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Which oak to choose? Provenance selection for resilient forests
Also possible as MSc internship Oak is a key species in European forests. The ambition is to keep productive and drought resistant oaks in Dutch forests. To select plant material for future forests provenance trials have been e ...
Supervisor: dr.ir. P (Paul) Copini dr. UGW (Ute) Sass-Klaassen
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
How do Brazilian cerrado trees respond to droughts?
Increasing temperatures and drought stress may change the responses of tropical trees to climatic variability. In the dry woody vegetation of the cerrado biome in Brazil, these effects are expected to be strong because rainfall is ...
Supervisor: prof.dr. PA (Pieter) Zuidema
dr. Peter Groenendijk (University of Campinas, Brazil)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Litter production during secondary succession in tropical wet forest in Mexico
The general problem: During secondary succession after land abandonment in the wet tropics the vegetation recovers rapidly. With biomass building up, the productivity and the biomass cycling also increases. Generally with more  ...
Supervisor: prof. dr. F. Bongers
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Rotting competition! Comparing decomposition patterns of 25 wood species in 2 Dutch forests
BSc, MSc thesis or internship also groups of multiple students possible. Loglife is a long-term decomposition experiment installed to follow decomposition rates of 25 wood species in two Dutch forests with different soil typ ...
Supervisor: Ute Sass-Klaassen (FEM)
ShanShan Yang (FEM)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
High resolution tree growth responses to extreme drought events
Also possible as MSc internship High resolution tree growth measurements as conducted by dendrometers provide us to study tree responses to extreme climate factors, such as drought, with high temporal resolution. In the Netherl ...
Supervisor: dr. UGW (Ute) Sass-Klaassen; dr.ir. P (Paul) Copini;
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Resilience of old-growth tropical dry forests: assessment and drivers
Also possible as MSc internship Severe droughts associated to El Nio Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events are known to have a devastating effect on tropical forest ecosystems in the Americas. High biodiversity is thought to prod ...
Supervisor: FEM group: R (Rodrigo) Mu�oz Aviles, FJJM (Frans) Bongers
Other organisation: JA (Jorge) Meave

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
How can we trace the origin of tropical timber? A quantitative literature review
Also possible as MSc internship Illegal timber trade is a huge environmental problem, and is often associated with organized crime and deforestation. Legislation to fight illegal timber trade exist, but their enforcement requi ...
Supervisor: prof.dr. PA (Pieter) Zuidema
dr. M (Mart) Vlam

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Reforesting tropical landscapes: a large-scale demographic study using satellite images in Panama
Also possible as internship. Secondary forest growth has the potential to restore ecosystem functions to millions of hectares of degraded land. As a consequence, forest restoration at the landscape scale has become a conservati ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Prof. Dr. Pieter (P.A.) Zuidema
Other organisation: MSc Cristina Barber and Dr. Trevor Caughlin ( Boise State University, Idaho, USA)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Improving forest ecosystems on acidic, degraded soils using tree species with rich litter
Improving forest ecosystems on acidic, degraded soils using tree species with rich litter. A multi-disciplinary study on litter effects and nutrient cycling. In order to preserve key species form forest ecosystems restoration  ...
Supervisor: Philippine Vergeer (WUR) & Jan den Ouden (WUR)
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Quantifying the effect of pruning on cocoa (Theobroma cacao) architecture in Ivory Coast
Cocoa (or cacao) is the most important export crop in west African countries: Ivory Coast and Ghana produce 70% of the world production, mostly by smallholder farmers. Realized yield however falls way below the potential value c ...
Supervisor: A (Ambra) Tosto MSc; Prof. Dr. P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema; Dr. J.B. (Jochem) Evers
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
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