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Ochotona curzoniae

Relevance of small mammals for the grasslands of the Tibetan plateau – The plateau pika (Ochotona curzoniae) – an indicator for pasture degradation on the Tibetan Plateau?

The soil-dwelling plateau pika has coexisted with pastoralists and their livestock for millennia on the Tibetan Plateau. The region, one of the largest rangeland areas in the world, is increasingly influenced by land use intensification (increasing population and livestock numbers), changes in the traditional Tibetan livelihoods (sedentarization policy), as well as climatic changes. The consequence is the degradation of the grasslands. In this changing ecosystem small mammals gain more importance, as forage competitors for livestock. Moreover the most abundant small mammal the plateau pika have traditionally been accused to cause and accelerate pasture degradation and labeled as pest. At the same time, a broad scientific consensus exist, because pikas are frequently regarded as a parade example of ecosystem engineers, highlight as keystone species and may play a beneficial role in their natural habitats.

Within the BMBF-funded project PaDeMoS (Pasture Degradation Monitoring System) the study mainly focus on the interactions between plateau pika and the Tibetan pastures, along large scale environmental gradients, including a special population analysis of plateau pika as model species.

PaDeMoS 

 

Publikationen maika holzapfel

 

Tiralla, N., Holzapfel, M. & H. Ansorge (submitted): No predation of livestock – feeding ecology of the wolf (Canis lupus) in a near-natural ecosystem in Mongolia. – European Journal of Wildlife Research

 2018

Tiralla, N., Holzapfel, M. & H. Ansorge (submitted): No predation of livestock – Feeding ecology of the wolf (Canis lupus) in a near-natural ecosystem in Mongolia. – Abstracts 92 Annual Meeting DGS: 110.

Wang, Y., Lehnert, L.W., Holzapfel, M., Schultz, R., Heberling, G., Görzen, E., Meyer, H., Seeber, E., Pinkert, S., Ritz, M., Fu, Y., Ansorge, H., Bendix, J., Seifert, B., Miehe, G., Long, R.-J., Yang, Y.-P. & K. Wesche (2018): Multiple indicators yield diverging results on grazing degradation and climate controls across Tibetan pastures. – Ecological indicators 93: 199-1208.

 

2015

Wang, Y, Lehnert, L., Holzapfel, M., Schultz, R., Heberling, G., Görzen, E., Meyer, H., Seeber, E., Pinkert, S., Ritz, M., Ansorge, H., Bendix, J., Seifert, B., Miehe, G., Long, R., Yang, Y. & K. Wesche (2015). Testing congruence among multiple grazing indicators: a multi-site study across the Tibetan plateau. Geophysical Research Abstracts 17, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna. 

 

2013

Holzapfel, M., Miehe, G., Wesche, K. & Ansorge, H. (2013). The plateau pika (Ochotona curzoniae) – an indicator for pasture degradation on the Tibetan Plateau? Mammalian Biology 78, suppl.: 12-13. 

 

2012

Wagner, C., Holzapfel, M., Kluth, G., Reinhardt, I. & H. Ansorge (2012). Wolf (Canis lupus) feeding habits during the first eight years of its occurrence in Germany. Mammalian Biology 77: 196-203. 

Holzapfel M., Wagner C., Kluth, G., Reinhardt, I. & H. Ansorge (2010). Fakten aus Losungen - Zehn Jahre nahrungsökologische Untersuchungen am Wolf (Canis lupus) in Deutschland. Tagungsband. Rückkehr der Wölfe, St. Andreasberg, Harz: 27-32. 

 

2011

Holzapfel M., Kluth, G., Reinhardt, I., Wagner C., & H. Ansorge (2011). Zur Nahrungsökologie der Wölfe (Canis lupus) in Deutschland – Ergebnisse aus zehn Jahren Forschung. Beiträge zur Jagd- und Wildforschung 36: 117-128. 

Ansorge H., Endel J., Hertweck K., Holzapfel M., Kluth G., Körner S., Reinhardt I. & C. Wagner. (2011). Sie sind wieder da! Seit 10 Jahren gibt es wieder Wölfe in Deutschland. Senckenberg – Natur, Forschung, Museum - Das Senckenberg-Wissenschaftsmagazin 141: 162-173.

Holzapfel M., Wagner C., Kluth, G., Reinhardt, I. & H. Ansorge (2011). Nahrungsökologische Untersuchungen am Wolf (Canis lupus) in der Lausitz – Ergebnisse der letzten zehn Jahre. Kolloquiumsbeiträge aus dem Biosphärenreservat Oberausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft 2007-2010: 130-142. 

 

2010

Ansorge, H., Holzapfel, M., Kluth, G., Reinhardt, I. &. C. Wagner (2010). Das erste Jahrzehnt: Die Rückkehr der Wölfe. Biologie in unserer Zeit 40 (4): 244-253. 

Holzpafel, M., Kluth, G., Reinhardt, I., Wagner, C. & H. Ansorge (2010). Ten years monitoring of the feeding ecology of the wolf Canis lupus in Upper Lusatia, Germany. Mammalian Biology 75, suppl.: 12-13. 

 

2009

Holzpafel, M., Ojeda, R. A. (2009). Ecology of small mammals in the arid Andean foothills of Mendoza, Argentina. Mammalian Biology 74, suppl.: 12-13.

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