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Group members and Teaching

 I supervise a core group consisting of 2-3 postdocs, 6-8 PhD students and additional BSc/MSc students.

from left to right: Clara Mattner, Yeisson Gutiérrez, David Ott, Christoph Scherber, Jana Brandmeier, Julia Tiede, Silvia Pappagallo, Michael Meyer, Maria Börger, Hannah Reininghaus, Hilke Hollens-Kuhr, Jan Sadowski.


September 2016

[from left to right: Yeisson Gutierrez, Julia Tiede, David Ott, Kristy Udy, Christoph Scherber, Michael Meyer, Hannah Reininghaus]

October 2014

group picture

I teach courses in Animal Ecology and multitrophic interactions, Plant-Animal interactions, Entomology, Biodiversity, Nature Conservation and Statistics. I have also taught Systematic Botany and Plant Anatomy.

Current course materials can be found online at LearnWeb of University of Münster.

For old course material, please visit StudIP at University of Göttingen. Should you have problems logging in please contact me.

Dr. David Ott
Research Scientist and Lecturer

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstr. 2
D-48149 Münster
Room 537
Phone +49 (0) 251 - 83 31 967
Fax +49 (0) 251 - 83 38 338
E-mail: [a]
Consultation hours: on appointment



Dr. Hannah Reininghaus
Research Scientist and Lecturer

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstraße 2
48149 Münster

Room: 546
Phone: +49 (0) 251 – 83 33679
E-Mail:  hannah.reininghaus [at]
Consultation hours: date by agreement



Dr. Julia Tiede

Coordinator of the 49th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstraße 2
48149 Münster

Room: 546
Phone: +49 (0) 251 – 83 33679
E-Mail:  tiedej [at]
Consultation hours: date by agreement




Dr. Hilke Hollens; Lecturer

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstr. 2
D-48149 Münster
Room 443
Phone +49 (0)251-83 30012
Fax +49 (0)251-83 38338

E-mail: hilke.hollens [at]
Consultation hours: on appointment





MSc Michael Meyer
Scientific Staff

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstr. 2
48149 Münster

Room: 539
Phone: +49 (0) 251 - 83 39 350
Fax: +49 (0) 251 - 83 38 338
E-Mail: micmeyer [at]
Consultation hours: on appointment by e-mail




MSc Maria Börger

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstraße 2
D-48149 Münster
Phone +49 (0)251 83 39350
E-mail: Maria.Boerger [at]
Consultation hours: on appointment



MSc Jana Brandmeier

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstraße 2
48149 Münster

Room 510
Phone: +49 (0) 251 – 83 39762
E-Mail:  jana.brandmeier [at]
Consultation hours: date by agreement





MSc Silvia Pappagallo

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstraße 2
48149 Münster

Room 510
Phone: +49 (0) 251 – 83 39762
E-Mail:  Silvia.Pappagallo [at]
Consultation hours: date by agreement



External group members:

MSc Larissa Raatz (nee Schaub)

Institute of Biochemistry and Biology
Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany

University of Potsdam
Maulbeerallee 1
D- 14469 Potsdam, Germany

Room: 2.06
Phone: +49 (0) 331 977 1939, Fax: +49 (0)331-977 1977
  lschaub [at]



Former group members:


Dr. Yeisson Gutiérrez López

University of Caldas · Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales

E-mail: gutierrez.yeisson [at]








Andrew. D. Barnes, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Experimental Interaction Ecology

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig University
Institute of Biology
Johannisallee 21, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
phone: +49 341 9733122
Google Scholar:







Ph.D students supervised


  1. Jana Brandmeier (expected 2021) Crop diversification effects on plant-insect interactions (EU-H2020 project "Diversify"; Supervisor: C. Scherber)

  2. Silvia Pappagallo (expected 2021) Crop diversification effects on plant-insect interactions (EU-H2020 project "Diversify"; Supervisor: C. Scherber)
  3. Yeisson Gutiérrez (expected 2019) Global change effects on insect performance (Supervisors: C. Scherber, D. Ott)
    (see personal webpage)

  4. Michael Meyer (expected 2019) Effects of temporal crop diversification on arthropod communities and ecosystem processes (Supervisor: C. Scherber)
    (see personal webpage)

  5. Larissa Schaub (expected 2018) Landscape heterogeneity and agroecosystem services in wheat-dominated cropping systems (Supervisors: Jasmin Joshi, C. Scherber)

