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  • Derak, M., Taiqui, L., Fiedler, S., Cortina-Segarra, J., (2024) Social learning to promote forest restoration in a semi-arid landscape in North Africa, Environmental Development, 49, 100972, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2024.100972
  • Vynokurov, D., Borovyk, D., Chusova, O., Dvydova, A., Davydov, D., Dembicz, I., Iemelianova, S., Kolomiets, H., Moysiyenko, I., Shapoval, V., Shynder, O., Skobel, N., Buzhdygan, O.Y., Kuzemko, A. (2024) Ukrainian Plant Trait Database: UkrTrait v.1.0. Biodiversity Data Journal, 12: e118128, https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.12.e118128

  • Zizinga, A., Mwanjalolo, JG.M., Tietjen, B., Martins, M.A., Bedad, B. (2024). Maize yield under a changing climate in Uganda: long-term impacts for climate smart agriculture. Reg Environ Change 24, 34. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-024-02186-8
  • Wirth, S. B., Poyda, A., Taube, F., Tietjen, B., Müller, C., Thonicke, K., Linstädter, A., Behn, K., Schaphoff, S., von Bloh, W., and Rolinski, S. (2024). Connecting competitor, stress-tolerator and ruderal (CSR) theory and Lund Potsdam Jena managed Land 5 (LPJmL 5) to assess the role of environmental conditions, management and functional diversity for grassland ecosystem functions, Biogeosciences, 21, 381–410, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-381-2024


  • Olagoke A, Jeltsch F, Tietjen B, Berger U, Ritter H, Maaß S (2023). Small‐scale heterogeneity shapes grassland diversity in low‐to‐intermediate resource environments. Journal of Vegetation Science, 34(4), e13196. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.13196
  • Buzhdygan, O., Petermann, JS. (2023) Multitrophic biodiversity enhances ecosystem functions, services and ecological intensification in agriculture. Journal of Plant Ecology, 16, 6, rtad019. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtad019
  • Stamenković, O., Stojković Piperac, M., Milošević, D. , Čerba, D., Cvijanović, D., Gronau, A., Vlaičevićet, B., Buzhdygan, O. (2023) Multiple anthropogenic pressures and local environmental gradients in ponds governing the taxonomic and functional diversity of epiphytic macroinvertebrates. Hydrobiologia, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-023-05311-6
  • Baldauf, S., Cantón, Y. and Tietjen B. (2023) Biocrusts intensify water redistribution and improve water availability to dryland vegetation: insights from a spatially-explicit ecohydrological model. Front. Microbiol. 14:1179291. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2023.1179291
  • Wesener, F., Rillig, M.C. and Tietjen, B. (2023), Heat stress can change the competitive outcome between fungi: insights from a modelling approach. Oikos e09377. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.09377
  • Irob, K., Blaum, N., Weiss-Aparicio, A., Hauptfleisch, M., Hering, R., Uiseb, K., & Tietjen, B. (2023). Savanna resilience to droughts increases with the proportion of browsing wild herbivores and plant functional diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 60, 251–262. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14351


  • Geissler K, Blaum N, von Maltitz GP, Smith T, Bookhagen B, Wanke H, Hipondoka M, Hamunyelae E, Lohmann D, Lüdtke DU, Mbidzo M, Rauchecker M, Hering R, Irob K, Tietjen B, Marquart A, Skhosana FV, Herkenrath T, Uugulu S (2022). Biodiversity and ecosystem functions in Southern African savanna rangelands: threats, impacts and solutions. In: von Maltitz G, Midgley GF, Veitch J, Brümmer C, Rötte R, Viehberg F, Veste M (eds). Sustainability of Southern African Ecosystems under Global Change, Ecological Studies, Vol 248, Springer Cham.
  • Buzhdygan, OY., Stojković Piperac M, Stamenković O, Čerba D, Ostojić A, Tietjen B, Milošević D (2022) Human impact induces shifts in trophic composition and diversity of consumer communities in small freshwater ecosystems. In: Pešić V., Miliša M., Milošević D. (Eds), Small Water Bodies of the Western Balkan. Springer Nature, "Water" Edition. 389-418. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86478-1_18
  • Koch, F., Tietjen, B., Tielbörger, K., Allhoff, K.T. (2022) Livestock management promotes bush encroachment in savanna systems by altering plant–herbivore feedback. Oikos e09462. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.09462
  • Stamenković, O., Stojković Piperac, M., Čerba, D., Milošević, D., Ostojić, A., Đorđević, N. B.,  Simić, S.B., Cvijanović, D., Buzhdygan O.Y.  (2022) Taxonomic and functional aspects of diversity and composition of plankton communities in shallow lentic ecosystems along the human impact and environmental gradients. Aquatic Sciences 84(57), 1-19 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00027-022-00893-0
  • Chen B, Chen H, Li M, Fiedler S, Mărgărint MC, Nowak A, Wesche K, Tietjen B, Wu J (2022) Climate Sensitivity of the Arid Scrublands on the Tibetan Plateau Mediated by Plant Nutrient Traits and Soil Nutrient Availability. Remote Sensing 14, 4601. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14184601
  • Vogel J, Drivers of phenological changes in southern Europe. Int J Biometeorol (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-022-02331-0
  • Gohr C, H von Wehrden, F May, and PL Ibisch (2022) Remotely sensed effectiveness assessments of protected areas lack a common framework: A review. Ecosphere 13(4), e4053. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.4053
  • Zizinga A, Mwanjalolo J-GM, Tietjen B, Bedadi B, Pathak H, Gabiri G, Beesigamukama D (2022). Climate change and maize productivity in Uganda: Simulating the impacts and alleviation with climate smart agriculture practices. Agricultural Systems 199, 103407. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2022.103407
  • Irob K, Blaum N, Baldauf S, Kerger L, Kanduvarisa A, Strohbach B, Lohmann D, Tietjen B (2022) Browsing herbivores improve the state and functioning of savannas: a model assessment of alternative land use strategies. Ecology and Evolution12, e8715. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.8715
  • Zizinga A, Mwanjalolo JGM, Tietjen B, Bedadi B, Amaro de Sales R, Beesigamukama D (2022) Simulating Maize Productivity under Selected Climate Smart Agriculture Practices Using AquaCrop Model in a Sub-humid Environment. Sustainability 14(4), 2036. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14042036
  • Fahrig L, Watling JI , Arnillas CA, Arroyo-Rodríguez B, Jörger-Hickfang T, Müller J, Pereira HM, Riva F, Rösch V, Seibold S, Tscharntke T, May F (2022) Resolving the SLOSS dilemma for biodiversity conservation: a research agenda. Biological Reviews 97(1), 99–114. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12792

  • Zizinga A, Mwanjalolo JGM, Tietjen B, Bedadi B, Gabiri G, Luswata KC (2022) Effect of Mulching and Permanent Planting Basin Dimensions on Maize (Zea mays L.) Production in a Sub-Humid Climate. Water 14(1), 79. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010079


  • Stamenković O., Simić V., Stojković Piperac M., Milošević D., Simić V., Ostojić A., Đorđević N., Čerba D., Petrović A., Jenačković D., Đurđević A., Koh M., Buzhdygan O.Y. (2021) Direct, water-chemistry mediated and cascading effects of human-impact intensification on multitrophic biodiversity in ponds. Aquatic Ecology 55, 187–214.
  • Petermann J.S., Buzhdygan O.Y. (2021) Grassland biodiversity. Current Biology, 31(19), R1195-R1201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.06.060
  • Engel T, SA Blowes, DJ McGlinn, F May, NJ Gotelli, BJ McGill, and JM Chase (2021) Using coverage-based rarefaction to infer non-random species distributions. Ecosphere 12(9), e03745. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3745
  • Wirth SB, Taubert F, Tietjen B, Müller C, Rolinski S (2021). Do details matter? Disentangling the processes related to plant species interactions in two grassland models of different complexity. Ecological Modelling 460, 109737. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2021.109737
  • Crawford MS, Barry KE, Clark AT, Farrior CE, Hines J, Ladouceur E, Lichstein JW, Maréchaux I, May F, Mori AS, et al. (2021) The function-dominance correlation drives the direction and strength of biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Ecology Letters 24(9), 1762–1775. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13776
  • Blumröder JS, May F, Härdtle W, and Ibisch PL (2021) Forestry contributed to warming of forest ecosystems in northern Germany during the extreme summers of 2018 and 2019. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 2(3), e12087. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12087
  • Crawford MS, Schlägel UE, May F, Wurst S, Grimm V, and Jeltsch F (2021) While shoot herbivores reduce, root herbivores increase nutrient enrichment’s impact on diversity in a grassland model. Ecology 102(5), e03333. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3333
  • Fiedler S, Monteiro JAF, Hulvey K, Standish R, Perring M, Tietjen B (2021) Global change shifts trade-offs among ecosystem functions in woodlands restored for multifunctionality. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13900
  • Wesener F, Szymczak A, Rillig MC, Tietjen B (2021) Stress priming affects fungal competition – evidence from a combined experimental and modeling study. Environmental Microbiology, in press, https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.15418
  • Baldauf S., Porada P, Raggio J, Maestre FT, Tietjen B (2021). Relative humidity predominantly determines long-term biocrust-forming lichen survival under climate change. Journal of Ecology, 109, 1370-1385, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13563
  • Wu J, Li M, Zhang X, Fiedler S, Gao Q, Zhou Y, Cao W, Hassan W, Mărgărint MC, Tarolli P, Tietjen B (2021) Disentangling climatic and anthropogenic contributions to nonlinear dynamics of alpine grassland productivity on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Environmental Management, 281, 111875. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111875
  • Udy K, Fritsch M, Meyer KM, Grass I, Hanß S, Hartig F, Kneib T, Kreft H, Kukunda CB, Pe'er G, Reinighaus H, Tietjen B, Tscharntke T, van Waveren, C-S, Wiegand K (2021) Environmental heterogeneity predicts global species richness patterns better than area. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00: 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13261


