Alumni

Prof. Dr. Claus Bässler

Professor for Conservation Biology at the University of Frankfurt

Kahl, T., T. Arnstadt, K. Baber, C. Bässler, J. Bauhus, W. Borken, F. Buscot, A. Floren, C. Heibl, D. Hessenmöller, M. Hofrichter, B. Hoppe, H. Kellner, D. Kruger, K. E. Linsenmair, E. Matzner, P. Otto, W. Purahong, C. Seilwinder, E. D. Schulze, B. Wende, W. W. Weisser, and M. M. Gossner. 2017. Wood decay rates of 13 temperate tree species in relation to wood properties, enzyme activities and organismic diversities. Forest Ecology and Management 391:86-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.02.012

Dr. Sebastian Seibold

Postdok in the Biodiversity Exploratory project, subproject “Arthropods” 2016-2019.
Now deputy head research in the National Park Berchtesgaden

Seibold, S., M. M. Gossner, N. K. Simons, N. Blüthgen, J. Müller, D. Ambarli, C. Ammer, J. Bauhus, M. Fischer, J. C. Habel, K. E. Linsenmair, T. Nauss, C. Penone, D. Prati, P. Schall, E.-D. Schulze, J. Vogt, S. Wöllauer and W. W. Weisser. 2019. Arthropod decline in grasslands and forests is associated with landscape-level drivers. Nature 574:671-674. DOI:10.1038/s41586-019-1684-3

Dr. Bea Apfelbeck

Evolutionary Zoology at the University of Salzburg (Austria)

Apfelbeck, B., R. P. H. Snep, T. E. Hauck, J. Ferguson, M. Holy, C. Jakoby, J. Scott MacIvor, L. Schär, M. Taylor, and W. W. Weisser. 2020. Designing wildlife-inclusive cities that support human-animal co-existence. Landscape and Urban Planning 200:103817. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103817
Apfelbeck, B., C. Jakoby, M. Hanusch, E. B. Steffani, T. E. Hauck, and W. W. Weisser. 2019. A conceptual framework for choosing target species for wildlife-inclusive urban design. Sustainability 11:6972. DOI:10.3390/su11246972
Apfelbeck, B., M. F. Haussmann, W. Boner, H. Flinks, K. Griffiths, J. C. Illera, K. G. Mortega, Z. Sisson, P. Smiddy and B. Helm. 2019. Divergent patterns of telomere shortening in tropical compared to temperate stonechats. Ecology and Evolution 9:511-521. DOI:10.1002/ece3.4769

Dr. Sharon Zytynska

Research assistant at TUM 2011-2018.
Now BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow for Evolution at the University of Liverpool

Zytynska, S. E., Y. Guenay, S. Sturm, M. V. Clancy, M. Senft, J.-P. Schnitzler, S. Dilip Pophaly, C. Wurmser and W. W. Weisser. 2019. Effect of plant chemical variation and mutualistic ants on the local population genetic structure of an aphid herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:1089-1099. PDF
Zytynska, S. E. and W. W. Weisser. 2016. The natural occurrence of secondary bacterial symbionts in aphids. Ecological Entomology 41:13-26. DOI:10.1111/een.12281

Prof. Dr. Jan Christian Habel

Postdoc (2012-2019) in the field of conservation biology and molecular ecology
Professor for Evolutionary Zoology at the University of Salzburg (Austria)

Habel, J. C., A. Segerer, W. Ulrich, O. Torchyk, W. W. Weisser and T. Schmitt. 2016. Butterfly community shifts over 2 centuries. Conservation Biology 30:754-762. PDF
Habel, J., M. M. Gossner, S. T. Meyer, H. Eggermont, L. Lens, J. Dengler, and W. W. Weisser. 2013. Mind the gaps when using science to address conservation concerns. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:2413-2427. PDF

Dr. Nadja Simons

Ph.D.-student and postdoc in the Biodiversity exploratory project and postdoc in the “BioHolz” project” from 2012-2018.

