|Title||The role of wild ungulates on Dutch temperate forests|
|Group||Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group|
|Supervisor(s)||FEM group: Prof.Dr.Ir L (Lourens) Poorter; Dr.Ir. J (Jan) den Ouden; JI (Juan) Ramirez Chiriboga
REG group: Dr. Ir. PA (Patrick) Jansen
|Examiner(s)||Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits) Mohren|
|Description||Plant animal interactions in Dutch temperate forests. Understanding the effect that wild animals have on forest development and possible cascading effects.
For this project we are interested in determining the dose-response curves that ungulate densities have on different vegetation responses. As well we are interested on the long term effect that ungulates have on the development of temperate forests with potential cascading effects.
Our methods mostly consist of animal exclosures in the forest, camera traps to determine animal visitation rates and density, litter bags to understand potential cascading effects on decomposition rate and finally identifying soil invertebrates from soil samples.
The work mainly consists of field work and in less proportion lab work. The field work is mostly localized in the Veluwe region.
Best period (Spring, Summer and Autumn)
Co-operation: project can also be done in groups of 2 or 3.
Biodiversity and functional diversity/ Plant-animal interactions/ Population and forest dynamics/ Sustainable forest management/ Forest restoration and succession /The Netherlands/ Europe/Temperate zone
|Used skills||SPSS, R Statistics, Lab and Field work|
|Requirements||FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I|