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

  • Plant evolutionary assembly along elevational belts at Mt. Kilimanjaro: Using phylogenetics to asses biodiversity threats under climate change
    Molina-Venegas, Rafael; Fischer, Markus; Hemp, Andreas
    Environmental And Experimental Botany, Volume: 170, Special Issue: SI, Article Number: 103853, DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2019.103853
  • Invasive knotweed has greater nitrogen-use efficiency than native plants: evidence from a N-15 pulse-chasing experiment
    Parepa, Madalin; Kahmen, Ansgar; Werner, Roland A.; Fischer, Markus; Bossdorf, Oliver
    Oecologia 191(2): 389-396, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-019-04490-1, Published: OCT 2019
  • Transferring biodiversity-ecosystem function research to the management of 'real-world' ecosystems
    Manning, Peter; Loos, Jacqueline; Barnes, Andrew D.; Batary, Peter; Bianchi, Felix J. J. A.; et al.
    Mechanisms Underlying The Relationship Between Biodiversity And Ecosystem Function, Edited by: Eisenhauer, N; Bohan, DA; Dumbrell, AJ
    Book Series: Advances in Ecological Research 61: 323-356, DOI: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.06.009, published: 2019
  • Radar vision in the mapping of forest biodiversity from space
    Bae, Soyeon; Levick, Shaun R.; Heidrich, Lea; Magdon, Paul; Leutner, Benjamin F.; et al.
    Nature Communications, Volume: 10, Article Number: 4757, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12737-x, Published: OCT 18 2019
  • Arthropod decline in grasslands and forests is associated with landscape-level drivers
    Seibold, Sebastian; Gossner, Martin M.; Simons, Nadja K.; Bluethgen, Nico; Mueller, Joerg; et al.
    Nature, 10.1038/s41586-019-1684-3 OCT 2019
  • Inferring competitive outcomes, ranks and intransitivity from empirical data: A comparison of different methods
    Feng, Yanhao; Soliveres, Santiago; Allan, Eric; Rosenbaum, Benjamin; Wagg, Cameron; Tabi, A; De Luca, E; Eisenhauer, N;  Schmid, B; Weigelt, A; Weisser, WW; Roscher, C; Fischer, M
    METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13326,  2019
  • Plant functional trait shifts explain concurrent changes in the structure and function of grassland soil microbial communities
    Boeddinghaus, RS; Marhan, S; Berner, D; Boch, S; Fischer, M; Holzel, N; Kattge, J; Klaus, VH; Kleinebecker, T; Oelmann, Y; Prati, D; Schafer, D;
    Schoning, I; Schrumpf, M; Sorkau, E; Kandeler, E; Manning, P
    JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 107 (5):2197-2210; 10.1111/1365-2745.13182 SEP 2019
  • Exclusion of large herbivores affects understorey shrub vegetation more than herb vegetation across 147 forest sites in three German regions
    Schafer, D; Prati, D; Schall, P; Ammer, C; Fischer, M
    PLOS ONE, 14 (7):10.1371/journal.pone.0218741 JUL 10 2019
  • Disentangling the fundamental branching patterns of phylogenetic divergence to refine eco-phylogenetic analyses
    Molina-Venegas, R; Fischer, M; Hemp, A
    JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 10.1111/jbi.13692 
  • Increasing plant diversity of experimental grasslands alters the age and growth of Plantago lanceolata from younger and faster to older and slower
    Roeder, A; Schweingruber, FH; Fischer, M; Roscher, C
    OIKOS, 128 (8):1182-1193; 10.1111/oik.05739 AUG 2019
  • Will I stay or will I go? Plant species-specific response and tolerance to high land-use intensity in temperate grassland ecosystems
    Busch, V; Klaus, VH; Schafer, D; Prati, D; Boch, S; Muller, J; Chiste, M; Mody, K; Bluthgen, N; Fischer, M; Holzel, N; Kleinebecker, T
    JOURNAL OF VEGETATION SCIENCE, 30 (4):674-686; 10.1111/jvs.12749 JUL 2019
  • Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses
    Steidinger, BS; Crowther, TW; Liang, J; … Fischer, M; …; Niklaus, P; …; Schmid, B; Schongart, J; Searle, E; Seben, V; Serra-Diaz, JM; Salas-Eljatib, C; Sheil, D; Shvidenko, A; Silva-Espejo, J; Silveira, M; Singh, J; Sist, P; Slik, F; Sonke, B; Souza, AF; Sterenczak, K; Svenning, JC; Svoboda, M; Targhetta, N; Tchebakova, N; ter Steege, H; Thomas, R; Tikhonova, E; Umunay, P; Usoltsev, V; Valladares, F; van der Plas, F; Do, TV; Martinez, RV; Verbeeck, H; Viana, H; Vieira, S; von Gadow, K; Wang, HF; Watson, J; Westerlund, B; Wiser, S; Wittmann, F; Wortel, V; Zagt, R; Zawila-Niedzwiecki, T; Zhu, ZX; Zo-Bi, IC
    Group Author(s): GFBI Consortium
    NATURE, 569 (7756):404-+; 10.1038/s41586-019-1128-0 MAY 16 2019
  • Climate-land-use interactions shape tropical mountain biodiversity and ecosystem functions
