Publications of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group (peer-reviewed)*


  • Bucharova A, Bossdorf O, Hölzel N, Kollmann J, Prasse R, Durka W (submitted) Mix and match: regional admixture provenancing as the golden mean between seed-sourcing strategies for ecological restoration
  • Heim RJ, Hölzel N, Heim W (submitted) Distinct influence of a fire on plant and bird species diversity in the wetlands of the Amur River in Far East Russia
  • Heim W, Trense D, Heim A, Smirenski SM, Wink M, Wulf T (submitted) Discovery of an unknown breeding population of the Vulnerable Swinhoe´s Rail Coturnicops exquisitus in the Amur region based on observations and genetic analyses
  • Nagel R, Durka W, Bossdorf O, Bucharova A (submitted) Rapid evolution of plant material for ecosystem restoration: Not a general pattern
  • Nguyen H, Kamp J, Völker A, Hölzel N (submitted) Determinants of post-Soviet cropland abandonment in the Western Siberian grain belt
  • Palpurina S, Chytrı M, Hölzel N, Hájek M, Tichý L, Wagner V, Hájková P, Axmanová I, Freitag M, Lososová Z, Horsák M, Mathar W, Tzonev R, Danihelka J, Dřevojan P (submitted) The type of nutrient limitation affects the diversity–productivity relationship: evidence from Eurasian dry grasslands
  • Stirnemann IA, Hölzel N, Urazaliev R, Kuemmerle T, Baumann M, Donald PF, Kamp J (submitted) Past land-use and fire history affect occurence and density of Eurasian steppe birds
  • van der Plas F, Allan E, Fischer M, Alt F, Binkenstein J, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Böhm S, Hölzel N, Klaus VHK, Kleinbecker T, Morris EK, Oelmann Y, Prati D, Renner S, Rillig MC, Schaefer HM, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Solly E, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Manning P (submited) Heterogeneity in ecosystem drivers promotes landscape multifunctionality
  • Wertebach T-M, Hölzel N,Kämpf I, Kiehl K, Knorr K-H, Kleinebecker T (submitted) Soil organic matter quality indicates a high potential for ongoing carbon sequestration in abandoned post-Soviet croplands
  • Wolff C, Gilhaus K, Schneider S (submitted) Butterflies and grasshoppers in relict and restored heathlands and sand grasslands in the southwest of Luxembourg


  • Heim W, Smirenski SM (accepted) The importance of Muraviovka Park/Far East Russia for endangered bird species on regional, national and international scale based on observations from 2011-2016. Forktail
  • Leimer S, Bischoff S, Boch S, Busch V, Escher P, Fischer M, Hänsel F, Hölzel N, Kerber K, VH Klaus, Kleinebecker T, Michalzik B, Nauss T, Schäfer D, Schöning I, Schwarz MT, Siemens J, Thieme L, Wöllauer S, Wilcke W (accepted) Does plant diversity affect the water balance of established grassland systems? Ecohydrology [doi:10.1002/eco.1945]

In press

  • Buchanan GM, Bond A, Crockford NJ, Kamp J, Pearce-Higgings JW, Hilton G (in press) The potential breeding range of Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris identified from stable-isotope analysis. Bird Conservation International 27 [doi: 10.1017/S0959270916000551]
  • Heim W, Eccard JA, Bairlein F (in press) Migration phenology determines niche use of East Asian buntings (Emberizidae) during stopover. Current Zoology [doi: 10.1093/cz/zoy016] Open Access
  • Klaus VH, Hoever CJ, Fischer M, Hamer U, Kleinebecker T, Mertens D, Schäfer D, Prati D, Hölzel N (in press) Contribution of the soil seed bank to the restoration of temperate grasslands by mechanical sward disturbance. Restoration Ecology [doi:10.1111/rec.12626]
  • Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Busch V, Fischer M, Hölzel N, Nowak S, Prati D, Schäfer D, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Hamer U (in press) Land use intensity, rather than plant species richness, affects the leaching risk of multiple nutrients from permanent grasslands. Global Change Biology [doi:10.1111/gcb.14123]


