Dr. Christine Fischer

Diplom-Biologin

Contact

Room 340b
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Conservation Biology
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: 0341 235 1645
Fax: 0341 235 1470

christine.fischer@ufz.de

Christine Fischer

Research interests

  • statistic analysis (linear mixed effect models; path analysis)
  • plant soil interactions
  • Biodiversity


Education

since 12/2015 Post Doc in the Department of Conservation Biology
04/14-11/15 PostDoc at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Ecohydrology Group
11/10-02/14 PhD student at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena under supervision of Jun.-Prof. Anke Hildebrandt
PhD Thesis: "Does ecosystem diversity affect soil hydraulic properties? Investigation of the biotic and abiotic factors on infiltration capacity in a grassland biodiversity experiment."
10/05-10/10 Diploma in Biology, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena
Diploma thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for chemical ecology
Thesis: "Regulation of jasmonic acid and 12-Oxophytodienacid (OPDA) release upon herbivory in A. thaliana"

Project completed/Cooperations

2014/15: Assessing the spatio-temporal variability of soil moisture and factors which coul explain that variability such as soil properties and vegetaion cover in a long term biodiveristy experiment (The Jena Experiment)

2012: JENA-BIODIVERSITY (German DFG funded project, Ecotron)

2011_2014: Investigation of the biotic and abiotic factors on infiltration capacity in a grassland biodiversity experiment (The Jena Experiment)

Publications 

Wright, A., de Kroon, H., Visser, E.J.W., Buchmann, T., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, C., Hildebrandt, A., Ravenek, J., Roscher, C., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W., Voesenek, L.A.C.J., Mommer, L. (2016) Plants are less negatively affected by flooding when growing in species-rich plant communities. Accepted in New Phytologist.

Chen, H., Mommer, L., van Ruijven, J., de Kroon, H., Fischer, C., Gessler, A., Hildebrandt, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Wirth, C. and Weigelt, A. (2016) Plant species richness negatively affects root decomposition in grasslands. Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12650

Hertzog, L., Ebeling, A., Meyer, S.T., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, C., Hildebrandt, A., Wagg, C., Weisser, W.W. (2016) High Survival of Lasius niger during Summer Flooding in a European Grassland. In press in PLOS ONE.

Fischer C., Tischer J., Roscher C., Eisenhauer N., Ravenek J., Gleixner G., Attinger S., Jensen B., de Kroon H., Mommer L., Scheu S. and Hildebrandt A. (2014) Plant species diversity affects infiltration capacity in an experimental grassland through changes in soil properties. Plant and Soil:1-16. doi: 10.1007/s11104-014-2373-5.

Fischer C., Roscher C., Jensen B., Eisenhauer N., Baade J., Attinger S., Scheu S., Weisser W.W., Schumacher J. and Hildebrandt A. (2014) How Do Earthworms, Soil Texture and Plant Composition Affect Infiltration along an Experimental Plant Diversity Gradient in Grassland? PLoS ONE 9(6): e98987. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098987.

Wright A.J., Ebeling A., de Kroon H., Roscher C., Weigelt A., Buchmann N., Buchmann T., Fischer C., Hacker N., Hildebrandt A., Mommer L., Oelmann Y., Steinauer K., Weisser W.W., Wilcke W. and Eisenhauer N. (2015) Flooding disturbances increase availability and productivity but reduce stability in diverse plant communities. Nature Communications 6.10.1038/ncomms7092.

Schäfer M., Fischer C., Meldau S., Seebald E., Oelmüller R. and Baldwin I.T. (2011) Lipase activity in insect oral secretions mediates defense responses Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology, 156(3): 1520-1534.

Schäfer M., Fischer C., Baldwin I.T. and Meldau S. (2011) Grasshopper oral secretions increase salicylic acid and abscic acid levels in wounded leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant signaling & Behaviour, 6(9): 1256-1258.


Conferences 

"Effects of biotic and abiotic indices on long term soil moisture data in a grassland biodiversity experiment", European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013,
13.4.-17.4.2015, Vienna/Austria (Talk).

"Einfluss von biotischen und abiotischen Faktoren auf die Infiltrationskapazität im Bodenprofil, zehn Jahre nach einer Landnutzungsänderung von Acker- auf Grasland" Tag der Hydrologie, 18.-20.03.2015, Bonn/Germany (Poster)

"Soil and plant community characteristics governing soil hydraulic properties in a grassland biodiversity experiment", ELS 2014 - The Earth Living Skin, 22.-25.09.2014, Bari/Italien (Talk).

"Key soil and plant community characteristics governing soil hydraulic properties in a grassland biodiversity experiment", Biohydrology Conference - Bio meets Hydrology, 21.-24.5. 2013, Landau /Germany (Poster, Best Poster Award).

"How do soil texture, plant community composition and earthworms affected the infiltration rate in a grassland plant diversity experiment depending on season?", EGU (European Geosciences Union General Assembly), 7.4.-12.4.2013, Vienna/Austria (Talk).

"Infiltration rates as affected by soil texture, plant community composition and earthworms in a grassland plant diversity experiment" 4th International Congress EUROSOIL, 02.-06.07.2012, Bari /Italy (Poster).