Ich interessiere mich für die Ökologie, Evolution und Phylogenie der (hauptsächlich) im Boden lebenden Hornmilben (Oribatiden). Oribatiden sind ein phylogenetisch sehr altes Taxon, das mehrere artenreiche parthenogenetische Cluster enthält. Innerhalb dieser parthenogenetischen Taxa hat sich mindestens einmal Sexualität rück-evolviert, was ein einmaliger Fall im Tierreich ist. Neben den alten artenreichen parthenogenetischen Clustern gibt es aber auch rezente parthenogenetische ‚offshoots‘.

Neben der Phylogenie der Oribatiden interessiert uns auch die Phylogenie aller Milben. Die Diversität, Ernährungsweise und Lebensweise der Milben, die zu den ansonsten eher uniform räuberischen Spinnentieren gehören, sind beachtlich.

Mich interessiert weiterhin die Verknüpfung von ökologischen Merkmalen der Oribatiden mit der Phylogenie dieser Gruppe. Dazu haben wir intensiv die Nahrungsbiologie der Oribatiden untersucht. Oribatiden ernähren sich bevorzugt von dunkel pigmentierten Pilzen; der Grund dafür ist aber nicht bekannt. Die verschiedenen Oribatidenarten ernähren sich im Freiland offenbar von einer bestimmten Nahrungsressource; darauf deuten Stabile Isotopen Daten hin; allerdings fressen sie im Labor eine breites Spektrum der angebotenen Nahrungsressourcen. Dieser Widerspruch ist bis heute ungeklärt.

Außerdem interessiert mich die Funktion der Oribatiden bei der Verbreitung von Pilzsporen, welche Faktoren die Dichte der Oribatiden beeinflussen und welche Funktion sie im Boden Nahrungsnetz haben. Neue Daten deuten darauf hin, dass viele Oribatidenarten sich eher von Kohlenstoff ernähren, der der Rhizosphäre entstammt als von Kohlenstoff, der aus der Laubstreu stammt. Weiterhin sind mehr Arten Räuber als man bisher angenommen hat. Die Ressourcenqualität spielt für die Verbreitung und das Vorkommen vermutlich eine größere Rolle als die Menge der Ressource.

Während die meisten Arten und Individuen der Oribatiden im Boden parthenogenetisch sind, sind die Oribatiden, die im Laufe der Evolution die Borke besiedelt haben, größtenteils sexuell und ernähren sich teilweise von Flechten.

Mich interessiert die langfristige Aufrechterhaltung der Parthenogenese in verschiedenen artenreichen Teilgruppen der Oribatiden. Eine ungeklärte Frage ist bisher, ob die Oribatiden Automikten oder Apomikten sind. Unsere Daten deuten auf automiktische Thelytokie hin, da der sogenannte ‚Meselson Effekt’ nicht gefunden werden konnte. Diesen Effekt würde man bei der langfristigen Akkumulation von Mutationen auf den verschiedenen Allelen eines Gens erwarten. Die Fragestellung nach der Evolution und Aufrechterhaltung von sexueller Reproduktion, die am Beispiel der sexuell und parthenogenetisch reproduzierenden Oribatiden gut untersucht werden kann, ist einen Schwerpunkt unserer laufenden Arbeiten.

Seit einigen Jahren arbeiten wir in einem tropischen Bergregenwald in Süd-Ecuador und untersuchen dort die Funktion der Bodenfauna, die Interaktion der Bodenfauna mit anderen Bodenorganismen und den Anteil der sexuellen und parthenogenetischen Oribatiden auf verschiedenen Höhenstufen. Ein interessantes und bisher nicht verstandenes Phänomen ist die Tatsache, dass der Anteil parthenogenetisch reproduzierender ‚Arten’ mit zunehmender Höhenstufe abnimmt. Außerdem konnten wir mittels stabiler Isotope zeigen, dass viele Bodentiere (vor allem Collembolen und Oribatiden) keine echten Zersetzer sind sondern sich von Pilzen ernähren. In einem anderen tropischen Regenwald in Südostasien haben wir ebenfalls das Nahrungsnetz im Boden mittels stabiler Isotope untersucht.

Momentan untersuchen wir im Rahmen der Forschergruppe „Biodiversity and sustainable management of a megadiverse mountain ecosystem in Ecuador“ (FOR 816) der DFG die Dichte und Gemeinschaftssturktur von Hornmilben entlang eines Landnutzungsgradienten sowie den Darminhalt von Mikroarthropoden mittels molekularer Marker.

