On March 8th at 13.15 (CET), KAU Biology doctoral candidate Jeff Marker will present his seminar on riparian functional diversity. Measuring biodiversity in an ecosystem is more than just counting species, it is essential that we understand exactly what effects those species have on their habitats and how they shape ecosystem processes. By looking at a combination of indices and pinpointing functional traits, Jeff will walk us through the effects of forested riparian buffer and forestry management on the functional diversity of riparian spiders and plants. Join the meeting on zoom via https://kau-se.zoom.us/my/kaubiology

Jacqueline Hoppenreijs, Lutz Eckstein and Lovisa Lind have a new paper out! It describes the different pressures of human activities on boreal riparian vegetation. They collected information from 182 scientific papers, books and reports and found that there are factors that are already damaging many rivers, such as hydropower (Figure 1), and factors that will become more important in the future, such as the climate crisis. More importantly, they found that these and other processes interact in ways that we don’t understand yet, simply because they’ve hardly been studied.

They combined all the effects of the pressures in one conceptual model (Figure 2), to help researchers, managers and everyone else who might be interested to ask more relevant research questions and balance different management measures with each other, so that riparian zones and the land and water around them can be protected better. The full paper is accessible through https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fevo.2021.806130/full#h6.

Figure 2. Conceptual model as developed in the paper http://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.806130