Dr Nadja Rüger

Scientific Employee

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since 2020:Scientific Employee, Biodiversity Economics group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Halle-Jena-Leipzig  
2017 – 2020:Junior Research Group Leader, “Computational Forest Ecology”, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Halle-Jena-Leipzig  
2013 – 2020:Research Fellow (DFG “Eigene Stelle”), German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Halle-Jena-Leipzig  
since 2012:Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama  
2010 – 2012:Research Fellow (DFG “Eigene Stelle”), Department of Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity Research, Universität Leipzig  
2008 – 2010:Scientific Employee, Department of Forest Biometrics and Systems Analysis, Technische Universität Dresden  
2006 – 2008:PostDoc, Department of Ecological Modelling, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Sciences – UFZ Leipzig  
2006PhD in Applied Systems Science, Universität Osnabrück  
2002Diploma in Applied Systems Science, Universität Osnabrück  

 

Research focus

 

  • Forest ecology
  • Demographic rates and trade-offs in tropical tree species
  • Predictive forest modeling (PPA model)
  • Ecological-economic modeling of forest management

Publications before iDiv

 

 

For a complete publication list see my ResearchID (http://www.researcherid.com/rid/J-6393-2015).

 

Díaz, S., Kattge, J., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Wright, I. J., Lavorel, S., et al. including Rüger, N. 2016. The global spectrum of plant form and function. Nature 529: 167-71.

Stephenson, N.L., A.J. Das, R. Condit, S.E. Russo, P.J. Baker, N.G. Beckman, D.A. Coomes, E.R. Lines, W.K. Morris, N. Rüger, et al. 2014. Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature507: 90–93.

Rüger, N., C. Wirth, S.J. Wright, and R. Condit. 2012. Functional traits explain light and size response of growth rates in tropical tree species. Ecology93: 2626–2636.

Rüger, N., and R. Condit. 2012. Testing metabolic theory with models of tree growth that include light competition. Functional Ecology26: 759–765.

Rüger, N., U. Berger, S.P. Hubbell, G. Vieilledent, and R. Condit. 2011. Growth strategies of tropical tree species: disentangling light and size effects. PLoS ONE 6(9): e25330.

Rüger, N., A. Huth, S.P. Hubbell, and R. Condit. 2011. Determinants of mortality across a tropical lowland rainforest community. Oikos120: 1047–1056.

Rüger, N., A. Huth, S.P. Hubbell, and R. Condit. 2009. Response of recruitment to light availability across a tropical lowland rainforest community. Journal of Ecology97: 1360–1368.

iDiv publications

 

Joswig, J. S., Wirth, C., Schuman, M. C., Kattge, J., Reu, B., Wright, I. J., Sippel, S. D., Rüger, N., Richter, R., Schaepman, M. E., van Bodegom, P. M., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Díaz, S., Hattingh, W. N., Kramer, K., Lens, F., Niinemets, Ü., Reich, P. B., Reichstein, M., Römermann, C., Schrodt, F., Anand, M., Bahn, M., Byun, C., Campetella, G., Cerabolini, B. E. L., Craine, J. M., Gonzalez-Melo, A., Gutiérrez, A. G., He, T., Higuchi, P., Jactel, H., Kraft, N. J. B., Minden, V., Onipchenko, V., Peñuelas, J., Pillar, V. D., Sosinski, Ê., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Weiher, E. and Mahecha, M. D.

