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
- (2021) Herbivores reduce seedling recruitment in alpine plant communities. Nordic Journal of Botany (NJB).
- (2021) Small scale environmental variation modulates plant defence syndromes of understorey plants in deciduous forests of Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography. vol. 30.
- (2020) Earlier onset of flowering and increased reproductive allocation of an annual invasive plant in the north of its novel range. Annals of Botany. vol. 126 (6).
- (2020) Inter- and intraspecific trait variation shape multidimensional trait overlap between two plant invaders and the invaded communities. Oikos. vol. 129 (5).
- (2020) Spatio-Temporal Changes in Wildlife Habitat Quality in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem. Sustainability. vol. 12 (6).
- (2020) SoilTemp: A global database of near-surface temperature. Global Change Biology. vol. 26.
- (2020) Determinants of tree seedling establishment in alpine tundra. Journal of Vegetation Science (JVS). vol. 32 (1).
- (2020) Structural variation of forest edges across Europe. Forest Ecology and Management. vol. 462.
- (2020) Teatime in the Serengeti: macrodetritivores sustain recalcitrant plant litter decomposition across human-modified tropical savannahs. Plant and Soil. vol. 456.
- (2020) Plant diversity in hedgerows and road verges across Europe. Journal of Applied Ecology. vol. 57 (7).
- (2020) Contrasting microclimates among hedgerows and woodlands across temperate Europe. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. vol. 281.
- (2020) Hedging against biodiversity loss: Forest herbs’ performance in hedgerows across temperate Europe. Journal of Vegetation Science (JVS). vol. 31 (5).
- (2019) Remote sensing of ploidy level in quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.). Journal of Ecology. vol. 108.
- (2019) Edge influence on understorey plant communities depends on forest management. Journal of Vegetation Science (JVS). vol. 31.
- (2019) No genetic erosion after five generations for Impatiens glandulifera populations across the invaded range in Europe. BMC Genetics. vol. 20 (20).
- (2019) TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology. vol. 26 (1).
- (2019) Moose effects on soil temperatures, tree canopies, and understory vegetation: a path analysis. Ecosphere. vol. 10:e02966 (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 (JVS). vol. 30 (5).
- (2019) Savannah trees buffer herbaceous plant biomass against wild and domestic herbivores. Applied Vegetation Science.