The site-based approach is being developed around existing tropical field sites with permanent, censused plots, including several study sites in
We are following a ‘site-based’ approach, carrying out in-depth assessment of diversity at specific localities.
We will be comparing total diversity and turnover at study sites and using this information to establish general patterns of biodiversity.
For selected groups, studies of local sites can be interpolated for area-based analyses using existing locality data from the collections and the literature.
Site-based studies have the advantage of
While challenging, these studies become more feasible due to international efforts to set up networks of study plots for comparative analysis.
In addition, in most parts of the world the remaining primary forest sites are adjacent to areas in various states of disturbance and secondary regrowth. Studying the dynamics of change and its effects on biodiversity along perturbation gradients is critical for sustainable management and conservation of tropical forests.
We are sampling at the site using standardized protocols for
Arthropod samples obtained with standard trapping methods (Malaise, flight-interception, pitfall ) usually produce thousands of specimens from a complex mixture of species (“biodiversity soup”). Specimen sorting and species-level identification is extremely time consuming and requires specialist expertise.
Collection and storage
Dry and frozen collection workflow (unifying existing NHM collections and databases, linked to KEmu collection management system)