Project properties

Title The whole tree story - tree functional traits as keys to assess drought resistance
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type internship
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) dr. UGW (Ute) Sass-Klaassen
dr. Elisabeth Robert (CREAF, Spain)
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits) Mohren
Contact info ute.sassklaassen@wur.nl
http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/dr.-UGW-Ute-Sass-Klaassen.htm
Begin date 2017/10/01
End date
Description The project can also be carried out as a MSc thesis. The project is a collaboration between CREAF, the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications, located in Barcelona (Spain) and the Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group (FEM) of Wageningen University (WUR).
Responsibles: Ute Sass-Klaassen, Elisabeth Robert & Jordi Mart�nez Vilalta

CONTEXT - Studying adaptation to drought in six dominant trees species growing under varying site conditions in Catalonia.
TOOL - Integration of branch, stem and tree functional traits.
THESIS/INTERNSHIP WORK - Analyses of tree-ring patterns and wood-anatomical structure of beech, oak and pine species at stem level and integration with branch and tree characteristics (multi-trait analyses).
REQUIREMENTS - Motivation to work in an international research team and affinity with forests, dendrochronology and wood anatomy.

Where: Partly at CREAF in Cerdanyola del Vall�s near Barcelona, Spain, partly at the DendoLab of FEM at Wageningen University.

More information: the FUN2FUN and PHLOEMAP projects
1) http://www.creaf.cat/recerca/ecologia-funcional-i-canvi-global/water-resources/functional-traits-approach-forest-function-and-dynamics-implications-provision-ecosystem
2) http://www.creaf.cat/recerca/ecologia-funcional-i-canvi-global/water-resources/hydraulic-functional-traits-determinants-forest-function-and-drought-responses-putting-xylem

Climate change effects/ Sustainable forest management/Tree ring analyses and wood anatomy /Spain; The Netherlands/ temperate zone
Used skills Field visits, data acquisition and analyses (time-series analyses, mixed models)
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I