Dr Marie Sünnemann

Postdoctoral Researcher

Scientific career


Since 2019
PhD at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Nico Eisenhauer."Effects of Land-use on Soil Functioning in a Changing World" funded by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt.

Master thesis at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Nico Eisenhauer: “Terrestrial ecosystem under global change: The effects of drought and nutrient addition on the activity and functional diversity of soil organisms.”

Study of History and Biology at University of Leipzig and Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg.



Struijk, M., Stavert, J.R., Le Grice, R.J., Schwendenmann, L., Romera, P.J., Mitchell, G., Sünnemann, M., Yang, J., Hjelm, F., Barnes, A.D., 2024. The threat of a major tree pathogen to forest soil mesofauna food webs and ecosystem functioning. Front. Ecol. Evol. 12, 1338109. doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2024.1338109

Smith, M.D., Wilkins, K.D., Holdrege, M.C., Wilfahrt, P., Collins, S.L., Knapp, A.K., Sala, O.E., Dukes, (..), Sünnemann, M., J.S., Zuo, X., 2024. Extreme drought impacts have been underestimated in grasslands and shrublands globally. PNAS Vol. 121. doi.org/doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2309881120

Siebert, J.*, Sünnemann, M.*, Hautier, Y., Risch, A.C., Bakker, J.D., Biederman, L., Blumenthal, D.M., Borer, E.T., Bugalho, M.N., Broadbent, A.A.D., Caldeira, M.C., Cleland, E., Davies, K.F., Eskelinen, A., Hagenah, N., Knops, J.M.H., MacDougall, A.S., McCulley, R.L., Moore, J.L., Power, S.A., Price, J.N., Seabloom, E.W., Standish, R., Stevens, C.J., Zimmermann, S., Eisenhauer, N., 2023. Drivers of soil microbial and detritivore activity across global grasslands. Commun Biol 6, 1220. doi.org/10.1038/s42003-023-05607-2

Sünnemann, M., Beugnon, R., Breitkreuz, C., Buscot, F., Cesarz, S., Jones, A., Lehmann, A., Lochner, A., Orgiazzi, A., Reitz, T., Rillig, M.C., Schädler, M., Smith, L.C., Zeuner, A., Guerra, C.A., Eisenhauer, N., 2023. Climate change and cropland management compromise soil integrity and multifunctionality. Commun Earth Environ 4, 394. doi.org/10.1038/s43247-023-01047-2

Beugnon, R., Eisenhauer, N., Bruelheide, H., Davrinche, A., Du, J., Haider, S., Hähn, G., Saadani, M., Singavarapu, B., Sünnemann, M., Thouvenot, L., Wang, Y., Wubet, T., Xue, K., Cesarz, S., 2023. Tree diversity effects on litter decomposition are mediated by litterfall and microbial processes. Oikos 2023, e09751. doi.org/10.1111/oik.09751

Eisenhauer, N., Angst, G., Asato, A.E.B., Beugnon, R., Bönisch, E., Cesarz, S., Dietrich, P., Jurburg, S.D., Madaj, A.-M., Reuben, R.C., Ristok, C., Sünnemann, M., Yi, H., Guerra, C.A., Hines, J., 2023. The heterogeneity–diversity–system performance nexus. National Science Review nwad109. doi.org/10.1093/nsr/nwad109

Eisenhauer, N., Bender, S.F., Calderón‐Sanou, I., de Vries, F.T., Lembrechts, J.J., Thuiller, W., Wall, D.H., Zeiss, R., Bahram, M., Beugnon, R., Burton, V.J., Crowther, T.W., Delgado‐Baquerizo, M., Geisen, S., Kardol, P., Krashevska, V., Martínez‐Muñoz, C.A., Patoine, G., Seeber, J., Soudzilovskaia, N.A., Steinwandter, M., Sünnemann, M., Sun, X., van der Heijden, M.G.A., Guerra, C.A., Potapov, A., 2022. Frontiers in soil ecology—Insights from the World Biodiversity Forum 2022. J of Sust Agri & Env 1, 245–261. doi.org/10.1002/sae2.12031

Klusmann, C., Cesarz, S., Ciobanu, M., Ferlian, O., Jochum, M., Schädler, M., Scheu, S., Sünnemann, M., Wall, D.H., Eisenhauer, N., 2022. Climate-change effects on the sex ratio of free-living soil nematodes – perspective and prospect: PERSPECTIVE PAPER. doi.org/10.25674/SO94ISS1ID174

Beugnon, R., Ladouceur, E., Sünnemann, M., Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N., 2022. Diverse forests are cool: Promoting diverse forests to mitigate carbon emissions and climate change. J of Sust Agri & Env 1, 5–8. doi.org/10.1002/sae2.12005

Sünnemann, M., Alt, C., Kostin, J.E., Lochner, A., Reitz, T., Siebert, J., Schädler, M., Eisenhauer, N., 2021a. Low‐intensity land‐use enhances soil microbial activity, biomass and fungal‐to‐bacterial ratio in current and future climates. Journal of Applied Ecology 58, 2614–2625. doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14004

Sünnemann, M.*, Siebert, J.*, Reitz, T., Schädler, M., Yin, R., Eisenhauer, N., 2021b. Combined effects of land-use type and climate change on soil microbial activity and invertebrate decomposer activity. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 318, 107490. doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2021.107490

Jochum, M., Barnes, A.D., Brose, U., Gauzens, B., Sünnemann, M., Amyntas, A., Eisenhauer, N., 2021. For flux’s sake: General considerations for energy‐flux calculations in ecological communities. Ecol Evol 11, 12948–12969. doi.org/10.1002/ece3.8060

Sünnemann, M., Siebert, J., Eisenhauer, N., 2020. Double Whammy for Life in Soil? The Effects of Drought and Fertilizer Use. Front. Young Minds 8, 547630. doi.org/10.3389/frym.2020.547630

Siebert, J.*, Sünnemann, M.*, Auge, H., Berger, S., Cesarz, S., Ciobanu, M., Guerrero-Ramírez, N.R., Eisenhauer, N., 2019. The effects of drought and nutrient addition on soil organisms vary across taxonomic groups, but are constant across seasons. Sci Rep 9, 639. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36777-3

* Shared first authorship

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