Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987 – 1993
    Studied biology (plant physiology, ecology) at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

  • 1991 – 1992
    Studied biology (geobotany, physiological ecology) at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Bilbao, Spain

  • 1992 – 1993
    Studied geosciences at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1993
    Diplom degree in biology from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

  • 1993 – 1994
    Practical experience in the river ecology planning office at Anbiotek S.L. in Bilbao, Spain

  • 1994 – 1997
    Research associate at the Institute of Ecology, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, on the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) project "Stability, resilience and regeneration of grassland ecosystems"

  • 1997 – 2000
    Freelance work in the area of nature conservation and landscape planning

    Doctorate ("summa cum laude") from the Institute of Ecology at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

  • 2000 – 2001
    Research associate at the Institute of Ecology at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

  • 2002 – 2005
    C1 assistant professor at the Institute of Ecology at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

  • 2005 – 2010
    Research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena

  • 2009
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena; venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in ecology

  • Since 2009
    Private lecturer at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

  • Since 2010
    Researcher (Heisenberg Fellowship) at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig-Halle, Germany, in the Department of Community Ecology

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Aboveground plant community patterns and the role of plant traits for community processes, sub-project in the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit "Jena Experiment", DFG 2008-2010

  • Effects of diversity and resource availability on the plasticity of the plant functional traits, plant species interactions and productivity, DFG 2011-2014

  • The role of plant functional traits and trait variation for community assembly and productivity in semi-natural and experimentally manipulated grasslands, DFG 2012-2015

  • Plant population biology as a basis for understanding community assembly in the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning context, together with Prof. M. Fischer (Bern); sub-project in the DFG Research Unit "Jena Experiment", DFG 2013-2016


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