  • Busch V, Klaus VH, Penone C, Schäfer D, Boch S, Prati D, Müller J, Socher S, Niinemets Ü, Peñuelas J, Hölzel N, Fischer M, Kleinebecker T (2018) Nutrient stoichiometry and land use rather than species richness determine plant functional diversity. Ecology and Evolution 8 (1): 601–616 [doi:10.1002/ece3.3609] Open Access
  • Djukic I, Kepfer-Rojas S, Schmidt IK, Larsen KS, Beier C, Berg B, Verheyend K, TeaComposition (among others: Busch V, Hölzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T) (2018) Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of the Total Environment 628-629: 1369-1394 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.012]
  • Heer N, Klimmek F, Zwahlen C, Fischer M, Hölzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Prati D, Boch S (2018) Hemiparasite-density effects on grassland plant diversity, composition and biomass. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 32: 22-29 [doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2018.01.004]
  • Ivanova L, Yudina P, Ronzhina D, Ivanov L, Hölzel N (2018) Quantitative mesophyll parameters rather than whole-leaf traits predict response of C3 steppe plants to aridity. New Phytologist 217 (2): 558–570 [doi:10.1111/nph.14840]
  • Klaus VH, Schäfer D, Prati D, Busch V, Hamer U, Hoever CJ, Kleinebecker T, Mertens D, Fischer M, Hölzel N (2018) Effects of mowing, grazing and fertilization on soil seed banks in temperate grasslands in Central Europe. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 256: 211-217 [doi:10.​1016/​j.​agee.​2017.​11.​008]
  • Kleinebecker T, Busch V, Hölzel N, Hamer U, Schäfer D, Prati D, Fischer M, Hemp A, Lauterbach R, Klaus VH (2018) And the winner is … ! A test of simple predictors of plant species richness in agricultural grasslands. Ecological Indicators 87: 296-301 [doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.12.031]
  • Sorkau E, Boch S, Boeddinghaus RS, Bonkowski M, Fischer M, Kandeler E, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Marhan S, Müller J, Prati D, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Weinert J, Oelmann Y (2018) The role of soil chemical properties, land use and plant diversity for microbial phosphorus in forest and grassland soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 181 (2): 185-197 [doi: 10.1002/jpln.201700082]


  • Bucharova A, Durka W, Hölzel N, Kollmann J, Michalski S, Bossdorf O (2017) Are local plants the best for ecosystem restoration? It depends on how you analyze the data. Ecology and Evolution 7 (24): 10683–10689 [doi:10.1002/ece3.3585] Open Access
  • Bucharova A, Michalski S, Hermann J-M, Heveling K, Durka W, Hölzel N, Kollmann J, Bossdorf O (2017) Genetic differentiation and regional adaptation among seed origins used for grassland restoration: lessons from a multispecies transplant experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology 54 (1): 127–136 [doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12645]
  • Durka W, Michalski SG, Berendzen KW, Bossdorf O, Bucharova A, Hermann JM, Hölzel N, Kollmann J (2017) Genetic differentiation within multiple common grassland plants supports seed transfer zones for ecological restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 54 (1): 116–126 [doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12636]
  • E.-Vojtkó E, Freitag M, Bricca A, Martello F, Moreno Compañ J, Küttim M, Kun R, de Bello F, Klimešová J, Götzenberger L (2017) Clonal vs leaf-height-seed (LHS) traits: which are filtered more strongly across habitats? Folia Geobotanica 52(3-4): 269–281 [doi:10.1007/s12224-017-9292-1]
  • Gilhaus K, Freitag M, Kunze S, Hölzel N (2017) High fodder value and feeding likelihood favor endozoochorous plant dispersal. Journal of Vegetation Science 28 (2): 357–367 [doi:10.1111/jvs.12481]
  • Gilhaus K, Boch S, Fischer M, Hölzel, N, Kleinebecker T, Prati D, Rupprecht D, Schmitt B, Klaus VH (2017) Grassland management in Germany: effects on plant diversity and vegetation composition. Tuexenia 37: 379-397 [doi:10.14471/2017.37.0 10]
  • Griewald Y, Clemens G, Kamp J, Gladun E, Hölzel N, von Dressler H (2017) Developing land use scenarios for stakeholder participation in Russia. Land Use Policy 68: 264-276 [doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.07.049]
  • Heim W, Trense D, Sokolova GV, Kitagawa T (2017) Increased Populations of Endangered Cranes After Amur River Flood. Waterbirds 40(3):282-288 [doi:10.1675/063.040.0309] Open Access
  • Hejkal J, Buttschardt TK, Klaus VH (2017) Connectivity of public urban grasslands: implications for grassland conservation and restoration in cities. Urban Ecosystems 20 (2): 511-519 [doi: 10.1007/s11252-016-0611-8]
  • Klaus VH, Schäfer D, Kleinebecker T, Fischer M, Prati D, Hölzel N (2017) Enriching plant diversity in grasslands by large-scale experimental sward disturbance and seed addition along gradients of land-use intensity. Journal of Plant Ecology 10 (4): 581-591 [doi:10.1093/jpe/rtw062]
  • Palpurina S, Wagner V, von Wehrden H, Hájek M, Hórsak M, Brinkert A, Hölzel N, Wesche K, Kamp J, Hájková P, Danihelka J, Lustyk P, Merunková K, Preislerová Z, Kočí M, Kubešová S, Cheresov M, Ermakov N, German D, Gogoleva P, Lashchynsky N, Martynenko V, Chytrý M (2017) The relationship between plant species richness and soil pH vanishes with increasing aridity across Eurasian dry grasslands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26 (4): 425–434 [doi:10.1111/geb.12549]
  • Rudolph M, Velbert F, Schwenzfeier S, Kleinebecker T, Klaus VH (2017) Patterns and potentials of plant species richness in high- and low-maintenance urban grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 20 (1): 18–27 [doi: 10.1111/avsc.12267]
  • Sander MM, Eccard JA, Heim W (2017) Flight range estimation of migrant Yellow-browed Warblers Phylloscopus inornatus on the East Asian Flyway. Bird Study 64 (4): 569-572 [doi:10.1080/00063657.2017.1409696]
  • Trappe J, Kunz F, Weking S, Kamp J (2017) Grassland butterfly communities of the Western Siberian forest steppe in the light of post-Soviet land abandonment. Journal of Insect Conservation 21(5-6): 813-826 [doi:10.1007/s10841-017-0021-0]
  • Velbert F, Kleinebecker T, Mudrák O, Schwartze P, Hölzel N (2017) Time lags in functional response to management regimes – evidence from a 26-year field experiment in wet meadows. Journal of Vegetation Science 28 (2): 313–324 [doi: 10.1111/jvs.12497]
  • Wagner V, Chytrý M, Zelený D, von Wehrden H, Brinkert A, Danihelka J, Jansen F, Hölzel N, Kamp J, Lustyk P, Merunková K, Palpurina S, Preislerová Z, Wesche K (2017) Regional differences in soil pH niche among dry grassland plants in Eurasia. Oikos 126(5): 660-670 [doi:10.1111/oik.03369]
  • Wertebach T-M, Hölzel N, Kämpf I, Yurtaev A, Tupitsin S, Kiehl K, Kamp J, Kleinebecker T (2017) Soil carbon sequestration due to post-Soviet cropland abandonment: estimates from a large-scale soil organic carbon field inventory. Global Change Biology 23 (9): 3729-3741 [doi:10.1111/gcb.13650]
  • Wolff C, Gilhaus K, Hölzel N, Schneider S (2017) Status and restoration potential of heathlands and sand grasslands in the southwest of Luxembourg. Tuexenia 37: 179-200 [doi:10.14471/2017.37.007]


