Projects in Community Ecology

Niveau:Bachelor, Outside course scope

Community ecologists are fascinated by the diversity of life and seek to understand how this diversity is distributed in space and time across the planet. Our insights yield rigorous predictions about how biodiversity will change in the future, and our expertise is in high demand given the threats posed by global change (land use, climate etc).

Community ecologists integrate big-picture ideas about the causes of biodiversity patterns (e.g. latitudinal diversity gradients), theoretical predictions about species interactions (e.g. niches and co-existence), and empirical research about how communities are assembled, how they persist, and how they interact in metacommunities. We do this research using field, laboratory, and natural experiments, and apply many modeling and statistical approaches, while also using molecular tools like eDNA and population genomics. This research takes us to field sites across the planet, from rainforests in Panama to boreal forests in Sweden.

Research topics span disciplines  including conservation biology, invasive species biology, and applied ecosystem restoration. Training areas include biodiversity fieldwork skills, data exploration using R and modelling techniques, molecular biodiversity tools, and eco-physiology methods. Research topics in the Section for Ecology and Evolution, include the community ecology of insects with a focus on ants, mycorrhizal fungi, plants, and endangered butterflies.

Anvendte metoder:biodiversity fieldwork, data exploration using R and modelling techniques, molecular biodiversity, eco-physiology
Keywords:conservation biology, invasive species biology, applied ecosystem restoration
Vejleder(e): David Nash, Hans Henrik Bruun, Søren Rosendahl and/or Jonathan Z. Shik