zur Hauptseite

Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften

Navigation und Service

Portrait von Vicky Temperton

PD Dr. Vicky Temperton

Research Group Leader

Senior Scientist



Research Interests of Vicky Temperton

  • How plant plant interactions affect nutrient cycling and N partitioning in grasslands
  • Testing ecological theory in restoration settings
  • Biotic interactions, invasion and establishment of plant species
  • Facilitation and nurse plant dynamics
  • Plant ecophysiological response to stress in the environment and field phenotyping



Ph.D. in ecophysiology at University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Thesis title: The effect of nitrogen uptake and nitrogen fixation on trees grown in elevated carbon dioxide: Alnus glutinosa and Pinus sylvestris

1992B.Sc. (honours) in Ecology at University of York, England
1991Exchange year at University of California Santa Cruz, with emphasis on vegetation dynamics & ecosystem management
1989European School, Luxembourg (European Baccalaureate)


Graduate Courses

Successful Scientific Writing

Using Stable Isotopes in Ecological Research

Plant Ecology and Ecophysiology

Undergraduate CoursesAlpine - Vegetation Census Methods (with Prof. Carl Beierkuhnlein, University of Bayreuth)
Block seminars in
Global Change Ecology

Masters Program University of Bayreuth:

  •   Monitoring and Experiments in Ecology (SS 12)
  •   Designing and Analysing Ecological Experiments (SS 11) 

Society Memberships

British Ecological Society (BES)

Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ)

Society for Ecological Restoration International

Awards and Appointments

  • Habilitation in the field of ecology at University of Bayreuth (January 2014)
  • Tenure Track Position in the ICG-3:Phytosphere at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in September 2005, with successful tenure in December 2008.
  • Postdoc fellow (DFG grant) at Max Planck Institute för Biogeochemisty Jena, from 2002 to 2005, investigating effects of plant diversity on community productivity and ecophysiological response of grassland species, working with Nina Buchmann and Prof. E.D. Schulze
  • DFG Postdoc Stipend as part of the Graduate Training Group (GraKo) Funktions- und Regenerationsanalyse belasteter Ökosysteme (266/1-96) of the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, (2000- 2002)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Student Grant for Ph.D. at University of Edinburgh with Prof. Paul Jarvis.
  • Exchange Student Award between the University of York and the University of California for the year 1990-1992, spent at UC Santa Cruz


Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2
52428 Jülich


Telefon: +49 2461 61-6784
Fax: +49 2461 61-2492