Lena Kloss

Contact

Lena Kloss
Scientific Assistant

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

lena.kloss@ufz.de

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Curriculum Vitae

2011-2015

Scientific assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ,
Department Community Ecology,
project GENLAND in the

2008-2011

Scientific assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ,
Department Community Ecology,
project GenLink in the

2001-2008

Biology studies at the University of Potsdam
(Major subjects: Community Ecology and
Ecological Genetics,
Minor subjects: System Ecology/Conservation Biology, Ecophysiology and Microbiology)

2000-2001

Ecological volunteer service at the research station of the German Wildlife Foundation,
Strasburg (Uckermark)

2000

High school diploma
(Advanced courses: Biology and English)


Research interests

My research focusses on the fields of population biology and molecular ecology of plants and how these are affected by human land-use practices.

My diploma thesis was part of a project which investigated the effect of habitat fragmentation on the genetic diversity of plant populations and its interactions with other organisms in the ecological community. Here, I investigated the influence of inbreeding on resistance-related enzymes in a plant species.

In the projects GenLink and GENLAND I am interested in how human grassland use shapes the biodiversity on the level of species, individuals and genes and the part it plays for the genetic structure of common plant species.
My study pursues the following research questions:

  1. Does land use affect the genetic diversity and structure of common grassland plants?
  2. Does a correlation between species diversity and genetic diversity depend on the dispersal ability of the studied species?
  3. Does land use and species diversity influence pollen dispersal by pollinating insects?

Publications

Index:

2012 (1)
2011 (1)
2008 (1)

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2012 (1)

  • Leimu, R., Kloss, L., Fischer, M., (2012):
    Inbreeding alters activities of the stress-related enzymes chitinases and β-1,3-glucanases
    PLoS One 7 (8), e42326
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2011 (1)

  • Kloss, L., Fischer, M., Durka, W., (2011):
    Land-use effects on genetic structure of a common grassland herb: a matter of scale
    Basic Appl. Ecol. 12 (5), 440 - 448
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2008 (1)

  • Leimu, R., Kloss, L., Fischer, M., (2008):
    Effects of experimental inbreeding on herbivore resistance and plant fitness: the role of history of inbreeding, herbivory and abiotic factors
    Ecol. Lett. 11 (10), 1101 - 1110
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Conference contributions

Kloss L, Durka W (2010)
Pollen dispersal in grasslands: Facilitation or competition at high plant species diversity? 40th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfOe), Giessen, August-September 2010. (talk) 

Kloss L, Hecht, A, Durka W (2010)
Pollen dispersal in managed grasslands is hardly affected by land use and species diversity. 23rd Annual Conference of the  Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfOe) - Section Plant Population Biology, Nijmegen, May 2010. (poster)

Kloss L, Durka W (2010)
GenLink - The link between genetic diversity and species diversity: patterns and processes in grassland plants. 7th General Assembly of the Biodiversity Exploratories, Bad Blankenburg, February 2010. (talk)

Kloss L, Hecht A, Durka W (2009)
Effects of land use and species diversity on pollen dispersal in managed grasslands. 39th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfOe), Bayreuth, September 2009. (poster)

Kloss L, Durka W (2009)
Shedding light upon gene flow patterns of a common grassland herb. 22nd Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfOe) - Section Plant Population Biology, Bern, May 2009. (talk)



Diploma thesis

Kloss L (2008)
Inbreeding effects on biochemical plant resistance in the common Silene flos-cuculi L., University of Potsdam.