This year we are going to investigate how livestock grazing affects vegetation diversity in salt marshes. This topic has already been widely studied; however, how livestock grazing might interact with other factors is often unknown. Therefore we are planning to include the factors scale and topography an study how they interact with the effect of livestock grazing on vegetation diversity. This research will be conducted within the framework of the INTERFACE project by two new team members, namely Jennifer Ahrens and Thea Wahlers.
Thea will be in charge of the small scale and will record the plant species diversity in grazed and ungrazed marshes in the field. The plant species diversity will then be related to the topography measured with our brand new dGPS. In contrast, Jennifer will use a GIS to analyze vegetation maps and digital elevation models to study effects of livestock grazing on vegetation type diversity on the large scale.
Welcome to the team and I am very much looking forward to the results!