Lena Sachsenmaier

Lena Sachsenmaier

Research Fellow

Experimentelle Interaktionsökologie
iDiv BioDivForschg Lpz
Puschstraße 4
04103 Leipzig


I am interested in understanding biodiversity-ecosystem-functioning relationships in forests and agroforestry systems in order to support sustainable management and conservation strategies, particularly in the context of climate change.

In my current research project, I am investigating the drought resistance and resilience of tree communities in a tree diversity experiment within the framework of the DFG International Research Training Group TreeDì - 林地 at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.

Professional career

  • since 08/2021
    Doctoral Researcher - International Research Training Group TreeDì - 林地, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity Group, University of Leipzig
  • 11/2020 - 07/2021
    Teacher for Biology and Geography at secondary schools in Cologne, Germany


  • 05/2019 - 10/2020
    Teacher Trainee (for secondary school teaching) at Center for practical school teacher training Cologne, Germany
  • 10/2015 - 12/2018
    Master (M.Ed.) - Biology & Geography University of Cologne, Germany (Thesis: “The Effect of Tree Enrichment in an Oil Palm Plantation on the Biodiversity of the Understorey Vegetation”, within the EFForTS project of University of Göttingen & University of Jambi, Indonesia)
  • 10/2011 - 05/2015
    Bachelor (B.Ed.) - Biology & Geography University of Trier, Germany with Semester abroad at University of Salamanca, Spain (Thesis: "Miscanthus als Substrat für die Biogasgewinnung – Konsequenzen für den Nährstoffhaushalt der Bestände“)