Short description of research activities in CRC 990:

My main interests in the project is attempting to understand how a transition from native forest to rubber and palm oil planatations may affect the biodiversity of the area. Currently my main task is investigating what type of environmental variables (such as microclimate, soil type, etc.) drive differences in community compositions between sites. To do this, data on the environmental conditions and species compostion (split into taxonomic groups) from each site is fed into a cleaver multi-factor correlation model (called a generalised dissimialrity model) and the predictive importance of each variable is produced as an output. In addition to the direct benefits of understanding the driving processes in the system better , these results can be used to later generate regional distributions of the analysed taxa. These distributions may then be used to improve the accuracy of the current integrated ecological-economic land-use change model "Efforts-ABM"