Dr. Yanhao Feng Dr. Yanhao Feng


Department for Physiological Diversity
German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Deutscher Platz 5a
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 341 973 3230
e-mail: yanhao.feng@ufz.de

Multiple mechanisms of species coexistence as a basis for biodiversity maintenance and ecosystem functioning

Explaining the mechanisms underlying species coexistence is fundamental for understanding the maintenance of biodiversity at local scale and the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. In this project, I will analyze the time course of population dynamics in the plant communities of the Jena Experiment to test for multiple mechanisms of species coexistence (e.g. competitive network theory, Chesson’s framework) and their consequences for ecosystem multifunctionality.

Mechanisms of plant invasions

Plant invasion in a local community is affected not only by the similarity between non-native plants and recipient communities (Darwin’s naturalization hypothesis) but also by the diversity of the communities (the diversity-invasibility hypothesis). In this project, I therefore set out to explore how phylogenetic/functional features of both non-native species and resident communities interact to determine invisibility.

Essentially, I am intrigued by the diversity of life over ecological and evolutionary scales in nature. My current research interests lie in understanding the processes that generate and maintain species diversity and ecosystem functions, as well as exploring the mechanisms of plant invasions. I am also interested in how species diversity and communities respond to climate change. To address these aspects, I use a combination of experiments, ecological theory and synthesis analysis of large datasets.

Short CV

since 2016 Postdoc at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany
2011-2015 PhD student in Ecology at the University of Konstanz, Germany
2010-2011 PhD student in Ecology at the Lanzhou University, China
2008-2010 Master student in Ecology at the Lanzhou University, China
2004-2008 B.A. in Life Sciences and Biotechnology at the Lanzhou University, China

Liu Y, Dawson W, Prati D, Haeuser E, Feng Y & van Kleunen M (2016) Does greater specific-leaf-area plasticity help plants to maintain a high performance when shaded? Annals of Botany, in press.

Feng Y, Maurel N, Wang Z, Ning L, Yu F & van Kleunen M (2016) Introduction history, climatic suitability, native range size, species traits and their interactions explain establishment of Chinese woody species in Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/geb.12497.

Feng Y & van Kleunen M (2016) Phylogenetic and functional mechanisms of direct and indirect interactions among alien and native plants. Journal of Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12577.

Song Y, Liu L, Feng Y, Wei Y, Yue X, He W, Zhang H & An L (2015) Chilling- and freezing- induced alterations in cytosine methylation and its association with the cold tolerance of an alpine subnival plant, Chorispora bungeana. PLoS ONE 10, e0135485.

Feng Y & van Kleunen M (2014) Responses to shading of naturalized and non-naturalized exotic woody species. Annals of Botany 114:981-989.