In my PhD project I focus on the consequences of climate change on ecosystem processes in different grassland types. At the Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF) I study plant productivity and diversity under realistic land-management conditions, both with ambient climate and changed climate conditions according to future scenarios.
To assess the effects of an extreme drought on grasslands we set up an experimental site as part of the International Drought Experiment (Drought-Net) by using fixed shelters. On this site I also collect data about productivity and plant community composition. By the use of common research protocols the results will be comparable to over 90 sites worldwide.
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 19: 21-29
Grossiord C, Gessler A, Granier A, Berger S, Bréchet C, Hentschel R, Hommel R, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Bonal D (2014) Impact of interspecific interactions on the soil water uptake depth in a young temperate mixed species plantation. Journal of Hydrology 519: 3511-3519
Pollastrini M, Holland V, Brüggemann W, Koricheva J, Jussila I, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Berger S, Bussotti F (2014) Interactions and competition processes among tree species in young experimental mixed forests, assessed with chlorophyll fluorescence and leaf morphology. Plant Biology 16: 323-331
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
Berger S, Kühn I, Schädler M, Auge H (2016) The Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF) – a unique platform to study the ecosystem impact of climate change under different land-use options.
29th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Třeboň, Czech Republic (poster)