My research focuses on understanding the contribution of single species to stability. For my PhD, I will combine synthesis approaches with experimental work using micro- and mesocosm experiments on marine phytoplankton.
Ecological Stability – Community Ecology – Climate Change - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
Predicting community stability from species’ contribution to resistance, resilience and recovery. DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project.
Kunze, C., Luijckx, P., Jackson, A.L., and Donohue, I. (2022). Alternate patterns of temperature variation bring about very different disease outcomes at different mean temperatures. eLife 11, e72861. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.72861
Kunze, C., Gerhard, M., Jacob, M., Franke, N.A., Schröder, M., and Striebel, M. (2022). Phytoplankton Community Performance Depends on the Frequency of Temperature Fluctuations. Frontiers in Marine Science 8. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.812902
Hillebrand, H., and Kunze, C. (2020). Meta-analysis on pulse disturbances reveals differences in functional and compositional recovery across ecosystems. Ecology Letters 23, 575-585. DOI: doi.org/10.1111/ele.13457