Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung


Das Direktorium leitet die Gesellschaft und führt die Beschlüsse des Verwaltungsrates und der Mitgliederversammlung durch. Das Direktorium besteht aus dem*der Generaldirektor*in als Vorsitzendem*er und bis zu fünf weiteren Mitgliedern. Die weiteren Mitglieder des Direktoriums, darunter der*die stellvertretende Generaldirektor*in und der*die Administrative Direktor*in, werden vom Verwaltungsrat für einen Zeitraum von bis zu fünf Jahren bestellt. Zwei Mitglieder des Direktoriums vertreten die Gesellschaft.

Mitglieder des Direktoriums

Prof. Dr. Klement Tockner
Generaldirektor der Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Klement Tockner is Director General of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research and professor for Ecosystem Sciences at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main (since 2021). He was President of the Austrian Science Fund – FWF (2016-2020), full professor for Aquatic Ecology at the Free University Berlin (2007-2020) and director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin (2007-2016). He received a PhD from the University of Vienna (1993) and a Titulary Professor­ship at ETH Zürich (2005). He is an internationally leading freshwater scientist, in particular in the research domains biodiversity, ecosystem science and environmental management. He is Co-Editor of the journal Aquatic Sciences and Subject Editor of the journal Ecosystems. He has published about 250 scientific papers including 179 ISI papers. In 2009, he edited a comprehensive book on European Rivers (Rivers of Europe, Elsevier; 2nd Edition in 2021). Klement Tockner has successfully managed large inter- and transdisciplinary projects such as the EC-funded project BioFresh. He is member of several scientific committees and advisory boards including the National Institute of Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) and the Biology Research Centre (CZ). He is elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.

Since 2021                Director General of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SGN)

Since 2021                Professor for Ecosystem Sciences at Goethe-University Frankfurt

2017-2021                Head of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity – ÖAWI, Vienna, Austria

2016-2020                President of the Austrian Science Fund – FWF, Vienna, Austria

2007-2020                Professor for Aquatic Ecology at the Free University Berlin, Germany

2007-2016                Director of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany

2005                         Titulary Professorship at ETH Zürich, Switzerland

2004/2005               Guest Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA

2002                         JSPS research fellow at the Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

1999-2007                Group leader at EAWAG/ETH, Dübendorf, Switzerland

1996-1999                Assistant professor (‘Oberassistent’) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

1994-1996                Postdoctoral fellow at University of Vienna, Austria

1993-1994                Freshwater consultant in Rwanda and Uganda, Africa

1993                         Ph.D in Zoology & Botany at University of Vienna, Austria


Prices & Adwards (Selection)

Elected member of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina (elected in 2015), Elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (kMA, elected in 2012), Wikimedia Prize for “Freies Wissen” (FWF, 2019), Fenner Lecture (UNC-Chapel Hill, USA, 2013), Margalef Lecture (Guimares, Portugal, 2012), Fellow of JSPS, Sendai, Japan (2002), Liepolt-Prize for Danube Research (1999).


Professional Activities (Selection)

Leibniz Association

Speaker of the Leibniz Biodiversity Network (LVB), a network of 22 institutes (2009-2014)

Speaker of the Section “Environmental Sciences” (Sektion E: Umweltwissenschaften; 2011-2013)

Forschungsverbund Berlin   

Speaker of a network of eight research institutes of the Leibniz Association (2011-2013), Co-Speaker (2015-2016)


BC – Biology Centre of CAS, České Budějovice, Czech Republic (since 2019)

ZALF – Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg, Germany (since 2016)

NIES – National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (since 2015)

BfG – Federal Institute of Hydrology, Bonn, Germany (2011-2016; co-chair)

ICRA – Catalan Water Research Institute, Girona, Spain (2009-2016)

Research foundation (DFG)

Member of the DFG Commission for Biodiversity (2014-2016)

Member of Research Panel Water Research (Fachkollegium 318; 2012-2016)

Permanent Guest of the DFG Commission for Water Research (KOWA; 2009-2016)


BIOFRESH: Coordinator of FP7-EU Project (2009-2014)

DIVERSITAS: Member of DIVERSITAS freshwaterBIODIVERSITY (2009-2013)

Member of the Jury of the European Rivers Prize (2013)

Member of the Jury of the Katerva Prize (since 2012)

ISRS: International Society for River Science: Member of the Board of Directors (2009-2013)

BeGenDiv (Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research):
Co-Speaker (2011-2016)

UNEP Project on Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems: Member of the Scientific Drafting Group.

