Staying Grounded: Using Vegetation Indices to Inform Carabid Beetle Conservation

Another post by the SES group at Leuphana


Large parts of China are covered by steppes: more than 40% of the country’s terrestrial surface exhibit different types of grassland. In these ecosystems, carabids constitute one of the most abundant beetles. These carabid or ground beetle communities do not only depend on the biotic and abiotic characteristics of their local habitat but are also influenced by habitat structures at the landscape level. A recently published study by Tsafack et al. (2020) examines the relationships between land cover and carabid abundance at different spatial scales to inform conservation actions.

There are more than 40,000 ground beetle species worldwide.

Strong anthropogenic pressures in the form of climate change and intensive land use modify grasslands all over the world. In the study area in northern China, related processes like desertification and habitat degradation directly influence the local fauna. In the case of the carabid beetles, it is known that their response to…

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