Dr. Harald Auge

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Dr. Harald Auge
Senior Scientist

Department of Community Ecology
Helmholtz-Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 4
06120 Halle (Saale), Germany

Phone:++49 345 558 5309
Fax: ++49 345 558 5329
harald.auge@ufz.de

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Research interests

I am interested in plant population ecology and community ecology, with particular focus on ecological genetics, interspecific interactions, biological invasions, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Microevolution and ecological dynamics

  • The evolutionary impact of land use: quantitative genetic diversity and phenotypic selection of grassland plants in the Biodiversity Exploratories
  • The role of evolutionary processes during biological invasions: a case study on the invasive ornamental plant Buddleja davidii

Species interactions and ecosystem functioning


Current collaborations

Nico Eisenhauer, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Martin Schädler, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Halle

Ingolf Kühn, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Halle

Tiffany Knight, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Claudia Stein, Mangan Lab and Tyson Research Centre, Department of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

John L. Maron, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, USA

Dean E. Pearson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, USA

Daniel Prati & Markus Fischer, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Berne, Switzerland

Oliver Bossdorf, Institute of Evolution and Ecology, University of Tübingen

Isabell Hensen & Helge Bruelheide, Institute of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Holger B. Deising, Institute of Agricultural & Nutrional Sciences, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Caroline Müller & Helga Pankoke, Department for Chemical Ecology, University of Bielefeld

Kris Verheyen, Department of Forest and Water Management, Gent University, Belgium

Jessica Gutknecht, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA

Lutz Zerling, Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Leipzig


Curriculum vitae

1980 - 1985

Studies of biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

1986

Diploma degree in biology

1984 - 1987

PhD student, Institute of Geobotany, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

1987 - 1991

Research assistant, Institute of Geobotany, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

1991

PhD thesis, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg:
"Experimental population ecology of Galium aparine L. (Rubiaceae) - ecotypic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity", supervisor: Prof. E.-G. Mahn

1991

Project co-ordinator, Institute of Geography and Geo-Ecology, Academy of Sciences, Leipzig

1992

Project co-ordinator, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Germany

1993 - 1997

Research scientist, Department of Community Ecology, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle

since 1997

Head of the Plant Population Biology group & Deputy head of the Department of Community Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany


Editorial activities


Selected publications

Ampoorter E, Selvi F, Auge H, Baeten L, Berger S, Carrar Ei, Coppi A, Fotelli M, Radoglou K, Setiawan NN; Vanhellemont M, Verheyen K (2016) Driving mechanisms of overstorey-understorey diversity relationships in European forests. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: in press (DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2016.02.001)

Korell L, Stein C, Hensen I, Bruelheide H, Suding KN, Auge H (2016) Stronger effect of gastropods than rodents on seedling establishment, irrespective of exotic or native plant species origin. Oikos: in press (DOI: 10.1111/oik.02692)

Verheyen K, Vanhellemont M, Auge H, Baeten L, Baraloto C, Barsoum N, Bilodeau-Gauthier S, Bruelheide H, Castagneyrol B, Godbold D, Haase J, Hector A, Jactel H, Koricheva J, Loreau M, Mereu S, Messier C, Muys B, Nolet P, Paquette A, Parker J, Perring M, Ponette Q, Potvin C, Reich P, Smith A, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2016) Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations. AMBIO 45:29-41

Korell L, Schmidt R, Bruelheide H, Hensen I, Auge H (2016) Mechanisms driving diversity-productivity relationships differ between exotic and native communities and are affected by gastropod herbivory. Oecologia: in press (DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3395-2).

Kempel A, Razanajatovo M, Stein C, Unsicker S, Auge H, Weisser WW, Fischer M, Prati D (2015) Herbivore preference drives plant community composition. Ecology 96:2923-2934

Sendek A, Herz K, Auge H, Hensen I, Klotz S (2015) Performance and responses to competition in two congeneric annual species: Does seed heteromorphism matter? Plant Biology 17:1203–1209

Schmidt A, John K, Arida G, Auge H, Brandl R, Horgan FG, Hotes S, Marquez L, Radermacher N, Settele J, Wolters V, Schädler M (2015) Short-term effects of residue management on decomposition in irrigated rice fields are not related to changes in decomposer community structure. PLoS ONE 10(7):e0134402. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134402

