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Non-native palms as generators of novel ecosystems

PhD defence, Thursday 3 June 2021. Vincent Fehr.

2021.06.03 | Sunitha Satkunam

Vincent Fehr

During his PhD studies, Vincent Fehr used non-native palms as a model group to study novel ecosystems. Novel ecosystems are self-maintaining ecosystems, usually generated by non-native species, that are characterized by species assemblages and ecosystem functions without historical precedence. Non-native palms are potential generators of novel ecosystems due to their ecological and socioeconomic importance. Vincent Fehr conducted extensive fieldwork in Brazil, Mexico and the Southern European Alps to investigate biodiversity patterns and functioning of palms-generated novel ecosystems. He also projected the potential distribution of palm-generated novel ecosystem under future climate change scenarios using species distribution models. The new research findings contribute to the understanding of the functioning and conservation value of novel ecosystems that will increasingly be the norm in the Anthropocene.


The PhD study was completed at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday 3 June 2021 at 10:00
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to wolf.eiserhardt@bio.au.dk.
Title of PhD thesis: Non-native palms as generators of novel ecosystems
Contact information: Vincent Fehr, e-mail: vincent.fehr@bio.au.dk, tel.: +41 79 263 90 84
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Melodie A McGeoch, Department of Ecology Environmental and Evalution, School of Life Sciences La Trobe University, Australia
Lecturer Fred Stauffer, CJBG - Conservatoire et Jardin bontaniques, Switzerland
Associate Professor Wolf Eiserhardt (chairman), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor:
Assistant Professor Robert Buitenwerf, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.nat@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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