Dr Anja Schmidt

Scientific Guest




since 08/2018

Researcher and Coordinator of the iDiv Ecotron Project at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Research group Experimental Interaction Ecology - EIE

2015 - 2018

Researcher and Project Officer within the STACCATO project at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Community Ecology

May 2012 – Nov 2013

Research Fellow at the International Rice Research Institute, Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, Los Baños, Philippines

2012 - 2015

PhD Student within the LEGATO project at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Community Ecology
Topic: Decomposition driven by invertebrates in tropical rice ecosystems: impacts of management strategies


Master's Thesis at the University of Giessen, Department of Animal Ecology,
Topic: Spatial small scale analyses on distribution patterns of carabid beetles in a contiguous deciduous forest


Erasmus student at Lund University, Sweden

2008 - 2011

Master Student at the University of Giessen,
Majors: Ecology, Environmental Science, Bioinformatics


Bachelor's Thesis within the project IBISCA at the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg, Working group of Ecology and Diversity of Arthropods,
Topic: Räumliche und zeitliche Verteilung der Buntkäfer (Col.: Cleridae) in einem tropischen Tiefland-Regenwald Panamas (San Lorenzo National Park)

2005 - 2008

Bachelor Student at the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg,
Majors: Biotechnology, Animal Physiology, Organismic Biology



2020 (1)

  • Ulrich, J., Bucher, S.F., Eisenhauer, N., Schmidt, A., Türke, M., Gebler, A., Barry, K., Lange, M., Römermann, C. (2020): Invertebrate Decline Leads to Shifts in Plant Species Abundance and Phenology. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.542125

2019 (4)

  • Yin, R., Gruss, I., Eisenhauer, N., Kardol, P., Thakur, M.P., Schmidt, A., Xu, Z., Siebert, J., Zhang, C., Wu, G.L., Schädler, M. (2019): Land use modulates the effects of climate change on density but not community composition of Collembola. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 138, 107598. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.107598
  • Yin, R., Eisenhauer, N., Schmidt, A., Gruss, I., Purahong, W., Siebert, J. and Schädler, M. (2019) Climate change does not alter land-use effects on soil fauna communities. Applied Soil Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2019.03.026.
  • Settele, Josef, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Heong, Kong Luen, Kühn, Ingolf, Klotz, Stefan, Arida, Gertrudo, Burkhard, Benjamin, Bustamante, Jesus Victor, Cabbigat, Jimmy, Canh, Le Xuan, Catindig, Josie Lynn A., Van Chien, Ho, Cuong, Le Quoc, Escalada, Monina, Görg, Christoph, Grescho, Volker, Grossmann, Sabine, Hadi, Buyung A. R., Hai, Le Huu, Harpke, Alexander, Hass, Annika L., Hirneisen, Norbert, Horgan, Finbarr G., Hotes, Stefan, Jahn, Reinhold, Klotzbücher, Anika, Klotzbücher, Thimo, Langerwisch, Fanny, Magcale-Macandog, Damasa B., Manh, Nguyen Hung, Marion, Glenn, Marquez, Leonardo, Ott, Jürgen, Penev, Lyubomir, Rodriguez-Labajos, Beatriz, Sann, Christina, Sattler, Cornelia, Schädler, Martin, Scheu, Stefan, Schmidt, Anja,  et al. and Wiemers, M. (2019) Rice Ecosystem Services in South-East Asia: the LEGATO project, its approaches and main results with a focus on biocontrol services. In Schröter, M., Bonn, A., Klotz, S., Seppelt, R. and Baessler, C. (eds), Atlas of Ecosystem Services, Springer. pp. 373-382. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96229-0_57
  • Yin, R., Eisenhauer, N., Auge, H., Purahong, W., Schmidt, A. and Schädler, M. (2019) Additive effects of experimental climate change and land use on faunal contribution to litter decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 131, 141-148.
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.01.009.


