Prof. Dr. Maaike Bader

Maaike Bader
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Auslandsbeauftragte, ERASMUS-Beauftragte, Universitätsprofessorin


+49 6421 28-28952 maaike.bader@geo 1 Deutschhausstraße 10
35032 Marburg
F|12 Deutsches Haus (Raum: +1/0060)
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Philipps-Universität Marburg Geographie (Fb19) Physische Geographie Biogeographie und Hochgebirgsforschung Ökologische Pflanzengeographie

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  • Vita

    since 2020 Professor at the University of Marburg, Faculty of Geography, Biogeography
    2014-2020 Junior Professor at the University of Marburg, Faculty of Geography, Biogeography
    2007-2014 Lecturer and researcher (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin) in the research group Functional Ecology of Plants (Prof. Dr. Gerhard Zotz), University of Oldenburg, Germany

    PhD, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    Topic: Tropical alpine treelines, how ecological processes control vegetation patterning and dynamics. Advisors: Prof. Dr. Arnold K. Bregt and Prof. Dr. Max Rietkerk
    (Download thesis via Wageningen University)

    2001 MSc Biology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
    2001 Msc Geo-information Science, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Publikationen/Publications


    Pohl, M.J., L.W. Lehnert, B. Thies, K. Seeger, M.B. Berdugo, S.R. Gradstein, M.Y. Bader & J. Bendix 2023. Valleys are a potential refuge for the Amazon lowland forest in the face of increased risk of drought. Communications Earth & Environment 4: 198. doi: 10.1038/s43247-023-00867-6

    Yang, Q., M.Y. Bader, G. Feng, J. Li, D. Zhang & W. Long 2023. Mapping species assemblages of tropical forests at different hierarchical levels based on multivariate regression trees. Forest Ecosystems.  doi: 10.1016/j.fecs.2023.100120

    Ma, Y., B. Weber, A. Kratz, J. Raggio, C. Colesie, M. Veste, M.Y. Bader & P. Porada 2023. Exploring environmental and physiological drivers of the annual carbon budget of biocrusts from various climatic zones with a mechanistic data-driven model. Biogeosciences 20: 2553–2572. doi: 10.5194/bg-20-2553-2023

    van den Brink#, L, R. Canessa#, H. Neidhardt, T. Knüver, A.O. Saldaña, R.S. Ríos, L. Cavieres, Y. Oelmann, M.Y. Bader§ & K. Tielbörger§ (accepted). No home-field advantage in litter decomposition from the desert to temperate forest. Functional Ecology (shared #first and senior§ authorships)

    Birre, D., T. Feuillet, R. Lagalis, J. Milian, F. Alexandre, D. Sheeren, R. Serrano-Notivoli & M.Y. Bader (online early) A new method for quantifying treeline-ecotone change based on multiple spatial pattern dimensions. Landscape Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10980-022-01589-4


    Porada, P., M.Y. Bader, M.B. Berdugo Moreno, C. Colesie, C. Ellis, P. Giordani, U. Herzschuh, S. Launiainen, Y. Ma, J. Nascimbene, I. Petersen, J. Raggio, E. Rodríguez-Caballero, K. Rousk, L. Sancho, C. Scheidegger, S. Seitz, J.T. Van Stan II, M. Veste, B. Weber & D. Weston (accepted) A research agenda for non-vascular photoautotrophs under climate change. New Phytologist. doi: 10.1111/nph.18631

    Berdugo Moreno, M.B., L. Heyer, K. Suárez, J. Déleg, J. Bendix & M.Y. Bader 2022. High-resolution tropical rain-forest canopy climate data. Environmental Data Science 1: e13, 1-19. doi: 10.1017/eds.2022.12

    Wang, Z., C. Pi, W. Bao & M.Y. Bader 2022. Elevational trends in photosynthetic capacity and trait relationships of subtropical montane understorey bryophytes. Ecological Indicators 142: 10925. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2022.109251

