Dr David Eichenberg


Research Profiles

Research interests


I come from the Biodiversity-Ecosystem-Functioning research area, where I investigated the influence of leaf traits from subtropical trees (soft traits as well as plant polyphenols) on ecosystem functions like nutrient turnover. I am fascinated by the complexity of such complex relations and the methods used to identify these. Therefore, one of my main expertise lies on evaluation of biodiversity related data. Recently, I switched the focus of my research towards a more applied field, i.e. biodiversity conservation. Contributing to this field with the diverse and sound statistical background I acquired in the last years is of high personal relevance for me, as a sound management of biodiversity requires a sound understanding of the influence of a variety of factors that affect species population dynamics and ecosystem stability.

Scientific career



Since 01/06/2017. Postdoctoral researcher (sMon)
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig (Germany)

15/01/2015 – 30/04/2017: Postdoctoral researcher (BEF-China Project)
Spezielle Botanik und funktionelle Biodiversität
Johannisallee 21-23, 04103 Leipzig (Germany)

01/11/2010–15/06/2014: PhD student (BEF-China Project)
Matin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Geobotanik
Am Kirchtor 1, 06108 Halle (Saale) (Germany)


20/10/2003–30/09/2010: Diplom (Master) Studies in Organismal Biology
University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30
95440 Bayreuth

15/09/1993–27/06/2003: Abitur (A-levels) Meranier Gymnasium Lichtenfels (Bavaria, Germany) Kronacher Str. 34 96215 Lichtenfels (Germany)

Publications before iDiv


Trogisch, S., Schuldt, A., Bauhus, J., Blum, J.A., Both, S., Buscot, F., Castro-Izaguirre, N., Chesters D., Durka, W., Eichenberg, D. , …, Bruelheide, H. (2017) Towards a methodical framework for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/eve3.3488

Pfaff CT, Eichenberg D, Liebergesell M, König-Ries B, Wirth C (2017) Essential Annotation Schema for Ecology (EASE)—A framework supporting the efficient data annotation and faceted navigation in ecology. PLOS ONE 12(10): e0186170

Eichenberg, D., Pietsch, K., Meister, C. Ding, WY., Yu, MJ. & Wirth. C. (2017) The effect of microclimate on wood decay is indirectly altered by tree species diversity in a litterbag study. Journal of Plant Ecology 10: 170–178. doi:10.1093/jpe/rtw116

Zhang, J., Bruelheide, H., Chen, X., Eichenberg, D., Kröber, W., Xu, X., ... & Schuldt, A. (2017). Tree diversity promotes generalist herbivore community patterns in a young subtropical forest experiment. Oecologia, 183(2), 455-46

Pei, Z., Leppert, K. N., Eichenberg, D., Bruelheide, H., Niklaus, P. A., Buscot, F., & Gutknecht, J. L. (2017). Leaf litter diversity alters microbial activity, microbial abundances, and nutrient cycling in a subtropical forest ecosystem. Biogeochemistry, 1-19

Pei, Z., Eichenberg, D., Bruelheide, H., Kröber, W., Kühn, P., Li, Y., ... & Gutknecht, J. L. (2016). Soil and tree species traits both shape soil microbial communities during early growth of Chinese subtropical forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 96, 180-190

Eichenberg, D., Purschke, O., Ristok, C., Wessjohann, L., & Bruelheide, H. (2015). Trade‐offs between physical and chemical carbon‐based leaf defence: of intraspecific variation and trait evolution. Journal of Ecology, 103(6), 1667-1679

Eichenberg, D., Trogisch, S., Huang, Y., He, J. S., & Bruelheide, H. (2014). Shifts in community leaf functional traits are related to litter decomposition along a secondary forest succession series in subtropical China. Journal of Plant Ecology, 8(4), 401-410.

