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Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

Professur Geobotanik


 

 Curriculum Vitae

 

 Research Interests

 In my current research I aim to mechanistically understand the biotic control of ecological processes and how global change drivers - such as climate change, land use change, nitrogen deposition, or invasive species - are interacting with this control at various temporal and spatial scales.

  Within this field I focus on the functional role of biodiversity for biogeochemical cycles.

  In addition to this process-orientated basic research, I consider applied aspects by quantifying the relationship between ecosystem functioning and the delivery of ecological goods and services.

 I am currently coordinating the EU Framework Programme VII project FunDivEUROPE, which aims to quantify the role of forest biodiversity for ecosystem functioning and the delivery of goods and services in major European forest types.


 Current Research Projects

  • IDENT-Freiburg (International Diversity Experiment Network with Trees)

  • ECOLINK-SALIX (Linking individual plant traits to ecosystem processes using a willow model system)
  • FunDivEUROPE (The Functional significance of forest bioDiversity in EUROPE), EU Framework Programme VII. Coordinator

  • smallFOREST (Biodiversity and ecosystem services of small forest fragments in European landscapes), BiodivERsA, EU Framework Programme VII.

  • IDENT (International Diversity Experiment Network with Trees, within the global TreeDivNet network)
  • AlpFUTUR (The effect of management intensity and natural variability on ecosystem services in alpine pastures)

  • BACCARA (Biodiversity And Climate Change, A Risk Analysis). EU Framework Programme VII. "Effects of forest biodiversity on ecosystem functioning"

  • BEF CHINA DFG-Reseacrh Unit "Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in China"): The functional significance of forest diversity: N-pools, fluxes and N-uptake complementarity. Decomposition and nutrient cycling.

  • CLIMATE CHANGE project within the Biodiversity Exploratories: Biodiversity controls of climate change effects on biogeochemical processes

  • IMEXCLIME (IMpacts of EXtreme CLIMatic Events on ecosystem functioning in alpine grasslands)

  • BIOTREE (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes of Experimental Tree Stands)

  • The Jena Experiment (DFG-Research Unit "The role of biodiversity for element cycling and trophic interactions“)

  • FUN_DIV (Functional significance of tree diversity for nutrient dynamics in a tropical plantation) within The Sardinilla Project

 

 Past Research Projects

  • SPATEX (Spatial pattern and complementary resource use – Experimentally testing the influence of plant aggregation on biodiversity effects)

  • NICHE (Neutral vs. niche-structured communities: testing for resource partitioning by plants)

  • Functional and phytosociological characterisation of vegetation at ETH Research Station Alp Weissenstein

  • NICOLA (Niche differentiation and plant coexistence and in alpine pastures under changing land use)

  • BIODEPTH (Biodiversity and Ecological Processes in Terrestrial Herbaceous Ecosystems)

 

 Teaching

  I am teaching in both the BSc.- and the MSc.-Programmes in Biology.

 

 Publications

 Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

 

  • Liang J., Crowther T.W., Picard N., Wiser S., Zhou M., Alberti G., Schulze E.-D., McGuire A.D., Bozzato F., Pretzsch H., de-Miguel S., Paquette A., Hérault B., Scherer-Lorenzen M.,  et al., Reich, P.B. (2016): Positive Biodiversity–Productivity Relationship Predominant in Global Forests. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8957.
  • Chen, H., Mommer, L., van Ruijven, J., de Kroon, H., Fischer, C., Gessler, A., Hildebrandt, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Wirth, C., Weigelt, A. (2016) Plant species richness negatively affects root decomposition in grasslands. Journal of Ecology. doi 10.1111/1365-2745.12650.

  • 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:e0160569.

  • Niklaus, P. A., X. Le Roux, F. Poly, N. Buchmann, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, A. Weigelt, Barnard, R. L. (2016) Plant species diversity affects soil-atmosphere fluxes of methane and nitrous oxide. Oecologia, 181, 919-930.

  • van der Plas, F., Manning, P., Allan, E., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Verheyen, K., Wirth, C., Zavala, M.A., Hector, A., Ampoorter, E., Baeten, L., Barbaro, L., Bauhus, J., Benavides, R., Benneter, A., Berthold, F., Bonal, D., Bouriaud, O., Bruelheide, H., Bussotti, F., Carnol, M., Castagneyrol, B., Charbonnier, Y., Coomes, D., Coppi, A., Bastias, C.C., Muhie Dawud, S., De Wandeler, H., Domisch, T., Finer, L., Gessler, A., Granier, A., Grossiord, C., Guyot, V., Hattenschwiler, S., Jactel, H., Jaroszewicz, B., Joly, F.-X., Jucker, T., Koricheva, J., Milligan, H., Muller, S., Muys, B., Nguyen, D., Pollastrini, M., Raulund-Rasmussen, K., Selvi, F., Stenlid, J., Valladares, F., Vesterdal, L., Zielinski, D., Fischer, M., (2016) Jack-of-all-trades effects drive biodiversity-ecosystem multifunctionality relationships in European forests. Nature Communications 7, 11109.

