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Priewasser K., Brang P., Bachofen H., Bugmann H., Wohlgemuth T. (in press)
Impacts of salvage-logging on the status of deadwood after windthrow in Swiss forests. European Journal of Forest Research doi: 10.1007/s10342-012-0670-1 pdf
Rigling A. et al. (2013) Driving factors of a vegetation shift from Scots pine to pubescent oak in dry Alpine forests. Global Change Biology 19: 229-240 pdf
Taberlet P. et al. (2012) Genetic diversity is not congruent with species richness in alpine plants. Ecology Letters 15: 1439–1448 pdf
Beier C. et al. (2012) Precipitation manipulation experiments - challenges and recommendations for the future. Ecology Letters 15: 899–911 pdf

Disturbance Ecology

Head: Dr. Thomas Wohlgemuth

We study the importance of extreme events such as drought, storms, forest fires or clearings for the forest dynamics. In the frame  of such disturbances we focus on:

  • resistance to disturbance: the potential to resist; we experimentally test the drought resistance of regenerating trees
Regendachexperiment Susten-Leuk (VS)
  • resilience after disturbance: the potential to regenerate; we monitor severely disturbed forests on the basis of systematic or stratified samples
Erdbeerspinat flächig
  • functional traits of forest plant species

Both the strong climate warming and a growing demand of forest goods (timber, fuel) will result in a general increase of disturbances. We elaborate basic knowledge for an adaptive forest management.