Research Group: 
Running period: 
2017 to 2018

Vertebrate herbivores are key drivers of species composition and ecosystem functioning in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems worldwide. Currently, communities of herbivores are changing globally through defaunation and restoration via re-wilding. However, how the loss or gain of herbivores species affects key ecosystem functions is poorly understood.

In this project we use a long-term, globally distributed experimental network (NutNet), in combination with a long-term national network of grazing experiments to unravel how large herbivores affect soil carbon and nutrient cycling.



NIOO Strategic fund

Research team

Dr Judith Sitters