Wagner Ecology Lab


[Lab members are highlighted in bold]

Lugar, R., Nelson, C.R., Wagner, V. (in review) Long term effects of forb-selective herbicides on grassland communities.

Pätsch, R., Zapisocki, Z., Tucker D., Stroh, H.G., Becker, T., Spribille, T., Wagner, V. (2022) Bedrock meadows: A distinct vegetation type in northwestern North America. Applied Vegetation Science 25(4): e12702.

Vakhlamova, T., Wagner, V., Padullés Cubino, J., Chytrý, M., Lososová, Z. (2022) Urban plant diversity in Kazakhstan: Effects of habitat type, city size and macroclimate. Applied Vegetation Science 25(3): e12679.

Zapisocki, Z., de Assis Murillo, R., Wagner, V. (2022) Non-native plant invasions in prairie grasslands of Alberta, Canada. Rangeland Ecology and Management 83(1) : 20-30.

Oyundelger, K., Harpke, D., Herklotz, V., Troeva, E., Zheng, Z., Li, Z., Oyuntsetseg, B., Wagner, V., Wesche, K., Ritz, C.M. (2022) Phylogeography of Artemisia frigida (Anthemideae, Asteraceae) based on genotyping‐by‐sequencing and plastid DNA data: Migration through Beringia. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35(1): 64-80.

Wagner, V., Večeřa, M., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Pergl, J., Lenoir, J., Svenning, J.-C., Pyšek, P., Agrillo, E., Biurrun, I., Campos J.A., Ewald, J., Fernández-González, F., Jandt, U., Rašomavičius, V., Šilc, U., Škvorc, Ž., Vassilev, K., Wohlgemuth, T., Chytrý, M. (2021) Alien plant invasion hotspots and invasion debt in European woodlands. Journal of Vegetation Science 32: e13014.

Harding, L.E., Bourbonnais, M., Cook, A.T., Spribille, T., Wagner, V., Darimont, C. (2020) No statistical support for wolf control and maternal penning as conservation measures for endangered mountain caribou. Biodiversity and Conservation 29: 3051–3060.

Wagner, V., Bragina, T.M., Nowak, A., Smelansky, I.E., Vanselow, K.A. (2020) Grasslands and shrublands of Kazakhstan and Middle Asia. In: The Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes, Vol. 3, Elsevier.

Bruelheide, H., Dengler, J., Jiménez‐Alfaro, B., Purschke, O., Hennekens, S. [...] Wagner, V. [...] (2019) sPlot – A new tool for global vegetation analyses. Journal of Vegetation Science 30: 161–186.

Palpurina, S., Chytrý, M., Hölzel, N., Tichý, L., Wagner, V., Horsák, M., Axmanová, I. Hájek, M., Hájková, P., Freitag, M., Lososová, Z., Mathar, W., Tzonev, R., Danihelka, J., Dřevojan, P. (2019) The type of nutrient limitation affects the plant species richness–productivity relationship: evidence from dry grasslands across Eurasia. Journal of Ecology 107: 1038-1050.

McManamen, C., Nelson, C.R., Wagner, V. (2018) Timing of seeding after herbicide application influences rates of germination and seedling biomass of native plants used for grassland restoration. Restoration Ecology26:1137-1148.

Bragina, T.M., Nowak, A., Vanselow, K.A., Wagner, V. (2018) Grasslands of Kazakhstan and Middle Asia: The Ecology, Conservation and Use of a Vast and Globally Important Area. In: Squires, V.R., Dengler, J., Feng, H., Hua, L. (eds) Grasslands of the World: diversity, management and conservation. CRC Press, Boca Raton, US. ISBN: 9781498796262

Deák, B., Becker, T., Boch, S., Wagner, V. (2018) Conservation, management and restoration of semi-natural and natural grasslands in Central Europe – Editorial to the 13th EDGG Special Feature. Tuexenia 38: 305–310.

Dengler, J., Wagner, V., Dembicz, I., García-Mijangos, I., Naqinezhad, A., Boch, S., Chiarucci, A., Conradi, T. et al. (2018) GrassPlot – a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands. Phytocoenologia 48: 331-347.

