Project properties

Title Comparing the ecology across European tree species
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 36-39
Supervisor(s) Dr. Ir. F.J. (Frank) Sterck
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Ir. G.J.M. Mohren
Contact info frank.sterck@wur.nl
Begin date 2018/01/01
End date
Description Project description: Foresters modify the structure and light environment of forests to manage the future development of the forest. Natural regeneration and competition between different species are important in current forest management practices. To improve our predictions of the future structure and species composition, we need comparative information on the dispersal, germination, herbivory-response, light-response, growth and survival of the different tree species. We therefore start a new large project to establish a comparative data set on such traits for multiple species. The species set includes all potential players in the field, i.e. indigenous and exotic species in the Netherlands and other European countries.
Aim: To collect a comparative data set on ~20 species in the Dutch forests or other European countries (Spain, Sweden). The parameters included are e.g. photosynthetic capacity, height growth, DBH increment, light, whole-plant compensation point, and herbivory. You will collect the field data in the summer of 2015. The data will enable us to rank the tree species along axes of shade tolerance, growth rate, light requirements, and sensitivity to herbivory.

For 1 (or even better) 2 students.

[Biodiversity and functional ecology][Population and forest dynamics][Forest restoration and succession][Ecophysiology][Europe][Temperate]
Used skills statistical skills
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; TNV-31806 Ecological Methods I