Terhi Hahl

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Research Interests

Diverse plant communities are known to be more productive than monocultures of single species communities, and the contrast in productivity further increases with the age of the community. But what causes this strengthening biodiversity effect over time is not fully understood. In my work, I use grassland plant species to study how a long-term selection of a plant community in monocultures, in comparison to diverse plant communities, influences the interactions between plants and soil micro-organisms. Furthermore, I test whether accumulation of pathogens in monoculture communities — a well-known problem in agricultural monocultures — forces monoculture plants to lower their investment in productivity in order to invest more in pathogen defense


Education and Professional Positions

2013 - 2017 Ph.D. candidate at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Program in Ecology. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich; Zurich, Switzerland
Project: Community history and ecosystem functioning. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid
2011 - 2012 M.Sc. in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Oulu; Oulu, Finland
Major: Plant Physiology - Minor: Genetics
M.Sc. thesis: Leaf Wounding of Silver Birch: 4CL Gene Expression and Accumulation of Phenylpropanoids. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Hely Häggman, Dr. Suvi Sutela
2007 -2011 B.Sc. in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Oulu; Oulu, Finland
Major: Bioscience. Minor: Biochemistry, Ecology

Research Assistantships and Internships

May – Aug 2012 Research assistant, BioSer Oulu service laboratory; Oulu, Finland
Jun – Aug 2011 Research assistant, Group of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, University of Oulu; Oulu, Finland
Jul – Oct 2010 Research internship, Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, ETH Zurich; Zurich, Switzerland
Head: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Gruissem, Supervisor: Dr. Navreet Bhullar