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Katrin N. Leppert (geb. Seidelmann)


 Curriculum vitae



 Research Interests


  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Effect of environmental conditions and tree species diversity on leaf litter decomposition dynamics
  • Effects of litter species diversity on litter nutrient dynamics during decomposition and subsequent nutrient uptake by plants
  • Nutrient and light distribution in forest canopies in response to tree species loss
  • Effects of tree species diversity on total and plant available soil P and N pools
  • Combinations of renewable energies
  • Knowledge visualization


 Current Research Projects


BEF-China: http://www.bef-china.de/index.php/en/projects/59-cat-sp5

BEF-China database: http://china.befdata.biow.uni-leipzig.de/



Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Forrester D.I., Rodenfels P., Haase J., Härdtle W., Leppert K.N., Niklaus P.A., von Oheimb G., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Bauhus J. (2019) Tree-species interactions increase light absorption and growth in Chinese subtropical mixed-species plantations. Oecologia, 191, 421-432. doi: 10.1007/s00442-019-04495-w

  • Ristok C., Leppert K.N., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Niklaus P.A., Bruelheide H. (2019) Soil macrofauna and leaf functional traits drive the decomposition of secondary metabolites in leaf litter. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 135, 429–437. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.06.007

  • Liu X., Trogisch S., He J.-S., Niklaus P.A., Bruelheide H., Tang Z., Erfmeier A., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Pietsch K.A., Yang B., Kühn P., Scholten T., Huang Y., Wang C., Staab M., Leppert K.N., Wirth C., Schmid B., Ma K. (2018) Tree species richness increases ecosystem carbon storage in subtropical forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285, 20181240. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1240

  • Trogisch S., Schuldt A., Bauhus J., Blum J.A., Both S., Buscot F., Castro Izaguirre N., Chesters D., Durka W., Eichenberg D., Erfmeier A., Fischer M., Geißler C., Germany M.S., Goebes P., Gutknecht J., Hahn C.Z., Haider S., Härdtle W., He J.-S., Hector A., Hönig L., Huang Y., Klein A.-M., Kühn P., Kunz M., Leppert K.N., Li Y., Liu X., Niklaus P.A., Pei Z., Pietsch K.A., Prinz R., Proß T., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Schmidt K., Scholten T., Seitz S., Song Z., Staab M., von Oheimb G., Weißbecker C., Welk E., Wirth C., Wubet T., Yang B., Yang X., Zhu C.-D., Schmid B., Ma K., Bruelheide H. (2017) Towards a methodical framework for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality. Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1002/ece3.3488
  • Leppert K.N., Niklaus P.A., Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2017) Does species richness of subtropical tree leaf litter affect decomposition, nutrient release, transfer and subsequent uptake by plants? Boil Biology and Biochemistry, 115, 44-53, doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.007
  • Ristok C., Leppert K.N., Franke K., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Niklaus P.A., Wessjohann L.A., Bruelheide H. (2017) Leaf litter diversity positively affects the decomposition of plant polyphenols. Plant and Soil 416, 1-13, doi: 10.1007/s11104-017-3340-8
  • Pei Z., Leppert K.N., Eichenberg D., Bruelheide H., Niklaus P.A., Buscot F., Gutknecht J. (2017) Leaf litter diversity alters microbial activity, microbial abundances, and nutrient cycling in a subtropical forest ecosystem. Biogeochemistry 134, 163-181, doi: 10.1007/s10533-017-0353-6
  • Seidelmann K.N., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Niklaus P.A. (2016) Direct vs. Microclimate-Driven Effects of Tree Species Diversity on Litter Decomposition in Young Subtropical Forest Stands. PLOS ONE 11,8, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160569
  • Seidelmann K., Melzer B., Speck T. (2012) The complex leaves of the monkey´s comb (Amphilophium crucigerum, Bignoniaceae): A climbing strategy without glue. American Journal of Botany 99:1737-1744, doi: 10.3732/ajb.1200288                                                   Cover illustration, American Journal of Botany 2012; 99 (11)


  • Melzer B., Seidelmann K., Speck T., Kakavandi R., Reiter G. (2010) Hochbelastbare bionische Haftsysteme nach dem Vorbild von Pflanzen: Molekulare Bionik als Grundlage für die Entwicklung form- und stoffschlüssiger, intelligenter Klebeverbindungen nach dem Vorbild der Natur. Forschungsberichte zu Biowerkstoffen und bioinspirierten Technologiensowie dem Forum BIONIK aus dem Jahre 2010.

Conference contributions

  • Seidelmann K., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Niklaus P.A. (2013) Effects of tree diversity on leaf litter decomposition processes, nutrient cycling and uptake in subtropical forests in China. Oral presentation, INTECOL 2013, London, England.
  • Pei Z., Seidelmann K., Buscot F., Gutknecht J. (2015) Does leaf litter diversity affect soil microbial community structure and functions in Chinese subtropical forest? ESA 2015, Baltimore, USA.
  • Gutknecht J.L.M., Seidelmann K., Buscot F., Pei Z. (2013) Microbial functional responses to forest litter composition and biodiversity. ESA 2013, Minneapolis, USA.
  • Bohn H.F., Melzer B., Steinbrecher T., Rubach S., Seidelmann K., Lauther V., Speck T. (2012) Biomechanics of permanent attachment in self-clinging plants. Proceedings of the 7th Plant Biomechanics Conference, Plant Biomechanics Conference, Clearmont-Ferrand, France.
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