Experimental Plant Ecology

Dr. Gesche Blume-Werry


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Research Interests

I am an ecosystem ecologist with a passion for high latitude ecosystems and interested in the interplay of plants and their environment. My work in arctic tundra and temperate wetlands focuses on belowground plant processes, such as root phenology and root production, and often includes measurements outside of the growing season.





TC Parker, J Sanderman, RD Holden, G Blume‐Werry, S Sjögersten, D Large, M Castro-Díaz, LE Street, JA Subke, PA Wookey
Exploring drivers of litter decomposition in a greening Arctic: results from a transplant experiment across a treeline
Ecology 99 (10), 2284-2294
DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2442

S. Monteux, J.T. Weedon, G. Blume-Werry, K. Gavazov, V.E.J. Jassey, M. Johansson, F. Keuper, C. Olid, E. Dorepaal
Long-term in situ permafrost thaw effects on bacterial communities and potential aerobic respiration
The ISME Journal
DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0176-z

G. Blume-Werry, E. Lindén, L. Andresen, A. T. Classen, N. J. Sanders, J. von Oppen & M. K. Sundqvist
Proportion of fine roots, but not plant biomass allocation belowground, increases with elevation in arctic tundra
Journal of Vegetation Science
DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12605

E. J. Krab, J. Roennefarth, M. Becher, G. Blume-Werry, F. Keuper, J. Klaminder, J. Kreyling, K. Makoto A. Milbau, E. Dorrepaal
Winter warming effects of tundra shrub performance are species-specific and dependent on spring conditions
Journal of Ecology 106(2): 599-612
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12872



G. Blume-Werry, R. Jansson & A. Milbau
Root phenology unresponsive to earlier snow melt despite advanced aboveground phenology in two subarctic plant communities
Functional Ecology 31(7): 1493-1502
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12853

S. Schwieger, J. Kreyling, A. Milbau & G. Blume-Werry
Autumnal root phenology of contrasting vegetation types unchanged by warmer soils in subarctic tundra
Plant and Soil
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-017-3343-5



J. R. De Long, H. Laudon, G. Blume-Werry & P. Kardol
Nematode community resistant to deep soil frost in boreal forest soils
Pedobiologia – Journal of Soil Ecology 59(5-6): 243-251
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedobi.2016.10.001

G. Blume-Werry,J. Kreyling, H. Laudon & A. Milbau
Short-term climate change manipulation effects do not scale up to long-term legacies: Effects of an absent snow cover on boreal forest plants
Journal of Ecology 104(6): 1638-1648
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12636

V. G. Balogianni, G. Blume-Werry & S. D. Wilson
Root production in grasslands and forests: the impact of rhizotron sampling frequency
Plant Ecology 217(11): 1359-1367
DOI: 0.1007/s11258-016-0588-7

G. Blume-Werry, S. D. Wilson, J. Kreyling & A. Milbau
The hidden season: growing season is 50% longer below- than aboveground along an arctic elevation gradient
New Phytologist 209(3): 978-986
DOI: 10.1111/nph.13655



S. Irl, M. Steinbauer, J. Messinger, G. Blume-Werry, Á. Palomares Martínez, C. Beierkuhnlein & A. Jentsch
Burned and devoured – Introduced herbivores, fire and the endemic flora of the high elevation ecosystem on La Palma, Canary Islands
Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 46(4): 859-869
DOI: 10.1657/1938-4246-46.4.859



S. Irl, M. Steinbauer, W. Babel, C. Beierkuhnlein, G. Blume-Werry, J. Messinger, Á. Palomares Martínez, S. Strohmeier & A. Jentsch
An 11-yr exclosure experiment in a high-elevation island ecosystem: introduced herbivore impact on shrub species richness, seedling recruitment and population dynamics
Journal of Vegetation Science 23(6): 1114-1125
DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01425.x

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions

Since 01/2017: PostDoc, Experimental Plant Ecology, Greifswald University, Germany

09/2016-01/2017: PostDoc, Umeå University & Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU Umeå


02/2012–09/2016: PhD in Ecology, Climate Impacts Research Centre, Umeå University, Sweden

Thesis title: “The hidden life of plants - fine root dynamics in northern ecosystems”

2009–2011: Master of Science “Global Change Ecology”, University of Bayreuth, Germany

2006–2009: Bachelor of Science “Landscape Ecology”, Münster University, Germany