Oliver Purschke PhD

City
Leipzig, Germany
Discipline
Environmental Sciences
Interests
Environmental change effects on biodiversity, Dispersal ecology, Trait-environment relationships, Metacommunity ecology, Land use history, Spatial ecology, Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships
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About

I am a vegetation ecologist with a background in nature conservation and landscape planning. My research primarily addresses the consequences of human-induced environmental change on plant biodiversity.

In my Ph.D. project, I studied spatial and temporal changes in taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic aspects of plant biodiversity and scrutinized the driving forces that generate and maintain the observed biodiversity patterns.

My Ph.D. project was funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) and supervised by Martin T. Sykes and Honor C. Prentice (Lund University, Sweden) and Peter Poschlod (University of Regensburg, Germany).

Previously, I have been working with species distribution models, predicting range shifts of mountain meadow plant species under climate and land use change in Saxony, Germany (supervised by Carsten F. Dormann and Dagmar Haase at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ, Germany) and Sabine Tischew at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Bernburg, Germany)). I have also been involved in a research project (with Carsten F. Dormann), quantifying components of uncertainty in species distribution models.
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Publications

  • Classification of Grassland Successional Stages Using Airborne Hyperspectral Imagery

    Möckel T, Dalmayne J, Prentice H, Eklundh L, Purschke O, Schmidtlein S et al.

    Remote Sensing (2014)

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  • Functional and phylogenetic diversity of woody plants drive herbivory in a highly diverse forest

    Schuldt A, Assmann T, Bruelheide H, Durka W, Eichenberg D, Härdtle W et al.

    New Phytologist (2014)

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  • Functional responses of plant communities to management, landscape and historical factors in semi-natural grasslands

    Vandewalle M, Purschke O, de Bello F, Reitalu T, Prentice H, Lavorel S et al.

    Journal of Vegetation Science (2014)

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  • Tree Species Traits but Not Diversity Mitigate Stem Breakage in a Subtropical Forest following a Rare and Extreme Ice Storm

    Nadrowski K, Pietsch K, Baruffol M, Both S, Gutknecht J, Bruelheide H et al.

    PLoS ONE (2014)

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  • No plant functional diversity effects on foliar fungal pathogens in experimental tree communities

    Hantsch L, Braun U, Haase J, Purschke O, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Bruelheide H

    Fungal Diversity (2014)

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  • Interactive effects of landscape history and current management on dispersal trait diversity in grassland plant communities

    Purschke O, Sykes M, Poschlod P, Michalski S, Römermann C, Durka W et al.

    Journal of Ecology (2014)

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  • Tree diversity promotes functional dissimilarity and maintains functional richness despite species loss in predator assemblages

    Schuldt A, Bruelheide H, Durka W, Michalski S, Purschke O, Assmann T

    Oecologia (2014)

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  • Contrasting changes in taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity during a long-term succession: insights into assembly processes

    Oliver Purschke, Barbara C. Schmid, Martin T. Sykes, Peter Poschlod, Stefan G. Michalski, Walter Durka et al.

    Journal of Ecology (2013)

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  • Linking landscape history and dispersal traits in grassland plant communities.

    Purschke O, Sykes M, Reitalu T, Poschlod P, Prentice H

    Oecologia (2012)

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  • Plant community assembly and biodiversity: a spatiotemporal perspective

    Purschke O

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  • Responses of grassland species richness to local and landscape factors depend on spatial scale and habitat specialization

    Reitalu T, Purschke O, Johansson L, Hall K, Sykes M, Prentice H

    Journal of Vegetation Science (2012)

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  • Modellierung der Verbreitung von Bergwiesenarten unter Klima- und Landnutzungsszenarien in Sachsen

    Purschke O

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  • Components of uncertainty in species distribution analysis: a case study of the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor L.

    Dormann C, Purschke O, Márquez J, Lautenbach S, Schröder B

    Ecology (2008)

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Professional experience

PostDoc

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg,Institute of Biology, Geobotany and Botanical Garden

November 2012 - Present

PostDoc

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

November 2012 - Present

PostDoc

Dept. of Community Ecology, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ

August 2012 - October 2012 (2 months)

Guest Researcher

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ

January 2012 - July 2012 (6 months)

PostDoc

Lund University, Department of Biology & Department of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

December 2011 - June 2012 (6 months)

Ph.D lab work

J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

March 2008 - March 2008

Ph.D lab work

Regensburg University, Inst. of Botany

December 2007 - February 2008 (2 months)

Research assistant

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Computational Landscape Ecology

September 2006 - April 2007 (7 months)

Research stay

ZALF - Leibniz Institute for Research in Agricultural Landscapes

July 2005 - July 2005

Practical training

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department of Computational Landscape Ecology

April 2004 - July 2004 (3 months)

Practical Training

HOORC-Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre

April 2002 - August 2002 (4 months)

Education history

Lund University, Department of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis

June 2007 - November 2011 (4 years 5 months)

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences

Diploma in Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning

October 2000 - July 2006 (5 years 9 months)