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Room: W4 0-049

Phone: +49 (0)441 798-3315

Email: helena.einzmann(at)uni-oldenburg.de

 

Dr. Helena JR Einzmann

Research interests

  • Epiphyte assemblages of tropical forests and anthropogenic landscapes
  • Microclimatic influences on epiphyte assemblages
  • Influences of anthropogenic landscape changes on epiphyte assemblages
     
  • Mechanical effect of wind on epiphytes: how large is the force on epiphytes when exposed to wind?
  • What force is needed to detach an epiphyte from it's substrate?

Project: Epiphytes and wind in a changing world

Epiphytes are a key element of tropical forests that are known as a cradle of biodiversity. Highly diverse themselves, epiphytes provide habitat and food for many dependent organisms and play a key role in the water and nutrient cycling of the ecosystem. Structurally depend on their host and growing at the interface between terrestrial vegetation and the atmosphere, they are tightly coupled to the atmosphere and hence much more affected to changes in any climate regime. Therefore, it is surprising how little is known about how wind affects epiphytes. The project links biodiversity research with physics aiming to understand the effect of wind on the epiphytes` vital attachment to their host. This becomes even more important as their natural habitat, the tropical forests, are fragmented by land-use change, exposing them further, which potentiates the negative effects of climate change, e.g. intensification of strong storm events.

Publications

Einzmann HJR & Zotz G. 2017. Dispersal and establishment of vascular epiphytes in human-modified landscapes. AoB Plants, 9: plx052. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/aobpla/plx052.

Einzmann HJR & Zotz G. 2017.  "No signs of saturation": long-term dynamics of vascular epiphyte communities in a human-modified landscape. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 1393-1410. doi: 10.1007/s10531-017-1306-z.

Zotz G, Weichgrebe T, Happatz H & Einzmann HJR. 2016. Measuring the terminal velocity of tiny diaspores. Seed Science Research 26: 222-230.

Einzmann HJR, Döcke L & Zotz G. 2016. Epiphytes in human settlements in rural Panama. Plant Ecology & Diversity 9: 277–287.

Einzmann HJR & Zotz G. 2016. How diverse are epiphyte assemblages in plantations and secondary forests in tropical lowlands? Tropical Conservation Science 9: 629-647.

Einzmann HJR, Beyschlag J, Hofhansl F, Wanek W & Zotz G. 2015. Host tree phenology affects vascular epiphytes at the physiological, demographic and community level. AoB Plants 7: plu073. doi:10.1093/aobpla/plu073

Surina B, Pfanzelt S, Einzmann HJR & Albach DC. 2014. Bridging the Alps and the Middle East: Evolution, phylogeny and systematics of the genus Wulfenia (Plantaginaceae). Taxon 63: 843-858.

Other publications (not reviewed)

Einzmann HJR, Döcke L & Zotz G. 2016. Epiphytes in human-modified landscapes. What's Up? 22: 6-7.

Reviewed for

  • American Journal of Botany
  • AoB PLANTS
  • Australian Journal of Botany
  • Forests
  • Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Journal of Tropical Ecology
  • Plant Ecology & Diversity

Curriculum vitae

since November 2016  
Scientific staff, University Oldenburg
 
Oct. 2011 – Jul. 2016  

PhD, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

 

Thesis (magna cum laude): Epiphytes in human-modified landscapes“

 
Nov. 2015 – Feb. 2016  
Scientific staff, University Oldenburg
 
Oct. 2014 – Aug. 2015  
Scientific staff, University Oldenburg
 
May 2014 – Aug. 2014  
Scientific staff / teaching assistant, University Oldenburg
 
May 2013 – Dec. 2013  
Scientific staff, University Oldenburg
 
Jul. 2012 – Dec. 2012  
Scientific staff, University Oldenburg
 
Oct. 2010 – Dec. 2011  

Scientific staff / teaching assistant, University Oldenburg

 
Oct. 2005 – Sep. 2010  

Biology studies, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

 
Sep. 2008  
Bachelor of Science - Biology
 

Thesis: Funktionelle Untersuchungen an Pseudobulben“

 
Oct. 2010  

Master of Science - Biology

 

Thesis: “Investigation of epiphyte communities of deciduous and evergreen trees in a tropical lowland forest”

 

Contributions to scientific congresses

Einzmann HJR, Döcke L & Zotz G. 2016. Epiphytes in Human-Modified Landscapes. Oral presentation at the 7th International Canopy Conference. August 21st-26th 2016, London, UK.

Einzmann HJR & Zotz G. 2015. Epiphytes in Human-Modified Landscapes: Dispersal and Establishment. Poster at the 45th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. September 31st-4th 2015, Göttingen, GER.

Pfanzelt S, Surina B, Einzmann HJR & Albach D. 2012. Bridging the Alps and the Middle East: Phylogeny and systematics of the genus Wulfenia Jacq. (Plantaginaceae). Oral presentation at the 21st International Symposium "Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology" of th German Botanical Society (DBG), September 16th-19th 2012, Mainz, GER.

Einzmann HJR & Zotz G. 2012. "Oh, how beautiful is Panama?" - The epiphyte's perspective. Poster at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, September 10th-14th 2012, Lüneburg, GER.

Einzmann HJR, Beyschlag J, Wanek W & Zotz G. 2011. Host tree phenology affects epiphyte assemblages. Oral presentation at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, September 5th-9th 2011, Oldenburg, GER.

Einzmann HJR, Beyschlag J, Wanek W & Zotz G. 2011. On the sunny side - epiphyte assemblages of deciduous and evergreen trees in a tropical lowland forest. Poster at the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, February 21st-24th 2011, Frankfurt a. M., GER.

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