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I am a plant scientist with a broad interest ranging from ecophysiology to macroecology. I am especially intrigued by the interactions of plants with their animate and inanimate environment, and the effects that human-induced global change has on the whole system. My main focus is on land-use and how it affects the stability of ecosystems. My PhD is part of the Synthesis Project of the Biodiversity Exploratories. We use a meta-analysis approach to investigate the resistance of grasslands to a diverse range of disturbances simulated by manipulative experiments. We look at these effects over a gradient of land-use intensity and biodiversity. Our first results indicate that the magnitude and direction of the effect depends on the type of disturbance experienced by the system and point towards distinct responses of the above- and belowground compartment.
Project: Biodiversity Exploratories
Kempel, Anne; Rindisbacher, Abiel; Fischer, Markus; Allan, Eric (2018). Plant soil feedback strength in relation to large-scale plant rarity and phylogenetic relatedness. Ecology, 99(3), pp. 597-606. Ecological Society of America 10.1002/ecy.2145