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Scientific Articles:

Baseline Data Papers (published):

*R. A. Oeser, N. Stroncik, *L.-M. Moskwa, *N. Bernhard, *M. Schaller, *R. Canessa, *L. van den Brink, *M. Köster, *E. Brucker, *S. Stock, J.P. Fuentes, R. Godoy, F.J. Matus, R. Oses Pedraza, P. Osses McIntyre, L. Paulino, O. Seguel, M.Y. Bader, J. Boy, M.A. Dippold, T.A. Ehlers, P. Kühn, Y. Kuzyakov, P. Leinweber, T. Scholten, S. Spielvogel, M. Spohn, *K. Übernickel, K. Tielbörger, D. Wagner, F. von Blanckenburg (2018). Chemistry and microbiology of the Critical Zone along a steep climate and vegetation gradient in the Chilean Coastal Cordillera. Catena, 170, 183–203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.06.002

*Bernhard, N., *Moskwa, L.-M., Schmidt, K., *Oeser, R.A., Aburto, F., Bader, M.Y., Baumann, K., Blanckenburg, F. von, Boy, J., *van den Brink, L.,* Brucker, E., Büdel, B., *Canessa, R., Dippold, M.A., Ehlers, T.A., * Fuentes, J.P., Godoy, R., *Jung, P., Karsten, U., *Köster, M., Kuzyakov, Y., Leinweber, P., *Neidhardt, H., Matus, F., Mueller, C.W., Oelmann, Y., Oses, R., Osses, P., Paulino, L., *Samolov, E., *Schaller, M., *Schmid, M., Spielvogel, S., Spohn, M., *Stock, S., *Stroncik, N., Tielbörger, K., *Übernickel, K., Scholten, T., Seguel, O., Wagner, D., Kühn, P., (2018). Pedogenic and microbial interrelations to regional climate and local topography: new insights from a climate gradient (arid to humid) along the Coastal Cordillera of Chile. Catena, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.06.018 – DOI not yet active (intermediate version here)

Individual Project Papers (published):

Bueno, C. G., Marín, C., Silva-Flores, P., Aguilera, P., & Godoy, R. (2017). Think globally, research locally: emerging opportunities for mycorrhizal research in South America: First international mycorrhizal meeting in South America, ‘Mycorrhizal symbiosis in the southern cone of South America’, Valdivia, Chile, 6-9 March 20. New Phytologist, 215(4), 1306–1309. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.14709

Djukic, I., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Schmidt, I. K., Larsen, K. S., Beier, C., Berg, B., et al. (EarthShape co-authors K. Tielbörger, L. van den Brink, M.Y. Bader, R. Canessa, S. Seitz, T. Scholten) (2018). Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of The Total Environment, 628629, 1369–1394. https://doi.org/10/gc8x3b

Fiore-Donno, A. M., Rixen, C., Rippin, M., Glaser, K., *Samolov, E., Karsten, U., Becker, B., Bonkowski M. (2018). New barcoded primers for efficient retrieval of cercozoan sequences in high-throughput environmental diversity surveys, with emphasis on worldwide biological soil crusts. Molecular Ecology Resources, 18(2), 229–239. https://doi.org/10/gddv2q

*Lehnert, L. W., Thies, B., Trachte, K., Achilles, S., Osses, P., *Baumann, K, Schmidt, J., *Samolov, E., *Jung, P., Leinweber, P., Karsten, U., Büdel, B. & Bendix, J. (2018). A Case Study on Fog/Low Stratus Occurrence at Las Lomitas, Atacama Desert (Chile) as a Water Source for Biological Soil Crusts. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 18(1), 254–269. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2017.01.0021

*Lehnert, L. W., *Jung, P., Obermeier, W. A., Büdel, B., & Bendix, J. (2018). Estimating Net Photosynthesis of Biological Soil Crusts in the Atacama Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing,10(6). http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs10060891

