Chargée de recherche (CR1) and Ecotron Adjunct Director


  Short Biography

  • Since 2016 Ecotron Adjunct Director
  • Since 2014 Researcher (CR1), CNRS CEFE
  • 2012-2014 Research Associate, CNRS Ecotron
  • 2007-2012 Ecotron Project Leader, Imperial College London (Silwood Park)
  • 2005-2007 Ecotron Reserach Officer, Imperial College London (Silwood Park)
  • 2002-2005 PhD, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • 1999-2001 MSc in Systems Ecology, University of Bucharest
  • 1995-1999 BSc in Ecology, University of Bucharest

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I am an ecosystem ecologist whose research interest focuses on the consequences of global changes such as biodiversity loss and climate change for the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. In my research I often use functional traits as a predictive framework for ecosystem functioning. In particular, I have a great interest in controlled environment facilities for ecosystem research (ECOTRONs) because they have the capacity to simultaneously control environmental conditions while allowing for ecosystem-level measurements of carbon and water fluxes. My research time is currently shared between CEFE and the CNRS Ecotron of Montpellier. I also act as an Associate Editor for Scientific Reports.

Selected publications

Roy, J., Picon-Cochard, C., Augusti, A., Benot, M.-L., Thierry, L., Darsonville, O., Landais, D., Piel, C., Defossez, M., Devidal, S., Christophe, E., Ravel, O., Fromin, N., Volaire, F., Milcu, A., Bahn, M. & J-F. Soussana. (2016). Elevated CO2 maintains grassland net carbon uptake under a future heat and drought extreme. PNAS (Proceedings Natl. Acad. Sci. United States Am), accepted.

Milcu, A., Eugster, W., Bachmann, D., Guderle, M., et al (2016). Plant functional diversity increases grassland productivity-related water vapor fluxes: an Ecotron and modeling approach. Ecology (in press,

Milcu, A., Roscher, C., Gessler, A., Bachmann, D., et al. (2014). Functional diversity of leaf nitrogen concentrations drives grassland carbon fluxes. Ecology Letters, 17, 435–444.

Milcu, A., Allan, E., Roscher, C., Jenkins, et al. (2013). Functionally and phylogenetically diverse plant communities key to soil biota. Ecology, 94(8), 1878–85.

Milcu, A., Lukac, M., Subke, J., Manning, et al. (2012). Biotic carbon feedbacks in a materially closed soil – vegetation – atmosphere system. Nature Climate Change, 2(April), 281–284.

Scherber, C., Eisenhauer, N., Weisser, W. W., Schmid, B., … Milcu A et al. (2010). Bottom-up effects of plant diversity on multitrophic interactions in a biodiversity experiment. Nature, 468, 553–556.