  • Blowes SA, Chase JM, Franco AD, Frid O, Gotelli NJ, Guidetti P, Knight TM, May F, McGlinn DJ, Micheli F, Sala E, Belmaker J (2020) Mediterranean marine protected areas have higher biodiversity via increased evenness, not abundance. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57(3), 578–589, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13549.
  • Shoemaker LG, Sullivan LL, Donohue I, Cabral JS, Williams RJ, Mayfield MM, Chase JM, Chu C, Harpole WS, Huth A, HilleRisLambers J, James ARM, Kraft NJB, May F, Muthukrishnan R, Satterlee S, Taubert F, Wang X, Wiegand T, Yang Q, Abbott KC (2020) Integrating the underlying structure of stochasticity into community ecology. Ecology, 101(2), e02922, https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2922.
  • May F, Wiegand T, Huth A, Chase JM (2020). Scale-dependent effects of conspecific negative density dependence and immigration on biodiversity maintenance. Oikos, 129(7), 1072-1083, https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.06785.
  • Angessa AT, B Lemma, K Yeshitela, J Fischer, F May, and G Shumi (2020) Woody plant diversity, composition and structure in relation to environmental variables and land-cover types in Lake Wanchi watershed, central highlands of Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology 58(4), 627–638. https://doi.org/10.1111/aje.12731.
  • Craven D, Sande MT van der, Meyer C, Gerstner K, Bennett JM, Giling DP, Hines J, Phillips HRP, May F, Bannar‐Martin KH, Chase JM, Keil P (2020). A cross-scale assessment of productivity–diversity relationships. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29(11): 1940–1955. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13165.
  • Buzhdygan OY, Tietjen B, Rudenko SS, Nikorych VA, Petermann JS (2020). Direct and indirect effects of land-use intensity on plant communities across elevation in semi-natural grasslands. PLOS ONE 15, e0231122. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231122
  • Chase, JM, Blowes, SA, Knight, TM, Gerstner, K & May, F (2020). Ecosystem decay exacerbates biodiversity loss with habitat loss. Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2531-2
  • Tabares X, Zimmermann H, Dietze E, Ratzmann G, Belz L, Vieth‐Hillebrand A, Dupont L, Wilkes H, Mapani B, Herzschuh U (2020) Vegetation state changes in the course of shrub encroachment in an African savanna since about 1850 CE and their potential drivers. Ecology and Evolution 10(2):962-979. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5955
  • Giebels D, Carus J, Paul M, Kleyer M, Siebenhüner B, Arns A, Bartholomä A, Carlow V, Jensen J, Tietjen B, Wehrmann A, Schröder B (2020). Transdisciplinary knowledge management: A key but underdeveloped skill in EBM decision-making. Marine Policy, 119, 104020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104020
  • Pietzsch B, Fiedler S, Mertens KG, Richter M, Scherer C, Widyastuti K, Wimmler M-C, Zakharova L, Berger U (2020) Metamodels for Evaluating, Calibrating and Applying Agent-Based Models: A Review. JASSS 23 (2) 9. https://doi.org/10.18564/jasss.4274
  • Buzhdygan OY, Meyer ST, Weisser WW, Eisenhauer N, Ebeling A, Borrett SR, Buchmann N, Cortois R, De Deyn GB, de Kroon H, Gleixner G, Hertzog LR, Hines J, Lange M, Mommer L, Ravenek J, Scherber C, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Scheu S, Schmid B, Steinauer K, Strecker T, Tietjen B, Vogel A, Weigelt A, Petermann JS (2020) Biodiversity increases multitrophic energy use efficiency, flow and storage in grasslands. Nature Ecology & Evolution https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-1123-8
  • Wang Z, He Y, Niu B, Wu J, Zhang X, Zu J, Huang K, Li M, Cao Y, Zhang Y, Chen N, Yang S, Wang X (2020) Sensitivity of terrestrial carbon cycle to changes in precipitation regimes. Ecological Indicators 113, 106223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106223
  • Weise H, Auge H, Baessler C, Bärlund I, Bennett EM, Berger U, Bohn,F, Bonn A, Borchardt D, Brand F, Chatzinotas A, Corstanje R, Laender FD, Dietrich P, Dunker S, Durka W, Fazey I, Groeneveld J, Guilbaud CSE., Harms H, Harpole S, Harris J, Jax K, Jeltsch F, Johst K, Joshi J, Klotz S, Kühn I, Kuhlicke C, Müller B, Radchuk V, Reuter H, Rinke K, Schmitt–Jansen M, Seppelt R, Singer A, Standish RJ, Thulke HH, Tietjen B, Weitere M, Wirth C, Wolf C and Grimm V (2020) Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem functioning and services across three different time horizons and decision contexts. Oikos 129 (4), 445-456. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.07213
  • Li M, Zhang X, Niu B, He Y, Wang X, Wu J (2020) Changes in plant species richness distribution in Tibetan alpine grasslands under different precipitation scenarios. Global Ecology and Conservation 21, e00848. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00848


