Colonization capacity...

Last changed: 12 December 2017

Colonization capacity of forest species - A core factor for the conservation of biodiversity in fragmented forest landscapes during climate change

  • Aim: To indirectly asses the colonization capacity of boreal forest species.

Project description: Colonization capacity of boreal forest species is inferred from their patterns of occupancy on young forested islands in a large coastal land uplift archipelago. The 20 study islands differ in isolation, size, and age and the organism groups studied are liverworts, mosses, arthropods, and saproxylic fungi. We also develop new mathematical methods to describe the isolation of islands and other habitat patches. High colonizing capacity is essential to cope with climate change, forest fragmentation and the shifting mosaic of a landscape dominated by forestry. Forest restoration for biodiversity also relies heavily on locally extinct species being able to recolonize.

Funding: Formas, Centre for Environmental Research in Umeå, Magn. Bergvalls stiftelse.

Project leader:
Mats Dynesius

Associated researchers:
Andreas Karlsson Tiselius
Heloise Gibb
Joakim Hjältén