Prof. Dr. Nico Eisenhauer
Head of Experimental Interaction Ecology

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

Phone +49 341 97 33167
Email: nico.eisenhauer [@]
Room: 4.220.1

Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig


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Scientific career
2014 - Full professorship at German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig of University.
2014 Heinz-Maier‐Leibnitz  Preis  by  the  German  Research  Foundation.
2013 - 2014

Faculty member of the International Max Planck Research School
(IMPRS), Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

2012 - 2014
W2 professorship "Terrestrial Ecology", Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Habilitation (Ecology and Zoology) at the Georg August University Göttingen
Emmy Noether group leader at the Technische Universität München
Post-Doc in the lab of Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser at the Technische Universität München
2010 - 2012
Post-Doc in the lab of Prof. Peter B. Reich at the University of Minnesota (DFG funded; Ei862/1-1): Aboveground - belowground interactions in a changing world
2008 - 2010
Post-Doc in the Jena Experiment. Subproject Decomposer Interaction Webs
2005 - 2008
PhD at the Darmstadt University of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. S. Scheu. Title: Earthworms in a plant diversity gradient: Direct and indirect effects on plant competition and establishment as a part of the Jena Experiment funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, FOR 456) (summa cum laude)
2004 - 2005
Diploma thesis: Invasion of a deciduous forest by earthworms: Changes in soil chemistry, microflora, microarthropods and vegetation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. S. Scheu at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany (certified biologist with distinction)

Since 2007, 112 publications in international peer-reviewed journals; h-index 28 (Google Scholar, August 25, 2015, i10-index 60, citations 2311); e.g., Nature, Science, PNAS, Nature Communications, Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Journal of Ecology, Ecology) see CV for complete list of publications. Selected ones:

  1. Eisenhauer N, Bessler H, Engels C, Gleixner G, Habekost M, Milcu A, Partsch S, Sabais ACW, Scherber C, Steinbeiss S, Weigelt A, Weisser WW and Scheu S (2010) Plant diversity effects on soil microorganisms support the singular hypothesis. Ecology 91: 485-496.
  2. Eisenhauer N, Dobies T, Cesarz S, Hobbie SE, Meyer RJ, Worm K, Reich PB (2013) Plant diversity effects on soil food webs are stronger than those of elevated CO2 and N deposition in a long-term grassland experiment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110: 6889-6894.
  3. Eisenhauer N, Cesarz S, Koller R, Worm K and Reich PB (2012) Global change below ground: impacts of elevated CO2, nitrogen and summer drought on soil food webs and biodiversity. Global Change Biology 18: 435-447.
  4. Jousset A, Schmid B, Scheu S and Eisenhauer N (2011) Genotypic richness and dissimilarity opposingly affect ecosystem functioning. Ecology Letters 14: 537-545.
  5. Lange M, Eisenhauer N, Sierra CA, Bessler H, Engels C, Griffiths RI, Mellado-Vázquez PG, Malik A, Roy J, Scheu S, Steinbeiss S, Thomson BC, Trumbore SE, Gleixner G (2015) Plant diversity drives soil carbon storage by increased soil microbial activity. Nature Communications 6: 6707.
  6. Lefcheck JS, Byrnes JEK, Isbell F, Gamfeldt F, Griffin JN, Eisenhauer N, Hensel MJS, Hector A, Cardinale BJ, Duffy JE (2015) Biodiversity enhances ecosystem multifunctionality across trophic levels and habitats. Nature Communications 6: 6936.
  7. Reich PB, Tilman D, Isbell F, Mueller K, Hobbie SE, Flynn DFB and Eisenhauer N (2012) Impacts of biodiversity loss escalate through time as redundancy fades. Science 336: 589-592.
  8. Scherber C, Eisenhauer N, Weisser WW, Schmid B, Voigt W, Schulze E-D, Roscher C, Weigelt A, Allan E, Beßler H, Bonkowski M, Buchmann N, Buscot F, Clement LW, Ebeling A, Engels C, Fischer M, Halle S, Kertscher I, Klein A-M, Koller R, König S, Kowalski E, Kummer V, Kuu A, Lange M, Lauterbach D, Middelhoff C, Migunova VD, Milcu A, Müller R, Partsch S, Petermann JS, Renker C, Rottstock T, Sabais ACW, Scheu S, Schumacher J, Temperton VM and Tscharnke T (2010) Bottom-up effects of plant diversity on biotic interactions in a biodiversity experiment. Nature 468: 553-556.
  9. Thakur MP, Milcu A, Manning P, Niklaus PA, Roscher C, Power S, Reich PB, Scheu S, Tilman D, Ai F, Guo H, Ji R, Pierce S, Guerrero Ramirez N, Richter AN, Steinauer K, Strecker T, Vogel A, Eisenhauer N (2015) Plant diversity drives soil microbial biomass carbon in grasslands irrespective of global environmental change factors. Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13011.
  10. Wright AJ, Ebeling A, de Kroon H, Roscher C, Weigelt A, Buchmann N, Buchmann T, Fischer C, Hacker N, Hildebrandt A, Leimer S, Mommer L, Oelmann Y, Scheu S, Steinauer K, Strecker T, Weisser WW, Wilcke W, Eisenhauer N (2015) Flooding disturbances increase resource availability and productivity, but reduce stability in diverse plant communities. Nature Communications 6: 6092.
2014 Heinz-Maier‐Leibnitz Preis by the German Research Foundation.

Emmy Noether group scholarship (DFG)

2010 Postdoc research scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2004 Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Editorial Board

Since 2013

Editor-in-Chief at Pedobiologia
Reviewer of >100 papers (e.g. Ecology, Ecology Letters, Journal of Ecology, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, Oecologia, Oikos, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, PNAS, Science) and research proposals (e.g., German Research Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, Czech Science Foundation)
Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV), Ecological Society of America (ESA), Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig