In my research, I explore how atmospheric and climate change could impact natural ecosystems, with a focus on mountain environments. I am interested in linking plant physiological and growth measurements with biogeochemical, hydrological and climate data to predict changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and services. Some of the topics I have investigated recently are:
- Treeline patterns along a latitudinal gradient in the Ural mountains, Russia.
- Effects of irrigation on ecosystem water relations in a dry inner-Alpine valley.
- Impacts of experimental soil warming on nitrogen cycling in an alpine treeline ecosystem.
- Growth limitations of trees at the treeline: responses to experimental carbon dioxide enrichment and soil warming.
- Responses of treeline dwarf shrubs to environmental change (growth, phenology, reproductive ecology).
- Water relations of treeline trees under environmental change using precision dendrometers.
- Impacts of elevated CO2 and soil warming on the freezing sensitivity of alpine treeline plants.