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La Palma Science School 2011

Biodiversity of Islands in the Face of Climate Change

La Palma, Canary Islands. April 13 to 27, 2011

The summer school was organised as a two week block course on the island of La Palma followed by more flexible time of data analyses and result presentation at Bayreuth University. The block course covered biogeographical excursions, keynote lectures and discussions as well as intensive field work and data analyses. Each group of three participants developed specific research questions, chose adequate methodologies and conducted a phase of field work and data collection. Lecturers accompany each step with discussions and practical help. Keynote presentations will be given at the El Paso park offices of Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma. 


The summer school was organised by the Department of Biogeograpy and Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.).

Keynote presentations of the GCE summer school "Biodiversity of islands in the face of climate change" at the El Paso park offices of Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma. All lectures were given from 8-10 pm with one hour presentation followed by one hour discussion. All presentations were open to public.


The importance of windows of opportunity for long-distance dispersal to oceanic islands: examples from the Macaronesian archipelago

 Prof. José-Maria Fernández-Palacios, Universidad La Laguna


Old and new challenges in using species diversity for assessing and monitoring biodiversity

Prof. Alessandro Chiarucci, Università di Siena


Primary succession on the subdesert scrub on La Palma recent lava flows

Francisco Cabrera Rodriguez, Universidad La Laguna


Molecular island biogeography: Canary beetles as examples

Prof. Thomas Schmitt, Universität Trier


Island endemics and reproduction: Importance of nest attributes in the conservation of birds of the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, Chile

Dr. Ingo J. Hahn, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münste

Research groups:

Each group of participants worked on one of the following topics:

  1. Climatic Stability and Disturbance Regimes in Laurel Forests – Consequences for Biodiversity
  2. The Influence of Human Infrastructure (Roads) on the Distribution of Endemic Species
  3. Altitudinal Gradients of Island Endemic Species
  4. Succession Trajectories on Lava Flows – Diversity and Endemism related to Time or Altitude
  5. Climatic Habitat Requirements of Aeonium Species
  6. Introduced Herbivores as a Threat for Endemic Species
  7. Habitat Heterogeneity as a Driver for Biodiversity 
  8. Monte Verde, Fayal-Brezal and Pine Forests – Are they Differentiated by Climate, Land Use or Fire?
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