Antje Kautzner, Dipl.-Biol.
PhD student

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

Tel: +49 345 558 5305
Fax: +49 345 559 5329

Antje Kautzner

Curriculum vitae

since 2012

PhD student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Cummunity Ecology

working title of PhD thesis: "Land-use effects on plant diversity and ecosystem functions in semi-natural grasslands"

2005 - 2012

study of biology at Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg

diploma thesis: "Local adaptation of invasive populations of Senecio inaequidens DC. in different interspecific competitive regimes"

supervised by Prof. Dr. Isabell Hensen, Prof. Dr. Alexandra Erfmeier and Dr. Susanne Lachmuth

Research interests

Grasslands rank among the most species-rich ecosystems in Central Europe and are commonly used for mowing and grazing. Both land-use practices are charactarised by different disturbance regimes. Whereas mowing acts in the same way on the vegetation of a grassland, disturbance of grazing is more selective due to trampling, feeding preferences of livestock and a patchy distribution of animal feces.

In my PhD project I investigate effects of these two different land-use types on plant diversity and the spatial distribution of plant species in semi-natural grasslands and how mowing and grazing may affect ecosystem functions.
Furthermore, I am interested in the role of other land-use aspects as well as climate and soil conditions.

Publikationen / Publications

Kautzner A, Klotz S, Baessler C (2013)
"Effects of different land-use intensities on biodiversity and ecosystem services in grasslands"
43. Treffen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie, Potsdam

Kautzner A, Auge H, Baessler C, Klotz S, Reitz T, Roscher C, Schulz E, Wubet T (2015)
"Effects of mowing and grazing on plant diversity and vegetation heterogeneity in semi-natural grasslands"
45. Treffen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie, Göttingen