Publikationen

2017
(159) Brandt A, Schaefer I, Glanz J, Schwander T, Maraun M, Scheu S, Bast J (2017) Effective purifying selection in ancient asexual oribatid mites. Nature Communications 8, 873
(158) Melguizo-Ruiz N, Jiménez-Navarro G, Zieger S, Maraun M, Scheu S, Moya-Laraño J (2017) Complex effects of precipitation and basal resources on the trophic ecology of soil oribatid mites: implications for stable isotope analysis. European Journal of Soil Biology 82, 98-107
(157) Krashevska V, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M, Scheu S (2017) Leaf litter chemistry drives the structure and composition of soil testate amoeba communities in a tropical montane rainforest of the Ecuadorian Andes. Microbial Ecology 74, 681-690
(156) Zieger SL, Holczinger A, Sommer J, Rath M, Kuzyakov Y, Polle A, Maraun M, Scheu S (2017) Beech trees fuel soil animal food webs via root-derived nitrogen. Basic and Applied Ecology 22, 28-35
(155) Marian F, Sandmann D, Krashevska V, Maraun M, Scheu S (2017) Leaf and root litter decomposition is discontinued at high altitude tropical montane rainforests contributing to carbon sequestration. Ecology and Evolution 7, 6432–6443
(154) Mumladze L, Murvanidze M, Maraun M (2017) Patterns of oribatid mite species diversity: testing the effects of elevation, area and sampling effort. Experimental and Applied Acarology 72, 245–262
(153) Klarner B, Winkelmann H, Krashevska V, Maraun M, Widyastuti R, Scheu S (2017) Trophic niches, diversity and community composition of invertebrate top predators (Chilopoda) as affected by conversion of tropical lowland rainforest in Sumatra (Indonesia). PLoS ONE 12(8): e0180915. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180915
(152) Birkhofer K, Gossner MM, Diekötter T, Drees C, Ferlian O, Maraun M, Scheu S, Weisser WW, Wolters V, Wurst S, Zaitsev AS, Smith HG (2017) Land-use type and intensity differentially filter traits in above- and belowground arthropod communities. Journal of Animal Ecology 86, 511-520
(151) Pachl P, Lindl AC, Krause A, Scheu S, Schaefer I, Maraun M (2017) The tropics as ancient cradle of oribatid mite diversity. Acarologia 57, 309-322


2016
(150) Krause A, Pachl P, Schulz G, Lehmitz R, Seniczak A, Schaefer I, Scheu S, Maraun M (2016) Convergent evolution of aquatic life by sexual and parthenogenetic oribatid mites. Experimental and Applied Acarology 70, 439-453, doi: 10.1007/s10493-016-0089-3
(149) Grubert D, Butenschoen O, Maraun M, Scheu S (2016) Understanding earthworm ? Collembola interactions and their importance for ecosystem processes needs consideration of species identity. European Journal of Soil Biology 77, 60-67, doi: org/10.1016/j.ejsobi.2016.10.001
(148) Clough Y, Krishna VV, Corre MD, Darras K, Denmead LH, Meijide A, Moser S, Musshoff O, Steinebach S, Veldkamp E, Allen K, Barnes AD, Breidenbach N, Brose U, Buchori D, Daniel R, Finkeldey R, Harahap I, Hertel D, Holtkamp AM, Hörandl E, Irawan B, Jaya INS, Jochum M, Klarner B, Knohl A, Kotowska MM, Krashevska V, Kreft H, Kurniawan S, Leuschner C, Maraun M, Melati DN, Opfermann N, Pérez-Cruzado C, Prabowo WE, Rembold K, Rizali A, Rubiana R, Schneider D, Tjitrosoedirdjo SS, Tjoa A, Tscharntke T, Scheu S (2016) Land-use choices follow profitability at the expense of ecological functions in Indonesian smallholder landscapes. Nature Communications 7:13137. doi:10.1038/ncomms13137
(147) Krashevska V, Klarner B, Widyastuti R, Maraun M, Scheu S (2016) Changes in structure and functioning of protist (testate amoebae) communities due to conversion of lowland rainforest into rubber and oil palm plantations. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0160179. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160179
(146) Lehmitz R, Maraun M (2016) Small-scale spatial heterogeneity of stable isotopes signatures (15N, 13C) in Sphagnum sp. transfers to all trophic levels in oribatid mites. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 100, 242-251, doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.06.005
(145) Seniczak A, Seniczak S, Maraun M, Graczyk R, Mistrzak M (2016) Oribatid mite species numbers increase, densities decline and parthenogenetic species suffer during bog degradation. Experimental and Applied Acarology 68, 409-428
(144) Bast J, Schaefer I, Schwander T, Maraun M, Scheu S, Kraaijeveld K (2016) No accumulation of transposable elements in asexual arthropods. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33, 697-706
(143) Bluhm C, Scheu S, Maraun M (2016) Temporal fluctuations in oribatid mites indicate that density-independent factors favour parthenogenetic reproduction. Experimental and Applied Acarology 68, 387-407

2015
(142) Zieger SL, Eissfeller V, Maraun M, Scheu S (2015) Incorporation of carbon and nitrogen from leaf litter differing in structural compounds into soil microarthropods of a deciduous forest. Pedobiologia 58, 219?227
(141) Krashevska V, Klarner B, Widyastuti R, Maraun M, Scheu S (2015) Impact of tropical lowland rainforest conversion into rubber and oil palm plantations on soil microbial communities. Biology and Fertility of Soil 51, 697-705
(140) Kreipe V, Corral-Hernandez E, Scheu S, Schaefer I, Maraun M (2015) Phylogeny and species delineation in European species of the genus Steganacarus (Acari, Oribatida) using mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Experimental and Applied Acarology 66, 173-186
(139) Mumladze L, Murvanidze M, Maraun M, Salakaia M (2015) Oribatid mite communities along an elevational gradient in Sairme gorge (Caucasus). Experimental and Applied Acarology 66, 41-51
(138) Maaß S, Maraun M, Scheu S, Rillig MC, Caruso T (2015) Environmental filtering vs. resource-based niche partitioning in diverse soil animal assemblages. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 85, 145-152
(137) Corral-Hernandez E, Maraun M, Iturrondobeitia JC (2015) Trophic structure of oribatid mite communities from six different oak forests (Quercus robur). Soil Biology and Biochemistry 83, 93-99
(136) Bluhm C, Scheu S, Maraun M (2015) Oribatid mite communities on the bark of dead wood vary with log type, surrounding forest and regional factors. Applied Soil Ecology 89, 102-112
(135) Scheunemann N, Maraun M, Scheu S, Butenschoen O (2015) The role of shoot residues vs. crop species for soil arthropod diversity and abundance of arable systems. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 81, 81-88

