Project properties

Title The role of wild ungulates on Dutch temperate forests
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits -39
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
Contact info juan.ramirezchiriboga@wur.nl
Begin date 2017/03/01
End date
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