  • Van Der Plas, F., Manning, P., Soliveres, S., Allan, E., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Verheyen, K., Wirth, C., Zavala, M.A., Ampoorter, E., Baeten, L., Barbaro, L., Bauhus, J., Benavides, R., Benneter, A., Bonal, D., Bouriaud, O., Bruelheide, H., Bussotti, F., Carnol, M., Castagneyrol, B., Charbonnier, Y., Coomes, D.A., Coppi, A., Bestias, C.C., Dawud, S.M., De Wandeler, H., Domisch, T., Finér, L., Gessler, A., Granier, A., Grossiord, C., Guyot, V., Hättenschwiler, S., Jactel, H., Jaroszewicz, B., Joly, F.-X., Jucker, T., Koricheva, J., Milligan, H., Mueller, S., Muys, B., Nguyen, D., Pollastrini, M., Ratcliffe, S., Raulund-Rasmussen, K., Selvi, F., Stenlid, J., Valladares, F., Vesterdal, L., Zielínski, D. & Fischer, M. (2016) Biotic homogenization can decrease landscape-scale forest multifunctionality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 3557-3562.

  • Trogisch S., Salmon Y., He J.-S., Hector A., Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2016) Spatio-temporal water uptake patterns of tree saplings are not altered by interspecific interaction in the early stage of a subtropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 367, 52-61.

  • Haase J., Castagneyrol B., Cornelissen J.H.C., Ghazoul J., Kattge J., Koricheva J., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Morath S., Jactel H. (2015) Contrasting effects of tree diversity on young tree growth and resistance to insect herbivores across three biodiversity experiments. Oikos, 124, 1674-1685.

  • Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2015). Conservation through closure. Nature Plants 1, 15116.

  • Keil D., Niklaus P.A., von Riedmatten L.R., Boeddinghaus R.S., Dormann C.F., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Kandeler E., Marhan S. (2015) Effects of warming and drought on potential N2O emissions and denitrifying bacteria abundance in grasslands with different land-use. Fems Microbiology Ecology 91, fiv066.

  • 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.

  • Valdés A., Lenoir J., Gallet-Moron E., Andrieu E., Brunet J., Chabrerie O., Closset-Kopp D., Cousins S.A.O., Deconchat M., De Frenne P., De Smedt P., Diekmann M., Hansen K., Hermy M., Kolb A., Liira J., Lindgren J., Naaf T., Paal T., Prokofieva I., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Wulf M., Verheyen K., Decocq G. (2015) The contribution of patch-scale conditions is greater than that of macroclimate in explaining local plant diversity in fragmented forests across Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24, 1094-1105.

  • Strecker T., Barnard R.L., Niklaus P.A., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Weigelt A., Scheu S. & Eisenhauer N. (2015) Effects of Plant Diversity, Functional Group Composition, and Fertilization on Soil Microbial Properties in Experimental Grassland. PLoS ONE 10, e0125678.

  • Loiola P.P., Scherer-Lorenzen M. & Batalha M.A. (2015). The role of environmental filters and functional traits in predicting the root biomass and productivity in savannas and tropical seasonal forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 342, 49-55.
  • Ampoorter E., Baeten L., Vanhellemont M., Bruelheide H., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Baasch A., Erfmeier A., Hock M., & Verheyen K. (2015) Disentangling tree species identity and richness effects on the herb layer: first results from a German tree diversity experiment. Journal of Vegetation Science, in press. 

  • Schwarz B., Dietrich C., Cesarz S., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Auge H., Schulz E. & Eisenhauer N. (2015). Non-significant tree diversity but significant identity effects on earthworm communities in three tree diversity experiments. European Journal of Soil Biology, 67, 17-26.

  • Gockele A., Weigelt A., Gessler A. & Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2014). Quantifying resource use complementarity in grassland species: A comparison of different nutrient tracers. Pedobiologia, 57, 251-256.

