Postdocs/ Senior lecturers, Postdoktoktorand/in   >   Dr. Martyna Malgorzata Kotowska
Dr. Martyna Malgorzata Kotowska

Phone: +49 551 39 22205
Fax: +49 551 39 22029




WiSe 2023/24
SoSe 2023

Research Interests

Plant-water relations:

- Impact of water and nutrient availability on tree performance and hydraulic strategies
- Fine root dynamics in tropical and temperate trees
- Resource use efficiency (nutrients and water)

Forest ecosystem services in a changing world:

- Effect of land-use and climate change on carbon stocks and sequestration in vegetation
- Consequences of land-use change on functional diversity

Ecological and functional wood anatomy:

- Wood hydraulic and anatomic properties of tropical forest trees
- Functional significance of xylem parenchyma
- Within species/tree variability of pit membrane porosity

Ongoing projects

Facing water limitation: Hydraulic strategies of co-occurring tree species from semiarid subtropical forests and their intra-specific variation along precipitation gradients.

BOWA-KLIM: Kenngrößen des Bodenwasserhaushalts von Buche, Traubeneiche, Kiefer und Douglasie auf pleistozänen Sandböden zur Bewertung der Trockenstress-empfindlichkeit im Klimawandel

Plant productivity and belowground resource partitioning in gradients of tropical land-use intensity and tree species diversity
EFForTS: Tropical lowland rainforest transformation systems on Sumatra

Former projects

DFG-research fellowship: Relationships of soil phosphorus status to wood anatomical traits and to nutrient translocation in woody plants
Environmental and land-use change in Sulawesi
Biodiversity of Mountain Ecosystem in South Ecuador

Curriculum vitae

Since 08.2018           
Scientific associate at the Department of Plant Ecology, University of Göttingen

Research fellowship at the Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

Postdoc at the Institute for Systematic Botany and Ecology, University of Ulm

Postdoc at the Department of Plant Ecology, University of Göttingen

PhD student at the Department of Plant Ecology, University of Göttingen
Thesis: Carbon pools and sequestration in vegetation, litter dynamics and hydraulic anatomic properties in rainforest transformation systems in Indonesia

Study abroad at Massey University, New Zealand

MSc Biodiversity and Ecology, University of Göttingen
Thesis: Environmental controls over methane emissions from bromeliad tanks in Neotropical forest

BSc Biology, University of Hannover
Thesis: Vegetationsvergleich der Wasserpflanzen- und Röhrichtgesellschaften am „Großen Heiligen Meer“



Kotowska MM, Samhita S, Hertel D, Triadiati, Beyer F, Allen K, Link R, Leuschner C (2022) Consequences of tropical rainforest conversion to tree plantations on fine root dynamics and functional traits. Oikos e08898.

Jamaluddinsyah J, Kotowska MM, Sulistijorini, Waite PA, Brambach F, Schuldt B, Triadiati (2022) Tree height effects on vascular anatomy of upper-canopy twigs across a wide range of tropical rainforest species. Journal of Tropical Ecology

Lembrechts JJ, van den Hoogen J, Aalto J, Ashcroft MB, De Frenne P, Kemppinen J, Kopecký M, Luoto M, Maclean IMD, Crowther TW, Bailey JJ, Haesen S, …, Kotowska MM, …, Nijs I, Lenoir J.  Global maps of soil temperature. Global Change Biology

Ali AA, Fan Y, Corre MD, Kotowska MM, Preuss-Hassler E, Cahyo AN, Moyano FE, Stiegler C, Röll A, Meijide A, Olchev, A .... Knohl A (2022) Implementing a new rubber plant functional type in the Community Land Model (CLM5) improves accuracy of carbon and water flux estimation. Land 11:183.