    Maynard, L.D., E. Moureau, M.Y. Bader, D. Salazar, G. Zotz & S.R. Whitehead 2022. Effects of climate change on plant resource allocation and herbivore interactions in a Neotropical rainforest shrub. Ecology and Evolution 12(8): e9198. doi: 10.1002/ece3.9198

    Zotz, G. & M.Y. Bader (accepted). The physiology of lichens and bryophytes in the tropical lowlands. In: The First 100 Years of
    Research on Barro Colorado: Ecosystem and Plant Biology. STRI

    Rodríguez-Quiel, E.E., J. Kluge, G. Mendieta-Leiva & M.Y. Bader 2022. Elevational patterns in tropical bryophyte diversity differ among substrates: A case study on Baru volcano, Panama. Journal of Vegtation Science 33(3): e13136. doi: 10.1111/jvs.13136

    Ramírez, L., L.D. Llambí, C.J. Azócar, M. Fernandez, E. Torres, M.Y. Bader 2022. Patterns in climate and seedling establishment at a dry tropical treeline. Plant Ecology 223: 1047–1068. doi: 10.1007/s11258-022-01257-2

    Canessa, R., L. van den Brink, M.B. Berdugo Moreno, S. Hättenschwiler, R.S. Ríos, A.O. Saldaña, K. Tielbörger & M.Y. Bader 2022. Trait functional diversity explains mixture effects on litter decomposition at the arid end of a climate gradient. Journal of Ecology 110(9): 2219-2231. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13946

    Berdugo Moreno, M. B., S.R. Gradstein, L. Guérot, S. León-Yánez, J. Bendix & M.Y. Bader 2022. Diversity patterns of epiphytic bryophytes across spatial scales: species-rich crowns and beta-diverse trunks. Biotropica 54(4): 893-905. doi: 10.1111/btp.13113

    Lembrechts J.J., J. van den Hoogen et al. 2022. Global maps of soil temperature. Global Change Biology 28(9): 3110-3144. doi: 10.1111/gcb.16060 (>100 authors, SoilTemp consortium)

    Mežaka, A., G. Mendieta Leiva, N. Salazar-Allen & M.Y. Bader 2022. Life on a leaf: the development of spatial structure in epiphyll communities. Journal of Ecology 110(3): 619-630. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13824

    Bader M.Y., E. Moureau, N. Nikolić & G. Zotz 2022. Simulating climate change in situ in tropical rainforest understoreys using active warming and CO2 addition. Ecology and Evolution 12(1): e8406. doi: 10.1002/ece3.8406


    Pohl, M.J., L. Lehnert, M.Y. Bader, S.R. Gradstein, J. Viehweger & J. Bendix 2021. A new fog and low stratus retrieval for tropical South America reveals widespread fog in lowland forests. Remote Sensing of Environment 264: 112620. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2021.112620

    Wang, Z., M.Y. Bader, C. Pi, Y. He, S. Guo & W. Bao 2021. Does the removal of non-photosynthetic sections lead to a down-regulation of photosynthesis in mosses? A first experiment. Cryptogamie Bryologie 42(7): 117-127. doi:10.5252/cryptogamie-bryologie2021v42a7

    Bader, M.Y., L.D. Llambí, B.S. Case, H.L. Buckley, J. Toivonen, J.J. Camarero, D.M. Cairns, C.D. Brown, T. Wiegand & L.M. Resler 2021. A global framework for linking alpine-treeline ecotone patterns to underlying processes. Ecography 44(2): 265-292. doi: 10.1111/ecog.05285

    Canessa, R., L. van den Brink, A.O. Saldaña, R.S. Ríos, S. Hättenschwiler, C. Müller, I. Prater, K. Tielbörger & M.Y. Bader 2021. The relative effects of climate and litter traits on decomposition change with time, climate and trait variability. Journal of Ecology 109(1): 447-458. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13516

    Gómez González, D.C., G. Zotz & M.Y. Bader 2021. The role of epiphytes in rainfall interception by a tropical montane cloud forest in Panama. In: J. W. Dalling and B. L. Turner, editors. Fortuna Forest Reserve, Panama: interacting effects of climate and soils on the biota of a wet premontane tropical forest. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany.


