Project properties

Title Forest succession and restoration
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 27-39
Supervisor(s) Frans Bongers, Lourens Poorter, Marielos Pe´┐Ża-Claros, Madelon Lohbeck or Masha van de Sande
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. F.J.J.M (Frans) Bongers
Contact info frans.bongers@wur.nl
Begin date 2019/01/07
End date
Description What? Secondary forests (SF) recover naturally after agricultural use. 25% of all tropical forests are SF.
Why? SF are ideal to study the ecology of succession. SF are important for biodiversity conservation, carbon and water cycling, and for human livelihoods.
Application: 350 million ha of forest has to be restored
Where? You can study dry and wet SF in Mexico & Brazil

Topics:
Resistance and resilience of SF to drought
Role of mycorrhizae in succession
Functional traits and community assembly of SF
Seed rain and litter production
Role of the landscape context in succession
Is natural regeneration better than planting?

Used skills
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I