Mediterranean Woodland Productivity
This study gives students the opportunity to measure woodland productivity in a representative Mediterranean ecosystem. Students will determine the biomass of two species, the Aleppo Pine and Holm Oak, at sites with different altitude, slope aspect, soil type, and micro-climate. Data will be compared between sites, and students will draw conclusions about how environmental factors affect woodland productivity. Students will become familiar with a variety of sampling methods, including the quadrats, line transects and belt transects. Follow-up analysis can include a range of statistical techniques, including standard deviation, Student's t-test and Spearman's Rank Correlation.
This study requires one full day.