Biogeochemistry and biodiversity of agro- and forest ecosystems

Research in the Grassland Sciences group focuses on the process- and system-oriented understanding of functional plant diversity and of ecosystem biogeochemistry, in particular biospheric-atmospheric greenhouse gas exchange, both in response to human and biophysical drivers, across spatial and temporal scales.

Based on a multidisciplinary approach, we use classical ecological methods and further develop innovative tools, such as stable isotope analyses and micrometeorological measurements, in our observational and experimental studies.

Recent Publications

  • Impacts of droughts and extreme-temperature events on gross primary production and ecosystem respiration: a systematic assessment across ecosystems and climate zones
    Authors: von Buttlar, J; Zscheischler, J; Rammig, A; et al.
    Source: BIOGEOSCIENCES, 15 (5):1293-1318; 10.5194/bg-15-1293-2018 MAR 5 2018 
  • Genotypic variability enhances the reproducibility of an ecological study
    Authors: Milcu, A; Puga-Freitas, R; Ellison, AM; et al.
    Source: NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 2 (2):279-+; 10.1038/s41559-017-0434-x FEB 2018 
  • Biodiversity-multifunctionality relationships depend on identity and number of measured functions
    Authors: Meyer, ST; Ptacnik, R; Hillebrand, H; et al.
    Source: NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 2 (1):44-49; 10.1038/s41559-017-0391-4 JAN 2018
  • Resilient Leaf Physiological Response of European Beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) to Summer Drought and Drought Release 
    Author(s): Pflug, Ellen E.; Buchmann, Nina; Siegwolf, Rolf T. W.; et al. 
    Source: FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 9: FEB 19 2018 
    Document Type: Article (Details)
Nina Buchmann ETH Zurich

Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann
ETH Zurich
Institute of Agricultural Sciences
8092 Zurich

Tel. +41 (0)44 632 39 59

Research topics

  • Plant and Ecosystem Ecophysiology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Greenhouse Gas Exchange (CO2, H2O, CH4, N2O)
  • Biodiversity & Ecosystem Functioning
  • Stable Isotope Ecology
  • Policy Advice


  • Global change biology
  • Sustainable and efficient resource use.
  • Ecosystem Ecology