2014
(134) von Saltzwedel H, Maraun M, Scheu S, Schaefer I (2014) Evidence for Frozen-Niche Variation in a cosmopolitan parthenogenetic soil mite species (Acari, Oribatida). PLoS ONE 9(11): e113268. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113268
(133) Ott D, Digel C, Klarner B, Maraun M, Pollierer M, Rall BC, Scheu S, Seelig G. Brose U (2014) Litter elemental stoichiometry and biomass densities of forest soil invertebrates. Oikos 123, 1212-1223
(132) Klarner B, Ehnes RB, Erdmann G, Eitzinger B, Pollierer MM, Maraun M, Scheu S (2014) Trophic shift of soil animal species with forest type as indicated by stable isotope analysis. Oikos 123, 1173-1181
(131) Heidemann K, Hennies A, Schakowske J, Blumenberg L, Ruess L, Scheu S, Maraun M (2014) The role of free-living nematodes as prey for higher trophic levels of forest soil food webs. Oikos 123, 1199-1211
(130) Ott D, Digel C, Rall BC, Maraun M, Scheu S; Brose U (2014) Unifying elemental stoichiometry and metabolic theory in predicting species abundances. Ecology Letters 17, 1247-1256
(129) Ermilov SG, Marian F, Maraun M (2014) Two new species of Ecuadorian oribatid mites of the genera Hermannobates and Rhynchoribates (Acari Oribatida: Hermanniellidae, Rhynchoribatidae). Systematic and Applied Acarology 19, 313?321
(128) Wehner K, Scheu S, Maraun M (2014) Resource availability as driving factor of the reproductive mode in soil microarthropods (Acari, Oribatida). PLoS ONE 9, e104243
(127) Heidemann K, Ruess L, Scheu S, Maraun M (2014) Nematode consumption by mite communities varies in different forest microhabitats as indicated by molecular gut content analysis. Experimental and Applied Acarology 64, 49-60
(126) Jacquemin J, Delsinne T, Maraun M, Leponce M (2014) Trophic ecology of the armadillo ant Tatuidris tatusia assessed by stable isotopes and behavioral observations. Journal of Insect Science 14, Article 108
(125) Butenschoen O, Krashevska V, Maraun M, Marian F, Sandmann D, Scheu S (2014) Litter mixture effects on decomposition in tropical montane rainforests vary strongly with time and turn negative at later stages of decay. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 77, 121-128
(124) Maraun M, Augustin D, Müller J, Bässler C, Scheu S (2014) Changes in the community composition and trophic structure of microarthropods in sporocarps of the wood decaying fungus Fomitopsis pinicola along an altitudinal gradient. Applied Soil Ecology 84, 16-23
(123) Fischer B, Meyer E, Maraun M (2014) Positive correlation of trophic level and proportion of sexual taxa of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in alpine soil systems. Experimental and Applied Acarology 63, 465?479
(122) Krashevska V, Sandmann D, Maraun M, Scheu S (2014) Moderate changes in nutrient input alter tropical microbial and protist communities and belowground linkages. The ISME Journal 8, 1126-1134
(121) Ehnes RB, Pollierer MM, Erdmann G, Klarner B, Eitzinger B, Digel C, Ott D, Maraun M, Scheu S, Brose U (2014) Lack of energetic equivalence in forest soil invertebrates. Ecology 95, 527-537