    Peters, MK; Hemp, A; Appelhans, T; Becker, JN; Behler, C; Classen, A; Detsch, F; Ensslin, A; Ferger, SW; Frederiksen, SB; Gebert, F; Gerschlauer, F; Gutlein, A; Helbig-Bonitz, M; Hemp, C; Kindeketa, WJ; Kuhnel, A; Mayr, AV; Mwangomo, E; Ngereza, C; Njovu, HK; Otte, I; Pabst, H; Renner, M; Roder, J; Rutten, G; Costa, DS; Sierra-Cornejo, N; Vollstadt, MGR; Dulle, HI; Eardley, CD; Howell, KM; Keller, A; Peters, RS; Ssymank, A; Kakengi, V; Zhang, J; Bogner, C; Bohning-Gaese, K; Brandl, R; Hertel, D; Huwe, B; Kiese, R; Kleyer, M; Kuzyakov, Y; Nauss, T; Schleuning, M; Tschapka, M; Fischer, M; Steffan-Dewenter, I
    NATURE, 568 (7750):88-+; 10.1038/s41586-019-1048-z APR 4 2019
  • Ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic soil fungal biomass are driven by different factors and vary among broadleaf and coniferous temperate forests
    Awad, A; Majcherczyk, A; Schall, P; Schroter, K; Schoning, I; Schrumpf, M; Ehbrecht, M; Boch, S; Kahl, T; Bauhus, J; Seidel, D; Ammer, C; Fischer, M; Kues, U; Pena, R
    SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 131 9-18; 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.12.014 APR 2019
  • Identifying the tree species compositions that maximize ecosystem functioning in European forests
    Baeten, L; Bruelheide, H; van der Plas, F; Kambach, S; Ratcliffe, S; Jucker, T; Allan, E; Ampoorter, E; Barbaro, L; Bastias, CC; Bauhus, J; Benavides, R; Bonal, D; Bouriaud, O; Bussotti, F; Carnol, M; Castagneyrol, B; Charbonnier, Y; Checko, E; Coomes, DA; Dahlgren, J; Dawud, SM; De Wandeler, H; Domisch, T; Finer, L; Fischer, M; Fotelli, M; Gessler, A; Grossiord, C; Guyot, V; Hattenschwiler, S; Jactel, H; Jaroszewicz, B; Joly, FX; Koricheva, J; Lehtonen, A; Muller, S; Muys, B; Nguyen, D; Pollastrini, M; Radoglou, K; Raulund-Rasmussen, K; Ruiz-Benito, P; Selvi, F; Stenlid, J; Valladares, F; Vesterdal, L; Verheyen, K; Wirth, C; Zavala, MA; Scherer-Lorenzen, M
    JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 56 (3):733-744; 10.1111/1365-2664.13308 MAR 2019
  • Landscape-Scale Mixtures of Tree Species are More Effective than Stand-Scale Mixtures for Biodiversity of Vascular Plants, Bryophytes and Lichens
    Heinrichs, S; Ammer, C; Mund, M; Boch, S; Budde, S; Fischer, M; Muller, J; Schoning, I; Schulze, ED; Schmidt, W; Weckesser, M; Schall, P
    FORESTS, 10 (1):10.3390/f10010073 JAN 2019
  • Effects of structural heterogeneity on the diurnal temperature range in temperate forest ecosystems
    Ehbrecht, M; Schall, P; Ammer, C; Fischer, M; Seidel, D
    FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 432 860-867; 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.10.008 JAN 15 2019
  • Effects of forest management on bryophyte species richness in Central European forests
    Muller, J; Boch, S; Prati, D; Socher, SA; Pommer, U; Hessenmoller, D; Schall, P; Schulze, ED; Fischer, M
    FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 432 850-859; 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.10.019 JAN 15 2019
  • Towards the development of general rules describing landscape heterogeneity-multifunctionality relationships
    van der Plas, F; Allan, E; Fischer, M; Alt, F; Arndt, H; Binkenstein, J; Blaser, S; Bluthgen, N; Bohm, S; Holzel, N; Klaus, VH; Kleinebecker, T;
    Morris, K; Oelmann, Y; Prati, D; Renner, SC; Rillig, MC; Schaefer, HM; Schloter, M; Schmitt, B; Schoning, I; Schrumpf, M; Solly, EF; Sorkau, E;
    Steckel, J; Steffan-Dewenter, I; Stempfhuber, B; Tschapka, M; Weiner, CN; Weisser, WW; Werner, M; Westphal, C; Wilcke, W; Manning, P
    JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 56 (1):168-179; 10.1111/1365-2664.13260 JAN 2019
  • Specialisation and diversity of multiple trophic groups are promoted by different forest features
    Penone, C; Allan, E; Soliveres, S; Felipe-Lucia, MR; Gossner, MM; Seibold, S; Simons, NK; Schall, P; van der Plas, F; Manning, P; Manzanedo, RD; Boch, S; Prati, D; Ammer, C; Bauhus, J; Buscot, F;
    Ehbrecht, M; Goldmann, K; Jung, K; Muller, J; Muller, JC; Pena, R; Polle, A; Renner, SC; Ruess, L; Schonig, I; Schrumpf, M; Solly, EF; Tschapka, M; Weisser, WW; Wubet, T; Fischer, M
    ECOLOGY LETTERS, 22 (1):170-180; 10.1111/ele.13182 JAN 2019
  • Plant niche breadths along environmental gradients and their relationship to plant functional traits
    Costa, DS; Gerschlauer, F; Kiese, R; Fischer, M; Kleyer, M; Hemp, A
    DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, 24 (12):1869-1882; 10.1111/ddi.12815 DEC 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

 

Interdisciplinary

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.