Rosche, C., Schrieber, K., Lachmuth, S., Durka, W., Hirsch, H., Wagner, V., Schleuning, M., Hensen, I. (2018) Sex ratio rather than population size affects genetic diversity in Antennaria dioica. Plant Biology 20: 789-796.

Lekberg, Y., Wagner, V., Rummel, A., McLeod, M., Ramsey, P.W. (2017) Strong indirect herbicide effects on mycorrhizal associations through plant community shifts and secondary invasions. Ecological Applications 27: 2359-2368.

Sengl, P., Magnes, M., Wagner, V., Weitenthaler, K., Erdös, L., Berg, C. (2017) Restoration of lowland meadows in Austria: a comparison of five techniques. Basic and Applied Ecology 24: 19-29.

Deák, B., Wagner, V., Csecserits, A., Becker, T. (2017) Vegetation and conservation of Central-European grasslands - Editorial to the 12th EDGG Special Feature. Tuexenia 37: 375-378.

Wagner, V., Chytrý, M., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Pergl, J., Hennekens, S., Biurrun, I., Knollová, I., Berg, C., Vassilev, K., Rodwell, J. S., Škvorc, Ž., Jandt, U., Ewald, J., Jansen, F., Tsiripidis, I., Botta-Dukát, Z., Casella, L., Attorre, F., Rašomavičius, V., Ćušterevska, R., Schaminée, J. H. J., Brunet, J., Lenoir, J., Svenning, J.-C., Kaçki, Z., Petrášová-Šibíková, M., Šilc, U., García-Mijangos, I., Campos, J. A., Fernández-González, F., Wohlgemuth, T., Onyshchenko, V., Pyšek, P. (2017) Alien plant invasions across European woodlands. Diversity and Distributions 23: 969-981.

Palpurina, S., Wagner, V., von Wehrden, H., Hájek, M., Horsák, M., Brinkert, A., Hölzel, N., Wesche, K., Kamp, J., Hájková, P., Danihelka, J., Lustyk, P., Merunková, K., Preislerová, Z., Kočí, M., Kubešová, S., Cherosov M., Ermakov, N., German, D., Gogoleva, P., Lashchinsky, N., Martynenko, V., Chytrý, M. (2017) The relationship between plant species richness and soil pH vanishes with increasing aridity across Eurasian dry grasslands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 425-434.

Wagner, V., Chytrý, M., Zelený, D., von Wehrden, H., Brinkert, A., Danihelka, J., Jansen, F., Hölzel, F., Kamp, J., Lustyk, P., Merunková, K., Palpurina, S., Preislerová, Z., Wesche, K. (2017) Regional differences in soil pH niche among dry grassland plants in Eurasia. Oikos 126: 660-670.

Wagner, V., Antunes, P.M., Irvine, M. & Nelson, C. (2017) Herbicide usage for invasive non-native plant management in wildland areas of North America. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 198-204.

Sengl, P., Magnes, M., Wagner, V., Erdős, L. & Berg, C. (2016) Only large and highly-connected semi-dry grasslands achieve plant conservation targets in an agricultural matrix. Tuexenia 36: 167–190.

Gibson, A., Espeland, E., Wagner, V., Nelson, C.R. (2016) Can local adaptation research in plants inform selection of native plant materials? An analysis of experimental methodologies. Evolutionary Applications 9: 1219–1228.

Wagner, V. (2016) A review of software tools for spell-checking taxon names in vegetation databases. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 1323–1327.
Becker, T., Csecserits, A., Deák, B., Janišová, M., Sutcliffe, L. & Wagner, V. (2016) Different approaches in grassland analysis - Editorial to the 11th EDGG Grassland Special Feature. Tuexenia 36: 287-291.

Berg, C., Essl, F., Wagner, V., Drescher, A. (2016) Temporal trends of alien tree invasions in Austrian woodlands. Preslia 88: 185-200.

Hirsch, H., Wagner, V., Danihelka, J., Ruprecht, E., Sánchez-Gómez, P., Seifert, M. & Hensen, I. 2015. High genetic diversity declines towards the geographic range periphery of Adonis vernalis, a Eurasian dry grassland plant. Plant Biology 17: 1233-1241.