Simons, N. K. and W. W. Weisser. 2017. Agricultural intensification without biodiversity loss is possible in grassland landscapes. Nature Ecology & Evolution. DOI:10.1038/s41559-017-0227-2. In der Presse. PDF
Blüthgen, N., N. K. Simons, K. Jung, D. Prati, S. C. Renner, S. Boch, M. Fischer, N. Hölzel, V. H. Klaus, T. Kleinebecker, M. Tschapka, W. W. Weisser and M. M. Gossner. 2016. Land use imperils plant and animal community stability through changes in asynchrony rather than diversity. Nature Communications 7:10697 DOI:10.1038/ncomms10697. PDF

Prof. Dr. Martin M. Gossner

Postdoc in the “Arthropods” project and head of the arthropod survey in the Biodiversity Exploratories from 2008-2016.
Gruppenleiter, Senior Scientist, Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, Waldgesundheit und biotische Interaktionen, Waldentomologie

Blüthgen, N., N. K. Simons, K. Jung, D. Prati, S. C. Renner, S. Boch, M. Fischer, N. Hölzel, V. H. Klaus, T. Kleinebecker, M. Tschapka, W. W. Weisser and M. M. Gossner. 2016. Land use imperils plant and animal community stability through changes in asynchrony rather than diversity. Nature Communications 7:10697 DOI:10.1038/ncomms10697. PDF
Gossner, M. M., B. Wende, S. Levick, P. Schall, A. Floren, K. E. Linsenmair, I. Steffan-Dewenter, E.-D. Schulze and W. W. Weisser. 2016. Deadwood enrichment in European forests – Which tree species should be used to promote saproxylic beetle diversity? Biological Conservation 201:92-102. PDF
Gossner, M. M., C. R. Fonseca, E. Pašalic, M. Türke, M. Lange, and W. W. Weisser. 2014. Limitations to the use of arthropods as temperate forests indicators. Biodiversity and Conservation 23:945–962. PDF

Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller

Associated group member 2011-2016
University of Würzburg and National Park Bavarian Forest
Professor of Animal Ecology, University of Würzburg

Müller, J. and W. W. Weisser. 2016. Forest conservation is not possible without National Parks, a reply to Schulze & Ammer (in German: Waldnaturschutz ist ohne Schutzgebiete nicht möglich). Biologie in unserer Zeit.
Müller, J., B. Wende, C. Strobl, M. Eugster, I. Gallenberger, A. Floren, I. Steffan-Dewenter, K. E. Linsenmair, W. W. Weisser and M. M. Gossner. 2015. Forest management and regional tree composition drive the host preference of saproxylic beetle communities. Journal of Applied Ecology 52:753-762. PDF
Gossner, M. M., T. Lachat, J. Brunet, G. Isacsson, C. Bouget, H. Brustel, R. Brandl, W. W. Weisser, and J. Müller. 2013. Current Near-to-Nature Forest Management Effects on Functional Trait Composition of Saproxylic Beetles in Beech Forests. Conservation Biology 27:605-614. PDF

Prof. Dr. Nico Eisenhauer

Postdoc, Emmy-Noether Fellow 2012, Technische Universität München, Germany Link
iDiv, University of Leipzig, Germany

Ebeling, A., S. Pompe, J. Baade, N. Eisenhauer, H. Hillebrand, R. Proulx, C. Roscher, B. Schmid, C. Wirth, and W. W. Weisser. 2014. A trait-based experimental approach to understand the mechanisms underlying biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Basic and Applied Ecology 15:229-240.
Steinauer, K., D. Tilman, P. D. Wragg, S. Cesarz, J. M. Cowles, K. Pritsch, P. B. Reich, W. W. Weisser, and N. Eisenhauer. 2014. Plant diversity promotes soil microbial functions irrespective of warming diversity effects on soil microbial functions and enzymes are stronger than warming in a grassland experiment. Ecology, in press.

