Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Stefan Trogisch


Stefan Trogisch

Institut für Biologie / Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten
Am Kirchtor 1
06108 Halle (Saale)

phone: 0345 55 26198

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
  • Forest Ecology
  • Nitrogen Cycling
  • Stable Isotope Ecology

Curriculum Vitae

since 2018

Scientific Coordinator of the International Research Training Group TreeDì (GRK 2324)

TreeDì - Tree Diversity Interactions: The role of tree-tree interactions in local neighbourhoods in Chinese subtropical forests   

since 2012

Research Associate

Scientific Coordinator in Halle for the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv   ) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

2008 - 2012

Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Grassland Sciences Group, ETH Zurich   , Switzerland
Department of Geobotany   , Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

2002 - 2008

Studies in Biology, University of Leipzig
Major subjects: Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Biochemistry



  • Huang Y, Chen Y, Castro-Izaguirre N, Baruffol M, Brezzi M,  Lang A, Li Y, Härdtle W, Oheimb G von, Yang X, Liu X, Pei K, Both S,  Yang B, Eichenberg D, Assmann T, Bauhus J, Behrens T, Buscot F, Chen X-Y, Chesters D, Ding B-Y, Durka W, Erfmeier A, Fang J, Fischer M, Guo L-D, Guo D, Gutknecht JL, He J-S, He C-L, Hector A, Hönig L, Hu R-Y, Klein A-M, Kühn P, Liang Y, Li S, Michalski S, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schmidt K, Scholten T, Schuldt A, Shi X, Tan M-Z, Tang Z, Trogisch S, Wang Z, Welk E, Wirth C, Wubet T, Xiang W, Yu M, Yu X-D, Zhang J, Zhang S, Zhang N, Zhou H-Z, Zhu C-D, Zhu L, Bruelheide H, Ma K, Niklaus PA, Schmid B (2018) Impacts of species richness on productivity in a large-scale subtropical forest experiment. Science 362:80–83.   
  • Schuldt  A, Assmann T, Brezzi M, Buscot F, Eichenberg D, Gutknecht J, Härdtle  W, He JS, Klein AM, Kühn P, Liu X, Ma K, Niklaus PA, Pietsch KA,  Purahong W, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schmid B, Scholten T, Staab M,  Tang Z, Trogisch S, von Oheimb G, Wirth C, Wubet T, Zhu CD, Bruelheide H (2018) Biodiversity across trophic levels drives multifunctionality in  highly diverse forests. Nature Communications 9: 2989.   
  • Djukic I, Kepfer-Rojas S, Kappel Schmidt I,  Steenberg Larsen K, Beier C, Berg B, Verheyen K, TeaComposition (2018) Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of The Total Environment 628-629:1369–1394. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.012.   
  • Trogisch S, Schuldt A, Bauhus J, Blum J, Both S, Buscot F, Castro-Izaguirre  N, Chesters D, Durka W, Eichenberg D, Erfmeier A, Fischer M, Geißler C,  Germany M, Goebes P, Gutknecht J, Hahn C, Haider S, Härdtle W, He J-S, Hector A, Hönig L, Huang Y, Klein A-M, Kühn P, Kunz M, Leppert K, Li Y, Liu X, Niklaus P, Pei Z, Pietsch K, Prinz R, Proß T, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schmidt K, Scholten T, Seitz S, Song Z, Staab M, von Oheimb G, Weißbecker C, Welk, E, Wirth C, Wubet T, Yang B, Yang X, Zhu C-D,  Schmid B, Ma K & Bruelheide H (2017) Toward a methodical framework  for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3488.   
  • Wang  C, Ma Y, Trogisch S, Huang Y, Geng Y, Scherer-Lorenzen M, He J-S  (2017) Soil  respiration is driven by fine root biomass along a forest  chronosequence  in subtropical China. Journal of Plant Ecology. doi:10.1093/jpe/rtw044.   
  • Trogisch S, Salmon Y, He J-S, Hector A, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2016)  Spatio-temporal water uptake patterns of tree saplings are not altered  by interspecific interaction in the early stage of a subtropical forest.  Forest Ecology and Management. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.02.018.   
  • Trogisch S, He J, Hector A, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2015) Impact of  species diversity, stand age and environmental factors on leaf litter  decomposition in subtropical forests in China. Plant and Soil. doi:10.1007/s11104-015-2737-5.   
  • Eichenberg D, Trogisch S, Huang Y, He J-S, Bruelheide H  (2014). Shifts in community leaf functional traits are related to litter  decomposition along a secondary forest succession series in subtropical  China. Journal of Plant Ecology. doi:10.1093/jpe/rtu021.   
  • Bruelheide, H., Nadrowski, K., Assmann, T., Bauhus, J., Both, S., Buscot, F., Chen, X.-Y., Ding, B.Y., Durka, W., Erfmeier, A., Gutknecht, J.L.M., Guo, D.L., Guo, L.-D., Härdtle, W., He, J.-S., Klein, A.-M., Kühn, P., Liang, Y., Liu, X.J., Michalski, S., Niklaus, P.A., Pei, K.Q., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scholten, T., Schuldt, A., Seidler, G., Trogisch, S., von Oheimb, G., Welk, E., Wirth, C., Wubet, T., Yang, X.F., Yu, M.J., Zhang, S.R., Zhou, H.Z., Fischer, M., Ma, K.P.,  Schmid, B. (2014): Designing forest biodiversity experiments: general  considerations illustrated by a new large experiment in subtropical  China. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 74–89. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12126.   
  • Lang AC, von Oheimb G, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Yang B, Trogisch S,  Bruelheide H, Ma KP, Härdle W (2013). Mixed afforestations of young  subtropical trees promote nitrogen acquisition and retention. Journal of  Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12157.   
  • Wu Y-T, Wubet T, Trogisch S,  Both S, Scholten T, Bruelheide H, Buscot F (2013). Forest age and plant  species composition determine the soil fungal community structure in a  Chinese subtropical forest. PLoS ONE 8(6): e66829. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066829   .
  • Both S, Fang T, Böhnke M, Bruelheide H, Geißler C, Kuehn P, Scholten T, Trogisch S,  Erfmeier A (2011) Lack of tree layer control on herb layer  characteristics in a subtropical forest, China. Journal of Vegetation  Science 22: 1120–1131. doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01324.x.   
  • Bruelheide H, Böhnke M, Both S, Fang T, Assmann T, Baruffol M, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Chen X-Y, Ding B.-Y, Durka W, Erfmeier A., Fischer M, Geißler C, Guo D, Guo L-D, Härdtle W, He, J-S, Hector, A, Kröber, W, Kühn, P, Lang, AC, Nadrowski K, Pei KQ, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Shi XZ, Scholten T, Schuldt A, Trogisch S, von Oheimb G, Welk E, Wirth C, Wu, Y-T,  Yang XF, Yu MJ, Zeng XQ, Zhang SR, Zhou HZ, Ma KP & Schmid B (2011)  Community assembly during secondary forest succession in a Chinese  subtropical forest. Ecological Monographs 81: 25-41. doi: 10.1890/09-2172.1.   

