Solveig Franziska Bucher

Institute of Ecology and Evolution | Professorship of Biodiversity of Plants​
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Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Professorship of Biodiversity of Plants
Solveig Franziska Bucher, Dr
Solveig Franziska Bucher
Otto-Renner-Villa, Room 102/103
Philosophenweg 16
07743 Jena

Research interests

  • Phenological and ecophysiological adaptations of plants to climate change
  • Plant functional traits
  • Changes along elevational gradients
  • Impacts of herbivory on grassland ecosystems
  • Ethnobotany
Curriculum vitae
Since 03/2021 Associate Editor at Folia GeobotanicaExternal link
Since 10/2019 Vice equal rights officer de of the vaculty of Life Science
Since 04/2019 Vicespeaker, since 2021 speaker of the working goup plant population biology (PopBio)External link of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)
Since 12/2017 PostDoc at FSU Jena, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
01/2014 – 12/2017 Continuation of the PhD at FSU Jena, Institute of Systematic Botany
05/2013 – 12/2013 Eliteförderung des Landes Bayerns, Scholarship
04/2012 – 12/2013 PhD student at Regensburg University, Institute of Botany, Theoretical Ecology group
09/2011 – 11/2011 Volunteering for WWF in Mindongy/Madagaskar. Working with local communities to protect the rain forests.
04/2011 – 06/2011

Field work in the Kalahari/South Afrika (Potsdam University) studying the impacts of (over-) grazing on savanna ecosystems.

03/2010 – 06/2010 Fieldwork in Yunnan/China for diploma thesis
08/2009 – 09/2009 Internship at Mpala research station in Laikipia/Kenia. Work on Ant-Acacia Symbiosis.
03/2007 – 03/2011 Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Scholarship
09/2006 – 03/2011 Diplomstudium Biologie, Universität Hohenheim. 
Main subjects: Botany, Plant Interactions and Biodiversity and Agricultural Ecology of the Tropics and Subtropics
Diploma thesis: The Collection of Wild Medicinal Plants in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, SW China  A Case Study on Its Sustainability in Consideration of the FairWild Standard.


