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Firewood use in the Netherlands
Also possible as BSc thesis The amount of firewood used in the Netherlands for direct heating is a largely unknown component of forest use in the Netherlands. Yet there is an increasing interest in the use of forest biomass for ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Prof.dr.ir. G.M.J. Mohren / Prof.dr.ir. G.J. Nabuurs
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
 
Understanding nutrient cycling in cocoa production systems in Ivory Coast ( Theobroma cacao L. )
Cacao is the most important export crop in west African countries, with Ivory Coast and Ghana producing 70% of the world production, mostly in smallholder plantations. Realized yields however are much less than the potential value ...
Supervisor: A (Ambra) Tosto MSc; Prof. Dr. P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema; L. S. (Lotte) Woittiez MSc
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Frankincense Tree Distribution: Mapping and Modelling
The general problem: The iconic frankincense is a resin from Boswellia trees (a genus with ca 19 species) that grow in dry areas in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, Southern Arabian peninsula and India. The resin is used as incense, fo ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Frans Bongers (maybe in combination with specialist in other field, see below)
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
How did the megafaunal collapse in South America affect tree species composition?
Also possible as Internship At the end of the Pleistocene, around 12,000 y ago, many large animal species went extinct in South America. Although the causes of this big extinction event remain debated, it likely had great cons ...
Supervisor: FEM group: dr. MT (Masha) van der Sande
Other organisation: dr. Marco Raczka (University of Reading, UK)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
TIMTRACE Forensic timber tracing
Also possible as Internship/BSc thesis Illegal logging has been an issue for proper forest management, undermining legal timber exploitation and trade. Up to 50% of the tropical timber traded at the European market is at risk t ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Barbara Rocha Venancio Meyer-Sand OR Laura Boeschoten
Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
Land-use dynamics and ecosystem services in an agro-forest frontier in Mexico
This Msc thesis is part of the FOREFRONT program which focuses on agro-forest frontier areas. Agro-forest frontiers are the particularly dynamic borders between forested and agricultural land. The program aims is to link the lands ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Madelon Lohbeck
FSE group: Lucas Carvalho Gomes
Advisor GRS group: Mathieu Decuyper

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
How do liana functional traits shape liana niches?
Lianas are important component of forest ecosystems, compete with trees, and have a large negative impact on tree diversity and performance, and carbon storage sequestration of the forest. However, little is known about how liana ...
Supervisor: FEM group: Prof.Dr.Ir. L (Lourens) Poorter OR Dr.Ir. FJ (Frank) Sterck
Other organisation: Yajun Chen and Jiaolin Zhang (Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
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