Group members and Teaching

The Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Science at LIB, Bonn, comprises a group of senior scientists (section heads), postdocs, PhD students, BSc/MSc students, and a fabulous team of technicians and a secretary.

 At University of Münster (until 2020), I used to supervise a 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

At University of Göttingen (until 2015), I taught 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 at the BASIS system of University of Bonn.

Previous 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 - Head of section experimental & applied ecology
Dr. Sarah Bourlat - Head of section metabarcoding
Dr. Livia Schäffler - Head of section conservation ecology

Dr. Hannah Reininghaus
Dr. Tamara Hartke
Dr. Georg F. Tschan
Dr. Vera Zizka
Leighton Thomas, PhD
Dr. Ameli Kirse
Dr. Michael M. Meyer (University of Münster)
Melissa Jüds


Dr. Kathrin Langen
Björn Nümann
Michel Posanski
Oksana Bahlei
Alice Scherges
Lisa Schmitz
Kerstin Sodtke
Lea Theile





Ph.D students supervised

  1. Jana Brandmeier (expected 2022) Crop diversification effects on plant-insect interactions (EU-H2020 project "DIVERSify"; Supervisor: C. Scherber)

  2. Silvia Pappagallo (expected 2022) Crop diversification effects on plant-insect interactions (EU-H2020 project "DIVERSify"; Supervisor: C. Scherber)
  3. Claudia Bohacz (FINKA project, ongoing)

  4. Jan Sadowski (ongoing)

  5. Ingo Glock (FlowerBeet project, ongoing)

  6. Vera Prenzel (NaPA project, ongoing)

  7. Jonas Rochlitz (Biodiversity Exploratories, ongoing)

  8. Katleen Dittrich (DynaCom project, ongoing)

  9. Niklas W. Noll (INPEDIV project, ongoing)

  10. Katharina Heusler (NaPA project, ongoing)

PhD theses finished

  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)

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

  15. Yeisson Gutiérrez (2019) Global change effects on insect performance (Supervisors: C. Scherber, D. Ott)
    (see personal webpage)

  16. Michael Meyer (2021) Effects of temporal crop diversification on arthropod communities and ecosystem processes (Supervisor: C. Scherber)
    (see personal webpage)

  17. Larissa Raatz (2021) Landscape heterogeneity and agroecosystem services in wheat-dominated cropping systems (Supervisors: Jasmin Joshi, C. Scherber)

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

2023 Janine Lubjuhn (ongoing)
2023 Marvin Applegate (ongoing)
2023 Johanna Rüllich (ongoing)
2023 Xenia Schirrmeister (ongoing)
2022 Sophia Fiegel
2022 Xiaoyi Wang
2022 Stephanie Funke
2022 Ellen Dürrbaum
2021 Lena Engel
Studies on habitat selection in dormouse in Rhineland-Palatia
2021 Marie-Christine Rieger


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


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

2021 Marietta Puhl
Spatial prediction of arthropod biodiversity on farmland across Europe
2020 Frederic Theis
Interval photographs as a novel method to study plant-pollinator interactions in monocultures and mixtures differing in management intensity
2019 Lars Sund
Bumblebee flight behaviour (finished)
2019 Florian Meinking
Beetle diversity in ancient oak forests (finished)
2018 Florian Göbel
Bumblebee flight behaviour (finished)


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

2020 Clara-Marie Putschky
2020 Candy Fahrenholz
2020 Frederike Jablotschkin
2020 Amelie Wendiggensen
2019 Stefanie Hoffmann
2019 Kira Kowalski
2019 Isabel Richter
2019 Pia Holthuis
2019 Ilka Fingerhut
2019 Miriam Schulz
2018 Corinna Bartel
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)


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