Dr. Katharina Mausolf

Katharina Mausolf

Research staff

Olshausenstraße 75, 24118 Kiel, Raum: 315b
Phone: +49 (0) 431 880-4062

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.

Curriculum vitae

Since Mar. 2019
Scientific coordination of the project FraDiv
Institute of Ecosystem Research
Geobotany / Applied Ecology and Palaeoecology

Feb. 2017 – Jan. 2019
Research associate at Leuphana University Lüneburg
Institute of Ecology
Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation

Jan. 2014 – Jan. 2016
Scholarship holder of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

Jan. 2014 – Jun. 2019
PhD candidate at Leuphana University Lüneburg
Institute of Ecology
Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation

Apr. 2008 – Apr. 2013
Studies of Agricultural Sciences at Kiel University
Graduation: M. Sc. Agrar


Mausolf K., Härdtle W., Jansen K., Delory B.M., Hertel D., Leuschner C., Temperton V.M., von Oheimb G., Fichtner A. (2018). Legacy effects of land-use modulate tree growth responses to climate extremes. Oecologia, 187, 825 – 837.

Mausolf K., Wilm P., Härdtle W., Jansen K., Schuldt B., Sturm K., von Oheimb G., Hertel D., Fichtner A. (2018). Higher drought sensitivity of radial growth of European beech in managed than in unmanaged forests. Science of the Total Environment, 642, 1201 – 1208.