Experimental Plant Ecology

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kreyling

Full Professor

phone: +49 (0)3834 - 4204131

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Research Interests 

Research on the response of ecosystems to Global Change by experimental biogeography, field observations and statistical modelling. Main research topics are:

  • Winter ecology (and climatic change in winter).
  • The importance of extreme weather events and interacting climate drivers for temperate vegetation.
  • The role of plant diversity for ecosystem functioning, with diversity acting at different levels, ranging from genetic diversity to species- and functional diversity and spatial diversity on the landscape Level.
  • Experimental design.
  • The balance of production and decomposition of plant biomass, mainly belowground and on organic soils.




Kreyling J, Schweiger A, Bahn M, Ineson P, Migliavacca M, Morel-Journel T, Schtickzelle N, Steenberg Larsen K
To replicate, or not to replicate – that is the question: When to use unreplicated multi-level designs in ecological experiments.
Ecology Letters
DOI: 10.1111/ele.13134

Craven D, Eisenhauer N, Pearse W, Hautier Y, Isbell F, Roscher C, Bahn M, Beierkuhnlein C, Buchmann N, Byun C, Bönisch G, Catford J, Cerabolini B, Cornelissen JHC, Craine J, De Luca E, Kreyling J, Ebeling A, Griffin J, Hector A, Hines J, Jentsch A, Kattge J, Lanta V, Lemoine N, Meyer S, Minden V, Onipchenko V, Polley H, Reich P, van Ruijven J, Schamp B, Smith MB, Soudzilovskaia N, Tilman D, Weigelt A, Wilsey B, Manning P
Multiple facets of biodiversity drive the diversity-stability relationship.
Nature Ecology & Evolution
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0647-7

Hacket-Pain AJ, Ascoli D, Vacchiano G, Biondi F, Cavin L, Conedera M, Drobyshev I, Dorado Liñán I, Friend AD, 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
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
Winter matters: Sensitivity to winter climate and cold events increases towards the cold distri-bution margin of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.).
Journal of Biogeography,
DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13444

Ammer C, Fischer A, Heer K, Seidl R, Ohse B, Heinrichs S, Mueller J, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schall P, Annighöfer P, Haeberle K-H, Seidel D, Wagner S, Mund M, Feldmann E, Meyer P, Krämer-Klement K, Opgenoorth L, Vogt J, Gossner M, Mölder A, Berger U, Thomas F, Kreyling J, Huth F, Fichtner A
Key ecological research questions for Central European forests.
Basic and Applied Ecology
DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2018.07.006

Stuart-Haentje E, de Boeck HJ, Lemoinse NP, Mänd P, Kröel-Dulay G, Schmidt IK, Jentsch A, Stampfli A, Anderegg WRL, Bahn M, Kreyling J, Wohlgemith T, Lloret F, Classen AT, Gough CM, Smith MD
Mean annual precipitation predicts primary production resistance and resilience to extreme drought.
Science of the Total Environment, 636, 360-366.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.290

Srivastava K, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Glaser B & Wiesenberg GLB
Short-term carbon dynamics in a temperate grassland and heathland ecosystem exposed to 104 days of drought followed by irrigation
Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 54 (1), 41–62
DOI: 10.1080/10256016.2017.1371714

Dietrich CC, Kreyling J, Jentsch A & Malyshev AV
Intraspecific variation in response to magnitude and frequency of freeze-thaw cycles in a temperate grass
AoB PLANTS, 10 (1), plx068
DOI: 10.1093/aobpla/plx068

Henry HAL, Abedi M, Alados CL, Beard KH, Fraser LH, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Kulmatiski A, Lamb EG, Sun W, Vankoughnett R, Venn S, Werner C, Beil I, Blindow I, Dahlke S, Dubbert M, Effinger A, Garris HW, Gartzia M, Gebauer T, Arfin Khan MAS, Malyshev AV, Morgan J, Nock C, Paulson JP, Pueyo Y, Stover HJ & 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

