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PD Dr. Ina Meier

Phone: +49 551 39 5712
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Research interests

My research focuses on the ecological consequences of global change (rising atmospheric CO2 and temperature, N deposition, summer droughts) for root-rhizosphere dynamics and biogeochemistry of temperate, boreal, and Mediterranean biomes (spanning from the organismic to the global scale). Another focus is on the consequences of intensified management for species diversity and ecosystem functionality of different grassland and forest-use types.

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Current research projects

Towards understanding root trait variation and ecosystem functioning - sROOT. iDiv working group (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig). Co-PI.

The phosphorus nutrition of European beech and Palestine oak under a future warmer and drier climate: experiments and transect studies. Research grant by Volkswagenstiftung (Niedersächsisches Vorab) PI.

Nitrogen and drought effects on the tree-soil interaction of ECM and AM temperate trees. DFG research grant. PI.

Root contributions to subsoil C fluxes. FOR 1806 – The forgotten part of carbon cycling: Organic matter storage and turnover in subsoils (SUBSOM) DFG research group.

Past research projects

Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests (BioLink). FPS COST Action FP1305 (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). MC Member.

Consequences of intensified management and associated species loss for above- and belowground resource use and biomass production. Grassland Management Experiment GRASSMAN , Cluster of Excellence ‘Functional Biodiversity Research’, Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.

Ecophysiological investigations of the drought stress tolerance of European beech. Climate Impact and Adaptation Research KLIFF , research group, Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.

The role of root and mycorrhizal exudates in coupling ecosystem C and N cycles under elevated atmospheric CO2. Duke University FACE experiment , collaboration between Duke University and Brookhaven National Laboratory , BER - U.S. Department of Energy.

Aboveground and belowground response of European beech to drought: field studies and experiments. DBU doctoral scholarship .

Curriculum vitae

2017 - dato Senior lecturer and researcher (University of Göttingen, Germany)
2010 - 2018 Research associate and lecturer (University of Göttingen, Germany)
2009 - 2012 Post-doctoral research associate (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
2009 - 2010 Visiting scholar (Duke University, USA)
2008 - 2009 Post-doctoral research fellow (University of Alberta, Canada)
2008 Guest researcher (Ben Gurion University, Israel)
2007 - 2008 Post-doctoral research associate (University of Göttingen, Germany)

2017 Habilitation (Dr. habil.) and Venia Legendi in Botany, Faculty of Biology, University of Göttingen, Germany
2007 Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.), Department of Plant Ecology, University of Göttingen, Germany (2006 Research stay at Penn State University, USA)
2002 Degree in biology (Diplom-Biologin), Faculty of Biology, University of Göttingen, Germany (1997-1998 Study at University of Birmingham, Great Britain)


Bakker MR, Brunner I, Ashwood F, Bjarnadottir B, Bolger T, Børja I, Carnol M, Cudlin P, Dalsgaard L, Erktan A, Godbold DL, Kraigher H, Meier IC, Merino-Martín L, Motiejūnaitė J, Mrak T, Oddsdóttir E, Ostonen I, Pennanen T, Püttsepp Ü, Suz LM, Vanguelova E, Vesterdal L, Soudzilovskaia NA (submitted) Belowground biodiversity relates positively to ecosystem services of European forests. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change | People and Forests.

Dirks I, Köhler J, Rachmilevitch S, Meier IC* (in review) The P economy of Mediterranean oak trees under global change. Special research topic on Woody Plants and Forest Ecosystems in a Complex World - Ecological Interactions and Physiological Functioning Above and Below Ground. Frontiers in Plant Science | Functional Plant Ecology.

Liese R, Leuschner C, Meier IC* (in review) The effect of drought and season on root lifespan in temperate AM and ECM tree species. Journal of Ecology.

Liese R, Weinhold A, Poeschl Y, van Dam NM, Meier IC* (in final prep.) Exudate metabolomic richness of mycorrhizal trees determines soil functions of temperate forests.

