Konrad Greinwald

Lecturer / Akademischer Rat auf Zeit


Curriculum vitae

since 2022: Lecturer, Department of Geobotany, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

2021-2022: Postdoc, Department of Hydrology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Research project: HILLSCAPE (HILLSlope Chronosequence And Process Evolution)

2017-2021: PhD, Department of Geobotany, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Research project: HILLSCAPE (HILLSlope Chronosequence And Process Evolution)

2014-2017: M.Sc. of Biology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg,
Main focus: Botany, Zoology, Ecology. Master Thesis: Is climate a good predictor of leaf morphology and ecophysiology of herbaceous plants?

2011-2014: B.Sc. of Biology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg.
Bachelor Thesis: The current distribution of silver fir (Abies alba) and European beech (Fagus sylvatica) in the nature conservation area Feldberg.


 Research Interests

  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Alpine ecology, especially ecosystem processes in glacier forelands
  • Effects of climate on leaf morphology
  • Systematics of vascular plants and bryophytes



Current Research Projects

HILLSCAPE (HILLSlope Chronosequence And Process Evolution)

HILLSCAPE focuses on the vertical and lateral redistribution of water and matter along hillslopes and how this redistribution is affected by soil, vegetation and landscape development. The overall research question of the project is: How does the hillslope feedback cycle evolve in the first 10,000 years and how is this related to the evolution of hillslope structure? In order to tackle this research question, we will select chronosequences in alpine glacier forelands and conduct artificial rainfall experiments. As a Geobotanist I am going to work at the interface of vegetation complexity and soil nutrient availability focusing on the effects of plant functional traits on hillslope functioning, and plant responses to intense rainfall.




Hajek P, Mörsdorf M, Kovach K, Greinwald K, Rose L, Nock C, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2023): Quantifying the influence of tree species richness on community drought resistance using drone-derived NDVI and ground-based measures of Plant Area Index and leaf chlorophyll in a young tree diversity experiment. In European Journal of Forest Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10342-023-01615-3.

Greinwald K, Musso A, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Weiler M, Egli M (2023): The development of nutrient pools along two holocene chronosequences with contrasting bedrocks in the Swiss Alps. In CATENA 233, p. 107507. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2023.107507.

Hartmann A, Weiler M, Greinwald K, Blume T (2022): Subsurface flow paths in a chronosequence of calcareous soils: impact of soil age and rainfall intensities on preferential flow occurrence. In Hydrology Earth System Science 26 (19), pp. 4953–4974. DOI: 10.5194/hess-26-4953-2022

Musso A., Tikhomirov D., Plötze M., Greinwald K., Hartmann A., Geitner C., Maier F.,
Petibon F., Egli M. (2022): Soil formation and mass redistribution during the holocene
using meteoric 10 Be, soil chemistry and mineralogy. Geosciences (Switzerland) 12 (2).

Greinwald K., Gebauer T., Treuter T., Kolodziej V., Musso A., Maier F., Lustenberger F.,
Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2021): Root density drives aggregate stability of soils of different
moraine ages in the Swiss Alps. Plant and Soil 468: 439-457.

Greinwald K., Gebauer T., Musso A., Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2021): Similar successional
development of functional community structure in glacier forelands despite contrasting
bedrocks. Journal of Vegetation Science 32 (2).

Greinwald K., Dieckmann L., Schipplick C., Hartmann A., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Gebauer T. (2021): Vertical root distribution and biomass allocation along proglacial chronosequences in Central Switzerland. AAAR 53 (1), pp. 20-34, DOI: 10.1080/15230430.2020.1859720.

Musso A. Ketter M., Greinwald K., Geitner C., Egli M. (2020): Rapid decrease of soil erosion rates and vegetation development in proglacial areas. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 45.

Maier F., van Meerveld I., Greinwald K., Gebauer T., Lustenberger F. Hartmann A. Musso A. (2019): Effects of soil and vegetation development on surface hydrological properties of moraines in the Swiss Alps. Catena, 187.

Musso A., Lamorski L., Slawinski C., Geitner C., Hunt A., Greinwald K. & Egli, M. (2019): Evolution of soil pores and their characteristics in a siliceous and calcareous proglacial area. - Catena, 182, 104-154.

Greinwald K. & Ludemann T. (2018): Die Verbreitung der Weißtanne (Abies alba Mill.) in den höchsten Lagen des Schwarzwaldes. – standort.wald 50: 71-83.


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