Vincent Hoeber

Dr. Vincent Hoeber

Research interests

  • ecological relevance of tree related microhabitats
  • accumulation and decomposition of arboreal soil
  • accidental epiphytes in an ecological and evolutionary context
  • plant ecophysiology and functional processes in forest ecosystems
  • effects of global change on biodiversity and intra- and interspecific interactions

During my PhD I investigated vascular epiphytes in temperate climates regarding the following questions:

  • Which functional traits support epiphytic occurrence of particular individuals of a species and particular species within a community?
  • How do biotic and abiotic factors influence accidental epiphytes?



Hoeber V & Zotz G. 2022. Accidental epiphytes: Ecological insights and evolutionary implications. Ecological Monographs, e1527.

Hoeber V & Zotz G. 2021. Not so stressful after all: Epiphytic individuals of accidental epiphytes experience more favourable abiotic conditions than terrestrial conspecifics. Forest Ecology and Management, 479: 118529.

Hoeber V, Klinghardt M, Zotz G. 2020. Drought resistance does not explain epiphytic abundance of accidental epiphytes. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 13: 175-187.

Hoeber V, Weichgrebe T & Zotz G. 2019. Accidental epiphytism in the Harz Mountains, Central Europe. Journal of Vegetation Science, 4: 765-775.


Curriculum vitae

since 11/2016 Research assistant, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
01/2022 PhD, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Thesis title: “Epiphytic growth of vascular plants in temperate forests – an ecological perspective”
2014-2016 M.Sc. Biodiversity and Ecology, University of Greifswald
  external Master thesis at IRNAS (Seville, Spain) about the effects of soil-borne

pathogens on the regeneration of Quercus suber

2010 – 2013 B.Sc. Biology, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
  Bachelor thesis about physiological reactions of Fagus sylvatica on reduced


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