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Felix Günther

Movement Ecology Group

 

Felix Günther

7-3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES

My curent research is focused on large scale changes in arid grassland ecosystems of Central Asia. Specifically I’m interested in the interdependency of environmental conditions and socio-economic changes during the last three decades. Central Asian drylands include the last remaining intact steppe ecosystems which host a unique biodiversity but also serve as natural pasture land for nomadic pastoralists. However, socio-economic changes after the collapse of the Soviet Union led to dramatic changes in livestock numbers and therefore altered the magnitude of pasture utilization. With a remote sensing approach I will try to understand long-term dynamics and the mutual dependencies of vegetation productivity, climate change and livestock densities.

Previously I have worked in the field of biomechanics. Here I conducted research to understand the attachment strategy of the climbing passionflower Passiflora discophora.

Publications
Bohn, H.F.*, Günther, F.*, Fink, S., Speck, T. (2015): A Passionate Free Climber: Structural Development and Functional Morphology of the Adhesive Tendrils in Passiflora discophora. International Journal of Plant Sciences 176 (3): 294–305. doi:10.1086/680231.
(*co-first authorship)

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