Main Reviewer of the Global Environmental Outlook Report 5 of UNEP
(Chapter Biodiversity)

Evaluation committee member of various research institutions in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria

Panel chair of the evaluation committee of the University of Uppsala (2017)

Science Europe: member of the executive committee (2016-2020) and the governance boards (2017)

Editorial activities

Editor-in-Chief (2005-2014), Co-Editor (2015-2019) and Editorial Board Member (since 2020) of the journal Aquatic Sciences: Research across Boundaries

Subject Editor (since 2005) of the journal Ecosystems

Co-Editor of four special issues (Aquatic Sciences, Freshwater Biology, Rivers Research and Application, Fundamental & Applied Limnology)


Mehner T, Likens GE, Tockner K (Eds)(forthcoming) Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. Elsevier.

Tockner K, Uehlinger U, Robsinson CT (Eds) (2009) Rivers of Europe. Elsevier/ Academic Press. 700 pages (2nd Edition: 2021)

Woolsey S, Weber C, Gonser T, Hoehn E, Hostmann M, Junker B, Roulier C, Schweizer S, Tiegs S, Tockner K, Peter A (2005) Handbook for Evaluating Rehabilitation Projects in Rivers and Streams. A Publication of the Rhone-Thur Project. Eawag, WSL, LCH-EPFL, VAW-ETHZ. 112 pp.

Special issues

Lewandowski J, Nützmann G, Tockner K. (2014) (Eds) Frontiers in Real-Time Ecohydrology. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 184 (3).

Milner AM, Tockner K (2010) (Eds) Freshwater Benthic Science – what has it contributed to ecological theory? River Research and Applications 26.

Gurnell A, Tubino M, Tockner K (2009) (Eds) Linkages and feedbacks in highly dynamic alpine fluvial systems. Aquatic Sciences 71.

Tockner K, Kollmann J, Edwards PE, Ward JV (2002) (Eds) Riverine Landscapes. Freshwater Biology 47.

Selected Articles

(For the full list please refer to Google Scholar)

*He, F., Zarfl, C., Bremerich, V., David, J. N., Hogan, Z., Kalinkat, G., Tockner, K. & Jähnig, S. C. (2019). The global decline of freshwater megafauna. Global Change Biology 25: 3883-3892.

Grill, G., Lehner, B., Thieme, M., Geenen, B., Tickner, D., Antonelli, F., … Tockner, K., Valdujo, P.H., van Soesbergen, A. & Zarfl, C. (2019) Mapping the world’s free flowing rivers. Nature 569: 215–221.

Jeschke, J., Lokatis, S., Bartram, I. & Tockner. K. (2019) Knowledge in the Dark: Scientific Challenges and Ways Forward. Facets 4: 423-441.

*Reid, A. J., Carlson, A. K., Creed, I. F., Eliason, E. J., Gell, P. A., Johnson, P. T., …..Tockner, K., … & Smol, J. P. (2019). Emerging threats and persistent conservation challenges for freshwater biodiversity. Biological Reviews 94(3): 849-873.

