Eike Lena Neuschulz









Dr. Eike Lena Neuschulz

Member of Senior Scientist Group 'Functional Ecology and Global Change'

Research interests

I am interested in species communities and their ecosystem functions and services. In particular, I study ecosystem functions provided by birds across elevational gradients in temperate and tropical mountain regions. My recent work centres on experimental community ecology, so I combine field observations with experiments to analyse the interactions between plants and animals. In one of these studies, we examine seed dispersal pattern by nutcrackers (Nucifraga caryocatactes) along micro-environmental gradients in alpine pine forests. We investigate, how seed deposition by nutcrackers and other biotic and abiotic drivers, such as seed predating rodents, soil fungal communities and micro-climatic conditions, relate to the potential of Swiss stone pine seedlings (Pinus cembra) to establish.

DFG project NE 1863 2-1 “Differential effects of seed dispersal interactions on plant regeneration across environmental gradients” ; PhD Student Dominik Merges

In another DFG project (NE 1863 3-1 “Trait-dependent effects of biotic and abiotic filters on plant regeneration”), we study how abiotic and biotic filters affect the regeneration of plants of various life history traits across an elevational and disturbance gradient in the tropical Andes of Southern Ecuador; PhD Student Maciej Barczyk


Biodiversity, species interactions, ecosystem functions, experimental community ecology, transplant experiments, birds, plants, seed dispersal, global change

Selected Publications

Quitián, M., V. Santillán, I. M. A. Bender, C. I. Espinosa, J. Homeier, K. Böhning-Gaese, M. Schleuning & E. L. Neuschulz (2019) Functional responses of avian frugivores to variation in fruit resources between natural and fragmented forests. Functional Ecology, 33:399-410

Quitián, M., V. Santillán, C. I. Espinosa, J. Homeier, K. Böhning-Gaese, M. Schleuning & E. L. Neuschulz (2017) Elevation-dependent effects of forest fragmentation on plant-bird interaction networks in the tropical Andes, Ecography, 40:1-10, doi: 10.1111/ecog.03247

featured in the Ecography Blog

Merges, D., M. Bálint, I. Schmitt, K. Böhning-Gaese & E. L. Neuschulz (2018) Spatial patterns of mutualistic and pathogenic fungi across the elevational range of a host plant, Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12942

Neuschulz, E. L., D. Merges, K. Bollmann, F. Gugerli & K. Böhning-Gaese (2017) Biotic interactions and seed deposition rather than abiotic factors determine recruitment at elevational range limits of an alpine tree. Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12818

featured among others in NZZ

Neuschulz, E. L., T. Mueller, M. Schleuning & K. Böhning-Gaese (2016) Pollination and seed dispersal are the most threatened processes of plant regeneration. Scientific Reports 6: 29839, doi:10.1038/srep29839

featured among others in ScienceDaily.



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