Professional summary

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on plant communities of semi-natural grassland and arable habitats, and in particular on the factors structuring such communties, such as management practices, biotic interactions, and abiotic environmental factors. My research interests also include restoration ecology, seed and seedling ecology, designed naturalistic urban vegetation, and the application of multivariate methods in community ecology.

 

Recent publications:

Wagner, M., Bullock, J.M., Hulmes, L., Hulmes, S., Pywell, R.F. (in press) Cereal density and N-fertiliser effects on the flora and biodiversity value of arable headlands. Biodiversity and Conservation.

Albrecht, H.; Cambecèdes, J., Lang, M., Wagner M. (in press) Management options for the conservation of rare arable plants in Europe. Botany Letters.

Wagner, M., Bullock, J.M., Hulmes, L., Hulmes, S., Peyton, J., Amy, S.R., Savage, J., Tallowin, J.B., Heard, S.B., Pywell, R.F. (2016) Creation of micro-topographic features: a new tool for introducing specialist species of calcareous grassland to restored sites? Applied Vegetation Science 19: 89-100.

Mitschunas, N. & Wagner, M. (2015) Diet of the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) in Central Germany and its seasonal and site-specific variation. Acta Chiropterologica 17: 379-392.

Older publications (selection):

Wagner, M., Redhead, J.W., Nowakowski, M., Shellswell, C.H., Bullock, J.M. & Pywell, R.F. (2013) Effects of cultivation and herbicide application regimes on the plant species composition of uncropped arable margins. Aspects of Applied Biology 118: 127-136.

Sayer, E.J., Wagner, M., Oliver, A.E., Pywell, R.F., James, P., Whiteley, A.S. & Heard, M.S. (2013) Grassland management influences spatial patterns of soil microbial communities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 61: 61-68.

Hitchmough, J. & Wagner, M. (2013) The dynamics of sown, designed herbaceous vegetation for use in supra-urban drainage swales. Landscape and Urban Planning 117: 122-134.

Wagner, M., Pywell, R.F., Knopp, T., Bullock, J.M. & Heard, M.S. (2011) The germination niches of grassland species targeted for restoration: effects of seed pre-treatments. Seed Science Research 21: 117-131.

Hitchmough, J. & Wagner, M. (2011) Slug grazing effects on seedling and adult life stages of North American Prairie plants used in designed urban landscapes. Urban Ecosystems 14: 279-302.

Blanke, V., Wagner, M., Renker, C., Lippert, H., Michulitz, M., Kuhn, A.J. & Buscot, F. (2011) Arbuscular mycorrhizas in phosphate-polluted soil: interrelations between root colonization and nitrogen. Plant and Soil 343: 379-392.

Stein, C., Unsicker, S.B., Kahmen, A., Wagner, M., Audorff, V., Auge, H., Prati, D. & Weisser, W.W. (2010) Impact of invertebrate herbivory in grasslands depends on plant species richness. Ecology 91: 1639-1650.

Wagner, M. & Mitschunas, N. (2008) Fungal effects on seed bank persistence and potential applications in weed biocontrol: a review. Basic and Applied Ecology 9: 191-203.

Wagner, M., Kahmen, A., Schlumprecht, H., Audorff, V., Perner, J., Buchmann, N. & Weisser, W.W. (2007) Prediction of herbage yield in grassland: How well do Ellenberg N-values perform? Applied Vegetation Science 10: 15-24.

Mitschunas, N., Wagner, M. & Filser, J. (2006) Evidence for a positive influence of fungivorous soil invertebrates on the seed bank persistence of grassland species. Journal of Ecology 94: 791-800.

Full list of publications:

http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=X_ovJR8AAAAJ&view_op=list_works

Brief CV

2008 – present: Plant Ecologist, CEH Wallingford

2007 – 2008: EU Marie Curie ToK Fellow, University of Sheffield

2005 – 2007: NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds

Qualifications

PhD, Ecology - University of Jena, Germany, 2004

Diploma (=German MSc equivalent), Biology - University of Marburg, Germany, 1999

Panels, committees and memberships

Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI), Member

British Ecological Society (BES), Member

International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) , Member

International Society for Seed Science (ISSS), Member

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), Member

Publications

  • Wagner, M.; Redhead, J.W.; Nowakowski, M.; Shellswell, C.H.; Bullock, J.M.; Pywell, R.F., 2013. Effects of cultivation and herbicide application regimes on the plant species composition of uncropped arable margins. In: Boatman, Nigel; Green, Mike; Marshall, Jon; Musters, Kees; Peach, Will; Peel, Steve; Siriwardena, Gavin; Smith, Barbara, (eds.) , Environmental management on farmland. Association of Applied Biologists, 127-136. (Aspects of Applied Biology).

