Stubai – Kaserstattalm

The research site Stubai-Kaserstattalm is located in the Stubai valley on a southeast exposed slope at an elevation of 1,810 to 1,980 m a.s.l. It includes managed and abandoned hay meadows and pastures as well as subalpine forest. The monitoring stations are powered year-round using solar-power. Research at the site combines long-term monitoring with targeted experiments for understanding the effects of land-use and climate changes (including the impacts of extreme drought and rainfall events) as well as plant traits on ecosystem processes such as productivity, greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient cycling, the water balance and plant-soil-interactions.

The research site Kaserstattalm is part of the LTER mastersite Stubai within the LTSER platform Tyrolean Alps and LTER Austria.


Recent projects

Recent publications

  • Schuchardt, M.A. et al. (2023): Increases in functional diversity of mountain plant communities is mainly driven by species turnover under climate change. Oikos 11: e09922,
  • SCHUCHARDT, M.A. et al. (2023): Drought erodes mountain plant community resistance to novel species under a warming climate. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research,
  • NIU, Y., SCHUCHARDT, M.A., VON HESSBERG, A. & JENTSCH, A. (2023): Stable plant community biomass production despite species richness collapse under simulated extreme climate in the European Alps. Science of The Total Environment, 864: 161166, 
  • SEEBER, J., STEINWANDTER, M., TASSER, E. et al. (2022): Distribution of soil macrofauna across different habitats in the Eastern European Alps. Sci Data 9, 632, 
  • DĺAZ, S., KATTGE, J., CORNELISSEN, J.H.C. et al. (2022): The global spectrum of plant form and function: enhanced species-level trait dataset. Sci Data 9, 755, 
  • GRÜNZWEIG, J.M., DE BOECK, H.J., REY, A. et al. (2022): Dryland mechanisms could widely control ecosystem functioning in a drier and warmer world. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 1064–1076,
  • MÜLLER, L.M. & BAHN, M. (2022): Drought legacies and ecosystem responses to subsequent drought. Global Change Biology,
  • KRÖEL-DULAY, G., MOJZES, A., SZITÁR, K., BAHN, M. et al (2022): Field experiments underestimate aboveground biomass response to drought. Nat Ecol Evol,
  • SEEBER, J. et al. (2022): Effects of land use and climate on carbon and nitrogen pool partitioning in European mountain grasslands. Science of the Total Environment 822: 153380, 
  • FISCHER, A., FELBAUER, L., JANICKE, A., HELFRICHT, K., HOFFMANN, H. & WILD, E.-M. (2022): Glaciers, Climate and People: Holocene Transitions in the Stubai Valley. In: SCHICKHOFF, U., SINGH, R.B. & MAL, S. (eds.): Mountain Landscapes in Transition. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer, Cham.
  • JOSWIG, J.S., WIRTH, C., […], BAHN, M. et al. (2022): Climatic and soil factors explain the two-dimensional spectrum of global plant trait Variation. Nature Ecology & Evolution 6, 36–50,
  • OBERLEITNER, F., HARTMANN, H., HASIBEDER, R., HUANG, J., LOSSO, A., MAYR, S., OBERHUBER, W., WIESER, G. & BAHN, M. (2022): Amplifying effects of recurrent drought on the dynamics of tree growth and water use in a subalpine forest. Plant, Cell & Environment, 45, 2617–2635.
  • HARRIS E., DIAZ-PINES E., STOLL E., SCHLOTER M., SCHULZ S., DUFFNER C., LI K., MOORE K.L., INGRISCH J., REINTHALER D., ZECHMEISTER-BOLTENSTERN S., GLATZEL S., BRÜGGEMANN N. & BAHN M. (2021):  Denitrifying pathways dominate nitrous oxide emissions from managed grassland during drought and rewetting. Science Advances 7:6, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abb7118  
  • WOHNER C., DIRNBÖCK T., PETERSEIL J., PRÖLL G. & GEIGER S. (2021): Providing high resolution data for the long-term ecosystem research infrastructure on the national and European scale. In: FREITAG U., FUCHS-KITTOWSKI F., ABECKER A., HOSENFELD F. (eds) Umweltinformationssysteme – Wie verändert die Digitalisierung unsere Gesellschaft? Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden.
