M.Sc. Maria Hock

Maria Hock

Doctoral candidate

Olshausenstraße 75, 24118 Kiel, Raum: 309
Phone: +49 (0) 431 880-3637
Telefax: +49 (0) 431 880-4083
mhock@ecology.uni-kiel.de

Research interest

My research focuses on adaptability of invasive grassland species to high levels of UV-B radiation and the impact of UV-B radiation as a potentially selective environmental filter during plant invasions in the Southern hemisphere. To assess UV-B adaptability of invasive species and to what extent pre-adaptation, local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity contribute to invasion success in high-UV-B environments, I perform reciprocal common garden experiments with native and exotic populations of invasive species under artificial and natural radiation conditions in Germany and New Zealand.

Curriculum Vitae

since 2014
PhD project
Kiel University
Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Topic: Plant invasions in high-UV-B environments

2010 – 2013
Master of Science in Biology
Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Thesis topic: Relevance of UV-B radiation as selective environmental filter for plant invasions in New Zealand [in German]

2007 – 2010
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Thesis topic: Adaptation of German and New Zealand populations of  the invasive species  Hieracium pilosella L. to high UV-B radiation [in German]

Conference contributions

Hock M., Hofmann R. W., Müller C., Erfmeier A. (2018) Local adaptation of exotic species in high-UV-B environments. 2nd Kiel Plant Science Network Symposium; 31/05/2018; Kiel, Germany. 2018. Talk

Hock M., Hofmann R. W., Müller C., Erfmeier A. (2018) Plant invasions in high-UV-B environments – Evidence for local adaptation of exotic species in New Zealand. 2nd UV4Plants Network Meeting; 15/04/2018 – 18/04/2018; Bled, Slovenia. 2018. Talk

Hock M., Hofmann R., Bruelheide H., Erfmeier A. (2017) Plant invasions in high-UV-B environments – Native distribution patterns and functional traits as predictors of pre-adaptation. Ecology Across Borders: Joint Annual Meeting 2017; 11/12/2017 – 14/12/2017; Ghent, Belgium. 2017. Talk

Watermann L. Y., Blake C., Hock M., Kalwij J. M., Erfmeier A. (2017) Functional traits in exotic plant species along an elevational gradient in South Africa – the role of local adaptation. Ecology Across Borders: Joint Annual Meeting 2017; 11/12/2017 – 14/12/2017; Ghent, Belgium, 2017. Poster

Hock M., Hofmann R.W., Müller C., Erfmeier A. (2017) Evidence for local adaptation of exotic species to elevated UV-B in New Zealand. 30th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; 18/05/2017 – 20/05/2017; Halle, Germany, 2017. Talk

Hock M., Hofmann R.W., Bruelheide H., Erfmeier A. (2016) Evidence of local adaptation to high UV-B levels in the invaded range? – A multi-species approach with native and exotic origins of introduced species in New Zealand. NEOBIOTA 2016 – 9th Conference on Biological Invasions; 14/09/2016 – 17/09/2016; Vianden, Luxembourg, 2016. Poster

Hock M., Hofmann R.W., Bruelheide H., Erfmeier A. (2016) Invasion success of exotic plant species - Global distribution data and reciprocal common garden experiments. 46th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; 05/09/2016 – 09/09/2016; Marburg, Germany, 2016. Talk

Hock M., Hofmann R., Erfmeier A. (2015) Effects of ultraviolet radiation on exotic plant species in New Zealand – an experimental approach. 45th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; 31/08/2015 – 04/09/2015; Göttingen, Germany, 2015. Poster

Hock M., Plos C., Sporbert M., Erfmeier A. (2014) UV-B radiation and drought – Combined stress effects on native and exotic origins of Verbascum thapsus L. 44th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; 08/09/2014 – 12/09/2014; Hildesheim, Germany, 2014. Poster

Hock M., Beckmann M., Hofmann R., Bruelheide H., Erfmeier A. (2012) Is UV-B adaptability an indicator for invasive potential? 42nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; 10/09/2012 – 14/09/2012; Lüneburg, Germany, 2012. Poster

Beckmann M., Hock M., Hofmann R., Dieskau J., Bruelheide H., Erfmeier A. (2012) UV-B radiation and plant invasions – two interacting aspects of global change. NEOBIOTA 2012 – 7th Conference on Biological Invasions; 12/09/2012 – 14/09/2012; Pontevedra, Spain, 2012. Talk

Beckmann M., Hock M., Erfmeier A., Bruelheide H. (2010) Is there evidence for better UV-adaptation in New Zealand populations of an invasive plant? NEOBIOTA 2010 – 6th Conference on Biological Invasions; 14/09/2010 – 17/09/2010; Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010. Poster

Publications

Hock, M., Hofmann, R.W., Müller, C. & Erfmeier, A. (2019): Exotic plant species are locally adapted but not to high ultraviolet-B radiation: a reciprocal multispecies experiment. Ecology 100 (5): e02665.
DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2665

Hock M., Beckmann M., Hofmann R., Bruelheide H., Erfmeier A. (2015): Effects of UV-B radiation on germination characteristics in invasive plants in New Zealand. NeoBiota, 26, 21–37.

Ampoorter E., Baeten L., Vanhellemont M., Bruelheide H., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Baasch A., Erfmeier A., Hock M., Verheyen K. (2015): Disentangling tree species identity and richness effects on the herb layer: first results from a German tree diversity experiment. Journal of Vegetation Science, 26, 742–755.

Beckmann M., Hock M., Bruelheide H., Erfmeier A. (2012): The role of UV-B radiation in the invasion of Hieracium pilosella – A comparison of German and New Zealand plants. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 75, 173-180.