2013
(120) Ermilov SG, Sandmann D, Maraun M (2013) A new species of the genus Orthozetes from Ecuador (Acari: Oribatida: Microzetidae). Acarina 21, 100?103
(119) Ermilov SG, Bayartogtokh B, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) New and little known species of oribatid mites of the family Haplozetidae (Acari, Oribatida) from Ecuador. Zookeys 346, 43?57
(118) Ermilov SG, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) Oribatid mites of the superfamily Oppioidea from Ecuador (Acari: Oribatida). Systematic and Applied Acarology 18, 218?224
(117) Ermilov SG, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) Perscheloribates paratzitzikamensis n. sp., with supplementary description of Scheloribates elegans and Monoschelobates parvus (Acari, Oribatida, Scheloribatidae) from Ecuador. Acarologia 53, 429?437
(116) Ermilov SG, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) Two new oribatid mite species of the genus Gittella from Ecuador (Acari, Oribatida, Oppiidae). Spixiana 36, 1-8
(115) Ermilov SG, Stary J, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) New taxa and new records of oribatid mites of the family Galumnidae (Acari: Oribatida) from Ecuador. Zootaxa 3700, 259?270
(114) Ermilov SG, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) New oribatid mites of the genera Machadobelba and Campachipte¬ria (Acari: Oribatida) from Ecuador. Systematic and Applied Acarology 18, 145?152
(113) Maraun, M, Fronczek S, Marian F, Sandmann D, Scheu S (2013) More sex at higher altitudes: changes in the frequency of parthenogenesis in oribatid mites in tropical montane rain forests. Pedobiologia 56, 185-190
(112) Ermilov, SG, Sandmann D, Maraun M (2013) Two new species of Schalleria (Acari: Oribatida: Microzetidae) from Ecuador with a key to all species of the genus. International Journal of Acarology 39, 200-208
(111) Hamer U, Potthast K, Wilcke W, Wullaert H, Valarezo C, Sandmann D, Maraun M, Scheu S, Homeier J (2013) Nutrient additions affecting matter turnover in forest and pasture ecosystems. In: Bendix J, Beck E, Bräuning A, Makeschin F, Mosandl R, Scheu S and Wilcke W (eds): Ecosystem services, biodiversity and environmental change in a tropical mountain ecosystem of South Ecuador. Ecological Studies Vol. 221, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, pp 297-313
(110) Werner FA, Jantz N, Krashevska V, Peters T, Behling H, Maraun M, Scheu S, Brehm G (2013) Climate change effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. In: Bendix J, Beck E, Bräuning A, Makeschin F, Mosandl R, Scheu S and Wilcke W (eds): Ecosystem services, biodiversity and environmental change in a tropical mountain ecosystem of South Ecuador. Ecological Studies Vol. 221, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, pp 247-263
(109) Rillig MC, Camenzind T, Gawlik J, Haug I, Krashevska V, Maraun M, Sandmann D, Scheu S (2013) Diversity in Soil Fungi, Protists and Microarthropods. In: Bendix J, Beck E, Bräuning A, Makeschin F, Mosandl R, Scheu S and Wilcke W (eds): Ecosystem services, biodiversity and environmental change in a tropical mountain ecosystem of South Ecuador. Ecological Studies Vol. 221, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, pp 81-92
(108) Ermilov SG, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) Two new species of oribatid mites of the genus Truncozetes (Acari, Oribatida, Epactozetidae) from Ecuador. Zookeys 303, 23?31
(107) Eissfeller V, Langenbruch C, Jacob A, Maraun M, Scheu S (2013) Tree identity surpasses tree diversity in affecting the community structure of oribatid mites (Oribatida) of deciduous temperate forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 63, 154-162
(106) Ermilov, SG, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) Three new species of the genus Sternoppia (Acari: Oribatida: Sternoppiidae) from Ecuador. Zootaxa 3641, 565?576
(105) Eissfeller V, Beyer F, Valtanen K, Hertel D, Maraun M, Polle A, Scheu S (2013) Incorporation of plant carbon and microbial nitrogen into the rhizosphere food web of beech and ash. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 62, 76-81
(104) Rosenberger M, Maraun M, Scheu S, Schaefer I (2013) Pre- and post-glacial diversifications shape genetic complexity of soil-living microarthropod species. Pedobiologia 56, 79-87
(103) Ermilov S, Sandmann D, Marian F, Maraun M (2013) Three new species of oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) from Ecuador. Acarologia 53, 111?123
(102) Klarner B, Maraun M, Scheu S (2013) Trophic diversity and niche partitioning in a species rich predator guild - natural variations in stable isotope ratios (13C/12C, 15N/14N) of mesostigmatid mites (Acari, Mesostigmata) from Central European beech forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 57, 323-333

2012
(101) Maraun M (2012) The Evolutionary Strategies that Shape Ecosystems, J.P. Grime, S. Pierce. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 264 pp., £80.00 (hardcover), £39.95 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-470-67481-9 (hardcover), 978-0-470-67482-6 (paperback) (book review), Basic and Applied Ecology 13, 736
(100) Krashevska V, Sandmann D, Maraun M, Scheu S (2012) Consequences of exclusion of precipitation on microorganisms and microbial consumers in montane tropical rain forests. Oecologia 170, 1067-1076
(99) Maraun M, Norton RA, Ehnes R, Scheu S, Erdmann G (2012) Positive correlation of density and parthenogenetic reproduction in oribatid mites supports the ?Structured Resource Theory of Sexual Reproduction?. Evolutionary Ecology Research 14, 311-323
(98) Homeier J, Hertel D, Camenzind T, Cumbicus NL, Maraun M, Martinson GO, Poma LN, Rillig MC, Sandmann D, Scheu S, Veldkamp E, Wilcke W, Wullaert H, Leuschner C (2012) Tropical Andean forests are highly susceptible to nutrient inputs ? rapid effects of experimental N and P addition to an Ecuadorian montane forest. PLoS ONE 7, e47128
(97) Pachl P, Domes K, Schulz G, Norton RA, Scheu S, Schaefer I, Maraun M (2012) Convergent evolution of defense mechanisms in oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) shows no ?ghosts of predation past?. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65, 412-420
(96) Birkhofer K, Schöning I, Alt F, Herold N, Klarner B, Maraun M, Marhan S, Oelmann Y, Wubet T, Yurkov A, Begerow D, Berner D, Buscot F, Daniel R, Diekötter T, Ehner RB, Erdmann G, Fischer C, Foesel B, Groh J, Gutknecht J, Kandeler E, Lang C, Lohaus G, Meyer A, Nacke H, Näther A, Overmann J, Polle A, Pollierer MM, Scheu S, Schloter M, Schulze ED, Schulze W, Weinert J, Weissser WW, Wolters V, Schrumpf M (2012) General relationships between abiotic soil properties and soil biota across spatial scales and different land-use types. PLoS ONE 7(8), e43292
(95) Perdomo G, Evans A, Maraun M, Sunnucks P, Thompson R (2012) Mouthpart morphology and trophic position of microarthropods from soils and mosses are strongly correlated. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 53, 56-63
(94) Erdmann G, Scheu S, Maraun M (2012) Regional factors rather than forest type drive the community structure of soil living oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida). Experimental and Applied Acarology 57, 157?169, doi: 10.1007/s10493-012-9546-9.
(93) Krashevska V, Maraun M, Scheu S (2012) How does litter quality affect the community of soil protists (testate amoebae) of tropical montane rainforests? FEMS Microbiology Ecology 80, 603-607, doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01327.x
(92) Jacquemin J, Maraun M, Roisin Y, Leponce M (2012) Differential response of ants to nutrient addition in a tropical Brown Food Web. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 46, 10-17