  • Grossiord C., Gessler A., Granier A., Berger S., Bréchet C., Hentschel R., Hommel R., Scherer-Lorenzen M. & Bonal D. (2014). Impact of interspecific interactions on the soil water uptake depth in a young temperate mixed species plantation. Journal of Hydrology, 519, 3511-3519.

  • Grossiord C., Granier A., Ratcliffe S., Bouriaud O., Bruelheide H., Checko E., Forrester D.I., Dawud S.M., Finér L., Pollastrini M., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Valladares F., Bonal D. & Gessler A. (2014). Tree diversity does not always improve resistance of forest ecosystems to drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1411970111

  • Ravenek J.M., Bessler H., Engels C., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Gessler A., Gockele A., De Luca E., Temperton V.M., Ebeling A., Roscher C., Schmid B., Weisser W.W., Wirth C., de Kroon H., Weigelt A. & Mommer L. (2014). Long-term study of root biomass in a biodiversity experiment reveals shifts in diversity effects over time. Oikos, DOI: 10.1111/oik.01502

  • Morin X., Fahse L., de Mazancourt C., Scherer-Lorenzen M. & Bugmann H. (2014). Temporal stability in forest productivity increases with tree diversity due to asynchrony in species dynamics. Ecology Letters, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12357

  • Schuldt A., Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2014). Non-native tree species (Pseudotsuga menziesii) strongly decreases predator biomass and abundance in mixed-species plantations of a tree diversity experiment. Forest Ecology and Management, 327, 10-17.

  • Lang A.C., von Oheimb G., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Yang B., Trogisch S., Bruelheide H., Ma K., Haerdtle W. (2014). Mixed afforestation of young subtropical trees promotes nitrogen acquisition and retention. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51, 224-233.
  • Hantsch L, Braun U, Haase J, Purschke O, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Bruelheide H (2014) No plant functional diversity effects on foliar fungal pathogens in experimental tree communities. Fungal Diversity, 66, 139-151.
  • Bruelheide H., Nadrowski K., Assmann T., Bauhus J., Both S., Buscot F., Chen X.-Y., Ding B., Durka W., Erfmeier A., Gutknecht J.L.M., Guo D., Guo L.-D., Härdtle W., He J.-S., Klein A.-M., Kühn P., Liang Y., Liu X., Michalski S., Niklaus P.A., Pei K., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Scholten T., Schuldt A., Seidler G., Trogisch S., von Oheimb G., Welk E., Wirth C., Wubet T., Yang X., Yu M., Zhang S., Zhou H., Fischer M., Ma K. & Schmid B. (2014). Designing forest biodiversity experiments: general considerations illustrated by a new large experiment in subtropical China. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5: 74-89.

  • Pollastrini M., Holland V., Brüggemann W., Koricheva J., Jussila I., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Berger S. & Bussotti F. (2014). Interactions and competition processes among tree species in young experimental mixed forests, assessed with chlorophyll fluorescence and leaf morphology. Plant Biology, 16, 323-331.

  • Grossiord C., Granier A., Gessler A., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Pollastrini M. & Bonal D. (2013). Application of Loreau & Hector's (2001) partitioning method to complex functional traits. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4, 954-960.

