Vanessa BergerFachhochschule Kärnten · UNESCO-Chair for Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas
Master of Science
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As ecologist I am focued on spatial and temporal analysis, mobile data collection and vegetation ecology. I am working on the project implementation of the COIN project "BioMONITec" for biodiversity monitoring, where the aim is to test new technologies in monitoring of conservation areas.
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Summary: Biodiversity in the Biosphere Reserve Carinthian Nockberge. Results from the 6th GEO day of Nature 2021 – “At the foot of the Zunderwand” Seventy-one biodiversity experts participated in the inventory of plant, fungi and animal species from the area beneath the Zunderwand on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2021. The study area is situated in the C...
State-of-the-art tools are revolutionizing protected area (PA) manager approaches to biodiversity monitoring. Effective strategies are available for test site establishment, data collection, archiving, analysis, and presentation. In PAs, use of new technologies will support a shift from primarily expert-based to automated monitoring procedures, all...
Biodiversity loss is one of the most serious global environmental problems caused by human activities. The intensification of agriculture and the increasing presence of monocultures is one of the main reasons for this. To study the long-term effects of maize monocultures compared to crop rotation systems on vegetation and biodiversity, two nearby s...
Sites affected by avalanches are considered as highly dynamic sites and are therefore of high ecological value. A wide spectrum of environmental conditions occurs in a narrow space. Due to the uneven mechanical impact of avalanches within the avalanche path, important niches and microhabitats are generated. Often adjacent forest stands cause a brak...
Conventional monitoring approaches in forest ecology are still time-consuming and thus cost-intensive. A holistic, efficient and goal-oriented ecological monitoring workflow is essential for the assessment and management of protected areas. The aim of this study is to combine field surveys and UAV-based data collection, which opens up new possibili...
Climatic changes in mountain regions play a key role in current and future grassland ecosystem processes. It is currently expected that droughts and heatwaves will become more frequent in a changing climate. All around the world mountain regions have been labelled as sensitive zones, where declining water availability and increasing temperature are...
In the BioMONITec project of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas, our team is focused on goals to standardize approaches to biodiversity monitoring in terrestrial ecosystems. We evaluate current state-of-the-art technologies in comparison with traditional approaches. We first approach implementation of tools through a conceptual framework of ecofloristic and ecofaunistic relationships. For real-world application, we are developing an interactive Monitoring Configurator that will help managers determine appropriate tools for their sites. In parallel, we are producing a monitoring guideline that will provide a recommended course of action for designing effective biodiversity monitoring programs. Follow our project for the latest updates!