• Synthesis Project Syn4:
  Predicting ecosystem functions from functional diversity and plant-animal
  interaction networks

From 01/11/2016 to 31/10/2018

Project leader:   Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Matthias Schleuning, Marco Tschapka

Syn4 addresses the impact of climate and land-use change on functional diversity and ecosystem functions related to biotic interaction networks, in particular pollination and seed dispersal. It will reveal mechanistic links between biodiversity, plant-animal interactions and ecosystem functions and will help to quantify the robustness and resilience of ecological communities and ecosystem functions to land-use and climate change. Syn4 will combine data on biodiversity, plant-animal interactions and species traits covering two types of mutualistic interactions and different taxonomic groups to test whether the functional diversity of animals and/or plants drives changes in interaction networks along land-use and climatic gradients. Syn4 will examine how changes in interaction diversity are related to changes in ecosystem functions. To assess the robustness and resilience of ecological communities and ecosystem functions to land-use and climate change, Syn4 will also parameterize a simulation model incorporating species' response and effect traits and will quantify consequences of species loss for networks and ecosystem functions along land-use and climatic gradients.