Arfin Khan MAS,Beierkuhnlein C, Kreyling J, Backhaus S, Varga S, Jentsch A
Phenological sensitivity of early and late flowering species under seasonal warming and altered precipitation in a seminatural temperate grassland ecosystem
DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0220-2

Malyshev AV, Henry HAL, Bolte A, Arfin Khan MAS, Kreyling J
Temporal photoperiod sensitivity and forcing requirements for budburst in temperate tree seedlings
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 248: 82-90
DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.09.011



Schwieger S, Kreyling J, Milbau A, & Blume-Werry G (2017)
Autumnal warming does not change root phenology in two contrasting vegetation types of subarctic tundra
Plant and Soil, 1-12
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-017-3343-5

De Boeck HJ, Bloor JMG, Kreyling J, Ransijn JCG, Nijs I, Jentsch A, Zeiter M
Patterns and drivers of biodiversity-stability relationships under climate extremes
Journal of Ecology 
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12897

Kreyling J, Dengler J, Walter J, Velev N, Ugurlu E, Sopotlieva D, Ransijn J, Picon-Cochard C, Nijs I, Hernandez P, Güler B, von Gillhaussen P, De Boeck HJ, Bloor JMG, Berwaers S, Beierkuhnlein C, Arfin Khan MAS, Apostolova I, Altan Y, Zeiter M, Wellstein C, Sternberg M, Stampfli A, Campetella G, Bartha S, Bahn M, Jentsch A
Species richness effects on grassland recovery from drought depend on community productivity in a multisite experiment

Ecology Letters
20: 1405–1413
DOI: 10.1111/ele.12848

Wilcox KR, Tredennick AT, Koerner SE, Grman E, Hallett LM, Avolio ML, La Pierre KJ, Houseman GR, Isbell F, Johnson DS, Alatalo JM, Baldwin AH, Bork EW, Boughton EH, Bowman WD, Britton AJ, Cahill JF, Collins SL, Du G, Eskelinen A, Gough L, Jentsch A, Kern C, Klanderud K, Knapp AK, Kreyling J, Luo Y, McLaren JR, Megonigal P, Onipchenko V, Prevéy J, Price JN, Robinson CH, Sala OE, Smith MD, Soudzilovskaia NA, Souza L, Tilman D, White SR, Xu Z, Yahdjian L, Yu Q, Zhang P, Zhang Y
Asynchrony among local communities stabilises ecosystem function of metacommunities
Ecology Letters  20:1534-1545
DOI: 10.1111/ele.1286

Krab EJ, Roennefarth J, Becher M, Blume-Werry G, Keuper F, Klaminder J, Kreyling J, Makoto K, Milbau A, Dorrepaal E
Winter warming effects of tundra shrub performance are species-specific and dependent on spring conditions
Journal of Ecology

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12872

Steinbauer MJ, Kreyling J, Stöhr C, Audorff V
Positive sport-biosphere interactions? - Cross-country skiing delays spring phenology of meadow vegetation 
Basic and Applied Ecology


Urbina I, Sardans J, Grau O, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch J, Kreyling J, Penuelas J
Plant community composition affects the species biogeochemical niche
Ecosphere 8: 1-14
DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1801

Nothers M, Segev N, Kreyling J, Hjazin A, Groner E
Desert vegetation forty years after an oil spill
Journal of Environmental Quality 46(3): 568-575
DOI: 10.2134/jeq2016.03.0078

Schuster MJ, Kreyling J, Berwaers S, Walter J, Boeck HJ de, Dengler J, Nijs I, Jentsch A
Drought inhibits synergistic interactions of native and exotic litter mixtures during decomposition in temperate grasslands
Plant and Soil 79: 439
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-016-3162-0