Ostonen I, Ven A, Meier IC (in review) Root exudation (in situ). In: Halbritter AH, De Boeck HJ, Eycott AE, Robinson D, Vicca S, Berauer B, Christiansen CT, Estiarte M, Grünzweig JM, Gya R, Hansen K, Jentsch A, Lee H, Linder S, Marshall J, Peñuelas J, Kappel Schmidt I, Reinsch S, Wilfahrt P, Abrantes N, Almagro M, Althuizen I, Barrio IC, Beier C, Beil I, Berg B, Berry C, Birkemoe T, Blonder B, Blume-Werry G, Bohrer G, Campos I, Cernusak L, Chojnicki BH, Cosby J, Dickman LT, Djukic I, Filella I, Fuchslueger L, Gargallo-Garriga A, Gillespie MAK, Goldsmith G, Gough C, Halliday F, Hegeland S-J, Hoch G, Holub P, Jaroszynska F, Johnson DM, Jones SB, Keizer JJ, Klem K, Kreyling J, Kröel-Dulay G, Landhäusser S, Leblans N, Lebron I, Lehmann M, Lembrechts JJ, Lenz A, Linstädter A, Llusià J, Malyshev A, Mänd P, Matheny A, McDowell N, Meier IC, Meinzer FC, Michaletz S, Miller ML, Muffler L, Oravec M, Ostonen I, Porcar-Castell A, Preece C, Prentice C, Radujkovic D, Ravolainen V, Ribbons R, Ruppert JC, Sack L, Sardans J, Schindlbacher A, Schrodt F, Scoffoni C, Sigurdsson BD, Sjuren Konstabo H, Smart S, Smith S, Soper F, Speed J, Steenberg Larsen K, Stuart-Haentjens E, Sverdrup-Thygeson A, Sydenham M, Taghizadeh-Toosi A, TeBeest M, Telford RJ, Tielbörger K, Töpper JP, Urban O, Van der Ploeg M, Van Langenhove L, Večeřová K, Ven A, Verbruggen E, Vik U, Weigel R, Wohlgemuth T, Wood L, Zinnert J, Zurba K, Vandvik V (in review) Handbook for standardized field measurements in terrestrial global-change experiments. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Baumert VL, Vasilyeva N, Vladimirov AA, Meier IC, Kögel-Knabner I, Mueller CW (accepted) Root exudates induce soil macroaggregation facilitated by fungi in subsoil. Special research topic on Rhizosphere Functioning and Structural Development as Complex Interplay between Plants, Microorganisms and Soil Minerals. Frontiers in Environmental Science | Soil Processes.

Meier IC* (Ed., 2019) Rhizosphere Dynamics under Global Change. Special Issue. Forests, in process.

Meier IC, Brunner I, Godbold D, Helmisaari H-S, Ostonen I, Soudzilovskaia N, Prescott C (2019) Roots and rhizospheres in forest ecosystems: recent advances and future challenges. Editorial to Special Issue from the IUFRO 125th anniversary congress. Forest Ecology and Management 431:1-5.

Rewald B, Ammer C, Grams T, Hartmann H, Hoch G, Keiblinger KM, Malyshev A, Meier IC (Eds., 2019) Woody Plants and Forest Ecosystems in a Complex World - Ecological Interactions and Physiological Functioning Above and Below Ground. Research Topic in Frontiers in Plant Science | Functional Plant Ecology and Frontiers in Microbiology | Terrestrial Microbiology from the GfÖ 48th annual meeting, in process.

Ferlian O, Biere A, Bonfante P, Buscot F, Eisenhauer N, Fernandez I, Hause B, Herrmann S, Krajinski-Barth F, Meier IC, Pozo MJ, Rasmann S, Rillig MC, Tarkka MT, van Dam NM, Wagg C, Martinez-Medina A (2018) Growing research networks on mycorrhizae for mutual benefits. Trends in Plant Science 23:975-984.

Köhler J, Yang N, Pena R, Raghavan V, Polle A, Meier IC* (2018) Ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity increases P uptake efficiency of European beech. Special issue on Cross-Scale Integration of Mycorrhizal Function. New Phytologist 220:1200-1210.

Leuschner C, Meier IC (2018) The ecology of Central European trees: trait spectra, functional trade-offs, and ecological classification of adult trees. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 33:89-103.

Liese R, Lübbe T, Albers NW, Meier IC* (2018) The  mycorrhizal  type  governs  root  exudation  and  N  uptake  of  temperate tree species. Tree Physiology 38:83-95.

Meier IC*, Knutzen F, Eder LM, Müller-Haubold H, Goebel M-O, Bachmann J, Hertel D, Leuschner C (2018) The deep root system of Fagus sylvatica on sandy soil: structure and variation across a precipitation gradient. Ecosystems 21:280-296.

Avis PG, Meier IC*, Phillips RP (2017) An intact soil core bioassay for cultivating ectomycorrhizal fungal communities of forests. In: Soil Biological Communities and Ecosystem Resilience (eds. Lukac M, Grenni P, Gamboni M), pp. 173-190. Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection. Springer Nature, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-63335-0

Knutzen F, Dulamsuren C, Meier IC, Leuschner C (2017) Recent climate warming-related growth decline impairs European beech in the center of its distribution range. Ecosystems 20:1494-1511.

Liese R, Alings K, Meier IC* (2017) Root branching is a leading root trait of the plant economics spectrum in temperate trees. Frontiers in Plant Science | Functional Plant Ecology 8:315.

Meier IC (2017) Global Change Ecology: Impacts of Climate Change and the Loss in Biodiversity on Biogeochemical Cycles. Habilitation treatise, Georg-August-University of Goettingen, 470 pp.

Meier IC*, Finzi AC, Phillips RP (2017) Root exudates increase N availability by stimulating microbial turnover of fast-cycling N pools. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 106:119-128. Recommended in F1000 Prime

Tückmantel T, Leuschner C, Preusser S, Kandeler E, Angst G, Mueller CW, Meier IC* (2017) Root exudation patterns in a beech forest: Dependence on soil depth, root morphology, and environment. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 107:188-197.

