Experimental Plant Ecology

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kreyling

Full Professor

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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.




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

Wang, H., Weil, M., Dumack, K., Zak, D., Münch, D., Günther, A., Jurasinski, G., Blume-Werry, G., Kreyling, J., Urich, T.
Eukaryotic rather than prokaryotic microbiomes change over seasons in rewetted fen peatlands
FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 2021;, fiab121,
doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiab121

Avolio, M.L, Komatsu, K.J., Collins, S.L., Grman, E., Koerner, S.E., Tredennick, A.T.,Wilcox, K.R., Baer, S., Boughton, E.H., Britton, A.J., Foster, B., Gough, L., Hovenden, M., Isbell, F., Jentsch, A., Johnson, D.S., Knapp, A.K., Kreyling, J., Langley, J.A., Lortie, C., McCulley, R.L., McLaren, J.R., Reich, P.B., Seabloom, E.W., Smith, M.D., Suding, K.N., Suttle, K.B., Tognetti, P.M.
Determinants of community compositional change are equally affected by global change.
Ecology Letters, 00, 1–13.
doi: 10.1111/ele.13824

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

Hinzke, T., Tanneberger, F., Aggenbach, C., Dahlke, S., Knorr, K., Kotowski, W., Kozub, Ł., Lange, J., Li, G., Pronin, E., Seeber, E., Wichtmann, W., Kreyling, J.
Can nutrient uptake by Carex counteract eutrophication in fen peatlands?
Science of The Total Environment, 785
doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147276

Hinzke, T., Li, G., Tanneberger, F., Seeber, E., Aggenbach, C., Lange, J., Kozub, Ł., Knorr, K.‐H., Kreyling, J., Kotowski, W.
Potentially peat‐forming biomass of fen sedges increases with increasing nutrient levels
Functional Ecology
doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13803

Seliger, A., Puffpaff, S., Manthey, M., Kreyling, J.
Management options for the conversion of allochthonous coniferous forest patches towards more natural species composition in the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park, NE Germany
Baltic Forestry 2021 27(1): 533
doi: 10.46490/BF533

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

Tanneberger, F., Abel, S., Couwenberg, J., Dahms, T., Gaudig, G., Günther, A., Kreyling, J., Peters, J., Pongratz, J., Joosten, H.
Towards net zero CO2 in 2050: An emission reduction pathway for organic soils in Germany
Mires and Peat, 27, 05, 17pp.
doi: 10.19189/MaP.2020.SNPG.StA.1951

Dahl, M.B., Peršoh, D., Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J.
Root-Associated Mycobiomes of Common Temperate Plants (Calluna vulgaris and Holcus lanatus) Are Strongly Affected by Winter Climate Conditions
Microb Ecol.
doi: 10.1007/s00248-020-01667-7



Kreyling, J., Schumann, R., and Weigel, R.
Soils from cold and snowy temperate deciduous forests release more nitrogen and phosphorus after soil freeze–thaw cycles than soils from warmer, snow-poor conditions
Biogeosciences, 17, 4103–4117
doi: 10.5194/bg-17-4103-2020

Schwieger, S., Kreyling, J., Couwenberg, J., Smiljanić, M., Weigel, R., Wilmking, M., and Blume-Werry, G.
Wetter is Better: Rewetting of Minerotrophic Peatlands Increases Plant Production and Moves Them Towards Carbon Sinks in a Dry Year.
doi: 10.1007/s10021-020-00570-z

Tesfay, Y.B., Kreyling, J.
The invasive Opuntia ficus-indica homogenizes native plant species compositions in the highlands of Eritrea.
Biol Invasions
doi: 10.1007/s10530-020-02373-8

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

Henry, H.A.L., Kreyling, J., Gebauer, G., Klisz, M., Weigel, R.
15N tracer enrichment in response to winter soil temperature manipulation differs between canopy trees and juveniles.
doi: 10.1007/s00468-020-02003-9

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

Muffler, L, Weigel, R, Hacket‐Pain, AJ, Klisz, M, van der Maaten, E, Wilmking, M, Kreyling, J, van der Maaten‐Theunissen, M.
Lowest drought sensitivity and decreasing growth synchrony towards the dry distribution margin of European beech.
J Biogeogr. 2020; 00: 1– 12.
doi: 10.1111/jbi.13884

Lembrechts, J.J., [...] Kreyling, J., Schmeddes, J., Teuber, L., [...]
SoilTemp: a global database of near‐surface temperature.
Glob Change Biol. 00: 1– 14.

