Soroor Rahmanian

Soroor Rahmanian

Postdoctoral fellow

Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences

I am an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research group at Leipzig University. My research focuses on the impact of extreme drought stress on above-ground and below-ground biodiversity. I study the trade-off between above-ground and below-ground biomass and the relationship between vegetation diversity, productivity, and the structural diversity of plant roots. Additionally, I explore the role of soil biodiversity, particularly mycorrhizal fungi, in enhancing vegetation resilience to drought. I employ a comprehensive approach, combining remote sensing data with in situ measurements, in grassland and forest ecosystems to compare their responses to drought.


  • Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning
  • Disturbances and Stressors on Biodiversity
  • Remote Sensing of Biodiversity
  • Species Distributions


  • PhD in Plant Ecology, 2020

    Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

  • MSc in Plant Taxonomy, 2012

    Isfahan University, Iran

  • BSc in Plant Biology, 2008

    Bahonar University, Iran

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