  • Geissler K, Fiedler S, Ni J, Herzschuh U, Jeltsch F (2019) Combined effects of grazing and climate warming drive shrub dominance on the Tibetan Plateau. The Rangeland Journal 41(5), 425-439. https://doi.org/10.1071/RJ19027
  • Lebek K, Senf C, Frantz D, Monteiro JAF, Krueger T (2019) Interdependent effects of climate variability and forest cover change on streamflow dynamics: a case study in the Upper Umvoti River Basin, South Africa. Regional Environmental Change 19 (7), 1963-1971. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01521-8
  • Eini MR, Javadi S, Delavar M, Monteiro JAF, Darand M (2019) High accuracy of precipitation reanalyses resulted in good river discharge simulations in a semi-arid basin. Ecological engineering 131, 107-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2019.03.005
  • Magris RA, Marta-Almeida M, Monteiro JAF, Ban NC (2019) A modelling approach to assess the impact of land mining on marine biodiversity: Assessment in coastal catchments experiencing catastrophic events (SW Brazil). Science of The Total Environment 659, 828-840. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.238
  • Torresani L, Wu J, Masin R, Penasa M, Tarolli P (2019) Estimating soil degradation in montane grasslands of North-eastern Italian Alps (Italy). Heliyon 5, e01825. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01825
  • Li L, Zhang Y, Wu J, Li S, Zhang B, Zu J, Zhang H, Ding M, Paudel B (2019) Increasing sensitivity of alpine grasslands to climate variability along an elevational gradient on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Science of the Total Environment 678, 21-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.399
  • Cao Y, Wu J, Zhang X, Niu B, Li M, Zhang Y, Wang X, Wang Z (2019) Dynamic forage-livestock balance analysis in alpine grasslands on the Northern Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Environmental Management 238, 352-359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.03.010
  • Irob K, Wagler M, Baberschke N, Meinelt T, Kloas W (2019) Potash mining effluents induce moderate effects on histopathological and physiological endpoints of adult zebrafish (Danio rerio). Science of the Total Environment. 694, 133471. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.07.277
  • Wesener F, Tietjen B (2019) Primed to be strong, primed to be fast: modeling benefits of microbial stress responses. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 95 fiz114. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz114
  • Wu J, Song M, Ma W, Zhang X, Shen Z, Tarolli P, Wurst S, Shi P, Ratzmann G, Feng Y, Li M, Wang X, Tietjen B (2019). Plant and soil's δ15N are regulated by climate, soil nutrients, and species diversity in alpine grasslands on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 281, 111-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2019.05.011
  • Ratzmann G, Zakharova L, Tietjen B (2019) Optimal leaf water status regulation of plants in drylands. Scientific Reports 9, 3768. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-40448-2
  • Zhao G, Liu M, Shi P, Zong N, Wang J, Wu J, Zhang X (2019). Spatial–Temporal Variation of ANPP and Rain-Use Efficiency Along a Precipitation Gradient on Changtang Plateau, Tibet. Remote Sensing 11, 325. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11030325
  • Ratzmann G, Meinzer FC, Tietjen B (2019) Iso/anisohydry: still a useful concept. Trends in Plant Science 24, 191–194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2019.01.001
  • Li M, Wu J, Song C, He Y, Niu B, Fu G, Tarolli P, Tietjen B, Zhang X (2019). Temporal variability of precipitation and alpine grassland productivity on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Remote Sensing, 11(3), 360. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11030360
  • Arce MI, Gilmer A, Romani A, Zoppini A, Foulquier A, Obrador B, Tietjen B, Robinson C, Mendoza-Lera C, von Schiller D, Martí E, Singer G, Weigelhofer G, Gionchetta G, Rosa G, Rulik M, Almagro M, Mutz M, Skoulikidis N, Catalan N, Shumilova O, Baldrian P, Marcé R, del Campo R, Zlatanović S, Arnon S, Bernal S, Datry T (2019). A conceptual framework for understanding the biogeochemistry of dry riverbeds through the lens of soil science. Earth-Science Reviews, 188,441-453. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.12.001
  • Wu J, Li M, Fiedler S, Ma W, Wang X, Zhang X, Tietjen B (2019). Impacts of grazing exclusion on productivity partitioning along regional plant diversity and climate gradients in Tibetan alpine grasslands. Journal of Environmental Management. 231, 635-645. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.10.097


