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Lisa-Maricia Schwarz - PhD Candidate

Lisa Schwarz
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University of Bonn

Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES)

Department of Plant Nutrition

Karlrobert-Kreiten-Str. 13 (post)

Nussallee 1, 3rd floor, room 3.010 (office)

53115 Bonn, Germany


Phone: 0049 (0)228 / 73-3695




2nd Affiliation:

University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany Group

Maulbeerallee 1

14469 Potsdam, Germany


Lisa Schwarz
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Current Projects


NamTip – Understanding and Managing Desertification Tipping Points in Dryland Social-Ecological Systems – A Namibian Perspective


The inter- and transdisciplinary NamTip project investigates the social-ecological impacts that occur when a semi-arid grassland ecosystem shifts towards a desertified state. Using a comparative approach, my focus is on assessing plant communities in relation to plant functional traits.


SEBAS – SEnsing Biodiversity Across Scales (SEBAS). Land-use effects on the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) and the biodiversity-ecosystem service (BES) relationship in central European grasslands.


In this project, I focus on plant functional traits and functional diversity in response to land use intensity.



Research Interests


  • Biodiversity and plant functional traits in grassland ecosystems
  • Effects of grazing and drought on plant functional traits and plant community composition
  • Tipping points in semi-arid rangelands
  • Invasive plant species and their impact on plant communities
  • Citizen science and machine learning in iNaturalist



Education and Experience


Since 2019 PhD student, University of Bonn, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES).

2019 Scientific Assistant, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Geography and Geoecology.

2016 – 2019 MSc degree in biology, Kiel University, Germany. Thesis in plant ecology.

2017 – 2018 Student Assistant, Kiel University, Institute for Ecosystem Research / Botanical Institute.

2012 – 2016 BSc degree in biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Thesis in ecotoxicology.