  • 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.
  • Rabasa S.G., Granda E., Benavides R., Kunstler G., Espelta J.M., Ogaya R., Penuelas J., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Gil W., Grodzki W., Ambrozy S., Bergh J., Hodar J.A., Zamora R. & Valladares F. (2013). Disparity in elevational shifts of European trees in response to recent climate warming. Global Change Biology, 19, 2490-9.
  • Schneider M.K., Homburger H., Scherer-Lorenzen M. & Lüscher A. (2013). Beweidungsintensität und Ökosystemleistungen im Alpgebiet. Agrarforschung Schweiz, 4, 222-229.
  • 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.
  • Hantsch L., Braun U., Scherer-Lorenzen M. & Bruelheide H. (2013). Species richness and species identity effects on occurrence of foliar fungal pathogens in a tree diversity experiment. Ecosphere, 4, Article 81.
  • 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, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12225
  • Allan, E., Weisser, W.W., Fischer, M., Schulze, E.-D., Weigelt, A., Roscher, C., Baade, J., Barnard, R.L., Beßler, H., Buchmann, N., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Engels, C., Fergus, A.J.F., Gleixner, G., Gubsch, M., Halle, S., Klein, A.M., Kertscher, I., Kuu, A., Lange, M., Roux, X., Meyer, S.T., Migunova, V.D., Milcu, A., Niklaus, P.A., Oelmann, Y., Pasalic, E., Petermann, J.S., Poly, F., Rottstock, T., Sabais, A.C.W., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Steinbeiss, S., Schwichtenberg, G., Temperton, V., Tscharntke, T., Voigt, W., Wilcke, W., Wirth, C., Schmid, B. (2013) A comparison of the strength of biodiversity effects across multiple functions. Oecologia,  doi: 10.1007/s00442-012-2589-0
  • Schneider, M.K., Homburger, H., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Lüscher, A. (2013) Beweidungsintensität und Ökosystemleistungen im Alpgebiet. Agrarforschung Schweiz, 4, 222-229.
  • 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.
  • Yang, Y., Bauhus, J., Both, S., Fang, T., Härdtle, W., Kröber, W., Ma, K., Nadrowski, K., Pei, K., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scholten, T., Seidler, G., Schmid, B., von Oheimb, G., Bruelheide, H. (2013) Establishment success in a forest biodiversity and ecosystem functioning experiment in subtropical China (BEF-China). European Journal of Forest Research, 132, 592-606.
  • Schmitz M., Flynn D.F.B., Mwangi P., Schmid R., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Weisser W.W. & Schmid B. (2013). Consistent Effects of Biodiversity on Ecosystem Functioning Under Varying Density and Evenness. Folia Geobotanica, 48, 335-353.
  • Von Felten, S., Niklaus, P. A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Hector, A. & Buchmann, N. (2012) Do grassland plant communities profit from N  partitioning by soil depth? Ecology, 93, 2386-2396.
  • Bachmann, D., Both, S., Bruelheide, H., Ding, B. Y., Gao, M., Hardtle, W., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. & Erfmeier, A. (2012) Functional trait similarity of native and invasive herb species in subtropical China-Environment-specific differences are the key. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 83, 82-92.
  • 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.
  • Bessler, H., Oelmann, Y., Roscher, C., Buchmann, N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schulze, E.-D., Temperton, V.M., Wilcke, W. & Engels, C. (2012). Nitrogen uptake by grassland communities: contribution of N2 fixation, facilitation, complementarity, and species dominance. Plant and Soil, 358, 301-322.
  • Lei, P., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. & Bauhus, J. (2012). The effect of tree species diversity on fine-root production in a young temperate forest. Oecologia, 169, 1105-1115.
  • Lei, P., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. & Bauhus, J. (2012). Belowground facilitation and competition in young tree species mixtures. Forest Ecology and Management, 265, 191-200.
  • Bütof, A., von Riedmatten, L. R., Dormann, C. F., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Welk, E. & Bruelheide, H. (2012). The responses of grassland plants to experimentally simulated climate change depend on land use and region. Global Change Biology, 18, 127-137.
  • Morin, X., Fahse, L., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., & Bugmann, H. (2011). Tree species richness promotes productivity in temperate forests through strong complementarity between species. Ecology Letters, 14, 1211-1219.
  • Isbell, F., Calcagno, V., Hector, A., Connolly, J., Harpole, W.S., Reich, P.B., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Tilman, D., van Ruijven, J., Weigelt, A., Wilsey, B.J., Zavaleta, E.S., & Loreau, M. (2011). High plant diversity is needed to maintain ecosystem services. Nature, 477, 199–202.
