Experimental Plant Ecology

Ilka Beil

PhD Student

Phone: +49 (0)3834 - 4204119
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Research Interests

As a plant ecologist I am interested in the interplay of plants and their environment. I mainly use experiments to “understand the world from the perspective of a plant”. Currently I am working on spring and autumn phenology of trees and shrubs, it´s environmental drivers and its evolutionary adaptation. I study the induction and release of winter dormancy and its intra- and inter-specific variation. Detailed information about my main project can be found here.




Malyshev, A.V., Beil, I., Zohner, C.M., Garrigues, R., Campioli, M.
The clockwork of spring: bud dormancy timing as a driver of spring leaf-out in temperate deciduous trees,
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 349: 109957.

Melinda D. Smith et al. et. Kreyling, J., Malyshev, A.V., Beil, I., Blindow, I., Dahlke, S.,
Extreme drought impacts have been underestimated in grasslands and shrublands globally.
PNAS, Vol. 121 | No. 4


Schmeddes, J., Muffler, L., Barbeta, A., Beil, I., Bolte, A., Holm, S., Karitter, P., Klisz, M., Löf, M., Nicolas, M., Peñuelas, J., Vitasse, Y., Weigel, R., & Kreyling, J.
High phenotypic variation found within the offspring of each mother tree in Fagus sylvatica regardless of the environment or source population.
Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–12.


Beil, I., Kreyling, J., Meyer, C., Lemcke, N., & Malyshev, A. V.
Late to bed, late to rise—Warmer autumn temperatures delay spring phenology by delaying dormancy.
Global Change Biology, 00, 1– 12.
doi: 10.1111/gcb.15858

Muffler, L, Schmeddes, J, Weigel, R, Barbeta, A., Beil, I., Bolte, A., Buhk, C., Holm, S., Klein, G., Klisz, M., Löf, M., Peñuelas, J., Schneider, L., Vitasse, Y., Kreyling, J.
High plasticity in germination and establishment success in the dominant forest tree Fagus sylvatica across Europe.
Global Ecol Biogeogr. 2021; 00: 1– 14.
doi: 10.1111/geb.13320

Blume-Werry, G., Di Maurizio, V., Beil, I., Lett, S., Schwieger, S., Kreyling, J.
Don’t drink it, bury it: comparing decomposition rates with the tea bag index is possible without prior leaching.
Plant and Soil
doi: 10.1007/s11104-021-04968-z

Weigel, R., Henry, H.A.L., Beil, I., Gebauer, G., Jurasinski, G., Klisz, M., van der Maaten, E., Muffler, L. & Kreyling, J.
Ecosystem Processes Show Uniform Sensitivity to Winter Soil Temperature Change Across a Gradient from Central to Cold Marginal Stands of a Major Temperate Forest Tree
doi: 10.1007/s10021-021-00600-4



Fischer, K., Kreyling, J., Beaulieu, M., Beil, I., Bog, M., Bonte, D., Holm, S., Knoblauch, S., Koch, D., Muffler, L., Mouginot, P., Paulinich, M., Scheepens, J. F., Schiemann, R., Schmeddes, J., Schnittler, M., Uhl, G., van der Maaten-Theunissen, M., Weier, J.M., Wilmking, M., Weigel, R., Gienapp, P.
Species-specific effects of thermal stress on the expression of genetic variation across a diverse group of plant and animal taxa under experimental conditions.
doi: 10.1038/s41437-020-0338-4

Malyshev A.V., Beil I., Kreyling J.
Differential Thermal Analysis: A Fast Alternative to Frost Tolerance Measurements.
In: Hincha D., Zuther E. (eds) Plant Cold Acclimation.
Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 2156.
Humana, New York, NY
doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0660-5_3

Halbritter A, [...] Beil I, [...] Blume-Werry G, [...] Kreyling J, [...] Malyshev A, [...] Muffler L, et al.
The handbook for standardised field and laboratory measurements in terrestrial climate‐change experiments and observational studies (ClimEx)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11 (1), 22-37
doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13331



Kaczka, R. J., Spyt, B., Janecka, K., Beil, I., Büntgen, U., Scharnweber, T., Nievergelt, D. & Wilmking, M.
Different Maximum Latewood Density and Blue Intensity measurements techniques reveal similar results.
DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2018.03.005

Henry, H.A.L., Abedi, M., Alados, C.L., Beard, K.H., Fraser, L.H., Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J., Kulmatiski, A., Lamb, E.G., Sun, W., Vankoughnett, M.R., Venn, S., Werner, C., Beil, I., Blindow, I., Dahlke, S., Dubbert, M., Effinger, A., Garris, H.W., Gartzia, M., Gebauer, T., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Malyshev, A.V., Morgan, J., Nock, C., Paulson, J.P., Pueyo, Y., Stover, H.J. & Yang, X.
Increased soil frost versus summer drought as drivers of plant biomass responses to reduced precipitation: Results from a globally coordinated field experiment.
DOI: 10.1007/s10021-018-0231-7



Teltewskoi, A., Beermann, F., Beil, I., Bobrov, A., De Klerk, P., Lorenz, S., Lüder, A., Michaelis, D. & Joosten, H.
4000 Years of Changing Wetness in a Permafrost Polygon Peatland (Kytalyk,NE Siberia): A Comparative High-Resolution Multi-Proxy Study.
Permafrost and Periglac. Process., 27: 76-95
DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1869



Myers-Smith, I. H., Hallinger, M.,  Blok, D., Sass-Klaassen, U., Rayback, S. A., Weijers, S., Trant, A., Naito, A. T., Tape, K. D., Wipf, S., Rixen, C., Dawes, M. A., Wheeler, J., Buchwal, A., Baittinger, C., Macias-Fauria, M., Forbes, B. C., Lévesque, E., Boulanger-Lapointe, N., Beil, I., Ravolainen. V., & Wilmking, M.
Methods for measuring arctic and alpine shrub growth: A review.
Earth-Science Reviews, 140: 1-13
DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.10.004

Beil, I., Buras, A., Hallinger, M., Smiljanic, M., & Wilmking, M.
Shrubs tracing sea surface temperature - Calluna vulgaris on the Faroe Islands.
International Journal of Biometeorology 59 (11): 1567-1575
DOI: 10.1007/s00484-015-0963-4