2011
(91) Heidemann K, Scheu S, Ruess L, Maraun M (2011) Molecular detection of nematode predation and scavenging in oribatid mites: laboratory and field experiments. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43, 2229-2236 (doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2011.07.015)
(90) Maraun M (2011) Book review: The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited. J.B. Losos, R.E. Ricklefs (Eds.). Princeton University Press (2009). 476 pp., Price: £34.95 (paper), £69.95 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-691-13653-0 (paper), 978-0-691-13652-3 (cloth). Basic and Applied Ecology 12, 275 (doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2011.02.002)
(89) Maraun M, Erdmann G, Fischer BM, Pollierer MM, Norton RA, Schneider K, Scheu S (2011) Stable isotopes revisited: their use and limits for oribatid mite trophic ecology. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43, 877-882 (doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2011.01.003)
(88) Eisenhauer N, Milcu A, Sabais ACW, Bessler H, Brenner J, Engels C, Klarner B, Maraun M, Partsch S, Roscher C, Schonert F, Temperton VM, Thomisch K, Weigelt A, Weisser WW, Scheu S (2011) Plant diversity surpasses plant functional groups and plant productivity as driver of soil biota in the long term. PLoS ONE 6(1), e16055
(87) Eisenhauer N, Yee K, Johnson EA, Maraun M, Parkinson D, Straube D, Scheu S (2011) Positive relationship between herbaceous layer diversity and the performance of soil biota in a temperate forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43, 462-465

2010
(86) Fischer BM, Schatz H, Maraun M (2010) Community structure, trophic position and reproductive mode of soil and bark-living oribatid mites in an alpine grassland ecosystem. Experimental and Applied Acarology 52, 221-237 (doi:10.1007/s10493-010-9366-8)
(85) Bezemer TM, Fountain MT, Barea JM, Christensen S, Dekker SC, Duyts H, van Hal R, J.A. Harvey JA, Hedlund K, Maraun M, Mikola J, Mladenov AG, Robin C, de Ruiter PC, Scheu S, Setälä H, ?milauer H, W.H. van der Putten WH, (2010) Divergent composition but similar function of soil food webs beneath individual plants: plant species and community effects. Ecology 91, 3027?3036 (doi:10.1890/09-2198)
(84) Maraun M (2010) Book Review: Functioning and Management of European Beech Ecosystems, R. Brumme, P.K. Khanna (Eds.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2009). 499 pp., ?181.85, ISBN: 978-3-642-00339-4. Basic and Applied Ecology, 559 (doi:10.1016/j.baae.2010.06.002)
(83) Schaefer I, Norton RA, Scheu S, Maraun M (2010) Precambrian mites colonized land and formed parthenogenetic clusters. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57, 113-121
(82) Illig J, Norton RA, Scheu S, Maraun M (2010) Density and community structure of soil and bark living microarthropods along an altitudinal gradient in a tropical mountain rain forest. Experimental and Applied Acarology 52, 49-62 (doi:10.1007/s10493-010-9348-x)
(81) Krashevska V, Maraun M, Ruess L, Scheu S (2010) Carbon and nutrient limitation of soil microorganisms and microbial grazers in a tropical montane rain forest. Oikos 119: 1020-1028 (doi:10.111/j.1600-0706.2009.18110.x)
(80) Krashevska V, Maraun M, Scheu S (2010) Micro- and macroscale changes in density and diversity of testate amoebae of tropical montane rain forests of Southern Ecuador. Acta Protozoologica 49, 17?28

2009
(79) Heethoff M, Norton RA, Scheu S, Maraun M (2009) Parthenogenesis in oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida). Evolution without sex. In: Schön I, Martens K, Van Dijk P (eds) Lost sex. The evolutionary biology of parthenogenesis. Springer, 241-257 (doi 10.1007/978-90-481-2770-2_12)
(78) Kardol P, Newton JS, Bezemer TM, Maraun M, van der Putten WH (2009) Contrasting diversity patterns of soil mites and nematodes in secondary succession. Acta Oecologica 35, 603-609 (doi:10.1016.j.actao.2009.05.006)
(77) Maraun M, Erdmann G, Schulz G, Norton RA, Scheu S, Domes K (2009) Multiple convergent evolution of arboreal life in oribatid mites indicates the primacy of ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276, 3219-3227 (doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.0425)
(76) Maraun M (2009) Book Review: Root Feeders. An Ecosystem Perspective, S.N. Johnson, P.J. Murray (Eds.). CAB International, Wallingford (2008). 226 pp., £ 75.00, ISBN: 978-1-84593-461-3. Basic and Applied Ecology 10, 584 (doi:10.1016/j.baae.2009.05.002)
(75) Pollierer MM, Langel R, Scheu S, Maraun M (2009) Compartmentalization of the soil animal food web as indicated by dual analysis of stable isotopes (15N/14N and 13C/12C). Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41, 1221-1226
(74) Chahartaghi M, Maraun M, Scheu S, Domes K (2009) Resource depletion and colonization: A comparison between parthenogenetic and sexual Collembola species. Pedobiologia 52, 181-189
(73) Schneider K, Maraun M (2009) Top-down control of soil microarthropods ? Evidence from a laboratory experiment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41, 170-175

