Plant Ecology and Diversity

Patterns of plant species diversity and their controlling factors will be analyzed on a global scale as well as regionally around Göttingen. The ecology of plant life forms and species occurring in different ecozones and habitats will be addressed. Special attention will be paid to the modifications in vegetation composition caused by anthropogenic influences. We will further study the role of plant species diversity on ecosystem processes such as productivity. The course will include lectures, field studies, data analyses, and interpretation.