Project properties

Title The role of Neotropical primates on tropical forests
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 36
Supervisor(s) FEM group: Prof.Dr.Ir L (Lourens) Poorter; JI (Juan) Ramirez Chiriboga
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. FJJM (Frans) Bongers
Contact info
Begin date 2019/04/01
End date
Description Plant animal interactions in Tropical forests. Understanding the effect that primates have on forest development and possible cascading effects.

For this project we are interested in determining the effect that primates have on understory vegetation and possible cascading effects.

Our methods mainly consist of transects, vegetation plots, soil samples and if possible camera traps. The work mainly consists of field work and in less proportion lab work.

Research is conducted in Tiputini Biodiversity Station. Located in the pristine Eastern Ecuadorian Amazon on a 650 hectare (1500 acre) tract of lowland rainforest. This remote location provides an unparalleled amount of flora and fauna to observe and study. Situated in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the Station has been recognized as one of the best spots in the world to study biodiversity because of its protection and isolation. TBS has an extensive system of well-marked trails for the use of researchers and visitors.

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 / Tropical zone / America's]
Used skills SPSS, R Statistics, Lab and Field work
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I