PD Dr. Matthias Schleuning
7-3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES
Fields of interest
I am fascinated by interactions between organisms, especially if they are mutually beneficial for both partners*. To disentangle webs of interacting organisms, I study species interactions in ecological communities along anthropogenic gradients and across large spatial scales. My research aims at the identification of the major ecological and evolutionary drivers of species interactions and at a better understanding of the functional importance of species interactions for entire ecosystems. I hope that this work will help to improve predictions of the consequences of species loss for ecosystem functioning. (*I usually become enthusiastic if one of the interaction partners has wings and a beak.)
Schmid, B., Nottebrock, H., Esler, K.J., Pagel, J., Pauw, A., Böhning-Gaese, K., Schurr, F.M. & Schleuning, M. (online early). Responses of nectar-feeding birds to floral resources at multiple spatial scales. Ecography, online early, doi: 10.1111/ecog.01621.
Dehling, D.M., Jordano, P., Schaefer, H.M., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (2016). Morphology predicts species' functional roles and their degree of specialization in plant–frugivore interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 20152444.
Martín González, A.M., Dalsgaard, B., Nogués-Bravo, D., Graham, C., Schleuning, M., Maruyama, P.K., Abrahamczyk, S., Alarcon, R., Araujo, A.C., Araujo, F.P., de Azevedo, S.M., Baquero, A.C., Cotton, P.A., Ingversen, T.T., Kohler, G., Lara, C., Las-Casas, F.M.G., Machado, A.O., Machado, C.G., Maglianesi, M.A., McGuire, J.A., Moura, A.C., Oliveira, G.M., Oliveira, P.E., Ornelas, J.F., Rodrigues, L.D.C., Rosero-Lasprilla, L., Rui, A.M., Sazima, M., Timmermann, A., Varasin, I.G., Vizentin-Bugoni, J., Wang, Z., Watts, S., Rahbek, C. & Martinez, N.D. (2015). The macroecology of phylogenetically structured hummingbird-plant networks. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24, 1212‒1224.
Maglianesi, M.A., Blüthgen, N., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (2015). Functional structure and specialization in three tropical plant–hummingbird interaction networks across an elevational gradient in Costa Rica. Ecography, 38, 1119‒1128. [journal cover]
Schleuning, M., Fründ, J. & García, D. (2015). Predicting ecosystem functions from biodiversity and mutualistic networks: an extension of trait-based concepts to plant-animal interactions. Ecography, 38, 380–392.
Kissling, W.D. & Schleuning, M. (2015). Multispecies interactions across trophic levels at macroscales: retrospective and future directions. Ecography, 38, 346–357.