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Island biogeography provides concepts for conservation management as fragmented habitats are comparable to ocean islands. Remote sensing can help to extract terrestrial habitat islands on the landscape scale. However, little is known about the effects of image resolution and classification algorithms on resulting island size and related parameters....
Microplastic debris affects marine as well as freshwater ecosystems and an increasing number of studies have documented the contamination in aquatic environments worldwide. However, while the research focuses on oceans and larger rivers, little is known about the situation in smaller rivers within rural catchments. Since microplastics pose various...
Positive plant–plant interactions are thought to drive vegetation patterns in harsh environments, such as semi-arid areas. According to the stress-gradient hypothesis (SGH), the role of positive interactions between species (facilitation) is expected to increase with harshness, predicting associated variation in species composition along environmen...
Plant community biomass production is co‐dependent on climatic and edaphic factors that are often covarying and non‐independent. Disentangling how these factors act in isolation is challenging, especially along large climatic gradients that can mask soil effects. As anthropogenic pressure increasingly alters local climate and soil resource supply u...
Questions Habitat islands are often characterized by the presence of more or less sharp boundaries to adjacent matrix habitats. However, knowledge on boundaries of natural habitat islands is scarce, especially regarding patterns of beta diversity and its two underlying components: species turnover and nestedness. We therefore aim to quantify the ef...
High-elevation ecosystems will experience increasing periods of above-average warmth and altered precipitation changes because of climate change. This causes uncertainties for community properties such as productivity and biodiversity. Increasing temperature may increase productivity by increasing growing season length and metabolic rate or decreas...
Flowering phenology and climate change. Flowering phenology of translocated communities. Experimental climate modification by downslope translocation. This project was developed within the framework of the BonaRes project SUSALPS (Sustainable use of alpine and pre-alpine grassland soils in a changing climate).
This poster was presented at this years ”Ecology Across Borders”-Conference in Ghent (11-14 December 2017). This conference was a joined conference of BES, GfÖ, NECOV and EEF
Changes in ANPP and community composition (regarding Functional Groups) after one year of translocating intact plant-soil units in the alps. Chaning patterns by including lowest altitude site/strongest manipulated climate change.