Julia Bass

Julia Bass



Landscape Ecology Group
Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Room W2-2-234
Carl-von-Ossietzky Strasse 9-11

University of Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg

Tel. ++ 49 (0)441 798 4459
Fax ++ 49 (0)441 798 5659


Julia Bass is a member of the Project IBR.

My dissertation focuses on elucidating the interaction of environmental processes with plant traits for understanding and predicting ecosystem functioning and biogeomorphic development of coastal dunes. The main emphasis is placed on (a) describing and evaluating variations in plant traits along the succession gradient from pioneer zone to high marsh/rear dune, (b) evaluating germination traits in relation to physical disturbance in dunes, and (c) highlighting the role of plant traits in determining the biogeomorphic feedback and the resistance and resilience of small dunes against physical disturbance. To address these questions I am working on a meta-analysis and am conducting mesocosm experiments.


University of Oldenburg, Germany

Jan 2015 – ongoing

PhD student. Thesis title: “Biodiversity effects on dune biogeomorphology: a trait based approach”

University of Goettingen, Germany

Oct 2012 – Dec 2014

MSc in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution with core theme in Conservation Biology. Thesis title: “The retreat of the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) on Helgoland: effects of larvae, predation and recruitment”

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Jul 2013 – Jan 2014

Exchange student at the Nature Management Master Program

University of Tuebingen, Germany

Oct 2008 – Oct 2012

BSc in Biology

Research Experience

Sep 2017 - Nov 2017

Research fellow, Ecosystem-based solutions for resilient urban agriculture (ECOSOLA), University of Oldenburg, Germany

Jan 2017 - ongoing

Research fellow, Living CoastLab, University of Oldenburg, Germany

June – Aug 2014

Fieldwork for Master thesis, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Germany

Feb 2013

Fieldwork, La Gamba Tropical Field Station, Costa Rica

June – Aug 2012

Research intern, AVRDC The World Vegetable Center, Tainan, Taiwan

June - Aug 2011

Research intern, Secretariat of the Convention of the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS), Bonn, Germany

July – Sep 2008 Research intern, South Western Research Station, Arizona, USA


Oct 2017

Bass, J., Balke, T, Minden, V. Resistance and resilience of coastal natural and artificial foredune communities to hysical distrubance. Littoral, Liverpool, UK (Talk)

Oct 2016                      

Bass, J., Balke, T, Kleyer, M. Minden, V. Responses of duen species to physical disturbance - a trait based approach. Coastal Ecology Workshop, Fuhlendorf, Germany (Talk)

Sep 2015

Bass, J., Bartsch, I., Molis, M. Retreat of Mytilus edulis L. at Helgoland rocky intertidal: effects of recruitment success and predation. European Marine Biology Symposium, Helgoland, Germany (Poster)

Summer and Winter Schools

Jan 2017

Science Meets Practice, Winter School, ETH Zurich, Wislikofen, Switzerland

Jun 2016                                                          

Species traits: a functional approach to biodiverstiy, from organisms to ecosystems Summer School, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Aug 2015   

Biodiversity Synthesis. Summer School, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

Aug 2010 Marine Biology Summer School, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Helgoland, Germany

Awards and Achievements

Sep 2017

Travel Grant by the Graduate Scholl OlTech

Jan 2015 – Dec 2017

Scholarship by the ministry of science and culture (MWK) of Lower Saxony for conducting a PhD thesis (Project IBR)

Jul 2013 – Jan 2014

Erasmus scholarship for studying at Copenhagen University

Oct 2010 – July 2011

Udo-Keller-Foundation Forum Humanum scholarship for participating in an interdisciplinary course on cosmology, evolution and history

Sep 2009

Travel Grant of the Franco-German Youth Office for an individual study project in France on „French initiatives in meeting the European goal of conserving biodiversity. A case study on the habitat conservation of bats”

April 2008

„Bremen’s Best“ award by the Federal State of Bremen for an excellent school leaving certificate

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