    Lembrechts et al. 2020. SoilTemp: A global database of near-surface temperature. Global Change Biology Early view. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15123 (>100 authors, data contribution)

    Méndez Castro, F.E., G. Mendieta Leiva, D. Rao & M.Y. Bader 2020. Island-biogeographic patterns of spider communities on epiphytes depend on differential space use among functional groups. Journal of Biogeography 47(6): 1322-1332. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13812

    Mendieta-Leiva, G., P. Porada & M.Y. Bader 2020. Interactions of epiphytes with precipitation partitioning. Chapter 9 in: Van Stan II, J.T., J. Friesen, and E. Gutmann. Precipitation Partitioning by Vegetation: A Global Synthesis. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29702-2_9

    Allen, S.T., D.P Aubrey, M.Y. Bader, M. Coenders-Gerrits, J. Friesen, E.D. Gutmann, F. Guillemette, C. Jiménez-Rodríguez, R. Keim, A. Klamerus-Iwan, G. Mendieta-Leiva, P. Porada, R.G. Qualls, B. Schiperoort, A. Stubbins, J.T. Van Stan II 2020. Key questions on the evaporation and transport of intercepted precipitation. Chapter 16 in: Van Stan II, J.T., J. Friesen, & E. Gutmann. Precipitation Partitioning by Vegetation: A Global Synthesis. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29702-2_16

    Mežaka, A., M.Y. Bader, N. Salazar-Allen & G. Mendieta Leiva 2020. Epiphyll specialisation for leaf and forest successional stages in a tropical lowland rainforest. Journal of Vegetation Science 31(1): 118-128. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12830

    Jung, P., K. Baumann, L.W. Lehnert, E. Samolov, S. Achilles, M. Schermer, U. Karsten, L.M. Wraase, M.Y. Bader, P. Leinweber, J. Bendix & B. Büdel 2020. Desert breath - how fog promotes a novel type of soil biocoenosis, forming the coastal Atacama Desert’s living skin. Geobiology 18(1): 113-124 doi: 10.1111/gbi.12368


    Rodríguez-Quiel, E.E., G. Mendieta-Leiva & M.Y. Bader 2019. Different elevational patterns of bryophyte and lichen biomass and water-holding capacity among substrates in the tropical montane forest of Baru volcano, Panama. Journal of Bryology. doi: 10.1080/03736687.2019.1584433 Free access: eprint/kIyfGmA2pSir9uSiSdgv/ full?target=10.1080/03736687. 2019.1584433

    Brodersen, C.R., M.J. Germino, D.M. Johnson, K. Reinhardt, W.K. Smith, L. M. Resler, M.Y. Bader, A. Sala, L.M. Kueppers, G. Broll, D.M Cairns, F.-K. Holtmeier, G. Wieser (2019) Seedling survival at timberlines is critical to conifer mountain forest elevation and extent. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00009


    Méndez Castro, F.E., M.Y. Bader, G. Mendieta Leiva & D. Rao 2018. Islands in the trees: A biogeographic exploration of epiphyte-dwelling spiders. Journal of Biogeography 45: 2262–2271. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13422

    Wang, Z. & M.Y. Bader 2018. Associations between shoot-level water relations and photosynthetic responses to water and light in 12 moss species. AoB Plants ply034 doi: 10.1093/aobpla/ply034

    Bader, M.Y., H. Loranger, G. Zotz & G. Mendieta Leiva 2018. Responses of tree seedlings near alpine treeline to delayed snowmelt and reduced sky exposure. Forests 9, 12; doi: 10.3390/f9010012