  • Wagner, M.; Peyton, J.; Hulmes, S.; Hulmes, L.; Amy, S.; Savage, J.; Heard, M.S.; Bullock, J.M.; Pywell, R.F., 2012. Species-specific establishment requirements in calcareous grassland restoration. In: Peele, Steve; Chesterton, Chris; Cooke, Andrew; Jefferson, Richard; Martin, David; Smith, Barbara; Smith, Stuart; Tallowin, Jerry, (eds.) , Restoring diverse grassland: what can be achieved where, and what will it do for us?. Association of Applied Biologists, 23-30. (Aspects of Applied Biology).

  • Wagner, M.; Walker, K.J.; Pywell, R.F., 2012. Seed bank dynamics in grassland created on arable land. In: Peel, Steve; Chesterton, Chris; Cooke, Andrew; Jefferson, Richard; Martin, David; Smith, Barbara; Smith, Stuart; Tallowin, Jerry, (eds.) , Restoring diverse grassland: what can be achieved where, and what will it do for us?. Association of Applied Biologists, 107-112. (Aspects of Applied Biology).

  • Wagner, Markus; Hitchmough, James D., 2011. Effects of slug grazing on seedlings and established plants of North American Prairie species used in designed urban vegetation. In: Sparks, Tim; Britt, Chris; Cherrill, Andy; Marrs, Rob; Mortimer, Simon; Pywell, Richard; Rotherham, Ian; Stokes, Victoria; Westbury, Duncan, (eds.) , Vegetation Management. Association of Applied Biologists, 229-231. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 108).

  • Wagner, Markus; Peyton, Jodey; Heard, Matthew; Bullock, James; Pywell, Richard, 2011. Effects of Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus minor) establishment on the vegetation of species-poor grassland. In: Sparks, Tim; Britt, Chris; Cherrill, Andy; Marrs, Andy; Mortimer, Simon; Pywell, Richard; Rotheram, Ian; Stokes, Victoria; Westbury, Duncan, (eds.) , Vegetation Management. Association of Applied Biologists, 59-66. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 108).

  • Smart Simon; Andrews Christopher; Fitos Eleonora; Garbutt Angus; Gray Alan; Henrys Peter; Koblizek Emma; Pallett Denise; Robinson David; Rose Rob; Rowe Rebecca; Scarlett Peter; Towill Jennifer; Wagner Markus; Williams Bronwen; Wood Claire; , Vegetation plot data from the UKCEH Countryside Survey, Great Britain, 2019.

  • Norton Lisa; Wagner Markus; Wood Claire; Pinder Adam; Brentegani Michele; Hunt Alexander; Risser Hannah; Dodd Beverley; , Soil metrics and vegetation data from pasture fed livestock farms across Great Britain, 2018..

  • Robinson David; Alison Jamie; Andrews Christopher; Brentegani Michele; Chetiu Nicolae-Florian; Dart Susanna; Emmett Bridget; Fitos Eleonora; Garbutt Angus; Gray Alan; Henrys Peter; Hunt Alexander; Keenan Patrick; Keith Aidan; Koblizek Emma; Robinson Inma; Millani Lopes Mazzetto Josiane; Pallett Denise; Dos Santos Pereira Gloria; Pinder Adam; Rose Rob; Rowe Rebecca; Scarlett Peter; Seaton Fiona; Smart Simon; Towill Jennifer; Wagner Markus; Williams Bronwen; Wood Claire; , Topsoil physico-chemical properties from the UKCEH Countryside Survey, Great Britain, 2019.

