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Short CV - Dr. Vanessa Minden

Professional Experience

 

University of Oldenburg, Germany

May 2017 - ongoing

May 2016 - April 2017

Assistant Professor at the Landscape Ecology Group

Research Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Plant traits and species interactions along gradients of N:P:K stoichiometry

Oct. 2011 - April 2016 Assistant Professor at the Landscape Ecology Group
Jan to Aug 2011 Co-Coordinator of the Project COMTESS
2006 to 2010 Dissertation at the Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences 'Funtional traits of salt marsh plants: responses of morphology- and elemental-based traits to environmental constraints, trait-trait relationships and effects on ecosystem properties' (summa cum laude), Project TREIBSEL

Academic Training

University of Rostock, Germany

2005 Diploma thesis 'The effects of the invasion of Hedychium gardnerianum Ker.-Gaw. (Zingiberaceae) on the regeneration dynamics of a montane rainforest on the Island of Hawai'i'
1998 to 2005 Studies in Biology (Diplom). Major subject: Botany, minor subjects: Ecology, Plant Physiology, Philosophy

University of Hawai'i, USA

2004 Research in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) with Dieter-Mueller Dombois (Univ. of Hawai'i at Manoa), Jim Jacobi (USGS) and Tim Tunison (HAVO)

Scholarships and Awards

 2010 Oxford University Press Achievement in Biosciences Prize
 2009 Honorable mention in the category young scientist oral presentation award 'Plant functional traits in relation to disturbance in salt marshes of NW-Germany'. 52nd International Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), Chania, Crete
 2004 Bursary from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for field work in Hawai'i, USA (EUR 3000)
 2002 Second prize in the competition 'Preservation of historical buildings' supported by HUSS-Media GmbH, Germany, for 'Assessment of algae occurrence on house-facades by quantification of chlorophyll a in plaster samples'

Selected Invited Presentations

Ecosystem multifunctionality is determined by key plant traits: evidence from a salty grassland (2013), Keynote at sDiv workshop, Leipzig, Germany

Plant trait responses to the environment and effects on ecosystem properties in salt marshes (2012), University of Kingston, Kingston-upon-Thames, England

Functional traits of salt marsh plants: responses to environmental constraints and effects on ecosystem properties (2012), University of Quintana Roo, Cozumel, Mexico

Ökosystem-Funktionen und biologische Merkmale von Pflanzen (2009), University of Kiel, Germany

Selected Workshops

2017 'Understanding the role of climatic and biological factors in regulating stoichiometric responses of organisms and ecosystems to nutrient enrichment' July 2017, HWK-Delmenhorst, Germany

2017 'sToichNutNetII: Linking ecological stoichiometry with environment‐diversity‐productivity relationships in grasslands'. January 2017, iDiv - Leipzig, Germany

2016 'sToichNutNetI: Linking ecological stoichiometry with environment‐diversity‐productivity relationships in grasslands'. January 2016, iDiv - Leipzig, Germany

2015 'Workshop on Stoichiometry - Jena and beyond'. November 2015, Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Selected Conference Presentations

Minden V, Olde Venterink H (2017), Plant trait responses and species interactions along gradients of N, P and K availabilities. BES, GfÖ, NECOV and EEF Joint Annual Meeting: Ecology Across Borders, Ghent, Belgium

Minden V, de Jong L (2014), Do invasives grow better? Testing the Growth Rate Hypothesis of a Native herb and its Invasive Congener. 57th Annual Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), Perth, Australia

Minden V, Kleyer M (2013), Ecosystem multifunctionality is determined by key plant traits: evidence from a coastal salt marsh. 56th Annual Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), Tartu, Estonia

Minden V, Kleyer M (2012), Plant trait responses to the environment and effects on ecosystem properties in salt marshes. Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), Lüneburg, Germany

Minden V, Kleyer M (2011), Plant trait responses to the environment and effects on ecosystem properties in salt marshes. DevSus - Developing Sustainability, Workshop and Annual Meeting, Stonetown, Sansibar, Tanzania

Minden V, Kleyer M (2011), Environmental constraints on the stoichiometry of plant organs in salt marhes. Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), Oldenburg, Germany

Minden V, Kleyer M (2010), Environmental constraints on the elemental composition (carbon:nitrogen:phosphorus) content of plant organs in salt marshes. Coastal Ecology Workshop, Conwy, UK

Minden V, Kleyer M (2009), Plant functional traits in relation to disturbance in salt marhes of NW-Germany. 52th Annual Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), Chania, Greece

Minden V, Boehmer HJ, Jacobi J, Porembski S (2008), Effects of invasive alien ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) on native plant species regeneration in a Hawaiian rainforest. Hawai'i Conservation Conference, Honolulu, HI, USA

Teaching

Summer term

Practical course/seminar 'Soil science-hydrogeology-ecosystem relationships' ('Bodenkundlich-Hydrogeologisch-Ökosystemare Zusammenhänge'), BSc Environmental Sciences [Bodenkunde, Hydrologie und Ökosystem]

Practical course 'Milieustudie B', BSc Environmental Sciences [Milieustudie Naturschutz]

Winter term

Lecture 'Metabolic cycling in central-european vegetation' ('Einführung in den Stoffhaushalt von Pflanzenbeständen Mitteleuropas'), BSc Environmental Sciences [Bodenkunde, Hydrologie und Ökosystem]

Lecture/exercise course 'Introduction to statistical methods using vegetation-data' ('Einführung in die statistische Analyse vegetationsökologischer Daten'), MSc Landscape Ecology [Datenmodellierung]

Seminar 'Milieustudie B', BSc Environmental Sciences [Milieustudie Naturschutz]

Professional Service

Article reviewing for: Acta Oecologia; Annals of Botany; Applied Vegetation Science; Aquatic Botany; Biodiversity and Conservation; Ecological Engineering; Ecological Indicators; Ecological Research; Ecology; Ecology Letters; Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science; Functional Ecology; Journal of Tropical Ecology; Journal of Vegetation Science; Oikos; Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics; Philosophical Transactions B; Plant and Soil; Plant Ecology; PLOS ONE; Scientific Reports

Memberships

Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, GfÖ (since 2011)

International Association of Vegetation Science, IAVS (since 2009)

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