Population Ecology - Prof. Jürg Stöcklin
Our research is focused on population ecology, demography and evolution in plants.
The main research topics are:
- Patchy habitats, genetic diversity and local adaptation in alpine plants
- Human land use and global change effects on biodiversity in mountain grasslands
- Demographic and functional consequences of clonal growth in plants
The actual research is focused on the functional consequences of the highly structured alpine landscape for demographic, reproductive and evolutionary processes. We aim to explain the pattern of within and among species diversity in relation to altitude, biogeographic factors and human land use. We ask how far the glacial history of the Alpine flora has affected genetic diversity and ecologically relevant differentiation and adaptation of species. We use matrix models and integrated projection models to understand the impact of abiotic and biotic factors on demographic processes in long-lived perennial plants.