Prof. Dr. Johannes Kollmann

Chair of Restoration Ecology

TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Emil-Ramann-Str. 6
85354 Freising

Telefon: +49 8161 71 4144
Fax:       +49 8161 71 4143
E-Mail:   johannes.kollmann[at]

Curriculum vitae

since 2010

Professor in Restoration Ecology, Department of Ecology, Technische Universität München (TUM), Freising-Weihenstephan

2016 - 2019

2000 - 2009

Assoc.-Professor in Restoration Ecology, NIBIO, Ås, Norway
Assoc.-Professor in Ecology, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and University Copenhagen; Head of Botany Section

2000 Habilitation thesis "Processes of dispersal in higher plants: a matter of spatial scale"
1996 - 1999 Scientific assistant, ETH Zurich (Prof. Dr. P. J. Edwards)
1995 Postdoc, University of Cambridge (Prof. Dr. P.J. Grubb)
Juli 1994 PhD thesis, University of Freiburg, "Dispersal ecology of fleshy-fruited species during succession on fallow grasslands" (Prof. Dr. O. Wilmanns)

1984 - 1990

Studiies in biology and chemistry, Universities of Kiel and Freiburg


Married, four children

Research interests and selected publications

Google Scholar

  • Vegetation dynamics

Bauer, M., Strobl, K., Harzer, R. & Kollmann, J. (2018) Resilience of riparian vegetation after restoration measures on River Inn. River Research and Applications34, 451–460.

Conradi, T. & Kollmann, J. (2016) Species pools and environmental sorting control different aspects of plant diversity and functional trait composition in recovering grasslands. Journal of Ecology, 104, 1314–1325.

  • Plant-animal interactions

Fischer, C., Kollmann, J. & Wagner, T.C. (2015) How does the seed fate of Crotalaria podocarpa DC, a highly competitive herbaceous legume in arid rangelands, contribute to its establishment probability? Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 17, 405–411.

Leidinger, J., Gossner, M.M., Weisser, W.W., Koch, C., Cayllahua, Z.L.R., Podgaiski, L.R., Duarte, M.M., Araújo, A.S.F., Overbeck, G.E., Hermann, J.M., Kollmann, J. & Meyer, S.T. (2017) Historical and recent land use affects ecosystem functions in subtropical grasslands in Brazil. Ecosphere8, e02032.

  • Plant local adaptions

Bucharova, A., Michalski, S., Hermann, J.M., Heveling, K., Durka, W., Hölzel, N., Kollmann, J. & Bossdorf, O. (2017) Genetic differentiation and regional adaptation among seed origins used for grassland restoration: lessons from a multi-species reciprocal transplant experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology54, 127–136.

Durka, W., Michalski, S., Bossdorf, O., Bucharova, A., Hermann, J.M., Hölzel, N. & Kollmann, J. (2017) Grassland plants show species-specific patterns of genetic differentiation among seed transfer zones. Journal of Applied Ecology54, 116–126

  • Invasive alien plants

Yannelli, F.A., Koch, C., Jeschke, J.M. & Kollmann, J. (2017) Limiting similarity and Darwin’s naturalization hypothesis: understanding the drivers of biotic resistance against invasive plant species. Oecologia183, 775–784.

Yannelli, F.A., Karrer, G., Hall, R., Kollmann, J. & Heger, T. (2018) Seed density is more effective than multi-trait limiting similarity in controlling grassland resistance against plant invasions in mesocosms. Applied Vegetation Science, 21, 411–418.

  • Nature conservation

Kollmann, J., Meyer, S.T., Bateman, R., Conradi, T., Gossner, M.M., Mendonça Junior, M. de Souza, Fernandes, G.W., Hermann. J.M., Koch, C., Müller, S.C., Oki, Y., Overbeck, G.E., Paterno, G.B., Rosenfield, M.F., Toma, T.S.P. & Weisser, W.W. (2016) Integrating ecosystem functions into restoration ecology – recent advances and future directions. Restoration Ecology24, 722–730.

Strobl, K., Schmidt, C. & Kollmann, J. (2018) Selecting plant species and traits for phytometer experiments. The case of peatland restoration. Ecological Indicators88, 263–273

Editorial boards


  • Lecture on General Restoration Ecology
  • Introductory Lectures on the Population Biology of Plants
  • Project Landscape Planning I
  • Seminar for Students and PhD Students in Restoration Ecology
  • Seminar on Population Biology and Conservation
  • Weihenstephaner Colloquium in Applied Ecology and Planning

Other professional activities

  • Member of the Commissio for Forest Seeds and Plants, Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Copenhagen (2002-2005)
  • Council of the Danish Botanical Society, Copenhagen (2006-2010)
  • Member of the Commission for research Publications, Danish Ministry of Science, technology and Innovation (2008-2010)
  • NEOBIOTA Council, Berlin (since 2008)
  • Consultant: SLA Landscape Architecture, Philip & Partners Lawyers
  • External refree PhD- and habilitation-theses; appointments: Universities Aarhus, Bremen, Freiburg, Lund, Zürich, ETH Zürich
  • Reviewer research applications: Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dutch Technology Foundation STW, EU-funded IHP Programme, German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, Singapore National Research Foundation, Research Council of Norway, Research Foundation University Leuven, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • reviewer for 58 journals, e. g. American Journal of Botany; Applied Vegetation Science; Biological Invasions; Biological Conservation; Conservation Ecology; Diversity and Distributions; Ecography; Ecology; Ecological Monographs; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Functional Ecology; Journal of Applied Ecology; Journal of Ecology; Journal of Vegetation Science; Landscape Ecology; Molecular Ecology; New Phytologist; Oecologia; Oikos; Oryx; Restoration Ecology