  • KELLY R., […] BAHN M. et al. (2021): Climatic and evolutionary contexts are required to infer plant life history strategies from functional traits at a global scale. Ecology letters 24 (5): 970–983,
  • WEILAND S. O., DETCHAROEN M., SCHLICK-STEINER B.C. & STEINER F.M. (2021): No influence of antibiotic on locomotion in Drosophila nigrosparsa after recovery, but influence on microbiome, possibly mediating wing-morphology Change. bioRxiv,
  • DETCHAROEN M., ARTHOFER W., JIGGINS F.M., STEINER F.M. & SCHLICK-STEINER B.C. (2020): Wolbachia affect behavior and possibly reproductive compatibility but not thermoresistance, fecundity, and morphology in a novel transinfected host, Drosophila nigrosparsa. Ecology and Evolution 10,
  • DETCHAROEN M., SCHILLING M.P., ARTHOFER W., SCHLICK-STEINER B.C. & STEINER F.M. (2020): Differential gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster and D. nigrosparsa infected with the same Wolbachia strain. bioRxiv,
  • INGRISCH J., KARLOWSKY S., HASIBEDER R., GLEIXNER G. & BAHN M. (2020): Drought and recovery effects on belowground respiration dynamics and the partitioning of recent carbon in managed and abandoned grassland. Global Change Biology 26: 4366-4378
  • JIAN J., BAHN M., WANG C., BAILEY V.L. & BOND-LAMBERTY B. (2020): Prediction of annual soil respiration from its flux at mean annual temperature. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 287, No. 107961, http:​/​/​/10.1016​/j.agrformet.2020.107961
  • KATTGE J., BÖNISCH G., DÍAZ S., […], BAHN M. et al. (2020): TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26: 119–188 
  • LIAO H. & PAL R. W., NIINEMETS Ü., BAHN M., CERABOLINI B. E. L. & PENG S. (2020): Different functional characteristics can explain different dimensions of plant invasion success. Journal of Ecology 109 (3): 1524–1536,     
  • OBERHUBER W., BENDLER U., GAMPER V., GEIER J., HÖLZL A., KOFLER W., KRISMER H., WALDBOTH B. & WIESER G. (2020): Growth trends of coniferous species along altitudinal transects in the Central European Alps indicate decreasing sensitivity to climate warming. Forests 11:2, No. 132,
  • PASCHALIS A., FATICHI S., ZSCHEISCHLER J., CIAIS P., BAHN M. et al. (2020): Rainfall‐manipulation experiments as simulated by terrestrial biosphere models: where do we stand? Global Change Biology 26: 3336–3355
  • RAMMIG A., BAHN M., VERA C. et al. (2020): Adaptive capacity of coupled social-ecological systems to absorb climate extremes. In: SILLMANN J., SIPPEL S., RUSSO S.: Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment. Amsterdam [u.a.]: Elsevier., ISBN 978-0-12-814895-2, pp. 257–278
  • SHIKLOMANOV A.N., COWDERY E.M., BAHN M. et al. (2020): Does the leaf economic spectrum hold within plant functional types? A Bayesian multivariate trait meta‐analysis. Ecological Applications 30/3, No. e02064
  • STEINWANDTER M. & SEEBER J. (2020): The buffet is open: Alpine soil macro-decomposers feed on a wide range of litter types in a microcosm cafeteria Experiment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 144, 107786
  • THOMAS H.J.D., BJORKMAN A.D., MYERS-SMITH I.H., […], BAHN M. et al. (2020): Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome. Nature Communications 11: 1351
  • THONICKE K., BAHN M., LAVOREL S., BARDGETT R.D., ERB K., GIAMBERINI M., REICHSTEIN M., VOLLAN B. & RAMMIG A. (2020): Advancing the understanding of adaptive capacity of social‐ecological systems to absorb climate extremes. Earths Future 8/2, No. e2019EF001221, http:​/​/​/10.1029​/2019EF001221
  • VAN SUNDERT K, BRUNE V., BAHN M., DEUTSCHMANN M., HASIBEDER R., NIJS I. & VICCA S. (2020): Post-drought rewetting triggers substantial K release and shifts in leaf stoichiometry in managed and abandoned mountain grasslands. Plant and Soil

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