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

  • Hemiparasite-density effects on grassland plant diversity, composition and biomass
    Heer, N; Klimmek, F; Zwahlen, C; Fischer, M; Holzel, N; Klaus, VH; Kleinebecker, T; Prati, D; Boch, S
    PERSPECTIVES IN PLANT ECOLOGY EVOLUTION AND SYSTEMATICS, 32 22-29; 10.1016/j.ppees.2018.01.004 JUN 2018
  • Intra- and interspecific tree diversity promotes multitrophic plant-Hemiptera-ant interactions in a forest diversity experiment
    Cao, HX; Klein, AM; Zhu, CD; Staab, M; Durka, W; Fischer, M; Fornoff, F
    BASIC AND APPLIED ECOLOGY, 29 89-97; 10.1016/j.baae.2018.03.005 JUN 2018
  • High land-use intensity exacerbates shifts in grassland vegetation composition after severe experimental drought
    Stampfli, A; Bloor, JMG; Fischer, M; Zeiter, M
    GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 24 (5):2021-2034; MAY 2018
  • Effects of mowing, grazing and fertilization on soil seed banks in temperate grasslands in Central Europe
    Authors: Klaus, VH; Schafer, D; Prati, D; Busch, V; Hamer, U; Hoever, CJ;
    Kleinebecker, T; Mertens, D; Fischer, M; Holzel, N
    Source: AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, 256 211-217; MAR 15 2018
  • Redefining ecosystem multifunctionality
    Authors: Manning, Peter; van der Plas, Fons; Soliveres, Santiago; Allan, Eric;
    Maestre, Fernando T.; Mace, Georgina; Whittingham, Mark J.; Fischer,
    Source: NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 2 (3):427-436; MAR 2018
  • Two closely related species differ in their regional genetic differentiation despite admixing
    Authors: Schmidt, Lisanna; Fischer, Markus; Oja, Tatjana
    Source: AOB PLANTS, 10 (1): FEB 2018
  • Phylogenetic classification of the world's tropical forests 
    Author(s): Slik, J. W. Ferry; Franklin, Janet; Arroyo-Rodriguez, Victor; et al. 
    Document Type: Article (Details)
  • Biodiversity-multifunctionality relationships depend on identity and number of measured functions
    Authors: Meyer, ST; Ptacnik, R; Hillebrand, H; Bessler, H; Buchmann, N; Ebeling,
    A; Eisenhauer, N; Engels, C; Fischer, M; Halle, S; Klein, AM; Oelmann,
    Y; Roscher, C; Rottstock, T; Scherber, C; Scheu, S; Schmid, B; Schulze,
    ED; Temperton, VM; Tscharntke, T; Voigt, W; Weigelt, A; Wilcke, W;
    Weisser, WW
    Source: NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 2 (1):44-49; JAN 2018
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.