Tobias Gebauer

Akademischer Rat a.Z.



Curriculum vitae

11.2014 - 10.2020:  Researcher and Lecturer / Akademischer Rat a.Z.; Geobotany, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany

2014: Visiting Scientist;  Applied Plant Ecology, Biocenter Klein Flottbek, University of Hamburg, Germany

2011 – 2013: PostDoc; Applied Plant Ecology, Biocenter Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden, University of Hamburg, Germany

Coordinator “Estuary and Wetland Research Graduate School Hamburg“ (ESTRADE)     

2011: Visiting Scientist; Department of Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity, University of Leipzig, Germany

2009 - 2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate; Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

2009: Scientific Coordinator;  DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1086: The role of biodiversity for biogeochemical cycles and biotic interactions in temperate deciduous forests; http://www.forest-diversity.uni-goettingen.de)

Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, Department of Plant Ecology and Ecosystem Research, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany

2005 – 2009: Scientific Assistant; Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, Department of Plant Ecology and Ecosystem Research, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany

2006 – 2009: Scientific Assistant; Institute of Plant Production in the Tropics and Subtropics, Department of Crop Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany

2007 - 2009: Research Assistant; Department of Molecular and General Physiology, Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany

2001 - 2004: Graduate Research Assistant; Institute of Plant Nutrition, Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz-University of Hannover, Germany

2002: Graduate Research Assistent, Federal Agricultural Research Centre (FAL), Department of Agroecology, Braunschweig, Germany         

1999 - 2002: Student Research Assistant; Institute of Floriculture, Tree Nursery Science and Plant Breeding, Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz-University of Hannover, Germany


Research Interests

- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function Relationships

- Plant Ecophysiology

- Plant Functional Ecology

- Plant Functional Traits

- Plant Nutrition

- Global Change Biology

- Stable Isotope Ecology

Current Research Projects

CheapPARConstruction of a novel light sensor and logging system for highly replicated quantification of light-use by vegetation. (funding by Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft in Freiburg im Breisgau)

DroughtNutNet (site connected to international networks Nutrient Network and Drought-Net)

HILLSCAPE (HILLSlope Chronosequence And Process Evolution) - Identifying dominant controls on hillslope functioning and feedback processes by interdisciplinary experiments along chronosequences (funding by DFG)


Biologie der Honigbiene und Imkerpraxis (Biology of honey bees and beekeeping) (funding by StuRa, SVB 2018)


involved in several ongoing projects the Department of Geobotany is leading and/or participating (as e.g. IDENT, BioTree, ECOLINK Salix, Hochdivers-KUP)



Schwerpunktmodul 2 (Ecology and Evolution), MSc Biologie, 3. Semester

Vertiefungsmodul Geobotanik, BSc Biologie, 5.Semester


Wahlmodul Exkursionswochen Geobotanik, SS 2015 (Wallis Exkursion)

Wahlmodul Exkursionswochen Geobotanik, SS 2016 (Wallis Exkursion)

Orientierungsmodul WS2014/15, MSc Biologie, 1.Semester

Grundmodul Ökologie SS 2016, BSc Biologie



 Past Research Projects

ESTRADE "Estuary and Wetland Research Graduate School Hamburg", state excellence initiative

 "Responses of root hydraulic conductivity to elevated CO2: Patterns and Mechanisms“ (NSF, #0823315) / Effects of Global Change and N-form deposition onto hydraulic properties of terrestrial plants differing in functional traits , University of Illinois - Chicago, USA.

"Ecophysiologhical responses of Jatropha curcas under varying soil water availabilities", Inst. of Plant Production in Tropics and Subtropics, University of Göttingen (institutional funds)

The role of biodiversity for biogeochemical cycles and biotic interaction in temperate deciduous forests” (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1086), Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany.

"Maize for sustainable cropping systems on tropical soils - from moleculare biology to field cultivation", EU INCO-DC project ICA 4-CT 2000-30017 

   Workpackage11: Role of mycorrhiza in adaptation to acid Al-toxic and P-deficient soil,    Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany.



 Peer Reviewed Journal Publications


Maier F.J., van Meerveld I., Greinwald K., Gebauer T., Lustenberger F.R., Hartmann A., Musso A. accepted. Effects of soil and vegetation development on surface hydrological properties of moraines in the Swiss Alps. Catena. 

Henry H.A.L., Abedi M., Alados C.L., Beard K.H., Fraser L.H., Jentsch A., Kreyling J., Kulmatiski A., Lamb E.G., Sun W., Vankoughnett M.R., Venn S., Werner C., Beil I., Blindow I., Dahlke S., Dubbert M., Effinger A., Garris H.W., Gartzia M., Gebauer T., Khan M.A.S.A., Malyshev A.V., Nock C., Paulson J.P. Puevo Y., Stover H.J., Yang X. 2018. Increased soil frost versus summer drought as drivers of plant biomass responses to reduced precipitation: results from a globally-coordinated field experiment. Ecosystems 21: 1432-1444. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-018-0231-7

Loydi A., Eckstein L., Gebauer T., Ludewig K., Otte A., Reisdorff Ch., Jensen K., Donath T. 2017. Opposite effects of litter and hemiparasites on a dominant grass under different water regimes and competition levels. Plant Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s11258-017-0783-1

Gebauer T., Horna V., Leuschner C. 2012. Canopy transpiration of pure and mixed forest stands with variable abundance of European beech. Journal of Hydrology 442-443: 2-14. 

Gebauer T., BassiriRad H. 2011. Effects of high atmospheric CO2 concentration on root hydraulic conductivity of conifers depend on species identity and inorganic nitrogen source. Environmental Pollution 159: 3455-3461.

Fleck S., Schmidt I., Jacob M., Gebauer T., Jungkunst H. F., Leuschner C. 2011. Comparison of conventional eight-point crown projections with LIDAR-based virtual crown projections in a temperate old-growth forest. Annals of Forest Science 68: 1173-1185.

Köcher P., Gebauer T., Horna V., Leuschner C. 2009. Leaf water status and stem xylem flux in relation to soil drought in five temperate broad-leaved tree species with contrasting water use strategies. Annals of Forest Science 66: 101. (DOI10.105/forest/2008076).

Gebauer T., Horna V., Leuschner C. 2008. Variability in radial sap flux density patterns and sapwood area among seven co-occurring temperate broad-leaved tree species. Tree Physiology 28: 1821-1830.


 Reports and Theses

Gebauer T. 2010. Water turnoiver in species-rich and species-poor decisuous forests: xylem sap flow and canopy transpiration. PhD thesis. Georg-August-University Göttingen, Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology. Biodiversity and Ecology Series B, Volume 4, p.146.

Forschung im Nationalpark Hainich - Bericht des Göttinger Graduiertenkollegs 1086 für den Zeitraum 2005 - 2009.

Gebauer T. 2004. Effect of arbuscular mycorrhiza on growth and P uptake of maize in an acid Al-toxic tropical soil. Diploma thesis (equivalent MSc), Institute of Plant Nutrition, Leibniz-University of Hanover.


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