Project Title: Modeling UK forest dynamic with a process based model
Summary: During my PhD I will:
(1)collect data of recruitment process like seed production, seed dispersal, seedling growth and survival for 8 common tree species in UK woodland and model these processes with effects of environment.
(2) incorporate the recruitment process as a sub model into a process based forest dynamic model SORTIE. In previous work of our group, SORTIE has been calibrated with data of adult trees and modified to introduce the direct and indirect effects of climate change on forest community. I will use the full model to predict range shifts of trees and changes in community composition with climate change when considering the recruitment process.