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Miss Ennia Bosshard

Miss Ennia Bosshard

MPH Biological Sciences

 Stella Turk Building G306

 

University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE

Overview

I am a PhD student fascinated by the complexity of tropical forests and keen to contribute my skills towards conserving biodiversity and creating resilient ecosystem. Currently, I am working on my PhD project on the role of plant-pollinator networks in guiding restoration of forest ecosystem functions and services.

I did my BSc and MSc degrees at ETH in Switzerland, focusing on forest restoration in both my degree projects. Before starting my PhD at the University of Exeter, I lived in Southeast Asia for 1.5 years where I conducted research on tree seed systems for forest restoration in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and India.

Qualifications

  • MSc Environmental Sciences, Major in Forest and Landscape Management, ETH Zurich
  • BSc Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich

Research

Research projects

Project title: The role of plant-pollinator networks in guiding restoration of forest ecosystem functions and services

Supervisors: Dr. Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury, Prof. Frank Van Veen, Dr. Mark Harrison, Dr. Christopher Kettle (ETH)

Funding Body: Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala (Switzerland)

Project Description: Ambitious restoration commitments all over the world acknowledge that restoration of degraded ecosystems has never been more urgent than now. To effectively tackle the ongoing climate and biodiversity crises, however, it is not sufficient to achieve quantitative targets increasing tree cover. Beyond that, restoration efforts need to assist the recovery of ecosystem functions and services, that means to recover the integrity of the degraded ecosystems so that they can help maintain the Earth's natural balance and provide vital benefits to humanity. Plant-pollinator networks provide essential ecosystem functions and services through supporting genetic diversity in forests and pollinating a vast majority of flowering plants and leading global food crops. They can therefore serve as an indicator for assessing the efficacy of a holistic ecosystem-based restoration approach. However, they have received only little attention in guiding restoration practices to date.

In my PhD project, I aim to identify necessary steps to guide development of more holistic restoration strategies that consider plant-pollinator networks in a priority habitat for ecological restoration: the peat-swamps forests of Central Kalimantan, Borneo. I will assess network interaction patterns to better understand the relation between forest ecosystem services and functions provided by plant-pollinator networks and the state of the forest (levels of degradation and restoration) and use dynamic models to understand and predict species’ responses to the environmental changes and to inform effective management strategies.

For more information about my research, visit my researchgate profile.

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