Institute for Alpine Environment - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions
Biodiversity and its loss, together with climate change, is one of the most burning issues of our time. South Tyrol lies in the center of the Alps and brings together species from the Central European and the Mediterranean region. By combining a large range of man-made and natural habitats, the province poses an excellent area to study biodiversity, its changes, and functions in ecosystems. Animals, microorganisms, and plants do not act independently, but are connected by an extremely complex network of interactions. Also, they are drivers of many ecosystem processes such as litter decomposition, nutrient cycling, and pollination. The living world in turn is shaped by many abiotic factors, as for example climate, geology, soil, and water. Monitoring biodiversity and understanding influencing factors is a main goal of our institute. Particularly important is the question how different land use practices and changes in land use and climate affect biodiversity. To answer these questions, we rely on a network of internal and external experts who study the biotic diversity and its driving forces on-site. There are several projects focusing on Biodiversity and Ecosystem functions, dealing with all biotic spheres, i.e. vegetation, soil and water, and in all main types of habitats in the Alps, ranging from low-elevation sites such as vineyards, apple orchards and urban areas over various forest types up to high mountain habitats.
Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol
Biodiversity Monitoring South TyrolDuration: - Funding: Internal funding EURAC (Project)
Evaluating microbiodiversity in Alpine pasturesDuration: - Funding: Public institutions (Other projects ...
LT(S)ER: Open air laboratory Matsch/Mazia
Long-term (socio-)ecological research in the open air laboratory Matsch/MaziaDuration: - Funding: Public institutions (Other projects ...
Ecology and trophic structure of the Alpine soil macrofaunaDuration: - Funding: Internal funding EURAC (Project)