Department of Botany II – Plant Ecophysiology

    Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schuldt (EN)

    Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schuldt

    Julius-von-Sachs-Institut of Biological Sciences
    Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 3
    D - 97082 Würzburg

    Phone: +49 (0) 931 31 89929
    Fax:      +49 (0) 931 31 86235


    room: 107

    Research interest

    As a plant ecologist specialized in ecophysiology and plant water relations, my research is focused on the carbon and water balance of trees, the influence of drought stress on woody plants, and their adaptability to changing environmental conditions. In order to address these questions, we work on identifying general patterns in trees’ hydraulic architecture, causes and consequences of drought-induced tree mortality as well as biodiversity effects on the water balance of trees. We combine experimental setups with field studies in different biomes for identifying mechanistic relationships and functional traits suited to improve vegetation models.


    1) Ecophysiology of trees

    2) Plant hydraulics and wood anatomy

    3) Climate change and drought stress

    4) Forest biodiversity

    5) Forest ecosystem function

    6) Biogeography and evolutionary ecology