2008
(72) Domes K, Maraun M, Scheu S, Cameron S (2008) The complete mitochondrial genome of the sexual oribatid mite Steganacarus magnus: genome rearrangements and loss of tRNAs. BMC Genomics 9, 532
(71) Krashevska V, Bonkowski M, Maraun M, Ruess L, Kandeler E, Scheu S (2008) Microorganisms as driving factors for the community structure of testate amoebae along an altitudinal transect in tropical mountain rain forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 40, 2427-2433
(70) Illig J, Schatz H, Scheu S, Maraun M (2008) Decomposition and colonization by micro-arthropods of two litter types in a tropical montane rain forest in southern Ecuador. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24, 157-167
(69) Scheu S, Illig J, Eissfeller V, Krashevska V, Sandmann D, Maraun M (2008) The soil fauna of a tropical mountain rain forest in southern Ecuador: structure and functioning. In: Gradstein SR, Homeier J, Gansert D (eds) The tropical mountain forest ? patterns and processes in a biodiversity hotspot. Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology. Biodiversity and Ecology Series 2, 79-96
(68) Maraun M, Domes K, Schaefer I, Scheu S (2008) Molekulare Phylogenie von Oribatiden (Hornmilben). In: Jopp F, Pieper S (eds) Bodenzoologie und Ökologie - 30 Jahre Umweltforschung an der Freien Universität Berlin. Theorie in der Ökologie 12, Peter Lang Publishing Group, Bern, pp. 33-45
(67) Maraun M, Illig J, Sandmann D, Krashevska V, Norton RA, Scheu S (2008) Soil Fauna. In: Beck E, Bendix J, Kottke I, Makeschin F, Mosandl R (eds) Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador. Ecological Studies Vol. 198. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 181-192

2007
(66) Krashevska V, Bonkowski M, Maraun M, Scheu S (2007) Testate amoebae - Checklist Reserva Biologica San Francisco (Prov. Zamora-Chinchipe, S. Ecuador). Ecotropical Monographs 4, 231-236
(65) Illig J, Sandmann D, Schatz H, Scheu S, Maraun M (2007) Oribatida (Mites) - Checklist Reserva Biologica San Francisco (Prov. Zamora-Chinchipe, S. Ecuador). Ecotropical Monographs 4, 221-230
(64) Krashevska V, Bonkowski M, Maraun M, Scheu S (2007) Testate amoebae (protista) of an elevational gradient in the tropical mountain rain forest of Ecuador. Pedobiologia 51, 319-331
(63) Domes K, Althammer M, Norton RA., Scheu S, Maraun M (2007) The phylogenetic relationship between Astigmata and Oribatida as indicated by molecular markers. Experimental and Applied Acarology 42, 159-171
(62) Pollierer MM, Langel R, Körner C, Maraun M, Scheu S (2007) The underestimated importance of belowground carbon input for forest soil food webs. Ecology Letters 10, 729-736
(61) Laumann M, Norton RA, Weigmann G, Scheu S, Maraun M, Heethoff M (2007) Speciation in the parthenogenetic oribatid mite genus Tectocepheus (Acari, Oribatida) as indicated by molecular phylogeny. Pedobiologia 51, 111-122
(60) Domes K, Norton RA, Maraun M, Scheu S (2007) Re-evolution of sex in oribatid mites breaks Dollo?s law. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104, 7139-7144
(59) Maraun M, Schatz H, Scheu S (2007) Awesome or ordinary? Global diversity patterns of oribatid mites. Ecography 30, 209-216
(58) Erdmann G, Otte V, Langel R, Scheu S, Maraun M (2007) The trophic structure of bark-living oribatid mite communities analysed with stable isotopes (15N; 13C) indicates strong niche differentiation. Experimental and Applied Acarology 41, 1-10
(57) Domes K, Scheu S, Maraun M (2007) Resources and sex: soil re-colonization by sexual and parthenogenetic oribatid mites. Pedobiologia 51, 1-11
(56) Schneider K, Scheu S, Maraun M (2007) Microarthropod density and diversity respond little to spatial isolation. Basic and Applied Ecology 8, 26-35
(55) Heethoff M, Domes K, Laumann M, Maraun M, Norton RA, Scheu S (2007) High genetic divergences indicate ancient separation of parthenogenetic lineages of the oribatid mite Platynothrus peltifer (Acari, Oribatida). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20, 392-402

2006
(54) Erdmann G, Floren A, Linsenmair KE, Scheu S, Maraun M (2006) Effect of forest age on oribatid mites from the bark of trees. Pedobiologia 50, 433-441
(53) Peschel K, Norton RA, Scheu S, Maraun M (2006) Do oribatid mites live in enemy-free space? Evidence from feeding experiments with the predatory mite Pergamasus septentrionalis. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 38, 2985-2989
(52) Kupfer A, Langel R, Scheu S, Himstedt W, Maraun M (2006) Trophic ecology of a tropical aquatic and terrestrial food web: insights from stable isotopes (15N). Journal of Tropical Ecology 22, 469-476
(51) Salamon JA, Alphei J, Ruf A, Schaefer M, Scheu S, Schneider K, Sührig A, Maraun M (2006) Transitory dynamic effects in the soil invertebrate community in a temperate deciduous forest: effects of resource quality. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 38, 209-221
(50) Schaefer I, Domes K, Heethoff M, Schneider K, Schön I, Scheu S, Norton RA, Maraun M (2006) No evidence for the ?Meselson effect? in parthenogenetic oribatid mites. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19, 184-193

