Laura Rose

Curriculum Vitae

2014-2019: Researcher and Lecturer at the Geobotany Department,  University of Freiburg (Akad. Rätin auf Zeit)

2014: Visiting Postdoc at the Department of Botany, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand (2 month)

2013-2014: Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute of Physical Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt (Akad. Rätin auf Zeit)

2012: Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute of Physical Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)

2008-2011: PhD candidate at the Department of Plant Ecology, University of Göttingen

2002-2007: Study of Biology at the University of Göttingen

 Research Interests

GiraffeBiodiversity, Climate Change, Drought,

Ecophysiology, Grassland, Land use,

Nutrient uptake, Roots, Savanna

 Current Research Projects

 Temporal complementarity of resource use in treesIDENT



 Past Research Projects


Nature news comment






Virtual Institute for Macroecology (Diploma Thesis)


SchoenbergAlbert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg

WM 1: Pflanzenökologie und Ökosystemfunktionen (responsible)


Introduction to Experimental Design and Statistics

Orientierungsmodul: Ökologie & Evolutionsbiologie

Schwerpunktmodul 2: Experiments in Evolutionary Biology & Functional Ecology (responsible statistics part)


Goethe University, Frankfurt

Biogeographische Modellierung  (together with S. Higgins)

Alpine ecology (together with S. Higgins, T. Hickler, R. Baxter)

Methoden der physischen Geographie



 Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Rose, L. & Lobet, G. (2019) Accuracy of image analysis tools for functional root traits: A comment on Delory et al., 2017. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 10:702-710 doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13156

Böhner, H., Rose, L., von Sengbusch, P., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2019) Vitality of bog pine and immigrating Norway spruce along gradients of environmental conditions within a bog. Mires & Peat 24

Rose, L., Buitenwerf, R., Cramer, M., February, E.C., Higgins, S.I. (2018) Effects of nutrient supply on carbon and water economies of C4 grasses. Functional Plant Biology doi:10.1071/FP17359

Milcu, A., Puga-Freitas, R., Ellison, A.M., Blouin, M., Scheu, S., Freschet, G.T., Rose, L., Barot, S., […], Roy, J. (2018) Genotypic variability enhances the reproducibility of an ecological study. Nature Ecology & Evolution doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0434-x

Milcu, A., Gessler, A., Roscher, C., Rose, L., Kayler, Z., Bachmann, D., Pirhofer-Walzl, K., Zavadlav, S., Galiano, L., Buchmann, T., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Roy, J. (2017) Top canopy nitrogen allocation linked to increased grassland carbon uptake in stands of varying species richness. Scientific Reports 7:8392
Rose, L. (2017) Pitfalls in root trait calculations: How ignoring diameter heterogeneity can lead to overestimation of functional traits. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:898
Buitenwerf, R., Rose, L., Higgins, S.I. (2015) Three decades of multi-dimensional change in global leaf phenology. Nature Climate Change 5:364–368

Leuschner, C., Gebel S., Rose, L. (2013) Root trait responses of six temperate grassland species to intensive mowing and NPK fertilisation: a field study in a temperate grassland. Plant & Soil 373:687-698

Rose, L., Rubarth, M.C., Hertel, D.,  Leuschner, C. (2013) Management alters interspecific leaf trait relationships and trait-based species rankings in permanent meadows. Journal of Vegetation Science 24:239-250

Rose, L., Hertel, D., Leuschner, C. (2013) Livestock type effects on biomass and nitrogen partitioning in temperate pastures with different functional group abundance. Grass and Forage Science 68:386–394

Rose, L. & Leuschner, C. (2012) The diversity-productivity relationship in a permanent grasslands: negative diversity effect, dominant influence of management regime. Plant Ecology & Diversity 5:265-274
Rose, L., Coners, H., Leuschner, C. (2012) Effects of fertilization and cutting frequency on the water balance of a temperate grassland. Ecohydrology 5:64-72

Rose, L., Leuschner, C., Köckemann, B., Buschmann, H. (2009) Are marginal beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) provenances a source for drought tolerant ecotypes? European Journal of Forest Research 128:335–343


 Reports and Theses

The influence of land-use intensification and biodiversity on grassland biomass, water use and plant functional traits. (PhD thesis, University of Göttingen)

Trockenstressempfindlichkeit und Palatibilität der Blätter von Jungbuchen zentraler und marginaler Arealherkünfte. (Diploma thesis, University of Göttingen)

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