Mariska te Beest
Postdoctoral researcher at Department of Ecology and Environmental Science
Keywords: Climate change, shrub encroachment, albedo, reindeer, climate-vegetation feedbacks
Arctic research summary
Interactions between climate and vegetation are important for climate change. Changes in vegetation can accelerate or slow down global warming. Using a mainly experimental approach I study the interactive effect of herbivores, fire and climate on plant community composition and plant traits in both sub-arctic tundra and savanna systems, with a specific focus on biophysical climate-vegetation feedbacks and climate-driven shrub encroachment. By identifying similarities and differences across systems I aim to gain a broader understanding of ecological processes and plant community response to climate change.