  • Blüthgen N, Simons N, Jung K, Prati D, Renner S, Boch S, Fischer M, Hölzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Tschapka M, Weisser WW, Gossner MM (2016) Land use imperils plant and animal community stability through changes in asynchrony rather than diversity. Nature Communications 7: 10697 [doi:10.1038/ncomms10697]
  • Brinkert A, Hölzel N, Sidorova TV, Kamp J (2016) Spontaneous steppe restoration on abandoned cropland in Kazakhstan: grazing affects successional pathways. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (12): 2543–2561 [doi: 10.1007/s10531-015-1020-7] - Special Issue
  • Bucharova A, Durka W, Hermann J-M, Hölzel N, Michalski S, Kollmann J,  Bossdorf O (2016) Plants adapted to warmer climate do not outperform regional plants during a natural heat wave.  Ecology and Evolution 6: 4160–4165 [doi: 10.1002/ece3.2183] Open Access
  • Fleischer E, Khashimov I, Hölzel N, Klemm O (2016) Carbon exchange fluxes over peatlands in Western Siberia: Possible feedback between land-use change and climate change. Science of the Total Environment 545–546: 424–433 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.073]
  • Gilhaus K, Hölzel N (2016) Seasonal variations of fodder quality and availability as constraints for stocking rates in year-round grazing schemes. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 234: 5–15  [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.03.013] - Special Issue 

