Stavros D. Veresoglou
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Biologie - Ökologie der Pflanzen
Altensteinstraße 6
14195 Berlin, Germany

Soil harvesting in Taxiarhis

May 2014 - April 2019: Junior Group Leader, Freie Universität Berlin, Plant Ecology. Host: Matthias C. Rillig
May 2012 - April 2014: Marie Curie Fellow - Freie Universität Berlin. "A mechanistic amalysis of the impact of arbuscular mycorrhiza on ammonia oxidizing community dynamics and nitrification potential rates in N-limited soils", Grant agreement number 300298. Advisor: Matthias C. Rillig
November 2010 - April 2012: Guest researcher, Plant Ecology Lab, Freie Universität Berlin. Advisor: Matthias C. Rillig

2010: PhD Thesis “The impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on N cycling related rhizosphere microbial community structure and function”, Manchester Metropolitan University October 2005- June 2010 (supervisors Robin Sen – Manchester Metropolitan University, Liz J. Shaw – University of Reading).
2004: Diploma in Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

External Funding:
2005 Chloros Trust - PhD studentship €38,400
2011 Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences “Multidiversity-multifunctionality”. (seven PIs including myself) €10,000
2012 Marie Curied FP7 Action fellowship "AMNitrification" €167,390
2014 Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences "Null models of abundance data in plant community ecology" (sole PI) €3,000
2016 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft project "Metacorrhiza" (sole PI) €175,477
2016 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft project "LandUseSAC" (sole PI) €235,790

Teaching Experience
  • Lebensgemeinschaften und Biodiversität undergraduate Vertiefungsmodul: 45´ lecture, 45´ seminar, 7h45´ praktikum, Course code: 23128, Freie Universität Berlin
  • twice: Summer semesters 2015 & 2016
  • Analysis of Ecological Communities undergraduate Affines Modul: 1h seminar, 3h Übung, Course code: 23203, Freie Universität Berlin
  • thrice: Winter semesters 2014-15, 2014-16, 2016-17
  • Ökologie Kurs C undergraduate Praktikum:8h praktikum, Course code: 23922, Freie Universität Berlin
  • twice: Winter semester 2013-14 & Summer semester 2014
  • Assistant demonstrator, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2007-2010

    Research interests:
    • Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Associations
    • Data Synthesis
    • Soil Ecology
    • N-cycling
    • Forest Ecology

