My field study is limnology, and I am focused on investigating plankton communities’ responses to changes in nutrient availability (concentrations and ratios) and temperature. I use experimental setups at different scales to understand mechanisms underlying general patterns in community responses.
Ecological Stoichiometry - Diversity - Thermal Performance - Environmental Heterogeneity
2020- AQUACOSMplus https://www.aquacosm.eu/project-information/aquacosm-plus/
2016-2020 Phytoplankton community responses to nutrient availability: interactions with temperature and diversity. Funding: Uruguayan Agency of Investigation and Innovation (ANII) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Three selected Key Publications
Gerhard, M., C. Mori, M. Striebel. 2020. Nonrandom species loss in phytoplankton communities and its effect on ecosystem functioning. Limnology and Oceanography. doi.org/10.1002/lno.11642
Gerhard, M., A. M. Koussoroplis, H. Hillebrand, and M. Striebel. 2019. Phytoplankton community responses to temperature fluctuations under different nutrient concentrations and stoichiometry. Ecology doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2834
Gerhard, M., Iglesias, C., Clemente, C.J., Goyenola, G., Meerhoff, M., Pacheco, J.P., Teixeira-de Mello, F., Mazzeo, N. 2016. What can resting egg banks tell about cladoceran diversity in a shallow subtropical lake? Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2654-5.