I am interested in vegetation dynamics under global change, especially species invasions, anthropogenic disturbances and climate change. I also work on restoration of vegetation, particularly in grasslands.
I address questions such as:
- How does human land use shape vegetation patterns?
- What are the long-term trends and drivers of vegetation greenness?
- How fast will vegetation respond to climate changes?
- What determines the pattern and influence of species invasions?
Plant functional traits can provide a useful “common currency” to describe plant community composition and its dynamics. Further, they can be used to develop predictions under climate change (such as Sandel et al. 2010, New Phytologist, Sandel and Dangremond 2012, Global Change Biology), or to predict restoration outcomes (Sandel et al. 2011, Ecosphere).