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Fire and drought resistance of Jamaica’s 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
 
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
 
Resilience of old-growth tropical dry forests: assessment and drivers
Also possible as MSc internship Severe droughts associated to El Niño 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) Muñoz 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
 
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
 
Palm regeneration in Bolivia
Also possible as MSc internship In the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, the critically endangered blue-throated macaw depends on the Motacú palm for its survival. Motacú palm populations are however declining due to cattle ranchin ...
Supervisor: Iris Hordijk
Peter van der Sleen

Department: Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
 
How does environment and climate (change) affect distribution of Boswellia (Frankincense) tree species?
The general problem: The iconic frankincense is a resin from Boswellia trees (a genus with ca 24 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: prof. dr. Frans Bongers ;
Edinburgh Botanical Garden: Dr Alan Forrester

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
 
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