  6. Christine Venjakob (expected 2018) Effects of plant biodiversity on plant-pollinator interactions and pollination (Supervisors: A.-M. Klein and C. Scherber)
    (see personal webpage)


  1. Stephanie Sobek (2008) Spatiotemporal patterns of insect diversity and multitrophic interactions across a tree diversity gradient in a Central European deciduous forest (Supervisors: T. Tscharntke, I. Steffan-Dewenter, C. Scherber)
    now at University of Western Ontario (Canada) [4 manuscripts published]

  2. David Gladbach (2010) Biological control and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes (Supervisors: C. Dormann, A. Holzschuh, T. Tscharntke, C. Scherber)
    now at Bayer Crop Science (Monheim, Germany) [3 manuscripts published]

  3. Elke Vockenhuber (2011) Plant-insect interactions in a tree diversity gradient (Supervisors: T. Tscharntke, C. Scherber)
    now at BASF (Germany) [2 manuscripts published]

  4. Christoph Rothenwöhrer (2012) Multitrophic plant-herbivore-predator interactions in a grassland management gradient (Supervisors: T. Tscharntke, C. Scherber)
    Now at Bayerisches Landesamt für Umweltschutz [3 manuscripts published]

  5. Georg Everwand (2013) Grassland management and plant diversity effects on plant-herbivore-predator and plant-pollinator interactions (Supervisors: T. Tscharntke und C. Scherber)
    Now at VTI Braunschweig [4 manuscripts published]

  6. Verena Rösch (2014) The effects of fragmentation and isolation of calcareous grasslands on different groups of organisms (Supervisors: P. Batáry, T. Tscharntke; Co-supervisor: C. Scherber)
    Now at Planungsbüro near Lake Constance [2 manuscripts published; See personal webpage]

  7. Urs Kormann (2014) Scale and context-mediated conservation management in fragmented landscapes and populations (Supervisors: T. Tscharntke and C. Scherber)
    now at (1 manuscript published)

  8. Tatiane Beduschi (2014) Scale dependence of plant-insect interactions and community structure in changing landscapes (Supervisors: C. Scherber and T. Tscharntke)
    (1 manuscript published)

  9. Claudia Normann (2015) The impact of edge effects on multitrophic interactions in a tree diversity gradient (Supervisors: C. Scherber, T. Tscharntke)
    [1 manuscript published]

  10. Hannah Reininghaus (2017) Local and Landscape Effects on Arthropod Communities along an Arable-Urban Gradient (DFG-GRK 1644, ongoing; Supervisors: C. Scherber, T. Tscharntke, T. Kneib)

  11. Kristy Udy (2017) Scaling of Animal Communities: From Local and Landscape to Global Processes (DFG-GRK 1644; Supervisors: T. Tscharntke, C. Scherber, T. Kneib)
    (see former lab page and RTG page)

  12. Hagen Andert (2017) Plant-arthropod interactions on experimental islands in a marine-terrestrial environment (Supervisors: C. Scherber, T. Tscharntke)
    (see personal webpage)

  13. Julia Tiede (2017) Effects of plant biodiversity on trophic and non-trophic interactions: A molecular approach using next-generation DNA sequencing (DFG-FOR 1451-2, ongoing; Supervisors: C. Scherber, T. Tscharntke)
    (see former lab page and profile on ResearchGate)

Additional PhD committee memberships (selection)

  1. Hèléne Deraison (2014) Dynamics of functional diversity within food webs and anthropogenic ecosystem functioning (Supervisors: Isabelle Badenhausser, Luca Börger, Nicolas Gross; CNRS - CEBC, Chizé, France; PhD committee members: Nicolas Loeuille, Cyrille Violle, Juliette Bloor, Christoph Scherber)
    see manuscript published in Ecology Letters
  2. Ingo Hahn (2016) Altitudinal movements of birds in the Equadorian Andes (Supervisor: Hermann Mattes, Münster)
  3. Kristin Gilhaus (2016) Grassland management by year-round grazing – opportunities and constraints (Supervisors: Norbert Hölzel, Sabine Tischew)
  4. Jan-Hendrik Dudenhöffer (2017) Biotic mediated feedbacks and plant fitness in an experimental grassland community. University of Freiburg (Supervisors: Alexandra-Maria Klein, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen).

