Tropical mountains are especially vulnerable to anthropogenic land use and climate change and hotspots for biodiversity. Even though tropical elevational gradients in species richness are well depicted in ecology, there is no consensus about their major predictors. During my PhD, I had the opportunity to investigate dung beetles and mammals on the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Mammals and dung beetles are closely functionally linked and both groups perform important ecosystem services. In this talk, I will give an overview of the contrasting patterns and drivers of mammal and dung beetle richness along broad-scale elevational and land-use gradients on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Furthermore, I will present a large-scale exclosure experiment where we investigated the importance of dung beetle functional traits as predictors of dung decomposition, an important ecosystem service provided by dung beetles, under different extinction scenarios.
Friederike Gebert, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, WSL
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