Bettina Engelbrecht: Publications

Peer reviewed


Álvarez-Cansino, L., Comita, L., Jones, F., Manzané-Pinzón, E., Browne, L., Engelbrecht, B.: Turgor loss point predicts survival responses to experimental and natural drought in tropical tree seedlings. Ecology, 103(6), No. e3700 (2022).

Klotz, M., Schaller, J., Feldhaar, H., Dengler, J., Gebauer, G., Aas, G., Weissflog, A., Engelbrecht, B.: Plasticity of plant silicon and nitrogen concentrations in response to water regimes varies across temperate grassland species. Functional Ecology, 36(12), 3211-3222 (2022).


Kurze, S., Engelbrecht, B., Bilton, M., Tielbörger, K., Álvarez-Cansino, L.: Rethinking the Plant Economics Spectrum for Annuals : A Multi-Species Study. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12, No. 640862 (2021).

Klotz, M., Schaller, J., Kurze, S., Engelbrecht, B.: Variation of foliar silicon concentrations in temperate forbs : effects of soil silicon, phylogeny and habitat. Oecologia, 196(4), 977-987 (2021).

Kurze, S., Bilton, M., Álvarez-Cansino, L., Bangerter, S., Prasse, R., Tielbörger, K., Engelbrecht, B.: Evaluating grazing response strategies in winter annuals : A multi-trait approach. Journal of Ecology, 109(8), 3074-3086 (2021).


Sun, S., Jung, E., Gaviria, J., Engelbrecht, B.: Drought survival is positively associated with high turgor loss points in temperate perennial grassland species. Functional Ecology, 34(4), 788-798 (2020).

Jung, E., Gaviria, J., Sun, S., Engelbrecht, B.: Comparative drought resistance of temperate grassland species : testing performance trade-offs and the relation to distribution. Oecologia, 192(4), 1023-1036 (2020).


van der Sande, M., Poorter, L., Schnitzer, S., Engelbrecht, B., Markesteijn, L.: The hydraulic efficiency-safety trade-off differs between lianas and trees. Ecology, 100(5), e02666 (2019).

Kupers, S., Wirth, C., Engelbrecht, B., Rüger, N.: Dry season soil water potential maps of a 50 hectare tropical forest plot on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Scientific Data, 6, No. 63 (2019).

Kupers, S., Engelbrecht, B., Hernandez, A., Wright, S., Wirth, C., Rüger, N.: Growth responses to soil water potential indirectly shape local species distributions of tropical forest seedlings. Journal of Ecology, 107(2), 860-874 (2019).

Pinho, B., Tabarelli, M., Engelbrecht, B., Sfair, J., Melo, F.: Plant functional assembly is mediated by rainfall and soil conditions in a seasonally dry tropical forest. Basic and Applied Ecology, 40, 1-11 (2019).


Schaller, J., Turner, B., Weissflog, A., Pino, D., Bielnicka, A., Engelbrecht, B.: Silicon in tropical forests : large variation across soils and leaves suggests ecological significance. Biogeochemistry, 140(2), 161-174 (2018).


O'Brian, M., Engelbrecht, B., Joswig, J., Pereyra, G., Schuldt, B., Jansen, S., Kattge, J., Landhäuser, S., Levick, S., Preisler, Y., Väänänen, P., Macinnis-Ng, C.: A synthesis of tree functional traits related to drought-induced mortality in forests across climatic zones. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(6), 1669-1686 (2017).

Gaviria, J., Turner, B., Engelbrecht, B.: Drivers of tree species distribution across a tropical rainfall gradient. Ecosphere, 8(2), e01712 (2017).

Weissflog, A., Markesteijn, L., Lewis, O., Comita, L., Engelbrecht, B.: Contrasting patterns of insect herbivory and predation pressure across a tropical rainfall gradient. Biotropica, 50(2), 302-311 (2017).


Gaviria, J., Engelbrecht, B.: Effects of drought, pest pressure and light availability on seedling establishment and growth : their role for distribution of tree species across a tropical rainfall gradient. PLoS One, 10(11), No. e0143955 (2015).


Craine, J., Engelbrecht, B., Lusk, C., McDowell, N., Poorter, H.: Resource Limitation, Tolerance, and the Future of Ecological Plant Classification. Frontiers in Functional Plant Ecology, (2012).

Fayolle, A., Engelbrecht, B., Freycon, V., Mortier, F., Swaine, M., Réjou-Méchain, M., Doucet, J., Fauvet, N., Cornu, G., Gourlet-Fleury, S.: Geological Substrates Shape Tree Species and Trait Distributions in African Moist Forests. PLoS One, 7(8), No. e42381 (2012).


