Dr. Rémy Beugnon


Research interests


My interest is to understand ecosystem functioning and more specially soil functioning. I am interested to understand how organisms are interacting and how they are integrated in the whole ecosystem. We are losing species from all phyla in all ecosystems all around the world, the consequences for ecosystem functioning are unpredictable. Understanding how species are interacting and link to their environment is a prerequisite to understand ecosystem functioning and the consequences of species loss. My research is based on a tree Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning experiment; BEF China; where I am focusing on tree-tree interactions consequences for soil functioning from soil carbon and nitrogen cycling modeling to microbial community composition and functioning measurements and including decomposition experiments. I am doing this work as part of the TreeDì doctoral school (TreeDì) which is aiming to understand tree – tree interactions in Chinese subtropical forest within the BEF China platform.

Fields of work:

  • Soil microbial community functioning
  • Decomposition process
  • C and N cycling modeling
  • Tree diversity experiment
  • Tree – tree interaction
  • Spatial interactions


  • PLFA
  • Microresp® method
  • Basal respiration measurements
  • Litterbag decomposition experiments
  • Field experiments
  • Carbon and Nitrogen cycle modeling



2. Beugnon, R., Steinauer, K., Barnes, A., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., & Eisenhauer, N. (2019). Plant functional trait identity and diversity effects on soil meso- and macrofauna in an experimental grassland. Advances in Ecological Research, 61, 163-184

1. Cesarz, S., Schulz, A. E., Beugnon, R., & Eisenhauer, N. (2019). Testing soil nematode extraction efficiency using different variations of the Baermann-funnel method. SOIL ORGANISMS 91 (2), 61-72

Curriculum vitae


Professional experiences:

July 2018 – present

Position: doctoral research position

@: German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology group, Leipzig, Germany

Focus: How tree functional dissimilarity and neighboring diversity affect soil ecosystem functioning in subtropical forest?

January 2018 – June 2018

Position: Master’s student

@:BioDiCée lab, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM) – MONTPELLIER (France)

Focus: Modelling of non-trophic interactions effects on plants communities.

April 2017– July 2017

Position: intern

@: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) – UMEÅ (Sweden)

Focus: Root trait effects of alpine plant communities on plant-soil feedback effects performed in two greenhouse experiments.



September 2017 – June 2018


@: Montpellier University – MONTPELLIER (France)

Focus: Fundamental Ecology, Functional Ecology, Climate change, Animal behaviour, Evolutive Biology, Biostatistics, Modelling.

February 2016 – June 2016


@: SGGW - WULS – WARSAW (Poland)

Focus: Soil ecology, water microbiology, grassland ecology

September 2014 – November 2018


@: Montpellier SupAgro – MONTPELLIER (France)

Focus: With ecology lectures and laboratory technique practices



Beugnon, R., Bu, W., Bruelheide, H., Davrinche, A., Du, J., Haider, S., Kunz, M., von Oheimb, G., Perles-Garcia, M. D., Saadani, M., Scholten, T., Seitz, S., Singavarapu, B., Trogisch, S., Wang, Y., Wubet, T., Xue, K., Yang, B., Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N.

(2023): Abiotic and biotic drivers of tree trait effects on soil microbial biomass and soil carbon concentration. Ecological Monographs

Lutrat, Célia, Burckbuchler, Myriam, Olmo, Roenick Proveti, Beugnon, Rémy, Fontaine, Albin, Akbari, Omar S., Argilés-Herrero, Rafael, Baldet, Thierry, Bouyer, Jérémy, Marois, Eric

(2023): Combining two genetic sexing strains allows sorting of non-transgenic males for Aedes genetic control. Communications Biology

Reuben, Rine Christopher, Beugnon, Rémy, Jurburg, Stephanie D.

(2023): COVID-19 alters human microbiomes: a meta-analysis. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Singavarapu, B., Du, J., Beugnon, R., Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N., Xue, K., Wang, Y., Bruelheide, H., Wubet, T.

(2023): Functional Potential of Soil Microbial Communities and Their Subcommunities Varies with Tree Mycorrhizal Type and Tree Diversity. Microbiology Spectrum

Eisenhauer, Nico, Angst, Gerrit, Asato, Ana E B, Beugnon, Rémy, Bönisch, Elisabeth, Cesarz, Simone, Dietrich, Peter, Jurburg, Stephanie D, Madaj, Anna-Maria, Reuben, Rine C, Ristok, Christian, Sünnemann, Marie, Yi, Huimin, Guerra, Carlos A, Hines, Jes

(2023): The heterogeneity–diversity–system performance nexus. National Science Review

Beugnon, Rémy, Eisenhauer, Nico, Bruelheide, Helge, Davrinche, Andréa, Du, Jianqing, Haider, Sylvia, Hähn, Georg, Saadani, Mariem, Singavarapu, Bala, Sünnemann, Marie, Thouvenot, Lise, Wang, Yanfen, Wubet, Tesfaye, Xue, Kai, Cesarz, Simone

(2023): Tree diversity effects on litter decomposition are mediated by litterfall and microbial processes. Oikos

Singavarapu, B., Beugnon, R., Bruelheide, H., Cesarz, S., Du, J., Eisenhauer, N., Guo, L.-D., Nawaz, A., Wang, Y., Xue, K. and Wubet, T.

