What is the role of horses as seed dispersers for native and endemic trees in central Chile? (21.08.2015)

The introduction of horses to the New World by Spanish colonists was potentially the first “rewilding” project, as pastured and feral horses may act as proxies for extinct horse species.  This project will focus on their seed dispersal role, and would involve field work to determine which seeds are dispersed by horses, the average dispersal distance and “defecation niche” where the seed ends up, and horses’ habitat use patterns in silvopastoral habitats. 

Contact: Meredith Root-Bernstein (meredith.root-bernstein@bios.au.dk) and Jens-Christian Svenning (svenning@bios.au.dk)