Project properties

Title Drought resistance of chestnut growing in Dutch 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

Chestnut (Castanea sativa) is discussed as interesting species if it comes to making Dutch forest more resilient to climate change. By applying tree-ring research it becomes possible to check the growth reaction of chestnut to past and recent drought events and to assess the growth performance of this species under different site conditions. Important information for Dutch foresters if it comes to species selection to create resilient Dutch forests.

[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