Experimental Plant Ecology

Sarah Schwieger

PhD Student

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Research Interest

I am interested in the impact of global change on the composition and function of ecosystems and the consequences for biodiversity. Therefore, I like to manipulate environmental conditions and study the effects on plant processes, such as phenology and production, above and below.

During my PhD, I study the above- and belowground production of plant biomass in different wetland types to derive indicators for a sustainable management and help to maintain these ecosystems as important carbon stores and as places of unique biological diversity.




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.(2020) 4, 14.
doi: 10.3390/soilsystems4010014

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

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

Kehl, T., Bensch, J., Böhm, F., Kniepkamp, B. O., Leonhardt, V., Schwieger, S., & Fischer, K.
Fat and sassy: factors underlying male mating success in a butterfly
Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (2015) 155(3): 257-265.
DOI: 10.1111/eea.12305

Altewischer, A., Buschewski, U., Ehrke, C., Fröhlich, J., Gärtner, A., Giese, P., Günter, F., Heitmann, N., Hestermann, M., Hoffmann, H., Kleinschmidt, F., Kniepkamp, B., Linke, W., Mayland-Quellhorst, T, Pape, J., Peterson, T., Schendel, V, Schwieger, S., Wadenstorfer, A. & Fischer, K.
Habitat preferences of male Corn Buntings Emberiza calandra in north-eastern Germany
Acta Ornithologica (2015) 50(1): 1-10.
DOI: 10.3161/00016454AO2015.50.1.001

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


since 2017

PhD student in the WETSCAPES project in the Experimental Plant Ecology lab, University of Greifswald – Above- and belowground plant biomass production in different fen types


Erasmus – Semester abroad: Arctic Ecosystems and Northern Aquatic Systems, Umeå Universitet and Climate Impact Research Centre (CIRC) in Abisko, Sweden

2013 - 2016

MSc Biodiversity and Ecology, University of Greifswald

Master's thesis: Effects of climate change induced autumnal warming on root phenology in the Arctic tundra

2009 - 2012

BSc Biologie with a focus on ecology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Bachelor's thesis: Die durch Arbuskuläre Mykorrhiza induzierte Kommunikation und der Einfluss der Herbivorie auf die Duftstoffemission von Plantago lanceolata L.