Ant diversity along an urban-rural gradient: a trait-based approach
Project funded by own resources
Project title Ant diversity along an urban-rural gradient: a trait-based approach
Principal Investigator(s) Braschler, Brigitte
Organisation / Research unit Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Naturschutzbiologie (Baur)
Project start 01.01.2014
Probable end 31.12.2017
Status Completed

Urbanisation is increasing worldwide. Within the city novel ecosystems like lawns and flower beds as well as more or less impacted remnants of natural ecosystem provide habitat for a variety of organisms. However, these habitat patches differ from more natural sites outside cities in many respects. Typically this leads to altered species composition and diversity. Novel conditions and a lack of some competitors or predators may allow species to expand their niches through altered behaviour or phenology and local adaptation. Native species establishing in urban habitats thus face conditions reminiscent of many introduced species in the early stages of invasion and similar mechanisms may play a role in whether they succeed. In this project I examine the effects of urbanisation on ants, a group that is frequently used as biodiversity or disturbance indicators and has an important role in ecosystem functioning.

Keywords biodiversity, myrmecology, ants, formicidae, urbanisation
Financed by University funds
Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
3611554  Braschler, Brigitte  Diversität im Stadtkanton: die Ameisenfauna von Riehen und Bettingen  1420-4606  Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaften beider Basel  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

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