  • Zhang Y, Pan Y, Zhang X, Wu J, Yu C, Li M, Wu J (2018) Patterns and dynamics of the human appropriation of net primary production and its components in Tibet. Journal of Environmental Management 210, 280-289. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.01.039
  • Wu J, Fu G (2018) Modelling aboveground biomass using MODIS FPAR/LAI data in alpine grasslands of the Northern Tibetan Plateau. Remote Sensing Letters 9, 150-159. https://doi.org/10.1080/2150704X.2017.1407045
  • Li L, Zhang Y, Liu L, Wu J, Wang Z, Li S, Zhang H, Zu J, Ding M, Paudel B (2018) Spatiotemporal Patterns of Vegetation Greenness Change and Associated Climatic and Anthropogenic Drivers on the Tibetan Plateau during 2000-2015. Remote Sensing 10, 1525. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10101525
  • Li L, Zhang Y, Liu L, Wu J, Li S, Zhang H, Zhang B, Ding M, Wang Z, Paudel B (2018) Current challenges in distinguishing climatic and anthropogenic contributions to alpine grassland variation on the Tibetan Plateau. Ecology and Evolution 8, 5949-5963. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4099
  • Baldauf S, Ladrón de Guevara M, Maestre F, Tietjen B. (2018) Soil moisture dynamics under two rainfall frequency treatments drive early spring CO2 gas exchange of lichendominated biocrusts in central Spain. PeerJ, 6, e5904. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5904
  • Henzler J, Weise H, Enright NJ, Zander S, Tietjen B. (2018) A squeeze in the suitable fire interval: simulating the persistence of fire-killed plants in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem under drier conditions. Ecological Modelling, 389, 41–49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.10.010
    Featured in a Research Brief for Resource Managers by the California Fire Science Consortium (2019)
  • Egli L, Weise H, Radchuk V, Seppelt R, Grimm V (2018) Exploring resilience with agent-based models: State of the art, knowledge gaps and recommendations for coping with multidimensionality. Ecological Complexity. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2018.06.008
  • Lohmann D, Guo T, Tietjen B (2018) Zooming in on coarse plant functional types—simulated response of savanna vegetation composition in response to aridity and grazing. Theoretical Ecology. 11(2), 161–173. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12080-017-0356-x
  • Guo T, Weise H, Fiedler S, Lohmann D, Tietjen B (2018). The role of landscape heterogeneity in regulating plant functional diversity under different precipitation and grazing regimes in semi-arid savannas. Ecological Modelling. 379, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.04.009
  • Fiedler S, Perring M, Tietjen B (2018). Integrating trait-based empirical and modelling research to improve ecological restoration. Ecology and Evolution. 8, 6369-6380. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4043
  • Wilson SD, Schlaepfer DR, Bradford JB, Lauenroth WK, Duniway MC, Hall SA, Jamiyansharav K, Jia G, Lkhagva A, Munson SM, Pyke DA, Tietjen B (2018) Functional group, biomass, and climate change effects on ecological drought in semiarid grasslands. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences.123(3), 1072–1085. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JG004173
  • Synodinos AD, Tietjen B, Lohmann D, Jeltsch F (2018) The impact of inter-annual rainfall variability on African savannas changes with mean rainfall. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 437, 92-100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.10.019


  • Lia S, Wu J, Gonga J, Lib S (2017) Human footprint in Tibet: Assessing the spatial layout and effectiveness of nature reserves. Science of The Total Environment, 621, 18-29, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.216
  • Wu J, Feng Y, Zhang X, Wurst S, Tietjen B, Tarolli P, Song C (2017) Grazing exclusion by fencing non-linearly restored the degraded alpine grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau. Scientific Reports, 7, 15202. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-15530-2
  • Fu G, Wu J (2017) Validation of MODIS collection 6 FPAR/LAI in the alpine grassland of the Northern Tibetan Plateau. Remote Sensing Letters8, 831-838.
  • Hausmann S, Tietjen B, Rillig MC (2017) Solving the puzzle of yeast survival in ephemeral nectar systems: exponential growth is not enough. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93,fix159, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fix150
  • Bradford JB, Schlaepfer DR, Lauenroth WK, Yackulic CB, Duniway M, Hall S, Jia G Jamiyansharav K, Munson SM, Wilson SD, Tietjen B (2017) Future soil moisture and temperature extremes imply expanding suitability for rainfed agriculture in temperate drylands. Scientific Reports, 7, 12923. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-13165-x
  • Zhao G, Shi P, Wu J, Xiong D, Zong N, Zhang X (2017) Foliar nutrient resorption patterns of four functional plants along a precipitation gradient on the Tibetan Changtang Plateau. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 7201-7212.
  • Fer I, Tietjen B, Jeltsch F, Wolff C (2017) The influence of El Niño–Southern Oscillation regimes on eastern African vegetation and its future implications under the RCP8.5 warming scenario. Biogeosciences, 14, 4355–4374. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4355-2017
  • Shadi Khudr M, Buzhdygan OY, Petermann JS, Wurst S (2017) Fear of predation alters clone- specific performance in phloem- feeding prey. Scientific Reports, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-07723-6
  • Tietjen B, Schlaepfer DR, Bradford JB, Lauenroth WK, Hall SA, Duniway MC, Hochstrasser T, Gensuo J, Munson SM, Pyke DA, Wilson SD (2017) Climate change-induced vegetation shifts lead to more ecological droughts despite projected rainfall increases in many global temperate drylands. Global Change Biology 23,2743-2754. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13598
  • Schlaepfer DR, Bradford JB,  Lauenroth WK, Munson SM, Tietjen B, Hall SA, Wilson SD, Duniway MC, Gensuo J, Pyke DA, Lkhagva A, Jamiyansharav K (2017) Climate change reduces extent of temperate drylands and intensifies drought in deep soils. Nature Communications. 8, 14196, https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms14196
  • Groeneveld J, Müller B, Buchmann CM, Dressler G, Guo C, Hase N, HoffmannF, John F, Klassert C, Lauf T, Liebelt V, Nolzen H, Pannicke N, Schulze J, Weise H, Schwarz N (2017) Theoretical foundations of human decision-making in agent-based land use models–A review. Environmental Modelling & Software 87, 39-48.
  • Niu B, Zhang X, He Y, Shi P, Fu G, Du M, Zhang Y, Zong N, Zhang J, Wu J (2017) Satellite-Based Estimation of Gross Primary Production in an Alpine Swamp Meadow on the Tibetan Plateau: A Multi-Model Comparison. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 8, 57-66.
  • Feng Y F, Wu J, Zhang J, Zhang XZ, Song CQ (2017) Identifying the Relative Contributions of Climate and Grazing to Both Direction and Magnitude of Alpine Grassland Productivity Dynamics from 1993 to 2011 on the Northern Tibetan Plateau. Remote Sensing, 9, 0136.


  • Schulze J, Gawel E, Nolzen H, Weise H, Frank K (2016) The expansion of short rotation forestry: characterization of determinants with an agent-based land use model. GCB Bioenergy.
  • Ratzmann G, Gangkofner U, Tietjen B, Fensholt R (2016) Dryland vegetation functional response to altered rainfall amounts and variability derived from satellite time series data. Remote Sensing8, 1026, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs8121026
  • Langerwisch F, Walz A, Rammig A, Tietjen B, Thonicke K, Cramer W (2016) Deforestation in Amazonia impacts riverine carbon dynamics. Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 953–968. https://doi.org/doi:10.5194/esd-7-953-2016
  • Fer I, Tietjen B, Jeltsch F, Trauth MH (2016) Modelling vegetation change during Late Cenozoic uplift of the East African plateaus. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.04.007.
  • Webster EM, Qian H, Mackay D, Christensen RD, Tietjen B, Zaleski R (2016) Modeling human exposure to indoor contaminants: external source to body tissues. Environmental Science & Technologyhttps://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.6b00895
  • Langerwisch F, Walz A, Rammig A, Tietjen B, Thonicke K, Cramer W (2016) Climate change increases riverine carbon outgassing while export to the ocean remains uncertain. Earth Syst. Dynam. 7, 559-582, https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-559-2016
  • Fer I, Tietjen B, Jeltsch F (2016) High-resolutionmodelling closes the gap between data and model simulations for Mid-Holocene and present-day biomes of East Africa. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 444, 144-151, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.12.001
  • Tietjen B (2016) Same rainfall amount different vegetation – How environmental conditions and their interactions influence savanna dynamics. Ecological Modelling 326, 13-22, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.06.013
  • Guo T, Lohmann D, Ratzmann G, Tietjen B (2016) Response of semi-arid savanna vegetation composition towards grazing under climate change - the effect of including plant heterogeneity into an ecohydrological savanna model. Ecological Modelling 325, 47-56, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.01.004

2014 / 2015

  • Karp DS, Tallis H, Sachse R, Halpern B, Thonicke K, Cramer W, Mooney H, Polasky S, Tietjen B, Waha K, Walz A, Wolny S (2015) National Indicators for Observing Ecosystem Service Change. Global Environmental Change 35, 12-21
  • Synodinos A, Tietjen B, Jeltsch F (2015) Facilitation in drylands: modeling a neglected driver of savanna dynamics. Ecological Modelling 304, 11-21
  • Rillig M, Rolff J, Tietjen B, Wehner J, Andrade-Linares D (2015) Community priming--effects of sequential stressors on microbial assemblages. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 91 (5): fiv040 https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiv040
  • Mueller EN, van Schaik L, Blume T, Bronstert A, Carus J, Fleckenstein J, Fohrer N, Geißler K, Gerke HH, Graeff T, Hesse C, Hildebrandt A, Hölker H, Hunke P, Körner K, Lewandowski J, Lohmann D, Meinikmann K, Schibalski A, Schmalz B, Schröder B, Tietjen B (2014) Skalen, Schwerpunkte, Rückkopplungen und Herausforderungen der ökohydrologischen Forschung in Deutschland. Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 4, 221-240
  • Lohmann D, Tietjen B, Blaum N, Joubert D, Jeltsch F. (2014) Prescribed fires as a tool for sustainable management of semi-arid savanna rangelands. Journal of Arid Environments 107, 49-56

2012 / 2013

  • Chen H, Ma L, Guo W, Yang Y, Guo T, Feng C (2013) Linking Water Quality and Quantity in Environmental Flow Assessment in Deteriorated Ecosystems: A Food Web View. PLoS ONE 8(7) e70537
  • Tallis H, Mooney H, Andelman S, Balvanera P, Cramer W, Karp D, Polasky S, Reyers B, Ricketts T, Running S, Thonicke K, Tietjen B, and Walz A (2012) A Global System for Monitoring Ecosystem Service Change. BioScience 62 (11), 977-986
  • Lohmann, D., Tietjen, B., Blaum, N., Joubert, D., Jeltsch, F. (2012). Shifting thresholds and changing degradation patterns: Climate change effects on the simulated long-term response of a semi-arid savanna to grazing. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 814-823
  • Turnbull L, Hochstrasser T, Wieczorek M, Baas A, Wainwright J, Scarsoglio S, Mueller EN, Tietjen B, Jeltsch F (2013) Approaches to modelling ecogeomorphic systems. in: Mueller EN, Wainwright J, Parsons AJ, Turnbull L (Eds.) Patterns of land degradation in drylands. Understanding self-organised ecogeomorphic systems. Springer Utrecht, 270 p.

2011 and earlier

  • Esther, A., Groeneveld, J., Enright, N.J., Miller, B.P., Lamont, B.B., Perry, G.L.W., Tietjen, B., Jeltsch, F. (2011). Low-dimensional trade-offs fail to explain richness and structure in species-rich plant communities. Theoretical Ecology 4, 495-511
  • Schiffers, K., Tielbörger, K., Tietjen, B., Jeltsch, F. (2011). Root plasticity buffers competition among plants - theory meets experimental data. Ecology 92, 610-620
  • Rammig A, Jupp TE, Thonicke K, Tietjen B, Heinke J, Ostberg S, Lucht W, Cramer W, Cox P (2010). Estimating the risk of Amazonian forest dieback. New Phytologist. 187, 694-706.
  • Tietjen B, Jeltsch F, Zehe E, Classen N, Groengroeft A, Schiffers K, Oldeland J (2010). Effects of climate change on the coupled dynamics of water and vegetation in drylands. Ecohydrology. 3, 226-237, 10.1002/eco.70
  • Tietjen B, Zehe E, Jeltsch F (2009). Simulating plant water availability in dry lands under climate change - a generic model of two soil layers. Water Resources Research. 45, W01418
  • Blaum N, Tietjen B & Rossmanith, E (2009). The Impact of Livestock Husbandry on Small and Medium Sized Carnivores in Kalahari Savannah Rangelands. Journal of Wildlife Management. 73, 60-67
  • Tietjen B, Jeltsch F (2007) Semi-arid grazing systems and climate change - a survey of present modelling potential and future needs. Journal of Applied Ecology. 44, 425-434
  • Huth A, Tietjen B (2007). Management strategies for tropical rain forests: results of ecological models and requirements for ecological-economic modelling. Ecological Economics. 62, 207-215
  • Tietjen B, Huth A (2006). Modelling dynamics of managed tropical rainforests - an aggregated approach. Ecological Modelling, 199, 421-432
  • Jeltsch F, Tietjen B, Blaum N, Rossmanith E (2010) Population and ecosystem modeling of land use and climate change impacts on savanna dynamics. eds: Hill M.J. and Hanan N.P. Ecosystem Function in Savannas: Measurement and Modeling at Landscape to Global Scales. CRC Press.

Other Book Chapters

  • Jeltsch F, Blaum N, Lohmann D, Meyfarth S, Rossmanith E, Schütze S, Tews J, Tietjen B, Wichmann M, Wieczorek M (2010): Modelling vegetation change in arid and semi-arid savannas. eds: Schmiedel, U., Jürgens, N. Biodiversity in southern Africa. Volume 2: Patterns and processes at regional scale: pp. 274-282, Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek.
  • Jeltsch F, Blaum N, Classen N, Eschenbach A, Grohmann C, Gröngröft A, Joubert DF, Horn A, Lohmann D, Linsenmair KE, Lück-Vogel M, Medinski TV, Meyfarth S, Mills A, Petersen A, Popp A, Poschlod P, Reisch C, Rossmanith E, Rubilar H, Schütze S, Seymour C, Simmons R, Smit GN, Strohbach M, Tews J, Tietjen B, Wesuls D, Wichmann M, Wieczorek M, Zimmermann I (2010): Impacts of landuse and climate change on the dynamics and biodiversity in the Thornbush Savanna Biome. - In: Hoffman, M. T., Schmiedel, U., Jürgens, N. [Eds.]: Biodiversity in southern Africa. Volume 3: Implications for landuse and management: pp. 33-74, Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek


  • Krell M, Göhner M, Bielik T, Wesener F, Tietjen B (2023). Digitale Modellierung von Ökosystemen im Biologieunterricht. MNU-Journal - Ausgabe 04.2023 - ISSN 0025-5866. Verlag Klaus Seeberger, Neuss.
  • Großmann L, Vogt N, Tietjen B (2023). Bietet Schwarmverhalten einen Überlebensvorteil für Fische? Testen von Hypothesen mithilfe eines Modells. Unterricht Biologie kompakt! Ausgabe 02.2023 (482). Bestellnr. 53482. Friedrich Verlag GmbH, Hannover.