Ecology Research Group
Institute of Zoology and Anthropology
My research interests cover many fields of ecology with particular emphasis on community ecology (biodiversity) and insect-plant relationships.
Early studies concerned the community of soil-dwelling dipteran larvae in the Göttingen beech forest.
I have also studied communities of Diptera associated with dead beech wood in the course of a ten-year succession.
I am interested in the determinants of diversity and studied dipteran communities of other types of forest and open habitats.
Spider communities of these habitats were investigated too in order to find out whether diversity of spider communities varied in parallel with the diversity of Diptera.
Insect-plant relationships form another item on my research agenda. My model system is the Allium ursinum food web with
You can find more details on my areas of research by clicking the respective (white) links in the green box.