North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment (2016) - Cover
© SpringerOpen
  • Hölzel N, Hickler T, Kutzbach L, Joosten H, van Huissteden J, Hiederer R (2016) Environmental Impacts - Terrestrial Ecosystems. In: Quante M, Colijn F (eds.) North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment. Regional Climate Studies, Part III, pp 341–372 [doi:10.1007/978-3-319-39745-0_11] Available under Open Access
  • Kamp J, Koshkin MA, Bragina, Katzner TE, Milner-Gulland EJ, Schreiber D, Sheldon R, Shmalenko A, Smelansky I, Terraube J, Urazaliev R (2016) Persistent and novel threats to the biodiversity of Kazakhstan’s steppes and semi-deserts. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (12): 2521–2541 [doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1083-0] - Special Issue
  • Kamp J, Oppel S, Heldbjerg H, Nyegaard T, Donald PF (2016) Unstructured citizen science data fail to detect long‐term population declines of common birds in Denmark. Diversity and Distributions 22 (10): 1024–1035 [doi: 10.1111/ddi.12463]
  • Kämpf I, Hölzel N, Kiehl K (2016) Arable weed communities in the south of Western Siberia – impoverished species pools constrain diversity despite low land-use intensity. Tuexenia 36: 249–270 [doi:10.14471/2016.36.012]
  • Kämpf I, Hölzel N, Störrle M, Broll G, Kiehl K (2016) Potential of temperate agricultural soils for carbon sequestration: A meta-analysis of land-use effects. Science of The Total Environment 566–567: 428–435 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.067]
  • Kämpf I, Mathar W, Kuzmin I, Hölzel N, Kiehl K (2016) Post-Soviet Recovery of grassland vegetation on abandoned fields in the forest steppe zone of Western Siberia. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (12): 2563–2580 [doi:10.​1007/​s10531-016-1078-x] - Special Issue
  • Klaus VH, Boch S, Boeddinghaus RS, Hölzel N, Kandeler E, Marhan S, Oelmann Y, Prati D, Regan KM, Schmitt B, Sorkau E, Kleinebecker T (2016) Temporal and small-scale spatial variation in grassland productivity, biomass quality and nutrient limitation. Plant Ecology 217 (7): 843–856 [doi:10.1007/s11258-016-0607-8]
  • Klaus VH*, Hölzel N, Prati D, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Solly EF, Hänsel F, Fischer M, Kleinebecker T* (2016) Plant diversity moderates drought stress in grasslands: Implications from a large real-world study on 13C natural abundances. Science of the Total Environment 566–567: 215–222 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.008] (* equal authorship)
  • Lameris T, Fijen T, Urazaliev R, Pulikova G, Donald PF, Kamp J (2016) Breeding ecology of the endemic Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis on natural steppe and abandoned croplands in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (12): 2381–2400 [doi:10.​1007/​s10531-015-1041-2] - Special Issue Open Access Paper
  • Lehmann, JRK*, Münchberger W*, Knoth C,  Blodau C, Nieberding F, Prinz T, Pancotto VA, Kleinebecker T (2016) High-Resolution Classification of South Patagonian Peat Bog Microforms Reveals Potential Gaps in Up-Scaled CH4 Fluxes by use of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and CIR Imagery. Remote Sensing  8: 173 [doi:  10.3390/rs8030173] * (equal authorship)
  • Mathar W, Kämpf I, Kleinebecker T, Kuzmin I, Tolstikov A, Tupitsin S, Hölzel N (2016) Floristic diversity of meadow steppes in the Western Siberian Plain: effects of abiotic site conditions, management and landscape structure. Biodiversity & Conservation 25 (12): 2361–2379 [doi:10.1007/s10531-015-1023-4] - Special Issue
  • Rupprecht D, Gilhaus K, Hölzel N (2016) Effects of year-round grazing on the vegetation of nutrient-poor grass- and heathlands—Evidence from a large-scale survey. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 234: 16-22 [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.02.015] - Special Issue
  • Soliveres S, Manning P, Prati D, Gossner MM, Alt F, Arndt H, Baumgartner V, Binkenstein J, Birkhofer K, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Boch S, Böhm S, Börschig C, Buscot F, Diekötter T, Heinze J, Hölzel N, Jung K, Klaus VH, Klein A-M, Kleinebecker T, Klemmer S, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Müller J, Oelmann Y, Overmann J, Pašalić E, Renner SC, Rillig MC, Schaefer HM, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Sikorski J, Socher SA, Solly EF, Sonnemann I, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffen-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Türke M, Venter P, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Wolters V, Wubet T, Wurst S, Fischer M, Allan E (2016) Locally rare species influence grassland ecosystem multifunctionality. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150269. [doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0269 ]
  • Soliveres S, van der Plas F, Manning P, Prati D, Gossner MM, Renner SC, Alt F, Arndt H, Baumgartner V, Binkenstein J, Birkhofer K, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Boch S, Böhm S, Börschig C, Buscot F, Diekötter T, Heinze J, Hölzel N, Jung K, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Klemmer S, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Müller J, Oelmann Y, Overmann J, Pašalić E, Rillig MC, Schaefer HM, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Sikorski J, Socher SA, Solly EF, Sonnemann I, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Türke M, Venter P, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Wolters V, Wubet T, Wurst S, Fischer M, Allan E (2016) Biodiversity at multiple trophic levels is needed for ecosystem multifunctionality. Nature 536: 456–459 [doi:10.1038/nature19092]
  • Török P, Ambarli D, Kamp J, Wesche K, Dengler K (2016) Step(pe) up! Raising the profile of palaearctic steppe grasslands. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (12): 2187–2195 [doi: 10.1007/s10531-016-1187-6] - Special Issue
  • Török P, Hölzel N, van Diggelen R, Tischew S (2016) Grazing in European open landscapes: How to reconcile sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 234: 1-4 [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.06.012] - Special Issue
  • Václavík T, Langerwisch F, Cotter M, Fick J, Häuser I, Hotes S, Kamp J, Settele J, Spangenberg J, Seppelt R (2016) Investigating potential transferability of place-based research in land system science. Environmental Research Letters 11 (9): 095002 [doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095002]
  • Weking S, Kämpf I, Mathar W, Hölzel N (2016) Effects of land use and landscape patterns on Orthoptera communities in the Western Siberian forest steppe. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (12): 2341–2359 [doi:10.​1007/​s10531-016-1107-9] - Special Issue
  • Wertebach T-M, Knorr K-H, Lordieck M, Tretiakov N, Blodau C, Hölzel N, Kleinebecker T (2016) Relationships between vegetation succession, pore water chemistry and CH₄ and CO₂ production in a transitional mire of Western Siberia (Tyumen Oblast). Wetlands 36 (5): 836–874 [doi:10.1007/s13157-016-0798-8] [free online access via Springer Nature SharedIt]
  • Wesche K, Ambarli D, Török P, Kamp J, Treiber J, Dengler J (2016) The Palaearctic steppe biome: a new synthesis. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (12): 2197–2231 [doi: 10.1007/s10531-016-1214-7] - Special Issue


