My Ph.D. aims to investigate what factors are the most important in order to increase and maintain bird diversity when restoring and creating the wetlands, for example, wetland size or landscape setting. The largest part of my research focuses on wetland creation. I study created wetlands in Uppland, where I look at what environmental variables in created habitat are related to bird, fish, and amphibian diversity. More specifically, I look at what affects the bird community in created wetlands - their abundance, richness, and reproductive success and relate this to fish and amphibian communities. While bird data was collected using field observation, fish and amphibian occurrences were determined using environmental DNA metabarcoding sampling. I also try to relate species interactions and the intervention outcomes. Some of the possible interactions are the conspecific and heterospecific attraction, predation, and competition.
______________________________________________________ Currently, I am trying to evaluate wetland restorations for birds, where we try to narrow down the magnitude of wetland restorations in Sweden and quantify the species specific responses. While the data set is rather heterogenous, we need to emply more creative data analyses tools in order to standardise the results.
I finished my Master’s degree at Lund University in general biology, where I developed my evolutionary thinking. My Master’s thesis investigated the effects of urbanisation on the great tit’s cognition. I am also a bird enthusiast, and I have been working in the field with a project involving northern wheatears, and nest box populations of tits.
Ineta Kačergytė, Debora Arlt, Åke Berg, Michał Żmihorski, Jonas Knape, Zuzanna M. Rosin, Tomas Pärt. 2021. Evaluating created wetlands for bird diversity and reproductive success. Biological Conservation, Volume 257, 109084.
Josefsson, J., Hiron, M., Arlt, D., Auffret, A.G., Berg, Å., Chevalier, M., Glimskär, A., Hartman, G., Kačergytė, I., Klein, J., Knape, J., et al. ... and Pärt, T. 2020. Improving scientific rigour in conservation evaluations and a plea deal for transparency on potential biases. Conservation Letters, p.e12726. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12726
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