Background and activities
Bente Jessen Graae
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: http://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 http://www.ntnu.edu/biology/ecoshrub
In my group you also find:
Post doc: Stuart Smith
Ph.D. students: Mia Vedel Sørensen and Kristin Odden Nystuen,
and I cosupervise the Ph.D. students Koen Kuipers and Anders Kolstad
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
- (2017) Predictability in community dynamics. Ecology Letters. vol. 20 (3).
- (2017) Draining the Pool? Carbon Storage and Fluxes in Three Alpine Plant Communities. Ecosystems (New York. Print).
- (2017) Impact of climate change on alpine vegetation of mountain summits in Norway. Ecological research. vol. 32 (4).
- (2016) Pre-adaptation or genetic shift after introduction in the invasive species Impatiens glandulifera?. Acta Oecologica. vol. 70.
- (2016) Acido- and neutrophilic temperate forest plants display distinct shifts in ecological pH niche across north-western Europe. Ecography. vol. 39 (12).
- (2015) Synchronous flowering despite differences in snowmelt timing among habitats of Empetrum hermaphroditum. Acta Oecologica. vol. 69.
- (2015) Divergent regeneration responses of two closely related tree species to direct abiotic and indirect biotic effects of climate change. Forest Ecology and Management. vol. 342.
- (2015) Low genetic diversity despite multiple introductions of the invasive plant species Impatiens glandulifera in Europe. BMC Genetics. vol. 16 (103).
- (2015) Patterns of phenotypic trait variation in two temperate forest herbs along a broad climatic gradient. Plant Ecology. vol. 216 (11).
- (2015) Linking small-scale topography with microclimate, plant species diversity and intra-specific trait variation in an alpine landscape. Plant Ecology & Diversity. vol. 8 (3).
- (2015) Disjunct populations of European vascular plant species keep the same climatic niches. Global Ecology and Biogeography. vol. 24 (12).
- (2014) Snow cover consistently affects growth and reproduction of Empetrum hermaphroditum across latitudinal and local climatic gradients. Alpine Botany. vol. 124 (2).
- (2014) Latitudinal variation in seeds characteristics of Acer platanoides and A. pseudoplatanus. Plant Ecology. vol. 215 (8).
- (2014) Plant movements and climate warming: Intraspecific variation in growth responses to nonlocal soils. New Phytologist. vol. 202 (2).
- (2014) To seed or not to seed in alpine restoration: introduced grass species outcompete rather than facilitate native species. Ecological Engineering: The Journal of Ecotechnology. vol. 64.
- (2014) Rodent population dynamics affect seedling recruitment in alpine habitats. Journal of Vegetation Science. vol. 25 (4).
- (2013) Latitudinal gradients as natural laboratories to infer species' responses to temperature. Journal of Ecology. vol. 101 (3).
- (2013) Microclimate moderates plant responses to macroclimate warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. vol. 110 (46).
- (2013) Climatic control of forest herb seed banks along a latitudinal gradient. Global Ecology and Biogeography. vol. 22 (10).
- (2013) Local temperatures inferred from plant communities suggest strong spatial buffering of climate warming across Northern Europe. Global Change Biology. vol. 19 (5).