(2021): Climatic and soil factors explain the two-dimensional spectrum of global plant trait variation. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Poorter, L., Craven, D., Jakovac, C. C., Sande, M. T. v d, Amissah, L., Bongers, F., Chazdon, R. L., Farrior, C. E., Kambach, S., Meave, J. A., Muñoz, R., Norden, N., Rüger, N., Breugel, M. v, Zambrano, A. M. A., Amani, B., Andrade, J. L., Brancalion, P. H. S., Broadbent, E. N., Foresta, H. d, Dent, D. H., Derroire, G., DeWalt, S. J., Dupuy, J. M., Durán, S. M., Fantini, A. C., Finegan, B., Hernández-Jaramillo, A., Hernández-Stefanoni, J. L., Hietz, P., Junqueira, A. B., N’dja, J. K., Letcher, S. G., Lohbeck, M., López-Camacho, R., Martínez-Ramos, M., Melo, F. P. L., Mora, F., Müller, S. C., N’Guessan, A. E., Oberleitner, F., Ortiz-Malavassi, E., Pérez-García, E. A., Pinho, B. X., Piotto, D., Powers, J. S., Rodríguez-Buriticá, S., Rozendaal, D. M. A., Ruíz, J., Tabarelli, M., Teixeira, H. M., Sampaio, E. V. d S. B., Wal, H. v d, Villa, P. M., Fernandes, G. W., Santos, B. A., Aguilar-Cano, J., Almeida-Cortez, J. S. d, Alvarez-Davila, E., Arreola-Villa, F., Balvanera, P., Becknell, J. M., Cabral, G. A. L., Castellanos-Castro, C., Jong, B. H. J. d, Nieto, J. E., Espírito-Santo, M. M., Fandino, M. C., García, H., García-Villalobos, D., Hall, J. S., Idárraga, A., Jiménez-Montoya, J., Kennard, D., Marín-Spiotta, E., Mesquita, R., Nunes, Y. R. F., Ochoa-Gaona, S., Peña-Claros, M., Pérez-Cárdenas, N., Rodríguez-Velázquez, J., Villanueva, L. S., Schwartz, N. B., Steininger, M. K., Veloso, M. D. M., Vester, H. F. M., Vieira, I. C. G., Williamson, G. B., Zanini, K., Hérault, B.

(2021): Multidimensional tropical forest recovery. Science

A. Compagnoni, S. Levin, D. Z. Childs, S. Harpole, M. Paniw, G. Römer, J. H. Burns, J. Che-Castaldo, N. Rüger, G. Kunstler, J. M. Bennett, C. R. Archer, O. R. Jones, R. Salguero-Gómez, T. M. Knight

(2021): Herbaceous perennial plants with short generation time have stronger responses to climate anomalies than those with longer generation time. Nature Communications

G. Kunstler, A. Guyennon, S. Ratcliffe, N. Rüger, P. Ruiz-Benito, D. Z. Childs, J. Dahlgren, A. Lehtonen, W. Thuiller, C. Wirth, M. A. Zavala, R. Salguero-Gomez

(2021): Demographic performance of European tree species at their hot and cold climatic edges. Journal of Ecology

M. S. Crawford, K. E. Barry, A. T. Clark, C. E. Farrior, J. Hines, E. Ladouceur, J. W. Lichstein, I. Maréchaux, F. May, A. S. Mori, B. Reineking, L. A. Turnbull, C. Wirth, N. Rüger

(2021): The function-dominance correlation drives the direction and strength of biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Ecology Letters

Kattge, J., ..., Bruelheide, H., ..., De Frutos, A.,..., Durka, W., ..., Erfmeier, A., ..., Jandt, U., ..., Klotz, S., ..., Kühn, I.,..., Römermann, C., ..., Roscher, C., ..., Rüger, N.,..., Wirth, C., Nutrient, N.

(2020): TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology

Kunstler, G., A. Guyennon, S. Ratcliffe, N. Rüger, P. Ruiz-Benito, D. Z. Childs, J. Dahlgren, A. Lehtonen, W. Thuiller, C. Wirth, M. A. Zavala, R. Salguero-Gomez

(2020): Demographic performance of European tree species at their hot and cold climatic edges. Journal of Ecology

Rüger, N., Condit, R., Dent, D. H., DeWalt, S. J., Hubbell, S. P., Lichstein, J. W., Lopez, O. R., Wirth, C., Farrior, C. E.

(2020): Demographic trade-offs predict tropical forest dynamics. Science

Thomas, H. J. D., Bjorkman, A. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Elmendorf, S. C., Kattge, J., ..., Rüger, N., ..., Eskelinen, A., ..., de Vries, F. T.