  • Allan E, Manning P, Prati D, Grassein F, Alt F, Binkenstein J, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Hölzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Morris E-K, Oelmann Y, Renner SC, Rillig MC, Schäfer M, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Solly E, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffen-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Trumbore S, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner W, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Fischer M (2015) Land use intensification alters ecosystem multifunctionality via loss of biodiversity and changes to functional composition. Ecology Letters 18: 834–843 [doi: 10.1111/ele.12469] Open Access
  • Fijen TPM, Kamp J, Lameris TK, Urazaliev R, Pulikova G, Kleijn D, Donald PF (2015) Functions of extensive animal dung ‘pavements’ around the nests of the Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis. The Auk 132: 878-892 [doi: 10.1642/AUK-15-38.1 ]
  • Freitag M, Mathar W, Yurtaev AA, Hölzel N (2015) Floristic composition and environmental determinants of pine forests in the hemiboreal zone of Western Siberia. Tuexenia 35: 31-51. [doi:10.14471/2015.35.017] [awarded the price for young authors by the Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft 2017]
  • Gilhaus K, Vogt V, Hölzel N (2015) Restoration of sand grasslands by topsoil removal and self-greening. Applied Vegetation Science 18 (4): 661-673 [doi: 10.1111/avsc.12176]
  • Kamp J, Oppel S, Ananin AA, Durnev YA, Gashev SN, Hölzel N, Mishchenko AL, Pessa J, Smirenski SM, Strelnikov EG, Timonen S, Wolanska K, Chan S (2015) Global population collapse in a superabundant migratory bird and illegal trapping in China. Conservation Biology 29: 1684-1694 [doi:10.1111/cobi.12537]
  • Kamp J, Pelster A, Gaedicke L, Karthäuser J, Dieker P, Mantel K (2015) High nest survival and productivity of Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus breeding on urban brownfield sites. Journal of Ornithology 156: 179–190 [doi: 10.1007/s10336-014-1114-0]
  • Kamp J, Urazaliev R, Balmford A, Donald PF, Green RE, Lamb A, Phalan B (2015) Agricultural development and the conservation of avian biodiversity on the Eurasian steppes: a comparison of land-sparing and land-sharing approaches. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 1578-1587 [doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12527]
  • Manning P, Gossner M, Bossdorf O, Allan E, Prati D, Blüthgen N, Boch S, Böhm S, Börschig C, Hölzel N, Jung K, Klaus VH, Klein A, Kleinebecker T, Krauss J, Lange M, Müller J, Pašalić E, Socher S, Tschapka M, Türke M, Weiner C, Werner M, Gockel S, Hemp A, Renner S, Wells K, Buscot F, Kalko E, Linsenmair KE, Weisser WW, Fischer M (2015) Grassland management intensification weakens the associations among the diversities of multiple plant and animal taxa. Ecology 96:1492–1501 []
  • Mathar W, Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N (2015), Environmental variation as a key process of co-existence in flood-meadows. Journal of Vegetation Science, 26: 480–491 [doi:10.1111/jvs.12254]
  • Sutcliffe L, Batáry P, Kormann U, Baldi A, Dicks LV, Herzon I, Kleijn D, Tryjanowski P, Apostolova I, Arlettaz R, Aunins A, Aviron S, Balezentiene L,  Fischer C,  Halada L, Hartel T, Helm A, Hristov I, Jelaska SD, Kaligarič M, Kamp J, Klimek S, Koorberg P, Kostiukova J, Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Kuemmerle T, Leuschner C, Lindborg R, Loos J, Maccherini S, Marja R, Máthé O, Paulini I, Proença V, Rey-Benayas J, Sans FX, Seifert C, Stalenga J, Timaeus J, Török P, van Swaay C, Viik E, Tscharntke T (2015) Harnessing the biodiversity value of Central and Eastern European farmland. Diversity and Distributions 21: 722-730 [doi: 10.1111/ddi.12288]


