Research

MSc Thesis

The effects of management and ground vegetation cover on arthropod diversity in vineyards

The worldwide expanding of vineyard monocultures leads to a simplification of the landscape which negatively affects the biodiversity due to habitat loss. In Valais most of the vineyards are managed intensively and only few parcels have ground vegetation cover. In my thesis, I focus on the influence of vineyard management practices on the arthropod diversity in Valais and Mendoza.

The aim of the study is to find out if the management type (conventional, organic, biodynamic) itself has an influence on arthropod diversity or if the amount of ground vegetation cover is more important. To investigate that we collect in both study sites arthropods with pitfall traps and sweepnetting.

Curriculum Vitae

Year Description
2015 – present MSc in Ecology and Evolution, Department of Conservation Biology: The effects of management and ground vegetation cover on arthropod diversity in vineyards
2012 – 2015 BSc in Ecology and Evolution, Department of Conservation Biology
2009 - 2012
Gymnasium Burgdorf