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Jun.-Prof. Anke Hildebrandt, PhD

Workgroup Group Leader Project Aqua Diva
Jun-Prof. for Ecological Modelling
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
 +49 3641 576189
+49 341 235451973

Hans-Knöll-Straße 10, Room: B2.017


Scientific Career

since 2010

Junior Professor for Ecological Modelling at the Institute of Geoscience, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Scientist at the UFZ, leader of the group ecohydrology


PhD research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
on the ecohydrology of a Seasonal Cloud Forest at the desert margins of the Arabian Peninsula in Oman


Degree (Dipl. Ing.) in Water Resources Management from the Technical University Dresden


Research for the Diploma Thesis at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

Research interests

  • Understanding where roots take up water, and whether this affects water fluxes in the soil
  • Convergence of water flow in vegetation canopies and how it affects soil processes
  • Interpretation of soil moisture patterns and related hotspots of water flow
  • Inverse modelling of soil water flow
  • Relation between ecosystem structure and vertical water flow from atmosphere to soil and vice versa
  • Vegetation dynamics in semiarid climate

Papers currently in discussion

Hildebrandt, A., M. Bechmann, A. Kleidon. A thermodynamic formulation of root water uptake. In discussion in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

Renner, M., S. K. Hassler, T. Blume, M. Weiler, A. Hildebrandt, M. Guderle, S. J. Schymanski, and A. Kleidon. In discussion Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

Recent publications

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Hertzog, L., A. Ebeling, S.T. Meyer, N. Eisenhauer, C. Fischer, A. Hildebrandt, C. Wagg, W. W. Weisser, High Survival of Lasius niger during Summer Flooding in a European Grassland. 2016. In press in PLOS ONE.

Milcu, A., W. Eugster, D. Bachmann, M. Guderle, Ch. Roscher, D. Landais, O. Ravel, A. Gessler, M. Lange, A. Ebeling, W. Weisser, J. Roy, A. Hildebrandt, N. Buchmann. 2015. Plant species and functional diversity increase grassland productivity-related water vapour fluxes: a combined Ecotron and modeling approach. In print in Ecology. doi: 10.1890/15-1110.1

Van Stan, J., L. Elliott, A. Hildebrandt, C. Rebmann, J. Friesen. Interacting bark structure and rainfall conditions impact stemflow variability in a temperate beech-oak forest, Central Germany. 2016. In press in Hydrological Science Journal. doi: 10.1080/02626667.2015.1083104.

Arnold, S., Attinger, S., Frank, K., Hildebrandt, A. 2016. Assessing the structural adequacy of alternative ecohydrological models using a pattern-oriented approach. Ecological Modelling, doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.08.003

Fischer, C., Tischer, J., Roscher, C., Eisenhauer, N., Ravenek, J. M., Gleixner, G., Attinger, S., Jensen, B., de Kroon, H., Mommer, L., Scheu, S., Hildebrandt, A. 2015. Plant species diversity affects infiltration capacity in a grassland plant diversity experiment through changes in soil properties. Plant and Soil 397(1-2), 1-16, doi: 10.1007/s11104-014-2373-5.

Guderle, M. and Hildebrandt, A. Using measured soil water contents to estimate evapotranspiration and root water uptake profiles - a comparative study. 2015. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 409-425, doi: 10.5194/hess-19-409-2015. (link)

Wright, A., A. Ebeling, H. de Kroon, C. Roscher, A. Weigelt, N. Buchmann, T. Buchmann, C. Fischer, N. Hacker, A. Hildebrandt, S. Leimer, L. Mommer, Y. Oelmann, S. Scheu, K. Steinauer, T. Strecker, W. Weisser, W. Wilcke, and N. Eisenhauer. 2015. Flooding disturbances increase resource availability and productivity, but reduce stability in diverse plant communities. Nature Communications, 6, 6092, doi: 10.1038/ncomms7092.

Arnold, S., P. Baxter, S. Attinger, K. Frank, H. Possingham, A. Hildebrandt. 2014. Ecosystem management along ephemeral rivers: Trading off socio-economic water supply and vegetation conservation under flood regime uncertainty. River Research and Applications. doi: 10.1002/rra.2853

Bechmann, M., C. Schneider, A. Carminati, D. Vetterlein, S. Attinger, A. Hildebrandt. 2014.  Parameterizing complex root water uptake models - the arrangement of root hydraulic properties within the root architecture affects dynamics and efficiency of root water uptake. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18, 4189-4206, doi: 10.5194/hess-18-4189-2014.

Fischer, C., C. Roscher, Jensen, N. Eisenhauer, J. Baade, S. Attinger, S. Scheu, W.W. Weisser, A. Hildebrandt. How do earthworm, soil texture and plant composition affect infiltration in managed grasslands along a plant diversity gradient? 2014. PLoS ONE 9(6): e98987. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098987