Michael Wohlwend

Scientific Guest

Research Interests


Invasion biology, plant interaction ecology, range expansion, ecological change, disturbance ecology, prairie ecology, forest ecology

Current Projects


Changes in Lespedeza cuneata cover using three different treatments on a restored prairie near St. Louis, MO

Assessing community assembly and invasions of prairie ecosystems, one of the most aggressive invaders in prairie ecosystems, Lespedeza cuneata, was targeted in a long-term experiment. Three different treatments (time of invasion, nutrient addition, grass/forb seeding) where applied to investigate their abilities to reduce Lespedeza cover. Additional questions, like the effect of Lespedeza cuneata on biodiversity, are currently investigated.

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I started at iDiv in August 2016 as a PhD student of Prof. Tiffany Knight in spatial interaction/invasion biology. We are targeting invasion processes on the North American prairies.

Before that, I studied in Bayreuth and worked together with Prof. Gregor Aas, investigating the regeneration of a non-native tree species, Tsuga heterophylla. During my Bachelor studies, I worked with Prof. Cal Beierkuhnlein on the effects of climate change on the flora of La Palma, Canary Islands.

Short CV


Since 08/2016: Research Officer at the department for Spatial Interaction Ecology (PhD Position) on Community Assembly and invasions of prairie ecosystems'

10/2013 - 06/2016: Master studies at the University of Bayreuth, Global Change Ecology M.Sc. (Elite study program)

10/2010 - 01/2014: Bachelor studies at the University of Bayreuth, Geoecology B.Sc.

iDiv publications


M. R. Wohlwend, D. Craven, P. Weigelt, H. Seebens, M. Winter, H. Kreft, D. Zurell, J. Sarmento Cabral, F. Essl, M. van Kleunen, J. Pergl, P. Pyšek, T. M. Knight

(2021): Anthropogenic and environmental drivers shape diversity of naturalized plants across the Pacific. Diversity and Distributions

Wohlwend, M. R., M. R. Schutzenhofer, T. M. Knight

(2019): Long-term experiment manipulating community assembly results in favorable restoration outcomes for invaded prairies. Restoration Ecology
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04103 Leipzig

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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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