Experimentelle Pflanzenökologie

Dr. Gesche Blume-Werry


Telefon: 03834 - 4204194

Soldmannstraße 15
Raum: 1.02

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I am an ecosystem ecologist with a passion for high latitude ecosystems and interested in the interplay of plants and their environment. My work in arctic tundra and temperate wetlands focuses on belowground plant processes, such as root phenology and root production, and often includes measurements outside of the growing season.




Schwieger, S., Blume-Werry, G., Ciesiolka, F., Anadon-Rosell, A.
Root biomass and root traits of Alnus glutinosa show size-dependent and opposite patterns in a drained and a rewetted forest peatland
Annals of Botany, mcaa195
doi: 10.1093/aob/mcaa195

Kropp, H., et al. (incl. Blume-Werry, G.)
Shallow soils are warmer under trees and tall shrubs across Arctic andBoreal ecosystems
Environ. Res. Lett. in press
doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abc994

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

Keuper, F., Wild, B., Kummu, M., Beer, C, Blume-Werry, G, Fontaine, S, Gavazov, K, Gentsch, N, Guggenberger, G, Hugelius, G, Jalava, M, Koven, C, Krab, EJ, Kuhry, P, Monteux, S, Richter, A, Shahzad, T, Weedon, JT, and Dorrepaal, E.
Carbon loss from northern circumpolar permafrost soils amplified by rhizosphere priming.
Nat. Geosci.13, 560–565
doi: 10.1038/s41561-020-0607-0

Blume-Werry, G., Krab, E.J., Olofsson, J., Sundqvist, M.K., Väisänen, M., Klaminder, J.
Invasive earthworms unlock arctic plant nitrogen limitation.
Nat Commun 11, 1766.
doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15568-3

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

Gribbe, S.; Blume-Werry, G.; Couwenberg, J.
Digital, Three-Dimensional Visualization of Root Systems in Peat.
Soil Syst.4, 13.
doi: 10.3390/soilsystems4010013

Makoto, K., Wilson, S.D., Sato, T., Blume–Werry, G. and Cornelissen, J.H.C.
Synchronous and asynchronous root and shoot phenology in temperate woody seedlings.
Oikos. Accepted Author Manuscript.

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



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

G Blume‐Werry, A Milbau, LM Teuber, M Johansson, E Dorrepaal
Dwelling in the deep – strongly increased root growth and rooting depth enhance plant interactions with thawing permafrost soil
New Phytologist
DOI: 10.1111/nph.15903



TC Parker, J Sanderman, RD Holden, G Blume‐Werry, S Sjögersten, D Large, M Castro-Díaz, LE Street, JA Subke, PA Wookey
Exploring drivers of litter decomposition in a greening Arctic: results from a transplant experiment across a treeline
Ecology 99 (10), 2284-2294
DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2442

S. Monteux, J.T. Weedon, G. Blume-Werry, K. Gavazov, V.E.J. Jassey, M. Johansson, F. Keuper, C. Olid, E. Dorepaal
Long-term in situ permafrost thaw effects on bacterial communities and potential aerobic respiration
The ISME Journal
DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0176-z

G. Blume-Werry, E. Lindén, L. Andresen, A. T. Classen, N. J. Sanders, J. von Oppen & M. K. Sundqvist
Proportion of fine roots, but not plant biomass allocation belowground, increases with elevation in arctic tundra
Journal of Vegetation Science
DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12605

E. J. Krab, J. Roennefarth, M. Becher, G. Blume-Werry, F. Keuper, J. Klaminder, J. Kreyling, K. Makoto A. Milbau, E. Dorrepaal
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



G. Blume-Werry, R. Jansson & A. Milbau
Root phenology unresponsive to earlier snow melt despite advanced aboveground phenology in two subarctic plant communities
Functional Ecology 31(7): 1493-1502
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12853

S. Schwieger, J. Kreyling, A. Milbau & G. Blume-Werry
Autumnal root phenology of contrasting vegetation types unchanged by warmer soils in subarctic tundra
Plant and Soil
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-017-3343-5



J. R. De Long, H. Laudon, G. Blume-Werry & P. Kardol
Nematode community resistant to deep soil frost in boreal forest soils
Pedobiologia – Journal of Soil Ecology 59(5-6): 243-251
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedobi.2016.10.001

G. Blume-Werry,J. Kreyling, H. Laudon & A. Milbau
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

V. G. Balogianni, G. Blume-Werry & S. D. Wilson
Root production in grasslands and forests: the impact of rhizotron sampling frequency
Plant Ecology 217(11): 1359-1367
DOI: 0.1007/s11258-016-0588-7

G. Blume-Werry, S. D. Wilson, J. Kreyling & A. Milbau
The hidden season: growing season is 50% longer below- than aboveground along an arctic elevation gradient
New Phytologist 209(3): 978-986
DOI: 10.1111/nph.13655



S. Irl, M. Steinbauer, J. Messinger, G. Blume-Werry, Á. Palomares Martínez, C. Beierkuhnlein & A. Jentsch
Burned and devoured – Introduced herbivores, fire and the endemic flora of the high elevation ecosystem on La Palma, Canary Islands
Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 46(4): 859-869
DOI: 10.1657/1938-4246-46.4.859



S. Irl, M. Steinbauer, W. Babel, C. Beierkuhnlein, G. Blume-Werry, J. Messinger, Á. Palomares Martínez, S. Strohmeier & A. Jentsch
An 11-yr exclosure experiment in a high-elevation island ecosystem: introduced herbivore impact on shrub species richness, seedling recruitment and population dynamics
Journal of Vegetation Science 23(6): 1114-1125
DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01425.x




BBC Podcast ‘CrowdScience’, ‘Could earthworms help transform the future of farming?’



‘Threshold’ Podcast, Season 2 Episode 3 ‘Impermafrost’

Functional Ecology Podcast (runner-up for the Haldane Prize)

Journal of Ecology vodcast



Interview with Vetenskapsradion (Science Radio) from the Swedish Radio



Interview with the Swedish newspaper NSD



Live radio interview with Radio P4 Norrbotten

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae

Akademische Positionen


Seit 01/2017

PostDoc, Experimentelle Pflanzenökologie, Universität Greifswald



PostDoc, Umeå University & Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU Umeå, Schweden


Promotion Climate Impacts Research Centre, Umeå University, Schweden. Titel der Promotion: “The hidden life of plants - fine root dynamics in northern ecosystems”


Masterstudium “Global Change Ecology”, Universität Bayreuth


Bachelorstudium “Landschaftsökologie”, Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster