Burnt-tip orchid Neottinea ustulata

Dr. Anja Vogel

Plant ecology postdoc in the Jena Experiment.
Burnt-tip orchid Neottinea ustulata
Image: Holger Schielzeth
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I am fascinated to study the consequences of biodiversity loss in a changing world and the mechanisms of biodiversity effects. In my diploma studies I investigated the plasticity of subordinate plant species across a diversity gradient. Later, for my PhD-thesis, I focused on community aspects to understand the role of plant diversity for resistance and resilience against drought and management intensification in grasslands. My results highlight the importance to incorporate multiple global environmental change factors into biodiversity and ecosystem functioning research. Now, together with Dr. Cameron Wagg from the University of Zurich, I am studying the assembly processes of plant species in communities of varying plant diversity when facing frequent summer drought.

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Drought experiment JE Image: Anja Vogel

To disentangle the effect of biodiversity or global climate change from other co-varying factors an experimental approach is irreplaceable. My study is based on the big biodiversity platform of the Jena Experiment where I established a drought experiment. Both, the Jena Experiment and the drought experiment already are long-term running which offer the great opportunity of mechanistic investigations. I do this in close cooperation with the Universities of Leipzig, Jena and Zurich.

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Buzhdygan, O.Y., Meyer, S.T., Weisser, W.W., Eisenhauer, N., Ebeling, A., Borrett, S.R., Buchmann, N., Cortois, R., De Deyn, G.B., de Kroon, H., Gleixner, G., Hertzog, L.R., Hines, J., Lange, M., Mommer, L., Ravenek, J., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Steinauer, K., Strecker, T., Tietjen, B., Vogel, A., Weigelt , A. & Petermann, J.S. (2020). Biodiversity increases multitrophic energy use efficiency, flow and storage in grasslands. Nature Ecology & Evolution doi: 10.1038/s41559-020-1123-8

Barry, K.E., Weigelt, A., van Ruijven, J., de Kroon, H., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Gessler, A., Ravenek, J.M., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Oram, N.J., Vogel, A., Wagg, C. & Mommer, L. (2019). Above- and belowground overyielding are related at the community and species level in a grassland biodiversity experimen. Advances in Ecological Research doi: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.05.001

Eisenhauer, N., Hines, J., Isbell, F., van der Plas, F., Hobbie, S.E., Kazanski, C.E., Lehmann, A., Liu, M., Lochner, A., Rillig, M.C., Vogel, A., Worm, K. & Reich, P.B. (2018). Plant diversity maintains multiple soil functions in future environments. eLife 7: e41228. doi: 10.7554/eLife.41228.001

Eisenhauer, N., Vogel, A., Jensen, B. & Scheu, S. (2018). Decomposer diversity increases biomass production and shifts aboveground-belowground biomass allocation of common wheat. Scientific Reports 8: 17894. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-36294-3

Vogel, A., Ebeling, A., Gleixner, G., Roscher, C., Scheu, S., Ciobanu, M., Koller-France, E., Lange, M., Lochner, A., Meyer, S.T., Oelmann, Y., Wilcke, W., Schmid, B. & Eisenhauer, N. (2019). A new experimental approach to test why biodiversity effects strengthen as ecosystems age. Advances in Ecological Research: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.06.006

Vogel, A., Manning, P., W., C.M., Cowles, J., Isbell, F., Jousset, A.L.C., Kimmel, K., Meyer, S.T., Reich, P.B., Roscher, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Tilman, D., Weigelt, A., Weight, A.J., Eisenhauer, N. & Wagg, C. (2019). Lost in trait space: Species-poor communities are inflexible in properties that drive ecosystem functioning. Advances in Ecological Research: doi: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.06.002

Eisenhauer, N., Schielzeth, H., Barnes, A.D., Barry, K., Bonn, A., Brose, U., Bruelheide, H., Buchmann, N., Buscot, F., Ebeling, A., Ferlian, O., Freschet, G.T., Giling, D.P., Hättenschwiler, S., Hillebrand, H., Hines, J., Isbell, F., Koller-France, E., König-Ries, B., de Kroon, H., Meyer, S.T., Milcu, A., Müller, J., Nock, C.A., Petermann, J.S., Roscher, C., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Schnitzer, S.A., Schuldt, A., Tscharntke, T., Türke, M., van Dam, N.M., van der Plas, F., Vogel, A., Wagg, C., Wardle, D.A., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W.W., Wirth, C. & Jochum, M. (2019). A multitrophic, eco-evolutionary perspective on biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research. Advances in Ecological Research doi:10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.06.001

Wagg, C., O'Brien, M.J., Vogel, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Eisenhauer, N., Schmid, B. & Weigelt, A. (2017). Plant diversity maintains long-term ecosystem productivity under frequent drought by increasing short-term variation. Ecology doi:10.1002/ecy.2003

