Short CV/Education and training

  • 1972 – 1976
    Studied biology and geosciences at the University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1979
    Doctorate at the University of Freiburg

  • 1987
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Freiburg

  • 1987 – 1993
    Private lecturer in geobotany and special botany at the University of Freiburg

  • 1991 – 1993
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Since 1993
    Professor of botany at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany; Head of the research group Vegetation Ecology and Restoration Ecology in the Department of Biology

Selected publications

  • Kratochwil, A., Schwabe, A.: Ökologie der Lebensgemeinschaften. UTB Große Reihe. Stuttgart, 2001.

  • Oberdorfer, E., Schwabe, A., Müller, T.: Pflanzensoziologische Exkursionsflora. 8th ed. Stuttgart, 2001.

  • Schwabe, A., Kratochwil, A.: Festucetalia valesiacae communities and xerothermic vegetation complexes in the Central Alps related to environmental factors. In: Phytocoenologia 34, 2004. pp. 329-446.

  • Süss, K. et al.: Succession in inland sand ecosystems: which factors determine the occurrence of the tall grass species Calamagrostis epigejos (L.) Roth and Stipa capillata L. In: Plant Biology 6, 2004. pp. 465-476.

  • Eichberg, C., Storm, C., Schwabe, A.: Epizoochorous and post-dispersal processes in a rare plant species: Jurinea cyanoides (L.) Rchb. (Asteraceae). In: Flora 200, 2005. pp. 477-489.

  • Süss, K. et al.: The interrelationship between productivity, plant species richness and livestock diet: a question of scale? In: Applied Vegetation Science 10, 2007. pp. 169-182.

  • Eichberg, C., Storm, C., Schwabe, A.: Endozoochorous dispersal, seedling emergence and fruiting success in disturbed and undisturbed successional stages of sheep grazed inland sand ecosystems. In: Flora 202, 2007. pp. 3-26.

  • Schwabe, A., Kratochwil, A., Pignatti, S.: Plant indicator values of a high-phytodiversity country (Italy) and their evidence, exemplified for model areas with climatic gradients in the southern inner Alps. In: Flora 202, 2007. pp. 339-349.

  • Beil, M., Horn, H., Schwabe, A.: Analysis of pollen loads in a wild bee community (Hymenoptera: Apidae) – a method for elucidating habitat use and foraging distances. In: Apidologie 39, 2008. pp. 456-467.

  • Langhans, T.M., Storm, C., Schwabe, A.: Community assembly of Biological Soil Crusts of different successional stages in a temperate sand ecosystem, as assessed by direct determination and enrichment techniques. In: Microbial Ecology 58, 2009. pp. 394-407.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Active for five years in the senate and grants committee for Collaborative Research Centres of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Active for four years as a review board member for the DFG for the area Ecology in the plant sciences

  • Member of the Advisory Council of the International Association of Vegetation Science


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