Mutz, S. G., Ehlers, T. A., Werner, M., Lohmann, G., Stepanek, C., & Li, J. (2018). Estimates of late Cenozoic climate change relevant to Earth surface processes in tectonically active orogens. Earth Surface Dynamics, 6(2), 271–301. https://doi.org/10/gc8sbw

*Schaller, M., Ehlers, T. A., Lang, K. A. H., *Schmid, M., & Fuentes-Espoz, J. P. (2018). Addressing the contribution of climate and vegetation cover on hillslope denudation, Chilean Coastal Cordillera (26°–38°S). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 489, 111–122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.02.026

Spohn, M., & Sierra, C. A. (2018). How long do elements cycle in terrestrial ecosystems? Biogeochemistry, 139(1), 69-83. https://doi.org/10/gdj32q



Completed Master of Sciences Theses:


Initial soil erosion as a function of aggregate stability at different slope positions under different climates in Chile. Johanna Kinkela, EarthShape, Phase I, University of Tübingen, Germany

Remote Sensing of Vegetation along a latitudinal gradient in Chile. Christian Bödinger, EarthShape, Phase I, University of Tübingen, Germany

The effect of tools with different lithologies on erosion efficiency in Bedrock rivers. Melle Koelewijn, EarthShape project 9, Phase I, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

Storminess and extreme precipitation events in South America throughout the Late Cenozoic. Jana F. Geller, EarthShape project 2, Phase I, University of Tübingen, Germany

Impact of Drought on Plant-Available Nutrients in Soils along a Chilean Climatic Gradient. Florian Hofmann, EarthShape project 11, Phase I, University of Tübingen, Germany


The Influence of Vegetation on Erosion and Sediment Connectivity. Kerstin Kleinohl, EarthShape project 4, Phase I, University of Bonn, Germany

Remote Sensing based Mapping of Vegetation Properties relevant to Splash Erosion. Johannes Senn, EarthShape project 4, Phase I, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Stable isotope analysis (δ13C and δ18O) in Patosia peat cellulose from the Rio Claro Peatland (Chile, 30°S) and its potential for paleoenvironmental implications in the Andes. Joana Seguin. EarthShape project 7, Phase I, University of Heidelberg, Germany

A comparative study about photosynthetic reactivation of epiphytic fruticose chlorolichens by air humidity: their ecophysiological performance, morphology and photobiont-phylogeny. Lena Weber. EarthShape project 5, Phase I, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany



Hyperspectral remote sensing of biological soil crusts in the Atacama Desert. Jakob Schmidt. EarthShape project 5, Phase I, University of Marburg, Germany




Completed Bachelor of Sciences Theses:


The distribution of lichen communities on the cactus Eulychnia saint-pieana along a fog-gradient in the coastal desert Pan de Azúcar, Chile. Lea Dziwezawa, EarthShape project 1, Phase I, University of Marburg, Germany

Spätholozäne Vegetations- und Klimadynamik im Río Turbio-Tal der Zentralanden Chiles anhand palynologischer Daten. Joanna Ramm. EarthShape project 7, Phase I, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Ökophysiologische Reaktion der weit verbreiteten terrestrischen Alge Klebsormidium isoliert aus verschiedenen Klimazonen. Birte Frerichmann. EarthShape project 5, Phase I, University of Rostock, Germany


Stabile Wasserstoffisotopie der Methoxyl-Gruppen des Lignins und Pektins als Paläoklima-Proxy gemessen an einem Torfkern aus Los Pelambres (Chile). Benjamin Blüthner. EarthShape project 7, Phase I, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Analysis of climate change in Chile: Last glacial maximum to present. Roland Schraven. EarthShape project 2, Phase I, University of Tübingen, Germany

Occurence of burrowing animals in Chile and their (potential) effects on soils. Susila Bhagavathula. EarthShape project 2, Phase I, University of Tübingen, Germany

Herbivorous Damage Along a Latitudinal Climate Gradient in Chile. Rebecca Peters. EarthShape project 11, Phase I, University of Tübingen, Germany