Extinctions happen at multiple spatial scales and can be associated with population extirpations or species extinctions. We, however, still lack an understanding of how the number of extinctions scales with area, with most works dealing either with local extirpations or Global extinctions. Within this topic, the candidate will explore with already available mechanistic simulation models, how extinctions scale with area depending on the species traits, habitat configurations and disturbance types. This study will be done in collaboration with Dr. Petr Keil from the sDiv Leipzig.
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This topic is imbedded within the metapopulation/metacommunity research focus the Ecosystem Modeling Group: see details here