Karl Andraczek

Karl Andraczek

Research Fellow

Spezielle Botanik und funktionelle Biodiversität
Johannisallee 21
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-38595


I received my master's degree in biology from the University of Leipzig.

Generally, I am interested in understanding the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and functions, especially regarding the ongoing global change.

For my master's, I experimentally studied how declining insect diversity and abundance will impact nutrient cycling in grassland communities.

Now, as a PhD student, I am working on the question how plant diversity in agricultural grasslands is related to ecosystem functions, in particular biomass production. For this study, we are using a broad range of field methods to assess plant species richness, biomass production, as well as multiple environmental factors. With this project, I am hoping to advance our understanding on how to achieve both, high biodiversity and high biomass production in semi-natural grasslands. Which might lead to a better understanding of sustainable agriculture and provide benefits for farmers and nature equally.

Professional career

  • 10/2019 - 04/2020
    Research assistant (Compiling a database/ data analyses for the sRoot Workshop)


  • 10/2014 - 09/2017
    Bachelor of science (Biology)
  • 10/2017 - 09/2019
    Master of science (Biology)
  • since 05/2020
    PhD Student in the BEF-Loops project