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    Phone: +49 (0)441 798-3436
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    Room: W4 0-048
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    Universität Oldenburg
    Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften
    AG Funktionelle Ökologie der Pflanzen
    26111 Oldenburg
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Open theses

Master thesis in Germany and Brasil

Together with brasilian colleagues we are writing a project proposal for the DAAD programm 'Projektbezogener Personenaustausch' and a looking for motivated master students, who want to participate in the proposal with the goal to write their thesis in our project.

The project aims to assess the conservation value of protected areas in the Neotropics using a hyperdiverse plant group: vascular epiphytes. The data for the project are comming from the Epiphyte Inventory Group (EpIG) that pooles >70 data sets from nine countries and >20 regions.

A certain degree of knowledge of statistics as well as GIS is desired but not mandatory; these skills will be taught during the time of the project. The students are expected to travel to Brasil (Alfenas in Minas Gerais) at least 2 times during the duration of their thesis, and the expected output of the thesis is a publication, for which the student will receive support from an international team.

If you are interested, please contact asap:
Helena Einzmann, Functional Ecology of Plants, Tel: 0441 798-3315, helena.einzmann(at)uol.de


Higher, faster, further: dispersal potential of diaspore models from the 3D printer put to the test

(2 BA possible now; supervisors: Helena Einzmann & Maria Will)


The dispersal of diaspores (seeds and fruits with their attached structures) depends considerably on their design. Closely related species often show diverging designs of their diaspores that still are adapted to the same  dispersal vector (e.g. wind). We are interested in what influence such morphological differences in the design of the diaspores have on the dispersal success, i.e. their reach or the number of dispersed seeds.


Two students could work parallel on the topic.

(1) Project "capsules": What consequences have small changes (size, form or weight) for the dispersal radius of capsules?

(2) Project "wind dispersed diaspores": What parameters determine optimal transport of wind dispersed seeds of different Acer species?


Based on morphological specifications of different species, simplified models shall be designed and 3D printed. These prototypes will then be tested with regard to their changed properties.

We expect interest in 3D modelling, 3D print and the analysis of data. Own ideas are welcome.

(Changed: 2020-01-23)