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European forest resources: tree regeneration across Europe in relation to management and forest types
European forests are important for wood production, environmental services, carbon sequestration etc. They fulfil many functions for the European society. Their dynamics are steered by both climate and forest management. Especiall ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Prof Gert-Jan Nabuurs
Other organisation: Alterra; Mart-Jan Schelhaas/ Geerten Hengeveld

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Pioneer Mimosa and their life history in the dry tropics
Also possible as Internship. Old-growth tropical dry forests are continuously decreasing in area because of land use change. Slash-and-burn agriculture is a common practice used in the tropics to open areas for agriculture. The ...
Supervisor: Ursula Revilla, Frans Bongers, Marielos Peña-Claros
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Some trees grow faster than others: why?
Within populations of trees, there are substantial differences in the growth rates of equal-sized trees. Such growth differences between individuals can persist for several decades, and cause trees to strongly differ in age when t ...
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
The role of Neotropical primates on tropical forests
Plant animal interactions in Tropical forests. Understanding the effect that primates have on forest development and possible cascading effects. For this project we are interested in determining the effect that primates have on ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Prof.Dr.Ir L (Lourens) Poorter; JI (Juan) Ramirez Chiriboga
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Future ash trees - screening and selection of common ash for resistance to ash dieback
Ash dieback spreads across Europe and causes leaf loss, crown dieback and bark lesions in affected ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior). Once a tree is infected the disease is usually fatal. Results from Denmark indicate that ca 1% of a ...
Supervisor: FEM group: dr.ir. J (Jan) den Ouden
Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands: dr.ir. P (Paul) Copini

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Seed rain during secondary succession in tropical wet forest in Mexico
Secondary forests, regrowing after agricultural fields are abandoned, need input of seeds to develop. The seed rain (number and type of seeds) partly determine the possible growth trajectories of these forests. In this project, y ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Frans Bongers
Other organisation: prof. Miguel Martínez-Ramos – CIECO Mexico

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Comparing the ecology across European tree species
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 ma ...
Supervisor: Dr. Ir. F.J. (Frank) Sterck
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Do animals shape tree community assembly and functional composition of a Bolivian tropical rainforest?
Animals are an important component of tropical rain forests; through seed dispersal and predation, and the trampling and browsing of seedlings they can have a large filtering effect on what tree species are regeneration where. It  ...
Supervisor: Dr. Ir. Lourens Poorter
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Tropical wood density unraveled: effects of species, climate and tree size
Tropical forests store vast amounts of carbon and thus play an crucial role in the global carbon cycle. Changes in the carbon sequestration of tropical forests will thus have strong consequences for future climate: tropical forest ...
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema; Dr. U. (Ute) Sass-Klaassen;
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Uncovering the anatomy of twisting pioneers
Also possible as Internship. In the tropical dry forest regions, secondary forests are becoming the frequent type of vegetation because of the loss of old-growth forest. The secondary forests reach their climax through differen ...
Supervisor: Ursula Revilla, Frans Bongers, Marielos Peña-Claros, plus local supervisor
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
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