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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
Project type thesis
Credits 33-39
Supervisor(s) Pieter Zuidema & Peter van der Sleen
Examiner(s) FEM staff member
Contact info
Begin date 2020/05/01
End date
Description MSc thesis
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: 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
Requirements Recommended:
FEM-30806 Resource Dynamics and Sustainable Utilization
FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management and
REG-31806 Ecological Methods I