The 2011 team seems ready. These people will study ecology of barnacle geese. We will focus on plant-animal interaction, diet selection and food quality.
A short presentation of all individual plans:
|Suzanne has studied earlier diet choice of goslings with microscopic analysis.
|Dagmar will study the trophic mismatch. How has the optimal timing of geese and their food plants shifted with climate change?
|Elspeth can analyse species composition of mosses with molecular techniques.
|Maarten will supervise all science and collect dataloggers from geese which have been attached to the ring and have logged the position during migration.
|We have started a new cooperation with the Chinese station and Qi will study quality of foodplants.
unfortunately, Qi did not receive a Chinese grant to come to the Arctic. We have to postpone this collaboration.
Wat will we do?
Observations on grazing geese, collecting goose droppings and plant material for diet analysis, grow food plants at various temperatures, allow geese in previous exclosed areas, change dataloggers on geese.