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Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen


Prof. Dr.
Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

Institute of Biology II

Group: Geobotany

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-5014



Focus of research

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Soundscape Ecology / Ecoacoustics


  • Since 2016 Dean of Studies, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Since 10/2013 Professor for Geobotany (Head of Department), Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2009-2013 Professor for Geobotany/Experimental Vegetation Science, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2003-2009 Senior Scientist at the Grassland Science Group, Institute of Plant Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2001-2003 Research Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • 2000-2001 Executive Director of the Institute for Biodiversity – Science and Business Experts Network (ibn) e.V., Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • 1998-1999 Research Assistant at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • 1995-1999 PhD at the Department of Plant Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • 1988-1995 Study of Biology, Bayreuth, Germany

Selected Publications

  • Huang, Y., Chen, Y., Castro-Izaguirre, N., Baruffol, M., Brezzi, M., Lang, A., Li, Y., Härdtle, W., von Oheimb, G., Yang, X., Liu, X., Pei, K., Both, S., Yang, B., Eichenberg, D., Assmann, T., Bauhus, J., Behrens, T., Buscot, F., Chen, X.-Y., Chesters, D., Ding, B.-Y., Durka, W., Erfmeier, A., Fang, J., Fischer, M., Guo, L.-D., Guo, D., Gutknecht, J.L.M., He, J.-S., He, C.-L., Hector, A., Hönig, L., Hu, R.-Y., Klein, A.-M., Kühn, P., Liang, Y., Li, S., Michalski, S., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., et al. (2018). Impacts of species richness on productivity in a large-scale subtropical forest experiment. Science 362, 80-83.
  • Ratcliffe, S., Wirth, C., Jucker, T., van der Plas, F., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., et al. (2017). Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relations in European forests depend on environmental context. Ecology Letters 20, 1414-1426.
  • van der Plas, F., Manning, P., Allan, E., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., et al. (2016) Jack-of-all-trades effects drive biodiversity-ecosystem multifunctionality relationships in European forests. Nature Communications 7, 11109.
  • Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2014). The functional role of biodiversity in the context of global change. In: Forests and Global Change (eds. Burslem D, Coomes D & Simonson W). Cambridge University Press Cambridge, pp. 195-238.
  • Isbell, F., Calcagno, V., Hector, A., Connolly, J., Harpole, W.S., Reich, P.B., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., et al. (2011). High plant diversity is needed to maintain ecosystem services. Nature, 477, 199–202.


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