest Genetic Resources in Europe’: www.fp7-forger.eu)
Biodiversity and functional diversity / Sustainable forest management/ Europe/ Temperate zone/
|Used skills||Sound background in multivariate statistical analyses, interest and to learn and apply advanced machine-learning techniques.
Basic skills in open-source scripting languages such as R or Python (preferred).
|Requirements||FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I;
Standard for BSc: minimal 120 credits