Hanno Seebens
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Dr. Hanno Seebens

Member of
Research Group 'Quantitative Biogeography'

Research interests

I am basically fascinated by the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological processes and the anthropogenic influence on natural systems. The main focus of my current work is the macroecology of alien species with a special emphasis on the spatio-temporal dynamics of alien species spread. Together with many other invasion biologists, I establish and analyse the networks of global spread of alien species and develop models to explain the observed dynamics. But I also worked on the dynamics of global cargo ship movements and its potential changes under climate change, the analysis of long-term dynamics of planktonic species and the analysis of complex networks.

Here are some of recent topics:
- Marine bioinvasion caused by global shipping
- The global spread of vascular alien plants
- Biogeography in the Anthropocene
- Metacommunity dynamics
- Analysis of complex networks

 You can find out more about my work here and about me here.


Phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1874

Selected publications:

Seebens, H., T. M. Blackburn, E. E. Dyer, P. Genovesi, P. E. Hulme, J. M. Jeschke, S. Pagad, P. Pyšek, M. Winter, M. Arianoutsou, S. Bacher, B. Blasius, G. Brundu, C. Capinha, L. Celesti-Grapow, W. Dawson, S. Dullinger, N. Fuentes, H. Jäger, J. Kartesz, M. Kenis, H. Kreft, I. Kühn, B. Lenzner, A. Liebhold, A. Mosena, D. Moser, M. Nishino, D. Pearman, J. Pergl, W. Rabitsch, J. Rojas-Sandoval, A. Roques, S. Rorke, S. Rossinelli, H. E. Roy, R. Scalera, S. Schindler, K.Štajerová, B. Tokarska-Guzik, M. van Kleunen, K. Walker, P. Weigelt, T. Yamanaka and F. Essl (2017) No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide. Nature Communications 8:14435 (open access).

Seebens, H., F. Essl and B. Blasius (2017) The intermediate distance hypothesis of biological invasions. Ecology Letters 20:158–165.

Casties, I., H. Seebens and E. Briski (2016) Importance of geographic origin for invasion success: A case study of the North and Baltic Seas versus the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River region. Ecology and Evolution (Open access) 6:8318–8329.

Seebens, H., N. Schwartz, P..J Schupp, B. Blasius (2016) Predicting the spread of marine species introduced by global shipping. PNAS 113(20): 5646-5651. doi:10.1073/pnas.1524427113

van Kleunen, M., W. Dawson, F. Essl, J. Pergl, M. Winter, E. Weber, H. Kreft, P. Weigelt, J. Kartesz, M. Nishino, L. A. Antonova, J. F. Barcelona, F. J. Cabezas, D. Cárdenas, J. Cárdenas-Toro, N. Castaño, E. Chacón, C. Chatelain, A. L. Ebel, E. Figueiredo, N. Fuentes, Q. J. Groom, L. Henderson, Inderjit, A. Kupriyanov, S. Masciadri, J. Meerman, O. Morozova, D. Moser, D. Nickrent, A. Patzelt, P. B. Pelser, M. P. Baptiste, M. Poopath, M. Schulze, H. Seebens, W.-s. Shu, J. Thomas, M. Velayos, J. J. Wieringa & P. Pyšek. (2015) Alien plants in the Anthropocene: exchange and accumulation of species around the world. Nature 525 (7567): 100-103.

Seebens, H., F. Essl, W. Dawson, N. Fuentes, D. Moser, J. Pergl, P. Pyšek, M. van Kleunen, E. Weber, M. Winter and B. Blasius (2015) Global trade will accelerate plant invasions in emerging economies under climate change. Global Change Biology 21 (11): 4128–4140. Research Highlight in Nature Plants

Essl, F., S. Bacher, T. Blackburn, O. Booy, G. Brundu, S. Brunel, A.-C. Cardoso, R. Eschen, B. Gallardo, B. Galill, E. García-Berthou, P. Genovesi, Q. Groom, C. Harrower, P. E. Hulme, S. Katsanevakis, M. Kenis, I. Kühn, S. Kumschick, K. Martinou, W. Nentwig, C. O’Flynn, S. Pagad, J. Pergl, P. Pyšek, W. Rabitsch, D. M. Richardson, A. Roques, H. E. Roy, R. Scalera, S. Schindler, H. Seebens, S. Vanderhoeven, M. Vilà, J. R.U. Wilson, A. Zenetos and J. M. Jeschke (2015) Crossing frontiers in tackling pathways of biological invasions. BioScience 65 (8): 769-782.

Capinha, C., F. Essl, H. Seebens, D. Moser, and H.M. Pereira (2015) The dispersal of alien species redefines biogeography in the Anthropocene. Science 348 (6240): 1248-1251.

Seebens, H., M.T. Gastner, and B. Blasius (2013) The risk of marine bioinvasion caused by global shipping. Ecology Letters 16(6): 782-790. rated in Faculty 1000 as "extraordinary"

Seebens, H., U. Einsle, and D. Straile (2013) Deviations from Synchrony: Spatio-temporal Variability of Zooplankton Community Dynamics in a Large Lake. Featured Article in Journal of Plankton Research 35(1): 22-32. (1st of "Most read articles of JPR in February")

Woolley-Meza, O., C. Thiemann, D. Grady, J. Lee, H. Seebens, B. Blasius, D. Brockmann (2011) Complexity in human transportation networks: a comparative analysis of worldwide air transportation and global cargo-ship movements. The European Physikal Journal B 84: 589-600.

Seebens, H., U. Einsle, and D. Straile (2009) Copepod life cycle adaptations and success in response to phytoplankton spring bloom phenology. Global Change Biology 15: 1394-1404.

Seebens, H., D. Straile, R. Hoegg, H. B. Stich and U. Einsle (2007) Population dynamics of a freshwater calanoid copepod: Complex responses to changes in trophic status and climate variability. Limnology and Oceanography 52: 2364-2372.