Cesarz, S., Ciobanu, M., Wright, A.J., Ebeling, A., Vogel, A., Weisser, W.W. & Eisenhauer, N. (2017). Plant species richness sustains higher trophic levels of soil nematode communities after consecutive environmental perturbations. Oecologia doi:10.1007/s00442-017-3893-5

Meyer, S.T., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Hertzog, L., Hillebrand, H., Milcu, A., Pompe, S., Abbas, M., Bessler, H., Buchmann, N., De Luca, E., Engels, C., Fischer, M., Gleixner, G., Hudewenz, A., Klein, A.-M., De Kroon, H., Leimer, S., Loranger, H., Mommer, L., Oelmann, Y., Ravenek, J.M., Roscher, C., Rottstock, T., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Schulze, E.-D., Staudler, A., Strecker, T., Temperton, V., Tscharntke, T., Vogel, A., Voigt, W., Weigelt, A., Wilcke, W. & Weisser, W.W. (2016). Effects of biodiversity strengthen over time as ecosystem functioning declines at low and increases at high biodiversity. Ecosphere 7: e01619. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1619

Craven, D., Isbell, F., Manning, P., Connolly, J., Bruelheide, H., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., van Ruijven, J., Weigelt, A., Wilsey, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., de Luca, E., Griffin, J.N., Hautier, Y., Hector, A., Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J., Lanta, V., Loreau, M., Meyer, S.T., Mori, A.S., Naeem, S., Palmborg, C., Polley, H.W., Reich, P.B., Schmid, B., Siebenkas, A., Seabloom, E., Thakur, M.P., Tilman, D., Vogel, A. & Eisenhauer, N. (2016). Plant diversity effects on grassland productivity are robust to both nutrient enrichment and drought. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150277. doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0277

Oelmann, Y., Vogel, A., Wegener, F., Weigelt, A. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2015). Management intensity modifies plant diversity effects on N yield and mineral N in soil. Soil Science Society of America Journal 79: 559-568. doi:10.2136/sssaj2014.05.0191

Thakur, M.P., Milcu, A., Manning, P., Niklaus, P.A., Roscher, C., Power, S., Reich, P.B., Scheu, S., Tilman, D., Ai, F.X., Guo, H.Y., Ji, R., Pierce, S., Ramirez, N.G., Richter, A.N., Steinauer, K., Strecker, T., Vogel, A. & Eisenhauer, N. (2015). Plant diversity drives soil microbial biomass carbon in grasslands irrespective of global environmental change factors. Global Change Biology 21: 4076-4085. doi:10.1111/gcb.13011

Ebeling, A., Meyer, S.T., Abbas, M., Eisenhauer, N., Hillebrand, H., Lange, M., Scherber, C., Vogel, A., Weigelt, A. & Weisser, W.W. (2014). Plant diversity impacts decomposition and herbivory via changes in aboveground arthropods. PLoS One 9: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106529

Ebeling, A., Allan, E., Heimann, J., Köhler, G., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Vogel, A., Weigelt, A. & Weisser, W.W. (2013). The impact of plant diversity and fertilization on fitness of a generalist grasshopper. Basic and Applied Ecology 14: 246-254. doi:10.1016/j.baae.2013.01.006

Vogel, A., Eisenhauer, N., Weigelt, A. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2013). Plant diversity does not buffer drought effects on early-stage litter mass loss rates and microbial properties. Global Change Biology 19: 2795-2803. doi:10.1111/gcb.12225

Vogel, A., Fester, T., Eisenhauer, N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Weisser, W.W. & Weigelt, A. (2013). Separating drought effects from roof artifacts on ecosystem processes in a grassland drought experiment. PLoS One 8: e70997. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070997

Hudewenz, A., Klein, A.M., Scherber, C., Stanke, L., Tscharntke, T., Vogel, A., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W.W. & Ebeling, A. (2012). Herbivore and pollinator responses to grassland management intensity along experimental changes in plant species richness. Biological Conservation 150: 42-52. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.02.024

Vogel, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. & Weigelt, A. (2012). Grassland resistance and resilience after drought depends on management intensity and species richness. PLoS One 7: e36992. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036992

Weigelt, A., Vogel, A. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2010). Ecosystem services and functions of biodiversity in grasslands. Grassland Science in Europe 15: 649-651.

Weipert, J., Bössneck, U. & Vogel, A. (2008). Die Schutzgebiete der Landeshauptstadt Erfurt (Thüringen) Teil XIV: Flora und Fauna des GLB "Galgenhügel" bei Stotternheim. Veröffentlichungen des Naturkundemuseums Erfurt 27: 77-107.

Daßler, A., Roscher, C., Temperton, V.M., Schumacher, J. & Schulze, E.D. (2008). Adaptive survival mechanisms and growth limitations of small-stature herb species across a plant diversity gradient. Plant Biology 10: 573-587. doi:10.1111/j.1438-8677.2008.00073.x

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