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Biodiversity patterns and processes

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Code Science Field Subfield
1.03.03  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biology  Ecosystems 

Code Science Field
B270  Biomedical sciences  Plant ecology 
B280  Biomedical sciences  Animal ecology 
B320  Biomedical sciences  Systematic zoology, taxonomy, zoogeopraphy 
Keywords
biodiversity, macroecology, hot-spots, disturbances, species richness, biomass, land use changes
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  14006  PhD Andrej Gogala  Biology  Researcher  2001 - 2002  345 
2.  09211  PhD Boris Kryštufek  Biology  Head  2002 - 2004  992 
3.  23363  Bojana Lipej  Biology  Researcher  2003 - 2004  70 
4.  14455  PhD Andrej Sovinc  Biology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  262 
5.  19562  PhD Sonja Škornik  Biology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  353 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1510  Science and Research Centre Koper  Koper  7187416000  13,761 
Abstract
Study of biodiversity patterns and processes at various spatial scales. Macroecological approach will focus on biodiversity patterns of mammals (Mammalia) on different continets. Results are expected to provide deeper inside into the spatial patterns in various regions which were exposed to different histories, but shaped by convergent evolution. Such an approach is the only possible one in understanding large scale patterns and processes. One of the results will be in the definition of “hot-spots” in species richness. Microecological study will be focused on interrelations among land use, intensity and extent of disturbances, plant biomass and species richness in three taxonomic groups (vascular plants, Hemiptera, Orthoptera). We aim in understanding the importance of disturbances (primarily grazing) on the biodiversity perimeters. Results are expected to be of prime importance in maintaining endangered biodiversity of species rich grassland communities on limestone in the Karstic regions of western Slovenia. Although there is little doubt that grassland ecosystem never vanished entirely from this particular region, it is also a fact that grasslands, as known today, are a product of man activities, burning and pastoral economy in particular. Rapid changes in the land use result in biodiversity erosion. We need to understand which kind of disturbances and at what intensities could maintain actual species richness and processes. Study plots with known land use history (mainly grazing) are located on Mt. Vremščica. We will monitor biomass and species richness in the above mentioned three taxonomic groups.
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