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The wonderful architecture of leaf veins and their role for plant hydraulics
Leaf veins provide not only structure to the leaves, but they are also the irrigation channels through which all water transport occurs. Plant species show an amazing variety in leaf vein architecture, which is not only esthetical ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Lourens Poorter & Frank Sterck
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Why is the tree species composition in the Amazon changing? A functional trait approach
Permanent sample plots in the Amazon show that there is a directional change in tree species composition. The question is who are the winners (increasing in abundance), who are the loosers (decreasing in abundance), and why? Is it ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Lourens Poorter
Other organisation: Dr Flavia Costa, INPA, Manaus, Brazil

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Linking landscape configuration to landscape functions in South Mexico
Thesis or internship Linking landscape configuration to landscape functions in South Mexico. What is the role of forests? This project is part of the large interdisciplinary FOREFRONT research programme 'linking actor strategi ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Madelon Lohbeck
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Origin matters! Drought susceptibility of commercial Douglas Fir provenances
Can also be done as internship (24-27ects) Douglas fir is a relevant timber species in European forestry. It grows well and produces valuable timber. The challenge for foresters is to choose those Douglas fir provenances for pl ...
Supervisor: dr. UGW (Ute) Sass-Klaassen
Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands: Dr. P (Paul) Copini

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
What is the biomass of tropical rainforest trees?
Tropical forests store a quarter of all terrestrial biomass and play therefore an important role in the global carbon cycle. Much of the biomass in stored in giant emergent trees. Yet, estimations of carbon storage remain highly u ...
Supervisor: FEM group: , Lourens Poorter,
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Dynamics of forest islands in a Bolivian savanna, and regeneration of the Motcu palm, a key resource for an endemic maca
150 years of extensive cattle ranching, grassland burning by farmers and deforestation have altered the state of the endangered Beni savanna ecoregion. Barba Azul Nature Reserve (11.000 ha) is the only reserve protecting this thre ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Lourens Poorter
Other organisation: Tjalle Boorsma (Asociación Civil Armonía)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Drought resistance of chestnut growing in Dutch forests
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 ...
Supervisor: dr.ir. P (Paul) Copini dr. UGW (Ute) Sass-Klaassen
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis) - an interesting species for Dutch forests?
The Wild service tree (Torminalis glaberrima) is discussed as interesting species to be planted in Dutch forest, because it is known to be drought resistant. Yet, also other factors are relevant to select for this species to be in ...
Supervisor: dr.ir. P (Paul) Copini dr. U (Ute) Sass-Klaassen
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Restoration of degraded lands in Africa
Thesi or internship Restoration of degraded lands in Africa. What is the role of trees and their functional traits? In collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi Kenya (http://www.worldagroforestry.org/). You wil ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Madelon Lohbeck
World Agroforestry Centre: Leigh Winowiecki

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Fertilization impacts on interactions between ungulates and forest vegetation
Open to: Mainly MSc thesis projects, but there might be possibilities for MSc internship/ BSc thesis/ BSc internship. Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition leads to eutrophication and soil acidification globally, which may change  ...
Supervisor: FEM: dr.ir. J (Jan) den Ouden, WEC: dr.ir. IMA (Ignas) Heitkonig; dr.ir. PA (Patrick) Jansen; S (Sylvana) Harmsen MSc. Leontien Krul (De Hoge Veluwe National Park)
Depending on the topic, collaboration with Biometris supervisors is possible

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
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