Plant ecology

Most of our research is concerned with drivers and functional consequences of biodiversity change, with the ecology and evolution of rare and invasive plants, with Alpine ecology, with Botanical Gardens (Botanical Garden of the University of Bern), and with conservation biology.

Recent Publications

  • Nature and People in the Andes, East African Mountains, European Alps, and Hindu Kush Himalaya: Current Research and Future Directions
    Payne, Davnah; Snethlage, Mark; Geschke, Jonas; Spehn, Eva M.; Fischer, Markus
    Mountain Research And Development  10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-19-00075.1  MAY 2020
  • Dispersal ability, trophic position and body size mediate species turnover processes: Insights from a multi-taxa and multi-scale approach
    Bae, Soyeon; Heidrich, Lea; Levick, Shaun R.; Gossner, Martin M.; Seibold, Sebastian; et al.
    Diversity And Distributions,10.1111/ddi.13204, MAR 2021
  • Direct and Indirect Effects of Management Intensity and Environmental Factors on the Functional Diversity of Lichens in Central European Forests
    Boch, Steffen; Saiz, Hugo; Allan, Eric; Schall, Peter; Prati, Daniel; et al.
    Microorganisms,  10.3390/microorganisms9020463 FEB 2021
  • Effects of fertilization and irrigation on vascular plant species richness, functional composition and yield in mountain grasslands
    Boch, Steffen; Kurtogullari, Yasemin; Allan, Eric; Lessard-Therrien, Malie; Rieder, Nora Simone; et al.
    Journal Of Environmental Management, 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111629  FEB 1 2021
  • Insights from regional and short-term biodiversity monitoring datasets are valuable: a reply to Daskalova et al. 2021
    Seibold, Sebastian; Hothorn, Torsten; Gossner, Martin M.; Simons, Nadja K.; Bluthgen, Nico; et al.
    Insect Conservation And Diversity, 10.1111/icad.12467  JAN 2021
  • Globally, plant-soil feedbacks are weak predictors of plant abundance
    Reinhart, Kurt O.; Bauer, Jonathan T.; McCarthy-Neumann, Sarah; MacDougall, Andrew S.; Hierro, Jose L.; et al.
    Ecology And Evolution, 10.1002/ece3.7167  FEB 2021
  • National Forest Inventories capture the multifunctionality of managed forests in Germany
    Simons, Nadja K.; Felipe-Lucia, Maria R.; Schall, Peter; Ammer, Christian; Bauhus, Juergen; et al.
    Forest Ecosystems, 10.1186/s40663-021-00280-5  JAN 27 2021
  • The importance of genetic diversity for the translocation of eight threatened plant species into the wild
    Schafer, Deborah; Vincent, Hugo; Fischer, Markus; Kempel, Anne
    Global Ecology And Conservation, 10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01240   DEC 2020
  • Connecting plant evolutionary history and human well-being at Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
    Molina-Venegas, Rafael; Fischer, Markus; Mollel, Neduvoto Piniel; Hemp, Andreas
    Botanical Journal Of The Linnean Society,  10.1093/botlinnean/boaa049, DEC 2020
  • Land-use intensity alters networks between biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and services
    Felipe-Lucia, Maria R.; Soliveres, Santiago; Penone, Caterina; Fischer, Markus; Ammer, Christian; et al.
    Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America,   10.1073/pnas.2016210117, NOV 10 2020
  • Plant traits alone are poor predictors of ecosystem properties and long-term ecosystem functioning
    van der Plas, Fons; Schroeder-Georgi, Thomas; Weigelt, Alexandra; Barry, Kathryn; Meyer, Sebastian; et al.
    Nature Ecology & Evolution  DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-01316-9  DEC 2020
  • The results of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments are realistic
    Jochum, Malte; Fischer, Markus; Isbell, Forest; Roscher, Christiane; van der Plas, Fons; Boch, Steffen; Boenisch, Gerhard; Buchmann, Nina; Catford, Jane A; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine; Ebeling, Anne; Eisenhauer, Nico; Gleixner, Gerd; Hoelzel, Norbert; Kattge, Jens; Klaus, Valentin H.; Kleinebecker, Till; Lange, Markus; Le Provost, Gaetane; Meyer, Sebastian T.; Molina-Venegas, Rafael; Mommer, Liesje; Oelmann, Yvonne; Penone, Caterina; Prati, Daniel; Reich, Peter B.; Rindisbacher, Abiel; Schaefer, Deborah; Scheu, Stefan; Schmid, Bernhard; Tilman, David; Tscharntke, Teja; Vogel, Anja; Wagg, Cameron; Weigelt, Alexandra; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Manning, Peter
    Nature Ecology & Evolution Nov 2020, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1280-9
  • Nationwide revisitation reveals thousands of local extinctions across the ranges of 713 threatened and rare plant species
    Kempel, Anne; Bornand, Christophe N.; Gygax, Andreas; Juillerat, Philippe; Jutzi, Michael; et al.
    Conservation Letters 10.1111/conl.12749  SEP 2020
  • Overview of past, current, and future ecosystem and biodiversity trends of inland saline lakes of Europe and Central Asia
    Zadereev, Egor; Lipka, Oksana; Karimov, Bakhtiyor; Krylenko, Marina; Elias, Victoria; et al.
    Inland Waters  DOI: 10.1080/20442041.2020.1772034  SEP 2020
  • Heterogeneity-diversity relationships differ between and within trophic levels in temperate forests
    Heidrich, Lea; Bae, Soyeon; Levick, Shaun; Seibold, Sebastian; Weisser, Wolfgang; et al.
    Nature Ecology & Evolution  DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1245-z  SEP 2020
  • Comparing experimental and field-measured traits and their variability in Central European grassland species
    Dostal, Petr; Fischer, Markus; Prati, Daniel
    Journal Of Vegetation Science 10.1111/jvs.12875  JUL 2020
  • Rare species perform worse than widespread species under changed climate
    Vincent, Hugo; Bornand, Christophe N.; Kempel, Anne; Fischer, Markus
    Biological Conservation  DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108586  Published: JUN 2020
  • Can multi-taxa diversity in European beech forest landscapes be increased by combining different management systems?
    Schall, Peter; Heinrichs, Steffi; Ammer, Christian; Ayasse, Manfred; Boch, Steffen; et al.
    Journal Of Applied Ecology 10.1111/1365-2664.13635  JUL 2020
  • Context dependency of biotic interactions and its relation to plant rarity
    Kempel, Anne; Vincent, Hugo; Prati, Daniel; Fischer, Markus
    Diversity And Distributions  DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13050 Published: JUN 2020
Fischer Markus

Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer
University of Bern
Institute of Plant Sciences and Botanical Garden
3013 Bern

Tel: +41 (0)31 631 49 43

Research topics

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Functional Biodiversity Research
  • Conservation Biology
  • Invasion Biology
  • Alpine Ecology



Often in the framework of several larger research units in Switzerland, Germany, China and Africa we collaborate with

  • Molecular biologists
  • Population geneticists and biologists
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem researchers of all kinds
  • Modelers, mostly on plant interactions with other organisms.