Consequences of environmental change on plant communities and plant-soil interactions

Global Change and Soil Ecology

The research conducted in my group focuses on the consequences of environmental change for plant communities and the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and water in ecosystems. A special emphasis is on plant-soil interactions in both agronomic and natural ecosystems, and how these affect soil structure and the ecosystem's greenhouse gas balance (CO2, CH4, N2O). Methodologically, these questions are tackled using a wide range of analytical tools, including isotope labelling, gas exchange techniques, and the genetic analysis of soil microbial communities.


Recent Publications

  • Precipitation patterns and N availability alter plant-soil microbial C and N dynamics
    Engelhardt, Ilonka C.; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Bizouard, Florian; Breuil, Marie-Christine; Rouard, Nadine; et al.
    Plant And Soil 10.1007/s11104-021-05015-7  SEP 2021
  • Soil Fungi Promote Biodiversity-Productivity Relationships in Experimental Communities of Young Trees
    Yang, Bo; Liang, Yu; Schmid, Bernhard; Baruffol, Martin; Li, Yangfan; He, Ling; Salmon, Yann; Tian, Qiuyang; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Ma, Keping
    Ecosystems 10.1007/s10021-021-00689-7  AUG 2021
  • Remotely sensed between-individual functional trait variation in a temperate forest
    Guillen-Escriba, Carla; Schneider, Fabian D.; Schmid, Bernhard; Tedder, Andrew; Morsdorf, Felix; Furrer, Reinhard; Hueni, Andreas; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Schaepman, Michael E
    Ecology And Evolution 10.1002/ece3.7758  AUG 2021
  • Ecological and evolutionary approaches to improving crop variety mixtures
    Wuest, Samuel E.; Peter, Roland; Niklaus, Pascal A.
    Nature Ecology & Evolution 10.1038/s41559-021-01497-x  AUG 2021
  • Effects of plant community history, soil legacy and plant diversity on soil microbial communities
    Schmid, Marc W.; van Moorsel, Sofia J.; Hahl, Terhi; De Luca, Enrica; De Deyn, Gerlinde B.; Wagg, Cameron; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Schmid, Bernhard
    Journal Of Ecology 10.1111/1365-2745.13714  AUG 2021
  • How does leaf functional diversity affect the light environment in forest canopies? An in-silico biodiversity experiment
    Plekhanova, Elena; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Gastellu-Etchegorry, Jean-Philippe; Schaepman-Strub, Gabriela
    Ecological Modelling,   DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2020.109394 JAN 15 2021
Pascal Niklaus UZH

Prof. Dr. Pascal Niklaus
University of Zurich
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
8057 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 635 34 13

Research topics

  • Carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Mechanisms controlling soil greenhouse gas efflux incl. CH4 and N2O
  • Effects of plant biodiversity on the structure and functioning of ecosystems