Dr. Anne Ebeling

Scientific Coordinator, Jena Experiment, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Ph.D.-student 2006-2008 (co-supervised with Prof. Teja Tscharntke, University of Göttingen, Prof. Alexandra-Maria Klein, University of Freiburg (then Göttingen)) 

Ebeling, A., S. Pompe, J. Baade, N. Eisenhauer, H. Hillebrand, R. Proulx, C. Roscher, B. Schmid, C. Wirth, and W. W. Weisser. 2014. A trait-based experimental approach to understand the mechanisms underlying biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Basic and Applied Ecology 15:229-240.
Ebeling, A., A. M. Klein, J. Schumacher, W. W. Weisser, and T. Tscharntke. 2008. How does plant richness affect pollinator richness and temporal stability of flower visits? Oikos 117:1808-1815. PDF

Dr. Sybille Unsicker

Ph.D.-student 2002-2006 Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Group leader, Max-Planck-Institute of Chemical Ecology

Unsicker, S. B., A. Franzke, J. Specht, G. Kohler, J. Linz, C. Renker, C. Stein, and W. W. Weisser. 2010. Plant species richness in montane grasslands affects the fitness of a generalist grasshopper species. Ecology 91:1083-1091. PDF
Unsicker, S. B., A. Oswald, G. Köhler, and W. W. Weisser. 2008. Complementary effects through diatary mixing enhance the performance of a generalist herbivore. Oecologia 156:313-324. PDF

Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber

Ph.D.-student 2002-2006 Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
University of Münster

Scherber, C., A. Milcu, S. Partsch, S. Scheu, and W. W. Weisser. 2006. The effects of plant diversity and insect herbivory on performance of individual plant species in experimental grassland. Journal of Ecology 94:922-931. PDF
Scherber, C., P. N. Mwangi, V. M. Temperton, C. Roscher, J. Schumacher, B. Schmid, and W. W. Weisser. 2006. Effects of plant diversity on invertebrate herbivory in experimental grassland. Oecologia 147:489-500. PDF

Prof. Dr. Hugh Loxdale

Senior research fellow 2006-2011
Emeritus

Loxdale, H. D., G. Schöfl, K. R. Wiesner, F. N. Nyabuga, D. G. Heckel, and W. W. Weisser. 2011. Stay at home aphids: comparative spatial and seasonal metapopulation structure and dynamics of two specialist tansy aphid species studied using microsatellite markers. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104:838-865.
Nyabuga, F. N., H. D. Loxdale, D. G. Heckel, and W. W. Weisser. 2011. Temporal genetic structuring of a specialist parasitoid, Lysiphlebus hirticornis Mackauer (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) attacking a specialist aphid on tansy. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 102:737-749. PDF

Prof. Dr. Thomas Flatt

Undergraduate research student 1998-1999 at the University of Basel, Switzerland
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Flatt, T. and W. W. Weisser. 2000. The effects of mutualistic ants on aphid life history traits. Ecology 81:3522-3529. PDF

Dr. Christian Braendle

Group leader, Institute of Biology Valrose (iBV), CNRS, Nice, France
Undergraduate research student 1996-1999 at the University of Basel, Switzerland

Weisser, W. W., C. Braendle, and N. Minoretti. 1999. Predator-induced morphological shift in the pea aphid. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 266:1175-1181. PDF
Braendle, C. and W. W. Weisser. 2001. Variation in escape behavior of red and green clones of the pea aphid. Journal of Insect Behavior 14:497-509. PDF

Dr. Manfred Türke

Ph.D.-student 2007-2011, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and Postdoc 2011-2014 Technische Universität München
Postdoc, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Head of Project Management & Communications, Helmholtz Zentrum München, IBMI Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging

Türke, M., K. Andreas, M. M. Gossner, E. Kowalski, M. Lange, S. Boch, S. Socher, J. Müller, D. Prati, M. Fischer, R. Meyhöfer, and W. W. Weisser. 2012. Are gastropods, rather than ants, important seed dispersers of myrmecochorous forest herbs? American Naturalist 179:124-131. PDF

Dr. Martin Husemann

2013-2014 DAAD-Fellow, Postdoc, Technische Universität München, Freising
2014-2016 Postdoc, Institute of Biology/Zoology, Halle University, Halle
Since 2016 Abteilungsleiter Entomologie,  Universität Hamburg Centrum für Naturkunde, Hamburg

