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.)
Associate Editor for Functional Ecology
Schmid, B., Nottebrock, H., Esler, K.J., Pagel, J., Böhning-Gaese, K., Schurr, F.M., Mueller, T. & Schleuning, M. (online early). A bird pollinator shows positive frequency‐dependence and constancy of species choice in natural plant communities. Ecology, online early, doi: 10.1002/ecy.1565.
Tinoco, B.A., Graham, C.H., Aguilar, J.M. & Schleuning, M. (online early). Effects of hummingbird morphology on specialization in pollination networks vary with resource availability. Oikos, online early, doi: 10.1111/oik.02998.
Neuschulz, E.L., Mueller, T., Schleuning, M. & Böhning-Gaese, K. (2016). Pollination and seed dispersal are the most threatened processes of plant regeneration. Scientific Reports, 6, 29839.
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.
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.