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Hector Schmid

Fakultäten » Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät » Evolutionsbiologie und Umweltwissenschaften, Institut für » Ecology & Environment » Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid » Hector Schmid

Completed research project

Title / Titel BIODEPTH (Biodiversity and Ecological Processes in Terrestrial Herbaceous Ecosystems: experimental manipulations of plant communities)
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Summary / Zusammenfassung BIODEPTH (Biodiversity and Ecological Processes in Terrestrial Herbaceous Ecosystems: experimental manipulations of plant communities) is a project originally funded by the European Union (Framework IV) designed to investigate the effects of declining biodiversity on ecosystem processes and to elucidate the underlaying population dynamic and ecophysiological processes. These objectives were achieved via controlled experiments in established grassland communities and by closely associated modelling studies. The same core experiment was being carried out at eight European sites (Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Portugal and Greece) forming two orthogonal transects, running NW-SE and NE-SW across Europe, thus embracing a wide range of climates and soil types. Our Institute is leading further analyses of data from this experiment. In particular, we are interested in successional changes after cessation of biodiversity manipulations. Furthermore, we analyse species-specific responses to the diversity treatments.
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Publications / Publikationen Pfisterer A.B., Schmid B. (2002) Diversity-dependent production can decrease the stability of ecosystem functioning. Nature 416: 84-86.
Pfisterer, A.B., Joshi, J., Schmid, B., Fischer, M. (2004). Rapid decay of diversity–productivity relationships after invasion in experimental plant communities. Basic and Applied Ecology 5: 5-14.

Spehn, E.M., Hector, A., Joshi, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Bazeley-White, E., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M.C., Diemer, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J.A., Freitas, H., Giller, P.S., Good, J., Harris, R., Hogberg, P., Huss-Danell, K., Jumpponen, A., Koricheva, J., Leadley, P.W., Loreau, M., Minns, A., Mulder, C.P.H., O'Donovan, G., Otway, S. J., Palmborg, C., Pereira, J.S., Pfisterer, A.B., Prinz, A., Read, D.J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schulze, E.-D., Siamantziouras, A.S.D., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y., Woodward, F.I., Yachi, S., Lawton, J.H. (2005). Ecosystem effects of biodiversity manipulations in European grasslands. Ecological Monographs 75: 37-63.

Hector, A., Bazeley-White, E., Spehn, E.M., Joshi, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M.C., Diemer, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J.A., Freitas, H., Giller, P.S., Good, J., Harris, R., Hogberg, P., Huss-Danell, K., Jumpponen, A., Koricheva, J., Körner, C., Leadley, P.W., Loreau, M., Minns, A., Mulder, C.P.H., O'Donovan, G., Otway, S.J., Pereira, J.S., Prinz, A., Read, D.J., Schulze, E.-D., Siamantziouras, A.S.D., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y., Woodward, F.I., Yachi, S., Lawton, J.H. (2005). Ecosystem effects of the manipulation of plant diversity in European grasslands: data from the BIODEPTH project. Ecological Archives M075-001-S1.

Keywords / Suchbegriffe Biodiversity, Ecosystem functioning, Grassland, Species loss
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. A. Hector (Project Leader) ahector@uwinst.uzh.ch
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid (Project Leader) bernhard.schmid@uwinst.uzh.ch
Dr. Jasmin Joshi joshi@uwinst.uzh.ch
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career), EU, Other Public Sources (e.g. Federal or Cantonal Agencies)
 
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Feb 1996 to Dec 2009