Katherina Pietsch

Katherina Pietsch


Tel +49-341-97-38576
Fax +49-341-97-38549
E-mail kpietsch*uni-leipzig.de
Room 130


Institut für Spezielle Botanik und Funktionelle Biodiversität
Universität Leipzig
Johannisallee 21
04103 Leipzig

Curriculum Vitae

since 2010

PhD student at the University of Leipzig, Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversiy


Research assistant, Max-Planck-Istitute for Biogeochemistry, Jena

2005 - 2008

Instructor for environmental education at the Heinz-Sielmann center for environmental education, Duderstadt


Diploma thesis - Relationship between biodiversity and productivity in two semi natural grassland sites Prof. Leuschner

2001 - 2007

Biology studies at the University of Goettingen with emphasis on plant ecophysiology and animal ecology, minor: educational science



  • Deadwood dynamics
  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Element cycles
  • Functional biodiversity research

PhD thesis

Biogeochemical processes that control carbon emission of forests with respect to changing biodiversity


Coarse woody detritus decomposition - BEF China

Reviewer for Journals

  • Annals of Botany
  • Biotropica
  • Ecology Letters


In Review

Pietsch KA, Eichenberg D, Nadrowski K, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Purahong W, Wipfler B, Wubet T, Yu M, Wirth C: Diversity effects of primary producers on wood decomposition are concealed by abiotic control in a subtropical forest. Oikos, submitted

In Press

Trogisch S, Schuldt A, Bauhus J, Blum JA, Both S, Buscot F, Castro-Izaguirre N, Chesters D, Durka W, Eichenberg D, Erfmeier A, Fischer M, Geißler C, Germany MS, Goebes P, Gutknecht J, Hahn CZ, Haider S, Härdtle W, He J-S, Hector A, Hönig L, Huang Y, Klein A-M, Kühn P, Kunz M, Leppert KN, Li Y, Liu X, Niklaus PA, Pei Z, Pietsch KA, Prinz R, Proß T, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schmidt K, Scholten T, Seitz S, Song Z, Staab M, von Oheimb G, Weißbecker C, Welk E, Wirth C, Wubet T, Yang B, Yang X, Zhu C-D, Schmid B, Ma K & Bruelheide H: Towards a methodical framework for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality. Ecology and Evolution, accepted


Binkenstein J, Klein A, Assmann T, Buscot F, Erfmeier A, Ma K, Pietsch KA, Schmidt K, Scholten T, Wubet T, Bruelheide H, Schuldt A, Staab (2017) Multi-trophic guilds respond differently to changing elevation in a subtropical forest. Ecography, Online Article

Eichenberg D, Pietsch KA, Meister C, Ding W, Yu M, Wirth C (2017) The effect of microclimate on wood decay is indirectly altered by tree species diversity in a litterbag study. Journal of Plant Ecology, Online Article

Purahong P, Pietsch KA, Lentendu G, Schöps R, Bruelheide H, Wirth C, Buscot F, Wubet T (2017) Characterization of unexplored deadwood mycobiome in highly diverse subtropical forests using culture-independent molecular technique. Frontiers in Microbiology, Online Article


Schuldt A, Buscot F, Staab M, Wubet T, Assman T, Böhnke-Kammerlander M, Both S, Erfmeier A, Klein A-M, Ma K, Pietsch KA, Schulze S, Wirth C, Zhang J, Zumstein P, Bruelheide H (2015) Multitrophic diversity in a biodiverse forest is highly nonlinear across spatial scales. Nature Communications, Online Article


Nadrowski K, Pietsch KA, Barrufol M, Both S, Bruelheide H, Gutknecht J, Heklau H, Kahl A, Kahl T, Niklaus P, Kröber W, Liu XJ, Mi XC, Michalski S, v Oheimb G, Purschke O, Schmid B, Teng F, Welk E, Wirth C (2014) Tree species traits but not diversity mitigate stem breakage in a subtropical forest following a rare and extreme ice storm. PLOS ONE, Online Article

Pietsch KA, Ogle K, Cornelissen JHC, Cornwell WK, Bönisch G, Craine JM, Jackson BG, Kattge J, Peltzer DA, Penuelas J, Reich RB, Wardle DA, Weedon JT, Wright IJ, Zanne AE, Wirth C (2014) Global relationship of wood and leaf litter decomposability: the role of functional traits within and across plant organs. Global Ecology and Biogeography, Online Article

Conference contributions

  • Pietsch KA, Wirth C, et al (2016) The relationship of leaf and wood decomposability: from global to local patterns. 46. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ). Marburg.

  • Holzwarth FM & Pietsch KA, Barry K, Eichenberg D, Ohse B, Schröder-Georgi T, Wirth C (2016) Effects of biodiversity effects vary with context – Case studies spanning experiments, observations and models. 2nd iDiv Conference. Leipzig.

  • Pietsch KA, Eichenberg D, Buscot F, Nadrowski K, Purahong W, Wubet T, Wirth C (2015) Interactions of biotic and abiotic factors affect wood decomposition in a subtropical evergreen forest. iDiv Conference. Leipzig.

  • Eichenberg D, Meister C, Pietsch KA, Ding W, Yu M, With C (2015): Influence of biodiversity, topography and microclimate on the effect of invertebrate exclusion on coarse wood decomposition: a case study from subtropical China. iDiv Conference. Leipzig.

  • Pietsch KA, Nadrowski K, Wirth C (2013) Does tree species richness affect coarse wood debris decomposition? 43. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ). Potsdam.

  • Pietsch KA, Nadrowski K, Wirth C (2013) Biodiversity and wood decompositoin - implications from a subtropical mixed forest. 11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years . London

  • Pietsch KA, Ogle K, Cornelissen H, Cornwell W, Jackson B, Kattge J, Peltzer D, Wardle D, Wright I, Zanne A, Wirth C (2011) A global pattern of leaf and wood decomposability and its relation to functional trait spectra. 41. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GFÖ). Oldenburg.

  • Pietsch KA, Kattge J, Ogle K, Wirth C (2009) A new meta analysis approach to identify determinants of woody tissue respiration. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft (DBG). Leipzig.


  • Pietsch KA, Leuschner C, Buschmann H (2007) Significance of plant diversity and environmental parameters for productivity in a semi natural grassland. 37. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ). Marburg.

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