Florian Schnabel

Doctoral Researcher

Research interests


I am interested in how we can understand and harness natural processes and plant-plant interactions for sustainable management. In this broad agenda, my focus is on silviculture and biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationships in mixed-species forests and agroforestry systems. Currently I use dendroecological approaches, biometric measurements and data synthesis to examine the effects of complementarity resource use on tree growth and growth stability during drought. The project is carried out on the BEF-China platform as part of the DFG International Research Training Group TreeDì - 林地 (lín dì, forest land).

Short CV


Since 2018
PhD student International Research Training Group TreeDì, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Leipzig University, Germany

M.Sc. Forest Sciences (Specialization International Forestry), University of Freiburg, Germany

Research fellow, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Bogor, Indonesia

Exchange semester, Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Netherlands

B.Sc. Environmental Sciences & B.Sc. in International Forestry, University of Freiburg, Germany

Research fellow, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE), Turrialba, Costa Rica

Exchange year, University Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

Publications before iDiv


Schnabel, F., De Melo Virginio Filho, E., Xu, S., Fisk, I. D., Roupsard, O., Haggar, J. (2017): Shade trees: a determinant to the relative success of organic versus conventional coffee production. Agroforestry Systems, 92: 1535-1549. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10457-017-0100-y

Schnabel, F., Donoso, P. J., Winter, C. (2017):  Short-term effects of single-tree selection cutting on stand structure and tree species composition in Valdivian rainforests of Chile. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 47:21. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40490-017-0103-5

Roupsard, O., Allinne, C., Van den Meersche, K., Vaast, P., Rapidel, B., Avelino, J., Jourdan, C., Le Maire, G., Bonnefond, J.-M., Harmand, J.-M., Dauzat, J., Albrecht, A., Chevallier, T., Barthès, B., Clément-Vidal, A., Gomez‑Delgado, F., Charbonnier, F., Benegas, L., Welsh, K., Kinoshita, R., Vézy, R., Pérez-Molina, J.-P., Kim, J., Taugourdeau, S., Defrenet, E., Nespoulous, J., Rançon, F., Guidat, F., Cambou, A., Soma, M., Mages, C., Schnabel, F., Prieto, I., Picart, D., Duthoit, M., Rocheteau, A., Do, F., de Melo Virginio Filho, E., Moussa, R., Le Bissonnais, Y., Valentin, C., Sanchez-Murillo, R., Roumet, C., Stokes, A., Vierling, L., Eitel, J., Dreyer, E., Saint-André, L., Malmer, A., Loustau, D., Isaac, M., Martin, A., Priemé, A., Eberling, B., Madsen, M., Robelo, A., Robelo, D., Borgonovo, C., Lehner, P., Ramirez, G., Jara, M., Acuña Vargas, R., Barquero, A., Fonseca, C., Gay, F. (2019): Suivi des services écosystémiques dans un observatoire de caféiers agroforestiers. Applications pour la filière du café. In: Seghieri, J., Harmand,J.M. (Eds).  Agroforesterie et services écosystémiques en zone tropicale: Recherche de compromis entre services d'approvisionnement et autres services. Versailles, France, Ed. Quae, pp. 37–52.

Research profiles

iDiv publications


C. Messier, J. Bauhus, R. Sousa-Silva, H. Auge, L. Baeten, N. Barsoum, H. Bruelheide, B. Caldwell, J. Cavender-Bares, E. Dhiedt, N. Eisenhauer, G. Ganade, D. Gravel, J. Guillemot, J. S. Hall, A. Hector, B. Hérault, H. Jactel, J. Koricheva, H. Kreft, S. Mereu, B. Muys, C. A. Nock, A. Paquette, J. D. Parker, M. P. Perring, Q. Ponette, C. Potvin, P. B. Reich, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, F. Schnabel, K. Verheyen, M. Weih, M. Wollni, D. C. Zemp

(2021): For the sake of resilience and multifunctionality, let's diversify planted forests!. Conservation Letters

C. Wirth, R. A. Engelmann, N. Haack, H. Hartmann, R. Richter, F. Schnabel, M. Scholz, C. Seele-Dilbat

(2021): Naturschutz und Klimawandel im Leipziger Auwald: Ein Biodiversitätshotspot an der Belastungsgrenze. Biologie in unserer Zeit 51(1)

J. Schwarz, F. Schnabel, J. Bauhus

(2021): A conceptual framework and experimental design for analysing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF) in agroforestry systems. Basic and Applied Ecology (in press)

Donoso, P. J., Ojeda, P. F., Schnabel, F., Nyland, R. D.

(2020): Initial Responses in Growth, Production, and Regeneration following Selection Cuttings in Hardwood-Dominated Temperate Rainforests in Chile. Forests 11(4) *

Fichtner, A., Schnabel, F., Bruelheide, H., Kunz, M., Mausolf, K., Schuldt, A., Härdtle, W., von Oheimb, G

(2020): Neighbourhood diversity mitigates drought impacts on tree growth. Journal of Ecology 108(3), 865-875 *

Guillemot, J., Kunz, M., Schnabel, F., Fichtner, A., Madsen, C. P., Gebauer, T., Härdtle, W., von Oheimb, G., Potvin, C.

(2020): Neighbourhood-mediated shifts in tree biomass allocation drive overyielding in tropical species mixtures. New Phytologist (in press) *

Madsen, C., Potvin, C., Hall, J., Sinacore, K., Turner, B. L., Schnabel, F.

(2020): Coarse root architecture: Neighbourhood and abiotic environmental effects on five tropical tree species growing in mixtures and monocultures. Forest Ecology and Management 460 *

Schwarz, J., Skiadaresis, G., Kohler, M., Kunz, J., Schnabel, F., Vitali, V., Bauhus, J.

(2020): Quantifying Growth Responses of Trees to Drought—a Critique of Commonly Used Resilience Indices and Recommendations for Future Studies. Current Forestry Reports (in press) *

Schnabel, F., Schwarz, J. A., Dănescu, A., Fichtner, A., Nock, C. A., Bauhus, J., Potvin, C

(2019): Drivers of productivity and its temporal stability in a tropical tree diversity experiment. Global Change Biology 25(12), 4257-4272 *
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