  • Allan E, Bossdorf O, Dormann CF, Prati D, Gossner M, Tscharntke T, Blüthgen N, Bellach M, Birkhofer K, Boch S, Böhm S, Börschig C, Chatzinotas A, Christ S, Daniel R, Diekoetter T, Fischer C, Friedl T, Glaser K, Hallman C, Hodac L, Hölzel N, Jung K, Klein A-M, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Müller J, Nacke H, Pašalic E, Rillig M, Rothenwöhrer C, Schall P, Scherber C, Schulze W, Socher S, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenter I, Türke M, Weiner CN, Werner M, Westphal C, Wolters V, Wubet T, Gocke S, Gorke M, Hemp A, Renner SC, Schöning I, Pfeiffer S, König-Ries B, Buscot F, Linsenmair K-E, Schulze E-D, Weisser WW, Fischer M (2014) Inter-annual variation in land-use intensity enhances grassland multidiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (1):  308–313 [doi:10.1073/pnas.1312213111]
  • Fujita Y, Olde Venterink H, van Bodegom PM, Douma JC, Heil GW, Hölzel N, Jabłońska E, Kotowski W, Okruszko T, Pawlikowski P, de Ruiter PC, Wassen MJ (2014) Low investment in sexual reproduction threatens plants adapted to phosphorus limitation. Nature 505: 82–86 [doi:10.1038/nature12733]
  • Gilhaus K, Stelzner F, Hölzel N (2014) Cattle foraging habits shape vegetation patterns of alluvial year-round grazing systems. Plant Ecology 215 (2): 169-179 [doi:10.1007/s11258-013-0287-6]
  • Kamp J (2014) Land management: Weighing up the reuse of Soviet croplands. Nature 505: 483 [doi:10.1038/505483d]
  • Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Prati D, Schmitt B, Fischer M, Klaus VH (2014) Evidence from the real world: 15N natural abundances reveal enhanced nitrogen use at high plant diversity in Central European grasslands. Journal of Ecology 102 2: 456-465 [doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12202]
  • Müller J, Heinze J, Joshi J, Boch S, Klaus VH, Fischer M, Prati D (2014) Influence of experimental soil disturbances on the diversity of bryophytes and vascular plants in agricultural grasslands. Journal of Plant Ecology 7 (6): 509-517 [doi:10.1093/jpe/rtt062]
  • Walker LR, Hölzel N, Marrs R, del Moral R, Prach K (2014) Optimization of intervention levels in ecological restoration. Applied Vegetation Science 17 (2): 187–192 [doi: 10.1111/avsc.12082]
  • Wertebach T-M, Hölzel N, Kleinebecker T (2014) Birch encroachment affects the base cation chemistry in a restored bog. Ecohydrology 7 (4): 1163-1171 [doi:10.1002/eco.1447]


