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University of Tartu
Plant Ecology Laboratory
employee Lena Neuenkamp Tartu,, Estonia

Lena Neuenkamp

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My research is about the dynamics of plant communities under changing land use in seminatural grasslands. Hereby I address the effect management on community structure, and the possible role of diaspore and symbiont limitation on community change. I study plant community composition, seed bank and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to estimate the `restoration potential´ of different dynamic stages of grasslands: extensively used (abandoned), intensively used and disturbed grasslands (gravel pits). In particular, my study shall focus both on the mechanisms behind community changes, as well as on finding the best techniques for restoration of biodiverse grasslands. 


Selected papers:

  • Metsoja, JA., Neuenkamp, L., Pihu, S., Vellak, K., Kalwij, JM., Zobel, M. 2012. Restoration of flooded meadows in Estonia - vegetation changes and management indicators. Applied Vegetation Science 15: 231-244.
  • Neuenkamp, L., Metsoja, JA., Zobel, M., Hoelzel, N. 2013. Impact of management on biodieversity-productivity relations in Estonian flooded meadows. Plant Ecology 214: 245-256.
  • Metsoja, JA., Neuenkamp, L., Zobel, M. 2014. Seed bank and its restoration potential in Estonian flooded meadows. Applied Vegetation Science 17: 262-273.