Postgraduate Research Questions

Topics of particular interest relevant to the SAC for further research. Each topic is explained and includes a status bar, research dates, PDF download (where applicable) & website button/s link (where applicable). The majority of research is ongoing and will take multiple years to complete. If you are an ecologist, postgraduate/graduate student or have an deep interest in Capo Testa & would like to assist in survey work please feel free to get in Contact & chose area/s of preference. The research codes (e.g. A1) relate to the Research Project Questions section at the bottom of the About page.   

             

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R1: Develpoment of a 'Practical Ecosystem-approach Model' for mitigating the risk of Wildfires, whilst optimising biodiversity benefit to local species in Meso-Mediterranean Holm-Oak (Quercus ilex) Forests. Specifically in the Capo Testa SAC, Sardegna.

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R2: Investigation into Dermaptera (Earwig) species present in the Valle Della Luna research area of Capo Testa SAC. With focus towards local food-web interactions & change in biomass in relation to changing climate conditions.

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R3: Identification of pollinating insects (primarily Anthophila, Syrphidae, Heteroptera & Lepidoptera) present in the Valle Della Luna research area of Capo Testa SAC, & associations with habitat-specific angiosperm species with focus on endemic interactions.

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R4: Assessment of topographical specific nesting habitats relative to Anthophila & Syrphidae species present in Capo Testa SAC.

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R5: Identification & analyses of preferential habitat requirements for Testudo marginata (Marginated Tortoise) in Capo Testa SAC. With focus upon the current quality of habitat, health of populations & enhancement or restoration of natural habitat quality.

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R6: Evaluation of IUCN Red-List endangered Lizard populations, with in-depth focus upon biocenoses & cenoses in specific Tyrrhenian habitats, in Capo Testa SAC. 

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R7: Investigation into the habitat association between the endemic Graphosma italicum ssp. Sardiniensis (Striped Sardinian Shield-Bug) & Daucus carota (Sea Carrot) in Coastal Elicriso Gariga (EUNIS 5320; Low formations of Euphorbia pithyusa close to cliffs). With particular attention paid towards lifecycle, breeding populations & specific habitat provision.

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R8: The effects upon ecosystem balance & other wildlife species by a large population of Rattus norvegicus (Norweigan Brown-Rat) in a novel Sarsaparilla-Lentisco (Smilax-Pistacia) Gariga habitat, in Cala Grande, Capo Testa SAC.

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R9: Examination of ecosystem dynamics in a niche mosaic of habitats, where Meso-Mediterranean Holm-Oak Forest, Arborescent Macchia with Juniperus, Thermo-Mediterranean Tree-Spurge Gariga & Endemic Sardinian Genista Gariga converge (Macchia del Gatto Rosso/Teschio Woodland in Capo Testa SAC) .

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R10: Nocturnal wildlife present in a niche cliff-top Arborescent Macchia with Phillyrea latifolia.

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