B3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES
Research and current projects
Several Protea species of the South-African Fynos are thought to be principally pollinated by a bird, the Cape sugarbird (Promerops cafer). The interaction between neighboring plant individuals affect the resource availability which in turn influence the nectar production. During my PhD, I will test the effects of the floral morphology and nectar availability on the movement and foraging behavior of the Cape sugarbird (1). Further, I will test the efficiency of the Cape sugarbird as pollen vector for several Protea species (2). Finally, I will examine how the variation in the fecundity of the studied Protea species is influenced by the floral traits, nectar landscapes and pollen deposition of the Cape sugarbird (3)
The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (SCHU 2259/3-1 and SCHL 1934/1-1) and is supported by the research funding programme "LOEWE – Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz" of Hesse's Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts.
Schmid B., Nottebrock H., Esler K. J., Pauw A., Böhning-Gaese K., Schurr F., Schleuning M. (2012) Sugarbushes and Sugarbirds: a delicate win-win relationship in South African fynbos? Oral presentation, Fynbos Forum in Cape St-Francis (South Africa), 17 – 19 July 2012
Schmid B., Nottebrock H., Pagel J., Esler K. J., Böhning-Gaese K., Schleuning M., Schurr F. (2011) The Protea-Bird Project: Spatial determinants of animal pollination and plant fecundity in South African Fynbos. Poster presentation, Fynbos Forum in Still Bay (South Africa), 31 May – 3 June 2011
Schmid B., Chastel O., Jenni L. (2011). The prolactin response to an acute stressor in relation to parental care and corticosterone in a short-lived bird, the Eurasian hoopoe. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 174, 22-29.