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

  • Land use intensity, rather than plant species richness, affects the leaching risk of multiple nutrients from permanent grasslands
    Klaus, VH; Kleinebecker, T; Busch, V; Fischer, M; Holzel, N; Nowak, S; Prati, D; Schafer, D; Schoning, I; Schrumpf, M; Hamer, U
    GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 24 (7):2828-2840; 10.1111/gcb.14123 JUL 2018
  • Contribution of the soil seed bank to the restoration of temperate grasslands by mechanical sward disturbance
    Klaus, VH; Hoever, CJ; Fischer, M; Hamer, U; Kleinebecker, T; Mertens, D; Schafer, D; Prati, D; Holzel, N
    RESTORATION ECOLOGY, 26 S114-S122; 2 SI JUN 2018
  • Does plant diversity affect the water balance of established grassland systems?
    Leimer, S; Bischoff, S; Boch, S; Busch, V; Escher, P; Fischer, M; Hansel, F; Holzel, N; Kerber, K; Klaus, VH; Kleinebecker, T; Michalzik, B; Nauss, T; Schafer, D; Schoning, I; Schwarz, MT; Siemens, J; Thieme, L; Wollauer, S; Wilcke, W
    ECOHYDROLOGY, 11 (4):10.1002/eco.1945 JUN 2018
  • 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
    Klaus, VH; Schafer, D; Prati, D; Busch, V; Hamer, U; Hoever, CJ; Kleinebecker, T; Mertens, D; Fischer, M; Holzel, N
  • Redefining ecosystem multifunctionality
    Manning, P; van der Plas, F; Soliveres, S; Allan, E; Maestre, F T; Mace, G; Whittingham, M J; Fischer, M
    NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 2 (3):427-436; MAR 2018
  • Two closely related species differ in their regional genetic differentiation despite admixing
    Schmidt, Lisanna; Fischer, Markus; Oja, Tatjana
    AOB PLANTS, 10 (1): FEB 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.