My research interest centers around the interface of hydrology and vegetation across different scales. Thereby, I focus the plants perspective and answer questions such as: “Which functional traits plant community dynamics emerge as a function of the hydrological regime?”. To answer these questions I combine field work with computational ecology, specifically simulation models. Modelling is in my opinion a great tool to unravel underlying mechanisms driving the patterns which we observe in the field. Furthermore, modelling offers a possibility to squish the most out of time and labor expensive data. However, I do like theoretical ecology also just for the fun of it.
Currently, I am working as a postdoc within the DRIeR project (Drought impacts, processes and resilience: making the invisible visible), which is funded within the Baden-Württemberg Water Network.
Herberich, M. M., Gayler, S., Anand, M., Tielbörger, K., 2017. Hydrological niche segregation of plant functional traits in an individual-based model. Ecol. Model. 356, 14-24.