Rémy Beugnon

Doctoral Researcher

Research interests


My interest is to understand ecosystem functioning and more specially soil functioning. I am interested to understand how organisms are interacting and how they are integrated in the whole ecosystem. We are losing species from all phyla in all ecosystems all around the world, the consequences for ecosystem functioning are unpredictable. Understanding how species are interacting and link to their environment is a prerequisite to understand ecosystem functioning and the consequences of species loss. My research is based on a tree Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning experiment; BEF China; where I am focusing on tree-tree interactions consequences for soil functioning from soil carbon and nitrogen cycling modeling to microbial community composition and functioning measurements and including decomposition experiments. I am doing this work as part of the TreeDì doctoral school (TreeDì) which is aiming to understand tree – tree interactions in Chinese subtropical forest within the BEF China platform.

Fields of work:

  • Soil microbial community functioning
  • Decomposition process
  • C and N cycling modeling
  • Tree diversity experiment
  • Tree – tree interaction
  • Spatial interactions


  • PLFA
  • Microresp® method
  • Basal respiration measurements
  • Litterbag decomposition experiments
  • Field experiments
  • Carbon and Nitrogen cycle modeling



Beugnon, R., Steinauer, K., Barnes, A., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., & Eisenhauer, N. (2019). Plant functional trait identity and diversity effects on soil meso- and macrofauna in an experimental grassland. Advances in Ecological Research, 61, 163-184

Cesarz, S., Schulz, A. E., Beugnon, R., & Eisenhauer, N. (2019). Testing soil nematode extraction efficiency using different variations of the Baermann-funnel method. SOIL ORGANISMS 91 (2), 61-72

Curriculum vitae


Professional experiences:

July 2018 – present

Position: doctoral research position

@: German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology group, Leipzig, Germany

Focus: How tree functional dissimilarity and neighboring diversity affect soil ecosystem functioning in subtropical forest?

January 2018 – June 2018

Position: Master’s student

@:BioDiCée lab, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM) – MONTPELLIER (France)

Focus: Modelling of non-trophic interactions effects on plants communities.

April 2017– July 2017

Position: intern

@: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) – UMEÅ (Sweden)

Focus: Root trait effects of alpine plant communities on plant-soil feedback effects performed in two greenhouse experiments.



September 2017 – June 2018


@: Montpellier University – MONTPELLIER (France)

Focus: Fundamental Ecology, Functional Ecology, Climate change, Animal behaviour, Evolutive Biology, Biostatistics, Modelling.

February 2016 – June 2016


@: SGGW - WULS – WARSAW (Poland)

Focus: Soil ecology, water microbiology, grassland ecology

September 2014 – November 2018


@: Montpellier SupAgro – MONTPELLIER (France)

Focus: With ecology lectures and laboratory technique practices

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+49 341 9733122
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Leipzig University

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