Mountain regions are especially affected by climatic changes and mountain forests expected to be exposed to increasing drought stress. This project aims at analysing if and how drier conditions influence carbon and water balances from tree to forest level, change plant stress responses and interactions with microbial communities, and affect ecosystem services.
The project, funded by the doc.funds program of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, is based on eight PhD theses focusing on closely interlinked aspects at cellular, tree and forest level. The PhD students are supervised in teams and embedded in the Doctoral College “Alpine Ecology and Global Change” and the internationally recognised Research Area “Mountain Regions” of the University of Innsbruck.
For a detailed project description see the following video
Research Area Mountain Regions