Wellstein C, Poschlod P, Gohlke A, Chelli S, Campetella G, Rosbakh S, Canullo R, Kreyling J, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C
Effects of extreme drought on specific leaf area of grassland species: A meta-analysis of experimental studies in temperate and sub-Mediterranean systems

Global Change Biology 23:2473–2481
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13662

Michalski SG, Malyshev AV, Kreyling J
Trait variation in response to varying winter temperatures, diversity patterns and signatures of selection along the latitudinal distribution of the widespread grassland plant Arrhenatherum elatius
Ecology and Evolution 41: 239
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2936

Grant K, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A
Importance of seasonality for the response of a mesic temperate grassland to increased precipitation variability and warming

Ecosystems 103: 1-14
DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0122-3

Príncipe A, van der Maaten E, van der Maaten-Theunissen M, Struwe T, Wilmking M, Kreyling J
Low resistance but high resilience in growth of a major deciduous forest tree (Fagus sylvatica L.) in response to late spring frost in southern Germany

Trees 31: 743-751



Malyshev AV, Arfin Khan MAS, Beierkuhnlein C, Steinbauer MJ, Henry HAL, Jentsch A, Dengler J, Willner E, Kreyling J
Plant responses to climatic extremes: within-species variation equals among-species variation
Global Change Biology 22: 449-464
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13114

Walter J, Kreyling J, Singh BK, Jentsch A
Effects of extreme weather events and legume presence on mycorrhization of Plantago lanceolata and Holcus lanatus in the field

Plant Biology
18: 262-270
DOI: 10.1111/plb.12379

Buhk C, Kammer M, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Jungkunst HF
On the influence of provenance to soil quality enhanced stress reaction of young beech trees to summer drought

Ecology and Evolution 6: 8276-8290

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2472

Arfin Khan MAS, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, JentschA
Ecotype-specific improvement of nitrogen status in European grasses after drought combined with rewetting

Acta Oecologica 77: 118-127
DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2016.10.004

Kreyling J, Arfin Khan MAS, Sultana F, Babel W, Beierkuhnlein C, Foken T, Walter J, JentschA
Drought effects in climate change manipulation experiments: quantifying the influence of ambient weather conditions and rain-out shelter artifacts

DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0025-8

Blume-Werry G, Kreyling J, Laudon H, MilbauA
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: 1638-1648
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12636

Muffler L, Beierkuhnlein C, Aas G, Jentsch A, Schweiger AH, Zohner C, Kreyling J
Distribution ranges and spring phenology explain late frost sensitivity in 170 woody plants from the Northern Hemisphere

Global Ecology and Biogeography 25: 1061-1071
DOI: 10.1111/geb.12466

Güler B, Jentsch A, Apostolova I, Bartha B, Bloor JMG, Campetella G, Canullo R, Hazi J,Kreyling J, Pottier J, Szabo G, Terziyska T, Ugurlu E, Wellstein C, Zimmermann Z, DenglerJ
How plot shape and spatial arrangement affect plant species richness counts: implications for sampling design and rarefaction analyses

Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 692-703
DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12411

Craven D, Isbell F, Manning P, Connolly J, Bruelheide H, Ebeling A, Roscher C, van Ruijven J, Weigelt A, Wilsey B, Beierkuhnlein C, de Luca E, Griffin JN, Hautier Y, Hector A, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Lanta V, Loreau M, Meyer ST, Mori AS, Naeem S, Palmborg C, Polley HW, Reich PB, Schmid B, Siebenka A, Seabloom E, Thakur MP, Tilman D, Vogel A, Eisenhauer N
Plant diversity effects on grassland productivity are robust to both nutrient enrichment and drought
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150277
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0277

Blume-Werry G, Wilson SD, Kreyling J, MilbauA
The hidden season: growing season is 50% longer below than above ground along an arctic elevation gradient

