Research interests

My research focuses on the effects of temperate tree species diversity on forest productivity and intra-system (vegetation - soil feedback) nutrient cycling. I use the measures of nutrient response efficiency, in-situ decomposition rates, and nutrient turnover, based on litterfall nutrient input, nutrient change in decomposing litter, nutrient availability in the soil and foliar nutrient level. Presently, I work in the SIGNAL project (Sustainable intensification of agriculture through agroforestry) with the scope of evaluating ecological advantages between agroforestry (tree-crop combination) and conventional systems (monoculture crop or pasture), particularly on nutrient response and nutrient retention efficiencies in these systems located in central and eastern Germany.
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