Plant Population Biology

Setting of an experiment in one of our greenhouses
© Pascal Kipf

We are broadly interested how the performance of plants, including individual populations and plant species, responds to different natural and anthropogenic drivers. We combine comparative studies comparing individual plant fitness or population performances, diversity or individual plant fitness along environmental gradients (e.g. elevation, land use) with experimental studies, in which we manipulate components of the environment that influence plants. Those studies also include ex-situ conservation of rare plant species, their re-introduction in their natural habitats, and the biology of invasive species. Furthermore, we experimentally manipulate the diversity of plants to study consequences of diversity change for plant performance. Individual projects involve:

  • The Jena-Experiment on the influence of plant diversity on plant species performance
  • Ex-situ Project about ex-situ plant conservation and re-introduction
  • The conservation biology of rare plant species, especially in context of global change
  • Plant-soil feedbacks in European forests

Contact

Dr. Deborah Schäfer (deborah.schaefer@boga.unibe.ch)
Armin Komposch (armin.komposch@ips.unibe.ch)