Stefan Trogisch


 Research Interests

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
  • Forest Ecology
  • Nitrogen Cycling
  • Stable Isotope Ecology


Current project


Academic Record

April 2012 PhD examination, ETH Zurich

Dissertation title: “The functional significance of tree diversity for soil N-pools, leaf litter decomposition and N-uptake complementarity in subtropical forests in China”

Jan 2010 - present                  
Research assistant, Geobotany, University of Freiburg

Apr 2008 - present PhD student, Institute of Agricultural Sciences,
Grassland Science Group, ETH Zurich

Oct 2002   - Mar 2008                                                    
Studies in Biology, University of Leipzig
Major subjects: Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Biochemistry

Diploma thesis: Diversität und indigene Nutzung der Pflanzenfamilien Araceae, Gesneriaceae und Piperaceae in Abhängigkeit von verschiedenen Standortparametern im Biosphärenreservat Sumaco, Ecuador

Semester thesis: Vegetationsanalyse eines afromontanen Regenwaldes und Einfluss des Baumbestandes auf Volumen und Verteilung der Kronentraufe

Working Experience 

2003 - 2006                                                                                                 
Student assistant, System Ecotoxicology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ Leipzig (6 months)



Field Experience

2008 - 2010                                              
China, Gutianshan National Nature Reserve (15 months)
Ecuador, Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park (3 months)
Kenya, Kakamega Forest National Reserve (3 months)
Brazil, Excursion to Mata Atlântica and cerrado region (3 weeks)


 Conference Contributions

  • Trogisch S, He JS, Hector A, Salmon Y, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2011) Testing for soil water partitioning in experimental tree sapling communities using deuterium as isotopic tracer, Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center “Understanding Plant Phenotypes”, Zurich, Switzerland, poster
  • Trogisch S, He JS, Hector A, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2011) Testing for N-use complementarity among four subtropical tree species using 15N tracers, Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), 41st Annual Conference 2011, Oldenburg/Germany, talk
  • Trogisch S & Scherer-Lorenzen M (2011) 15N tracer technique as effective tool to study N-use complementarity in experimental plant communities COST Action Meeting "Advances in N tracer experiments and 15N methods", Gothenburg/Sweden, invited talk
  • Trogisch S, He JS, Hector A, Geißler C, Ma Y, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2011) Soil nitrogen storage potential along a successional forest gradient in subtropical China, Nitrogen and Global Change, Edinburgh/UK, talk
  • Trogisch S, Moritz S, Homeier J, Leuschner C (2008) Diversity and indigenous use of five important plant families in the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador. Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö), Hohenheim/Germany, poster



 Peer Reviewed Journal Publications



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