Dr. Lina Weiß


Campus Golm
University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Am Mühlenberg 3, building 60, room 3.16
14476 Potsdam


2000-2001 Applied environmental studies, University of Trier
2001-2008 Biology, University of Potsdam, Specialisation Ecology/Conservation Biology
2007-2008 Diploma Thesis: Determinants of competitive ability and density-dependence in the invasive plant Senecio inaequidens DC.

Research Interests

  • (functional) diversity of plant communities in Central European grasslands
  • mechanisms of coexistence in plants
  • linking individual-based small-scale models with empirical data
  • experimental plant ecology



  • Weiss L, Jeltsch F (2015) The response of simulated grassland communities to the cessation of grazing. - Ecological modelling 303: 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.02.002
  • Bergholz K, Jeltsch F, Weiss L, Pottek J, Geißler K, Ristow M (2015) Fertilization affects the establishment ability of species differing in seed mass via direct nutrient addition and indirect competition effects. - Oikos. DOI:10.1111/oik.02193
  • Weiss L, Pfestorf H, May F, Körner K, Boch S, Fischer M, Müller J, Prati D, Socher S, Jeltsch F (2014) Grazing response patterns indicate isolation of semi-natural European grasslands. – Oikos 123: 599-612. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.00957.x
  • Pfestorf H, Weiss L, Müller J, Boch S, Socher S, Prati D, Schöning I, Weiser W, Fischer M, Jeltsch F (2013) Community mean traits as additional indicators to monitor effects of land use intensity on grassland plant diversity. - Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 15: 1-11.
  • Jeltsch F, Blaum N, Brose U, Chipperfield JD, Clough Y, Farwig N, Geissler K, Graham CH, Grimm V, Hickler T, Huth A, May F, Meyer KM, Pagel J, Reineking B, Rillig MC, Shea K, Schurr FM, Schröder B, Tielbörger K, Weiss L, Wiegand K, Wiegand T, Wirth C, Zurell D (2013) How can we bring together empiricists and modellers in functional biodiversity research? - Basic and Applied Ecology 14: 93-101.

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