Department of Biology

Aarhus University Seal

Franziska Petra Eller

Assistant Professor

Profile photoFranziska Eller
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioscience - Aquatic Biology
Postal address:
Ole Worms Alle 1,
8000 Aarhus C,
Phone: +4587156116


2006-2013PhD student, Aarhus University
2008MSc (midterm-exam PhD)
2003-2006BSc student biology, Aarhus University
2000-2003Biology student, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany


since October 2018Assistant Professor (tenure track), Aarhus University
2016-2018Postdoc, Aarhus Universitet
2014-2016Postdoc, Hamburg University, Germany
2013-2014Postdoc, Aarhus University
2009, 2011-2012Maternity leave


ImpaRT: Impact of hydraulic redistribution by trees on temperate floodplain forests

Eller, F. P.


Integrating Plant Ecophysiology and Genetics with Plant-Insect Interactions in Response to Global Change

Brix, H., Sorrell, B. K., Ren, L., Eller, F. P., Lambertini, C. & Guo, W.


PhragNet: PhragNet: Understanding Range Expansions and Biological Invasions of Plants under Global Change

Brix, H., Sorrell, B. K., Lambertini, C., Guo, W., Eller, F. P. & Ren, L.

01/01/2008 → …

REENEW: Reed as a renewable bioenergy-resource under acclimation-constraints to a changing world

Eller, F. P.



Research outputs

Effects of litter species and genetic diversity on plant litter decomposition in coastal wetland

Yin, M., Liu, L., Wu, Y., Sheng, W., Ma, X., Du, N., Zhu, P., Wang, C., Cui, Z., Brix, H., Eller, F. & Guo, W., Nov 2022, In: Ecological Indicators. 144, 9 p., 109439.

Trait value and phenotypic integration contribute to the response of exotic Rhus typhina to heterogeneous nitrogen deposition: A comparison with native Rhus chinensis

Wang, Q., Li, M. Y., Eller, F., Luo, Y. J., Nong, Y. L., Xing, L. J., Xu, Z. W., Li, H. M., Lu, H. C. & Guo, X., Oct 2022, In: Science of the total Environment. 844, 157199.

Pollution levels and toxicity risks of heavy metals in different reed wetland soils following channel diversion in the Yellow River Delta

Wu, Q., Bian, F., Eller, F., Wu, M., Han, G., Yu, J. & Guan, B., Apr 2022, In: Wetlands. 42, 4, 31.

Cryptic lineages and potential introgression in a mixed‐ploidyspecies (Phragmites australis) across temperate China

Liu, L-L., Yin, M-Q., Guo, X., Wang, J-W., Cai, Y-F., Wang, C., Yu, X., Du, N., Brix, H., Eller, F., Lambertini, C. & Guo, W., Mar 2022, In: Journal of Systematics and Evolution. 60, 2, p. 398-410 13 p.

Acclimation of coastal wetland vegetation to salinization results in the asymmetric response of soil respiration along an experimental precipitation gradient

Li, X., Han, G., Eller, F., Hui, D., Zhu, L., Chen, L., Chu, X., Song, W. & Xu, J., Nov 2021, In: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 310, 9 p., 108626.

The impact of runoff flux and reclamation on the spatiotemporal evolution of the Yellow River estuarine wetlands

Yu, D., Han, G., Wang, X., Zhang, B., Eller, F., Zhang, J. & Zhao, M., Oct 2021, In: Ocean and Coastal Management. 212, 105804.

Shade and salinity responses of two dominant coastal wetland grasses: implications for light competition at the transition zone

Jespersen, E., Kirk, G. H., Brix, H., Eller, F. & Sorrell, B. K., Sep 2021, In: Annals of Botany. 128, 4, p. 469–480 12 p.

Intraspecific differences of Asian/Australian Phragmites australis subgroups reveal no potentially invasive traits

Xie, L., Jespersen, E., Ye, S., Pei, L., Song, H., Guo, X., Guo, W., Brix, H. & Eller, F., Aug 2021, In: Hydrobiologia. 848, 14, p. 3331-3351 21 p.

Preface: Wetland ecosystems—functions and use in a changing climate

Eller, F., Arias, C. A., Sorrell, B. K. & Brix, H., Aug 2021, In: Hydrobiologia. 848, 14, p. 3255-3258 4 p.