Eichenberg, D., Ristok, C., Kröber, W., & Bruelheide, H. (2014). Plant polyphenols–implications of different sampling, storage and sample processing in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments. Chemistry and Ecology, 30(7), 676-692

Schuldt, A., Assmann, T., Bruelheide, H., Durka, W., Eichenberg, D., Härdtle, W., ... & Purschke, O. (2014). Functional and phylogenetic diversity of woody plants drive herbivory in a highly diverse forest. New Phytologist, 202(3), 864-873

Schuldt, A., Bruelheide, H., Durka, W., Eichenberg, D., Fischer, M., Kröber, W., ... & Schmid, B. (2012). Plant traits affecting herbivory on tree recruits in highly diverse subtropical forests. Ecology Letters, 15(7), 732-739

Publications under revision

Huang, YY., Chen, Y., Castro-Izaguirre, N., Baruffol, M., Brezzi, M., Lang, A., Li, Y., Härdtle, W., v. Oheimb, G., Yang, X., Pei, K., Both, S., Liu, Y., Yang, B., Eichenberg, D., Assmann, T., Bauhus, J., Behrens, T., Buscot, F., Chen, XY., Chesters, D., Ding, BY., Durka, W., Erfmeier, A., Fang, J., Fischer, M., Guo, LD., Guo, D., Gutknecht, JLM., He, JS., He, CL., Hector, A., Hönig, L., Hu, RY., Klein, AM., Kühn, P., Liang, Y., Michalski, S., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmidt, K., Scholten, T., Schuldt, A., Shi, X., Tan, MZ., Tang, Z., Wang, Z., Welk, E., Wirth, C., Wubet, T., Xiang, W., Yan, J., Yu, M., Yu, XD. Zhang, J., Zhang, S., Zhang, N., Zhou, HZ., Zhou, CD., Zhu. L., Bruelheide, H., Ma, K., Niklaus, PA., Schmid, B. (2018):  Strong positive biodiversity–productivity relationships in a subtropical forest experiment. Nature (major revision)

Publications under Review

Pietsch, KA., Eichenberg, D., Purahong, W., Nadrowski, K., Yu, M., Wipfler, B., Wubet, T., Baushus, J., Wirth, C. (2017): Diversity effects of primary producers are concealed by abiotic control in a subtropical forest (OIKOS, under review)

Publications in Preparation

Schuldt A, A., Assmann, T., Brezzi, M., Buscot, F., Eichenberg, D., Gutknecht, J., Klein, AM., Kühn, P., Ma, K., Niklaus, PA., Pietsch, KA., Purahong, W., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Scholten, T., Staab, M., Trogisch, S., Wirth, C., Wubet, T., Bruelheide, H. (2018): Woody plant community structure and multitrophic diversity maximize multifunctionality in biodiverse forests (Ecology Letters, in preparation)

Pietsch, KA., Eichenberg, D., Trogisch, S., Bruelheide, H., Eichenberg, D., Wirth, C. (2018): Weak associations of wood and leaf traits decouple wood and leaf litter decomposition in a subtropical Chinese forest (Functional Ecology, in preparation)

iDiv publications


Bowler, D. E., Eichenberg, D., Conze, K. J., Suhling, F., Baumann, K., Bönsel, A., Bittner, T., Drews, A., Günther, A., Isaac, N. J. B., Petzold, F., Seyring, M., Spengler, T., Trockur, B., Willigalla, C., Bruelheide, H., Jansen, F., Bonn, A.

(2020): Winners and losers over 35 years of dragonfly and damselfly distributional change in Germany. bioRxiv (in press)

Bruelheide, H., Jansen, F., Jandt, U., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Bonn, A., Bowler, D., Dengler, J., Eichenberg, D., Grescho, V., Harter, D., Jugelt, M., Kellner, S., Ludwig, M., Wesche, K., Lütt, S.

(2020): Using incomplete floristic monitoring data from habitat mapping programmes to detect species trends. Diversity and Distributions

Giesemann, P., Eichenberg, D., Stöckel, M., Seifert, L. F., Gomes, S. I. F., Merckx, V. S. F. T., Gebauer, G.

(2020): Dark septate endophytes and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Paris-morphotype) affect the stable isotope composition of ‘classically’ non-mycorrhizal plants. Functional Ecology (in press) *

Jansen, F., Bonn, A., Bowler, D. E., Bruelheide, H., Eichenberg, D

(2019): Moderately common plants show highest relative losses. Conservation Letters (in press) *

Schuldt, A., Assmann, T., Brezzi, M., Buscot, F., Eichenberg, D., Gutknecht, J., Härdtle, W., He, J.-S., Klein, A.-M., Kühn, P., Liu, X., Ma, K., Niklaus, P. A., Pietsch, K. A., Purahong, W., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Scholten, T., Staab, M., Tang, Z., Trogisch, S., von Oheimb, G., Wirth, C., Wubet, T., Zhu, C.-D., Bruelheide, H.

(2018): Biodiversity across trophic levels drives multifunctionality in highly diverse forests. Nature Communications 9, 2989
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