Husemann, M., W. Ulrich, and J. Habel. 2014. The evolution of contact calls in isolated and overlapping populations of two white-eye congeners in East Africa (Aves, Zosterops). BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:115. PDF

Dr. Mohsen Mehrparvar

Ph.D.-student 2009-2013, Technische Universität München
Assistant Professor, Graduate University of Advanced Technology, Kerman, Iran

Mehrparvar, M., S. M. Mansouri, and W. W. Weisser. 2014. Mechanisms of species-sorting: effect of habitat occupancy on aphids' host plant selection. Ecological Entomology 39:281-289. PDF
Mehrparvar, M., S. E. Zytynska, and W. W. Weisser. 2013. Multiple cues for winged morph production in an aphid metacommunity. PLoS One 8:e58323. PDF

Dr. Eduardo Hatano

Ph.D.-student 2006-2010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Postdoc, Department of Plant Protection Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden

Hatano, E., G. Kunert, and W. W. Weisser. 2010. Aphid Wing Induction and Ecological Costs of Alarm Pheromone Emission under Field Conditions. PLoS One 5:e11188. PDF
Hatano, E., G. Kunert, J. P. Michaud, and W. W. Weisser. 2008. Chemical cues mediating aphid location by natural enemies. European Journal of Entomology 105:797-806.

Dr. Rose Kigathi

Ph.D.-student 2006-2011, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Lecturer, Pwani University, Kenia

Kigathi, R. N., W. W. Weisser, D. Veit, J. Gershenzon, and S. B. Unsicker. 2013. Plants Suppress Their Emission of Volatiles When Growing with Conspecifics. Journal of Chemical Ecology 39:537-545. PDF
Kigathi, R. N., S. B. Unsicker, M. Reichelt, J. Kesselmeier, J. Gershenzon, and W. W. Weisser. 2009. Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds After Herbivory from Trifolium pratense (L.) Under Laboratory and Field Conditions. Journal of Chemical Ecology 35:1335-1348. PDF

Dr. Franklin Nyabuga

Ph.D-student 2006-2010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Postdoc, Department of Biology, University of Lund

Nyabuga, F. N., H. D. Loxdale, D. G. Heckel, and W. W. Weisser. 2012. Coevolutionary fine-tuning: evidence for genetic tracking between a specialist wasp parasitoid and its aphid host in a dual metapopulation interaction. Bulletin of Entomological Research 102:149-155. PDF
Nyabuga, F. N., H. D. Loxdale, D. G. Heckel, and W. W. Weisser. 2011. Temporal genetic structuring of a specialist parasitoid, Lysiphlebus hirticornis Mackauer (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) attacking a specialist aphid on tansy. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 102:737-749. PDF

Dr. Markus Lange

Ph.D.-student 2007-2011, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Postdoc, MPI for Biogeochemistry Jena, Germany

Lange, M., W. W. Weisser, M. M. Gossner, E. Kowalski, M. Türke, F. Joner, and C. Fonseca. 2011. The impact of forest management on litter-dwelling invertebrates: a subtropical–temperate contrast. Biodiversity and Conservation 20:2133-2147. PDF

Dr. Norma Nitschke

Ph.D.-student 2007-2013, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Research Lab Coordinator, Leibnitz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology

Nitschke, N., K. Wiesner, I. Hilke, N. Eisenhauer, Y. Oelmann, and W. W. Weisser. 2014. Increase of fast nutrient cycling in grassland microcosms through insect herbivory depends on plant functional composition and species diversity. Oikos DOI:10.1111/oik.01476 PDF

Dr. Juliane Heimann (neé Specht)

Ph.D-student 2006-2012, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Assistant to Vice-Rector for Research, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Specht, J., C. Scherber, S. B. Unsicker, G. Koehler, and W. W. Weisser. 2008. Diversity and beyond: plant functional identity determines herbivore performance. Journal of Animal Ecology 77:1047-1055. PDF

Dr. Lars Clement

Teacher
Ph.D.-student 2006-2011, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Geiger, F., J. Bengtsson, F. Berendse, W. W. Weisser, M. Emmerson, M. B. Morales, P. Ceryngier, J. Liira, T. Tscharntke, C. Winqvist, S. Eggers, R. Bommarco, T. Part, V. Bretagnolle, M. Plantegenest, L. W. Clement, C. Dennis, C. Palmer, J. J. Onate, I. Guerrero, V. Hawro, T. Aavik, C. Thies, A. Flohre, S. Hanke, C. Fischer, P. W. Goedhart, and P. Inchausti. 2010. Persistent negative effects of pesticides on biodiversity and biological control potential on European farmland. Basic and Applied Ecology 11:97-105. PDF

Further alumni

Name Former status
Ambarli, Didem, Dr. Biodiversity-Exploratories
Ayvazyan, Anna Ph.D.-student
Bartetzko, Jasmin Technical support
Bartzick, Alina Technical support
Both, Steffen Technical support
Creutzburg, Sylvia Technical support
Dörfler, Inken Ph.D.-student
Eisenbach, Victoria Technical support
Eismann, Steffen Gardener
Engel, Jan, Dr. Jena Experiment
Frei, Maximilian Technical support
Gallenberger, Iris Ph.D.-student
Gockel, Sonja Coordinator
Grimm, Brigitte Secretary
Gruschwitz, Katja Technical support
Guderle, Marcus, Dr. Data manager, Jena Experiment
Haider, Sylvia, Dr. Scientist
Hanusch, Maximilian Animal Aided Design
Heilmeier, Maria Technical support
Heitland, Werner, Dr. Multitrophic Interactions
Hengelhaupt, Silke Gardener
Hertzog, Lionel Ph.D.-student
Honecker, Rebekka BAYSICS
Joachim, Christoph Ph.D.-student
Klama, Anne Master students
Koch, Christiane Scientist
Köber, Ute Gardener
Kratzsch, Gerlinde Technical support
Kunze, Katja Gardener
Leber, Norbert Technical support
Leidinger, Jan Ph.D.-student
Lorenzen, Katrin, Dr. (geb. Hartwich) Coordinator
Luo, Guangjuan, Dr. Data manager, Jena Experiment
Lutz, Marco Technical support
Mahdavi, Nafiseh Ph.D.-student
Massonnet, Blandine Ph.D.-student
Minoretti, Nicole Master Student
Miesl, Michael Technical support
Mutoro, Noreen Mukhwana Ph.D.-student
Nzau, Joslyn Muthio Ph.D.-student
Otto, Niclas Technical support
Paetsch, Holger Technical support
Pasalic, Esther Ph.D.-student
Pretzsch, Moritz R. Technical support
Pompe, Sven, Dr. Consultant, Jena Experiment
Reichholf, Josef, Prof. em. Dr. Professor Emeritus
Rogers, Rebecca Ph.D.-student
Schall, Tabea Azubi Biologielaborant/in
Scheffler, Heike Gardener
Schelle, Rupert ANIMAL-AIDED DESIGN
Schöning, Ingo, Dr. Scientist
Seiffert, Verena Technical support
Seitzl, Julia Technical support
Senft, Matthias Ph.D.-student
Singh, Akanksha Ph.D.-student
Steinauer, Katja Master students
Teuscher, Miriam, Dr. Postdoc, Local manager, Biodiversity Exploratories
Thiel, Sven, Dipl.-Bioinf. Jena Experiment
Thiele, Jan, Dr. Biodiversity-Exploratories
Trepl, Ludwig, Prof. Dr. Professor Emeritus
Van Broeck, Frederic Technical support
Velásquez, Francisco Ph.D.-student
Vicenzotti, Vera, Dr. Scientist
Vogel, Anja Ph.D.-student
Vogt, Juliane, Dr. Local manager, Biodiversity Exploratories
Wiesner, Kerstin, Dr. Coordinator, Biodiversity Exploratories
Wolf, Ilka Technical support
Zeuss, Dirk, Dr. Trait macroecology, Pakistan project