Research interests and methods

My main research interests are in the field of ecosystem research in temperate (broadleaved) forests. I am fascinated by, for example, tree-environment interactions and the mechanisms underlying the concept of Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning. As the scientific coordinator of the project FraDiv, my research focuses on the impact of the ash dieback on the ash-associated biodiversity (especially vascular plants and soil fungi). By using observational studies and experimental approaches at ash-rich forest sites, we investigate the consequences of the ash dieback on the biocenosis. My expertise includes dendroecological approaches, analyses of the fine root systems and isotope analyses of woody samples.