Extant and Past Vegetation and Climate Dynamics

Climate, natural disturbance regimes and human impacts govern the development of plant communities and ecosystems. During the Quaternary and especially since the end of the last Ice Age 15000 years ago the vegetation in the Alps and adjacent mountain ranges has disassembled and reassembled several times and in different rates of changes. We investigate extant and (Late-)Quaternary climate and vegetation dynamics in space and time by means of palaeoecological, palynological (pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs) and palaeoethnobotanical (archaeobotanical) methods, and by monitoring the actual flora and vegetation.

We focus on the following topics:

Climate and Vegetation Dynamics
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Climate and Vegetation Dynamics
Past Human Impact on Flora and Vegetation
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Past Human Impact on Flora and Vegetation
Land Use and Land Use Changes
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Land Use and Land Use Changes
Neophytes in western Austria and eastern Alps
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Neophytes in western Austria and eastern Alps