Dr Nadja Rüger

Research Fellow

CV

 

  • since 02/2013: Research Fellow (DFG, “Eigene Stelle”), German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Halle-Jena-Leipzig
  • 07/2013 – 07/2014 and 01/2016 – 12/2016: parental leave
  • 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: Research Scientist, Department of Forest Biometrics and Systems Analysis, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2006 – 2008: PostDoc, Department of Ecological Modelling, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Sciences – UFZ Leipzig
  • 2006 PhD in Applied Systems Science, Universität Osnabrück
  • 2003 – 2006: PhD student, Department of Ecological Modelling, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Sciences – UFZ Leipzig and Universität Osnabrück
  • 2002 Diploma in Applied Systems Science, Universität Osnabrück

Research focus

 

I am broadly interested in the ecology of tropical tree species. My current research focuses on quantifying how functional traits of tree species combine to define demographic rates and their response to resource availability, and how between-species variation in life-history strategies drives forest dynamics and species coexistence. I combine Bayesian statistical methods and structurally-realistic individual-based forest simulation models to gain insight into the processes structuring diverse tropical tree communities.

I am also a research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama.

Selected publications

 

 

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. Nature 507: 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. Ecology 93: 2626–2636.

Rüger, N., and R. Condit. 2012. Testing metabolic theory with models of tree growth that include light competition. Functional Ecology 26: 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. Oikos 120: 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 Ecology 97: 1360–1368.

iDiv publications

 

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 21(7), 1075-84

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 23(7), 2660-71

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 529(7585), 167-71

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 2, 140541

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 507(7490), 90-93

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 8(12), 14
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