    Ecological Society of America

    Researcher ID: D-5087- 2011
    Orhid ID: 0000-0001-6387-4109
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    49. Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2018 Research experience modifies how participants profit from journal clubs in academia. Journal of Biological Education In press
    48. Caruso T, Hammer E, Hempel S, Kohler J, Morris EK,Veresoglou SD, Opitz N, Wehner J, Rillig MC. 2018 Assessing soil ecosystem processes – biodiversity relationships in a nature reserve in Central Europe. Plant and Soil in press
    47. Veresoglou SD, Wang D, Andrade-Linares DR, Hempel S, Rillig MC. 2018 Fungal decision to exploit or explore depends on growth rate. Microbial Ecology 75:289-292.
    46. de Sousa NMF, Veresoglou SD, Oehl F, Rillig MC, Maia LC. 2018 Predictors of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in the Brazilian tropical dry forest. Microbial Ecology 75:447-458.
    45. Chen YL, Xu ZW, Xu TL, Veresoglou SD, Yang GW, Chen BD. 2017 Nitrogen deposition and precipitation induced phylogenetic clustering of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 115:233-242.
    44. Chen YL, Xu TL, Veresoglou SD, Hu HW, Hao ZP, Hu YJ, Liu L, Deng Y, Rillig MC, Chen BD. 2017 Plant diversity represents the prevalent determinant of soil fungal community structure across temperate grassland in northern China. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 110:12-21.
    43. Veresoglou SD, Wulf M. Rillig MC. 2017 Facilitation between woody and herbaceous plants that associate with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in temperate European forests. Ecology and Evolution 7:1181-1189.
    42. Xu T*, Veresoglou SD*, Chen Y*, Xiang D, Ondrej D, Hao Z, Liu L, Deng Y, Hu Y, Chen W, Wang J, He J, Rillig MC, Chen BD. 2016. Plant community, geographic distance and abiotic factors play different roles in predicting AMF biogeography at the regional scale in northern China. Environmental Microbiology Reports 8: 1048–1057.
    41. Veresoglou SD, Anderson IC, de Sousa NMF, Hempel S. Rillig MC. 2016 Resilience of fungal communities to elevated CO2. Microbial Ecology 72: 493-495.
    40. Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC, Fraser LH, Halley JM. 2016 The influence of sampled biomass on species-area relationships of grassland plants New Phytologist 211: 382-385.
    39. Xiang D*, Veresoglou SD*, Rillig MC, Xu T, Li H, Hao Z, Chen BD. 2016 Relative importance of individual climatic drivers shaping arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. Microbial Ecology 72: 418-427.
    38. Andrade-Linares DR, Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2016 Temperature priming and memory in soil filamentous fungi. Fungal Ecology 21: 10-15.
    37. Rillig MC, Lehmann A, Aguilar-Trigueros CA, Antonovics J, Caruso T, Hempel S, Lehmann J, Valyi K, Verbruggen E,Veresoglou SD, Powell JR.2016 Soil microbes and community coalescence. Pedobiologia Pedobiologia 59: 37-40.
    36. Veresoglou SD, Halley JM, Rillig MC. 2015 Extinction risk of soil biota. Nature Communications 6: 8862.
    35. Veresoglou SD. 2015 P hacking in biology: An open secret Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112: 201512689.
    34. Antonovics J, Bergmann J, Hempel S, Verbruggen E, Veresoglou S, Rillig M. 2015 The evolution of mutualism from reciprocal parasitism: more ecological clothes for the Prisoner’s Dilemma. Evolutionary Ecology 29: 627-641.
    33. Rillig MC, Antonovics J, Caruso T, Lehmann A, Powell JR, Veresoglou SD, Verbruggen E. 2015 EInterchange of entire communities: microbial community coalescence. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30: 470-476.
    32. Sardans J, Alonso R, Janssens I, Carnicer J, Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC, Fernandez-Martinez M, Sanders T, Peñuelas J. 2015 Foliar and soil concentrations and stoichiometry of N and P across European Pinus sylvestris forests: relationships with climate, N deposition and tree growth. Functional Ecology 30: 676-689.
    31. Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2015 Evidence-Based Data Analysis: Protecting the World from Bad Code? The American Statistician 69: 257.
    30. Aguilar-Trigueros CA, Hempel S, Powell JR, Anderson IC, Antonovics J, Bergmann J, Cavagnaro TR, Chen BD, Hart MM, Klironomos J, Petermann JS, Verbruggen E, Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2015 Branching out: towards a trait-based understanding of fungal ecology. Fungal Biology Reviews 29: 34-41.
    29. Veresoglou SD, Aguilar-Trigueros CA, Mansour I, Rillig MC. 2015 Self-DNA: a blessing in disguise? New Phytologist 207: 488-490.
    28. Sardans J, Janssens IA, Alonso R, Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC, Sanders T, Carnicer, J, Filella, I, Farré-Armengol, G, Peñuelas J. 2015 Foliar elemental composition of European forest tree species associated with evolutionary traits and present environmental and competitive conditions. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24: 240-255..
    27. Rillig MC, Aguilar-Trigueros CA, Bergmann J, Verbruggen E, Veresoglou SD, Lehmann A. 2015 Plant root and mycorrhizal fungal traits for understanding soil aggregation. New Phytologist 205:1385-1388.
    26. Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2014 Challenging cherished ideas in mycorrhizal ecology: the Baylis postulate. New Phytologist 204: 1-3.
