Project properties

Title The role of leaf venation in stomatal conductance responses to drought in lianas
and trees in the canopy of two tropical forests
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 33-39
Supervisor(s) FEM group: Frank Sterck
Other organization: Jose Medina (STRI, Panama)
Examiner(s) Frans Bongers
Contact info
Begin date 2020/06/01
End date
Description MSc thesis
Lianas are increasing in many tropical forests with potential negative implications
for forest biodiversity, productivity, carbon sequestration and climate change
mitigation. We have measured large, adult individuals of 16 liana species and 16
tree species from two canopy cranes over 2 years in tropical forests of Panama.
This thesis will benefit from this data set, and explore the role of leaf venation for
the stomatal responses that control carbon gain and water loss of these species.
We have images of leaves of all species, and you will analyze those images for
leaf venation patterns, and link that information to other functional traits to better
understand the role of leaves for carbon gain, water loss and drought responses.
The availability of our data for multiple species will allow you to compare lianas
and trees in dry and wet forest, and speculate on drivers of the increase of lianas
in Neotropical forest.

Corona proof: field work (abroad) or intensive lab studies required

Climate change effects /Biodiversity and functional diversity /Ecophysiology/Americas/Tropical zone/Desk study
Used skills Statistical skills, image analysis
Requirements Recommended:
FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management and
REG-31806 Ecological Methods I