Masters students supervised


Clara Mattner
Modelling wolf distribution in Central Europe using individual-based models (ongoing)


Cora Sonsalla
Studies on the ecology of fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) (ongoing)

2018 Florian Göbel
Bumblebee flight behaviour (ongoing)
2018 Lars Sund
Bumblebee flight behaviour (ongoing)
2018 Florian Meinking
Beetle diversity in ancient oak forests (ongoing)


Jana Brandmeier
Cropping system diversification and plant-insect interactions


Benjamin Ullrich
Optimizing bird monitoring schemes in arable landscapes (finished)


Mara Kreimeier
Effects of habitat connectivity and landscape composition on reptile communities (finished)


Nina Bacchi Pflanzenphysiologische Parameter von Gemengen mit Winterackerbohne (Vicia faba L. ) und Winterweizen (Triticum aestivum L.) unter Trockenstress (finished)


Maren Smiatek Effects of temporal diversification on litter decomposition, microbial respiration and soil mesofauna in a long-term crop rotation experiment (finished)

2016 Lukas Egli
Global assessment of crop distribution and biodiversity patterns (finished)

Wiebke Röper
Neue Agrarumweltmaßnahmen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern aus der Sicht landwirtschaftlicher Unternehmen (finished)


Niklas Krummel Bottom-up control of Pterostichus melanarius (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in different habitats: fitness mediated by plant diversity? (finished)


Marie Holler Effects of vegetation characteristics on leafhopper abundance in calcareous grasslands, adjacent paturelands and waysides in Northern Hesse (Germany) (finished)


Sarah Lenze The effects of spatial scale, land use and vegetation characteristics on species richness and abundance of butterfly communities in calcareous grasslands (finished)


Till Benner Effects of varying grassland management regimes and plant functional group composition on ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) (finished)


Marcel Mühlfeit Einfluss eines Höhengradienten auf Cerambyciden, Elateriden und Lymexyliden in Fichtenwäldern des Westharzes. (finished)


Marieke Neßmann Movement behavior and jumping performance of the Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus) in fragmented grasslands along the Green Belt Eichsfeld-Werratal, Germany.(finished)


Margaritha Hottmann Auswirkungen von Baumartendiversität und Distanz zum Waldrand auf Pflanzen und Arthropoden im Nationalpark Hainich (finished)


Barbara Mayer Untersuchungen zur Ökologie der Zwergbirke (Betula nana L.) im Naturschutzgebiet Bernrieder Filz.(finished)


Kerstin Albrecht Vergleichende Analysen zum Einfluss der Herbivorie auf die reproduktive Fitness von Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae) (with S. Porembski, Rostock) (finished)


Lea Stanke Der Einfluss von Pflanzendiversität und Landnutzungsintensität auf Herbivorie (in German) (finished) [see Biological Conservation paper arising from this thesis]


Lisa Freudenberger Predicting habitat suitability for Kea (Nestor notabilis) based on Ecological Modeling and Factor Analysis.(finished)


Eva-Maria Kuhl Distribution of plant functional traits in a range of grassland formations differing in water and nitrogen availability A comparison using the SynBioSys and BiolFlor databases (finished) [see thesis published online]


Mareen Gollnow Die Diversität von Totholzkäfern in Laubwäldern unterschiedlicher Baumartenzahl (finished) [see Ecological Entomology and Forest Ecol Manag papers where data from this thesis were used as covariates]


Juliane Specht The relationship between plant diversity and the fitness of the common grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus ZETT. (Orthoptera: Acrididae) (finished) [see J Anim Ecol and Oecologia papers arising from this thesis]


Additional MSc thesis committee memberships

New!Carina Burmeister (MSc) Honey Bees vs.Wild Bees: Competition or Teamwork? [see PloS One paper arising from this thesis]

Bachelors students supervised

2018 Daniela Reich
Predator effects on European curlew
2018 Moritz Specht
Habitat selection in European adder (Vipera berus)
2018 Melanie Diepenbrock
Prey spectrum of bats analyzed using molecular methods
2018 Lu von Lengerke
Movement behaviour of European hedgehog (finished)
2018 Nico Espadilha Patriarca
Predator-prey interactions in diversified cropping systems
2018 Thea Schlager
Spadefood toad mapping
2017 Lukas Dreyling Development of Locusta migratoria at different temperatures in a climate change scenario of Central Europe (finished)
2017 Sam Lucy Behle Experiments on small mammal behaviour at bait boxes: minimizing the risk to non-target species (finished; co-supervised with J. Jacob, JKI Münster)