2005
(49) Renker C, Otto P, Schneider K, Zimdars B, Maraun M, Buscot F (2005) Oribatid mites as potential vectors for soil microfungi: study of mite-associated fungal species. Microbial Ecology 50, 518-528
(48) Schneider K, Renker C, Scheu S, Maraun M (2005) Oribatid mite feeding on ectomycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 16, 67-72
(47) Illig J, Norton RA, Langel R, Scheu S, Maraun M (2005) Where are the decomposers? Uncovering the soil food web of a tropical montane rain forest in Southern Ecuador using stable isotopes (15N). Journal of Tropical Ecology 21, 589-593
(46) Maraun M (2005) Ecology and Evolution of Oribatid Mites. Habilitation Thesis, TU Darmstadt.
(45) Schneider K, Maraun M (2005) Feeding preferences among dark pigmented fungi (Dematiacea) indicate trophic niche differentiation of oribatid mites. Pedobiologia 49, 61-67

2004
(44) Schneider K, Renker C, Scheu S, Maraun M (2004) Feeding biology of oribatid mites: a minireview. Phytophaga 14, 247-256
(43) Schneider K, Migge S, Norton RA, Scheu S, Langel R, Reineking A, Maraun M (2004) Trophic niche differentiation in oribatid mites (Oribatida, Acari): evidence from stable isotope ratios (15N/14N). Soil Biology and Biochemistry 36, 1769-1774
(42) Maraun M, Heethoff M, Schneider K, Scheu S, Weigmann G, Cianciolo J, Thomas RH, Norton RA (2004) Molecular phylogeny of oribatid mites (Oribatida, Acari): evidence for multiple radiations of parthenogenetic lineages. Experimental and Applied Acarology 33, 183-201

2003
(41) Maraun M, Salamon JA, Schneider K, Schaefer M, Scheu S (2003) Oribatid mite and collembolan diversity, density and community structure in a moder beech forest (Fagus sylvatica): effects of mechanical disturbances. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 35, 1387-1394
(40) Maraun M, Heethoff M, Scheu S, Weigmann G, Norton RA, Thomas RH (2003) Radiation in sexual and parthenogenetic oribatid mites (Oribatida, Acari) as indicated by genetic divergence of closely related species. Experimental and Applied Acarology 29, 265-277
(39) Kupfer A, Maraun M (2003) Natural History Notes: Ichthyophis kohtaoensis (Koh-Tao Caecilien): Diet. Herpetological Review 34, 226
(38) Maraun M, Martens H, Migge M, Theenhaus A, Scheu S (2003) Adding to the ?enigma of soil animal diversity?: fungal feeders and saprophagous soil invertebrates prefer similar food substrates. European Journal of Soil Biology 39, 85-95

2002
(37) Maraun M, Heethoff M, Scheu S, Thomas RH (2002) Parthenogenetic radiation and the re-evolution of sex. Evidence from molecular phylogeny of oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida). Zoology 105, Suppl. V, Proceedings of the 95. Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft in Halle (Saale), p. 93
(36) Heethoff M, Maraun M, Scheu S (2002) Ancient parthenogenetic species: methods for detection a candidate from oribatid mites. Zoology 105, Suppl. V, Proceedings of the 95. Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft in Halle (Saale), p. 25
(35) Maraun M (2002) Zur Diversität von Oribatiden. Mitteilungen der AG Bodenmesofauna 18, 19-25

2001
(34) Alphei J, Maraun M, Scheu S (2001) Der Einfluss experimentell manipulierter Faunendiversität auf die Gemeinschaftsstruktur freilebender Nematoden im Boden eines Mull-Buchenwaldes. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 95, 7-10.
(33) Maraun M, Alphei J, Beste P, Bonkowski M, Buryn R, Peter M, Migge S, Schaefer M, Scheu S (2001) Indirect effects of carbon and nutrient amendments on the soil meso- and microfauna of a beechwood. Biology and Fertility of Soils 34, 222-229
(32) Maraun M (2001) Die molekulare Analyse von sexuellen und parthenogenetischen Oribatiden: evolutionsbiologische und phylogenetische Schlussfolgerungen. Mitteilungen der AG Bodenmesofauna 17, 69-72
(31) Alphei J, Maraun M, Scheu S (2001) Response of nematodes to manipulation of faunal diversity in a beech forest soil: a laboratory experiment. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 31, 174
(30) Maraun M (2001) Molecular analysis of sexual and asexual oribatid mites (Oribatida, Acari): evolutionary and phylogenetic implications. Proceedings of the 10th Workshop of Marie Curie Fellows, London, September 6-7th, 2001

2000
(29) Heethoff M, Maraun M, Scheu S (2000) Genetische Variabilität der ribosomalen ITS 1-Sequenzen bei der parthenogenetischen Hornmilbe Platynothrus peltifer (C.L.KOCH, 1839) (Acari: Oribatida). Berichte des naturwissenschaftlich-medizinischen Vereins Innsbruck 87, 339-354
(28) Maraun M (2000) Die Bedeutung von Hornmilben (Oribatiden) für die Charakterisierung und Bewertung von Standorten. Mitteilungen der AG Bodenmesofauna 16, 38-40
(27) Maraun M, Scheu S (2000) The structure of oribatid mite communities (Acari, Oribatida): patterns, mechanisms and implications for future research. Ecography 23, 374-383
(26) Maraun M (2000) Oribatida (=Cryptostigmata), Hornmilben. Bestimmungsschlüssel für Hornmilben. In: Schaefer M (ed.), Brohmer/Fauna von Deutschland. Quelle & Meyer Verlag Wiebelsheim, pp. 173-176