  • Emmett B.E.; Abdalla M.; Anthony S.; Astbury S.; August T.; Barrett G.; Beckmann B.; Biggs J.; Botham M.; Bradley D.; Brown M.; Carter H.; Chadwick D.; Cigna F.; Collier R.; Cooper D.; Cooper J.; Cosby B.J.; Creer S.; Cross P.; Dadam D.; Edwards F.; Edwards M.; Evans C.; Ewald N.; Fitton A.; Garbutt A.; Giampieri C.; Gooday R.; Grebby S.; Greene S.; Halfpenney I.; Hall J.; Harrison S.; Harrower C.; Henrys P.; Hobson R.; Hughes P.; Hughes S.; Illian J.; Isaac N.; Jackson B.; Jarvis S.; Jones D.L.; Jones P.; Keith A.; Kelly M.; Kneebone N.; Korenko J.; Lallias D.; Leaver D.; Robinson I.; Malcolm H.; Maskell L.; McDonald J.; Moxley J.; Norton L.; O'Hare M.; Oliver T.; Owen A.; Parkhill K.A.; Pereira M.; Peyton J.; Pogson M.; Powney G.; Pritchard N.; Prochorskaite A.; Prosser M.; Pywell R.; Rawlins B.; Reuland O.; Richards M.; Robinson D.A; Rorke S.; Rowland C.; Roy D.; Scarlett P.; Scholefield P.; Scott A.; Scott L.; Scott R.; Sharps K.; Siriwardena G.; Smart S.; Smith G.; Smith P.; Stopps J.; Swetnam R.; Taft H.; Taylor R.; Tebbs E.; Thomas A.; Todd-Jones C.; Tordoff G.; Turner G.; Van Breda J.; Vincent H.; Wagner M.; Waters E.; Walker-Springett K.; Wallace H.; Watkins J.; Webb G.; White J.; Whitworth E.; Williams B.; Williams P.; Wood C.; Wright S.; , 2017, Glastir Monitoring & Evaluation Programme. Final report.

  • Emmett B.E.; Abdalla M.; Anthony S.; Astbury S.; August T.; Barrett G.; Beckmann B.; Biggs J.; Botham M.; Bradley D.; Chadwick D.; Collier R.; Cooper D.; Cooper J.; Cosby B.J.; Creer S.; Cross P.; Dadam D.; Edwards F.; Edwards M.; Evans C.; Ewald N.; Garbutt A.; Giampieri C.; Goodwin A.; Grebby S.; Greene S.; Halfpenney I.; Hall J.; Harrower C.; Henrys P.; Hobson R.; Hughes P.; Hughes S.; Isaac N.; Jackson B.; Jarvis S.; Jones D.L.; Jones P.; Keith A.; Kelly M.; Kneebone N.; Lallias D.; Lebron I.; Malcolm H.; Maskell L.; MacDonald J.; Maxwell D.; Moxley J.; Norton L.; Oliver T.; Owen A.; Parkhill K.A.; Pereira M.G.; Peyton J.; Powney G.; Prochorskaite A.; Rawlins B.; Reuland O.; Robinson D.A.; Rorke S.; Rowland C.; Roy D.; Scarlett P.; Scholefield P.; Scott L.; Smith G.R.; Siriwardena G.; Smart S.; Smith P.; Swetnam R.; Taft H.; Taylor R.; Tebbs E.; Thomas A.; Tordoff G.; Turner G.; Van Breda J.; Vincent H.; Wagner M.; Waters E.; Walker-Springett K.; Wallace H.; Webb G.; Williams B.; Williams P.; Wood C.; , 2015, Glastir Monitoring & Evaluation Programme. Second year annual report .

  • Emmett, Bridget; Abdalla, Mohamed; Anthony, Steven; August, Tom; Barrett, Gaynor; Biggs, Jeremy; Botham, Marc; Bradley, David; Brown, Mike; Carter, Heather; Chadwick, David; Cigna, Francesca; Cooper, David; Cooper, Jonathan; Cosby, Bernard; Creer, Simon; Cross, Paul; Edwards, Francois; Edwards, Michael; Evans, Christopher; Ewald, Naomi; Fitton, Andrew; Garbutt, Angus; Grebby, Stephen; Greene, Sheila; Halfpenney, Ian; Hall, Jane; Harrison, Samantha; Harrower, Colin; Henrys, Peter; Hobson, Russell; Hughes, Steven; Isaac, Nick; Ja, 2014, Glastir Monitoring & Evaluation Programme. First year annual report.

  • Parrott, Dave; Roy, Sugoto; Baker, Richard; Cannon, Ray; Eyre, Dominic; Hill, Mark; Wagner, Markus; Preston, Chris; Roy, Helen; Beckmann, Bjorn; Copp, Gordon H.; Edmonds, Nathan; Ellis, Jim; Laing, Ian; Britton, J. Robert; Gozlan, Rodolphe E.; Mumford, John, 2009, Horizon scanning for new invasive non-native animal species in England.