Prof. Dr. Johannes Metz

 

Plant Ecology & Nature Conservation

Institute for Biology and Chemistry

 

Phone   +49(0)5121-883-40722

Mail       metzjo(at)uni-hildesheim(de)

Room    G105

 

Education and Experience

  • 2018 – present: Juniorprofessor for Plant Ecology & Nature Conservation, University of Hildesheim
  • 2018: Interim Professor "Plant Systematics & Biodiversity Research", University of Potsdam
  • 2014-2018: Senior Postdoc with Prof. F. Jeltsch, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Potsdam
  • 2012-2014: Postdoc with Prof. K. Tielbörger (University of Tübingen) "Phenotypic & genetic variation in Biscutella didyma
  • 2011-2012: Training as Highschool Teacher for Biology and Geography (`Referendariat`)
  • 2005-2010: PhD with Prof. K. Tielbörger (University of Tübingen, Germany) and Prof. J. Kigel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) "The sensitivity of Eastern Mediterranean plant communities to variations in rainfall and their vulnerability to global climate change"
  • 1998-2004: Degree in Biology, Geography & Education (University of Freiburg, University of Leipzig)

 

 

Research interests

  • Vulnerability of plants to climate and anthropogenic change
  • Adaptive strategies of plants to environmental stress
  • Plant plant interactions and community composition under environmental stress

 

Supervised Theses

  • Schulz, J (Master) Sheep grazing as a driver to maintain greater plant diversity in extensively managed grasslands? The case of Park Sanssouci. (in preparation)
  • Kürschner, T (Master) Effects of fragmentation and habitat age on functional diversity in forest remnants in an agricultural landscape. (2018)
  • Friedl, C (Bachelor) Die historische Verbreitung der Grünlandorchidee Dactylorhiza majalis von 1790 bis 1990 in Brandenburg. (2018)
  • Jost, L (Master) Veränderungen der märkischen Dorfvegetation - eine Wiederholungsaufnahme von 35 Jahren. (2017)
  • Kremser, A (Master) Im Anpassungskonflikt zwischen Trockenstress und Konkurrenz: Merkmalsverschiebungen einer annuellen Grasart entlang eines Niederschlagsgradienten. (2017)
  • Poppei, M (Master) Einfluss von Pflegemaßnahmen und Klima auf populationsdynamische Veränderungen von Grünlandorchideen in Brandenburg. (2017)
  • Bareither, N (Master) Drought adaptations vs. competitive ability - key trait differentiation within the annual Mediterranean grass species Brachypodium hybridum along a rain gradient in Israel. (2017)
  • Freundt, H (Bachelor) Der Einfluss des Herkunftsklimas und der Konkurrenz durch Nachbarpflanzen auf das Keimungsverhalten des Modellgrases Brachypodium hybridum. (2016)
  • Kurze, S (Master sub-project) Life-history variation in an annuals grass along a gradient of environmental productivity and predictability. (2015)
  • von Oppen, J. (Bachelor) The interplay of interactions and parental effects on the performance of a semiarid annual plant species along an aridity gradient. (2013)

 

ResearchGate

 

Publications

Metz J, Lampei C, Bäumler L, Bocherens H, de Meaux J, et al. (2020): Rapid adaptive evolution to drought in a subset of plant traits in a large-scale climate change experiment. Ecology Letters, DOI:10.1111/ele.13596

Poppei M, Ristow M, Geissler K, Metz J (2018b): Die Bestandssituation des Breitblättrigen Knabenkrautes Dactylorhiza majalis in ausgewählten Schutzgebieten Brandenburgs. Berichte aus den Arbeitskreisen Heimische Orchideen 35(2): 179-196. (reprint of Poppei et al. 2018a)

Poppei M, Ristow M, Geissler K, Metz J (2018a): Die Bestandssituation des Breitblättrigen Knabenkrautes Dactylorhiza majalis in ausgewählten Schutzgebieten Brandenburgs. Naturschutz & Landschaftspflege in Brandenburg 27: 20-26.

Metz J, Freundt H, Jeltsch F (2018): Stable germination behavior but partly shifting seed-seed interactions along a steep rainfall gradient. Basic and Applied Ecology 28: 5-16.

Kurze S, Bareither N, Metz J (2017): Phenology, roots and reproductive allocation, but not the LHS scheme, shape ecotypes along an aridity gradient. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 29: 20-29.