Project properties

Title Linking landscape configuration to landscape functions in South Mexico
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 36-39
Supervisor(s) FEM group: Madelon Lohbeck
Examiner(s) Prof.Dr. F.J.J.M (Frans) Bongers
Contact info
Begin date 2017/02/08
End date
Description Thesis or internship

Linking landscape configuration to landscape functions in South Mexico. What is the role of forests?
This project is part of the large interdisciplinary FOREFRONT research programme 'linking actor strategies, functional biodiversity and ecosystem services in agro-forest frontier landscapes'

Will include fieldwork in Chiapas, Mexico. Measuring indicators of key functions (eg soil organic carbon, water quality, erosion resistance, biodiversity) across landscape configurations (eg across a gradient of forest cover, or distance from protected forest). Make use of extensive forest and tree-inventory data already available from the area, including functional traits data to statistically analyze the effects of forest quantity, quality and their spatial pattern on landscape functions.

Start: flexible

keywords: Biodiversity and functional diversity/ Population and forest dynamics/ Sustainable forest management/ Forest restoration and succession / Ecosystem services / Agroforestry/ America's/Tropical zone
Used skills soil sampling, functional trait measurements, vegetation surveys, statistical analyses (regression, mixed models)
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I; FEM 22803 Agroforestry