Dr. Harald Auge


Dr. Harald Auge
Head of Research Group
Plant Population Ecology

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

Phone:++49 345 558 5309
Fax: ++49 345 558 5329

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-7432-8453

Researcher ID: D-4802-2015

Gastropod exclosure in Californian grassland (Pepperwood Preserve, Sonoma County)

Research interests

I am interested in plant population ecology and community ecology, with particular focus on ecological genetics, interspecific interactions, biological invasions, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Microevolution and ecological dynamics

  • The evolutionary impact of land use: quantitative genetic diversity and phenotypic selection of grassland plants in the Biodiversity Exploratories
  • The role of evolutionary processes during biological invasions: case studies on the invasive plants Buddleja davidii and Ageratina adenophora

Species interactions and ecosystem functioning

Current collaborations

Stan Harpole & Anu Eskelinen, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig & Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig

Nico Eisenhauer, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Nicole van Dam & Nora Adam, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Martin Schädler, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Halle

Ingolf Kühn, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Halle

Jonathan Chase, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Tiffany Knight, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig & Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Halle

Claudia Stein, Mangan Lab and Tyson Research Centre, Department of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

Charles A. Nock & Kyle R. Kovach, Geobotany, University of Freiburg

John L. Maron, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, USA

Dean E. Pearson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, USA

Oliver Bossdorf, Institute of Evolution and Ecology, University of Tübingen

Isabell Hensen & Helge Bruelheide, Institute of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Holger B. Deising, Institute of Agricultural & Nutrional Sciences, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Caroline Müller & Helga Pankoke, Department for Chemical Ecology, University of Bielefeld

Kris Verheyen, Department of Forest and Water Management, Gent University, Belgium

Lutz Zerling, Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Leipzig

Curriculum vitae

1980 - 1985

Studies of biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


Diploma degree in biology

1984 - 1987

PhD student, Institute of Geobotany, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

1987 - 1991

Research assistant, Institute of Geobotany, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


PhD thesis, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg:
"Experimental population ecology of Galium aparine L. (Rubiaceae) - ecotypic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity", supervisor: Prof. E.-G. Mahn


Project co-ordinator, Institute of Geography and Geo-Ecology, Academy of Sciences, Leipzig


Project co-ordinator, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Germany

1993 - 1997

Research scientist, Department of Community Ecology, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle

since 1997

Head of the Plant Population Biology group & Deputy head of the Department of Community Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany

Editorial activities

Selected publications

Yin R, Eisenhauer N, Auge H, Schmidt A, Schädler M (2019) Additive effects of experimental climate change and land use on faunal contribution to litter decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry: in press (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.01.009)

Siebert J, Sünnemann M, Auge H, Berger S, Cesarz S, Ciobanu M, Guerrero-Ramírez NR, Eisenhauer N (2019) The effects of drought and nutrient addition on soil organisms vary across taxonomic groups, but are constant across seasons. Scientific Reports: in press (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36777-3). bioRxiv: Preprint first posted online June 16, 2018 (https://doi.org/10.1101/348359)

Pankoke H, Tewes LJ, Matthies S, Hensen I, Schädler M, Ebeling S, Auge H, Müller C (2019) Shifted chemical defences and pre-adaptation provide invasive Buddleja davidii populations with high resistance against antagonists in the invasive range. Biological Invasions: in press (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1825-x)

Paquette A, Hector A, Castagneyrol B, Vanhellemont M, Koricheva J, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Verheyen K, TreeDivNet (2018) A million and more trees for science. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 763-766

Djukic I and 304 co-authors (2018) Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of the Total Environment 628-629: 1369-1394.

Bannar-Martin KH, Kremer CT, Ernest SKM, Leibold MA, Auge H, Chase J, Declerck SAJ, Eisenhauer N, Harpole S, Hillebrand H, Isbell F, Koffel T, Larsen S, Narwani A, Petermann JS, Roscher C, Cabral JS, Supp SR (2018) Integrating community assembly and biodiversity to better understand ecosystem function: the Community Assembly and the Functioning of Ecosystems (CAFE) approach. Ecology Letters 21: 167-180

Datta A, Kühn I, Ahmad M, Michalski S, Auge H (2017) Processes affecting altitudinal distribution of invasive Ageratina adenophora in western Himalaya: the role of local adaptation and the importance of different life-cycle stages. PLoS ONE 12: e0187708. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0187708.

Guerrero-Ramirez NR, Craven D, Reich PB, Ewel JJ, Isbell F, Koricheva J, Parrotta JA, Auge H, Erickson HE, Forrester DI, Hector H, Joshi J, Montagnini F, Palmborg C, Piotto D, Potvin C, Roscher C, van Ruijven J, Tilman D, Wilsey B, Eisenhauer N (2017) Diversity-dependent temporal divergence of ecosystem functioning in experimental ecosystems. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1639–1642

Korell L, Lang B, Hensen I, Auge H, Bruelheide H (2017) Interactions count: plant origin, herbivory and disturbance jointly explain seedling recruitment and community structure. Scientific Reports 8: 8288. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08401-3.

