Lena Sachsenmaier

Doctoral Researcher

Research Interests


I am interested in understanding biodiversity-ecosystem-functioning relationships in forests and agroforestry systems in order to support sustainable management and conservation strategies.

My current research takes a dynamic perspective on biodiversity signals in the hierarchical interactions between the shrub and the tree layer - focussing on growth and growth stability responses in a tree diversity experiment (BEF-China) as part of the DFG International Research Training Group TreeDì - 林地.

Short CV


  • since 08/2021: Doctoral Researcher in the International Research Training Group TreeDì, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
  • 11/2020–07/2021: Teacher at secondary school (Biology and Geography), Cologne, Germany
  • 05/2019–10/2020: Teacher Trainee at secondary school (Biology and Geography), Cologne, Germany
  • 01/2018–05/2018: Research stay at University of Jambi (Sumatra), Indonesia
  • 10/2015–12/2018: Master (of Ed.) Biology and Geography, University of Cologne, Germany
    Thesis: “The Effect of Tree Enrichment in an Oil Palm Plantation on the Biodiversity of the Understorey Vegetation”
  • 08/2013–03/2014: Semester abroad at University of Salamanca, Spain
  • 10/2011–05/2015: Bachelor (of Ed.) Biology and Geography, University of Trier, Germany
    Thesis: “Miscanthus als Substrat für die Biogasgewinnung – Konsequenzen für den Nährstoffhaushalt der Bestände”

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Leipzig University
Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity Lab
Johannisallee 21
04103 Leipzig

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+49-341 9738595
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Leipzig University

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