Ökologie der Lebensgemeinschaften und Makroökologie



Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese
Professor, Director "Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre", Speaker of Research Field "Biodiversity and Climate"

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Macroecology, community ecology and Social-Ecological Systems

  • Influence of global change on animal communities in the tropics and in the temperate region
  • Relationships between animal communities, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services
  • Relationships between biodiversity and human well-being in Social-Ecological Systems

TEACHING: Courses at Goethe University Frankfurt in the MSc Ecology and Evolution and in the BSc Biology

MSc Ecology and Evolution and MSc Environmental Sciences: module „Community ecology, Makroökologie und Naturschutz“

  • Content: The module includes an introductory lecture, seminars on current scientific publications, and computer and field practicals. It gives an overview about theory, statistical methods and applications of community ecology and macroecology, as well as consequences for regional and global conservation prioritisation. The module includes an ornithological fieldwork practical outside Frankfurt (duration 1 week). 
  • Contact: Susanne Fritz, Phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1803 E-Mail: susanne.fritz@senckenberg.de

BSc Biology: specialisation module „Ökologie der Tiere“ (animal ecology) – part „Makroökologie – Einfluss des Klimawandels auf Artverbreitungen“ (macroecology – influence of climate change on species distributions)

  • Content: In our part of the module we investigate the potential effects of climate change on the distributions of different European bird species. We use species distribution models to project potential distributions of birds in dependency of climate scenarios for the end of the 21st century.
  • Contact: Thomas Müller, Phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1889 E-Mail: thomas.mueller@senckenberg.de
Bei Presseanfragen für Prof. Böhning-Gaese können Sie sich gerne direkt an sie sowie an Sabine Heinrichsohn & Leonhard Stoll wenden.
Dr. Alke Voskamp
Postdoctoral Researcher, Member of Research Group 'Geobiodiversity Research''


My research interests are mainly focused around the conservation of biodiversity and, in particular, assessing the impacts of environmental change on species distributions and diversity patterns. So far, my research has comprised different aspects of conservation work, from modelling a single species distribution, with the aim to support conservation actions, to global conservation assessments. My recent work has been largely focused on assessing the impacts of climate and land-use change on terrestrial vertebrate distributions, ranging from potential changes in global biodiversity patterns to changes in local species community compositions. Currently I am working on a project in collaboration with the Frankfurt Zoological Society to identify global sites of conservation interest, that have a high potential for successful long-term conservation.


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Joel Methorst
Alumni Ph.D. student, affiliated to research group 'Community Ecology and Macroecology'

Alumni Ph.D. student at Goethe-University Frankfurt and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Halle Jena Leipzig in cooperation with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre

Leonard Stoll
Leonhard Stoll
Administrative coordination of Research Group 'Community Ecology and Macroecology', 'Movement Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation' and 'Geobiodiversity Research' as well as affiliated subgroups
Sabine Heinrichsohn
Assistant to the director Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Administrative support of Research Groups 'Community Ecology and Macroecology', 'Movement Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation' and 'Geobiodiversity Research' as well as affiliated subgroups
Mathias Templin
Technical Assistant, Member of Senior Scientist Group 'Functional Ecology and Global Change'

Stein, K., M. Templin, I. Hensen, M. Fischer, D. Matthies, and M. Schleuning (2012) Negative effects of conspecific floral density on fruit set of two neotropical understory plants. Biotropica 45: 325-332.

Schleuning, M., N. Farwig, M. K. Peters, T. Bergsdorf, B. Bleher, R. Brandl, H. Dalitz, G. Fischer, W. Freund, M. W. Gikungu, M. Hagen, F. H. Garcia, G. H. Kagezi, M. Kaib, M. Kraemer, T. Lung, C. M. Naumann, G. Schaab, M. Templin, D. Uster, J. W. Wägele, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2011) Forest fragmentation and selective logging have inconsistent effects on multiple animal-mediated ecosystem processes in a tropical forest. PLoS One 6: e27785.

Schleuning, M., M. Templin, V. Huamán, G.P. Vadillo, T. Becker, W. Durka, M. Fischer, and D. Matthies (2010) Effects of inbreeding, outbreeding, and supplemental pollen on the reproduction of a hummingbird-pollinated clonal Amazonian herb. Biotropica 43: 183-191.

Dr. Björn Rall
Dr. Björn Rall
Data Curator of the Research Unit Kili-SES (FOR 5064)

Fields of Interest

I am an animal ecologist by training with a strong focus on computational biology, theoretical ecology and ecological statistics. I focused my research on understanding how climate warming affects (1) the physiology of animals (metabolism) and (2) their feeding interactions. I used these experimental insights to develop theoretical computer models to investigate the consequences of global change on biodiversity. These models range from predator-prey pairs to whole food webs. As a researcher, I learned that collaborative research is crucial to understanding the consequences of global change for biodiversity and human society. Reproducible and open science is key to such collaborative research, and collaborative research depends on the exchange of data and the precise documentation of methods. Therefore, my current interests are how to manage biodiversity data, how to analyse it, how to make science reproducible, and to teach young scientists all these methods and principles. For more information, you may visit my profiles on Linkedin, ORCID, or GitHub.

Selected Publications

See my Google Scholar and Publons (WoS) accounts for up-to-date publication lists.

  • Rosenbaum & Rall (2018) Fitting functional responses: Direct parameter estimation by simulating differential equations. Methods Ecol and Evol 9: 2076-2090. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13039; code: https://bit.ly/3gzOpVW; data: 10.5061/dryad.kb76qj8
  • Li, Rall & Kalinkat (2018) Experimental duration and predator satiation levels systematically affect functional response parameters. Oikos 127: 590-598. doi: 10.1111/oik.04479; data: 10.5061/dryad.g5516
  • Lang, Ehnes, Brose & Rall (2017) Temperature and consumer type dependencies of energy flows in natural communities. Oikos 126: 1717-1725. doi: 10.1111/oik.04419; code & data: 10.5061/dryad.58m3g
  • Kalinkat & Rall (2015) Effects of climate change on the interactions between insect pests and their natural enemies. In: Climate Change and Insect Pests. CABI, Wallingford, 74- 91. doi: 10.1079/9781780643786.0074
  • Fussmann, Schwarzmüller, Brose, Jousset & Rall (2014): Ecological stability in response to warming. Nat Clim Change 4: 206-210. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2134
  • Rall, et al. (2012) Universal temperature and body-mass scaling of feeding rates. Phil T R Soc B 367: 2923-2934. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0242
  • Ehnes, Rall & Brose (2011) Phylogenetic grouping, curvature and metabolic scaling in terrestrial invertebrates. Ecol Lett 14: 993-1000. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01660.x
  • Rall et al. (2010) Temperature, predator-prey interaction strength and population stability. Glob Change Biol 16: 2145-2157. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02124.x