Merten Ehmig

Merten Ehmig


Tel.: +41 (0)44 634 84 16

Research Interests

Coexistence of plant species and the resulting species diversity can be seen as a consequence of ecological processes, which effect species and their attributes over space and time Hence, current hypotheses of present day diversity address consequences of environmental filtering, accumulation of species over time by speciation processes, competitive processes which lead to exclusion as well as strategies to avoid outcompetition along space, time, resource acquisition and usage. There is also a hypotheses that proposes the neutrality of competitive abilities of coexisting species at all. However, which factors determine biodiversity and to which extent is still mostly unclear. The current biodiversity differs largely between regions. Global diversity hotspots are well described and one of them is the South African cape flora. By addressing if and how functional differences might facilitate the local coexistence with regard to environmental conditions in the cape flora, I try to untie the coexistence patterns of the enormous species diversity in this part of the world.

2015PhD Student, Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zürich, Peter Linder
2015Research assistant, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig
Jonathan Chase
2012-2015Msc Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg Thesis: A new approach to identify local species pools using plant functional traits.
Department of Geobotany and Botanical Garden, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Perth
Helge Bruelheide and Laco Mucina
2013Research Assistant, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
Samuel Wuest and Bernhard Schmid
2012-2013Research assistant, BEF China Project, Xingangshan, Jiangxi Province and Department of Geobotany and Botanical Garden, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Wenzel Kröber and Helge Bruelheide
2010-2012Bsc Martin Luther, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg Thesis: Cavitation thresholds of 12 trees differing in xylem structure, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Department of Geobotany and Botanical Garden
Helge Bruelheide