  • Potvin, C., Mancilla, L., Buchmann, N., Monteza, J., Moore, T., Murphy, M., Oelmann, Y., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Turner, B.L., Wilcke, W., Zeugin, F., & Wolf, S. (2011). An ecosystem approach to biodiversity effects: Carbon pools in a tropical tree plantation. Forest Ecology and Management, 261, 1614-1624.
  • Bruelheide, H., Böhnke, M., Both, S., Fang, T., Assmann, T., Baruffol, M., Bauhus, J., Buscot, F., Chen, X.-Y., Ding, B.-Y., Durka, W., Erfmeier, A., Fischer, M., Geißler, C., Guo, D., Guo, L.-D., Härdtle, W., He, J.-S., Hector, A., Kröber, W., Kühn, P., Lang, A.C., Nadrowski, K., Pei, K.Q., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Shi, X.Z., Scholten, T., Schuldt, A., Trogisch, S., von Oheimb, G., Welk, E., Wirth, C., Wu, Y.-T., Yang, X.F., Yu, M.J., Zeng, X.Q., Zhang, S.R., Zhou, H.Z., Ma, K.P., & Schmid, B. (2011). Community assembly during secondary forest succession in a Chinese subtropical forest. Ecological Monographs, 81, 25-41.
  • Roscher, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schumacher, J., Temperton, V.M., Buchmann, N., & schulze, E.D. (2011) Plant resource-use characteristics as predictors for species contribution to community biomass in experimental grasslands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics, 13, 1-13.
  • Mouillot, D., Villéger, S., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., & Mason, N.W.H. (2011) Functional structure of biological communities predicts ecosystem multifunctionality. PLoS ONE, 6, e17476.
  • Zeugin, F., Potvin, C., Jansa, J. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2010). Is tree diversity an important driver for phosphorus and nitrogen acquisition of a young tropical plantation? Forest Ecology and Management 260: 1424-1433.
  • Proulx, R.l., Wirth, C., Voigt, W., Weigelt, A., Roscher, C., Attinger, S., Baade, J., Barnard, R.L., Buchmann, N., Buscot, F.o., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, M., Gleixner, G., Halle, S., Hildebrandt, A., Kowalski, E., Kuu, A., Lange, M., Milcu, A., Niklaus, P.A., Oelmann, Y., Rosenkranz, S., Sabais, A., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Schulze, E.-D., Schumacher, J., Schwichtenberg, G., Soussana, J.-F.o., Temperton, V.M., Weisser, W.W., Wilcke, W. & Schmid, B. (2010) Diversity promotes temporal stability across levels of ecosystem organization in experimental grasslands. PLoS ONE 5: e13382.
  • Richards, A.E., Forrester, D.I., Bauhus, J. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2010) The influence of mixed tree plantations on the nutrition of individual species: a review. Tree Physiology 30: 1192-1208.
  • Scherber, C., Mwangi, P.N., Schmitz, M., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Bessler, H., Engels, C., Eisenhauer, N., Migunova, V.D., Scheu, S., Weisser, W.W., Schulze, E.-D. & Schmid, B. (2010) Biodiversity and belowground interactions mediate community invasion resistance against a tall herb invader. Journal of Plant Ecology 3: 99-108.
  • Hector, A., Hautier, Y., Saner, P., Wacker, L., Bagchi, R., Joshi, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Spehn, E.M., Bazeley-White, E., Weilenmann, M., Caldeira, M.C., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J.A., Huss-Danell, K., Jumpponen, A., Mulder, C.P.H., Palmborg, C., Pereira, J.S., Siamantziouras, A.S.D., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y., Schmid, B. Loreau, M. (2010). General stabilizing effects of plant diversity on grassland productivity at multiple sites through population asynchrony and overyielding. Ecology 91:2213-2220.
  • Nadrowski, K., Wirth, C. Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2010). Is forest diversity driving ecosystem function and service? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2: 75-79.
  • Saner, P., Lim, R., Burla, B., Ong, R. C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Hector A.(2009.) Reduced soil respiration in gaps in secondary lowland dipterocarp forests. Forest Ecology and Managemen 258: 2007-2012.
  • Weigelt, A., Weisser, W. W., Buchmann, N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2009.) Biodiversity and multifunctional agriculture: equal productivity in high diversity low-input and low diversity high-input grasslands. Biogeosciences 6: 1695-1706.
  • Don, A., Rebmann, C., Kolle, O., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schulze, E.-D. (2009) Impact of afforestation-associated management changes on the carbon balance of grassland. Global Change Biology 15:1990-2002.
