Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agricultural Ecology

Katja Felsmann

Educational background

since 2015

Scientific coordinator of the citizen science project “Tatort Gewässer” at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany.

since 2011

PhD student at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) Müncheberg and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Title: Global Change effects on Forest Understorey: how do interactions between drought and land-use intensity affect water and carbon cycling?


MSc thesis (Diploma) at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and Brandenburg University of Technology, Department of Freshwater Conservation, Germany. Title: Colonization dynamics of ciliate morphotypes modified by shifting sandy sediments.


Studies in Biology (Zoology, Molecular Genetics and Biological Psychology) at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany.

Selected publications


Felsmann, K., Baudis, M., Gimbel, K., Kayler, Z., Ellerbrock, R. H., Bruehlheide, H., Bruckhoff, J., Welk, E., Puhlmann, H., Weiler, M., Geßler, A., Ulrich, A. (2015) Soil bacterial community structure responses to precipitation reduction and forest management in forest ecosystems across Germany. PLOS ONE 10, 4, e0122539.

Gimbel, K. F., Felsmann, K., Baudis, M., Puhlmann, H., Geßler, A., Bruelheide, H., Kayler, Z., Ellerbrock, R. H., Ulrich, A., Welk, E., Weiler, M. (2015) Drought in forest understory ecosystems - a novel rainfall reduction experiment. Biogeosciences 12, 4, 961-975.

Baudis, M., Ellerbrock, R. H., Felsmann, K., Geßler, A., Gimbel, K., Kayler, Z., Puhlmann, H., Ulrich, A., Weiler, M., Welk, E., Bruelheide, H. (2014) Intraspecific differences in responses to rainshelter-induced drought and competition of Fagus sylvatica L. across Germany. Forest Ecology and Management 330, 283-293.

Risse-Buhl, U., Felsmann, K. & Mutz, M. (2014) Colonization dynamics of ciliate morphotypes modified by shifting sandy sediments. European Journal of Protistology. 50: 345-355.



Felsmann, K., A. Geßler, A., Ellerbrock, R., Ulrich, A. & Kayler, Z. (2013).  BeDry:Plant functioning and microbial community effects on soil hydrological properties. Presäntation bei der BeDry Annual Meeting. Freiburg.

Ellerbrock, R. H., Felsmann, K., Baude, A., Bantle, A. & Matzner, E. (2013). Spectroscopic characterization of effects of climate change and plant residues on composition of soil organic matter.poster Presentation at the conference 3rd BioHydrology Conference. Landau in der Pfalz, Germany, P1-03, P. 44.

Felsmann, A., Geßler, A., Kayler, Z. & Ulrich, A. (2013). Changes in soil microbial community structure of forest ecosystems as a response to drought stress – a roofed approach.  poster Presentation at the conferece 2nd Thünen Symposium on Soil metagenomics. Braunschweig, Germany, P33, P. 66.


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