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.)
Saavedra, F., Hensen, I. & Schleuning, M. (online early). Deforested habitats lack seeds of late‐successional and large‐seeded plant species in tropical montane forests. Applied Vegetation Science, doi: 10.1111/avsc.12184
Maglianesi, M.A., Blüthgen, N., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (online early). Functional structure and specialization in three tropical plant–hummingbird interaction networks across an elevational gradient in Costa Rica. Ecography, doi: 10.1111/ecog.01538
Schmid, B., Nottebrock, H., Esler, K.J., Pagel, J., Pauw, A., Böhning-Gaese, K., Schurr, F.M. & Schleuning, M. (2015). Reward quality predicts effects of bird-pollinators on the reproduction of African Protea shrubs. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 17, 209–217.
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.
Maglianesi, M.A., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (2015). Different foraging preferences of hummingbirds on artificial and natural flowers reveal mechanisms structuring plant-pollinator interactions. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84, 655–664.