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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Plant trait response of tundra shrubs to permafrost thaw and nutrient addition
    Iturrate-Garcia, Maitane; Heijmans, Monique M. P. D.; Cornelissen, J. Hans C.; Schweingruber, Fritz H.; Niklaus, Pascal A.; et al.
    Biogeosciences  DOI: 10.5194/bg-17-4981-2020 OCT 18 2020
  • Temperatures beyond the community optimum promote the dominance of heat-adapted, fast growing and stress resistant bacteria in alpine soils
    Donhauser, Johanna; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Rousk, Johannes; Larose, Catherine; Frey, Beat
    Soil Biology & Biochemistry 10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107873 SEP 2020
  • Impact of reactive surfaces on the abiotic reaction between nitrite and ferrous iron and associated nitrogen and oxygen isotope dynamics
    Visser, Anna-Neva; Wankel, Scott D.; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Byrne, James M.; Kappler, Andreas A.; et al.
    Biogeosciences  DOI: 10.5194/bg-17-4355-2020 AUG 28 2020
  • Late-spring frost risk between 1959 and 2017 decreased in North America but increased in Europe and Asia
    Zohner, Constantin M.; Mo, Lidong; Renner, Susanne S.; Svenning, Jens-Christian; Vitasse, Yann; et al.
    Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America,  117(22): 12192-12200 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1920816117  JUN 2 2020
  • Local and landscape-level diversity effects on forest functioning
    Oehri, Jacqueline; Buergin, Marvin; Schmid, Bernhard; Niklaus, Pascal A.
    Plos One,  Published: MAY 14 2020 , DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233104
  • Directed species loss reduces community productivity in a subtropical forest biodiversity experiment
    Chen, Yuxin; Huang, Yuanyuan; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Castro-Izaguirre, Nadia; Clark, Adam Thomas; Bruelheide, Helge; Ma, Keping; Schmid, Bernhard
    Nature Ecology & Evolution 10.1038/s41559-020-1127-4  2020
  • Terrestrial land-cover type richness is positively linked to landscape-level functioning
    Oehri, Jacqueline; Schmid, Bernhard; Schaepman-Strub, Gabriela; Niklaus, Pascal A.
    Nature Communications 11(1), Article Number: 154, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-14002-7, JAN 9 2020
  • Tree-species interactions increase light absorption and growth in Chinese subtropical mixed-species plantations
    Forrester, David I.; Rodenfels, Peter; Haase, Josephine; Haerdtle, Werner; Leppert, Katrin N.; et al.
    Oecologia,  DOI: 10.1007/s00442-019-04495-w, OCT 2019
  • Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses
    Steidinger, BS; Crowther, TW; Liang, J; Van Nuland, ME; Werner, GDA; Reich, PB; Nabuurs, G; De-Miguel, S; Zhou, M; Picard, N; Herault, B; Zhao, X; Zhang, C; Routh, D; Peay, KG; Abegg, M; Yao, CYA; Alberti, G; Zambrano, AA; Alvarez-Davila, E; Alvarez-Loayza, P; Alves, LF; Ammer, C; Anton-Fernandez, C; Araujo-Murakami, A; Arroyo, L; Avitabile, V; Aymard, G; Baker, T; Balazy, R; Banki, O; Barroso, J; Bastian, M; Bastin, JF; Birigazzi, L; Birnbaum, P; Bitariho, R; Boeckx, P; Bongers, F; Bouriaud, O; Brancalion, PHS; Brandl, S; Brearley, FQ; Brienen, R; Broadbent, E;  Bruelheide, H; Bussotti, F; Gatti, RC; Cesar, R; Cesljar, G; Chazdon, R; Chen, HYH; Chisholm, C; Cienciala, E; Clark, CJ; Clark, D; Colletta, G; Condit, R; Coomes, D; Valverde, FC; Corral-Rivas, JJ; Crim, P; Cumming, J; Dayanandan, S; de Gasper, AL; Decuyper, M; Derroire, G; DeVries, B; Djordjevic, I; Ieda, A; Dourdain, A; Obiang, NLE; Enquist, B; Eyre, T; Fandohan, AB; Fayle, TM; Feldpausch, TR; Finer, L; Fischer, M; Fletcher, C; Fridman, J; Frizzera, L; Gamarra, JGP; Gianelle, D; Glick, HB; Harris, D; Hector, A; Hemp, A; Hengeveld, G; Herbohn, J; Herold, M; Hillers, A; Coronado, ENH; Huber, M; Hui, C; Cho, H; Ibanez, T; Jung, I; Imai, N; Jagodzinski, AM; Jaroszewicz, B; Johannsen, V; Joly, CA; Jucker, T; Karminov, V; Kartawinata, K; Kearsley, E; Kenfack, D; Kennard, D; Kepfer-Rojas, S; Keppel, G; Khan, ML; Killeen, T; Kim, HS; Kitayama, K; Kohl, M; Korjus, H; Kraxner, F; Laarmann, D; Lang, M; Lewis, S; Lu, HC; Lukina, N; Maitner, B; Malhi, Y; Marcon, E; Marimon, BS; Marimon, BH; Marshall, AR; Martin, E; Martynenko, O; Meave, JA; Melo-Cruz, O; Mendoza, C; Merow, C; Mendoza, AM; Moreno, V; Mukul, SA; Mundhenk, P; Nava-Miranda, MG; Neill, D; Neldner, V; Nevenic, R; Ngugi, M; Niklaus, P; Oleksyn, J; Ontikov, P; Ortiz-Malavasi, E; Pan, YD; Paquette, A; Parada-Gutierrez, A; Parfenova, E; Park, M; Parren, M; Parthasarathy, N; Peri, PL; Pfautsch, S; Phillips, O; Piedade, MT; Piotto, D; Pitman, NCA; Polo, I; Poorter, L; Poulsen, AD; Poulsen, JR; Pretzsch, H; Arevalo, FR; Restrepo-Correa, Z; Rodeghiero, M; Rolim, S; Roopsind, A; Rovero, F; Rutishauser, E; Saikia, P; Saner, P; Schall, P; Schelhaas, MJ; Schepaschenko, D; Scherer-Lorenzen, M; 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
  • Temperature and moisture are minor drivers of regional-scale soil organic carbon dynamics
    Gonzalez-Dominguez, B; Niklaus, PA; Studer, MS; Hagedorn, F; Wacker, L; Haghipour, N; Zimmermann, S; Walther, L; McIntyre, C; Abiven, S
    SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 9 10.1038/s41598-019-42629-5 APR 23 2019
  • Globally consistent influences of seasonal precipitation limit grassland biomass response to elevated CO2
    Hovenden, MJ; Leuzinger, S; Newton, PCD; Fletcher, A; Fatichi, S; Luscher, A; Reich, PB; Andresen, LC; Beier, C; Blumenthal, DM; Chiariello, NR; Dukes, JS; Kellner, J; Hofmockel, K; Niklaus, PA; Song, J; Wan, S; Classen, AT; Langley, JA
    NATURE PLANTS, 5 (2):167-+; 10.1038/s41477-018-0356-x FEB 2019
  • Response to Comment on "Impacts of species richness on productivity in a large-scale subtropical forest experiment"
    Bruelheide, H; Chen, YX; Huang, YY; Ma, KP; Niklaus, PA; Schmid, B
    SCIENCE, 363 (6423):10.1126/science.aav9863 JAN 11 2019
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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