Deciphering the role of drought and fire in tropical ecosystems

The Biosphere is increasingly being affected by a series of abiotic drivers associated to climate and land use change. One of the highest uncertainties for predicting the future distribution and functioning of tropical biomes is the role of fire and extreme drought events, and their interaction.

There are several approached for addressing this topic: from manipulative greenhouse experiments, to fieldwork and modelling. The specifics would be discussed with the student and adapted to the student’s interests.