Foreseeing reed invasions: European genotypes of common reed (Phragmites australis) grow equally well in China as in their native environment and show similar performance as native Chinese genotypes

Song, H., Eller, F., Guo, X., Jespersen, E., Ye, S. & Guo, W., Jun 2021, In: Aquatic Botany. 172, 4 p., 103398.

Transcriptome Analysis of Tetraploid and Octoploid Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

Wang, C., Wang, T., Yin, M., Eller, F., Liu, L., Brix, H. & Guo, W., May 2021, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 12, 653183.

The river shapes the genetic diversity of common reed in the Yellow River Delta via hydrochory dispersal and habitat selection

Liu, L., Yin, M., Guo, X., Yu, X., Song, H., Eller, F., Ma, X., Liu, X., Du, N., Wang, R. & Guo, W., Apr 2021, In: Science of the total Environment. 764, 9 p., 144382.

Is there evidence of local adaptation of Phragmites australis to water level gradients and fluctuation frequencies?

Song, H., Guo, X., Yu, X., Liu, L-L., Wang, N., Eller, F. & Guo, W., Feb 2021, In: Science of the Total Environment. 756, 9 p., 144065.

UNESCO Marine World Heritage: Custodians of the globe's blue carbon assets

Quesada, C. M. D., Atwood, T. B., Kairo, J. G., Krause-Jensen, D., Lovelock, C. E., Serrano, O. & Eller, F., 2021, Paris: Unesco. 15 p.

No fertile island effects or salt island effects of Tamarix chinensis on understory herbaceous communities were found in the coastal area of Laizhou Bay, China

Zhou, D., Guo, W., Li, M., Eller, F., Zhang, C., Wu, P., Yi, S., Yang, S., Du, N., Yu, X. & Guo, X., Dec 2020, In: Wetlands. 40, 6, p. 2679-2689 11 p.

Nutrient removal potential and biomass production by Phragmites australis and Typha latifolia on European rewetted peat and mineral soils

Geurts, J. J. M., Oehmke, C., Lambertini, C., Eller, F., Sorrell, B. K., Mandiola, S. R., Grootjans, A. P., Brix, H., Wichtmann, W., Lamers, L. P. M. & Fritz, C., Dec 2020, In: Science of the total Environment. 747, 141102.

Probing the response of the amphibious plant Butomus umbellatus to nutrient enrichment and shading by integrating eco-physiological with metabolomic analyses

Manolaki, P., Tooulakou, G., Byberg, C. U., Eller, F., Sorrell, B. K., Klapa, M. I. & Riis, T., Dec 2020, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 11, 14 p., 581787.

Suitability of Wild Phragmites australis as Bio-Resource: Tissue Quality and Morphology of Populations from Three Continents

Eller, F., Guo, X., Ye, S., Mozdzer, T. J. & Brix, H., Dec 2020, In: Resources. 9, 12, 143.

Intraspecific variation in Phragmites australis: Clinal adaption of functional traits and phenotypic plasticity vary with latitude of origin

Ren, L., Guo, X., Liu, S., Yu, T., Guo, W., Wang, R., Ye, S., Lambertini, C., Brix, H. & Eller, F., Nov 2020, In: Journal of Ecology. 108, 6, p. 2531-2543 13 p.

Nitrogen input in different chemical forms and levels stimulates soil organic carbon decomposition in a coastal wetland

Qu, W., Han, G., Eller, F., Xie, B., Wang, J., Wu, H., Li, J. & Zhao, M., Nov 2020, In: Catena. 194, 11 p., 104672.

Effects of Drying-Rewetting Frequency on Vertical and Lateral Loss of Soil Organic Carbon in a Tidal Salt Marsh

Li, J., Qu, W., Han, G., Lu, F., Zhou, Y., Song, W., Xie, B. & Eller, F., Oct 2020, In: Wetlands. 40, 5, p. 1433-1443 11 p.

Phylogenetic diversity shapes salt tolerance in Phragmites australis estuarine populations in East China

Lambertini, C., Guo, W-Y., Ye, S., Eller, F., Guo, X., Li, X-Z., Sorrell, B. K., Speranza, M. & Brix, H., Oct 2020, In: Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 12 p., 17645.

