Project properties

Title Which oak to choose? Provenance selection for resilient forests
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 36/39
Supervisor(s) P (Paul) Copini dr. UGW (Ute) Sass-Klaassen
Examiner(s) J (Jan) den Ouden
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Begin date 2021/01/01
End date
Description Also possible as MSc internship

Oak is a key species in European forests. The ambition is to keep productive and drought resistant oaks in Dutch forests. To select plant material for future forests provenance trials have been established where the growth performance of oaks from different provenances is investigated. We take profit of long-term provenance trials to check drought resistance of oaks originating from different regions in central Europe. A subject with high relevance for forestry.

[Climate change effects / Population and forest dynamics/ Sustainable forest management/ Ecophysiology / Tree ring analyses and wood anatomy /The Netherlands/Temperate zone/

Corona proof: Yes (fieldwork, labwork & tree-ring analyses with R) field work (abroad) or intensive lab studies required=>suitable to be conducted in Corona time
Used skills
Requirements - WEC-31806 Ecological Methods I, or a comparable alternative course;
- One FEM course (at least), depending on the topic of the thesis: FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management, FEM-30806 Resource Dynamics Sustainable Utilization, FEM-32306 Agroforestry, or Models for Ecological Systems FEM-31806