  • Weigelt ,A., Weisser, W.W., Buchmann, N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2009) Biodiversity for multifunctional grasslands: equal productivity in high-diversity low-input and low-diversity high-input systems. Biogeosciences Discussusions 6:3187-3214.
  • Carlsson, G., Palmborg, C., Jumpponen, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Högberg, P., Huss-Danell, K. (2009) N2 fixation in three perennial Trifolium species in experimental grasslands of varied plant species richness and composition. Plant Ecology 205:87-104.
  • von Felten, S., Buchmann, N., Hector, A., Niklaus, P.A., Schmid, B. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2009). Belowground nitrogen partitioning in experimental grassland plant communities of varying species richness. Ecology 90:1389-1399.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2008) Functional diversity affects decomposition processes in experimental grasslands. Functional Ecology 22: 547-555.
  • von Felten, S., Buchmann, N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2008) Preferences for different nitrogen forms by coexisting plant species and soil microbes: comment. Ecology 89: 878-879.
  • Roscher, R., Thein, S., Schmid, B. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2008) Complementary nitrogen use among potentially dominant species in a biodiversity experiment varies between two years. Journal of Ecology 96: 477–488.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Bonilla, J. L., Potvin, C. (2007) Tree species richness affects litter production and decomposition dynamics in a tropical biodiversity experiment. Oikos 116: 2108-2124
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schulze, E.-D., Don, A., Schumacher, J., Weller, E. (2007) Exploring the functional significance of forest diversity: a new long-term experiment with temperate tree species (BIOTREE). Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 9: 53-70.
  • Don, A., Arenhövel, W., Jacob, R., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., & Schulze, E.-D. (2007) Anwuchserfolg von 19 verschiedenen Baumarten bei Erstaufforstungen - Ergebnisse eines Biodiversitätsexperiments. Allgemeine Forst- und Jagdzeitung 178: 164-172.
  • Don, A., Schumacher, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scholten, T., & Schulze, E.-D. (2007) Spatial and vertical variation of soil carbon at two grassland sites – implications for measuring soil carbon stocks. Geoderma 141: 272-282.
  • Hector, A., Joshi, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Spehn, E.M., Wacker, L., Weilenmann, M., Bazeley-White, E., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M.C., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J.A., Huss-Danell, K., Jumpponen, A., Leadley, P.W., Loreau, M., Mulder, C.P.H., Nesshöver, C., Palmborg, C., Read, D.J., Siamantziouras, A.S.D., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y. (2007) Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: reconciling the results of experimental and observational studies. Functional Ecology 21: 998-1002.
  • Mwangi, P.N., Schmitz, M., Scherber, C., Roscher, C., Schumacher, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Weisser, W.W., & Schmid, B. (2007) Niche pre-emption increases with species richness in plant communities. Journal of Ecology 95: 65-78.
  • Temperton, V.M., Mwangi, P.N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., & Buchmann, N. (2007) Positive interactions between nitrogen-fixing legumes and four different neighbouring species in a biodiversity experiment. Oecologia 151: 190-205.
  • Palmborg, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Jumpponen, A., Carlsson, G., Huss-Danell, K., & Högberg, P. (2005) Inorganic soil nitrogen under grassland plant communities of different species composition and diversity. Oikos 110: 271-282.
  • Roscher, C., Temperton, V.M., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmitz, M., Schumacher, J., Schmid, B., Buchmann, N., Weisser, W.W., & Schulze, E.-D. (2005) Overyielding in experimental grassland communities - irrespective of species pool or spatial scale. Ecology Letters 8: 419-429.
  • Spehn, E.M., Hector, A., Joshi, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Bazeley-White, E., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M.C., Diemer, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J., Freitas, H., Giller, P.S., Good, J., Harris, R., Högberg, P., Huss-Danell, K., Jumpponen, A., Koricheva, J., Körner, C., Leadley, P.W., Loreau, M., Minns, A., Mulder, C.P.H., O'Donovan, G., Otway, S.J., Palmborg, C., Pereira, J.S., Pfisterer, A., Prinz, A., Read, D.J., Schulze, E.-D., Siamantziouras, A.-S.D., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y., Woodward, F.I., Yachi, S., Lawton, J.H. (2005): Ecosystem effects of biodiversity manipulations in European grasslands. Ecological Monographs 75: 37-63.