    Toivonen, J.M., C.A. Gonzales-Inca, M.Y. Bader, K. Ruokolainen & M. Kessler 2018. Elevational shifts in the topographic position of Polylepis forest stands in the Andes of southern Peru. Forests 9, 7; doi: 10.3390/f9010007

    Bernhard, N., L.-M. Moskwa, R. Oeser, R. Canessa, M.Y. Bader, K. Baumann, F. von Blancken-burg, J. Boy, L. van den Brink, E. Brucker, M. Dippold, T. Ehlers, J.P. Fuentes, R. Godoy, M. Köster, Y. Kuzyakov, P. Leinweber, H. Neidhardt, F. Matus, C.W. Mueller, Y. Oelmann, R. Oses, P. Osses, L. Paulino, M. Schaller, M. Schmid, K. Schmidt, S. Spielvogel, M. Spohn, S. Stock, N. Stroncik, K. Tielbörger, K. Übernickel, T. Scholten, O. Seguel, D. Wagner, P. Kühn 2018. Pedogenic and microbial interrelations to regional climate and local topography: new insights from a climate gradient (arid to humid) along the Coastal Cordillera of Chile. Catena 170: 335-355.

    Oeser, R., N. Stroncik, L.-M. Moskwa, N. Bernhard, M. Schaller, R. Canessa, L. van den Brink, M. Köster, E. Brucker, S. Stock, J.P. Fuentes, R. Godoy, F.J. Matus, R. Oses Pedraza, P. Osses McIntyre, L. Paulino, O. Seguel, M.Y. Bader, J. Boy, M.A. Dippold, T.A. Ehlers, P. Kühn, Y. Kuzyakov, P. Leinweber, T. Scholten, S. Spielvogel, M. Spohn, K. Übernickel, K. Tielbörger, D. Wagner & F. von Blanckenburg 2018. Chemistry and microbiology of the critical zone along a steep climate and vegetation gradient in the Chilean Coastal Cordillera. Catena 170: 183-203.

    Mežaka, A., A. Priede, L. Dobkeviča & M.Y. Bader 2018. Environmental controls of raised-bog vegetation in the Baltic boreo-nemoral zone. Folia Geobotanica; doi: 10.1007/s12224-017-9305-0 (full text)

    Djukic, I., S. Kepfer-Rojas, I. Kappel Schmidt, K. Steenberg Larsen, C. Beier, B. Berg, K. Verheyen, TeaComposition* 2018. Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of the Total Environment 628-629: 1369-1394 *(M.Y. Bader and R. Canessa among over 300 authors, data contribution)


    García, M.C., L.A. Cavieres, G. Zotz & M.Y. Bader 2017. Carbohydrate reserves in the facilitator cushion plant Laretia acaulis suggest carbon limitation at high elevation and no negative effects of beneficiary plants. Oecologia 183: 997-1006

    Gómez González, D.C., C. Rodríguez Quiel, G. Zotz & M.Y. Bader 2017. Species richness and biomass of the epiphytic vegetation in a tropical montane forest, western Panama. Tropical Conservation Science 10: 1–17 (full text)

    Loranger, H., G. Zotz & M.Y. Bader 2017. Competitor or facilitator? The ambiguous role of grassland vegetation tree seedling emergence, survival and carbon relations at the alpine treeline. Oikos 10.1111/oik.04377

    Wang, Z., X. Liu, Z. Zhu, M.Y. Bader & W. Bao 2017. Comparisons of photosynthesis-related traits of 27 abundant or subordinate bryophyte species in a subalpine old-growth fir forest. Ecology and Evolution 7: 7454–7461 (full text)

    Wang, Z., X. Liu, M.Y. Bader, D. Feng & W. Bao 2017. The ‘plant economic spectrum’ in bryophytes, a comparative study in subalpine forest. American Journal of Botany 104: 261-270


    García, M.C., M.Y. Bader & L.A. Cavieres 2016. Facilitation consequences for reproduction of the benefactor cushion plant Laretia acaulis along an elevational gradient: costs or benefits? Oikos 125: 434-442.

