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Tage Vowles

PhD student

Phone: +46 (0)31-786 6683
E mail: tage.vowles@bioenv.gu.se
Fax: +46 (0)31-786 2560

Research

The overall objective of my research is to try to gain an increased understanding of plant-herbivore interactions in mountain ecosystems under a changing climate.

In the recent past, substantial evidence has accumulated that arctic and alpine landscapes are undergoing distinct changes in plant community structure, presumably brought about by increasing temperatures and a prolonged snow-free season. However, research suggests that reindeer can inhibit climate-driven shrub expansion and plant community change in the Arctic. Consequently, model simulations not considering herbivore impact may be severely biased, thus impairing projections of vegetation composition and associated ecosystem changes. To improve our knowledge of how future climate warming may affect the Swedish mountains it is therefore crucial that we gain a better understanding of the underlying processes of large herbivore grazing on ecosystem functions and services.

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