Responses of soil CO2 and CH4 emissions to changing water table level in a coastal wetland

Zhao, M., Han, G., Li, J., Song, W., Qu, W., Eller, F., Wang, J. & Jiang, C., Oct 2020, In: Journal of Cleaner Production. 269, 10 p., 122316.

Inundation depth affects ecosystem CO2 and CH4 exchange by changing plant productivity in a freshwater wetland in the Yellow River Estuary

Zhao, M., Han, G., Wu, H., Song, W., Chu, X., Li, J., Qu, W., Li, X., Wei, S., Eller, F. & Jiang, C., Sep 2020, In: Plant and Soil. 454, 1-2, p. 87-102 16 p.

Nitrogen input weakens the control of inundation frequency on soil organic carbon loss in a tidal salt marsh

Li, J., Han, G., Zhao, M., Qu, W., Nie, M., Song, W., Xie, B. & Eller, F., Sep 2020, In: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 243, 106878.

Carbon assimilation through a vertical light gradient in the canopy of invasive herbs grown under different temperature regimes is determined by leaf- and whole plant-architecture.

Jorgensen, A., Sorrell, B. K. & Eller, F., Aug 2020, In: A O B Plants. 12, 4, plaa031.

Biomethane yield from different European phragmites australis genotypes, compared with other herbaceous wetland species grown at different fertilization regimes

Eller, F., Ehde, P. M., Oehmke, C., Ren, L., Brix, H., Sorrell, B. K. & Weisner, S. E. B., May 2020, In: Resources. 9, 5, 14 p., 57.

Hybrid Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach × P. americanum (L.) Leeke cv. Pakchong1) and Giant reed (Arundo donax L.) as candidate species in temperate European paludiculture: Growth and gas exchange responses to suboptimal temperatures

Jensen, A. B. & Eller, F., Jan 2020, In: Aquatic Botany. 160, 103165.

Differences in relative air humidity affect responses to soil salinity in freshwater and salt marsh populations of the dominant grass species Phragmites australis

Song, H., Jespersen, E., Guo, X., Du, N., Xie, L., Pei, L., Ye, S., Wang, R., Brix, H., Eller, F. & Guo, W., 2020, In: Hydrobiologia. 17 p.

Inherent trait differences explain wheat cultivar responses to climate factor interactions: New insights for more robust crop modelling

Eller, F., Hyldgaard, B. N., Driever, S. & Ottosen, C-O., 2020, In: Global Change Biology. 26, 10, p. 5965-5978 14 p.

Elevated CO2 does not offset effects of competition and drought on growth of shea (Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.) seedlings

Tom-Dery, D., Eller, F., Fromm, J., Jensen, K. & Reisdorff, C., Oct 2019, In: Agroforestry Systems. 93, 5, p. 1807-1819 13 p.

Effects of climate warming on coastal wetland vegetation along a latitudinal gradient

Jespersen, E., Kirk, G. H., Sorrell, B. K., Eller, F., Ye, S. & Brix, H., 17 Jun 2019, p. 106. 1 p.

Warming impact on dominating plant species in Chinese coastal wetlands

Kirk, G. H., Jespersen, E., Sorrell, B. K., Eller, F., Ye, S. & Brix, H., 17 Jun 2019, p. 233. 1 p.

Assessing nutrient responses and biomass quality for selection of appropriate paludiculture crops

Ren, L., Eller, F., Lambertini, C., Guo, W-Y., Brix, H. & Sorrell, B. K., May 2019, In: Science of the Total Environment. 664, May, p. 1150 - 1161 12 p.

Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa C. F. Gaertn.) at the crossroads: current knowledge and research gaps

Tom-Dery, D., Eller, F., Reisdorff, C. & Jensen, K., Oct 2018, In: Agroforestry Systems. 92, 5, p. 1353-1371 19 p.

Minimum Fe requirement and toxic tissue concentration of Fe in Phragmites australis: A tool for alleviating Fe-deficiency in constructed wetlands

Ren, L., Eller, F., Lambertini, C., Guo, W-Y., Sorrell, B. K. & Brix, H., 1 Aug 2018, In: Ecological Engineering. 118, p. 152-160 9 p.

Effects of elevated carbon dioxide and climate change on biomass and nutritive value of Kyasuwa (Cenchrus pedicellatus Trin.)

