Maximilian Hanusch

Maximilian Hanusch
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Philipps-Universität Marburg Biologie (Fb17) Biodiversität Evolutionäre Ökologie der Pflanzen (AG Junker)

START-Project/University Salzburg

Plants are key drivers in the development of complex high-altitude ecosystems. They serve as habitat and food source for arthropods, live in close relationship with (nitrogen fixing-) microorganisms, accumulate biomass and thus prepare the soil for further succession. For my PhD, I chose vascular and non-vascular plants as model organisms to disentangle the community-wide interdependencies among different taxonomic groups during the establishment of a diverse ecosystem. Field surveys (including vegetation analysis, arthropod sampling and microbiome assessment) are the backbone of my work and will be complemented with innovative microcosm experiments under laboratory conditions. Such experiments allow to explicitly test ecological patterns revealed by field-data, for instance the direct and indirect effects of the natural microbiome on host plants and interrelated taxonomic groups.

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