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Dr. Johannes Metz


University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research | Plant Systematics
Maulbeerallee 1 (2nd floor, room: 2.02)
14469 Potsdam , Germany

Phone: +49 331 977 1938
Fax: +49 331 977 1930
E-Mail: johmetz@uni-potsdam.nomorespam.de


Education and Experience

  • 2014-2018: Senior Postdoc with Prof. F. Jeltsch, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Potsdam
  • 2012-2014: Postdoc within the DFG Priority Programme “Adaptomics” with K. Tielbörger (University of Tübingen)      “Phenotypic & genetic variation in Biscutella didyma - A combined ecological - genomic approach”
  • 2011-2012: Training as Highschool Teacher for Biology and Geography (‘Referendariat’)
  • 2005-2010: PhD with Prof. K. Tielbörger (University of Tübingen, Germany) and Prof. J. Kigel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) “The sensitivity of Eastern Mediterranean plant communities to variations in rainfall and their vulnerability to global climate change
  • 1998-2004: Degree in Biology, Geography & Education (University of Freiburg, University of Leipzig)

Current Employment

  • since 04/2018 Interim Head of "Plant Systematics & Biodiversity Research", University of Potsdam
  • 10/2014 - 03/2018 senior Postdoc with Prof. Florian Jeltsch, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation,    University of Potsdam

Research interests

  • Adaptive strategies  of plants to environmental stress
  • Effects of environmental stress on plant-plant interactions and community composition
  • Vulnerability of plant communities to global change

Supervised Theses

Kürschner, Tobias (Master) Effects of fragmentation and habitat age on functional diversity in forest remnants in an agricultural landscape. (in preparation)

Friedl, Carolin (Bachelor) Die historische Verbreitung der Grünlandorchidee Dactylorhiza majalis von 1790 bis 1990 in Brandenburg. (in preparation)

Jost, Lucas (Master) Veränderungen der märkischen Dorfvegetation – eine Wiederholungsaufnahme nach 35 Jahren. 2017

Kremser, Anne (Master) Im Anpassungskonflikt zwischen Trockenstress und Konkurrenz: Merkmalsverschiebungen einer annuellen Grasart entlang eines Niederschlagsgradienten. 2017

Poppei, Marie (Master) Einfluss von Pflegemaßnahmen und Klima auf populationsdynamische Veränderungen von Grünlandorchideen in Brandenburg. 2017

Bareither, Nils (Master) Drought adaptation vs. competitive ability - key trait differentiation within the annual Mediterranean grass species Brachypodium hybridum along a rain gradient in Israel. 2017

Freundt, Hanna (Bachelor) Der Einfluss des Herkunftsklimas und der Konkurrenz durch Nachbarpflanzen auf das Keimungsverhalten des Modellgrases Brachypodium hybridum. 2016

Kurze, Susanne (Master sub-project) Life-history variation in an annual grass along a gradient of environmental productivity and predictability. 2015

von Oppen, Jonathan (Bachelor) The interplay of interactions and parental effects on the performance of a semiarid annual plant species along an aridity gradient. 2013


Metz J, Freundt H, Jeltsch F (2018) Stable germination behavior but partly changing seed–seed interactions along a steep rainfall gradient. Basic and Applied Ecology https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2018.01.004

Kurze S, Bareither N, Metz J (2017) Phenology, roots and reproductive allocation, but not the LHS scheme, shape ecotypes along an aridity gradient. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 29: 20–29.

Bareither N, Scheffel A, Metz J (2017) Distribution of polyploid plants in the common annual Brachypodium distachyon (s.l.) in Israel is not linearly correlated with aridity. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences doi: 0.1080/07929978.2017.1288406

Lampei C, Metz J, Tielbörger K (2017) Clinal population divergence in an adaptive parental environmental effect that adjusts seed banking. New Phytologist 214: 1230–1244.

Tomiolo S, Metz J, Blackwood CB, Djendouci K, Henneberg L, Müller C, Tielbörger K (2017) Short-term drought and long-term climate legacy affect production of chemical defenses among plant ecotypes. Environmental and Experimental Botany 141: 124-131.

Garcia-Camacho R, Metz J, Bilton MC, Tielbörger K (2017) Phylogenetic structure of annual plant communities along an aridity gradient: Interacting effects of habitat filtering and shifting plant-plant interactions. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences dx.doi: 10.1080/07929978.2017.1288477.

Bilton MC, Metz J, Tielbörger K (2016) Climatic niche groups: A novel application of a common assumption predicting plant community response to climate change. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 19: 61–69.

Metz J, Tielbörger K (2016) Spatial and temporal aridity gradients provide poor proxies for plant-plant interactions under climate change: a large-scale experiment. Functional Ecology 30, 20-29.

Metz J, Tielbörger K (2016) Data from: Spatial and temporal aridity gradients provide poor proxies for plant-plant interactions under climate change: a large-scale experiment. Dryad Digital Repository, doi:10.5061/dryad.6j2q7.

Metz J, von Oppen J, Tielbörger K (2015) Parental environmental effects due to contrasting watering adapt competitive ability, but not drought tolerance, in offspring of a semi-arid annual Brassicaceae. Journal of Ecology 103, 990-997.

Metz J, von Oppen J, Tielbörger K (2015) Data from: Parental environmental effects due to contrasting watering adapt competitive ability, but not drought tolerance, in offspring of a semi-arid annual Brassicaceae. Dryad Digital Repository, doi: 10.5061/dryad.j07v7.

Tielbörger K*, Bilton MC*, Metz J*, Kigel J, Holzapfel C et al. (2014) Middle-Eastern plant communities tolerate 9 years of drought in a multi-site climate manipulation experiment. Nature Communications 5, Article 5102. * equal contribution authors

Metz J, Ribbers K, Tielbörger K, Müller C (2014) Long- and medium-term effects of aridity on the chemical defence of a widespread Brassicaceae in the Mediterranean. Environmental and Experimental Botany 105, 39-45.

Tielbörger K, Fleischer A, Menzel L, Metz J, Sternberg M (2010) The aesthetics of water and land: a promising concept for managing scarce water resources under climate change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A – Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences 368 : 5323-5337.

Metz J, Liancourt P, Kigel J, Harel D, Sternberg M, Tielbörger K (2010) Plant survival in relation to seed size along environmental gradients: a long-term study from semi-arid and Mediterranean annual plant communities. Journal of Ecology 98: 697-704