  • Fleischer K, Streitberger M, Fartmann T (2013) The importance of disturbance for the conservation of a low-competitive herb in mesotrophic grassland. Biologia 68 (3): 398-403 [doi:10.2478/s11756-013-0164-8]
  • Jedrzejek B, Drees B, Daniëls FJA, Hölzel N (2013) Vegetation pattern of mountains in West Greenland – a baseline for long-term surveillance of global warming impacts. Plant Ecology & Diversity 6(3-4): 405-422 [doi:10.1080/17550874.2013.802049]
  • Klaus VH (2013) Urban grassland restoration: a neglected opportunity for biodiversity conservation. Restoration Ecology 21: 665–669 [doi: 10.1111/rec.12051]
  • Klaus VH, Hölzel N, Boch S, Müller J, Socher SA, Prati D, Fischer M, Kleinebecker T (2013) Direct and indirect associations between plant species richness and productivity in grasslands: regional differences preclude simple generalization of productivity-biodiversity relationships. Preslia 85: 97–112 [link open access pdf]
  • Klaus VH, Hölzel N, Prati D, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Fischer M, Kleinebecker T (2013) Organic vs. conventional grassland management: Do 15N and 13C isotopic signatures of hay and soil samples differ? PLoS ONE 8(10): e78134 [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078134]
  • Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Prati D, Fischer M, Alt F, Boch S, Gockel S, Gossner M, Hemp A, Lange M, Müller J, Oelmann Y, Pašalić E, Renner SC, Socher SA, Türke M, Weisser WW, Hölzel N (2013) Does organic grassland farming benefit plant and arthropod diversity at the expense of yield and soil fertility? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 177:1-9 [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2013.05.019]
  • Kleinebecker T, Poelen MDM, Smolders AJP, Lamers LPM, Hölzel N (2013) Fast and Inexpensive Detection of Total and Extractable Element Concentrations in Aquatic Sediments Using Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS). PLoS ONE 8(7): e70517 [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070517]
AVS (2013) 16 (3) - Cover
  • Knoth C, Klein B, Prinz T, Kleinebecker T (2013) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as an innovative remote sensing platform to use close range infrared imagery for restoration monitoring in cut-over bogs. Applied Vegetation Science 16 (3): 509-517 [doi:10.1111/avsc.12024]
  • Neuenkamp L, Metsoja JA, Zobel M, Hölzel N (2013) Impact of management on biodiversity-biomass relations in Estonian flooded meadows. Plant Ecology 214 (6): 845-856 [doi:10.1007/s11258-013-0213-y]
  • Sheldon RD, Kamp J, Koshkin MA, Urazaliev RS, Iskakov TK, Field RH, Salemgareev AR, Khrokov VV, Zhuly VA, Sklyarenko SL, Donald PF (2013) Breeding ecology of the globally threatened Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius and the demographic drivers of recent declines. Journal of Ornithology 154 (2): 501-516 [doi:10.1007/s10336-012-0921-4]
  • Teuber LM, Hölzel N, Fraser LH (2013) Livestock grazing in intermountain depressional wetlands - Effects on plant strategies, soil characteristics and biomass. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 175: 21-28 [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2013.04.017]
  • Weking S, Hermann G & Fartmann T (2013) Effects of mire type, land use and climate on a strongly declining wetland butterfly. Journal of Insect Conservation 17(6): 1081-1091 [doi: 10.1007/s10841-013-9585-5]


  • Bassin S, Schalajda J, Vogel A, Suter M (2012) Different types of sub-alpine grassland respond similarly to elevated nitrogen deposition in terms of productivity and sedge abundance. Journal of Vegetation Science 23: 1024–1034 [doi:10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01422.x]
  • Berndt A, Hölzel N (2012) Energy crops as a new bird habitat: Utilization of oilseed rape fields by the rare Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica). Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 527-541 [doi:10.1007/s10531-011-0199-5]
  • Blüthgen N, Dormann C, Prati D, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Alt F, Boch S, Gockel S, Hemp A,  Müller J, Nieschulze J, Renner SC, Schöning I, Schumacher U, Socher SA, Wells K, Birkhofer K, Buscot F,  Oelmann Y, Rothenwöhrer C, Scherber C, Tscharntke T,  Weiner C, Fischer M, Kalko EKV, Linsenmair KE, Schulze E-D, Weisser WW (2012) A quantitative index of land-use intensity in grasslands: integrating mowing, grazing and fertilization. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 207-220 [doi:10.1016/j.baae.2012.04.001]
AVS (2012) 15 (2) Special Issue - Cover
  • Jedrzejek B, Drees B, Daniëls FJA, Hölzel N (2012) Vegetation discontinuities and altitudinal indicator species in mountains of West Greenland: finding the best positions and traits to observe the impact of climate warming in the Arctic. Applied Vegetation Science 15:432-448 [doi:10.1111/j.1654-109X.2012.01186.x]
  • Kamp J, Siderova T, Salemgaarev A, Urazaliev R, Donald PF, Hölzel N (2012) Niche separation of larks (Alaudidae) and agricultural change on the drylands of the former Soviet Union. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 155: 41-49 [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2012.03.023]
  • Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Boch S, Müller J, Socher AS, Prati D, Fischer M, Hölzel N (2012) NIRS meets Ellenberg's indicator values: Prediction of moisture and nitrogen values of agricultural grassland vegetation by means of near-infrared spectral characteristics. Ecological Indicators 14: 82-86 [doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.07.016]
  • Metsoja JA, Neuenkamp L, Pihu S, Vellak K, Kalwij JM, Zobel M (2012) Restoration of flooded meadows in Estonia - vegetation changes and management indicators. Applied Vegetation Science 15: 231-244 [doi:10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01171.x]
  • Müller J, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Prati D, Hölzel N, Fischer M (2012) Impact of Land-Use Intensity and Productivity on Bryophyte Diversity in Agricultural Grasslands. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51520 [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051520]
  • Socher S, Prati D, Müller J, Klaus VH, Hölzel N, Fischer M (2012) Direct and productivity-mediated indirect effects of fertilization, mowing and grazing intensities on grassland plant species richness. Journal of Ecology 100: 1391-1399 [doi:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.02020.x]