    25. Xiang D, Verbruggen E, Hu Y, Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC, Zhou W, Xu T, Li H, Hao Z, Chen Y, Chen BD. 2014 Land use influences arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in the farming-pastoral ecotone of northern China. New Phytologist 204: 968-978.
    24. Hu, Z, Xiang, D, Veresoglou SD, Chen F, Chen Z, Hao, Z, Zhang X, Chen B. 2014 Soil organic carbon and soil structure are driving microbial abundance and community composition across the arid and semi-arid grasslands in northern China. Soil Biology and Biogemistry 77: 51-57.
    23. Veresoglou SD, Powell JR, Davison J, Lekberg Y, Rillig MC. 2014 The Leinster and Cobbold indices improve inferences of microbial diversity. Fungal Ecology 11: 1-7.
    22. Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2014 Do closely related plants host similar arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities? A meta-analysis. Plant and Soil 377: 395-406.
    21. Wehner J, Powell JR, Muller LAH, Caruso T, Veresoglou SD, Hempel S, Rillig MC. 2014 Determinants of root-associated fungal communities within Asteraceae in a semiarid grassland. Journal of Ecology 102: 425-436.
    20. Leifheit EF, Veresoglou SD, Lehmann A, Morris EK, Rillig MC. 2014 Multiple factors influence the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in soil aggregation - a meta-analysis. Plant and Soil 374: 523-537.
    19. Veresoglou SD, Peñuelas J, Fischer R, Rautio P, Sardans J, Merliä P, Tabakovic-Tosic M, Rillig MC. 2014 Exploring continental-scale stand health - N:P ratio relationships for European forests. New Phytologist 202: 422-430.
    18. Lehmann A, Veresoglou SD, Leifheit EF, Rillig MC. 2014 Arbuscular mycorrhizal influence on Zinc nutrition in crop plants - a meta-analysis. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 69: 123-131.
    17. Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2013 Accounting for the adaptation deficit of non-mycorrhizal plants in experiments. Plant and Soil 366: 33-34.
    16. Veresoglou SD, Caruso T, Rillig MC. 2013 Modelling the environmental and soil factors that shape the niches of two common arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal families. Plant and Soil 368: 507-518.
    15. Verbruggen E*, Veresoglou SD*, Anderson IC, Caruso T, Hammer EC, Kohler J, Rillig MC. 2013 Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi - short-term liability but long-term benefits for soil carbon storage. New Phytologist 197: 366-368.
    14. Veresoglou SD, Barto EK, Menexes G, Rillig MC. 2013 Fertilization affects severity of disease caused by fungal plant pathogens. Plant Pathology 62: 961-969.
    13. Veresoglou SD*, Caruso T*, Rillig MC. 2012 Metacommunities and symbiosis: hosts of challenges. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27: 588-589.
    12. Veresoglou SD, Thornton B, Menexes G, Mamolos AP, Veresoglou DS. 2012 Soil fertilization leads to a decline in between-samples variability of microbial community δ13C profiles in a grassland fertilization experiment. Plos One 7: e44203.
    11. Veresoglou SD, Shaw LJ, Hooker JE, Sen R. 2012 Arbuscular mycorrhizal modulation of diazotrophic and denitrifying microbial communities in the (myco)rhizosphere of Plantago lanceolata. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 53: 78-81.
    10. Veresoglou SD, Halley JM. 2012 A model that explains diversity patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizas. Ecological Modelling 231: 146-152.
    9. Veresoglou SD. 2012 Arbuscular mycorrhiza prevents suppression of actual nitrification rates in the (myco) rhizosphere of Plantago lanceolata. Pedosphere 22: 137-151.
    8. Veresoglou SD, Menexes G, Rillig MC. 2012 Do arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi affect the allometric partition of host plant biomass to shoots and roots? A meta-analysis of studies from 1990 - 2010. Mycorrhiza 22: 227-235.
    7. Veresoglou SD, Rillig MC. 2012 Suppression of fungal and nematode plant pathogens through arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Biology Letters 8: 214-217.
    6. Veresoglou SD, Chen BD, Rillig MC. 2012 Arbuscular mycorrhiza and soil nitrogen cycling. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 46: 53-62.
    5. Veresoglou SD, Voulgari OK, Sen R, Mamolos AP, Veresoglou DS. 2011 Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization on soil pH-plant productivity relationships in upland grasslands of Northern Greece. Pedosphere 21: 750-752.
    4. Veresoglou SD, Sen R, Mamolos AP, Veresoglou DS. 2011 Plant species identity and arbuscular mycorrhizal status modulate potential nitrification rates in nitrogen-limited grassland soils. Journal of Ecology 99: 1339-1349.
    3. Veresoglou SD, Mamolos AP, Thornton B, Voulgari OK, Sen R, Veresoglou DS. 2011 Medium-term fertilization of grassland plant communities masks plant species-linked effects on soil microbial community structure. Plant and Soil 344: 187-196.
    2. Veresoglou SD, Shaw LJ, Sen R. 2011 Glomus intraradices and Gigaspora margarita arbuscular mycorrhizal associations differentially affect nitrogen and potassium nutrition of Plantago lanceolata in a low fertility dune soil. Plant and Soil 340: 481-490.
    1. Veresoglou SD, Menexes G. 2010 Impact of inoculation with Azospirillum spp. on growth properties and seed yield of wheat: a meta-analysis of studies in the ISI Web of Science from 1981 to 2008. Plant and Soil 337: 469-480.
    * the two authors contributed equally

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