Turnbull L, Hütt M-C, Ioannides AA, Kininmonth S, Poeppl R, Tockner K, Bracken LJ, Keesstra S, Liu L, Masselink R, Parsons AJ (2018) Connectivity and complex systems: learning from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Applied Network Science 3:art.11

Datry T, Foulquier A, Corti R, von Schiller D, Tockner K, …. C, Zoppini A (2018) A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways. Nature Geoscience 11(7):497-503

*Tydecks L, Jeschke JM, Wolf M, Singer G, Tockner K (2018) Spatial and topical imbalances in biodiversity research. PLoS One 13(7):e0199327

*Tydecks L, Bremerich V, Jentschke I, Likens, GE & Tockner K (2016) Biological field stations: A global infrastructure for research, education, and public engagement. BioScience 66:164-171

Zarfl C, Lumsdon AE, Berlekamp J, *Tydecks L, Tockner K (2015) A global boom in hydropower dam construction. Aquatic Sciences 77(1):161-170

Acuña V, Datry T, Marshall J, Barceló D, Dahm CN, Ginebreda A, McGregor G, Sabater S, Tockner K, Palmer MA (2014) Why should we care about temporary waterways? Science 343: 1080-1081.

*Muehlbauer JD, Collins SF, Doyle MW, Tockner K (2014) How wide is a stream? Spatial extent of the potential  “stream signature“ in terrestrial food webs using meta-analysis. Ecology 95: 44-55.

*Steward AL, von Schiller D, Tockner K, Marshall JC, Bunn SE (2012) When the river runs dry: human and ecological values of dry riverbeds. Front. Ecol. Environ. 10(4):202-209

Pahl-Wostl C, Nilsson C, Gupta J, Tockner K (2011) Societal learning needed to face the water challenge. Ambio 40(5):549-553

Hölker F, Wolter C, *Perkin E, Tockner K (2010) Light pollution as a biodiversity threat. Trends in Ecol. Evol. 25:681-682.

Tockner K, Pusch MT, Borchardt D, Lorang MS (2010) Multiple stressors in coupled river-floodplain ecosystems. Freshw. Biol. 55:135-151

*Tonolla D, Acuña V, Uehlinger U, Frank T, Tockner K (2010) Thermal heterogeneity in river floodplains. Ecosystems 13(5):727-740

Nakamura K, Tockner K, Amano K (2006) River and wetland restoration: Lessons from Japan. Bioscience 56(5):419-429

*Paetzold A, Schubert CJ, Tockner K (2005) Aquatic terrestrial linkages along a braided-river: riparian arthropods feeding on aquatic insects. Ecosystems 8(7):748-759

Tockner K, Stanford JA (2002) Riverine flood plains: present state and future trends. Environ. Conserv. 29(3):308-330

Ward JV, Tockner K (2001) Biodiversity: towards a unifying theme for river ecology. Freshw. Biol. 46(6):807-819

(* doctoral candidates)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch
Stellvertretender Generaldirektor, Institutsdirektor Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt

The Mulch lab at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Goethe University Frankfurt uses state-of-the-art isotope geochemical approaches including novel applications of clumped isotope thermometry and molecular biomarker analysis to track changes in temperature and precipitation based on geologic materials such as paleosoils, fossil teeth or minerals in the Earth’s crust that store information about near surface meteoric waters in active deformation zones of our planet.

Collectively, these data permit reconstructions of the change in elevation of mountain belts through time and their role in guiding atmospheric moisture transport over continents or provide cornerstones in establishing the interactions of biotic and abiotic drivers of speciation and evolution in the highly diverse mountainous regions of e.g. the Andes and the Himalayas.

Research interests

  • Stable isotope paleoaltimetry
  • Interactions of mountains, climate and biodiversity
  • Paleoclimate reconstructions

Google Scholar

2013 – Present Vice-Director General, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
2015 – Present Director, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt
2010 – Present Professor (W3), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt & Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
2014 – 2015 Cox Visiting Professor, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, USA
2010 – 2017 Vice-Director, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
2007 – 2010 Director, Institute of Geology, Leibniz Universität Hannover
2006 – 2010 Professor (W2, tenured), Leibniz Universität Hannover
2005 – 2006 Research Associate, Stanford University, USA
2004 – 2005 US-NSF Research Associate, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
2004 Dr. ès sci. in Mineralogy/Geochemistry, Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland
1999 Diploma in Geology (Tectonics), Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen




*advised or **co-advised student; underlined = advised postdoctoral scholar


Licht, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Caves-Rugenstein, J., Schauer, A., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A., Hoorn, C., Barbolini, N., Guo, Z. (2020.) Decline of soil respiration in northeastern Tibet through the transition into the Oligocene icehouse. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, 560, 110016.