New Phytologist 209: 978-986
DOI: 10.1111/nph.13655



Isbell F, Craven D, Connolly J, Loreau M, Schmid B, Beierkuhnlein C, Bezemer T M, Bonin C, Bruelheide H, de Luca E, Ebeling A, Griffin JN, Guo Q, Hautier Y, Hector A, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Lanta V, Manning P, Meyer ST, Mori AS, Naeem S, Niklaus PA, Polley HW, Reich PB, Roscher C, Seabloom EW, Smith MD, Thakur MP, Tilman D, Tracy BF, van der Putten WH, van Ruijven J, Weigelt A, Weisser WW, Wilsey B, EisenhauerN
Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes

Nature 526: 574-577
DOI: 10.1038/nature15374

Jopke C, Kreyling J, Maes J, Koellner T
Interactions among ecosystem services across Europe: bagplots and cumulative correlation coefficients reveal synergies, trade-offs, and regional patterns

Ecological Indicators 49: 46-52
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.09.037

Kreyling J, Schmid S, AasG
Cold tolerance of tree species is related to the climate of their native ranges

Journal of Biogeography 42: 156-166
DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12411

Harter DEV, Nagy L, Backhaus S, Beierkuhnlein C, Fussi B, Huber G, Jentsch A, Konnert M, Thiel D, Kreyling J
A comparison of genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity among European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations from Bulgaria and Germany under drought and temperature manipulation
International Journal of Plant Sciences 176: 232-244
DOI: 10.1086/679349

De Boeck HJ, Vicca S, Roy J, Nijs I, Milcu A, Kreyling J, Jentsch A, Chabbi A, Campioli M, Callaghan T, Beierkuhnlein C, BeierC
Global change experiments: Challenges and opportunities

BioScience 65: 922-931
DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biv099

Kreyling J, Schuerings J, Malyshev A, Vogt L, Werner C, JentschA
Nitrogen leaching is enhanced after a winter warm spell but mainly controlled by vegetation composition in temperate zone mesocosms

Plant and Soil 396: 85-96
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-015-2587-1

Gellesch E, Wellstein C, Beierkuhnlein C, Kreyling J, Walter J, JentschJ
Plant community composition is a crucial factor for heath performance under precipitation extremes

Journal of Vegetation Science 26: 975-984
DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12304

Urbina I, Sardans J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A, Backhaus S, Grant K, Kreyling J, Peñuelas J
Shifts in the elemental composition of plants during a very severe drought

Environmental and Experimental Botany 111: 63-73
DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2014.10.005

Gargallo-Garriga A, Sardans J, Pérez-Trujillo M, Ovarec M, Urban O, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Parella  T, Peñuelas J
Warming differentially influences the effects of drought on stoichiometry and metabolomics in shoots and roots

New Phytologist 207: 591-603
DOI: 10.1111/nph.13377



Schuerings J, Jentsch A, Hammerl V, Lenz K, Henry HAL, Malyshev AV, Kreyling J
Increased winter soil temperature variability enhances nitrogen cycling and soil biotic activity in temperate heathland and grassland mesocosms

Biogeosciences 11: 7051-7060
DOI: 10.5194/bg-11-7051-2014

Arfin Khan MAS, Grant K, Beierkuhnlein C,Kreyling, J, Jentsch A
Climatic extremes lead to species-specific legume facilitation in an experimental temperate grassland
Plant and Soil 379: 161-175
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-014-2050-8

Gargallo-Garriga A, Sardans J, Pérez-Trujillo M, Rivas-Ubach A, Oravec M, Urban O, Kreyling J, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C, Parella T, Peñuelas J
Opposite metabolic responses of shoots and roots to drought
Scientific Reports 4 article 6829
DOI: 10.1038/srep06829

Backhaus S, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Buhk C, Nagy L, Thiel D, Jentsch A
A transplantation experiment along climatic gradients suggests limitations of experimental warming manipulation
Climate Research 60: 63-71
DOI: 10.3354/cr01219

