Dafne RamDoctoral Student
I completed my bachelor studies on nature and wildlife management in the Netherlands followed by a master degree here in Lund majoring in animal ecology. In my master thesis l looked at the timing of breeding of passerines in southern Lapland and the correlation of breeding timing with climate. After my Master, I worked on a project on forest bird trends looking at how population trends of specialist and generalist bird species correlate with changing variables in the forest such as amounts of dead wood, old forest and broad-leaved forest.
About my project
Although Sweden is dominated by forest, the forests are more or less interspersed by areas of open land (e.g. farmland, clear-cuts, mires, power lines) forming mosaic landscapes. These landscapes are in a state of continuous change: when forests are fragmented into mosaics of open and forested patches, the suitability for forest animals may decrease, while at the same time the suitability for open-land animals will increase. Today, the opposite processes dominate in many parts of Sweden; open areas close and the forest cover increases. I am interested in how these processes affect biodiversity at this dynamic forest-farmland interface.
In my PhD, I am looking at how butterflies and birds are distributed at the forest-farmland interface and how they respond to changes in land-use and environmental drivers. I am working primarily with data from the Swedish Butterfly Monitoring Scheme and the& Swedish Bird Survey.
Recent research outputs
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article