Lisa-Maricia Schwarz - PhD Student

Lisa Schwarz
Photo: Lisa-Maricia Schwarz


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
Fax: 0049 (0)228 / 73-2489



Research Group:
Grassland Ecology & Grassland Management




2nd Affiliation:

University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany Group

Maulbeerallee 1

14469 Potsdam, Germany


Lisa Schwarz
Photo: Lisa-Maricia Schwarz



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 at the 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.



Teaching Experience

- Student supervision in the MSc course “Advanced Module Ecology” at the University of Cologne

- Excursion leader in the BSc course “Flora identification” at Kiel University

- Assistance and teaching in ecological BSc and MSc courses at Kiel University




Current Projects

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

The inter- and transdisciplinary NamTip project aims to understand the social-ecological background when a semi-arid grassland ecosystem shifts towards a desertified state. I focus on functional plant ecology and the comparative analysis of desertification tipping points in Namibian rangelands.


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

Within this project, I focus on plant trait analysis and functional diversity across a land use gradient.