Feßel C, Meier IC*, Leuschner C (2016) Relationship between species diversity, biomass and light transmittance in temperate semi-natural grasslands: Is productivity enhanced by complementary light use? Journal of Vegetation Science 27:144-155.

Meier IC*, Leuschner C, Marini E, Fender A-C (2016) Species-specific effects of temperate trees on greenhouse gas exchange of forest soil are diminished by drought.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry  95:122-134.

Knutzen F, Meier IC, Leuschner C (2015) Does reduced precipitation trigger physiological and morphological drought adaptations in European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.)? Comparing provenances across a precipitation gradient. Tree Physiology 35:949-963.

Meier IC*, Pritchard SG, Brzostek ER, McCormack ML, Phillips RP (2015) Rhizosphere and hyphosphere differ in their impacts on carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests exposed to elevated CO2. New Phytologist 205:1164-1174.

Carsjens C, Ngoc Quynh N, Guzy J, Knutzen F, Meier IC, Müller M, Finkeldey R, Leuschner C, Polle A (2014) Intra-specific variations of the expression of stress-related genes in beech progenies are stronger than drought-induced responses. Tree Physiology 34:1348-1361.

Meier IC, Leuschner C (2014) Nutrient dynamics along a precipitation gradient in European beech forests. Biogeochemistry 120:51-69.

Meier IC*, Angert A, Falik O, Shelef O, Rachmilevitch S (2013) Increased root oxygen uptake in pea plants responding to non-self neighbors. Planta 238:577-586.

Meier IC*, Avis PG, Phillips RP (2013) Fungal communities influence root exudation rates in pine seedlings. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 83:585-595.

Meier IC* (2012) Climatic data, Tree ring records. In: Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (ed. Philander SG), second edition, revised, volume 1, pp. 239-241. Sage, Los Angeles.

Phillips RP, Meier IC, Bernhardt ES, Grandy AS, Wickings K, Finzi AC (2012) Roots and fungi accelerate carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests exposed to elevated CO2. Ecology Letters 15:1042-1049. Recommended in F1000Prime

Meier IC, Leuschner C (2010) Variation of soil and biomass carbon pools in beech forests across a precipitation gradient. Global Change Biology 16:1035-1045.

Leuschner C, Voss S, Foetzki A, Meier IC (2009) In welcher Beziehung stehen geschätzter Blattverlust und tatsächliche Blattflächenreduktion bei der Buche? - On the relationship between visually estimated canopy defoliation and measured leaf area index in beech (Fagus sylvatica). Forstarchiv 80:229-235.

Meier IC* (2008) Climatic data, Tree ring records. In: Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (ed. Philander SG), first edition, pp. 249-251. Sage, Los Angeles.

Meier IC*, Leuschner C (2008) Genotypic variation and phenotypic plasticity in the drought response of the fine root system of European beech. Tree Physiology 28:297-309.

Meier IC*, Leuschner C (2008) Leaf size and leaf area index in Fagus sylvatica forests: competing effects of precipitation, temperature and nitrogen availability. Ecosystems 11:655-669.

Meier IC*, Leuschner C (2008) The belowground drought response of European beech: fine root biomass and carbon partitioning in 14 mature stands across a precipitation gradient. Global Change Biology 14:2081-2095.

Meier IC* (2007) Aboveground and belowground response of European beech to drought: field studies and experiments. Electronic dissertations of the Georg-August-University of Goettingen, 131 pp.

Leuschner C, Meier IC, Hertel D (2006) On the niche breadth of Fagus sylvatica: soil nutrient status in 50 Central European beech stands on a broad range of bedrock types. Annals of Forest Science 63:355-368.

Meier IC, Leuschner C, Hertel D (2005) Nutrient return with leaf litter fall in Fagus sylvatica forests across a soil fertility gradient. Plant Ecology 177:99-112.




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B.Bio.126Mp Tier- und Pflanzenökologie
B.Bio.163 Fachvertiefung Pflanzenökologie
B.Bio.190-2 Wissenschaftliches Projektmanagement
B.Biodiv.333 Pflanzenökologie: Wald- und Baumökologie
B.Biodiv.342 Wissenschaftliche Methoden und Projektmanagement
M.Biodiv.402.2 Globale Stoffkreisläufe und Brennpunkte der globalen Umweltkrise
M.Biodiv.402.4 Aktuelle Themen in Pflanzenökologie und Naturschutz
M.Biodiv.412.3: Botanischer Natur- und Umweltschutz
M.Biodiv.417 Wissenschaftliches Projektmanagement und fachspezifische Forschungsmethoden
M.Biodiv.420 Pflanzenökologie: Plant Community Ecology
M.Biodiv.421 Pflanzenökologie: Projektkurs Pflanzenökologie
M.Biodiv.450 Pflanzenökologie: Impact of Global Climate Change on Plant Communities and their Functional Traits

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