We investigate, how environmental changes influence organisms and ecosystem functions. We are especially interesting on effects of agricultural management measures (e.g. tillage, crop rotation, mowing, fertilising, pesticide applications) and impacts of global changes (e.g. elevated atmospheric CO2, ultraviolet-B radiation, rainfall and temperature variations, invasive species). We use mainly comparative-experimental approaches and conduct our studies at different complexity levels in the laboratory, green house and in the field. In field studies we often also assess to what extent the surrounding landscape influences organismic reaction at the field level. We use a broad array of methods from hands-on traditional to more sophisticated methods: measuring abundances and activities of organisms, tracing with stable isotopes, nutrient analyses, DNA-sequencing, next generation sequencing, citizen science.
Doctoral studies of Natural Resouces and Life Sciences