Tom-Dery, D., Eller, F., Jensen, K. & Reisdorff, C., May 2018, In: Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality. 91, p. 88-95 8 p.

Higher phenotypic plasticity does not confer higher salt resistance to Robinia pseudoacacia than Amorpha fruticosa

Guo, X., Ren, X-H., Eller, F., Li, M-Y., Wang, R-Q., Du, N. & Guo, W-H., Apr 2018, In: Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. 40, 4, 14 p., 79.

Cosmopolitan Species As Models for Ecophysiological Responses to Global Change: The Common Reed Phragmites australis

Eller, F., Skalova, H., Caplan, J. S., Bhattarai, G. P., Burger, M. K., Cronin, J. T., Guo, W-Y., Guo, X., Hazelton, E. L. G., Kettenring, K. M., Lambertini, C., McCormick, M. K., Meyerson, L. A., Mozdzer, T. J., Pysek, P., Sorrell, B. K., Whigham, D. F. & Brix, H., 16 Nov 2017, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 8, 24 p., 1833.

Facilitation or Competition? The Effects of the Shrub Species Tamarix chinensis on Herbaceous Communities are Dependent on the Successional Stage in an Impacted Coastal Wetland of North China

Du, N., Wu, P., Eller, F., Zhou, D., Liu, J., Gan, W., Yang, R., Dai, M., Chen, Y., Wang, R. & Guo, W., Oct 2017, In: Wetlands. 37, 5, p. 899-911 13 p.

Ammonium and nitrate are both suitable inorganic nitrogen forms for the highly productive wetland grass Arundo donax, a candidate species for wetland paludiculture

Bui, T. T., Lambertini, C., Eller, F., Brix, H. & Sorrell, B. K., 1 Aug 2017, In: Ecological Engineering. 105, p. 379-386 8 p.

Global networks for invasion science: benefits, challenges and guidelines

Packer, J. G., Meyerson, L. A., Richardson, D. M., Brundu, G., Allen, W. J., Bhattarai, G. P., Brix, H., Canavan, S., Castiglione, S., Cicatelli, A., Čuda, J., Cronin, J. T., Eller, F., Guarino, F., Guo, W. H., Guo, W. Y., Guo, X., Hierro, J. L., Lambertini, C., Liu, J., Lozano, V., Mozdzer, T. J., Skálová, H., Villarreal, D., Wang, R. Q. & Pyšek, P., 2017, In: Biological Invasions. 19, 4, p. 1081-1096 16 p.

Hybrid Napier grass as a candidate species for bio-energy in plant-based water treatment systems: Interactive effects of nitrogen and water depth

Pincam, T., Brix, H., Eller, F. & Jampeetong, A., 2017, In: Aquatic Botany. 138, p. 82-91

Effects of nutrients and climate change on the dominant wetland plant Phragmites australis from different climatic regions

Eller, F., Lambertini, C., Bui, T. T., Guo, X., Guo, W., Sorrell, B. K., Skálová, H., Cronin, J. T., Meyerson, L. A., Pyšek, P. & Brix, H., 2016.

Nighttime stomatal conductance differs with nutrient availability in two temperate floodplain tree species

Eller, F., Jensen, K. & Reisdorff, C., 2016, In: Tree Physiology. 37, 4, p. 1-13 13 p.

Phenotypic traits of the Mediterranean Phragmites australis M1 lineage: differences between the native and introduced ranges

Guo, W. Y., Lambertini, C., Guo, X., Li, X. Z., Eller, F. & Brix, H., 2016, In: Biological Invasions. 18, 9, p. 2551-2561 11 p.

Phragmites australis: How do genotypes of different phylogeographic origins differ from their invasive genotypes in growth, nitrogen allocation and gas exchange?

Bui, T. T., Sorrell, B. K., Lambertini, C., Eller, F. & Brix, H., 2016, In: Biological Invasions. 18, 9, p. 2563-2576 14 p.

Invasive submerged freshwater macrophytes are more plastic in their response to light intensity than to the availability of free CO2 in air-equilibrated water

Eller, F., Alnoee, A. B., Boderskov, T., Guo, W. Y., Kamp, A. T., Sorrell, B. K. & Brix, H., 1 Jan 2015, In: Freshwater Biology Online. 60, 5, p. 929-943 15 p.

Influence of low calcium availability on cadmium uptake and translocation in a fast-growing shrub and a metal-accumulating herb

Eller, F. & Brix, H., 2015, In: A O B Plants. 8, 9 p., plv143.

Expression of major photosynthetic and salt-resistance genes in invasive reed lineages grown under elevated CO2 and temperature

Eller, F., Lambertini, C., Nielsen, M. W., Radutoiu, S. & Brix, H., Nov 2014, In: Ecology and Evolution. 4, 21, p. 4161-4172 12 p.

Growth and ecosystem services of Phragmites australis: a cosmopolitan invasive species

Brix, H., Eller, F. & Lambertini, C., 2014. 1 p.

Increased invasive potential of nonnative Phragmites australis: elevated CO2 and temperature alleviate salinity effects on photosynthesis and growth

Eller, F., Lambertini, C., Nguyen, L. X. & Brix, H., 2014, In: Global Change Biology. 20, 2, p. 531-543

Når planter invaderer i det skjulte

Eller, F. & Hyldgaard, B., 2014, In: Aktuel Naturvidenskab. 5, p. 38-41 4 p.

The genetic variability of Common reed – Ecophysiological aspects in a present and future perspective

Eller, F. & Brix, H., Feb 2013.

Differences in salinity tolerance of genetically distinct Phragmites australis clones

Achenbach, L., Eller, F., Loc, N. X. & Brix, H., 2013, In: AoB Plants. 5, p. plt019

Differing responses to climate change and interactions with environmental factors within the cosmopolitan Phragmites australis (Common reed)

Eller, F., Lambertini, C., Loc, N. X. & Brix, H., 2013.

Photosynthesis of co-existing Phragmites haplotypes in their non native range: Are the characteristics determined by adaptations derived from their native origin?

Loc, N. X., Lambertini, C., Sorrell, B. K., Eller, F., Achenbach, L. & Brix, H., 2013, In: AoB Plants. 5, p. plt016

Responses of Phragmites australis to environmental change

Eller, F., 2013, Aarhus University. Department of Bioscience. 165 p.

Different genotypes of Phragmites australis show distinct phenotypic plasticity in response to nutrient availability and temperature

Eller, F. & Brix, H., 20 Jul 2012, In: Aquatic Botany. 103, p. 89-97 9 p.

Elevated CO2 alters the phenotypic plasticity of Phragmites australis with respect to temperature and nutrient availability

Eller, F. P. & Brix, H., 17 Jun 2012.

Cryptic Invasion in a changed Climate – Ecophysiology and Gene Expression of Common Reed from the US Gulf Coast

Eller, F. & Brix, H., 6 Jun 2012.

Interactive effects of elevated temperature and CO2 on two phylogeographically distinct clones of common reed (Phragmites australis)

Eller, F., Lambertini, C., Loc, N. X., Achenbach, L. & Brix, H., 2012, In: A O B Plants. pls051

Revisiting Phragmites australis variation in the Danube Delta with DNA molecular techniques

Lambertini, C., Eller, F. P., Achenbach, L., Loc, N. X., Guo, W-Y. & Brix, H., 2012.

Cryptic invasion in a changed climate - Gene expression and ecophysiology of Common Reed from the US Gulf Coast

Eller, F. & Brix, H., 4 Jul 2011.

Cryptic invasion in a changed climate – Gene expression and ecophysiology of Common Reed from the US Gulf Coast

Eller, F. P. & Brix, H., May 2011.

Physiological ecology and global change responses of European and African Phragmites australis

Brix, H., Eller, F. P., Lambertini, C. & Loc, N. X., 2011. 1 p.

Cryptic invasion in a changed climate - Gene expression of Common Reed from the US Gulf Coast

Eller, F. P. & Brix, H., 14 Sep 2010.

Fænotypisk plasticitet hos tagrør (Phragmites australis): Forskelle i respons på temperatur og næringstilgængelighed hos geografisk distinkte kloner.

Eller, F. P. & Brix, H., 2010.

Interactive effects of CO2, temperature and nutrient level on two distinct clones of common reed (Phragmites australis)

Eller, F. P. & Brix, H., 2008.