Turner, B., Engelbrecht, B.: Soil organic phosphorus in lowland tropical rain forests. Biogeochemistry, 103(1-3), 297-315 (2011).


Wright, S., Kitajima, K., Kraft, N., Reich, P., Wright, I., Bunker, D., Condit, R., Dalling, J., Davies, S., Díaz, S., Engelbrecht, B., Harms, K., Hubbell, S., Marks, C., Ruiz-Jaen, M., Salvador, C., Zanne, A.: Functional traits and the growth-mortality trade-off in tropical trees. Ecology, 91(12), 3664-3674 (2010).


Lasso, E., Engelbrecht, B., Dalling, J.: When sex is not enough: ecological correlates of resprouting capacity in congeneric tropical forest shrubs. Oecologia, 161(1), 43-56 (2009).

Kursar, T., Engelbrecht, B., Burke, A., Tyree, M., El Omari, B., Giraldo, J.: Tolerance to low leaf water status of tropical seedlings is related to drought performance and distribution. Functional Ecology, 23(1), 93-102 (2009).

Comita, L., Engelbrecht, B.: Seasonal and spatial variation in water availability drive habitat associations in a tropical forest. Ecology, 90(10), 2755-2765 (2009).


Engelbrecht, B., Tyree, M., Kursar, T.: Visual assessment of wilting as a measure of leaf water potential and seedling drought survival. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 23(4), 497-500 (2007).

Arnold, E., Engelbrecht, B.: Fungal endophytes nearly double minimum leaf conductance in seedlings of a neotropical tree species. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 23(3), 369-372 (2007).

Engelbrecht, B., Comita, L., Condit, R., Kursar, T., Tyree, M., Turner, B., Hubbell, S.: Drought sensitivity shapes species distribution patterns in tropical forests. Nature, 447, 80-82 (2007).


Lovelock, C., Ball, M., Feller, I., Engelbrecht, B., Ewe, M.: Variation in hydraulic conductivity of mangroves: Influence of species, salinity, and nitrogen and phosphorus availability. Physiologia Plantarum, 127(3), 457-464 (2006).

Engelbrecht, B., Dalling, J., Wolf, R., Pearson, T., Gálvez, D., Koehler, T., Tyree, M., Kursar, T.: Short dry spells in the wet season increase mortality of tropical pioneer seedlings. Oecologia, 148(2), 258-269 (2006).

Svenning, J., Engelbrecht, B., Kinner, D., Kursar, T., Stallard, R., Wright, S.: The relative roles of environment, history and local dispersal in controlling the distributions of common tree and shrub species in a tropical forest landscape, Panama. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 22(5), 575-586 (2006).

Lovelock, C., Ball, M., Choat, B., Engelbrecht, B., Holbrook, N., Feller, I.: Linking physiological processes with mangrove forest structure: phosphorus deficiency limits canopy development, hydraulic conductivity and photosynthetic carbon gain in dwarf Rhizophora mangle. Plant, Cell & Environment, 29(5), 793-802 (2006).

Lovelock, C., Feller, I., Ball, M., Engelbrecht, B., Ewe, M.: Differences in plant function in phosphorus- and nitrogen-limited mangrove ecosystems. New Phytologist, 172(3), 514-522 (2006).


Engelbrecht, B., Kursar, T., Tyree, M.: Drought effects on seedling survival in a tropical moist forest. Trees, 19(3), 312-321 (2005).

Kursar, T., Engelbrecht, B., Tyree, M.: A comparison of methods for determining soil water availability in two sites in Panama with similar rainfall but distinct tree communities. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 21(3), 297-305 (2005).


Lovelock, C., Feller, I., McKee, K., Engelbrecht, B., Ball, M.: The effect of nutrient enrichment on growth, photosynthesis and hydraulic conductance of dwarf mangroves in Panamá. Functional Ecology, 18(1), 25-33 (2004).

Svenning, J., Kinner, D., Stallard, R., Engelbrecht, B., Wright, S.: Ecological determinism in plant community structure across a tropical forest landscape. Ecology, 85(9), 2526-2538 (2004).


Tyree, M., Engelbrecht, B., Vargas, G., Kursar, T.: Desiccation Tolerance of Five Tropical Seedlings in Panama. Relationship to a Field Assessment of Drought Performance. Plant Physiology, 132(3), 1439-1447 (2003).

Engelbrecht, B., Kursar, T.: Comparative drought-resistance of seedlings of 28 species of co-occurring tropical woody plants. Oecologia, 136(3), 383-393 (2003).


Engelbrecht, B., Wright, S., de Steven, D.: Survival and ecophysiology of tree seedlings during El Niño drought in a tropical moist forest in Panama. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 18(4), 569-579 (2002).

