Conservation Biology

Research

MSc thesis

Effects of habitat fragmentation in vineyards on plant reproductive fitness

Vineyards are very intensively managed crops generally leading to a simplified habitat structure. Even though in the last years a change has happened and there is now an increased interest for vine growers to find a better balance between production efficiency and biodiversity-friendly measures, there are still several obstacles to overcome. In Valais around 80% of all vineyards have no ground vegetation.

The aim of this study is to find out how different levels of fragmentation and percentages of ground vegetation affect the reproductive outcome of plants naturally occurring in vineyards. To achieve this, we will perform an experimental setup with potted plants being placed in vineyard parcels and measure their reproductive output. Furthermore, pollinators visiting the potted plants will be determined, to measure their abundancy and diversity according to the different fragmentation levels.

Curriculum Vitae

Year Description
2016 - present MSc in Ecology and Evolution, Department of Conservation Biology: Effects of habitat fragmentation in vineyards on plant reproductive fitness
2013 - 2016 BSc in Ecology and Evolution, Department of Conservation Biology