    • Bucher, S.F., Uhde, L., Weigelt, A., Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N., Gebler, A., Kyba, C., Römermann, C., Hines, J. (2023) Artificial light at night (ALAN) decreases plant diversity and performance in experimental grassland communities. Philosophical Transactions B, 378: 20220358. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2022.0358External link
    • Dyer, A., Ryser, R., Brose, U., Amyntas, A., Bodnar, N., Boy, T., Bucher, S.F., Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N., Gebler, A., Hines, J., Kyba, C.C.M., Menz, M.H.M., Rackwitz, K., Shatwell, T., Terlau, J.F., Hirt, M.R. (2023) Insect communities under skyglow: diffuse nighttime illuminance induces spatiotemporal shifts in movement and predation. Philosophical Transactions B, 378: 20220359. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2022.0359External link
    • Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N., Bucher, S.F., Ciobanu, M., Hines, J. (2023) Artificial light at night (ALAN) causes shifts in soil communities and functions. Philosophical Transactions B 378: 20220366. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2022.0366External link
    • Eisenhauer, N., Ochoa-Hueso, R., Huang, Y., Barry, K.E., Gebler, A., Guerra, C.A., Hines, J., Jochum, M., Andraczek, K., Bucher, S.F., Buscot, F., Ciobanu, M., Chen, H., Junker, R., Lange, M., Lehmann, A., Rillig, M., Römermann, C., Ulrich, J., Weigelt, A., Schmidt, A., Türke, M. (2023) Ecosystem consequences of invertebrate decline. Current Biology, 33, 4538-4547.e5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2023.09.012.External link
    • Gomarasca, U. , Migliavacca, M., Kattge, J., Nelson, J.A., Niinemets, Ü., Wirth, C., Cescatti, A.,   Bahn, M., Nair, R., Acosta, A.T.R., Arain, M.A., Beloiu, M., Black, T.A., Bruun, H.H., Bucher, S.F., Buchmann, N., Carrara, A., Chaeho, B., Conte, A., da Silva, A.C., Duveiller, G., Fares, S., Ibrom, A., Knohl, A., Komac, B., Limousin, J.-M.,  Lusk, C.H., Mahecha, M., Martini, D., Minden, V., Montagnani, L., Mori, A., Onoda, Y., Peñuelas, J., Perez-Priego, O., Poschlod, P., Powell, T.L., Reich, P.B., Šigut, L., van Bodegom, P.M.,  Walther, S., Wohlfahrt, G., Wright, I.J., Reichstein, M. (2023) Leaf-level coordination principles propagate to the ecosystem scale. Nature Communications, 14, 3948. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-39572-5External link
    • Ahmad, M., Rosbakh, S.,  Bucher, S.F., Sharma, P., Rathee, S., Uniyal, S., Batish, D., Singh, H. (2023). The role of floral traits in community assembly process at high elevations in Himalaya. Journal of Ecology, 111, 1107-1119. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.14083External link
    • Sporbert, M., Jakubka, D.,  Bucher, S.F., Hensen, I., Freiberg, M., Heubach, K., König, A., Nordt, B., Plos, C., Blinova, I., Bonn, A., Knickmann, B., Koubek, T., Linstädter, A., Mašková, T., Primack, R., Rosche, C., Shah, M., Stevens, A.-D., Tielboerger, K., Träger, S., Wirth, C., Römermann, C. (2022) Functional traits influence patterns in vegetative and reproductive plant phenology - a multi-botanical garden study. New Phytologist, 235, 2199-2210.
    • Ali, H.E., Bucher, S.F. (2022) Effect of drought and nutrient availability on invaded plant communities in a semi-arid ecosystem. Ecology and Evolution, 12, e9296.
    • Luo, Y., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Richardson, A.D., Seyednasrollah, B., Perez-Priego; Rosario Gonzalez-Cascon, Pilar Martín, M., Moreno, G., Nair, R., Wutzler, T., Bucher, S.F., Carrara, A., Cremonese, E., El-Madany, T.S., Filippa, G., Galvagno, M., Hammer, T., Ma, X., Martini, D., Zhang, Q., Reichstein, M, Menzel, A., Römermann, C., Migliavacca, M. (2022) Evergreen broadleaf greenness and its relationship with leaf flushing, aging, and water fluxes, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 323, 109060. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2022.109060External link.
    • Körschens, M., Bodesheim, P., Römermann, C., Bucher, S.F., Migliavacca, M., Ulrich, J., Denzler, J. (2021) Weakly Supervised Segmentation Pretraining for Plant Cover Prediction. In: Bauckhage C., Gall J., Schwing A. (eds) Pattern Recognition. DAGM GCPR 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13024. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92659-5_38External link
    • Ali, H.E., Bucher, S.F. (2021) Ecological Impacts of Megaprojects: Species Succession and Functional Composition. Plants, 10,  2411. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10112411External link
    • Bucher, S.F., Auerswald, K., Grün-Wenzel, C., Higgins, S.I., Römermann C. (2021) Abiotic site conditions affect photosynthesis rates by changing leaf functional traits. Basic and Applied Ecology, 57, 54-64.
    • Körschens, M., Bodesheim, P., Römermann, C., Bucher, S.F., Migliavacca, M., Ulrich, J., Denzler, J. (2021) Automatic Plant Cover Estimation with Convolutional Neural Networks, CS4BioDiversity Workshop der INFORMATIK2021
    • Nordt, B.,  Hensen, I.,  Bucher, S.F., Freiberg, M.,  Primack, R.,  Stevens, A.-D., Bonn, A., Wirth, C., Jakubka, D., Plos, C., Sporbert, M., Römermann, C. (2021) The PhenObs initiative — A standardised protocol for monitoring phenological responses to climate change using herbaceous plant species in botanical gardens. Functional Ecology, 35, 821-834.
    • Preißer, M., Bucher, S.F. (2021) Is the Seasonal Variation in Frost Resistance and Plant Performance in Four Oak Species Affected by Changing Temperatures? Forests 12:369.
  • Bucher, S.F.,  Römermann , C. (2021) The timing of leaf senescence relates to flowering phenology and functional traits in 17 herbaceous species along elevational gradients. Journal of Ecology, 109, 1537-1548.
