Fabian Brambach

Fabian Brambach
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen | GAUG · Biodiversity, Macroecology, Biogeography

Ph.D.

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Introduction
My research interests revolve around tropical forests and their floras, especially those of Malesia and the Amazon-Andean region. Currently, I work in the CRC 990 EFForTS, a large Indonesian-German research collaboration attempting to understand drivers and effects of tropical land-use change in lowland Sumatra, Indonesia. For my PhD, I conducted research on tropical mountain forests of Sulawesi, trying to understand different dimensions of plant diversity in relation to environmental factors.

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How to enhance biodiversity in monoculture-dominated landscapes is a key sustainability question that requires considering the spatial organization of ecological communities (beta diversity). Here, we experimentally tested if increasing landscape heterogeneity - through tree islands - is a suitable landscape restoration strategy when aiming to enha...
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Silicon (Si) is known to have multiple beneficial effects on crops. Most plant-available Si in soils is provided through litter decomposition and subsequent phytolith dissolution, especially in strongly desilicated tropical soils. The importance of Si cycling in tropical soil-plant systems raised the question if oil-palm cultivation, the oil palm b...
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Vessel diameter variation along the hydraulic pathway determines how much water can be moved against the force of gravity from roots to leaves. While it is well-documented that tree size scales with vessel diameter variation at the stem base due to the effect of basipetal vessel widening, much less is known whether this likewise applies to terminal...
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Given the difficulties for rapid biodiversity assessments in understudied regions, DNA barcoding appears as a suitable alternative. Still, this approach relies heavily on accurate reference sequence databases for correct taxonomic assignments. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of matK, rbcL, and ITS regions for the identification of Myr...
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We propose the replacement name Actinodaphne ramosii Brambach & Pelser for Actinodaphne lanceolata (Merr.) Kosterm. ex Brambach & Pelser, an illegitimate later homonym of Actinodaphne lanceolata Dalzell & A.Gibson.
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The area-wide estimation of aboveground biomass (AGB) and its changes as a proxy for the sequestration and emission of carbon are currently associated with high uncertainties. Here we combined interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) height models derived from TanDEM-X with repeated ground-based inventories from the years 2012 and 2019 to e...
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Confronting the ongoing biodiversity crisis and our incomplete taxonomic knowledge on the world's plants requires well‐trained experts able to recognize and identify species. Although botanical training is an integral part of many university programs in biology, plant identification skills are becoming rare. The Covid‐19 pandemic has challenged pla...
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New names and new combinations are presented for 29 Philippine species in the families Acanthaceae , Aspleniaceae , Cucurbitaceae , Gesneriaceae , Lauraceae , Myrtaceae , Oleaceae , Thelypteridaceae , Urticaceae , and Vitaceae . Seventeen names are lectotypified.
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Rainforest conversion to woody croplands impacts the carbon cycle via ecophysiological processes such as photosynthesis and autotrophic respiration. Changes in the carbon cycle associated with land-use change can be estimated through Land Surface Models (LSMs). The accuracy of carbon flux estimation in carbon fluxes associated with land-use change...
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Tropical landscapes are relevant in their contribution to global climate regulation as potential carbon sink or source. The sequestered and emitted carbon is commonly approximated with the aboveground biomass (AGB). However, the estimation of AGB is to date mostly focussed on the estimation of one single point in time, where the accuracy is limited...
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Aim Palms are an iconic, diverse and often abundant component of tropical ecosystems that provide many ecosystem services. Being monocots, tree palms are evolutionarily, morphologically and physiologically distinct from other trees, and these differences have important consequences for ecosystem services (e.g., carbon sequestration and storage) and...
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Aim: Palms are an iconic, diverse and often abundant component of tropical ecosystems that provide many ecosystem services. Being monocots, tree palms are evolutionarily, morphologically and physiologically distinct from other trees, and these differences have important consequences for ecosystem services (e.g., carbon sequestration and storage) an...
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Aim Massive biota mixing due to plate‐tectonic movement has shaped the biogeography of Malesia and during the colonization process, Asian plant lineages have presumably been more successful than their Australian counterparts. We aim to gain a deeper understanding of this colonization asymmetry and its underlying mechanisms by analysing how species...
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Oil palm plantations are intensively managed agricultural systems that increasingly dominate certain tropical regions. Oil palm monocultures have been criticized because of their reduced biodiversity compared to the forests they historically replaced, and because of their negative impact on soils, water, and climate. We experimentally test whether...
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DNA barcoding has been used as a universal tool for phylogenetic inferences and diversity assessments, especially in poorly studied species and regions. The aim of this study was to contrast morphological taxonomy and DNA barcoding, using the three frequently used markers matK, rbcL, and trnL-F, to assess the efficiency of DNA barcoding in the iden...
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Redlist assessment of Syzygium galanthum (Myrtaceae) for IUCN
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Following ongoing ecological research on the tree diversity of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, we describe five new species of Syzygium. These are the first descriptions of Syzygium species from the island since Blume (1850, Jambosa celebica and J. cornifolia), highlighting the significant lack of taxonomic research on the genus for the region....
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Explaining the diversity and distribution of tree taxa in the isolated tropical mountain forests (TMF) of the Malesian archipelago remains one of the great challenges of tropical biogeographical research. We investigated tree diversity, endemism and community composition in 13 plots of 0.24 ha between 700 and 2400 m in the TMF of Central Sulawesi’s...
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Syzygium Gaertn. is the largest woody genus of flowering plants in the world. Unpublished but extensive recent herbarium surveys suggest 1200?1800 species distributed throughout the Old World tropics and subtropics (Table 1). Until recently, Syzygium exemplified a recurring taxonomic impediment among megadiverse genera, wherein few taxonomists work...
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Syzygium Gaertn. is the largest woody genus of flowering plants in the world. Unpublished but extensive recent herbarium surveys suggest 1200‒1800 species distributed throughout the Old World tropics and subtropics (Table 1). Until recently, Syzygium exemplified a recurring taxonomic impediment among megadiverse genera, wherein few taxonomists work...
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Based on ongoing ecological research in mountain forests of Sulawesi, a new species, Elaeocarpus firdausii Brambach, Coode, Biagioni & Culmsee, sp. nov. is described and illustrated from mossy forests at textgreater 2000 m and information provided on the species’ distribution, ecology and pollen morphology. Elaeocarpus firdausii is similar to E. lu...
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Magnolia sulawesiana is described as new species and a modified key of Magnolia subsect. Elmerrillia is included. In addition, a new key of the ten Magnolia species occurring in Sulawesi is provided based on vegetative characters for easy identification in the field.
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Forest biodiversity is highly linked with the occurrence of certain forest development phases (fdp) within the forest life cycle. Generally, the disintegration phase provides the highest biodiversity. The objective of the study was to test different existing forest life cycle assessment approaches aiming at developing a common reliable fdp assessme...

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