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Türke M, Feldmann R, Fürst B, Hartmann H, Herrmann M, Klotz S,Mathias G, Meldau S, Ottenbreit M, Reth S, Schädler M, Trogisch S,  Buscot F & Eisenhauer N (2017) Multitrophische  Biodiversitätsmanipulation unter kontrollierten Umweltbedingungen im  iDiv Ecotron. 17. Gumpensteiner Lysimetertagung, 09.-10.05.2017, Bericht  HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein 2017, pp. 107 – 114, ISBN:    978-3-902849-45-8.
  • Homeier J, Salazar L, Chinchero MA, Bossen S, Trogisch S, Unger  M, Kessler M, Kluge J, Navarrete H & Leucher C (2017) Diversidad  de  plantas vasculares en relación con factores edafológicos y  climáticos  en los bosques de la Reserva Biosfera Sumaco y sus  alrededores. Pp.
    2013-218, En: Torres, B.; J.C. Vargas; Y. Arteaga; A. Torres y
    P. Lozano. (Eds) 2017. Gente, Bosque y Biodiversidad: El
    rol del bosque sobre la biodiversidad y las poblaciones
    rurales.  Universidad  Estatal Amazónica.  Puyo,  Ecuador.
    279 pp.

Conference Contributions

  • Liu XJ, Trogisch S, Schmid B, He J-S, Bruelheide H, Tang ZY, Erfmeier A,  Scherer-Lorenzen A, Pietsch K, Yang B, Kühn P, Scholten T, Huang YY,  Wang C, Staab M, Leppert K, Niklaus P, Wirth C & Ma KP (2017) Diversity and stand age increase carbon storage and fluxes in subtropical forests, Ecology across borders, Joint Annual Meeting, Ghent/Belgium, poster
  • Trogisch S, He J-S, Hector A, Scherer-Lorenzen M  (2015) Impact of tree diversity, stand age and environmental factors on  leaf litter decomposition in subtropical forests in China, Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), 45th Annual Conference 2015,  Göttingen/Germany, poster
  • Trogisch S, Salmon Y, He J-S, Hector A, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2014) Species identity rather than diversity controls spatio-temporal  water uptake patterns in subtropical tree sapling communities,  Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), 44th Annual Conference 2014,  Hildesheim/Germany, talk
  • Trogisch S, Bruelheide H (2012) The Biodiversity-Ecosystem-Functioning Experiment “BEF-China” – a research platform of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). Sino-German Expert Exchange on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, A BfN-CRAES-Initiative to support national TEEB processes, Leipzig/ Germany, talk
  • Trogisch S, He JS, Hector A, Salmon Y, Scherer-Lorenzen  M (2011) Testing for soil water partitioning in experimental tree  sapling communities using deuterium as isotopic  tracer, Symposium of  the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center  “Understanding Plant Phenotypes”, Zurich, Switzerland, poster
  • Trogisch S, He JS, Hector A, Scherer-Lorenzen M (2011) Testing for N-use complementarity among four subtropical tree species using 15N tracers, Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), 41st Annual Conference 2011, Oldenburg/Germany, talk
  • Trogisch S & Scherer-Lorenzen M (2011) 15N tracer technique as effective tool to study N-use complementarity in experimental plant communities COST Action Meeting "Advances in N tracer experiments and 15N methods", Gothenburg/Sweden, invited talk
  • Trogisch S, He JS, Hector A, Geißler C, Ma Y, Scherer-Lorenzen  M (2011) Soil nitrogen storage potential along a successional forest  gradient in subtropical China, Nitrogen and Global Change, Edinburgh/UK,  talk
  • Trogisch S, Moritz S, Homeier J, Leuschner C  (2008) Diversity and indigenous use of five important plant families in  the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador. Society for Tropical Ecology  (gtö), Hohenheim/Germany, poster

Field Experience

  • 2017
    China, BEF-China Tree Diversity Experiment (2 weeks)
  • 2017
    Panama, Sardinilla Tree Diversity Experiment (2 weeks)
  • 2014
    South Africa, Excursion to the Cape Floristic Region (3 weeks)
  • 2008 - 2010
    China, Gutianshan National Nature Reserve (15 months)
  • 2006
    Ecuador, Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park (3 months)
  • 2005
    Kenya, Kakamega Forest National Reserve (3 months)        
    Brazil, Excursion to Mata Atlântica and cerrado region (3 weeks)