Cusack DF, Addo-Danso S, Agee EA, Andersen KM, Arnaud M, Batterman SA, Brearley FQ, Ciochina M, Cordeiro AL, … , Kotowska MM, … ,Wright SJ, Yaffar D. Tradeoffs and Synergies in Tropical Forest Root Traits for Nutrient and Water Acquisition: Field and Modeling Advances. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change

Schlund M, Kotowska MM, Brambach F, Hein J, Wessel B, Camarretta N, Silalahi M, Surati Jaya IN, Erasmi S, Leuschner C, Kreft H (2021) Spaceborne height models reveal above ground biomass changes in tropical landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management 497:119497

Kotowska MM, Link RM, Röll A, Hertel D, Hölscher D, Waite P-A, Moser G, Tjoa A, Leuschner C, Schuldt B (2021) Effects of wood hydraulic properties on water use and productivity of tropical rainforest trees. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 3:154

Falster D, Gallagher R, Wenk E, Wright I, Indiarto D, Andrew S, Baxter C, Lawson J, Allen S, Fuchs A, Monro A, …, Kotowska MM, … , Zanne A, Zemunik G, Ziemińska K. AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora. Scientific Data 8:254

J Kuppler, MM Kotowska (2021) A meta‐analysis of responses in floral traits and flower‐visitor interactions to water deficit. Global Change Biology 27:3095–3108


Kotowska MM, Wright I, Westoby M (2020) Parenchyma abundance in wood of evergreen trees varies independently of nutrients. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 86

Grass I, Kubitza C, Krishna V V, Corre MD, Mußhoff O, Pütz P, Drescher J, Rembold K, Ariyanti ES, Barnes AD, Brinkmann N, Brose U, Brümmer B, Buchori D, Daniel R, Darras KFA, Faust H, Fehrmann L, Hein J, Hennings N, Hidayat P, Hölscher D, Jochum M, Knohl A, Kotowska MM, Krashevska V, Kreft H, Leuschner C, Lobite NJS, Panjaitan R, Polle A, Potapov AM, Purnama E, Qaim M, Röll A, Scheu S, Schneider D, Tjoa A, Tscharntke T, Veldkamp E, Wollni M (2020) Trade-offs between multifunctionality and profit in tropical smallholder landscapes. Nature Communications 11:1–13

Zhang Y, Carmesin C, Kaack L, Klepsch MM, Kotowska MM, Matei T,  Schenk HJ, Weber M, Walther P, Schmidt V, Jansen S (2020) High porosity with tiny pore constrictions and unbending pathways characterise the 3D structure of intervessel pit membranes in angiosperm xylem. Plant, Cell & Environment 43:116–130


Kotowska MM, Thom R, Zhang Y, Schenk HJ, Jansen S (2019) Within-tree variability and sample storage effects of bordered pit membranes in xylem of Acer pseudoplatanus. Trees - Structure and Function 34: 61-71

Röll A, Niu F, Meijide A, Ahongshangbam J, Ehbrecht M, Guillaume T, Gunawan D, Hardanto A, Hertel D, Kotowska MM, Kreft H, Kuzyakov Y, Leuschner C, Nomura M, Polle A, Rembold K, Sahner J, Seidel D, Zemp DC, Knohl A, Hölscher D (2019) Transpiration on the rebound in lowland Sumatra. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 274:160–171


Klepsch M, Zhang Y, Kotowska MM, Lamarque LJ, Nolf M, Schuldt B, Torres-Ruiz JM, Qin D-W, Choat B, Delzon S, Scoffoni C, Cao K-F, Jansen S (2018). Is xylem of angiosperm leaves less resistant to embolism than branches? Insights from microCT, hydraulics, and anatomy. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69 (22), 5611-5623.

Guillaume T, Kotowska MM, Hertel D, Knohl A, Krashevska V, Murtilaksono K, Scheu S, Kuzyakov Y (2018) Carbon costs and benefits of Indonesian rainforest conversion to plantations. Nature Communications 9: 2388.

