Dr. Lena Neuenkamp

Post doc

Plant Ecology

+41 31 631 49 23
65, main building, 1st floor
Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Plant Sciences
Plant Ecology
Altenbergrain 21
3013 Bern

I am a plant community ecologist and my research seeks to understand the role of abiotic and biotic factors for structuring plant communities in the context of global change such as land-use and climate change. I obtained my BSc and MSc degree in Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster (GER) focussing on environmental compensation planning and the effects of grassland restoration on plant biodiversity. During my PhD in the plant ecology lab at the University of Tartu (EE) my research has mainly focussed on the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis on plant community structure in dry grasslands facing different land use intensities. I used the obtained results from my PhD research to estimate the potential importance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for grasslands restoration. This research deepened my understanding of and fostered my interest in understanding the role of plant-soil interaction and land use intensity, as well as the interaction of these factors for structuring plant communities and their relevance for ecosystem functioning and provisioning of ecosystem services.

In my current project at the Institute of Plant Sciences (University of Bern) I will analyse the effects of land use intensity and changes in land use intensity during the last decade on different aspects of plant diversity, plant composition and ecosystem functioning.  I will use data stemming from grassland and forest ecosystems that have been collected over the last 10 years in three regions of Germany within the framework of the Biodiversity Exploratories.  

Neuenkamp L, Prober SM, Price JN, Zobel M, Standish RJ. 2019. Mycorrhizal fungi benefit ecosystem restoration, but how much depends on plant functional type, restoration context and time. Australasian Plant Conservation 27: 7-9.

Neuenkamp L. 2018. The dynamics of plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in grasslands under changing land use. Dissertiones Biologicae Universitatis Tartuensis 333. Tartu University Press, Estonia. (PhD Thesis)

Neuenkamp L, Prober SM, Price JN, Zobel M, Standish RJ. 2018. Benefits of mycorrhizal inoculation to ecological restoration depend on plant functional type, restoration context and time. Fungal Ecology (doi: 10.1016/j.funeco.2018.05.004)

Garcia de Leon D, Neuenkamp L, Moora M, Öpik M, Davison J, Pena-Veneqas CP, Vasar M, Jairus T, Zobel M. 2018. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in tropical rainforest are resilient to slash-and-burn agriculture. Journal of Tropical Ecology 34: 186-199.

Neuenkamp L, Moora M, Öpik M, Davison J, Gerz M, Männistö M, Jairus T, Vasar M, Zobel M. 2018. The role of plant mycorrhizal type and status in modulating the relationship between plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. New Phytologist 220: 1236-1247.

Garcia de Léon D, Neuenkamp L, Gerz M, Oja E, Zobel M. 2016. Secondary succession in alvar grasslands-do changes in vascular plant and cryptogam communities correspond? Folia Geobotanica 51: 285–296

Garcia de Léon D, Moora M, Öpik M, Jairus T, Neuenkamp L, Vasar M, Bueno CG, Gerz M, Davison J, Zobel M. 2016. Dispersal of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant during succession. Acta Oecologica 77: 128-135.

Neuenkamp L, Lewis RJ, Koorem K, Zobel K, Zobel M. 2016. Changes in dispersal and light capturing traits explain post-abandonment community change in semi-natural grasslands. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 1222-1232.

García de León D, Moora M, Öpik M, Neuenkamp L, Gerz M, Jairus T, Vasar M, Bueno CG, Davison D, Baldrian MP. 2016. Symbiont dynamics during ecosystem succession: co-occurring plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. FEMS Microbiology and Ecology 92: fiw097.

Metsoja JA, Neuenkamp L, Zobel M. 2014. Seed bank and its restoration potential in Estonian flooded meadows. Applied Vegetation Science 17: 262-273.

Neuenkamp L, Metsoja JA, Zobel M, Hoelzel N. 2013. Impact of management on biodiversity-biomass relations in Estonian flooded meadows. Plant Ecology 214: 845-856.

Metsoja JA., Neuenkamp L, Pihu S, Vellak K, Kalwij JM, Zobel M. 2011. Restoration of flooded meadows in Estonia – vegetation changes and indicators. Journal of Applied Vegetation Science 15: 231-244.

Neuenkamp L, Kopka A, Herzig B. 2009. Farbstandards für Kompensationsflächenpools. Natur in NRW 4/09.