Viktoria Wagner

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Viktoria Wagner


Personal Summary

I have recently moved to the Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic). Please visit my new homepage:


2007 – 2011             PhD, Biology, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

2002 – 2006             Biology, University of Göttingen, Germany

Research Interests

I am a plant ecologist with a keen interest in linking basic science with on-the-ground questions in land management, ecological restoration and conservation. My research encompasses work at the individual, population and community level. In the past, I have explored meadow vegetation in the Tien Shan mountains, and have studied populations of steppe plants in Europe and Central Asia.

In my current project, I am evaluating the use of herbicides in invasive species management, with respect to their effects on native plants. Herbicides are a widely used tool to control invasive non-native plants in many countries, yet their effect on native plant communities are not well understood. Some of the questions I address with my collaborators are how herbicides affect species at different life stages, whether they impact the soil seed bank, and whether species' responses at the community level can be explained by biological traits.

Selected Publications

ALHawija, B.,Wagner, V., Hensen, I. Are forest plantations genetically more depauperate than their wild counterparts? – A study in Pinus brutia and Cupressus sempervirens, two important forestry species in the Mediterranean region. In Review.

Wagner, V., Treiber, J., Danihelka, J., Ruprecht, E., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. (accepted): 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.

Von Wehrden, H., Fischer, J., Brandt, P., Wagner, V. Kümmerer, K., Kuemmerle, T., Nagel, A., Olsson, O., Hostert, P. 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 .