Terrestrial Ecology

Terrestrial Ecology research includes studies of plant-soil-atmosphere interactions and biogeochemistry at molecular to landscape scales, with specific emphasis on the belowground ecosystem. Laboratory and field studies address terrestrial components of the global carbon cycle; factors controlling the quantity, quality, and spatial distribution of soil organic matter; and the roles of soil microbes, plant roots, and soil organic matter in ecosystem-scale responses to environmental forcing factors.

Ecological services in the terrestrial environment provided by Huta Environment include habitat surveys and mapping, botanical surveys and fauna surveys to identify the principal vegetative and animal communities present at a site. Initial surveys seek to identify the baseline communities at a site. This can be followed by an evaluation of the ecological communities present, and an impact assessment of a proposed project. Monitoring during the construction and operation of a project is also often undertaken.

Terrestrial ecological services provided by Huta Environment have included detailed surveys for flora and fauna along the routes of proposed infrastructure and industrial projects such as township development, industrial complexes, power plants and at individual development sites. The range of flora and fauna surveys frequently undertaken by Huta Environment are listed below.

Habitat and Flora Surveys:

  • Habitat assessments and classification
  • Digital habitat mapping
  • Rare plant and sensitive / habitat surveys
  • Invasive / non-native species surveys and control
  • Statistical analysis of flora or habitat distributions

Fauna Surveys:

  • Terrestrial mammal surveys (with emphasis on protected species)
  • Bird surveys
  • Reptile and amphibian surveys (including habitat suitability assessments, capture, numeration and relocation)
  • Terrestrial invertebrate surveys
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