I am a plant ecologist interested in the role of light competition for plant community composition and diversity. The life stage of plants I have specialized in are seedlings.
My PhD is focusing on the role of light and traits on plant community composition and diversity in grassland and in tundra in an anthropocentric context. Light competiton as a mechanism driving plant community diversity and composition has long been acknowledged in theory, but has only rarely been tested by directly adding light to light limited community members.
My field experiments in Bad Lauchstädt are part of the
To complement results from an artifically set up grassland ecosystem I will collect trait data from a tundra site in Kilpisjärvi (northern Finland).
Outside the scope of my PhD project I am very much interested in forest ecology and management, seedlings of all kinds, dendrochronology and high latitude ecosystems.