1999
(25) Maraun M (1999) Die Dichte und Gemeinschaftsstruktur von Oribatiden in verschiedenen Habitaten: Muster und Mechanismen. Mitteilungen der AG Bodenmesofauna 15, 8-12
(24) Maraun M, Alphei J, Bonkowski M, Buryn R, Migge S, Peter M, Schaefer M, Scheu S (1999) Middens of the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris (Lumbricidae): microhabitats for micro- and mesofauna in forest soil. Pedobiologia 43, 276-287
(23) Maraun M, Salamon J, Alphei J, Scheu S (1999) Der Einfluß zunehmender funktioneller Diversität von Bodentieren auf die Dichte von Collembolen, Oribatiden, Gamasinen und Nematoden im Boden eines Mull-Buchenwaldes: Laborexperimente in Mikrokosmen. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 89, 269-272

1998
(22) Maraun M, Migge S, Scheu S (1998) Nahrungspräferenzen von Hornmilben (Oribatida). Abhandlungen und Berichte des Naturkundemuseums Görlitz 70 (2), 198-199
(21) Maraun M, Visser S, Scheu S (1998) Oribatid mites enhance the recovery of the microbial community after a strong disturbance. Applied Soil Ecology 9, 179-186
(20) Migge S, Maraun M, Scheu S, Schaefer M (1998) The oribatid mite community (Acarina) on pure and mixed stands of beech (Fagus sylvatica) and spruce (Picea abies) at different age. Applied Soil Ecology 9, 119-126
(19) Maraun M, Migge S, Schaefer M, Scheu S (1998) Selection of microfungal food by six oribatid mite species (Oribatida, Acari) from two different beech forests. Pedobiologia 42, 232-240
(18) Maraun M (1998) The world of myriapods (book review). Pedobiologia 42, 146

1997
(17) Theenhaus A, Maraun M (1997) Besitzen Schnecken eine Vorliebe für bestimmte Pilze der Streuschicht in Buchenwäldern? Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 85, 615-618
(16) Maraun M, Migge S, Scheu S (1997) Nahrungspräferenzen von Hornmilben (Oribatida). Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 85, 553-556
(15) Theenhaus A, Maraun M, Scheu S (1997) Substrate-induced respiration in forest and arable soils measured by O2-microcompensation: moisture conditions and respiratory quotient. Pedobiologia 41, 449-455
(14) Maraun M (1997) Hornmilben (Oribatida) in Buchenwäldern: Nahrungsbiologie und Einfluß auf Stoff-Flüsse. PhD Thesis, University of Göttingen. Berichte des Forschungszentrums Waldökosysteme, Reihe A, Bd. 143; 169 pp

1996
(13) Migge S, Albers D, Maraun M, Scheu S (1996) Oribatiden und Collembolen in einem Gradienten von Fichte (Picea abies) zu Buche (Fagus sylvatica): Mikrosukzession in alternder Streu und die Beziehung zur mikrobiellen Biomasse. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 81, 149-152
(12) Maraun M, Peter M, Scheu S (1996) Sind Oribatiden und Collembolen in der Streu und im Boden eines Buchenwaldes (Fagus sylvatica) durch das Nahrungsangebot (Biomasse der Mikroorganismen) limitiert? Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 81, 145-148
(11) Theenhaus A, Maraun M, Scheu S (1996) Messung der Substrat-induzierten Respiration in Wald- und Ackerböden über O2-Mikrokompensation: Feuchtebedingungen und respiratorischer Quotient. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 81, 105-108
(10) Scheu S, Maraun M, Bonkowski M, Alphei J (1996) Microbial biomass and respiratory activity in soil aggregates of different sizes from three beechwood sites on a basalt hill. Biology and Fertility of Soils 21, 69-76
(9) Maraun M, Scheu S (1996) Changes in microbial biomass, respiration and nutrient status of beech (Fagus sylvatica) leaf litter processed by millipedes (Glomeris marginata). Oecologia 107, 131-140
(8) Maraun M, Scheu S (1996) Seasonal changes in microbial biomass and activity in leaf litter layers of beech (Fagus sylvatica) forests on a basalt-limestone gradient. Pedobiologia 40, 21-31
(7) Maraun M (1996) Pilzfraßwahlversuche mit drei panphytophagen Hornmilben. Mitteilungen der AG Bodenmesofauna 12, 25-27

1995
(6) Maraun M, Coenen H, Bonkowski M, Buryn R, Alphei J, Scheu S (1995) Bauten von Lumbricus terrestris als bedeutende Mikrohabitate im Waldboden. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 75, 115-118
(5) Maraun M, Scheu S (1995) Die zellulolytische Aktivität der Mikroflora in Buchen-Laubstreu (Fagus sylvatica) und in Kotpellets des Diplopoden Glomeris marginata. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 75, 129-132
(4) Maraun M, Scheu S (1995) Influence of beech litter fragmentation and glucose concentration on the microbial biomass in three different litter layers of a beechwood. Biology and Fertility of Soils 19, 155-158

1994
(3) Maraun M (1994) Zur Dynamik der Mikroflora in Kotpartikeln von Glomeris marginata (VILLERS) nach Fraß von Buchenlaubstreu (Fagus sylvativa): Laborexperimente. Diplomarbeit, Universität Göttingen.

1993
(2) Scheu S, Maraun M (1993) Streuzerkleinerung und Pelletierung von Buchenstreu durch saprophage Makroarthropoden: Einfluß auf den Nährstoffstatus der Mikroflora. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 71, 377-380
(1) Maraun M, Scheu S (1993) Messung der mikrobiellen Biomasse in verschiedenen Streuhorizonten: Einfluß der Zerkleinerung. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 71, 361-364