Dr Annette Jesch

Coordinator (Jena Experiment)



Since 2019          
PostDoc at iDiv Halle-Jena-Leipzig/Friedrich Schiller University Jena, management and synthesis in the Jena Experiment (DFG)

Research Associate at IHU GmbH in Nordhausen am Harz, environmental impact assessment

Training as Specialist (CCI) for Geographic Information Systems at codematix GmbH in Jena

Project Manager in FunDivEUROPE (functional significance of forest biodiversity in Europe) (FP7) at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau

PhD candidate at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Thesis (2016): Belowground resource use complementarity in species-rich grasslands, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Scherer-Lorenzen, Prof. Dr. Alexandra Weigelt, Prof. Dr. Arthur Gessler. Associated Projects: The Jena Experiment (DFG), CNRS Ecotron/Montpellier

Postgraduate studies to become “univ. gepr. Fachberater für Mykologie” offered by the German Society for Mycology (DGfM)

Study of biology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Thesis (2009): antibiotic activity of selected fungi, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Maike Piepenbring, Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Entian

Research Interests


I am a plant ecologist with special interest in interactions among organisms and among organisms and the environment. While I focused on plant parasitic fungi and their defense molecules in my early career I worked later on complementary nutrient uptake strategies of meadow plants. Currently I investigate flexibility of species and communities in response to climatic variables.



Roscher, C., Karlowsky, S., Milcu, A., Gessler, A., Bachmann, D., Jesch, A., Lange, M. , Mellado-Vázquez, P.G., Strecker, T., Landais, D., Ravel, O., Buchmann, N.,   Roy, J., Gleixner, G. (2019)  Functional composition has stronger impact than species richness on carbon gain and allocation in experimental grasslands. PLoS ONE 14(1):e0204715. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204715

Jesch, A., Barry, K.E., Ravenek, J.M., Bachmann, D., Strecker, T., Weigelt, A., Buchmann, N., de Kroon, H., Gessler, A., Mommer, L., Roscher, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2018) Belowground resource partitioning alone cannot explain the biodiversity–ecosystem function relationship: A field test using multiple tracers. Journal of Ecology 106: 2002-2018. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12947

Oram, N.J., Ravenek, J.M., Barry, K.E., Weigelt, A., Chen, H., Gessler, A., Gockele, A., de Kroon, H., van der Paauw, J.W., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Smit-Tiekstra, A., van Ruijven, J., Mommer, L. (2018) Belowground complementarity effects in a grassland biodiversity experiment are related to deep‐rooting species. Journal of Ecology 106: 265–277. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12877

Guderle, M., Bachmann, D., Milcu, A., Gockele, A., Bechmann, M., Fischer, C., Roscher, C., Landais, D., Ravel, O., Devidal, S., Roy, J., Gessler, A., Buchmann, N., Weigelt, A., Hildebrandt, A. (2018) Dynamic niche partitioning in root water uptake facilitates efficient water use in more diverse grassland plant communities. Functional Ecology 32: 214–227. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12948

Milcu, A., Eugster, W., Dörte Bachmann, D., Guderle, M., Christiane Roscher, C., Gockele, A., Landais, D., Ravel, O., Gessler, A., Lange, M., Anne Ebeling, A., Weisser, W.W., Roy, J., Hildebrandt, A., Buchmann, N. (2016) Plant functional diversity increases grassland productivity-related water vapor fluxes: an Ecotron and modeling approach, Ecology 97(8): 2044-2054, DOI: 10.1890/15-1110.1

Mellado-Vázquez, P.G., Lange, M., Bachmann, D., Gockele, A., Karlowsky, S., Milcu, A., Piel, C., Roscher, C., Roy, J., Gleixner G. (2016) Plant diversity generates enhanced soil microbial access to recently photosynthesized carbon in the rhizosphere. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 94, 122-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.11.012

Bachmann, D., Gockele, A., Ravenek, J.M., Roscher, C., Strecker, T., Weigelt, A., Buchmann, N. (2015) No evidence of complementary water use along a plant species richness gradient in temperate experimental grasslands. PLoS ONE 10(1): e0116367. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116367

Gockele, A., Weigelt, A., Gessler, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2014) Quantifying resource use complementarity in grassland spacies: a comparison of different nutrient tracer. Pedobiologia 57, 251-256. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2014.09.001

Milcu, A., Roscher, C., Gessler, A., Bachmann, D., Gockele, A., Gunderle, M., Landais, D., Piel, C., Escape, C., Devidal, S., Ravel, O., Buchmann, N., Gleixner, G., Hildebrandt, A., Roy, J. (2014) Functional diversity of leaf nitrogen concentrations drives grassland carbon fluxes. Ecology Letters 17(4), 435–444. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12243

Hoekstra, N. J., Finn, J.A., Buchmann, N., Gockele, A., Landert, L., Prill, N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Lüscher, A. (2014) Methodological tests of the use of trace elements as tracers to assess root activity. Plant and Soil 380(1-2), 265-283. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-014-2048-2

Ravenek, J.M., Bessler, H., Engels, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Gessler, A., Gockele, A., De Luca, E., Temperton, V.M., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., Schmid, B., Weisser, W.W., Wirth, C., de Kroon, H., Weigelt, A., Mommer, L. (2014) Long-term study of root biomass in a biodiversity experiment reveals shifts in diversity effects over time. OIKOS 123, 1528-2536. DOI: 10.1111/oik.01502

Entian, K.-D., Gockele, A., Karas, M., Kirscher, R., Kötter, P., Piepenbring, M., Stein, T., Schneider, G. (2009) Identifizierung neuer antibiotischer Wirkstoffe, Biospektrum 15(4), 408-410.



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