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Impacts of invasive alien plants on animals

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The invasions of alien plant species present a major threat to global biodiversity. Alien plants can modify terrestrial habitats due to their impacts on plant diversity, vegetation composition, microclimate conditions, nutrient cycles and soil conditions. Consequently, invasive alien plants often have impacts on the natural fauna. Research topics contain:

a) Analyses of the impact of the invasive moss Campylopus introflexus on invertebrates in coastal areas [ongoing project]

b) Impact of non-native black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) on faunal composition in an urban landscape. [start in 2014; in cooperation with Dr. Sascha Buchholz, TU Berlin]