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Hydraulic functional composition along succession in a Neotropical wet forest
Also available as internship. Droughts are thought to increase in frequency and intensity in the future. Yet, it is not well understood how tropical forests will respond to such environmental change. A particular emphasis has to  ...
Supervisor: FEM group: R (Rodrigo) Mu�oz Aviles, L (Lourens) Poorter
Other organisation: Miguel Mart�nez-Ramos (IIES � UNAM, Mexico)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Historic wood use in Costa Rica and its contribution to climate change mitigation
Internship or thesis Tropical forests play a major role in the global carbon cycle. The prevention of deforestation and sustainable management of these forests is therefore included in climate mitigation measures, such as outli ...
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema; Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits) Mohren; MSc. Federico E. Alice Guier
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
The effect of forest degradation on the pollination, production and survival of Amazon nut trees
Thesis or internship Start date is open, but some limitations apply to the start date depending on the subtopics described below. Amazon nuts, commonly known as Brazil nuts, are an important product that is generally harvested ...
Supervisor: M. Jansen (external, ETH Zurich)
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Securing the future of the Amazon (or Brazil) nut by large-scale enrichment planting
Internship or thesis Amazon nuts are an important product that is generally harvested from natural tree populations in many parts of the Bolivian, Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon rain forest. It provides income to many people in  ...
Supervisor: M. Jansen (external, ETH Zurich)
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Functional traits of hybrid trees (free choice of species)
Hybridization is a common phenomenon in plants, and trees are no exception. Numerous tree species are known to interbreed and produce viable seeds. The functional traits of the resulting hybrids are difficult to predict. Traits ca ...
Supervisor: Jente Ottenburghs
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
 
Primary succession on sandy soils
Context: Long-term research on primary succession on sandy soils on the northern Veluwe (J. Fanta, K. Prach, K. Ujhzy) Topic: Primary succession and vegetation development on previously moving sands on the Veluwe area Tasks: re ...
Supervisor: Fem group: Frits Mohren
Brno (CZ): Karel Prach

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
 
Understanding vegetation successions in a thawing tundra
Shrub expansion is widely observed in the Arctic and is related to climate warming. However, at our field site in Siberian tundra we observe local drowning of low shrub species Betula nana (dwarf birch). Permafrost thawing can tri ...
Supervisor: Dr. Ute Sass-Klaassen (FEM), Dr. Ir. Monique Heijmans (PEN), R�na Magn�sson
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Fire and drought resistance of Jamaicas forests; a long-term perspective
Climate change and human disturbances over the last millennia have shaped tropical forests into how we see them today. A better understanding of how tropical forests responded to these pressures in the past may help us understand  ...
Supervisor: FEM group: dr. MT (Masha) van der Sande
Other organisation: S. Yoshi Maezumi (University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
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