Linda Goebel Landscape context and functional connectivity of heathlands in the government district of Münster (finished)


Marit Kelling Three-year monitoring of a sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) translocation in Haltern am See, North Rhine-Westphalia (finished)


Charlotte Hurck Studies on the population structure and habitat preferences of the European adder (Vipera berus L.) at the Dortmund-Ems Canal (Coesfeld district, North Rhine-Westphalia) (finished)


Florian Meinking Die Libellen der Stillgewässer des LSG „Wesermarsch“ und des
NSG „Drakenburger Marsch“ – Bestandsaufnahme und Entwicklungsvorschläge (finished)


Friederike Siegel Untersuchungen zur zeitlichen Aktivität des europäischen Feldhamsters (Cricetus cricetus L.) unter Freilandbedingungen (finished)


Stephanie Funke Untersuchungen zur Verbreitung und zum Nahrungsspektrum des Fischotters (Lutra lutra) im mittleren Münsterland


Tamer Özkömec Alternativen zum Mais als Substrat in der Produktion von Biogas (finished)


Melanie Fiedler Untersuchungen zur Akzeptanz künstlicher Wohnröhren beim Feldhamster Cricetus cricetus L.) (finished)


Friederike Siegel Untersuchungen zur zeitlichen Aktivität des Feldhamsters (Cricetus cricetus L.) unter Freilandbedingungen (finished)


Nina Bacchi Der Einfluss von Ackerrandstrukturen auf den Ertrag von Raps und Weizen (finished)


Wiebke Röper Auswirkungen von Management und Pflanzendiversität auf Arthropoden im Grünland (finished)


Miriam Obermüller Fraßverhalten und Nahrungsspektrum von Laufkäfern (Carabidae) (finished)


Jana Rühlke Studien zum Vorkommen naturschutzrelevanter Insektentaxa entlang des Grünen Bandes Eichsfeld-Werratal (finished)


Henrike von der Decken Bestandsentwicklung ausgewählter Vogelarten im Gebiet "Außendeich Nordkehdingen" (Vogelschutzgebiet Unterelbe) im Spannungsfeld zwischen Landwirtschaft und Naturschutz (finished)


Annabelle Rohlfing  Effects of plant diversity and management on grassland invertebrates (finished)


Till Benner  Versuche zur Attraktivität verschiedener Genotypen von Populus tremula L. für Phratora spec. und Lochmaea caprea (Chrysomelidae) (finished)


Dorothee Schwenke  Introducing Ericulture in Nonno Rural Development Project in Ethiopia (finished)


Kirsten Patzig  Auswirkungen des Energiepflanzenanbaus auf die Biodiversität (finished)


    Themen für Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten
    Topics for Bachelor- and Master theses

    Bachelorarbeiten können in Form einer Literaturarbeit, oder in Form kleinerer experimenteller Untersuchungen durchgeführt werden. Beispiele für mögliche Themen:

      • Fraßwahlversuche mit herbivoren Insekten (z.B. Blattkäfer, Heuschrecken)
      • Klimawandel und Pflanze-Insekt-Interaktionen
      • Interaktionen zwischen oberirdischen und unterirdischen Organismen
      • Herbivorie und die Artenvielfalt von Pflanzen
      • Räuber-Beute-Theorie
      • Theorien und Hypothesen in der Ökologie: Eine kritische Analyse
    Masterarbeiten können zum Beispiel zu folgenden Themen durchgeführt werden:
      • Grünlandnutzung und Biodiversität im Naturpark "Solling-Vogler"
      • Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf Heideökosysteme in Dänemark
      • Biodiversität im Nationalpark "Hainich"
      • Biodiversität und Nutzungsintensität in Nationalparken und Biosphärenreservaten Deutschlands
      • Experimente zum Fraßverhalten von Heuschrecken
      • Pflanze-Insekt-Interaktionen entlang eines Höhengradienten im Nationalpark "Harz"
      • Biologische Invasionen als Komponente globaler Umweltveränderungen
      • Ökologische Untersuchungen in Hochmooren

    For current courses at University of Münster, see Learnweb.



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