Dr. David Eichenberg

Guest Scientist

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig




+49 341 9733187

David Eichenberg

Research Interests

I come from the Biodiversity-Ecosystem-Functioning research area, where I investigated the influence of leaf traits from subtropical trees (soft traits as well as plant polyphenols) on ecosystem functions like nutrient turnover. I am fascinated by the complexity of such complex relations and the methods used to identify these. Therefore, one of my main expertise lies on evaluation of biodiversity related data. Recently, I switched the focus of my research towards a more applied field, i.e. biodiversity conservation. Contributing to this field with the diverse and sound statistical background I acquired in the last years is of high personal relevance for me, as a sound management of biodiversity requires a sound understanding of the influence of a variety of factors that affect species population dynamics and ecosystem stability. Specifically, I am working on geospatio-temporal models to investigate trends in species occurrence and/or abundance data in Germany.

Scientific Career

since 06/2017

Postdoctoral researcher (sMon), Coordinator of the sMon Project: Analyzing trends in German species data
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig (Germany)

2015 - 2017

Postdoctoral researcher (BEF-China Project), Datamanager and Statistical Consultant
Spezielle Botanik und funktionelle Biodiversität
Johannisallee 21-23, 04103 Leipzig (Germany)

2010 - 2014

PhD student (BEF-China Project)
Matin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Geobotanik
Am Kirchtor 1, 06108 Halle (Saale) (Germany)

2003 - 2010

Diplom (Master) Studies in Organismal Biology
University of Bayreuth, Universitätsstraße 30, 95440 Bayreuth



2017 (1)

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2017 (1)

  • Trogisch, S., Schuldt, A., Bauhaus, J., Blum, J.A., Both, S., Buscot, F., Castro-Izaguirre, N., Chesters, D., Durka, W., Eichenberg, D., Erfmeier, A., Fischer, M., Geißler, C., Germany, M.S., Goebes, P., Gutknecht, J., Hahn, C.Z., Haider, S., Haerdtle, W., He, J.-S., Hector, A., Hönig, L., Huang, Y., Klein, A.-M., Kühn, P., Kunz, M., Leppert, K., Li, Y., Liu, X., Niklaus, P.A., Pei, Z., Pietsch, K.A., Prinz, R., Proß, T., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmidt, K., Scholten, T., Seitz, S., Song, Z., Staab, M., von Oheimb, G., Weißbecker, C., Welk, E., Wirth, C., Wubet, T., Yang, B., Yang, X., Zhu, C.-D., Schmid, B., Ma, K., Bruelheide, H., (2017):
    Toward a methodical framework for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality
    Ecol. Evol. 7 (24), 10652 - 10674
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Further Publications

Pfaff CT, Eichenberg D, Liebergesell M, König-Ries B, Wirth C (2017) Essential Annotation Schema for Ecology (EASE)—A framework supporting the efficient data annotation and faceted navigation in ecology. PLOS ONE 12(10): e0186170

Eichenberg, D., Pietsch, K., Meister, C. Ding, WY., Yu, MJ. & Wirth. C. (2017) The effect of microclimate on wood decay is indirectly altered by tree species diversity in a litterbag study. Journal of Plant Ecology 10: 170–178. doi:10.1093/jpe/rtw116

Zhang, J., Bruelheide, H., Chen, X., Eichenberg, D., Kröber, W., Xu, X., ... & Schuldt, A. (2017). Tree diversity promotes generalist herbivore community patterns in a young subtropical forest experiment. Oecologia, 183(2), 455-46

Zhang, J., Bruelheide, H., Chen, X., Eichenberg, D., Kröber, W., Xu, X., ... & Schuldt, A. (2017). Tree diversity promotes generalist herbivore community patterns in a young subtropical forest experiment. Oecologia, 183(2), 455-46
Pei, Z., Leppert, K. N., Eichenberg, D., Bruelheide, H., Niklaus, P. A., Buscot, F., & Gutknecht, J. L. (2017). Leaf litter diversity alters microbial activity, microbial abundances, and nutrient cycling in a subtropical forest ecosystem. Biogeochemistry, 1-19

