Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology


FORKAST: Effects of climate change on ecosystems and adaptation strategies

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Jochen Krauss, Annette Leingärtner, Bernhard Hoiss

Funding: Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and Art (StMWFK) within the framework “Climate Programmes in Bavaria 2020)
Duration: January  2009 – December 2011

In the FORKAST project we study the effects of climate change, extreme events and habitat fragmentation on species richness and biotic interactions. One focus lies on the adaptation strategies of different species groups along and altitudinal gradient. Another focus is the experimental simulation of advanced snowmelt, delayed snowmelt and drought stress. In the experiment we record phonologies, herbivory and pollination as well as changes in food plant quality.

Species group: day active lepidopterans, wild bees, syrphids, bumble bees and vascular plants

Study region: National Park Berchtesgaden

Habitats: extensive meadows along an altitudinal gradient

Methods: transects, climate experiments, photo eclectors, CHN-analysator

Further Information: www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/forkast/