  • Bucher, S.F.,  Rosbakh, S. (2021) Foliar summer frost resistance measured via electrolyte leakage approach as related to plant distribution, community composition and performance. Functional Ecology, 35, 590-600.
  • Körschens, M., Bodesheim, P., Römermann, C., Bucher, S.F., Ulrich, J., Denzler, J. (2020) Towards Confirmable Automated Plant Cover Determination. In: Bartoli A., Fusiello A. (eds) Computer Vision – ECCV 2020 Workshops. ECCV 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12540. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65414-6_22External link
  • Ulrich, J., Bucher, S.F., Eisenhauer, N., Schmidt, A., Türke, M., Gebler, A., Barry, K., Lange, M., Römermann, C. (2020). Invertebrate decline leads to shifts in plant species abundance and phenology. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.542125External link.
  • Bucher, S.F. , Römermann, C. (2020) Phänologische und Ökophysiologische Anpassungen
    von Pflanzen an den Klimawandel. Artenschutzreport, 42, 38-43.
  • Luo, Y., El-Madany, T.S., Ma, X., Nair, R., Jung, M., Weber, U., Filippa, G., Bucher, S.F., Moreno, G., Cremonese, E., Carrara, A., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Cáceres Escudero, Y., Galvagno, M., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Pilar Martín, M., Perez-Priego, O., Reichstein, M., Richardson, A.D., Menzel, A., Römermann, C., Migliavacca, M. (2020) Nutrients and water availability constrain the seasonality of vegetation activity in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Global Change Biology, 26, 4379-4400.
  • Samuel, S., Shadaydeh, M., Böcker, S., Brügmann, B., Bucher, S.F., Deckert, V., Denzler, J., Dittrich, P., von Eggeling, F., Güllmar, D., Guntinas-Lichius, O., König-Ries, B., Löffler, F., Maicher, L., Marz, M., Migliavacca, M., Reichenbach, J.R., Reichstein, M., Römermann, C., Wittig, A. (2020) A virtual “Werkstatt” for digitization in the sciences. Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e54106. https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.6.e54106External link
  • Bucher, S.F. , Römermann, C. (2020) Flowering patterns change along elevational gradients and relate to life-history strategies in 29 herbaceous species. Alpine Botany, 130, 41-58. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00035-020-00231-wExternal link
  • Bucher, S.F. , Ghorbani, A., Langenberger, G., Küppers, M., Sauerborn, J. (2020) Assessing sustainable use of wild medicinal plants: a case study in the Naban River Watershed National Nature Reserve (NRWNNR), Yunnan/China. Ethnobotany Research & Applications, 19, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.32859/era.19.21.1-12External link
  • Gast, A., Römermann, C., Bucher, S.F. (2020) Seasonal variation and trade-off between frost resistance and photosynthetic performance in woody species. Photosynthetica, 58, 146-155. https://doi.org/10.32615/ps.2019.161External link
  • Kattge, J., Bönisch, G., Díaz, S., .... Bucher, S.F., .... Römermann, C., ... Walther, G., et al. (2020) TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology, 26, 119- 188. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14904External link
  • Helm, J., Dutoit, T., Saatkamp, A., Bucher, S.F., Leiterer, M., Römermann, C. (2019) Recovery of Mediterranean steppe vegetation after cultivation: legacy effects on plant composition, soil properties and functional traits. Applied Vegetation Science 22, 71-84. doi: 10.1111/avsc.12415External link
  • Bucher, S.F., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Römermann, C. (2018) Chlorophyll fluorescence and gas exchange measurements in field research: an ecological case study. Photosynthetica 56, 1161-1170. doi: 10.1007/s11099-018-0809-5External link
  • Bucher, S.F., Feiler, R., Buchner, O., Neuner, G., Rosbakh, S., Leiterer, M., Römermann, C. (2018) Temporal and spatial trade-offs between resistance and performance traits in herbaceous plant species. Environmental and Experimental Botany 157, 187-196.
  • Bucher, S.F., König, P., Menzel, A. Migliavacca, M., Ewald, J., Römermann, C. (2018) Traits and climate are associated with first flowering day in herbaceous species along elevational gradients. Ecology and Evolution, 8, 1147-1158. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3720External link
  • Bucher, S.F., Auerswald, K., Grün-Wenzel, C., Higgins, S.I., Jorge, J.G., Römermann, C. (2017) Stomatal traits relate to habitat preferences of herbaceous species in a temperate climate. FLORA - Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 229, 107-115.
  • Bucher, S.F., Auerswald, K., Tautenhahn, S., Geiger, A., Otto, J., Müller, A., Römermann, C. (2016) Inter- and intraspecific variation in stomatal pore area index along elevational gradients and its relation to leaf functional traits. Plant Ecology, 217, 229-240. doi: 10.1007/s11258-016-0564-2External link
  • Römermann C., Bucher S.F., Hahn M., Bernhardt-Römermann M. (2016) Plant Functional Traits- Fixed Facts or Variable Depending on the Season? Folia Geobotanica51, 143-159.
  • Bucher, S.F., Ghorbani, A., Langenberger, G. (2015) Wild plant collection- Sustainable collection of traditional Chinese medicinal plant species in Yunnan Province. TRAFFIC Factsheet.
  • Porensky, L.M., Bucher, S.F., Veblen, K.E., Treydte, A.C., Young, T.P. (2013) Megaherbivores and cattle alter edge effects around ecosystem hotspots in an African savanna. Journal of Arid Environments 96, 55-63.
  • Bucher, S.F., Ghorbani, A., Langenberger, G., Küppers, M., Sauerborn, J. (2011)  Asparagus spp. in Traditional Chinese Medicine- Wild Collection and It Sustainability. TRAFFIC Bulletin, 23, 9-11.