Sophia Meyer - PhD Candidate
I am currently doing my PhD within the DFG funded project SEBAS – Sensing Biodiversity Across Scales, which is part of the Biodiversity Exploratories research platform. The project aims to understand the direct and indirect effects of land use on the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning (BEF) and the biodiversity – ecosystem service (BES) relationship in central European grasslands at different spatial scales.
My work focuses particularly on species- and functional diversity of plants as biodiversity component and their BEF and BES relationship in response to land use intensity. In this context, plant functional traits are measured interspecifically, such as intraspecifically to capture biotic processes also on a finer scale.
- Impact of land use change on plant diversity and ecosystem functioning
- Plant functional traits in grassland ecosystems
- Intraspecific trait variation in response to habitat fragmentation
- Conservation of wild plant species native to Germany
- Biodiversity patterns in urban ecosystems
Education and Experience
Since 2022 PhD candidate at University of Potsdam under Prof. Linstädter
2020 – 2022 Student assistant at Botanischer Garten Botanisches Museum Berlin (project WIPs-De II)
2018 – 2022 MSc degree in Urban Ecosystem Sciences at Technische Universität Berlin
2015 – 2018 BSc degree in Biology at Freie Universität Berlin