Dr. Matthias Schleuning
B3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES
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
• Mutualistic plant-animal networks along latitudinal and insularity gradients
• 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
• Spatial determinants of animal pollination and plant fecundity in South African Fynbos (with F. Schurr, A. Pauw)
Schleuning, M., K. Böhning-Gaese, D.M. Dehling & K.C. Burns (in press) At a loss for birds: insularity increases asymmetry in seed-dispersal networks. Global Ecology and Biogeography, in press
Dalsgaard, B., K. Trøjelsgaard, K., A.M. Martín González, D. Nogués-Bravo, J. Ollerton, T. Petanidou, B. Sandel, M. Schleuning, Z. Wang, C. Rahbek, W.J. Sutherland, J.-C. Svenning & J.M. Olesen (in press) Historical climate-change influences modularity and nestedness of pollination networks. Ecography, in press DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00201.x
Plein, M., L. Längsfeld, E.L. Neuschulz, C. Schultheiß, L. Ingmann, T. Töpfer, K. Böhning-Gaese & M. Schleuning (2013). Constant properties of plant-frugivore networks despite fluctuations in fruit and bird communities in space and time. Ecology, 94, 1296-1306.
Stournaras, K.E., E. Lo, K. Böhning-Gaese, E. Cazetta, D.M. Dehling, M. Schleuning, M.C. Stoddard, M.J. Donoghue, R.O. Prum & H.M. Schaefer (2013). How colorful are fruits? Limited color diversity in fleshy fruits on local and global scales. New Phytologist, 198, 617-629.
Breitbach, N., K. Böhning-Gaese, I. Laube & M. Schleuning (2012) Short seed-dispersal distances and low seedling recruitment in farmland populations of bird-dispersed cherry trees. Journal of Ecology, 100: 1349-1358.
Schleuning*, M., J. Fründ*, A.M. Klein et al. (2012) Specialization of mutualistic interaction networks decreases toward tropical latitudes. Current Biology, 22: 1925-1931 [*, equal author contributions]