Stubai – Kaserstattalm

Kaserstattalm is an area of alpine pastureland in the Stubai valley on a southeast exposed slope at an elevation of 1,810 to 1,980 m a.s.l. The research site includes cultivated and abandoned pastures as well as subalpine forest. Several monitoring stations supplied by solar-powered electricity and two equipment depots are spread over the area.

Specially equiped testing areas facilitate investigations on the impact of extreme drought and rainfall events on ecosystem-features like productivity, greenhouse gas emissions, water and nutrient balance, and plant-soil-interactions.

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


Resent projects

Recent publications

  • 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  
  • 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 
  • 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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