About us

We are a group of researchers with different backgrounds and expertise with a common interest on tree functional ecology, ecophysiology and modelling.

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Prof. Dr. Uta Berger, project leader

Full time professor for Forest Biometry and Systems Analysis, TU Dresden: Dynamics of complex ecological systems, risk assessment of management scenarios, disturbances, and long-term changes of environmental factors on the functioning of ecological systems, development of ecological theories and modelling concepts, evaluation of ecological parameters, statistical data analysis.

Prof. Dr. Uta Berger

Dr. Alejandra Vovides

Research associate at the school of Geographical and Earth Sciences of the University of Glasgow: Plant morphological plasticity along environmental stress gradient, restoration ecology and community dynamics.

Dr. Alejandra Vovides

Dr. Jorge Lopez-Portillo

Full time researcher at the Institute of Ecology (INECOL, AC) Mexico: Ecophysiology, salt stress, long-term ecological research, functional ecology, geomorphology of mangroves and restoration ecology.

Dr. Jorge López-Portillo

Prof. Dr. Nadezhda Nadezhdina

Professor at the Mendel University in Brno: Plant physiology, water relations in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, three hydraulic architecture and hydraulic redistribution within trees and by tree roots

Dr. Nadezhda Nadezhdina

Dr. Thorsten Balke

Full time lecturer at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow: Biogeomorphology, Bio-physical interactions and temporal matching in ecosystems, disturbance ecology and coastal environmental change

Dr. Thorsten Balke

Dr. Guillermo Angeles

Institute of Ecology: Wood anatomy, Functional anatomy and hydraulc architecture.

Dr. Guillermo Angeles

Jürgen Groeneveld

Postdoctoral researcher at TD Dresden: Modelling biotic interactions, species coexistence, meta community dynamics.


PhD students

Marie Wimmler, Technische Universität Dresden

Thesis Title: Exploring natural grafted root systems in mangroves by modelling interaction networks

Marie Wimmler

David Götz, Technische Universität Dresden

Master Students

Thesis Title: Influenece of root grafts in decreasing water-stress in black mangrove (Avicennia germinans)

David Götz

Bachellor students

Falk Schrewe, Technische Universität Dresden 

Thesis Title: Differences in the frequency of root grafting of Avicennia germinans L. in two neighbouring environments

Falk Schrewe

More allies

Martin Zwanzig (TU Dresden)

PhD Student at TU Dresden: Bioinformatics and computational biology, Network ecology, microbiology and evolutionary biology

Alec Downey (ICT International, Australia)

Alec is head of Plant Science Applications and Research at ICT International Pty Ltd, and expert on measurement and data interpretation of sap flow.

Alec Downey

Cyril Piou, Cirad (France)

Ecology, Individual-based modelling, Population dynamics and Point pattern analysis

Etienne Delay (Cirad, France)