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Philine Raubold



 Professur für Angewandte Vegetationsökologie
 Tennenbacherstr. 4
 79085 Freiburg im Breisgau     


 Zimmer 2027
 Tel. 0761/203-95211
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BioDiv - Effects of admixing drought-tolerant tree species to beech stands on plant diversity

The tree species spruce, beech and fir are especially vulnerable to the predicted increase in droughts due to climate change and will hence loose importance in forest ecosystems until 2100. Therefore, a forest conversion with drought-tolerant tree species in vulnerable regions is essential and plays a key role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Currently, there is a lack of empirical studies, investigating how different tree species affect the diversity of ground and epiphytic vegetation.

I'm a PhD student working in the project "BioDiv", which is funded by the Waldklimafonds (BMEL, BMU). This project investigates the effect of admixing drought tolerant tree species into Fagus sylvatica stands on plant diversity (vascular plants, epiphytic bryophytes and lichen) and aims at providing practical recommendations for the forest community.
For this purpose, vegetation will be mapped on up to 240 plots across southern Germany that differ in their degree of mixing with other tree species. The target species are: (1) Quercus petraea (2) Quercus rubra, (3) Pseudotsuga menziesii, (4) Abies alba, (5) Tilia sp./ Acer sp./ Sorbus torminales/ Carpinus betula. Site characteristics like elevation, nutrient supply and usable field capacity also will be determined.

Research interests:

  • forest ecosystems
  • vegetation ecology
  • bryophyte and lichen diversity
  • ecological data in R
  • interactions between vegetation, soil and atmosphere due to climate change
  • plant physiology


Curriculum vitae:

Since April 2021      PhD Student at the Chair of Applied Vegetation Ecology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

2015 - 2021             Scientific assistant at the Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg (FVA),
                                Department of Soil and Environment

2015 - 2020             Study of Environmental Science, Ecology of Climate Change (main focus)   
                                Master Thesis: "Bedeutung der Esche für die Moosdiversität vor dem Hintergrund des
                                Eschensterbens durch den Befall mit Hymenoscyphus fraxineus"
                                (Degree obtained: M.Sc)

WS 2016/17            Semester abroad, BOKU Vienna, Austria

2011 - 2015             Study of Forestry and Environment, International Forestry (minor subject)    
                                Bachelor Thesis: "Effekte unterschiedlicher Landnutzungen in Deutschland auf Erosion und
                                ausgewählte Bodeneigenschaften"
                                (Degree obtained: B.Sc)