Dr. Anja Schmidt


Dr. Anja Schmidt

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

Phone: 0345 558 5405
Fax: 0345 558 5329

Orcid: 0000-0001-5339-219X

ResearcherID: V-3289-2017


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Curriculum Vitae

since 10/2015

Researcher and Project Officer within the STACCATO project at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Community Ecology

2012 - 2015

PhD Student within the LEGATO project at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Community Ecology
Topic: Decomposition driven by invertebrates in tropical rice ecosystems: impacts of management strategies


Master's Thesis at the University of Giessen, Department of Animal Ecology,
Topic: Spatial small scale analyses on distribution patterns of carabid beetles in a contiguous deciduous forest


Erasmus student at Lund University, Sweden

2008 - 2011

Master of Science at the University of Giessen,
Majors: Ecology, Environmental Science, Bioinformatics


Bachelor's Thesis within the project IBISCA at the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg, Working group of Ecology and Diversity of Arthropods,
Topic: Räumliche und zeitliche Verteilung der Buntkäfer (Col.: Cleridae) in einem tropischen Tiefland-Regenwald Panamas (San Lorenzo National Park)

2005 - 2008

Bachelor of Science at the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg,
Majors: Biotechnology, Animal Physiology, Organismic Biology

Research Interests

Invertebrate mediated decomposition, soil fauna, food webs, biological pest control, biodiversity, entomology


2018 (4)

  • Djukic, I., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Kappel Schmidt, I., Steenberg Larsen, K., Beier, C., Berg, B., Verheyen, K., Schmidt, A., Auge, H., Rebmann, C., Stadler, J., Caliman, A. et al., (2018):
    Early stage litter decomposition across biomes
    Sci. Total Environ. 628–629 , 1369 - 1394
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  • Panteleit, J., Horgan, F.G., Türke, M., Schmidt, A., Schädler, M., Bacht, M., Brandl, R., Hotes, S., (2018):
    Effects of detritivorous invertebrates on the decomposition of rice straw: evidence from a microcosm experiment
    Paddy Water Environ. 16 (2), 279 - 286
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  • Spangenberg, J.H., Beaurepaire, A.L., Bergmeier, E., Burkhard, B., Chien, H.V., Cuong, L.Q., Görg, C., Grescho, V., Hai, L.H., Heong, K.L., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Klotzbücher, A., Klotzbücher, T., Kühn, I., Langerwisch, F., Marion, G., Moritz, R.F.A., Nguyen, Q.A., Ott, J., Sann, C., Sattler, C., Schädler, M., Schmidt, A., Tekken, V., Thanh, T.D., Thonicke, K., Türke, M., Václavík, T., Vetterlein, D., Westphal, C., Wiemers, M., Settele, J., (2018):
    The LEGATO cross-disciplinary integrated ecosystem service research framework: an example of integrating research results from the analysis of global change impacts and the social, cultural and economic system dynamics of irrigated rice production
    Paddy Water Environ. 16 (2), 287 - 319
    Volltext (URL)
  • Türke, M., Schmidt, A., Schädler, M., Hotes, S., Weisser, W.W., (2018):
    Are invasive apple snails important neglected decomposers of rice straw in paddy fields?
    Biol. Agric. Hortic.
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2016 (2)

  • Marxen, A., Klotzbücher, T., Jahn, R., Kaiser, K., Nguyen, V.S., Schmidt, A., Schädler, M., Vetterlein, D., (2016):
    Interaction between silicon cycling and straw decomposition in a silicon deficient rice production system
    Plant Soil 398 (1), 153 - 163
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  • Schmidt, A., John, K., Auge, H., Brandl, R., Horgan, F.G., Settele, J., Zaitsev, A.S., Wolters, V., Schädler, M., (2016):
    Compensatory mechanisms of litter decomposition under alternating moisture regimes in tropical rice fields
    Appl. Soil Ecol. 107 , 79 - 90
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2015 (2)

  • Schmidt, A., Auge, H., Brandl, R., Heong, K.L., Hotes, S., Settele, J., Villareal, S., Schädler, M., (2015):
    Small-scale variability in the contribution of invertebrates to litter decomposition in tropical rice fields
    Basic Appl. Ecol. 16 (8), 674 - 680
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  • Schmidt, A., John, K., Arida, G., Auge, H., Brandl, R., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Marquez, L., Radermacher, N., Settele, J., Wolters, V., Schädler, M., (2015):
    Effects of residue management on decomposition in irrigated rice fields are not related to changes in the decomposer community
    PLOS One 10 (7), e0134402
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