Prof. Dr. Vicky Temperton
Professorin für Ecosystem Functioning and Ecosystem Services
My research focusses on grassland ecology and productivity with two key questions:
how interactions between plants (whether negative or positive) influence nutrient cycling and productivity, and how interactions between plants influence assembly and ecosystem functioning. Recently my focus has moved more towards root-root interactions and the potential role of priority effects during assembly as a tool for ecosystem management and restoration. Increasingly, I am investigating the mechanisms behind priority effects (which occur when species arriving first at a site significantly affect further assembly), with a view to informing restoration of degraded sites by creating specific priority effects during community assembly that will provide specific ecosystem services and restoration targets. All research has the overarching goal of being applicable or useful in the long-run for application in restoration ecology and delivering of ecosystem services at local and landscape scale.
Prof. Vicky Temperton is a plant ecologist and full professor in the Institute of Ecology (since April 2015) in the sustainability faculty of Leuphana University in Lüneburg.
She is co-director (with Henrik von Wehrden) of the Research Centre Futures of Ecosystem Services (FuturEs): http://www.leuphana.de/en/research-centers/futures.html
She enjoys transgressing boundaries between disciplines and cultures, being British, born in Luxembourg and living in Germany since 1996.
- Linking biodiversity-ecosystem functioning to natural assembly of plant communities, with a particular focus on priority effects (timing of arrival of plant species and functional groups)
- The role of facilitation in ecosystem functioning and assembly – with particular focus on legume-non legume interactions
- The role diversity and identity in root-root interactions – within nutrient-use versus neighbor identity framings.
- The overarching goal of my research is to test and apply knowledge from biodiversity research for/to ecological restoration.
- Improving the transfer of knowledge in the science-policy interface
- April 2015: Appointment as full professor in ecosystem functioning and services, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany
- Dec. 2013: Completed Habilitation (in Ecology) at University of Bayreuth, Germany
- 2005-2015: Group leader „plant-plant interactions and biodiversity“, Plant Sciences (IBG-2) Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
- 2002-2005: Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany (with Nina Buchmann)
- 2000-2002: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Jena, Institute of Ecology, Jena, Germany (with Gottfried Jetschke and Stefan Halle)
- 1999: Ph.D. in Plant Ecophysiology, University of Edinburgh, UK (with Paul Jarvis and Peter Millard)
- 1992: B.Sc.(Ecology honours), University of York, England (with Alistair Fitter, John Digby)
Memberships and Affiliations
- Society for Ecological Restoration International (SERi)
- Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) European Chapter
- British Ecological Society (BES)
- Geselleschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ)
- Member of Advisory Board of National Institute of Ecology, South Korea
- Introduction to Environmental Sciences
- Ecosystem Functioning and Services
- Wissenschaft nutzt Methoden (Science uses methods)
- Wissenschaft trägt Verantwortung Module (Science takes responsabilty: Zukunststadt Lüneburg 2030+)
- Designing and Analysind Experiments in Ecology (Raumwissenschaften Module)
- Earth Systems and Climate Change
- Earth Systems and Chemical Pollution
Possible topics for bachelor and master’s projects
- Root-root interactions and how these may or may not be different with invasive plant species
- The role of priority effects (who arrives first) in root-root interactions
- The role of priority effects in ecosystem functioning and provisioning of services
- Linking biodiversity and assembly research with restoration of degraded habitats (especially species-rich grasslands)
- Forging stronger links between biodiversity research, ecosystem services and restoration