Völler E, Bossdorf O, Prati D, Auge H (2017) Evolutionary responses to land use in eight common grassland plants. Journal of Ecology 105: 1290-1297 (Editor's Choice)

Zehnsdorf A, Moeller L, Stärk H-J, Auge H, Röhl M, Stinner W (2017) The study of the variability of biomass from plants of the Elodea genus from a river in Germany over a period of two hydrological years for investigating their suitability for biogas production. Energy, Sustainability and Society 7: 15

Stottmeister U, Auge H, Zerling L (2017) Flächenverbrauch und Flächenrückführung: Erfahrungen und Anregungen aus der Tagebausanierung. Abhandlungen der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig – Technikwissenschaftliche Klasse. Band 1, Heft 5. 1-28.

Korell L, Stein C, Hensen I, Bruelheide H, Suding KN, Auge H (2016) Stronger effect of gastropods than rodents on seedling establishment, irrespective of exotic or native plant species origin. Oikos 125: 1467-1477

Schmidt A, John K, Auge H, Brandl R, Horgan FG, Settele J, Zaitsev AS, Wolters V, Schädler M (2016) Compensatory mechanisms of litter decomposition under alternating moisture regimes in tropical rice fields. Applied Soil Ecology 107: 79-90

Korell L, Schmidt R, Bruelheide H, Hensen I, Auge H (2016) Mechanisms driving diversity-productivity relationships differ between exotic and native communities and are affected by gastropod herbivory. Oecologia 180: 1025-1036

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

Verheyen K, Vanhellemont M, Auge H, Baeten L, Baraloto C, Barsoum N, Bilodeau-Gauthier S, Bruelheide H, Castagneyrol B, Godbold D, Haase J, Hector A, Jactel H, Koricheva J, Loreau M, Mereu S, Messier C, Muys B, Nolet P, Paquette A, Parker J, Perring M, Ponette Q, Potvin C, Reich P, Smith A, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2016) Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations. AMBIO 45:29-41

Kempel A, Razanajatovo M, Stein C, Unsicker S, Auge H, Weisser WW, Fischer M, Prati D (2015) Herbivore preference drives plant community composition. Ecology 96:2923-2934

Sendek A, Herz K, Auge H, Hensen I, Klotz S (2015) Performance and responses to competition in two congeneric annual species: Does seed heteromorphism matter? Plant Biology 17:1203–1209

Schmidt A, John K, Arida G, Auge H, Brandl R, Horgan FG, Hotes S, Marquez L, Radermacher N, Settele J, Wolters V, Schädler M (2015) Short-term effects of residue management on decomposition in irrigated rice fields are not related to changes in decomposer community structure. PLoS ONE 10(7):e0134402. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134402

Paine CET, Amissah L, Auge H, Baraloto C, Baruffol M, Bourland N, Bruelheide H, Daînou K, de Gouvenain RC, Doucet J-L, Doust S, Fine PVA, Fortunel C, Haase J, Holl KD, Jactel H, Li X, Kitajima K, Koricheva J, Martínez-Garza C, Messier C, Paquette A, Philipson C, Piotto D, Poorter L, Posada JM, Potvin C, Rainio K, Russo SE, Ruiz-Jaen M, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Webb CO, Wright S, Zahawi RA, Hector A  (2015) Globally, functional traits are weak predictors of juvenile tree growth, and we do not know why. Journal of Ecology 103:978–989

Wurst S, Kaiser N, Nitzsche S, Haase J, Auge H, Rillig MC, Powell JR (2015) Tree diversity modifies distance-dependent effects on seedling emergence but not plant-soil feedbacks of temperate trees. Ecology 96:1529-1539

Schmidt A, Auge H, Brandl R, Heong KL, 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 and Applied Ecology 16:674–680

Schwarz B, Dietrich C, Cesarz S, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Auge H, Eisenhauer N (2015) Non-significant tree diversity but significant identity effects on earthworm communities in three tree diversity experiments. European Journal of Soil Biology 67:17-26

Zimmer M, Auge H, von Wühlisch G, Schueler S, Haase J (2015) Environment rather than genetic background explains intraspecific variation in the protein-precipitating capacity of phenolic compounds in beech litter. Plant Ecology & Diversity 8:73-79

Winkler N, Weymann W, Auge H, Klotz S, Finkenbein P, Heilmeier H (2015) Drought resistance of native pioneer species indicates potential suitability for restoration of post-mining areas. Web Ecology 14:65-74

Maron JL, Auge H, Pearson DE, Korell L, Hensen I, Suding KN, Stein C (2014) Staged invasions across disparate grasslands: effects of seed provenance, consumers, and disturbance on productivity and species richness. Ecology Letters 17:499-507

Hantsch L, Bien S, Radatz S, Braun U, Auge H, Bruelheide H (2014) Tree diversity and the role of non-host neighbour tree species in reducing fungal pathogen infestation. Journal of Ecology 102:1673-1687

Alalouni U, Brandl R, Auge H, Schädler M (2014) Does insect herbivory on oak depend on the diversity of tree stands? Basic and Applied Ecology 15:685-692

Meyer K, Soldaat LL, Auge H, Thulke HH (2014) Adaptive and selective seed abortion reveals complex conditional decision making in plants. American Naturalist 183:376-383

Völler E, Auge H, Bossdorf O, Prati D (2013) Land use causes genetic differentiation of life-history traits in Bromus hordeaceus. Global Change Biology 19:892-899

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