Bente Jessen Graae
Background and activities
I did my Ph.D. at University of Copenhagen in 2000, and thereafter I spent 3 years at Arctic Station, Disko, Greenland, and 5 years at Climate Impatcs Research Centre, Abisko, Northern Sweden before moving to Trondheim. I study plant performance, community dynamics and productivity, and carbon fluxes and stocks in vegetation - all in response to different environmental drivers. Most of my work has been carried out in Arctic-alpine ecosystems, temperate-boreal forests and tropical savanna and the research focuses on how plant and plant community dynamics are responding to changes in climate, land use history and grazing. I work mostly in the field but can also be seen in the lab or greenhouse when needed. I right now work within three networks:
the Horizon 2020 project AfricanBioServices where I lead the work package on drivers of change in biodiversity and ecosystem function in the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem (Tanzania and Kenya). See more here: africanbioservices.eu
the Fleur network studying the impact of climate change to forest herbs along a latitudinal gradient from France to Northern Sweden see http://www.fleur.ugent.be
the ECOSHRUB network studying the effect of shrub encroachment on community dynamics and ecosystem processes in alpine tundra see www.ntnu.edu/biology/ecoshrub
In my group you also find:
Post doc: Stuart Smith
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2020) TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology.
- (2019) Remote sensing of ploidy level in quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.). Journal of Ecology. vol. 108.
- (2019) No genetic erosion after five generations for Impatiens glandulifera populations across the invaded range in Europe. BMC Genetics. vol. 20 (20).
- (2019) Moose effects on soil temperatures, tree canopies, and understory vegetation: a path analysis. Ecosphere. vol. 10 (12).
- (2019) Reviewing the potential for including habitat fragmentation to improve life cycle impact assessments for land use impacts on biodiversity. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. vol. 2206 (2219).
- (2019) Lichens facilitate seedling recruitment in alpine heath. Journal of Vegetation Science. vol. 30 (5).
- (2019) Savannah trees buffer herbaceous plant biomass against wild and domestic herbivores. Applied Vegetation Science.
- (2019) Functional group contributions to carbon fluxes in arctic-alpine ecosystems. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine research. vol. 51 (1).
- (2019) Drivers of C cycling in three arctic-alpine plant communities. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine research. vol. 51 (1).
- (2018) The burning question: does fire affect habitat selection and forage preference of the black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis in East African savannahs?. Oryx.
- (2018) Late Quaternary climate legacies in contemporary plant functional composition. Global Change Biology. vol. 24 (10).
- (2018) Microenvironment and functional‐trait context dependence predict alpine plant community dynamics. Journal of Ecology. vol. 106 (4).
- (2018) Atmospheric nitrogen deposition on petals enhances seed quality of the forest herb Anemone nemorosa. Plant Biology. vol. 20 (3).
- (2018) Impacts of an invasive plant on primary production: Testing a functional trait-based framework with a greenhouse experiment. Journal of Vegetation Science. vol. 29 (2).
- (2018) Impact of an invasive alien plant on litter decomposition along a latitudinal gradient. Ecosphere. vol. 9 (1).
- (2018) Litter type and termites regulate root decomposition across contrasting savanna land-uses. Oikos.
- (2018) Experimental herbivore exclusion, shrub introduction, and carbon sequestration in alpine plant communities. BMC Ecology. vol. 18 (1).
- (2017) Latitudinal variation of life-history traits of an exotic and a native impatiens species in Europe. Acta Oecologica. vol. 81.
- (2017) Predictability in community dynamics. Ecology Letters. vol. 20 (3).
- (2017) Biological Flora of the British Isles: Milium effusum. Journal of Ecology. vol. 105 (3).