Plant community ecology – the joy of complex interactions
How can plants help each other in nature?
Under which conditions do negative interactions become positive?
Which disturbance characteristics create changes in plant community structures?
How can animals affect plant community structure?
And how plant community structure affects their response to animals?
My main research concerns with the ecological mechanisms which govern plant-plant interactions, and thus shape community species composition and spatial structures. In particular, I am interested in two factors that may shape of plant community:
- The role of positive interactions and the external and internal factors which cause shifts in their nature.
- The changing role of animal activity along environmental gradients.