Paine CET, Amissah L, Auge H, Baraloto C, Baruffol M, Bourland N, Bruelheide H, Daînou K, de Gouvenain RC, Doucet J-L, Doust S, Fine PVA, Fortunel C, Haase J, Holl KD, Jactel H, Li X, Kitajima K, Koricheva J, Martínez-Garza C, Messier C, Paquette A, Philipson C, Piotto D, Poorter L, Posada JM, Potvin C, Rainio K, Russo SE, Ruiz-Jaen M, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Webb CO, Wright S, Zahawi RA, Hector A  (2015) Globally, functional traits are weak predictors of juvenile tree growth, and we do not know why. Journal of Ecology 103:978–989

Wurst S, Kaiser N, Nitzsche S, Haase J, Auge H, Rillig MC, Powell JR (2015) Tree diversity modifies distance-dependent effects on seedling emergence but not plant-soil feedbacks of temperate trees. Ecology 96:1529-1539

Schmidt A, Auge H, Brandl R, Heong KL, Hotes S, Settele J, Villareal S, Schädler M (2015) Small-scale variability in the contribution of invertebrates to litter decomposition in tropical rice fields. Basic and Applied Ecology 16:674–680

Schwarz B, Dietrich C, Cesarz S, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Auge H, Eisenhauer N (2015) Non-significant tree diversity but significant identity effects on earthworm communities in three tree diversity experiments. European Journal of Soil Biology 67:17-26

Zimmer M, Auge H, von Wühlisch G, Schueler S, Haase J (2015) Environment rather than genetic background explains intraspecific variation in the protein-precipitating capacity of phenolic compounds in beech litter. Plant Ecology & Diversity 8:73-79

Winkler N, Weymann W, Auge H, Klotz S, Finkenbein P, Heilmeier H (2015) Drought resistance of native pioneer species indicates potential suitability for restoration of post-mining areas. Web Ecology 14:65-74

Maron JL, Auge H, Pearson DE, Korell L, Hensen I, Suding KN, Stein C (2014) Staged invasions across disparate grasslands: effects of seed provenance, consumers, and disturbance on productivity and species richness. Ecology Letters 17:499-507

Hantsch L, Bien S, Radatz S, Braun U, Auge H, Bruelheide H (2014) Tree diversity and the role of non-host neighbour tree species in reducing fungal pathogen infestation. Journal of Ecology 102:1673-1687

Alalouni U, Brandl R, Auge H, Schädler M (2014) Does insect herbivory on oak depend on the diversity of tree stands? Basic and Applied Ecology 15:685-692

Meyer K, Soldaat LL, Auge H, Thulke HH (2014) Adaptive and selective seed abortion reveals complex conditional decision making in plants. American Naturalist 183:376-383

Völler E, Auge H, Bossdorf O, Prati D (2013) Land use causes genetic differentiation of life-history traits in Bromus hordeaceus. Global Change Biology 19:892-899

Baeten L and 69 co-authors (2013) A novel comparative research platform designed to determine the functional significance of forest tree diversity in Europe. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 15:281-291

Ebeling SK, Schreiter S, Hensen I, Durka W, Auge H (2012) Outcrossing breeding system does not compromise invasiveness in Buddleja davidii. Flora 207:843-848

Weißhuhn K, Prati D, Fischer M, Auge H (2012) Regional adaptation improves the performance of grassland plant communities. Basic and Applied Ecology 13:551-559

Völler E, Auge H, Prati D, Fischer M, Hemp A, Bossdorf O (2012) Geographical and land-use effects on seed-mass variation in common grassland plants. Basic and Applied Ecology 13:395-404

Walter J, Hein R, Auge H, Beierkuhnlein C, Löffler S, Reifenrath K, Schädler M, Weber M, Jentsch A (2012) How do extreme weather events and plant community composition affect host plant metabolites and herbivore performance? Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6:15–25

Ebeling SK, Stöcklin J, Hensen I, Auge H (2011) Multiple common garden experiments suggest lack of local adaptation in an invasive ornamental plant. Journal of Plant Ecology 4:209-220

Williamson M, Meyerson LA, Auge H (2011) Invasion science, ecology and economics: seeking roads not taken. NeoBiota 10:1-5

Weißhuhn K, Auge H, Prati D (2011) Geographic variation in the response to drought in nine grassland species. Basic and Applied Ecology 12:21-28

Stein C, Unsicker S, Kahmen A, Wagner M, Audorff V, Auge H, Prati D, Weisser WW (2010) Impact of invertebrate herbivory in grasslands depends on plant species diversity. Ecology 91:1639-1650

Williams J, Auge H, Maron J (2010) Testing hypotheses for exotic plant success: parallel experiments in the native and introduced range. Ecology 91:1355-1366