Ulrich Neumüller


Impact of inundation regime and meadow management on bee-flower networks in the Nationalpark Donau-Auen

Interactions among species in ecological communities have long fascinated ecologists. The relatively new approach of bipartite network analyses can provide profound insights into the characteristics of a community such as interactions or the quantity and power of dependencies between species.

The main objective of this master’s thesis will be to explore the bee-flower visitation networks on flooded and non-flooded meadows in the Nationalpark Donau-Auen.

Bee samples will be assembled during 3 sampling periods between the end of April and beginning of August. To enable a network analysis, each plant on which a bee has been collected will be recorded and assigned to the visitor.