Morris H, Plavcová L, Gorai M, Klepsch MM, Kotowska MM, Jochen Schenk H, Jansen S. (2018) Vessel‐associated cells in angiosperm xylem: Highly specialized living cells at the symplast-apoplast boundary. American Journal of Botany 105(2):151-60


Barnes AD, Allen K, Kreft H, Corre MD, Jochum M, Veldkamp E, Clough Y, Daniel R, Darras K, Denmead LH, Haneda NF, Hertel D, Knohl A, Kotowska MM, Kurniawan S, Meijide A, Rembold K, Prabowo WE, Schneider D, Tscharntke T, Brose U (2017) Direct and cascading impacts of tropical land-use change on multi-trophic biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(10):1511


Clough Y, Krishna VV, Corre MD, Darras K, Denmead LH, Meijide A, Moser S, Musshoff O, Steinebach S, Veldkamp E, Allen K, Barnes AD, Breidenbach N, Brose U, Buchori D, Daniel R, Finkeldey R, Harahap I, Hertel D, Holtkamp AM, Hörandl E, Irawan B, Surati Jaya IN, Jochum M, Klarner B, Knohl A, Kotowska MM, Krashevska V, Kreft H, Kurniawan S, Leuschner C, Maraun M, Melati DN, Opfermann N, Pérez-Cruzado C, Prabowo WE, Rembold K, Rizali A, Rubiana R, Schneider D, Tjitrosoedirdjo SS, Tjoa A, Tscharntke T, Scheu S (2016) Land-use choices follow profitability at the expense of ecological functions in Indonesian smallholder landscapes. Nature Communications 7: 13137

Drescher J, Rembold K, Allen K, Beckschäfer P, Buchori D, Clough Y, Faust H, Fauzi AM, Gunawan D, Hertel D, Irawan B, Jaya INS, Klarner B, Kleinn C, Knohl A, Kotowska MM, Krashevska V, Krishna V, Leuschner C, Lorenz W, Meijide A, Melati D, Nomura M, Pérez-Cruzado C, Qaim M, Siregar IZ, Steinebach S, Tjoa A, Tscharntke T, Wick B, Wiegand K, Kreft H, Scheu S (2016) Ecological and socio-economic functions across tropical land use systems after rainforest conversion. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1694).

Kotowska MM, Leuschner C, Triadiati T, Hertel D (2016). Conversion of tropical lowland forest reduces nutrient return through litterfall, and alters nutrient use efficiency and seasonality of net primary production. Oecologia, 1-18.

Meriem S, Tjitrosoedirjo S, Kotowska MM, Hertel D, Triadiati T (2016). Carbon and nitrogen stocks in dead wood of tropical lowland forests as dependent on wood decay stages and land-use intensity. Annals of Forest Research.

Pransiska Y, Triadiati T, Tjitrosoedirjo S, Hertel D, Kotowska MM (2016) Forest conversion impacts on the fine and coarse root system, and soil organic matter in tropical lowlands of Sumatera (Indonesia). Forest Ecology and Management, 379, 288-298.


Kotowska MM
, Leuschner C, Triadiati T, Selis M, Hertel D (2015). Quantifying above- and belowground biomass carbon loss with forest conversion in tropical lowlands of Sumatra (Indonesia). Global Change Biology, 21, 3620-3634.

Kotowska MM, Hertel D, Abou Rajab Y, Barus H, Schuldt B (2015). Patterns in hydraulic architecture from roots to branches in six tropical tree species from cacao agroforestry and their relation to wood density and stem growth. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6.

Fan Y, Roupsard O, Bernoux M, Le Maire G, Panferov O, Kotowska MM,  Knohl A (2015). A sub-canopy structure for simulating oil palm in the Community Land Model (CLM-Palm): phenology, allocation and yield. Geoscientific Model Development, 8(11), 3785-3800.


Kotowska MM
, Werner FA (2013). Environmental controls over methane emissions from bromeliad phytotelmata: The role of phosphorus and nitrogen availability, temperature, and water content. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27(4). 1186-1193.

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