Project properties

Title Mapping spatial distribution of nematodes across Europe: a statistical analysis
Group Soil Biology
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Dr. Ron de Goede
Examiner(s) Prof.dr Rachel Creamer
Contact info
Begin date 2019/02/15
End date
Description Introduction:
With the urgent need to develop practically applicable tools to assess soil health and soil quality through chemical and biological indicators, it is necessary to improve our knowledge on the spatial distribution of soil organisms and the processes in which they participate. For soil nematodes a huge amount of spatially explicit data is available across Europe. In this project we aim to link nematode community data with spatially explicit soil physical-chemical and climatic data bases to produce maps of nematode ‘species’ and functional group distribution. These maps can be the starting point for soil quality assessment.

Work on a protocol to harmonize and incorporate soil biological data in general, and specifically nematode data, in existing soil data bases (owned by ISRIC). The next step is to analyse this data through mapping and linking soil biological data (spatially) to other soil properties.

Type of work:
Advanced statistical analyses of existing data bases (nematode database: >4000 data entry points; ISRIC data base: SoilGrids (250 x 250 m grid) and covariate layers with pedo-climatic information covering Europe.

Partners: Soil Biology Group and Biometris WUR, ISRIC & NIOO
Used skills Some knowledge on soil ecology is useful. Knowledge on advanced (spatial) statistics is a pre-requisite.