I am a plant ecologist interested in the processes governing the assembly of plant communities and species coexistence. I am particularly interested in the determinants of plant rarity and commonness, as well as invasion success or failure. I love multitrophic interactions and I am excited about the role of natural enemies and mutualists in structuring plant strategies and communities.
After doing a lot of research in Bern (Switzerland), I am currently doing a postdoc in David Wardle´s lab, and I study patterns in plant-herbivore interactions along a strong environmental gradient. Specifically, I am interested in whether changes in soil fertility also translate into changes in herbivore abundance, diversity and impact, and whether plants are locally adapted to differences in soil fertility and herbivory.
Kempel A, Razanajatova M, Stein C, Unsicker S, Auge H, Weisser WW, Fischer M & Prati D (2015) Herbivore preference drives plant community composition. Ecology 96: 2923-2934.
Kempel A, Chrobock T, Fischer M, Rohr RP, van Kleunen M (2013) Determinants of plant establishment success in a multispecies introduction experiment with native and alien species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110 (31): 12727-12732
Kempel A, Schadler M, Chrobock T, Fischer M, van Kleunen M (2011) Tradeoffs associated with constitutive and induced plant resistance against herbivory
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108 (14): 5685-5689.
Kempel A, Schmidt A, Brandl R, Schädler M (2010) Support from the underground – Induced plant resistance depends on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Functional Ecology 24 (2): 293-300.