Experimental Plant Ecology

Lena Muffler

PhD Student

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Research Interests

  • phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation as responses to climate change
  • temperate forest ecosystems and the impact of extreme weather events (drought, late frost)
  • spatial ecology of beech provenances (Fagus sylvatica) in Europe
  • Methods: ecological experiments (reciprocal transplantation, precipitation manipulation, climate chamber), statistical modelling (multivariate statistics, spatial ecology)



Harvey, J.E., Smiljanić, M., Scharnweber, T., Buras, A., Cedro, A., Cruz‐García, R., Drobyshev, I., Janecka, K., Jansons, Ā., Kaczka, R., Klisz, M., Läänelaid, A., Matisons, R., Muffler, L., Sohar, K., Spyt, B., Stolz, J., van der Maaten, E., van der Maaten‐Theunissen, M., Vitas, A., Weigel, R., Kreyling, J. and Wilmking, M. (2020)
Tree growth influenced by warming winter climate and summer moisture availability in northern temperate forests
Glob Change Biol. Accepted Author Manuscript
doi: 10.1111/gcb.14966

Halbritter A, [...] Beil I, [...] Blume-Werry G, [...] Kreyling J, [...] Malyshev A, [...] Muffler L, et al. (2019)
The handbook for standardised field and laboratory measurements in terrestrial climate‐change experiments and observational studies (ClimEx)
Methods Ecol Evol. Accepted Author Manuscript.
doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13331

Hacket-Pain, A.J., Ascoli, D., Vacchiano, G., Biondi, F., Cavin, L., Conedera, M., Drobyshev, I., Dorado Liñán, I., Friend, A.D., Grabner, M., Hartl, C., Kreyling, J., Lebourgeois, F., Levanič, T., Menzel, A., van der Maaten, E., van der Maaten-Theunissen, M., Muffler, L., Motta, R., Roibu, C.-C., Popa, I., Scharnweber, T., Weigel, R., Wilmking, M., Zang, C. (2018)
Climatically controlled reproduction drives inter-annual growth variability in a temperate tree species
Ecology Letters
DOI: 10.1111/ele.13158

Weigel, R., Muffler, L., Klisz, M., Kreyling, J., van der Maaten-Theunissen, M., Wilmking, M., & van der Maaten, E. (2018)
Winter matters: Sensitivity to winter climate and cold events increases towards the cold distribution margin of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.)
Journal of Biogeography
DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13444

A. Barbeta, J.J. Camarero, G. Sangüesa-Barreda, L. Muffler, J. Peñuelas (2018)
Contrasting effects of fog frequency on the radial growth of two tree species in a Mediterranean-temperate ecotone
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.10.020

L. Muffler, C. Beierkuhnlein, G. Aas, A. Jentsch, A.H. Schweiger, C. Zohner und J. Kreyling (2016)
Distribution ranges and spring phenology explain late frost sensitivity in 170 woody plants from the Northern Hemisphere
Global Ecology and Biogeography 25(9): 1061-1071
DOI: 10.1111/geb.1246

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


since 06/2015

PhD in the Research Training Group RESPONSE at the department Experimental Plant Ecology, University Greifswald – Phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation in beech provenances (Fagus sylvatica)

 10/2012 ‒ 05/2015

MSc Geoecology (MSc Geoökologie ‒ Umweltnaturwissenschaften) with emphasis on Landscape Ecology, University of Bayreuth

Master thesis: Modelling the risk of dengue fever in Europe based on the extrinsic incubation period and climate change projections


Geoecology (Advanced Spatial Analysis, Arctic Geoecology), Umeå Universitet and Climate Impact Research Centre (CIRC) in Abisko, Sweden


BSc Geography with emphasis on Physical Geography, University of Bayreuth

Bachelor thesis: Can the late frost sensitivity of woody species in the Ecological Botanical Garden Bayreuth be explained by the climate of the native ranges and the biology of the species?

Work Experience


Student scientific assistant, Department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth


Research assistant, Department of Conservation Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research –UFZ, Leipzig