  • Hector, A., Bazeley-White, E., Spehn, E. M., Joshi, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M. C., Diemer, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P. G., Finn, J. A., Freitas, H., Giller, P. S., Good, J., Harris, R., Hogberg, P., Huss-Danell, K., Jumpponen, A., Koricheva, J., Leadley, P. W., Loreau, M., Minns, A., Mulder, C. P. H., O'Donovan, G., Otway, S. J., Palmborg, C., Pereira, J. S., Pfisterer, A.B., Prinz, A., Read, D. J., Schulze, E. D., Siamantziouras, A. S. D., Spehn, E. M., Terry, A. C., Troumbis, A. Y., Woodward, F. I., Yachi, S., Lawton, J. H. (2005) Ecosystem effects of biodiversity manipulations in European grasslands. Ecological Archives M075-001.
  • Mulder, C.P.H, Bazeley-White, E., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Hector, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B. (2004) Species evenness and productivity in experimental plant communities. Oikos 107:50-63.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Palmborg, C., Prinz, A. & Schulze, E.-D. (2003): The role of plant diversity and composition for nitrate leaching in grasslands. Ecology 84(6): 1539-1552.
  • Gastine, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. & Leadley, P. W. (2003): No consistent effect of plant diversity on root biomass, soil biota and soil abiotic conditions in temperate grassland communities. Applied Soil Ecology 24: 101-111.
  • Spehn, E.M., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Hector, A., Caldeira, M.C., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J., Jumpponen A., O’Donnovan, G., Pereira, J.S., Schulze, E.-D., Troumbis, A.Y. & Körner, C. (2002): Species diversity or species identity as drivers of ecosystem processes? A cross-European comparison of biomass nitrogen. Oikos 98: 205-218.
  • Minns, A., Finn J., Hector, A., Caldeira, M., Joshi, J., Palmborg, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Spehn, E., Troumbis, A. & the BIODEPTH project (2001): The functioning of European grassland ecosystems: potential benefits of biodiversity to agriculture. Outlook on Agriculture 30/3: 179-185.
  • Joshi, J., Schmid, B., Caldeira, M.C., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Good, J., Harris, R., Hector, H., Huss-Danell, K., Jumpponen, A., Minns, A., Mulder, C.P.H., Pereira, J.S., Prinz, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Siamantziouras, A.S.D., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y. & Lawton, J.H. (2001): Local adaptation enhances performance of common plant species. Ecology Letters 4: 536-544.
  • Hector, A., Schmid, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M.C., Diemer, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J., Freitas, H., Giller, P.S., Good, J., Harris, R., Högberg, P., Huss-Danell, K., Joshi, J., Jumpponen, A., Körner, C., Leadley, P.W., Loreau, M., Minns, A., Mulder, C.P.H., O'Donovan, G., Otway, S.J., Pereira, J.S., Prinz, A., Read, D.J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schulze, E.-D., Siamantziouras, A.-S.D., Spehn, E.M., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y., Woodward, F.I., Yachi, S., Lawton, J.H. (2000) No consistent effect of plant diversity on productivity. - Science 289: 1255a. http://intl.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/289/5483/1255a
  • Hector, A., Schmid, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M.C., Diemer, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J., Freitas, H., Giller, P.S., Good, J., Harris, R., Högberg, P., Huss-Danell, K., Joshi, J., Jumpponen, A., Körner, C., Leadley, P.W., Loreau, M., Minns, A., Mulder, C.P.H., O'Donovan, G., Otway, S.J., Pereira, J.S., Prinz, A., Read, D.J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schulze, E.-D., Siamantziouras, A.-S.D., Spehn, E.M., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y., Woodward, F.I., Yachi, S., Lawton, J.H. (1999) Plant diversity and productivity experiments in european grasslands. - Science 286: 1123-1127.
  • Scherer, M. & Deil, U. (1997): Floristische Diversität und Vegetationsstrukturen in traditionellen und modernen Kulturlandschaften - untersucht an Beispielen aus Chile und dem westlichen Mittelmeergebiet. Zeitschrift für Ökologie und Naturschutz 6: 19-31.
  • Deil, U. & Scherer, M. (1996): Wirtschaftsstufe und Pflanzendecke - Geobotanische Differenzierung von Landschaften im Mittelmeerraum und in Chile. Erdkunde 50(2): 81-99.

