Insect mortality has dramatic consequences for biodiversity and also for human beings. gaiac plans, carries out and evaluates observations and monitoring to investigate the causes and control measures. We would also be pleased to support you in the conceptual design of your monitoring.
Monitoring of insects in the field
as a monitoring tool for the indigenous biodiversity
Insect monitoring - observing and monitoring biodiversity
Why and to what extent are our insects disappearing?
What do we collect?
We collect habitat specific data on species composition, number of individuals & biomass for different taxa Carabidae, Araneae, Syrphidae, Lepidoptera, Oribatida, Collembola, Saltatoria. We use standard methods specific to species groups (e.g. pitfall traps, transect surveys, soil cores, trap squares).
What do we evaluate?
Ecological data of biotic communities are complex and multifaceted, so that it requires a lot of experience to evaluate them in a purposefully manner. Sometimes univariate or multivariate statistical methods can lead to the desired result, but often we also use classical ecological evaluation methods. We evaluate long-term monitoring data and use them to develop adapted concepts for measures for species and habitat protection.