Dr. Robin Heinen

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Room:  1.1.2.5
Phone: +49.8161.71.4148
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: robin.heinen[at]tum.de

Curriculum vitae

11/2019- present Postdoctoral researcher, Lehrstuhl für Terrestrische Oekologie, Technische Universität München, Freising
10/2015- 09/2019 PhD researcher, Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen
    Department of Plant Ecology and Natural Products, Institute of Biology, Leiden University, Leiden
09/2013- 08/2015 MSc student (Biology: Bio-interactions), Major thesis Virology dpt., Minor thesis Experimental Zoology dpt., Internship Entomology dpt. Wageningen University, Wageningen
09/2006- 12/2011 BSc student (Biology: Animal biology), Thesis Entomology dpt. Wageningen University, Wageningen

Research interest

  • Entomology
  • plant-herbivore interactions
  • host-parasitoid interactions
  • above-belowground ecology
  • soil-plant interactions
  • community ecology
  • urban ecology
  • climate change ecology

Current Projects

The effects of artificial light at night (ALAN) on plant defenses and plant-microbe and plant-insect interactions.
In this project, with a consortium of people from TUM, Helmholz Center, Leiden University and Glasgow University, we will investigate the ecological and physiological effects of artificial light at night on plants. Specifically, we will study how light pollution alters interactions between plants and mutualist and antagonist organisms.

Soil legacy effects on aboveground plant-insect interactions.
This PhD project was part of a larger consortium, funded by an NWO VICI grant awarded to Prof. Dr. T. M. Bezemer. In this project we studied the role of plant-mediated soil legacy effects (i.e., plant-soil feedbacks) on future plants, and their associated insect herbivores. My role was to specifically test how such soil legacy effects would alter plant defenses, and via this, insect herbivores(Heinen et al., 2018a). Our group efforts have brought us from glasshouse studies, to semi-natural common garden experiments to field experiments in a restored nature area in The Netherlands. We have shown that soil legacy effects can alter plant-herbivore interactions (Heinen et al., 2018b, 2019), and can do so in two ways. First, the soil microbiome can alter the way plants are able to defend themselves, through effects on the jasmonic acid pathway (Zhu et al., 2018). Second, we show that the microbes from the soil are taken up by the caterpillars directly from the soil and may affect insect herbivores via their role in the gut microbiome (Hannula et al., 2019).

Find the full version of my PhD dissertation here:

https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/81317

Publications

2022

  • Heinen, Robin; Thakur, Madhav P.; Hiddes De Fries, Jetske R.; Steinauer, Katja; Vandenbrande, Simon; Jongen, Renske; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Foliar herbivory on plants creates soil legacy effects that impact future insect herbivore growth via changes in plant community biomass allocation. Functional Ecology, 2022 mehr…

2021

  • Geisen, Stefan; Heinen, Robin; Andreou, Elena; Lent, Teun; Hooven, Freddy C.; Thakur, Madhav P.: Contrasting effects of soil microbial interactions on growth–defence relationships between early‐ and mid‐successional plant communities. New Phytologist, 2021 mehr…
  • Hannula, S. Emilia; Heinen, Robin; Huberty, Martine; Steinauer, Katja; De Long, Jonathan R.; Jongen, Renske; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Persistence of plant-mediated microbial soil legacy effects in soil and inside roots. Nature Communications 12 (1), 2021 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin: A spotlight on the phytobiome: Plant-mediated interactions in an illuminated world. Basic and Applied Ecology 57, 2021, 146-158 mehr…
  • Jongen, Renske; Hannula, S. Emilia; De Long, Jonathan R.; Heinen, Robin; Huberty, Martine; Steinauer, Katja; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Plant community legacy effects on nutrient cycling, fungal decomposer communities and decomposition in a temperate grassland. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 163, 2021, 108450 mehr…

