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Vegetation ecology and biomass

On the first look, the church forests of Ethiopia represents largely intact forest ecosystems, and are valuable habitats for numerous animal and plant species. However, most of these forests might be affected by serious human disturbances, such as selective logging, charcoal production, and trapping of animals. In this working package we will analyse the vegetation structure (species composition, regeneration, disturbance) based on standardized recording plots. In addition, biomass will also determined for the studied plots, as CO2 storage is a very important component for forest conservation. This working package will be mainly supervised by Christine Schmitt (University of Passau).