Molecular Ecosystem Sciences B. Sc.

Holger Kreft

Holger Kreft is head of the Free Floater Junior Research Group “Biodiversity, Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography”, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology. His main research interests are in the field (i) global-scale spatial patterns of biodiversity and causal factors the uneven distribution of species richness, (ii) island biogeography, (iii) impacts of climatic change and habitat fragmentation on species diversity, and iv) tropical plant ecology.
Key expertise:
• Global biodiversity issues
• Biodiversity data bases
• Biogeographical and macroecological analyses of species distribution data
• Conservation biogeography
• Tropical plant diversity

Selected publications:
Kreft, H. & Jetz, W. (2010): A framework for delineating biogeographical regions based on species distributions. - Journal of Biogeography 37: 2029–2053.
Sommer, J.H., Kreft, H., Kier, G., Jetz, W., Mutke, J. & Barthlott, W. (2010): Projected impacts of climate change on regional capacities for global plant species richness. - Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277: 2271-2280.
Kier, G., Kreft, H., Lee, T.M., Jetz, W., Ibisch, P.I., Nowicki, C., Mutke, J. & Barthlott, W. (2009): A global assessment of endemism and species richness across island and mainland regions. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 9322–9327.
Kreft, H., Jetz, W., Mutke, J., Kier, G. & Barthlott W. (2008): Global diversity of island floras from a macroecological perspective. - Ecology Letters 11: 116-127.
Kreft, H. & Jetz, W. (2007): Global patterns and determinants of vascular plant diversity. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104: 5925-5930.
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Holger Kreft teaches the following courses:
Plant Ecology and Diversity (together with Dirk Hölscher)