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My PhD project deals with the functional morphology of rosette plants. Especially the effect of morphological changes on light capture and thus physiology is investigated.
For this I create virtual three dimensional plants with the program YPlantQMC (Duursma et al. 2013) (based on Yplant (Pearcy & Yang 1996)). Combined with light simulation and photosynthesis models photosynthetic parameters can be determined from modified virtual plants. The evaluation of the YPlant program is another part of my thesis.
A special case of morphological changes can be observed in (heteroblastic) epiphytic bromeliads which show severe changes in leaf morphology in their lifesp
Beyschlag J & Zotz G. 2017. Heteroblasty in epiphytic bromeliads – The functional implications for species in understory and exposed growing sites. Annals of Botany, 120: 681-692.
Zotz G, Beyschlag J. 2016. Wie verbreitet ist Heteroblastie bei Bromelien? Die Bromelie: 74-77.
Zotz G & Beyschlag J. 2015. How common is heteroblasty in Bromeliaceae? A plea for help in finding the answer. Journal of the Bromeliad Society 65: 186-191.
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
10/2007 - 09/2012 studies of biology and mathematics at the University of Oldenburg
2010 Bachelor thesis: Physiological differences of vascular epiphytes on deciduous and evergreen trees
2012 Master thesis: The effects of leaf arrangement and architecture on light capturing and carbon gain in heteroblastic bromeliads from different light environments
since 10/2012 research assistant in the working group "Functional Ecology of plants"