Sengl, P., Wagner, V. & Magnes, M. 2015. Semi-dry grassland restoration in the SE alpine foreland of Austria - A study of early spontaneous colonisation patterns. Hacquetia 14: 97-112.

Al-Hawija, B.N., Partzsch, M., Wagner, V. & Hensen, I. 2014. Germination differences between natural and afforested population of Pinus brutia and Cupressus sempervirens. Silva Fennica 48: article id 1176.

Maier, S., Schmidt, T.S.B. Zheng, L., Peer, T., Wagner, V., Grube, M. 2014. Analyses of dryland biological soil crusts highlight lichens as an important regulator of microbial communities. Biodiversity and Conservation: 1735-1755.

Wagner, V. & Nelson, C.R. 2014: Herbicides negatively affect seed performance in native plants. Restoration Ecology 22: 288-291.

Al-Hawija, B.N., Wagner, V. & Hensen, I. 2014: Genetic comparison between natural and planted populations of Pinus brutia and Cupressus sempervirens in Syria. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 38: 267-280.

Wagner, V., Spribille, T., Abrahamczyk, S., & Bergmeier, E. 2014: Timberline meadows along a 1000km transect in NW North America: species diversity and community patterns. Applied Vegetation Science 17: 129-141. - featured on the cover

Before 2013
Durka, W., Nossol, C., Ruprecht, E., Wagner, V., Welk, E. & Hensen, I. 2013: Extreme genetic depauperation and differentiation of both populations and species European feather grasses (Stipa). Plant Systematics and Evolution 299: 259-269.

Wagner, V., Treiber, J., Danihelka, J., Ruprecht, E., Wesche, K. & Hensen, I. 2012: Declining genetic diversity and increasing genetic isolation towards the range periphery of a Eurasian feather grass: A study along a 3000 km longitudinal gradient. International Journal of Plant Sciences 173: 802-811.

Von Wehrden, H., Fischer, J., Brandt, P., Wagner, V. Kümmerer, K., Kuemmerle, T., Nagel, A., Olsson, O. & Hostert, P. 2012: Consequences of nuclear accidents for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Conservation Letters 5 (2): 81-89.

Wagner V., Durka W. & Hensen I. 2011: Increased genetic differentiation but no reduced genetic diversity in peripheral vs. central populations of a steppe grass. American Journal of Botany 98: 1173-1179.

Wagner, V., Antunes, P.M., Ristow, M., Lechner, U. & Hensen, I. 2011: Prevailing negative soil biota effect and no evidence for local adaptation in a widespread Eurasian grass. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17580.

Wagner, V., von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Siderova, T., Fedulin, A. & Hensen, I. 2011: Similar performance in central and range-edge populations of a Eurasian steppe grass under different climate and soil pH regimes. Ecography 34 (3): 498-506 .

Hensen, I., Kilian, C., Wagner, V., Durka, W., Pusch, J. & Wesche, K. 2010: Low genetic variability and strong differentiation among isolated populations of the rare steppe grass Stipa capillata L. in central Europe. Plant Biology 12 (3): 526-536.

Wagner, V. 2009: Eurosiberian meadows at their southern edge: community patterns and phytogeography in the NW Tien Shan. Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 199-208 .

Lab news

16 January 2023 Summer 2023 position: We are looking for a UofA undergraduate student to apply for a USRA to join our project on Caragana arborescens invasions.

16 January 2023 Welcome to our new lab members Martin Hinojosa, Britton McNerlin (both MSc students), and Emily Wong (BIOL 498 student)!

12 January 2023 Former postdoc Ricarda Pätsch shows that bedrock meadows are a distinct vegetation type in interior NW North America. Read the paper in the journal Applied Vegetation Science

1 November 2022 Viktoria received a Schimper field research grant to collaborate with Tatyana Vakhlamova in Kazakhstan as part of a cross-continental comparison of levels of invasion across habitat types.

8 July 2022 We are looking for 1-2 MSc students to join our lab in January 2022. For more details see here

1 March 2022 Zoey's paper on non-native plant invasions in Alberta prairie grasslands was accepted in Rangeland Ecology & Management. Congrats, Zoey!

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