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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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Research Output 1996 2018

Continental mapping of forest ecosystem functions reveals a high but unrealised potential for forest multifunctionality

van der Plas, F. , Ratcliffe, S. , Ruiz-Benito, P. , Scherer-Lorenzen, M. , Verheyen, K. , Wirth, C. , Zavala, M. A. , Ampoorter, E. , Baeten, L. , Barbaro, L. , Bastias, C. C. , Bauhus, J. , Benavides, R. , Benneter, A. , Bonal, D. , Bouriaud, O. , Bruelheide, H. , Bussotti, F. , Carnol, M. , Castagneyrol, B. & 51 others Charbonnier, Y., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Dahlgren, J., Checko, E., Coppi, A., Dawud, S. M., Deconchat, M., De Smedt, P., De Wandeler, H., Domisch, T., Finer, L., Fotelli, M., Gessler, A., Granier, A., Grossiord, C., Guyot, V., Haase, J., Haettenschwiler, S., Jactel, H., Jaroszewicz, B., Joly, F-X., Jucker, T., Kambach, S., Kaendler, G., Kattge, J., Koricheva, J., Kunstler, G., Lehtonen, A., Liebergesell, M., Manning, P., Milligan, H., Mueller, S., Muys, B., Nguyen, D., Nock, C., Ohse, B., Paquette, A., Penuelas, J., Pollastrini, M., Radoglou, K., Raulund-Rasmussen, K., Roger, F., Seidl, R., Selvi, F., Stenlid, J., Valladares, F., van Keer, J., Vesterdal, L., Fischer, M., Gamfeldt, L. & Allan, E. Jan 2018 In : Ecology Letters. 21, 1, p. 31-42

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Specific leaf area predicts dryland litter decomposition via two mechanisms

Liu, G., Wang, L., Jiang, L., Pan, X., Huang, Z., Dong, M. & Cornelissen, J. H. C. 1 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Ecology. 106, 1, p. 218-229 12 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Are litter decomposition and fire linked through plant species traits?

Cornelissen, J. H. C., Grootemaat, S., Verheijen, L. M., Cornwell, W. K., van Bodegom, P. M., van der Wal, R. & Aerts, R. 2017 In : New Phytologist.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

A test of the hierarchical model of litter decomposition

Bradford, M. A., Ciska, G. F., Bonis, A., Bradford, E. M., Classen, A. T., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Crowther, T. W., De Long, J. R., Freschet, G. T., Kardol, P., Manrubia-Freixa, M., Maynard, D. S., Newman, G. S., Logtestijn, R. S. P., Viketoft, M., Wardle, D. A., Wieder, W. R., Wood, S. A. & Van Der Putten, W. H. 1 Dec 2017 In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 1, 12, p. 1836-1845 10 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Bark traits, decomposition and flammability of Australian forest trees

Grootemaat, S., Wright, I. J., Van Bodegom, P. M., Cornelissen, J. H. C. & Shaw, V. 2017 In : Australian Journal of Botany. 65, 4, p. 327-338 12 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle