Invasion biology, plant interaction ecology, range expansion, ecological change, disturbance ecology, prairie ecology, forest ecology
Changes in Lespedeza cuneata cover using three different treatments on a restored prairie near St. Louis, MO
Assessing community assembly and invasions of prairie ecosystems, one of the most aggressive invaders in prairie ecosystems, Lespedeza cuneata, was targeted in a long-term experiment. Three different treatments (time of invasion, nutrient addition, grass/forb seeding) where applied to investigate their abilities to reduce Lespedeza cover. Additional questions, like the effect of Lespedeza cuneata on biodiversity, are currently investigated.
I started at iDiv in August 2016 as a PhD student of Prof. Tiffany Knight in spatial interaction/invasion biology. We are targeting invasion processes on the North American prairies.
Before that, I studied in Bayreuth and worked together with Prof. Gregor Aas, investigating the regeneration of a non-native tree species, Tsuga heterophylla. During my Bachelor studies, I worked with Prof. Cal Beierkuhnlein on the effects of climate change on the flora of La Palma, Canary Islands.
Since 08/2016: Research Officer at the department for Spatial Interaction Ecology (PhD Position) on Community Assembly and invasions of prairie ecosystems'
10/2013 - 06/2016: Master studies at the University of Bayreuth, Global Change Ecology M.Sc. (Elite study program)
10/2010 - 01/2014: Bachelor studies at the University of Bayreuth, Geoecology B.Sc.
Wohlwend, M. R., M. R. Schutzenhofer, T. M. Knight(2019): Long-term experiment manipulating community assembly results in favorable restoration outcomes for invaded prairies. Restoration Ecology (in press) *
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