Backhaus S, Kreyling J, Grant K, Beierkuhnlein C, Walter J, Jentsch A
Recurrent mild drought events increase resistance toward extreme drought stress

Ecosystems 17: 1068-1081
DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9781-5

Grant K, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Heilmeier S, Jentsch A
Extreme weather events and plant-plant interactions: Shifts between competition and facilitation among grassland species in the face of drought and heavy rainfall

Ecological Research 29: 991-1001
DOI: 10.1007/s11284-014-1187-5

Grant K, Kreyling J, Dienstbach L, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A
Water stress due to increased intra-annual precipitation variability reduced forage yield but raised forage quality of a temperate grassland

Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 186: 11-22
DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.01.013

Kreyling J, Buhk C, Backhaus S, Hallinger M, Huber G, Huber L, Jentsch A, Konnert M, Thiel D, Wilmking M, Beierkuhnlein C
Local adaptations to frost in marginal and central populations of the dominant forest tree Fagus sylvatica L. as affected by temperature and extreme drought in common garden experiments
Ecology and Evolution 4: 594-605
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.971

Kreyling J, Jentsch A, Beier C
Beyond realism in climate change experiments: Gradient approaches identify thresholds and tipping points

Ecology Letters 17: 125-e1

Malyshev A, Henry HA, Kreyling J
Relative effects of temperature vs. photoperiod on growth and cold acclimation of northern and southern ecotypes of the grass Arrhenatherum elatius

Environmental and Experimental Botany 106: 189-196
DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2014.02.007

Schürings J, Jentsch A, Walter J, Kreyling J
Winter warming pulses differently affect plant performance in temperate heathland and grassland communities

Ecological Research 29: 561-570
DOI: 10.1007/s11284-014-1174-x

Thiel D, Kreyling J, Backhaus S, Beierkuhnlein C, Buhk C, Egen K, Huber G, Konnert M, Nagy L, Jentsch A
Different reactions of central and marginal provenances of Fagus sylvatica to experimental drought

European Journal of Forest Research 133: 247-260
DOI: 10.1007/s10342-013-0750-x



Glaser B, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C
Soil moisture change caused by experimental extreme summer drought is similar to natural inter-annual variation in a loamy sand in Central Europe

Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 176: 27-34
DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201200188

Haei M, Öquist M, Kreyling J, Ilstedt U, Laudon H
Winter climate controls soil carbon dynamics during summer in boreal forests

Environmental Research Letters 8: 024017

Kreyling J, Beier C
Complexity in climate change manipulation experiments

Bioscience 63: 763-767

Kreyling J, Haei M, Laudon H
Snow removal reduces annual cellulose decomposition in a riparian boreal forest

Canadian Journal of Soil Sciences 93: 427-433

Nagy L, Kreyling J, Gellesch E, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A
Recurring weather extremes alter the flowering phenology of two common temperate shrubs

International Journal of Biometeorology 54: 579-588
DOI: 10.1007/s00484-012-0585-z

Oney B, Reineking B, O'Neill GA, Kreyling J
Intraspecic variation buffers projected climate change impacts on Pinus contorta

Ecology and Evolution 3: 437-449
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.426

Schürings J, Beierkuhnlein C, Grant K, Jentsch A, Malyshev A, Peñuelas J, Sardans J, Kreyling J
Absence of soil frost affects plant-soil interactions in temperate grasslands

Plant and Soil 371: 559-572
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1724-y

Walter J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A, Kreyling J
Ecological stress memory and cross stress tolerance in plants in the face of climate extremes

Environmental and Experimental Botany 94: 3-8
DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2012.02.009

Walter J, Hein R, Beierkuhnlein C, Hammerl V, Jentsch A, Schädler M, Schürings J, Kreyling J
Combined effects of multifactor climate change and land-use on decomposition in temperate grassland

Soil Biology and Biochemistry 60: 10-18
DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.01.018