Walton, CR, Zak, CR, Audet, J, Petersen, RJ, Lange, J, Oehmke, C, Wichtmann, W, Kreyling, J, Grygoruk, M, Jablonska, E, Kotowski, W, Wisniewska, MM, Ziegler, R, Hoffmann, CC.
Wetland buffer zones for nitrogen and phosphorus retention: Impacts of soil type, hydrology and vegetation
Science of The Total Environment, Accepted Manuscript
doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138709

Jurasinski, G.; Ahmad, S.; Anadon-Rosell, A.; Berendt, J.; Beyer, F.; Bill, R.; Blume-Werry, G.; Couwenberg, J.; Günther, A.; Joosten, H.; Koebsch, F.; Köhn, D.; Koldrack, N.; Kreyling, J.; Leinweber, P.; Lennartz, B.; Liu, H.; Michaelis, D.; Mrotzek, A.; Negassa, W.; Schenk, S.; Schmacka, F.; Schwieger, S.; Smiljanic, M.; Tanneberger, F.; Teuber, L.; Urich, T.; Wang, H.; Weil, M.; Wilmking, M.; Zak, D.; Wrage-Mönnig, N.
From Understanding to Sustainable Use of Peatlands: The WETSCAPES Approach.
Soil Syst.4, 14.
doi: 10.3390/soilsystems4010014

Vetter, V.M., Kreyling, J., Dengler, J., Apostolova, I., Arfin‐Khan, M.A., Berauer, B.J., Berwaers, S., De Boeck, H.J., Nijs, I., Schuchardt, M.A., Sopotlieva, D., von Gillhausen, P., Wilfahrt, P.A., Zimmermann, M. and Jentsch, A.
Invader presence disrupts the stabilizing effect of species richness in plant community recovery after drought.
Glob Change Biol. 26:3539–3551.

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.
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



Kreyling J.
The Ecological Importance of Winter in Temperate, Boreal, and Arctic Ecosystems in Times of Climate Change.
In: Cánovas F., Lüttge U., Leuschner C., Risueño MC. (eds) Progress in Botany Vol. 81. Progress in Botany, vol 81.
Springer, Cham
doi: 10.1007/124_2019_35

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 Ecol Evol. Accepted Author Manuscript.
doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13331

Kreyling, J, Grant, K, Hammerl, V, Arfin-Khan, MAS, Malyshev, AV, Peñuelas, J, Pritsch, K, Sardans, J, Schloter, M, Schuerings, J, Jentsch, A & Beierkuhnlein, C
Winter warming is ecologically more relevant than summer warming in a cool-temperate grassland
Scientific Reports, Volume 9, Article number: 14632
doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-51221-w

De Boeck, H. J., Bloor, J. M., Aerts, R. , Bahn, M. , Beier, C. , Emmett, B. A., Estiarte, M. , Grünzweig, J. M., Halbritter, A. H., Holub, P. , Jentsch, A. , Klem, K. , Kreyling, J. , Kröel‐Dulay, G. , Larsen, K. S., Milcu, A. , Roy, J. , Sigurdsson, B. D., Smith, M. D., Sternberg, M. , Vandvik, V. , Wohlgemuth, T. , Nijs, I. and Knapp, A. K.
Understanding ecosystems of the future will require more than realistic climate change experiments – A response to Korell et al.
Glob Change Biology.

Schwieger, S., Blume-Werry, G., Peters, B. Smiljanić, M., Kreyling, J.
Patterns and drivers in spring and autumn phenology differ above- and belowground in four ecosystems under the same macroclimatic conditions
Plant Soil (2019) 1-13.
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-019-04300-w