  • Kamp J, Urazaliev R, Donald PF, Hölzel, N (2011) Post-Soviet agricultural change predicts future declines after recent recovery in Eurasian steppe bird populations. Biological Conservation 144: 2607-2614 [doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.07.010]
  • Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Blüthgen N, Boch S, Müller J, Socher SA, Prati D, Fischer M (2011) Nutrient concentrations and fibre contents of plant community biomass reflect species richness patterns along a broad range of land-use intensities among agricultural grasslands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 13: 287-295 [doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2011.07.001]
  • Klaus VH, Sintermann J, Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N (2011) Sedimentation-induced eutrophication in large river floodplains - an obstacle to restoration? Biological Conservation 144: 451–458 [doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.09.031]
  • Kleinebecker T, Klaus VH, Hölzel N (2011) Reducing sample quantity and maintaining high prediction accuracy of quality parameters in grassland biomass with near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS). Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy 19: 495-505 [doi:10.1255/jnirs.957]
  • Kleinebecker T, Weber H, Hölzel N (2011) Effects of grazing on seasonal variation of aboveground biomass quality in calcareous grasslands. Plant Ecology 212: 1563–1576 [doi:10.1007/s11258-011-9931-1]


  • Kiehl K, Kirmer A, Donath T, Rasran L, Hölzel N (2010) Species introduction in restoration projects - method evaluation for the establishment of semi-natural grasslands. Basic and Applied Ecology 11: 285-299 [doi:10.1016/j.baae.2009.12.004]
  • Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Vogel A (2010) Patterns and gradients of diversity in South Patagonian ombrotrophic peat bogs. Austral Ecology 35: 1-12 [doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2009.02003.x]
  • Schmidt SR, Kleinebecker T, Vogel A, Hölzel N (2010) Interspecific and geographical differences of plant tissue nutrient concentrations along an environmental gradient in Southern Patagonia, Chile. Aquatic Botany 92: 149-156 [doi:10.1016/j.aquabot.2009.11.002]


  • Kleinebecker T, Schmidt SR, Fritz C, Smolders AJP, Hölzel N (2009) Prediction of δ13C and δ15N in plant tissues with near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy. New Phytologist 184: 732-739 [doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02995.x
  • Oelmann Y, Broll G, Hölzel N, Kleinebecker T, Vogel A, Schwartze P (2009) Nutrient impoverishment and limitation of productivity after 20 years of conservation management in wet grasslands of north-western Germany. Biological Conservation 142: 2941-2948 [doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2009.07.021]
  • Poptcheva K, Schwartze P, Vogel A, Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N (2009) Changes in wet meadow vegetation after 20 years of different management in a field experiment (North-West Germany). Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 134: 108-114. [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2009.06.004]


JVS (2008) 19 (2) - Cover
  • Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Vogel A (2008) South Patagonian ombrotrophic bog vegetation reflects biogeochemical gradients at the landscape level. Journal of Vegetation Science 19 (2):151-160 [doi:10.3170/2008-8-18370] [pdf 191 KB]


  • Donath TW, Bissels S, Hölzel N, Otte A (2007) Large scale application of diaspore transfer with plant material in restoration practice - Impact of seed and microsite limitation. Biological Conservation 138: 224-234 [doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2007.04.020]
  • Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Vogel A (2007) Gradients of continentality and moisture in South Patagonian ombrotrophic peatland vegetation. Folia Geobotanica 42: 363–382 [doi:10.1007/BF02861700] [pdf 385 KB]

*Publications of years before 2007, non-peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations are available in CV's of group members.