Using biogeographical niche models to predict plant species responses to climate change in interaction with land use


Scientific investigators:

Prof. Dr. Helge Bruelheide

Dr. Eric Welk

Astrid Welk

(University Halle-Wittenberg)

Hypotheses

H1: A species’ local establishment potential and performance can be predicted from parameters that describe the species’ realized niche.

H2:
There are significant interactions between climate, land use intensity, competition intensity and mollusc herbivory.

H3: The climatic differences between Exploratory sites are reflected in differences in the species’ performance in the field greenhouse experiments.

H4: The species’ fundamental niches and realized niches are related to each other.