Patterns in invasibility of intertidal communities in a context of climate change

Type: 
Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
programme: 
EMBC+
The two prevailing ecological theories about invasibility, i.e., that species-poor communities are more invasible due to lack of biotic resistance or species-rich communties are more invasible because they offer more niches available for new colonizers, can be tested in intertidal communities that show different amounts of species richness in relation to environmental disturbance. Data from intertidal communities sampled in 2002 will be compared to data collected by the student during the master thesis work to evaluate potential changes in patterns of invasibility at different spatial scales in a context of elevated surface seawater temperatures in the past ten years.
prerequisites: 
sampling period should be may-june
Number of students: 
2
academic year: 
2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
Contact person email: 
contact person first name: 
Jose M. Rico
Reference Number: RP-35722