(2020): Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome. Nature Communications

Thomas, H. J. D., Bjorkman, A. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Elmendorf, S. C., Kattge, J., ..., Rüger, N., ..., Eskelinen, A., ... de Vries, F. T.

(2020): Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome.. Nature Communications

Kupers, S. J., Engelbrecht, B. M. J., Hernández, A., Wright, S. J., Wirth, C., Rüger, N.

(2019): Growth responses to soil water potential indirectly shape local species distributions of tropical forest seedlings. Journal of Ecology

Kupers, S. J., Wirth, C., Engelbrecht, B. M. J., Hernández, A., Condit, R., Wright, S. J., Rüger, N.

(2019): Performance of tropical forest seedlings under shade and drought: an interspecific trade-off in demographic responses. Scientific Reports

Kupers, S. J., Wirth, C., Engelbrecht, B. M. J., Rüger, N.

(2019): Dry season soil water potential maps of a 50 hectare tropical forest plot on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Scientific Data

Prevéy, J. S., Rixen, C., Rüger, N., Høye, T. T., Bjorkman, A. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Elmendorf, S. C., Ashton, I. W., Cannone, N., Chisholm, C. L., et al.

(2019): Warming shortens flowering seasons of tundra plant communities. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Bjorkman, A. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Elmendorf, S. C., Normand, S., Rüger, N., ...,  Kattge, J., ..., Eskelinen, A., et al.

(2018): Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature

Kissling, W. D., Walls, R., Bowser, A., Jones, M. O., Kattge, J., Agosti, D., Amengual, J., Basset, A., van Bodegom, P. M., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Denny, E. G., Deudero, S., Egloff, W., Elmendorf, S. C., Alonso García, E., Jones, K. D., Jones, O. R., Lavorel, S., Lear, D., Navarro, L. M., Pawar, S., Pirzl, R., Rüger, N., et al.

(2018): Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Rüger, N., Comita, L. S., Condit, R., Purves, D., Rosenbaum, B., Visser, M. D., Joseph, W. S., Wirth, C.

(2018): Beyond the fast–slow continuum: demographic dimensions structuring a tropical tree community. Ecology Letters

Prevéy, J., Vellend, M., Rüger, N., Hollister, R. D., Bjorkman, A. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Elmendorf, S. C., Clark, K., Cooper, E. J., Elberling, B., et al.

(2017): Greater temperature sensitivity of plant phenology at colder sites: implications for convergence across northern latitudes. Global Change Biology

Díaz, S., Kattge, J., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Wright, I. J., Lavorel, S., Dray, S., Reu, B., Kleyer, M., Wirth, C., Colin Prentice, I., Garnier, E., Bönisch, G., Westoby, M., Poorter, H., Reich, P. B., Moles, A. T., Dickie, J., Gillison, A. N., Zanne, A. E., Chave, J., Joseph Wright, S., Sheremet’ev, S. N., Jactel, H., Baraloto, C., Cerabolini, B., Pierce, S., Shipley, B., Kirkup, D., Casanoves, F., Joswig, J. S., Günther, A., Falczuk, V., Rüger, N., Mahecha, M. D., Gorné, L. D.

(2016): The global spectrum of plant form and function. Nature

Holzwarth, F., Rüger, N., Wirth, C.

(2015): Taking a closer look: disentangling effects of functional diversity on ecosystem functions with a trait-based model across hierarchy and time. Royal Society Open Science

Stephenson, N. L., Das, A. J., Condit, R., Russo, S. E., Baker, P. J., Beckman, N. G., Coomes, D. A., Lines, E. R., Morris, W. K., Rüger, N., et al.

(2014): Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature

Grote, S., Condit, R., Hubbell, S., Wirth, C., Rüger, N.

(2013): Response of Demographic Rates of Tropical Trees to Light Availability: Can Position-Based Competition Indices Replace Information from Canopy Census Data?. PLoS ONE
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