Tamara Münkemüller - Projects.

PrioritIce (2023-2026, Biodiversa, role: local PI)

Glacial habitats are vanishing habitats and glacier-related biodiversity is threatened by climate change. PrioritIce will identify trends, threats and processes acting on the biodiversity associated to glacial habitats in south-western European mountains (i.e., Alps, Apennines and Pyrenees). Specifically, PioritIce will 1) develop a unique, complete database on the biodiversity of glacier ecosystems, 2) analyse trophic and functional interactions across taxa, and identify major ecosystem functions provided by glacial species and habitats, and 3) identify evidence-based conservation priorities and actions for managing glacial habitats.

TransAlp (2021-2026, ANR, role: PI) [more here]

In Alpine grasslands, climate warming and land-use change threaten the structure and dynamics of above- and belowground biodiversity, and their associated ecosystem functions. In our project TransAlp we propose to study short- to long-term effects of these threats by combining transplant experiments covering a decadal time-series of warming responses with a process-based simulation model integrating above- and belowground dynamics.

GAMBAS (2019-2023, ANR, role: local PI) [more here] [and here]

Recently, a new generation of joint species distribution models has been proposed. These models can provide a better understanding and more accurate predictions of species distributions based on environmental variables while taking into account the effects of all other co-occurring species (e.g. competition). However, as promising as these models are in predictive ecology, the extensive use of JSDMs is still hampered by several limitations both on the ecological and statistical fronts. Our project GAMBAS aims to overcome these limitations with input from stakeholders and policy makers to ensure that the results from the theoretical research can realistically be implemented.

AlpagesVolants (2016-2021, DiPEE/ZAA/FREE, role: PI) [more here]

AlpagesVolants aims at better understanding and predicting (A) the early transient dynamics of coupled plant-soil communities in alpine meadows as a response to warming climate ; and (B) the dynamic mechanisms limiting the often strikingly-sharp ranges of plants in mountain environments. The overall approach to address these research questions centers around the transplant experiment AlpagesVolants. The experiment was installed in the French Alps close to the Alpine station alpine Joseph Fourier (SAJF) at the Lautaret in 2016 in a joint effort of LECA and SAJF.