2020

  • De Long, Jonathan R.; Heinen, Robin; Jongen, Renske; Hannula, S. Emilia; Huberty, Martine; Kielak, Anna M.; Steinauer, Katja; Bezemer, T. Martijn: How plant–soil feedbacks influence the next generation of plants. Ecological Research, 2020 mehr…
  • Gomes, Sofia I. F.; Kielak, Anna M.; Hannula, S. Emilia; Heinen, Robin; Jongen, Renske; Keesmaat, Ivor; De Long, Jonathan R.; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Microbiomes of a specialist caterpillar are consistent across different habitats but also resemble the local soil microbial communities. Animal Microbiome 2 (1), 2020 mehr…
  • Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Heinen, Robin; Armbrecht, Inge; Basset, Yves; Baxter-Gilbert, James H.; Bezemer, T. Martijn; Böhm, Monika; Bommarco, Riccardo; Borges, Paulo A. V.; Cardoso, Pedro; Clausnitzer, Viola; Cornelisse, Tara; Crone, Elizabeth E.; Dicke, Marcel; Dijkstra, Klaas-Douwe B.; Dyer, Lee; Ellers, Jacintha; Fartmann, Thomas; Forister, Mathew L.; Furlong, Michael J.; Garcia-Aguayo, Andres; Gerlach, Justin; Gols, Rieta; Goulson, Dave; Habel, Jan-Christian; Haddad, Nick M.; Hallmann, Caspar A.; Henriques, Sérgio; Herberstein, Marie E.; Hochkirch, Axel; Hughes, Alice C.; Jepsen, Sarina; Jones, T. Hefin; Kaydan, Bora M.; Kleijn, David; Klein, Alexandra-Maria; Latty, Tanya; Leather, Simon R.; Lewis, Sara M.; Lister, Bradford C.; Losey, John E.; Lowe, Elizabeth C.; Macadam, Craig R.; Montoya-Lerma, James; Nagano, Christopher D.; Ogan, Sophie; Orr, Michael C.; Painting, Christina J.; Pham, Thai-Hong; Potts, Simon G. et al.: International scientists formulate a roadmap for insect conservation and recovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4 (2), 2020, 174-176 mehr…
  • Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Heinen, Robin; Gols, Rieta; Thakur, Madhav P.: Climate change‐mediated temperature extremes and insects: From outbreaks to breakdowns. Global Change Biology 26 (12), 2020, 6685-6701 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin; Hannula, S. Emilia; De Long, Jonathan R.; Huberty, Martine; Jongen, Renske; Kielak, Anna; Steinauer, Katja; Zhu, Feng; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Plant community composition steers grassland vegetation via soil legacy effects. Ecology Letters 23 (6), 2020, 973-982 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin; Steinauer, Katja; De Long, Jonathan R.; Jongen, Renske; Biere, Arjen; Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Exogenous application of plant hormones in the field alters aboveground plant–insect responses and belowground nutrient availability, but does not lead to differences in plant–soil feedbacks. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 14 (5), 2020, 559-570 mehr…
  • Huberty, Martine; Choi, Young Hae; Heinen, Robin; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Above‐ground plant metabolomic responses to plant–soil feedbacks and herbivory. Journal of Ecology 108 (4), 2020, 1703-1712 mehr…
  • Schneijderberg, Martinus; Cheng, Xu; Franken, Carolien; de Hollander, Mattias; van Velzen, Robin; Schmitz, Lucas; Heinen, Robin; Geurts, Rene; van der Putten, Wim H.; Bezemer, T. Martijn; Bisseling, Ton: Quantitative comparison between the rhizosphere effect of Arabidopsis thaliana and co-occurring plant species with a longer life history. The ISME Journal 14 (10), 2020, 2433-2448 mehr…
  • Steinauer, Katja; Heinen, Robin; Hannula, S. Emilia; De Long, Jonathan R.; Huberty, Martine; Jongen, Renske; Wang, Minggang; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Above‐belowground linkages of functionally dissimilar plant communities and soil properties in a grassland experiment. Ecosphere 11 (9), 2020 mehr…

2019

  • De Long, Jonathan R.; Heinen, Robin; Steinauer, Katja; Hannula, S. Emilia; Huberty, Martine; Jongen, Renske; Vandenbrande, Simon; Wang, Minggang; Zhu, Feng; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Taking plant–soil feedbacks to the field in a temperate grassland. Basic and Applied Ecology 40, 2019, 30-42 mehr…
  • Hannula, S. Emilia; Kielak, Anna M.; Steinauer, Katja; Huberty, Martine; Jongen, Renske; De Long, Jonathan R.; Heinen, Robin; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Time after Time: Temporal Variation in the Effects of Grass and Forb Species on Soil Bacterial and Fungal Communities. mBio 10 (6), 2019 mehr…
  • Hannula, S. Emilia; Zhu, Feng; Heinen, Robin; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Foliar-feeding insects acquire microbiomes from the soil rather than the host plant. Nature Communications 10 (1), 2019 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin; Biere, Arjen; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Plant traits shape soil legacy effects on individual plant–insect interactions. Oikos 129 (2), 2019, 261-273 mehr…

2018

  • Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Visser, Bertanne; Lammers, Marl; Marien, Janine; Gershenzon, Jonathan; Ode, Paul J.; Heinen, Robin; Gols, Rieta; Ellers, Jacintha: Ant-like Traits in Wingless Parasitoids Repel Attack from Wolf Spiders. Journal of Chemical Ecology 44 (10), 2018, 894-904 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin; Biere, Arjen; Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Effects of Soil Organisms on Aboveground Plant-Insect Interactions in the Field: Patterns, Mechanisms and the Role of Methodology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6, 2018 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin; Harvey, Jeffrey A.: Spatial and temporal diversity in hyperparasitoid communities ofCotesia glomerataon garlic mustard,Alliaria petiolata. Ecological Entomology 44 (3), 2018, 357-366 mehr…
  • Zhu, Feng; Heinen, Robin; van der Sluijs, Martijn; Raaijmakers, Ciska; Biere, Arjen; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Species-specific plant–soil feedbacks alter herbivore-induced gene expression and defense chemistry in Plantago lanceolata. Oecologia 188 (3), 2018, 801-811 mehr…

2017

  • Gussekloo, Sander W. S.; Berthaume, Michael A.; Pulaski, Daniel R.; Westbroek, Irene; Waarsing, Jan H.; Heinen, Robin; Grosse, Ian R.; Dumont, Elizabeth R.: Functional and evolutionary consequences of cranial fenestration in birds. Evolution 71 (5), 2017, 1327-1338 mehr…
  • Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Essens, Tijl A.; Las, Rutger A.; van Veen, Cindy; Visser, Bertanne; Ellers, Jacintha; Heinen, Robin; Gols, Rieta: Honey and honey-based sugars partially affect reproductive trade-offs in parasitoids exhibiting different life-history and reproductive strategies. Journal of Insect Physiology 98, 2017, 134-140 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin; van der Sluijs, Martijn; Biere, Arjen; Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Bezemer, T. Martijn: Plant community composition but not plant traits determine the outcome of soil legacy effects on plants and insects. Journal of Ecology 106 (3), 2017, 1217-1229 mehr…

2016

  • Harvey, Jeffrey A.; Fei, Minghui; Lammers, Mark; Kos, Martine; Zhu, Feng; Heinen, Robin; Poelman, Erik H.; Gols, Rieta: Development of a solitary koinobiont hyperparasitoid in different instars of its primary and secondary hosts. Journal of Insect Physiology 90, 2016, 36-42 mehr…
  • Heinen, Robin; Gols, Rieta; Harvey, Jeffrey A.: Black and Garlic Mustard Plants Are Highly Suitable for the Development of Two Native Pierid Butterflies. Environmental Entomology 45 (3), 2016, 671-676 mehr…