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I am interested in the role of functional trait variation in plant and ecosystem functioning, with a particular focus on how vegetation composition impacts on carbon and nutrient cycling. I like to find out not only what determines the functional (trait) diversity of plants in ecosystems, but also how (much) this functional diversity drives important carbon cycling processes. These processes include plant carbon and nutrient gain processes (photosynthesis, nutrient uptake strategy – e.g. snow roots) but especially carbon and nutrient loss processes, such as litter decomposition, fire and herbivory. I study linkages between traits and carbon cycling through lab and field experiments, trait database analyses and meta-analyses, from local to global scale. Via collaborations with modellers I also study how plant trait variation feeds back to climate via carbon cycling processes. Furthermore I study evolutionary patterns in these processes: the Tree of Life of carbon cycling. This approach helps us to reconstruct carbon cycling in the past. In the fire lab, FLARE, we carry out ecological fire experiments. I also coordinate the large ‘tree cemetery’ experiment, LOGLIFE, on tree trait effects on coarse wood decomposition and associated biodiversity. Finally, I am heavily involved in various global change impact experiments and meta-analyses.


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  • Arctic, biogeochemical cycling, comparative plant ecology, cryptogams, diversity, ecosystem hydrology, evolutionary ecology, fire ecology, functional traits, global ecology, global change, litter decomposition, trophic interactions, plant species control, vegetation feedback

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Research Output 1996 2019

Combining tree species and decay stages to increase invertebrate diversity in dead wood

Andringa, J. I., Zuo, J., Berg, M. P., Klein, R., van't Veer, J., de Geus, R., de Beaumont, M., Goudzwaard, L., van Hal, J., Broekman, R., van Logtestijn, R. S. P., Li, Y., Fujii, S., Lammers, M., Hefting, M. M., Sass-Klaassen, U. & Cornelissen, J. H. C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Forest Ecology and Management. 441, p. 80-88 9 p.

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dead wood

Convergent xylem widening among organs across diverse woody seedlings

Zhong, M., Castro-Díez, P., Puyravaud, J. P., Sterck, F. J. & Cornelissen, J. H. C., 1 Jun 2019, In : New Phytologist. 222, 4, p. 1873-1882 10 p.

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Decreased community litter decomposition associated with nitrogen-induced convergence in leaf traits in an alpine meadow

Song, M. H., Chen, J., Xu, X. L., Yu, F. H., Jiang, J., Zheng, L. L. & Cornelissen, J. H. C., 1 Nov 2019, In : Soil and Tillage Research. 194, p. 1-8 8 p., 104332.

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alpine meadows

Effects of Epixylic Vegetation Removal on the Dynamics of the Microbial Community Composition in Decaying Logs in an Alpine Forest

Chang, C., Wu, F., Wang, Z., Tan, B., Cao, R., Yang, W. & Cornelissen, J. H. C., 5 Mar 2019, In : Ecosystems. p. 1-19

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montane forests
community composition
microbial communities
microbial community

Experimental sand burial and precipitation enhancement alter plant and soil carbon allocation in a semi-arid steppe in north China

Ye, X., Liu, Z., Zhang, S., Gao, S., Liu, G., Cui, Q., Du, J., Huang, Z. & Cornelissen, J. H. C., 15 Feb 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 651, Part 2, p. 3099-3106 8 p.

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biomass allocation
soil carbon

Activities 2005 2005

  • 1 Editorial work

Journal of Ecology (Journal)

J.H.C. Cornelissen (Associate editor)

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