Kreyling J, Haei M, Laudon H
Absence of snow cover reduces understory plant cover and alters plant community composition in boreal forests

Oecologia 168: 577-587
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-011-2092-z

Kreyling J, Persoh D, Werner S, Benzenberg M, Woellecke J
Short-term impacts of soil freeze-thaw cycles on roots and root-associated fungi of Holcus lanatus and Calluna vulgaris

Plant and Soil 353: 19-31
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-011-0970-0

Kreyling J, Stahlmann R, Beierkuhnlein, C
Räumliche Variation in der Blattschädigung von Waldbäumen nach dem extremen Spätfrostereignis im Mai 2011 (Spatial variation in leaf damage of forest trees after the extreme spring frost event in May 2011)

Allgemeine Forst- und Jagdzeitung 183: 15-22

Kreyling J, Thiel D, Nagy L, Jentsch A, Huber G, Konnert M, Beierkuhnlein C
Late frost sensitivity of juvenile Fagus sylvatica L. differs between southern Germany and Bulgaria and depends on preceding air temperature

European Journal of Forest Research 131: 717-725
DOI: 10.1007/s10342-011-0544-y

Kreyling J, Thiel D, Simmnacher K, Willner E, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C
Geographic origin and past climatic experience influence the response to late spring frost in four common grass species in Central Europe

Ecography 35: 268-275
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07173.x

Kreyling J, Wiesenberg G, Guido LB, Huber G, Jentsch A, Konnert M, Thiel D, Walter J, Wohlfahrt C, Beierkuhnlein C
Cold hardiness of Pinus nigra Arnold as influenced by geographic origin, warming, and extreme summer drought

Environmental and Experimental Botany 78: 99-108
DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2011.12.026

Otieno DO, Kreyling J, Purcell A, Herold N, Grant K, Tenhunen J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A
Drought responses of Arrhenatherum elatius grown in plant assemblages of varying species richness

Acta Oecologica 39: 11-17
DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2011.10.002

Schmiedinger A, Kreyling J, Steinbauer M, Macdonald E, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C
A continental comparison indicates long-term effects of forest management on understory diversity in coniferous forests

Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1239-1252
DOI: 10.1139/x2012-052

Thiel D, Nagy L, Beierkuhnlein C, Huber G, Jentsch A, Konnert M,Kreyling J
Uniform drought and warming responses in Pinus nigra provenances despite specific overall performances

Forest Ecology and Management 270: 200-208
DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.01.034

Thomas SM, Obermayr U, Fischer D, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C
Low-temperature threshold for egg survival of a post-diapause and non-diapause European aedine strain, Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)

Parasites & Vectors 5: 100
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-5-100

Walter J, Grant K, Beierkuhnlein C,Kreyling J, Weber M, Jentsch A
Increased rainfall variability reduces biomass and forage quality of temperate grassland largely independent of mowing frequency

Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 148: 1-10
DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2011.11.015



Kreyling J, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C (2011) Stochastic trajectories of succession initiated by extreme climatic events. EcologyLetters 14, 758-764.

Kreyling J, Henry HAL (2011) Vanishing winters in Germany: soil frost dynamics and snow cover trends, and ecological implications. ClimateResearch 46, 269–276.

Kreyling J, Jurasinski G, Grant K, Retzer V, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C (2011) Winter warming pulses affect the development of planted temperate grassland and dwarf-shrub heath communities. PlantEcology&Diversity 4, 13-21.

Beierkuhnlein C, Thiel D, Jentsch A, Willner E, Kreyling J (2011) Ecotypes of European grass species respond specifically to warming and extreme drought. JournalofEcology 99, 703–713.

Kreyling J, Bittner T, Jaeschke A, Jentsch A, Steinbauer MJ, Thiel D, Beierkuhnlein (2011) Assisted colonization - a question of focal units and recipient localities. RestorationEcology 19, 433-440.

Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Elmer M, Gellesch E, Glaser B, Grant K, Hein R, Mirzaei H, Nadler S, Nagy, L, Otieno D, Pritsch K, Rascher U, Schädler M, Schloter M, Singh B, Lara M, Walter J, Wellstein C, Wöllecke J, Beierkuhnlein C (2011) Climate extremes initiate ecosystem regulating functions while maintaining productivity. JournalofEcology 99, 689-702.



Kreyling J, Wana D, Beierkuhnlein C (2010) Climate warming and tropical plant species – consequences of a shift of isotherms in southern Ethiopia. DiversityandDistributions 16, 593-605.

Hassler S, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Eisold J, Samimi C, Wagenseil H, Jentsch A (2010) Vegetation pattern divergence in dry and wet season in a semiarid savanna – spatio-temporal dynamics of beta diversity in northwest Namibia. JournalofAridEnvironments74, 1516-1524.

Kreyling J (2010) Winter climate change: a critical factor for temperate vegetation performance. Ecology91, 1939-1948.

Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A (2010) Effects of soil freeze-thaw cycles differ strongly between vegetation types. Basic and Applied Ecology11, 65-75.

Michalski SG, Durka W, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Pompe S, Schweiger O, Willner E, Beierkuhnlein C (2010) Evidence for genetic differentiation and divergent selection in an autotetraploid forage grass (Arrhenatherum elatius). Theoretical and Applied Genetics120, 1151-1162.



Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Böttcher-Treschkow J, Beierkuhnlein C (2009) Beyond gradual warming: extreme weather events alter flower phenology of European grassland and heath species. GlobalChangeBiology 15, 837-849.



Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Elmer M, Pritsch K, Radovski M, Schloter M, Wöllecke J, Jentsch A (2008) Soil biotic processes remain remarkably stable after 100-year extreme weather events in experimental grassland and heath. PlantandSoil 308, 175–188.

Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Pritsch K, Schloter M, Jentsch A (2008) Recurrent soil freeze-thaw cycles enhance grassland productivity. New Phytologist177, 938–945.

Kreyling J, Ellis L, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A (2008) Invasibility of grassland and heath communities exposed to extreme weather events - additive effects of diversity resistance and fluctuating physical environment. Oikos117, 1542–1554.

Kreyling J, Schmiedinger A, Macdonald E, Beierkuhnlein C (2008) Potentials of natural tree regeneration after clearcutting in subalpine forests. Western Journal of Applied Forestry23, 46–52. 

Kreyling J, Schmiedinger A, Macdonald E, Beierkuhnlein C (2008) Slow understory redevelopment after clearcutting in high mountain forests. Biodiversity and Conservation17, 2339–2355.

Kreyling J, Wenigmann M, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A (2008) Effects of extreme weather events on plant productivity and tissue die-back are modified by community composition. Ecosystems 11, 752–763.

Mirzaei H, Kreyling J, Hussain MZ, Li Y, Tenhunen JD, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A (2008) A single drought event of 100-year recurrence enhances subsequent carbon uptake and changes carbon allocation in experimental grassland communities. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science171, 681–689.



Jurasinski G, Kreyling J (2007) Upward shift of alpine plants increases floristic similarity of mountain summits. Journal of Vegetation Science18, 711–718.

Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C (2007) A new generation of climate change experiments: events, not trends. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment5, 365–374.


Other Publications (without conference proceedings)

Malyshev A, Henry HAL, Kreyling J (2014) Common garden experiments to characterize cold acclimation responses in plants from different climatic regions. In: Zuther E, Hincha DK: Methods in Molecular Biology: “Plant Cold Acclimation” 65-78. Springer (peer reviewed).

Kreyling J (2013) Winter climate change and ecological implications in temperate systems. In: Imai R, Yoshida M, Matsumoto N (eds) Plant and Microbe Adaptations to Cold in Changing World 29-40. Springer, New York. ISBN 978-1-4614-8252-9. (peer reviewed).

