Anke Hildebrandt

Joint professorship Terrestrial Ecohydrology
Anke Hildebrandt Image: Sebastian Wiedling (UFZ)

Office

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute of Geoscience
Burgweg 11 / H 209  
07749 Jena / Germany

anke.hildebrandt@uni-jena.de
+49 3641 9-48720

 

Secretary
Yvonne Kohlmeyer
Burgweg 11 / H 206

Office times:
Monday: 7:30-15:30
Wednesday: 7:30-15:30
Thursday: 7:30-15:30

yvonne.kohlmeyer@uni-jena.de
+49 3641 9-48661

 

Joint appointed professorship with the
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Dept. Computational Hydrosystems

Permoser Str. 13 (Building 7.1, top floor)
04318  Leipzig / Germany

+49 341 235-482238 

Research activity

I study how the terrestrial water cycle and vegetation mutually affect each other. Currently, I work on the following topics:

  • Interrelation between ecosystem structure and vertical water flow - from the top of the canopy to the bottom of the rooting zone
  • Interpretation of soil moisture patterns and relation to root water uptake and soil water flow
  • Redistribution and confluence of precipitation in vegetation canopies and how it affects soil processes
  • Effect of vegetation structure on soil hydraulic properties and potential effects on soil water fluxes
  • Understanding where roots take up water, why, and whether this affects transpiration and soil water dynamics at the regional scale
  • Optimality of root water uptake 

Most of my work targets the plot scale, since this is the typical scale of interaction between human and the environment. However, the scale of the models and experiments ranges from the pore and plant individual to the plot and ecosystem scale.

Biography

2000
Engineer for Water Resources Management, Technical University Dresden (Germany), with Diploma thesis on salinization due to irrigation in the Murrumbidgee / Darling Basin, prepared externally at ETH Zurich

2005
PhD in Hydrology, MIT, Cambridge (USA), thesis on the Ecohydrology of a Seasonal Cloud Forest in Oman

2005 – 2010
Scientist and Group leader at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Group Ecohydrology

2010
Junior Professor for Ecological Modelling at the Friedrich Schiller Universtiy Jena

since 2018
Joint professorship between the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research–UFZ in the field of Terrestrial Ecohydrology.

Selected Publications

List of all publications [pdf 80KB]

*Fischer, C., S. Leimer, C. Roscher, J. Ravenek, H. de Kroon, Y. Kreutziger, J. Baade, H. Beßler, N. Eisenhauer, A. Weigelt, L. Mommer, M. Lange, G. Gleixner, W. Wilcke, B. Schröder, A. Hildebrandt. 2018. Plant species richness and functional groups have different effects on soil water content in a decade-long grassland experiment. Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13046.

*Guderle, M., D. Bachmann, A. Milcu, A. Gockele, *M. Bechmann, *C. Fischer, C. Roscher, D. Landais, O. Ravel, S. Devidal, J. Roy, A. Gessler, N. Buchmann, A. Hildebrandt. 2018. Dynamic niche partitioning in root water uptake facilitates efficient water use in more diverse plant communities. Functional Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12948.

*Metzger, J., N. Dalla Valle, T. Wutzler, J. Filipzik, R. Lehmann, M. Roggenbuck, D. Schelhorn, J. Weckmüller, K. Küsel, K.U. Totsche, S. Trumbore, A. Hildebrandt. 2017. Vegetation impacts soil water content patterns by shaping canopy water fluxes and soil properties. Hydrological Processes 31:3783-3795. doi: 10.1002/hyp.11274.

Hildebrandt, A., A. Kleidon and *M. Bechmann. 2016. A thermodynamic fomulation of root water uptake. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20:3441-3454, doi: 10.51947hess-20-3441-2016.

Hildebrandt, A. and E. A. B. Eltahir. 2006. Forest on the edge: Seasonal cloud forest in Oman creates its own ecological niche. Geophysical Research Letters 33:2-5. doi: 10.1029/2006GL026022.

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