Research

We are an active group of scientists with diverse research programs, but we all share a common interest in plant-animal interactions in tundra regions. So far, our collaborative efforts have culminated in two published papers, and three standardized protocols on how to measure herbivory.

We also a number of exciting new projects currently being developed:

  • An assessment of the functional diversity of herbivore assemblages across the Arctic led by James Speed. This work follows from the Barrio et al. (2016) data material and aims to summarize the functional groups and phylogenetic diversity of arctic herbivores.

  • A systematic review on the effects of herbivores on tundra soils led by the soil working group (Maria Väisänen, Guillermo Bueno, Maria Tuomi and Francis Brearley). This work will revise the current knowledge on the impacts of herbivores on tundra soils through literature search.

  • Identification of data gaps in tundra herbivory research led by Eeva Soininen, James Speed and Jennifer Forbey. Eeva and James are developing a systematic protocol that aims to create a systematic map of the conducted herbivory research. Jennifer will lead a review on what kind of paradigms have been prominent in herbivory research for the last decades.

  • The assessment on the effects of historical grazing within tundra sites led by Martin Mörsdorf. In the workshop discussion on the methods in defining historical grazing effects within tundra study sites was initiated, which could be developed into a protocol during the next meetings.