Project properties

Title Biodiversity on Wageningen Campus
Group Biosystematics Group
Project type thesis
Credits 24-36
Supervisor(s) Dr. Casper Quist
Examiner(s) Prof. dr. Eric Schranz
Contact info Casper.quist@wur.nl
Begin date 2022/01/01
End date 2023/01/01
Description A long-term monitoring project aims to survey biodiversity and changes therein over time on Wageningen Campus, which will help us understand the processes that influence biodiversity loss. Subsequently, management on campus can be adjusted to target these bottlenecks so that biodiversity can be protected and increased where possible. Useful data can be obtained for discovering trends in (urban) biodiversity.
Close involvement of students will ensure a more thorough understanding of biodiversity of these soon-to-be researchers and policy makers, and is likely to enhance their appreciation and awareness of nature.

You will:
- collect data of one (or more) taxonomic groups (e.g. plants, insects, fungi,
nematodes, mice) in plots across (a part of) the Wageningen Campus
- use identification keys or DNA barcode based techniques to identify taxa.
- analyze the biodiversity data by calculating alpha, beta, gamma diversity
- use geostatistical analysis to calculate biodiversity maps over space (and time
Used skills - Use identification keys
- Molecular biology techniques (DNA extraction, qPCR)
Requirements Basic knowledge of field biology