Komatsu Kimberly J., Meghan L. Avolio, Nathan P. Lemoine, Forest Isbell, Emily Grman, Gregory R. Houseman, Sally E. Koerner, David S. Johnson, Kevin R. Wilcox, Juha M. Alatalo, John P. Anderson, Rien Aerts, Sara G. Baer, Andrew H. Baldwin, Jonathan Bates, Carl Beierkuhnlein, R. Travis Belote, John Blair, Juliette M. G. Bloor, Patrick J. Bohlen, Edward W. Bork, Elizabeth H. Boughton, William D. Bowman, Andrea J. Britton, James F. Cahill, Enrique Chaneton, Nona R. Chiariello, Jimin Cheng, Scott L. Collins, J. Hans C. Cornelissen, Guozhen Du, Anu Eskelinen, Jennifer Firn, Bryan Foster, Laura Gough, Katherine Gross, Lauren M. Hallett, Xingguo Han, Harry Harmens, Mark J. Hovenden, Annika Jagerbrand, Anke Jentsch, Christel Kern, Kari Klanderud, Alan K. Knapp, Juergen Kreyling, Wei Li, Yiqi Luo, Rebecca L. McCulley, Jennie R. McLaren, J. Patrick Megonigal, John W. Morgan, Vladimir Onipchenko, Steven C. Pennings, Janet S. Prevéy, Jodi N. Price, Peter B. Reich, Clare H. Robinson, F. Leland Russell, Osvaldo E. Sala, Eric W. Seabloom, Melinda D. Smith, Nadejda A. Soudzilovskaia, Lara Souza, Katherine Suding, K. Blake Suttle, Tony Svejcar, David Tilman, Pedro Tognetti, Roy Turkington, Shannon White, Zhuwen Xu, Laura Yahdjian, Qiang Yu, Pengfei Zhang, Yunhai Zhang
Global change effects on plant communities are magnified by time and the number of global change factors imposed
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (36) 17867-17873
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1819027116

Kreyling, J., Puechmaille, S. J., Malyshev, A. V., & Valladares, F.
Phenotypic plasticity closely linked to climate at origin and resulting in increased mortality under warming and frost stress in a common grass.
Ecology and Evolution



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(11): 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(12):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 106(2): 599-612
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(5): 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 415(1-2): 257–268
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(6):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 7(9): 3268-3280
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 20(8): 1454–1467
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(2): 743-751
DOI: 10.1007/s00468-016-1505-3


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(1): 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(2): 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(22): 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
Ecosystems 20(2): 301–315
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(6): 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(9): 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(4): 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(1694)
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(3): 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(1): 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(3): 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(9): 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(1-2): 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(5): 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(3): 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(1-2): 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 -- Details

Backhaus S, Kreyling J, Grant K, Beierkuhnlein C, Walter J, Jentsch A
Recurrent mild drought events increase resistance toward extreme drought stress
Ecosystems 17(6): 1068-1081
DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9781-5 -- Details

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(5): 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(5): 594-605
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.971 -- Details

Kreyling J, Jentsch A, Beier C
Beyond realism in climate change experiments: Gradient approaches identify thresholds and tipping points
Ecology Letters 17(125): 125-e1
DOI: 10.1111/ele.12193 -- Details

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 -- Details

Schürings J, Jentsch A, Walter J, Kreyling J
Winter warming pulses differently affect plant performance in temperate heathland and grassland communities
Ecological Research 29(4): 561-570
DOI: 10.1007/s11284-014-1174-x -- Details

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(2): 247-260
DOI: 10.1007/s10342-013-0750-x -- Details



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(1): 27-34
DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201200188 -- Details

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(2): 024017
DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024017 -- Details

Kreyling J, Beier C
Complexity in climate change manipulation experiments
Bioscience 63(9): 763-767
DOI: 10.1525/bio.2013.63.9.12 -- Details

Kreyling J, Haei M, Laudon H
Snow removal reduces annual cellulose decomposition in a riparian boreal forest
Canadian Journal of Soil Sciences 93(4): 427-433
DOI: 10.4141/cjss2012-025 -- Details

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(4): 579-588
DOI: 10.1007/s00484-012-0585-z -- Details

Oney B, Reineking B, O'Neill GA, Kreyling J
Intraspecic variation buffers projected climate change impacts on Pinus contorta
Ecology and Evolution 3(2): 437-449
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.426 -- Details

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(1-2): 559-572
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1724-y -- Details

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(2): 577-587
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-011-2092-z -- Details

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(1-2): 19-31
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-011-0970-0 -- Details

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(3): 717-725
DOI: 10.1007/s10342-011-0544-y -- Details

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(3): 268-275
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07173.x -- Details

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 -- Details

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 -- Details

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(7): 1239-1252
DOI: 10.1139/x2012-052 -- Details

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 -- Details

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 -- Details

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 Genetics 120, 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-Skripten 246, 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:

Academic Positions

6th February 1978, Marburg, Germany

since 11/2014

Full Professor (DFG Heisenberg Professorship until 2019) 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 


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


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


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