Dr. Fabian Brambach

Fabian Brambach


email: fbrambach[at]uni-goettingen.de
phone: +49-(0)551-39-21857

Research Interests
I am a botanist interested in plant ecology, biogeography and systematics , with a focus on tropical ecosystems, particularly in Southeast Asian insular region Malesia. My current research focuses on different dimensions of plant diversity (taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic) and biogeography across a land-use intensity gradient in lowland Sumatra, Indonesia, within the Collaborative Research Centre 990 (EFForTS). There, I am trying to understand how land-use change affects these different aspects of biodiversity under varying environmental conditions. A more detailed understanding of these effects will ultimately inform the design of efficient measures to mitigate the loss of diversity associated with tropical deforestation. During my Ph.D. research, I explored patterns of tree diversity, endemism, and biogeography in mountain forests of Sulawesi, Indonesia, a severely under-explored tropical island and key biogeographic region.

PhD. in Biology (2019), University of Göttingen
MSc in Forest Science (2008), TUM Munich


Montoya-Sánchez V, Kreft H, Arimond I, Ballauff J, Berkelmann D, Brambach F, Daniel R, Grass I ... Guerrero-Ramírez N 2023 Landscape heterogeneity and soil biota are central to multi-taxa diversity for oil palm landscape restoration. Communications Earth & Environment 4: 1–9. doi.org/10.1038/s43247-023-00875-6

Zemp DC, Guerrero-Ramirez N, Brambach F, Darras K, Grass I, Potapov A, Röll A, Arimond I ... Kreft H 2023. Tree islands enhance biodiversity and functioning in oil palm landscapes. Nature 618: 316–321. doi.org/10.1038/s41586-023-06086-5

Greenshields B, von der Lühe B, Schwarz F, Hughes HJ, Tjoa A, Kotowska M, Brambach F, Sauer D 2023. Estimating oil-palm Si storage, Si return to soils, and Si losses through harvest in smallholder oil-palm plantations of Sumatra, Indonesia. Biogeosciences 20: 1259–1276. doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-1259-2023

Pape F, Meyer S, Brambach F, Bergmeier E 2023. Effektivität der Förderprogramme für Ackerwildkräuter in Südniedersachsen seit den 1980er-Jahren. Natur und Landschaft 98: 169–179. doi.org/10.19217/NuL2023-04-01

Iddris NA-A, Formaglio G, Paul C, von Groß V, Chen G, Angulo-Rubiano A, Berkelmann D, Brambach F ... Corre MD 2023. Mechanical weeding enhances ecosystem multifunctionality and profit in industrial oil palm. Nature Sustainability: 1–13. doi.org/10.1038/s41893-023-01076-x

Jamaluddinsyah J, Kotowska MM, Sulistijorini S, Waite P-A, Brambach F, Schuldt B, Triadiati T 2022. Tree height effects on vascular anatomy of upper-canopy twigs across a wide range of tropical rainforest species. Journal of Tropical Ecology 38: 416–425. doi.org/10.1017/S0266467422000335

Wati R, Amandita FY, Brambach F, Siregar IZ, Gailing O, de Melo Moura CC 2022. Filling gaps of reference DNA barcodes in Syzygium from rainforest fragments in Sumatra. Tree Genetics & Genomes 18: 6. doi.org/10.1007/s11295-022-01536-z

Brambach F, Pelser PB 2021. A replacement name for a Philippine species of Actinodaphne (Lauraceae). Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 73: 425–426. doi.org/10.26492/gbs73(2).2021-12

Weigelt P, Denelle P, Brambach F, Kreft H 2021. BotanizeR: A flexible R package with Shiny app to practice plant identification for online teaching and beyond. Plants, People, Planet 4: 122–127. doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10226

Schlund M, Kotowska MM, Brambach F, Hein J, Wessel B, Camarretta N, Silalahi M, Surati Jaya IN, ... Kreft H 2021. Spaceborne height models reveal above ground biomass changes in tropical landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management 497: 119497. doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119497

Pelser PB, Brambach F, Mansibang J, Schaefer H, Kiew R, Barcelona JF 2021. New combinations and names for some Philippine vascular plants. Blumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants 66: 96–100. doi.org/10.3767/blumea.2021.66.01.06

Ali AA, Nugroho B, Moyano FE, Brambach F, Jenkins MW, Pangle R, Stiegler C, Blei E, … Knohl A 2021. Using a bottom-up approach to scale leaf photosynthetic traits of oil Palm, rubber, and two coexisting tropical woody species. Forests 12: 359. doi.org/10.3390/f12030359

Muscarella R, Emilio T, Phillips OL, Lewis SL, Slik F, Baker WJ, Couvreur TLP, … Brambach F … Balslev H 2020. The global abundance of tree palms. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29: 1495–1514. doi.org/10.1111/geb.13123

Brambach F, Leuschner C, Tjoa A, Culmsee, H. (2020): Predominant colonization of Malesian mountains by Australian tree lineages. Journal of Biogeography 47: 355–370. doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13747

Darras KFA, Corre MD, Formaglio G, Tjoa A, Potapov A, Brambach F, Sibhatu KT, Grass I ... Veldkamp E 2019. Reducing Fertilizer and Avoiding Herbicides in Oil Palm Plantations—Ecological and Economic Valuations. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 2: 65. doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2019.00065

Carneiro de Melo Moura C, Brambach F, Jair Hernandez Bado K, Krutovsky KV, Kreft H, Tjitrosoedirdjo SS, Siregar IZ & Gailing O 2019. Integrating DNA barcoding and traditional taxonomy for the identification of dipterocarps in remnant lowland forests of Sumatra. Plants 8: 461. doi.org/10.3390/plants8110461

Slik JWF, Franklin J, Arroyo-Rodríguez V, Field R, Aguilar S, Aguirre N, Ahumada J, Aiba S-I, ... Brambach F ... Zang R (2018) Phylogenetic classification of the world’s tropical forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 1837–1842. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1714977115

Brambach F, Leuschner C, Tjoa A, Culmsee H 2017. Diversity, endemism, and composition of tropical mountain forest communities in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in relation to elevation and soil properties. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 27: 68-79. doi.org/10.1016/j.ppees.2017.06.003

Brambach F, Byng JW, Culmsee H 2017. Five new species of Syzygium (Myrtaceae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. PhytoKeys 81: 47-78. doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.81.13488

Syzygium Working Group (SYZWG): Ahmad B, Baider C, Bernardini B, Biffin E, Brambach F, Burslem D, Byng JW, Christenhusz M ... Wilson PG 2016. Syzygium (Myrtaceae): Monographing a taxonomic giant via 22 coordinated regional revisions. PeerJ Preprints 4:e1930v1. doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.1930v1

Brambach F, Coode MJE, Biagioni S, Culmsee H 2016. Elaeocarpus firdausii (Elaeocarpaceae), a new species from tropical mountain forests of Sulawesi. Phytokeys 62: 1–14. doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.62.7548

Brambach F, Nooteboom HP, Culmsee H 2013. Magnolia sulawesiana described, and a key to the species of Magnolia (Magnoliaceae) occurring in Sulawesi. Blumea – Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants 58(3): 271–276. doi.org/10.3767/000651913X676817

Winter S, Brambach F 2011. Determination of a common forest life cycle assessment method for biodiversity evaluation. Forest Ecology and Management 212(12): 2120–2132. doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2011.07.036