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Britta Kunz

 

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Dr. Britta Kunz

B3.11: BIOTIC INTERACTIONS: SEED DISPERSAL BY LARGE HERBIVORES IN TEMPERATE FORESTS

B1.8: NATIONAL PARKS

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My research interest focuses animal-plant interactions, i.e. seed dispersal and seed predation and how they affect biodiversity and natural regeneration of plant communities. Most of my studies so far focused on fruit choice and primary dispersal of seeds by frugivores (mainly non-human primates and birds) and on secondary seed dispersal by dung beetles (Scarabaeinae) in the forest-savanna mosaic of West Africa (Ivory Coast, Nigeria). Recently, however, I have become more involved into topics related to seed dispersal by mammalian herbivores in West Africa and Germany. It is well known that large herbivores regularly disperse high numbers of seeds in their dung but the evolutionary and ecological context of this aspect of plant-herbivore interactions still is little understood.

I am also initiating research cooperations between the BIK-F and the National Park Kellerwald-Edersee with the aim to link basic research and applied management questions.

Key words: biodiversity, biotic interactions, birds, dung beetles - Scarabaeinae, food choice, large herbivores - Bison bonasus, Ovis aries, Cervus elaphus, Capreolus capreolus, nature conservation, non-human primates - Papio anubis, Cercopithecus aethiops, savanna, seed dispersal, seed predation, temperate forest, ungulates

BIK-F Focal Ecosystems: Temperate Forests, African savanna

BIK-F Cross-Cutting theme: Biotic interactions

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Phone: 069 798 42137 (Mo & Tue), 069 7542 1879 (Wed-Fr)
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