 

Edited Books

  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Körner, Ch. & Schulze, E.-D. (eds.) (2005): Forest diversity and function. Temperate and boreal systems. Ecological Studies 176. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. 400 pp.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (ed.) (2002): Analyse der Artenschutzprogramme für Pflanzen in Deutschland. Schriftenreihe für Vegetationskunde 36. Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Bonn - Bad Godesberg. 220 pp.

 

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters


  • Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2014). The functional role of biodiversity in the context of global change. In: Forests and Global Change (eds. Burslem D, Coomes D & Simonson W). Cambridge University Press Cambridge, pp. 195-238.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2013) The functional role of biodiversity in forests. In: Kraus D, Krumm F (eds) Integrative approaches as an opportunity for the conservation of forest biodiversity. European Forest Institute, pp 216-223.S
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Olde Venterink, H., Buschmann, H. (2007) Nitrogen enrichment and plant invasions: the importance of nitrogen fixing plants and anthropogenic eutrophication. In: Nentwig, W. (ed.): Biological invasions. Ecological Studies 193. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. P. 163-180.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2005) Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: basic principles. In: Barthlott, W., Linsenmair, K. E. & Porembski, S. (eds.): Biodiversity: Structure and Function. In Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, [http://www.eolss.net].
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Körner, Ch. & Schulze, E.-D. (2005): The functional significance of forest diversity: the starting point. In: Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Körner, Ch. & Schulze, E.-D. (eds.): Forest diversity and function. Temperate and boreal systems. Ecological Studies 176. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. p. 3-12.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Körner, Ch. & Schulze, E.-D. (2005): The functional significance of forest diversity: a synthesis. In: Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Körner, Ch. & Schulze, E.-D. (eds.): Forest diversity and function. Temperate and boreal systems. Ecological Studies 176. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. p. 377-390.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Potvin, C., Koricheva, J., Schmid, B., Hector, A., Bornik, Z., Reynolds, G. & Schulze, E.-D. (2005): The design of experimental tree plantations for functional biodiversity research. In: Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Körner, Ch. & Schulze, E.-D. (eds.): Forest diversity and function. Temperate and boreal systems. Ecological Studies 176. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. p. 347-376.
  • Joshi, J., Otway, S.J., Koricheva, J., Pfisterer, A.B., Alphei, J., Roy, B.A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Spehn, E., & Hector, A. (2004). Bottom-up effects and feedbacks in simple and diverse experimental grassland communities. In Weisser, W.W. & Siemann, E. (eds.): Insects and ecosystem function. Ecological Studies 173. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. p. 115-134
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2004): Plant diversity and nitrogen dynamics in experimental grassland systems. In: Lüscher A, B. J, Kessler W., Huguenin O., Lobsinger M., Millar N. & Suter D. (eds.): Land Use Systems in Grassland Dominated Regions. vdf Hochschulverlag AG, Zürich. p. 180-182.
  • Spehn, E. M., Hector, A, Joshi, J, Scherer-Lorenzen, M, Schmid B. and the BIODEPTH project (2004): Ecosystem effects of biodiversity manipulations in European grasslands. In: Lüscher A, B. J, Kessler W., Huguenin O., Lobsinger M., Millar N. & Suter D. (eds.): Land Use Systems in Grassland Dominated Regions. vdf Hochschulverlag AG, Zürich. p. 177-179.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheuerer, M. & Schumacher, W. (2002): Eine bundesweite Befragung zu den Artenschutzprogrammen für Pflanzen. In: Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (ed.): Analyse der Artenschutzprogramme für Pflanzen in Deutschland. Schriftenreihe für Vegetationskunde 36: 15-21.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2001): Biodiversität und Ökosystemprozesse im Grünland. In: Bundesamt für Naturschutz (ed.): Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt - Interdisziplinärer Forschungsaustausch im Rahmen des Übereinkommens über die biologische Vielfalt. Landwirtschaftsverlag, Bonn, p. 29-35.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Elend, A., Nöllert, S. & Schulze, E.-D. (2000): Plant invasions in Germany - General aspects and impact of nitrogen deposition. In: Mooney, H. A. & Hobbs, R. J. (eds.): Invasive Species in a changing world. Island Press, Covelo, p. 351-368.

 

 Reports and Theses

  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2010): Bedeutung der Biodiversität im Wald. AFZ – Der Wald 21/2010: 30-31.
  • Bäurle, G. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2002): Klimawandel und biologische Vielfalt - Zwischenstaatlicher Ausschuss für Klimawandel (IPCC) verabschiedet Bericht. Umwelt 6: 423-426.
  • Häusler, A. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2002): Nachhaltige Forstwirtschaft in Deutschland im Spiegel des ganzheitlichen Ansatzes der Biodiversitätskonvention. BfN-Skripten 62: 66pp.
  • Häusler, A. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2001): Sustainable forest management in Germany: The ecosystem approach of the Biodiversity Convention reconsidered. BfN-Skripten 52, 65 pp.
  • German Advisory Council on Global Change – (WBGU) (2000): Biosphere Report 1999; Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Biosphere. Earthscan, London, 451p. [contributing author]
  • Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU) (2000): Jahresgutachten 1999; Welt im Wandel – Erhaltung und nachhaltige Nutzung der Biosphäre. Springer, Berlin – Heidelberg, 482p. [contributing author]
  • Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (1999): Effects of plant diversity on ecosystem processes in experimental grassland communities (Dissertation Universität Bayreuth). Bayreuther Forum Ökologie 75, 195 pp.
  • Prinz, A., Scherer, M., Beierkuhnlein, C. & Schulze, E.-D. (1997): BIODEPTH - ein europäisches Forschungsvorhaben zur Bedeutung der Biodiversität für Ökosystemfunktionen. Naturschutzforschung in Franken II; Materialien der Ökologischen Bildungsstätte Oberfranken, Mitwitz.
  • Scherer, M. (1994): Einfluß indigener und marktorientierter Landnutzungssysteme auf die vegetation in Südchile – Strukturvielfalt, Biodiversität und Diasporenbanken. Diploma Thesis, University of Bayreuth.

 

 

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