Claudia Guimaraes-Steinicke


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Institut für Spezielle Botanik und Funktionelle Biodiversität <br/> Universität Leipzig
Johannisallee 21
04103 Leipzig


since 2015

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

since 2011

Staff member of Neotropical Institute – Research and Conservation in Brazil

2011 - 2013

Research assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Leipzig, Dept. Conservation Biology (Working Group "Population Ecology and Landscape Structure" – Project Scales)


Internship at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena. (Dept. of Biochemical Processes)

2010 - 2013

Master degree of Global Change Ecology Graduate Program at the University of Bayreuth.
Topic:“Plant traits reflect species adaptation strategies to forest fragmentation in the Atlantic forest, Brazil. Selected Master Thesis of the Global Change Ecology Master Program at the Elite Netzwerk Bavaria graduation 2013:


Internship at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (Dept. of Plant Ecology & Systematics with emphasis in Forest Fragmentation)


Biological consultant at Hileia Environmental Consulting, São Paulo, Brazil

2008 - 2009

Internship at the “Conservation Science Internship Program” of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Curitiba, Brazil

2004 - 2007

Teacher (secondary education) of biology and chemistry, Brazil

2000 - 2003

Licentiate and Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil.
Topic: Estimate of carbon biomass in different vegetation typologies of the Atlantic Forest, Southeast of Paraná, Brazil


Research interests

  • Plant functional ecology
  • The role of plant functional trait on community performance
  • Remote sensing techniques applied in plant ecology research

PhD Thesis

Thesis title: Spatio-temporal niche complementarity in grassland communities




  • Barry K, van Ruijven J., Mommer L, Bai Y, Beierkuhnlein C, Buchmann N, de Kroon H, Ebeling A, Eisenhauer N, Guimarães-Steinicke C, Hildebrandt A, Isbell I, Milcu A, Neßhöver C, Reich P, Roscher C, Sauheitl L, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Tilman D, Schmid B, von Felten S, Weigelt A : Spatial resource partitioning does not predict enhanced ecosystem functioning: A meta-analysis of grassland biodiversity experiments. Ecology,Online Article.

  • Guimarães-Steinicke C, Weigelt A, Ebeling A, Eisenhauer N, Duque-Lazo J, Reu B, Roscher C, Wagg C, Wirth C : Terrestrial laser scanning reveals temporal changes in biodiversity mechanisms driving grassland productivity. Advances in Ecological Research, 61, 133-161, Online Article.

  • Schuldt A, Ebeling A, Kunz M, Staab M, Guimarães-Steinicke C, Bachmann D, Buchmann N, Durka W, Fichtner A, Fornoff F, Härdtle W, Hertzog L, Klein A-M, Roscher C, Schaller J, von Oheimb G, Weigelt A, Weisser W, Wirth C, Zhang J, Bruelheide H, Eisenhauer N : Multiple plant diversity components drive consumer communities across ecosystems. Nature Communications,10:1460, Online Article.

Conference talks

  • Guimarães-Steinicke, C, Wirth C, Weigelt A ,(2017) Temporal changes of biodiversity effects on grassland productivity over two growing seasons using laser scanning. Joint Annual Meeting: Ecology Across Borders 2017, Ghent, Belgium.

  • Guimarães-Steinicke, C, Wirth C, Weigelt A ,(2016) Intra- and inter annual high temporal dynamics of diversity drivers on grasslands communities using 3D point clouds. 45th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) 2016, Marburg.

  • Guimarães, C, Banks-Leite, C, Hasui, E; Knogge, C, Metzger, JP , (2011) Direct and indirect causal relations between frugivorous birds and plant communities in fragments of the Brazilian Atlantic forest. 8th IALE World Congress 2011, Beijing, China.

  • Guimarães, C, Banks-Leite, C, Hasui, E; Knogge, C, Metzger, JP , (2008) The influence of vegetation cover and the connectivity on the productivity of fruits in fragments of the Brazilian Atlantic forest. The Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Congress 2008, Paramaribo, Suriname

  • Guimarães, C, (2006) Impact of forest fragmentation on phenological events in tree communities of the Mata Atlântica in the State of São Paulo, The 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for tropical Ecology, Kaiserslautern, 2006.


  • Guimarães-Steinicke, C, Weigelt A ,Wirth C,(2017) Seasonal changes in diversity drivers of grassland development revealed by terrestrial laser scanning. The Royal Society Meeting : The terrestrial laser scanning revolution in forest ecology 2017, Milton Keynes, UK

  • Guimarães-Steinicke, C, Weigelt A ,Wirth C, (2016) How to work with terrestrial laser scanning. iDiv Annual Conference 2016, Leipzig.

  • Guimarães-Steinicke, C, Weigelt A ,Wirth C, (2015) Temporal dynamics of diversity drivers using high resolution 3D images of grasslands. iDiv Annual Conference 2016, Leipzig.

  • Guimarães, C, Banks-Leite, C, Hasui, E; Knogge, C, Metzger, JP , (2007) The influence of landscape configuration on the fruit productivity and the consequences for frugivorous birds in the Southeast of the Atlantic Forest, Brazil. First Meeting IALE-BR, 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Organization of events

  • Guimarães-Steinicke, C (2006) Eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 8)and Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Biosafety Protocol (COP-MOP 3), Curitiba, Brazil

letzte Änderung: 28.10.2019