Research interestsGrasslands 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