    Loranger, H., G. Zotz & M.Y. Bader 2016. Early establishment of trees at the alpine treeline: idiosyncratic species responses to temperature-moisture interactions. AoB Plants 8: plw053; 10.1093/aobpla/plw053 (full text)


    Bader, M. Y., H. Loranger & G. Zotz. 2014. A cool experimental approach to explain elevational treelines, but can it explain them? American Journal of Botany 101: 1403-1408.

    Wagner, S., G. Zotz & M. Y. Bader. 2014. Physiological ecology of tropical bryophytes. In: S. Rice & D. Hanson [eds.], Photosynthesis of Bryophytes and Early Land Plants, Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, 269-290 Springer.

    Wagner, S., G. Zotz & M. Y. Bader. 2014. The temperature acclimation potential of tropical bryophytes. Plant Biology 16: 117-124. <<media coverage>>


    Bader, M. Y., T. Reich, S. Wagner, A. S. Gonzalez Gonzalez & G. Zotz. 2013. Differences in desiccation tolerance do not explain altitudinal distribution patterns of tropical bryophytes. Journal of Bryology 35: 47-56.

    Wagner, S., G. Zotz, N. Salazar Allen & M. Y. Bader. 2013. Altitudinal changes in temperature responses of net photosynthesis and dark respiration in tropical bryophytes. Annals of Botany 111: 455-465.


    Malanson, G. P., L. M. Resler, M. Y. Bader, F.-K. Holtmeier, D. R. Butler, D. J. Weiss, L. D. Daniels & D. B. Fagre. 2011. Mountain Treelines: a Roadmap for Research Orientation. Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research 43: 167-177.

    Harsch, M. A. & M. Y. Bader. 2011. Treeline form - a potential key to understanding treeline dynamics. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 582-596

    Zotz, G. & M. Y. Bader. 2011. Sampling vascular epiphyte diversity - Species richness and community structure. Ecotropica 17: 103-112.


    Bader, M. Y., G. Zotz & O. L. Lange. 2010. How to minimize the sampling effort for obtaining reliable estimates of diel and annual CO2 budgets in lichens. The Lichenologist 42: 97-111.


    Bader, M. Y., G. Menke & G. Zotz. 2009. Pronounced drought tolerance characterizes the early life stages of the epiphytic bromeliad Tillandsia flexuosa. Functional Ecology 23: 472-479.

    Zotz, G. & M. Y. Bader. 2009. Epiphytic plants in a changing world - Global change effects on vascular and non-vascular epiphytes. In U. Lüttge, W. Beyschlag, B.Büdel, &  D. Francis [eds.], Progress in Botany, vol. 70, 147-170. Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.


    Bader, M. Y., M. Rietkerk & A. K. Bregt. 2008. A simple spatial model exploring positive feedbacks at tropical alpine treelines. Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research 40: 269-278.

    Bader, M. Y. & J. J. A. Ruijten. 2008. A topography-based model of forest cover at the alpine tree line in the tropical Andes. Journal of Biogeography 35: 711-723.

    Di Pasquale, G., M. Marziano, S. Impagliazzo, C. Lubritto, A. De Natale & M. Y. Bader. 2008. The Holocene treeline in the northern Andes (Ecuador): First evidence from soil charcoal. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 259: 17-34.


    Bader, M. Y., M. Rietkerk & A. K. Bregt. 2007a. Vegetation structure and temperature regimes of tropical alpine treelines. Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research 39: 353-364.

    Bader, M. Y., I. Van Geloof & M. Rietkerk. 2007b. High solar radiation hinders tree regeneration above the alpine treeline in northern Ecuador. Plant Ecology 191: 33-45.

    Before 2007

    Bader, M., H. J. F. van Dunne & H. J. Stuiver. 2000. Epiphyte distribution in a secondary cloud forest vegetation; a case study of the application of GIS in epiphyte ecology. Ecotropica 6: 181-195 (full text)

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