Tyree, M., Vargas, G., Engelbrecht, B., Kursar, T.: Drought until death do us part: a case study of the desiccation‐tolerance of a tropical moist forest seedling‐tree, Licania platypus (Hemsl.) Fritsch. Journal of Experimental Botany, 53(378), 2239-2247 (2002).


Engelbrecht, B., Herz, H.: Evaluation of different methods to estimate understorey light conditions in tropical forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 17(2), 207-224 (2001).


Engelbrecht, B., Velez, V., Tyree, M.: Hydraulic conductance of two co-occuring neotropical understory shrubs with different habitat preferences. Annals of Forest Science, 57(3), 201-208 (2000).


Winter, K., Richter, A., Engelbrecht, B., Posada, J., Virgo, A., Popp, M.: Effect of elevated CO₂ on growth and crassulacean-acid-metabolism activity of Kalanchoë pinnata under tropical conditions. Planta, 201(4), 389-396 (1997).


Winter, K., Engelbrecht, B.: Short-term CO₂ responses of light and dark CO₂ fixation in the crassulacean acid metabolism plant "Kalanchoe pinnata". Journal of Plant Physiology, 144(4-5), 462-467 (1994).

Books and Book sections


Pino, D., Condit, R., Turner, B., Perez, R., Engelbrecht, B.: Soil nutrients and water availability shape species distributions in tropical forests. In: Manfred Niekisch, Bruno Streit (eds.): Status and future of tropical biodiversity : Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, 21 - 24 February 2011, Frankfurt a.M.: Programme & abstracts. - Frankfurt a.M. : 2011. - 220.


Engelbrecht, B., Comita, L., Condit, R., Tyree, M., Kursar, T.: Drought and seedling survival in tropical rain forest plants: linking drought resistance with species distribution. In: Jutta Stadler (eds.): Biodiversity - from patterns to processes. - Göttingen : Verl. Die Werkstatt, 2003. - 277.


Engelbrecht, B., Dalling, J., Pearson, T., Wolf, R., Gálvez, D., Koehler, T., Ruiz, M., Kursar, T.: Short dry spells in the wet season increase mortality of tropical pioneer seedlings. In: K. N. Ganeshaiah (eds.): Tropical ecosystems : structure, diversity and human welfare ; proceedings. - Enfield, NH : Science Publishers, 2001. - 665-669.

Herz, H., Engelbrecht, B., Beyschlag, W.: Herbivory affects leaf and plant water relations in tropical forests. In: Funktionelle Bedeutung von Biodiversität. - Berlin : Parey, 2001. - 313.

Engelbrecht, B., Tyree, M., Kursar, T.: Drought and seedling survival of tropical rainforest plants. In: Funktionelle Bedeutung von Biodiversität. - Berlin : Parey, 2001. - 161.


Engelbrecht, B., Herz, H.: Evaluation of different methods to estimate understory light conditions in tropical forests. In: Kurzbeiträge zur Tropenökologie : Zusammenfassungen der Beiträge des DFG-Abschlußsymposiums "Mechanismen der Aufrechterhaltung tropischer Diversität" (18.-19. Februar 1998) und der 11. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie (20.-22. Februar 1998 in Bielefeld). - Bielefeld : Abt. Ökologie der Univ. Bielefeld, 1998. - 88.

Engelbrecht, B.: Comparison of the diversity, abundance and distribution of Piper species in two neotropical forests with different rainfall regimes. In: Kurzbeiträge zur Tropenökologie : Zusammenfassungen der Beiträge des DFG-Abschlußsymposiums "Mechanismen der Aufrechterhaltung tropischer Diversität" (18.-19. Februar 1998) und der 11. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie (20.-22. Februar 1998 in Bielefeld). - Bielefeld : Abt. Ökologie der Univ. Bielefeld, 1998.

Other publications


Coste, S., Engelbrecht, B., Swaine, M.: Quantifying tree species shade tolerance. CoForChange Newsletter, 6 (2012).


Engelbrecht, B.: Tropische Wälder und Globaler Wandel : Forschung über Trockenheit im Regenwald. Spektrum, 7(1), 20-23 (2011).


Coste, S., Engelbrecht, B., Swaine, M.: Light requirements and drought tolerance : Experiments launched in Pointe-Noire. CoForChange Newsletter, 3 (2010).

Engelbrecht, B.: Expedition in den Kongo : das Schicksal tropischer Wälder bei globalem Wandel. Spektrum, (2), 23 (2010).


Engelbrecht, B.: Studying drought in the rain. STRI News, (2007).


Engelbrecht, B.: Dry and wet season survival. STRI News, (2005).

Engelbrecht, B., Comita, L.: Linking seedling drought resistance with species habitat associations: dry season mortality. Center for Tropical Forest Science Newsletter, 3, 3 (2005).

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