Babel W, Schaller C, Eigenmann R, Foken T, Hübner J, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Sultana F, Zhao P (2013) Documentation of the EVENT-HMMS Experiment 2012 – Microclimatological effects of rain-out shelters within EVENT II. Arbeitsergebnisse Nr. 55, Universität Bayreuth, Abt. Mikrometeorologie, Print, ISSN 1614-8916

Beierkuhnlein C, Kreyling J, Konnert M, Huber G, Jentsch A, Thiel D, Nagy L, Wellstein C (2013) Innerartliche Unterschiede in der Reaktion auf Klimaextreme und ihre Bedeutung für die Anpassung an ungewollte Folgen des Klimawandels. In: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Gesundheit. Klimaforschung in Bayern - Auswirkungen des Klimas auf Ökosysteme und klimatische Anpassungsstrategien Ergebnisse des Forschungsverbundes FORKAST 24-27.

Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Grant K, Nagy L, Hein R, Walter (2013) Auswirkungen extremer Wettereignisse auf Funktionen eines Ökosystems in experimentellen und natürlichen Pflanzengemeinschaften. In: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Gesundheit. Klimaforschung in Bayern - Auswirkungen des Klimas auf Ökosysteme und klimatische Anpassungsstrategien Ergebnisse des Forschungsverbundes FORKAST 17-18.

Kreyling J, Huber G, Jentsch A, Konnert M, Nagy L, Thiel D, Beierkuhnlein C (2011) Innerartliche Plastizität und lokale Anpassung von Waldbäumen – Die innerartliche Vielfalt ist ein Schlüsselkriterium für eine erfolgreiche Klimaanpassung. LWF aktuell85. 12-14.

Kreyling J, Harter D (2010) Evolutionary Biogeography, J.J. Morrone. Columbia University Press, New York (2008). 304 pp., $50.00, ISBN: 978-0-231-14378-3. Basic and Applied Ecology11, 94.

Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A (2009) Extrem-Wetterereignisse und ihre Folgen - ein neues Experiment zur Auswirkung von Trockenheit, Starkregen und Frostwechseln auf Pflanzengemeinschaften und Ökosystemfunktionen. Bundesamt für Naturschutz: BfN-Skripten246, 49.

Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Schmid N, Grant K, Gommola J, Beierkuhnlein C (2008) Dürre und Starkregen verschieben Blühphänologie und Produktivität von Pflanzen. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt. Schriftenreihe des Bundesamtes für Naturschutz60, 81–86.

Kreyling J (2008) Response of Vegetation to Extreme Weather Events. UFZ PhD-Dissertations 04/2008, Leipzig, ISBN 18600387.


Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Date and place of birth: 6th February 1978, Marburg, Germany

Nationality: German 

Academic Positions

since 11/2014: Full Professor (DFG Heisenberg Professorship) at the University of Greifswald

04/2012 - 10/2014: Assistant Professor, research and teaching (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit, since 04/2012 Akad. Oberrat) at the department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, Germany

11/2007 – 04/2008: Research Assistant at the department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, Germany

11/2004 – 10/2007: Research Assistant at the department of Conservation Biology, UFZ-Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany 


Habilitation: 01/2012
Subject: Geoecology
Titel of the habilitation thesis: "Impacts of winter climate change on vegetation performance"

PhD: 04/2008
Degree Dr. rer. nat. („summa cum laude“)
Titel of the dissertation: "Response of Vegetation to Extreme Weather Events"

Master: 04/2004
Degree: Dipl. Geoökologe (finished with distinction)
Title of Diploma Thesis: "Biodiversity of Ground Vegetation and Regeneration on Clearcuts in the Monashee Mts, BC, Canada"

Study Program
1998 - 2004: Study Program „Geoökologie“, University of Bayreuth with focus on Biogeography and Soil Science
2001: Study Program "Biology", University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA