Climate change and biodiversity loss are the two most pressing problems of the 21st century. The main objective of Terrestrial Ecology Group is to investigate how climate change and biodiversity loss affect the ecology of terrestrial organisms and ecosystem functioning. To achieve this broader objective, we study soil organisms and their interactions with grassland plants as our model system. We study climate change effects by studying the impacts of climate extremes, such as heat waves and extreme droughts by measuring the response and the recovery of soil organisms and plants, and how their interactions change during and after climate extremes.
New Review Paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Maddy along with his co-authors recently published a review paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution on how temporal dynamics of plant diversity productivity relationships can be explained by changes in plant-soil feedbacks.