2018 (5)

  • Djukic, I., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Schmidt, I.K., Larsen, K.S., Beier, C., Berg, B., Verheyen, K., Caliman, A., Paquette, A., Gutierrez-Giron, A., Humber, A., Valdecantos, A., Petraglia, A., Alexander, H., Augustaitis, A., Saillard, A., Fernandez, A.C.R., Sousa, A.I., Lillebo, A.I., Gripp, A.d.R., Francez, A.-J., Fischer, A., Bohner, A., Malyshev, A., Andric, A., Smith, A., Stanisci, A., Seres, A., Schmidt, A., et al. and Toth, Z. (2018) Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Sci. Total Environ.628–629 , 1369 - 1394
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  • Panteleit, J., Horgan, F.G., Türke, M., Schmidt, A., Schädler, M., Bacht, M., Brandl, R., Hotes, S. (2018) Effects of detritivorous invertebrates on the decomposition of rice straw: evidence from a microcosm experiment. Paddy Water Environ.16 (2), 279 - 286
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  • Settele, J., Heong, K.L., Kühn, I., Klotz, S., Spangenberg, J.H., Arida, G., Beaurepaire, A., Beck, S., Bergmeier, E., Burkhard, B., Brandl, R., Bustamante, J.V., Butler, A., Cabbigat, J., Le, X.C., Catindig, J.L.A., Ho, V.C., Le, Q.C., Dang, K.B., Escalada, M., Dominik, C., Franzén, M., Fried, O., Görg, C., Grescho, V., Grossmann, S., Gurr, G.M., Hadi, B.A.R., Le, H.H., Harpke, A., Hass, A.L., Hirneisen, N., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Isoda, Y., Jahn, R., Kettle, H., Klotzbücher, A., Klotzbücher, T., Langerwisch, F., Loke, W.-H., Lin, Y.-P., Lu, Z., Lum, K.-Y., Magcale-Macandog, D.B., Marion, G., Marquez, L., Müller, F., Nguyen, H.M., Nguyen, Q.A., Nguyen, V.S., Ott, J., Penev, L., Pham, H.T., Radermacher, N., Rodriguez-Labajos, B., Sann, C., Sattler, C., Schädler, M., Scheu, S., Schmidt, A., et al. and Wiemers, M. (2018) Rice ecosystem services in South-east Asia. Editorial Paddy Water Environ.16 (2), 211 - 224
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  • Spangenberg, J.H., Beaurepaire, A.L., Bergmeier, E., Burkhard, B., Chien, H.V., Cuong, L.Q., Görg, C., Grescho, V., Hai, L.H., Heong, K.L., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Klotzbücher, A., Klotzbücher, T., Kühn, I., Langerwisch, F., Marion, G., Moritz, R.F.A., Nguyen, Q.A., Ott, J., Sann, C., Sattler, C., Schädler, M., Schmidt, A., Tekken, V., Thanh, T.D., Thonicke, K., Türke, M., Václavík, T., Vetterlein, D., Westphal, C., Wiemers, M., Settele, J. (2018) The LEGATO cross-disciplinary integrated ecosystem service research framework: an example of integrating research results from the analysis of global change impacts and the social, cultural and economic system dynamics of irrigated rice production. Paddy Water Environ.16 (2), 287 - 319
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  • Türke, M., Schmidt, A., Schädler, M., Hotes, S., Weisser, W.W. (2018) Are invasive apple snails important neglected decomposers of rice straw in paddy fields? Biol. Agric. Hortic.
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2016 (2)

  • Marxen, A., Klotzbücher, T., Jahn, R., Kaiser, K., Nguyen, V.S., Schmidt, A., Schädler, M., Vetterlein, D. (2016) Interaction between silicon cycling and straw decomposition in a silicon deficient rice production system. Plant Soil398 (1), 153 - 163
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  • Schmidt, A., John, K., Auge, H., Brandl, R., Horgan, F.G., Settele, J., Zaitsev, A.S., Wolters, V., Schädler, M. (2016) Compensatory mechanisms of litter decomposition under alternating moisture regimes in tropical rice fields. Appl. Soil Ecol.107 , 79 - 90
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2015 (2)

  • Schmidt, A., Auge, H., Brandl, R., Heong, K.L., Hotes, S., Settele, J., Villareal, S., Schädler, M. (2015) Small-scale variability in the contribution of invertebrates to litter decomposition in tropical rice fields. Basic Appl. Ecol.16 (8), 674 - 680
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  • Schmidt, A., John, K., Arida, G., Auge, H., Brandl, R., Horgan, F.G., Hotes, S., Marquez, L., Radermacher, N., Settele, J., Wolters, V., Schädler, M. (2015) Effects of residue management on decomposition in irrigated rice fields are not related to changes in the decomposer community. PLOS One10 (7), e0134402
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