Abteilung Agrarökologie

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Ecosystem process rates along a marine-terrestrial gradient

I am interested in ecology and evolution, especially in the context of arthropod research, including classical taxonomy and systematics. The influence of environmental factors on insects and their trophic interactions is among my core interests.

My PhD thesis is part of a large collaborative project between the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the Georg August University of Göttingen (termed "Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning across marine and terrestrial ecosystems (BEFmate)"). I am analyzing different aspects of arthropod distribution on the East Frisian Islands.

A particular focus of my project is the study of migration and colonization of arthropods over time and space on experimental islands in a marine-terrestrial environment near the island of Spiekeroog (East Frisian Islands) in the context of biodiversity functioning across marine and terrestrial ecosystem functioning (BEFmate). In addition, I will study associated ecosystem processes (e.g. decomposition) over the course of vegetation succession in nature as well as on artificial islands in both above and below ground.