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Potential Dissertation Themes

Examples of topics that may be addressed as potential areas of research to develop a Ph.D. thesis in the SUSFOR programme, and that constitute established lines of research of the host institution, are the following:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Physiology of stress
  • Carbon and water balances
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Tree genetics for adaptability and breeding
  • Wildlife ecology and management
  • Fire ecology and management
  • Pest ecology and management
  • Landscape ecology and land use dynamics
  • Environmental remote sensing
  • Valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Forest certification
  • Sustainable forest management
  • Intensification of and precision silviculture
  • Forest models: merging process models and statistics
  • Individual-based competition in forest stands
  • The forest-to-consumer chain
  • Innovative forest-based products
  • Non-wood forest products
  • The cork chain: from fundamentals to innovation
  • Forest-based green chemistry and products
  • Forest products in a biorefinery concept
  • Biomass and bioenergy