Pei, Z., Eichenberg, D., Bruelheide, H., Kröber, W., Kühn, P., Li, Y., ... & Gutknecht, J. L. (2016). Soil and tree species traits both shape soil microbial communities during early growth of Chinese subtropical forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 96, 180-190

Eichenberg, D., Purschke, O., Ristok, C., Wessjohann, L., & Bruelheide, H. (2015). Trade‐offs between physical and chemical carbon‐based leaf defence: of intraspecific variation and trait evolution. Journal of Ecology, 103(6), 1667-1679

Eichenberg, D., Trogisch, S., Huang, Y., He, J. S., & Bruelheide, H. (2014). Shifts in community leaf functional traits are related to litter decomposition along a secondary forest succession series in subtropical China. Journal of Plant Ecology, 8(4), 401-410.

Eichenberg, D., Ristok, C., Kröber, W., & Bruelheide, H. (2014). Plant polyphenols–implications of different sampling, storage and sample processing in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments. Chemistry and Ecology, 30(7), 676-692

Schuldt, A., Assmann, T., Bruelheide, H., Durka, W., Eichenberg, D., Härdtle, W., ... & Purschke, O. (2014). Functional and phylogenetic diversity of woody plants drive herbivory in a highly diverse forest. New Phytologist, 202(3), 864-873

Schuldt, A., Bruelheide, H., Durka, W., Eichenberg, D., Fischer, M., Kröber, W., ... & Schmid, B. (2012). Plant traits affecting herbivory on tree recruits in highly diverse subtropical forests. Ecology Letters, 15(7), 732-739

Publications under revision:

Huang, YY., Chen, Y., Castro-Izaguirre, N., Baruffol, M., Brezzi, M., Lang, A., Li, Y., Härdtle, W., v. Oheimb, G., Yang, X., Pei, K., Both, S., Liu, Y., Yang, B., Eichenberg, D., Assmann, T., Bauhus, J., Behrens, T., Buscot, F., Chen, XY., Chesters, D., Ding, BY., Durka, W., Erfmeier, A., Fang, J., Fischer, M., Guo, LD., Guo, D., Gutknecht, JLM., He, JS., He, CL., Hector, A., Hönig, L., Hu, RY., Klein, AM., Kühn, P., Liang, Y., Michalski, S., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmidt, K., Scholten, T., Schuldt, A., Shi, X., Tan, MZ., Tang, Z., Wang, Z., Welk, E., Wirth, C., Wubet, T., Xiang, W., Yan, J., Yu, M., Yu, XD. Zhang, J., Zhang, S., Zhang, N., Zhou, HZ., Zhou, CD., Zhu. L., Bruelheide, H., Ma, K., Niklaus, PA., Schmid, B. (2018): Strong positive biodiversity–productivity relationships in a subtropical forest experiment. Nature (major revision)

Publications under Review:

Pietsch, KA., Eichenberg, D., Purahong, W., Nadrowski, K., Yu, M., Wipfler, B., Wubet, T., Baushus, J., Wirth, C. (2017): Diversity effects of primary producers are concealed by abiotic control in a subtropical forest (OIKOS, under review)

Publications in Preparation:

Schuldt A, A., Assmann, T., Brezzi, M., Buscot, F., Eichenberg, D., Gutknecht, J., Klein, AM., Kühn, P., Ma, K., Niklaus, PA., Pietsch, KA., Purahong, W., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Scholten, T., Staab, M., Trogisch, S., Wirth, C., Wubet, T., Bruelheide, H. (2018): Woody plant community structure and multitrophic diversity maximize multifunctionality in biodiverse forests (Ecology Letters, in preparation)

Pietsch, KA., Eichenberg, D., Trogisch, S., Bruelheide, H., Eichenberg, D., Wirth, C. (2018): Weak associations of wood and leaf traits decouple wood and leaf litter decomposition in a subtropical Chinese forest (Functional Ecology, in preparation)