|Title||Effects of climatic variability on tropical tree populations.
How to scale up from tree growth to population viability?
|Group||Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group|
|Supervisor(s)||Pieter Zuidema & Peter van der Sleen|
|Examiner(s)||FEM staff member|
Tree-ring analyses of tropical tree species have shown that
years with low rainfall and high temperatures reduce stem
growth and may also increase mortality. Climate change will
likely increase the frequency and severity of such years and
thus affect tree populations. Yet, we have very little
information on how growth variation of individual trees leads
to variation or changes in population growth.
You will use information on the climate sensitivity of tropical
tree growth of some Bolivian species (obtained from treering analysis) and combine this with data on survival and
reproduction (from permanent plots) to conduct
demographic analyses that allow to evaluate the effects of
varying tree growth on the viability of populations.
Corona proof: i.e.no field work (abroad) or intensive lab studies required
Climate change effects / Population and forest dynamics/ America's/ Tropical zone/ Desk study
|Used skills||Statistical skills, image analysis|
FEM-30806 Resource Dynamics and Sustainable Utilization
FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management and
REG-31806 Ecological Methods I