Dr. Marija Milanović


Marija Milanović, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Department of Community Ecology
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 4, office 318
06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
Tel: +49 345 558 5223




2023 - present

Scientific researcher for eLTER (Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem Research) and EuropaBON (Europa Biodiversity Observation Network) projects

2021 - 2022

Postdoc in the project iCon - "Analysing plant invasions in their environmental context" at German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and UFZ

2017 - 2020

Doctoral Researcher at UFZ, Department Community Ecology


MSc. in Ecology, University of Poitiers, France
Department: Ecology and Biology of Interactions


Christian - Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany
Institute for Natural Resource Conservation, Department for Landscape Ecology
Master thesis and internship
Title: Wild bee diversity on wild flower areas in relation to landscape composition


Research Trainee, Institute of Botany Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden "Jevremovac"
Department: Plant Morphology and Systematic


BSc. in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Current research

As a vegetation ecologist, I am interested in plant functional traits and I study the relationships between biodiversity, species traits, and environmental conditions.

Research interests

  • Biodiversity
  • Plant functional traits
  • Trait-environment relationship


Milanović M., Knapp S., Pyšek P., Kühn I. (2020) Linking traits of invasive plants with ecosystem services and disservices. Ecosystem Services. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101072

Milanović M., Knapp S., Pyšek P., Kühn I. (2020) Trait–environment relationships of plant species at different stages of the introduction process. NeoBiota 58:55-74


Milanović M., Kühn I., Pyšek P., Knapp S. (2021) Functional diversity changes in native and alien urban flora over three centuries. Biological Invasions