Ecotron Director


  Short Biography

  • Since 2018 Ecotron Director
  • Since 2014 Researcher (CR), CNRS CEFE
  • 2016-2018  Ecotron Adjunct Director
  • 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

Milcu A., et al. 2018. Genotypic variability enhances the reproducbility of an ecological study. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 279-287;doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0434-x.

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): 113: 6224-6229; doi:10.1073/pnas.1524527113.

Milcu, A., W. Eugster, D. Bachmann, M. Guderle, A. Gockele, D. Landais, O. Ravel, A. Gessler, A. Ebeling, W. W. Weisser, J. Roy, A. Hildebrandt & N. Buchmann. 2016. Plant species and functional diversity increase grassland productivity- related water vapor fluxes : a combined Ecotron and modeling approach. Ecology 97(8): 2044–2054doi:10.1890/15-1110.1.

Milcu, A., C. Roscher, A. Gessler, D. Bachmann, A. Gockele, M. Guderle, D. Landais, C. Piel, C. Escape, S. Devidal, O. Ravel, N. Buchmann, G. Gleixner, A. Hildebrandt, and J. Roy. 2014. Functional diversity of leaf nitrogen concentrations drives grassland carbon fluxes. Ecology Letters 17:435–444; doi:10.1111/ele.12243.

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: 281–284; doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE144810.1038/NCLIMATE1448.

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; doi:10.1038/nature09492.