(2021): Tree mycorrhizal type and tree diversity shape the forest soil microbiota. Environmental Microbiology

H. R. P. Phillips, E. M. Bach, M. L. C. Bartz, J. M. Bennett, R. Beugnon, M. J. I. Briones, G. G. Brown, O. Ferlian, K. B. Gongalsky, C. A. Guerra, B. König-Ries, J. J. Krebs, A. Orgiazzi, K. S. Ramirez, D. J. Russell, B. Schwarz, D. H. Wall, U. Brose, T. Decaëns, P. Lavelle, M. Loreau, J. Mathieu, C. Mulder, W. H. van der Putten, M. C. Rillig, M. P. Thakur, F. T. de Vries, D. A. Wardle, C. Ammer, S. Ammer, M. Arai, F. O. Ayuke, G. H. Baker, D. Baretta, D. Barkusky, R. Beauséjour, J. C. Bedano, K. Birkhofer, E. Blanchart, B. Blossey, T. Bolger, R. L. Bradley, M. Brossard, J. C. Burtis, Y. Capowiez, T. R. Cavagnaro, A. Choi, J. Clause, D. Cluzeau, A. Coors, F. V. Crotty, J. M. Crumsey, A. Dávalos, D. J. D. Cosín, A. M. Dobson, A. Domínguez, A. E. Duhour, N. van Eekeren, C. Emmerling, L. B. Falco, R. Fernández, S. J. Fonte, C. Fragoso, A. L. C. Franco, A. Fusilero, A. P. Geraskina, S. Gholami, G. González, M. J. Gundale, M. G. López, B. K. Hackenberger, D. K. Hackenberger, L. M. Hernández, J. R. Hirth, T. Hishi, A. R. Holdsworth, M. Holmstrup, K. N. Hopfensperger, E. H. Lwanga, V. Huhta, T. T. Hurisso, B. V. Iannone, M. Iordache, U. Irmler, M. Ivask, J. B. Jesús, J. L. Johnson-Maynard, M. Joschko, N. Kaneko, R. Kanianska, A. M. Keith, M. L. Kernecker, A. W. Koné, Y. Kooch, S. T. Kukkonen, H. Lalthanzara, D. R. Lammel, I. M. Lebedev, E. Le Cadre, N. K. Lincoln, D. López-Hernández, S. R. Loss, R. Marichal, R. Matula, Y. Minamiya, J. H. Moos, G. Moreno, A. Morón-Ríos, H. Motohiro, B. Muys, J. Neirynck, L. Norgrove, M. Novo, V. Nuutinen, V. Nuzzo, P. Mujeeb Rahman, J. Pansu, S. Paudel, G. Pérès, L. Pérez-Camacho, J.-F. Ponge, J. Prietzel, I. B. Rapoport, M. I. Rashid, S. Rebollo, M. Á. Rodríguez, A. M. Roth, G. X. Rousseau, A. Rozen, E. Sayad, L. van Schaik, B. Scharenbroch, M. Schirrmann, O. Schmidt, B. Schröder, J. Seeber, M. P. Shashkov, J. Singh, S. M. Smith, M. Steinwandter, K. Szlavecz, J. A. Talavera, D. Trigo, J. Tsukamoto, S. Uribe-López, A. W. de Valença, I. Virto, A. A. Wackett, M. W. Warren, E. R. Webster, N. H. Wehr, J. K. Whalen, M. B. Wironen, V. Wolters, P. Wu, I. V. Zenkova, W. Zhang, E. K. Cameron, N. Eisenhauer

(2021): Global data on earthworm abundance, biomass, diversity and corresponding environmental properties. Scientific Data

L. Thouvenot, O. Ferlian, R. Beugnon, T. Künne, A. Lochner, M. P. Thakur, M. Türke, N. Eisenhauer

(2021): Do Invasive Earthworms Affect the Functional Traits of Native Plants?. Frontiers in Plant Science

Beugnon, R., Steinauer, K., Barnes, A. D., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., Eisenhauer, N.

(2019): Plant functional trait identity and diversity effects on soil meso- and macrofauna in an experimental grassland. In: Eisenhauer, N. Bohan, D. A. Dumbrell, A. J. (Eds.) Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function Academic Press Ltd-Elsevier Science Ltd
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