I test theories of community ecology against
global change factors using experiments, observations and syntheses.
More specifically, I am driven by the question:
how do global change factors (e.g. climate warming and drought) affect species interactions and what are the implications of those altered interactions for community structure and ecosystem functions?
To answer this broad question, I have mainly worked with soil microorganisms, soil invertebrates and plant communities from both grasslands and forests. But in general, I am interested in any system and organism where I can intersect community- and global change ecology.
Assistant professor (tenure track), University of Bern, Switzerland
Post-doctoral researcher (DFG Research fellow), University of Konstanz, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Mark van Kleunen
Post-doctoral researcher (DFG Research fellow), Netherlands Institute of Ecology
(NIOO-KNAW), The Netherlands
Supervisor: Prof. Wim van der Putten
Co-Principal investigator- Warming Effects on Plant Soil interplay and ecosystem functioning in Wadden Sea Salt marshes (WEPSS), University of Hamburg, Germany
Post-doctoral researcher, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Leipzig University, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Nico Eisenhauer
Doctoral degree (summa cum laude) in Prof. Nico Eisenhauer’s Lab (Experimental Interaction Ecology), German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany
Topic: Plant-soil interactions in a changing world: A consumer-resource perspective
Master of Science: Forest and Nature Conservation (Specialization in Soil Ecology), Wageningen University and Research Center, the Netherlands
Master of Science: Environmental Management, Pokhara University, Nepal
Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal