Matthias Schleuning

Dr. Matthias Schleuning



Fields of interest

I am interested in the structure of ecological communities and the resilience of ecosystem processes to global change. In my current research, I study how climate and land-use gradients affect mutualistic plant-animal interactions at multiple spatial scales, using observational and experimental field studies, demographic models, trait analysis, network approaches and macro-ecological tools. My study sites include temperate and tropical ecosystems (Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Tropical Andes, Costa Rica).

Key words: Biodiversity, birds, frugivory, global change, Heliconia, mutualistic networks, Protea, population dynamics, pollination, seed dispersal, tropical forest

Current projects

• Mutualistic plant-animal networks along latitudinal and insularity gradients
(with K. Böhning-Gaese, N. Blüthgen, C.F. Dormann, K.C. Burns)

• Mutualistic plant-animal networks along land-use and elevational gradients (with K. Böhning-Gaese, H.M. Schaefer, P. Jordano, W.D. Kissling, C.H. Graham)

• Ecosystem functioning and forest regeneration in the Tropical Andes
(with K. Böhning-Gaese, I. Hensen, S.G. Beck)

• Spatial determinants of animal pollination and plant fecundity in South African Fynbos (with F. Schurr, A. Pauw)



Recent publications:

Schleuning, M., Ingmann, L., Strauß, R., Fritz, S.A., Dalsgaard, B., Dehling, D.M., Plein, M., Saavedra, F., Sandel, B., Svenning, J.-C., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Dormann, C.F. (2014). Ecological, historical and evolutionary determinants of modularity in weighted seed-dispersal networks. Ecology Letters, doi: 10.1111/ele.12245.

Schleuning, M., Böhning-Gaese, K., Dehling, D.M. & Burns, K.C. (2014). At a loss for birds: insularity increases asymmetry in seed-dispersal networks. Global Ecology and Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/geb.12134.

Classen, A., Peters, M.K., Ferger, S.W., Helbig-Bonitz, M., Schmack, J.M., Maassen, G., Schleuning, M., Kalko, E.K.V., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Steffan-Dewenter, I. (2014). Complementary ecosystem services by pest predators and pollinators increase quantity and quality of coffee yields. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3148

Ferger, S.W., Schleuning, M., Hemp, A., Howell, K.M. & Böhning-Gaese, K. (2014). Food resources and vegetation structure mediate climatic effects on species richness of birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/geb.12151

Plein, M., Längsfeld, L., Neuschulz, E.L., Schultheiß, C., Ingmann, L., Töpfer, T., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (2013). Constant properties of plant-frugivore networks despite fluctuations in fruit and bird communities in space and time. Ecology, 94, 1296-1306

Schleuning, M., Fründ, J., et al. (2012). Specialization of mutualistic interaction networks decreases toward tropical latitudes. Current Biology, 22, 1925-1931

Press coverage:

Interaction networks
Flexible Tropen-Arten [German]
Neue Züricher Zeitung (CH) - Print und Online, 26 September 2012
Tropische Artenvielfalt macht Vögel nicht zu Spezialisten [German]
Der Standard (A), 21 September 2012

Conservation biology
Biodiversity = More (and Better) Coffee [English]
The Scientist, 11 February 2014
Functional Fragments [English]
Conservation Magazine, 29 November 2011
Überraschender Nutzen - Auch Regenwaldinseln erfüllen ökologische Funktionen [German]
Deutschlandfunk (D), 16 December 2011
Nützlicher Flickenteppich [German]
Welt (D), 28 November 2011
Selbst fragmentierter Wald behält seine ökologischen Funktionen [German]
Der Standard (A), 25 November 2011

Phone: 069 7542 1892
Google scholar: http://scholar.google.de/citations?user=Rqf-GcEAAAAJ&hl=de
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matthias_Schleuning