 Methner, K., Campani, M., Fiebig, J., *Löffler, N., Kempf, O., Mulch, A. (2020) Middle Miocene long-term continental temperature change in and out of pace with marine climate records. nature Scientific Reports 10: 7989.

Vasiliev, I., Feurdean, A., Reichart, G-J., Mulch, A. (2020) Late Miocene intensification of continentality in eastern Eurasia (Black Sea basin). Int J Earth Sciences https://doi.org/10.1007/s00531-020-01832-w

Pingel, H., Strecker, M.R., Mulch, A., Alonso, R.A., Cottle, J., Rohrmann, A. (2020) Late Cenozoic topographic evolution of the Eastern Cordillera and Puna Plateau margin (NW Argentina). Earth and Planetary Science Letters https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116112

Botsyun, S., Ehlers, T.A., Mutz, S.G., Methner, K., *Krsnik, E., Mulch, A. (2020) Opportunities and challenges for paleoaltimetry in “small” orogens: Insights from the European Alps. Geophys Res Letters, 47, e2019GL086046.

Meijers, M.J.M., Brocard, G., Whitney, D.L., Mulch, A. (2020) Paleoenvironmental conditions and drainage evolution of the central Anatolian lake system (Turkey) during late Miocene to Pliocene surface uplift. Geosphere, 16. https://doi.org/10.1130/GES02135.1



*Ardenghi, N., Mulch, A., Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Kahmen, A., Niedermeyer, E. (2019) Temperature and moisture variability in the Eastern Mediterranean region during Marine Isotope Stages 11–10 based on biomarker analysis of the Tenaghi Philippon peat deposit. Quaternary Science Reviews, 225, 105977.

Methner, K., Lenz, O., Riegel, W., Wilde, V., Mulch, A. (2019) Palaeoenvironmental response of mid-latitudinal wetlands to PETM climate change (Schöningen lignite deposits, Germany). Climate of the Past, 15, 1-15.

Heineke, C., Hetzel, R., Nilius, N.-P., Zwingmann, H., Todd, A., Mulch, A., Wölfler, A., Glotzbach, C., Akal, C., Dunkl, I., Raven, M., Hampel, A. (2019) Detachment faulting in a bivergent core complex constrained by fault gouge dating and low-temperature thermochronology. Journal of Structural Geology.

Fiebig, J., Bajnaj, D., *Löffler, N., Methner, K., *Krsnik, E., Mulch, A., Hofmann, S. (2019) Combined high-precision D47 and D48 analysis of carbonates. Chemical Geology, 522, 186-191.

Huang, S.1, Meijers, M.J.M.1, Eyres, A., Mulch, A., Fritz, S.A. (2019) Unravelling the history of biodiversity in mountain ranges through integrating geology and biogeography. Journal of Biogeography. Alexander von Humboldt Special Volume. 1= joint 1st authors

Dusseaux, C., Gébelin, A., Boulvais, P., Gardien, V., Grimes, S., Mulch, A. (2019) Meteoric fluid-rock interaction in Variscan shear zones. Terra Nova 2019;00:1–7. https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12392

*Löffler, N., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A., Tütken, T., Schmidt, B.C., Bajnai, D., Conrad, A.C., Wacker, U., Böttcher, M.E. (2019) Refining the temperature dependence of the oxygen and clumped isotopic compositions of structurally bound carbonate in apatite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 253, 19-38.

Lynch, E.A., Mulch, A., Yonkee, A., van der Pluijm, B. (2019) Hydrogen isotopes in authigenic clay minerals suggest presence of surface fluids in the evolving Sevier fold-thrust belt of ID-WY. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 513, 29-39.

Page, M., Licht, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Meijer, N., Barbolini, N., Hoorn, C., Schauer, A., Huntington, K., Bajnai, D., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A., Guo, Z. (2019) Synchronous cooling and decline in monsoonal rainfall in NE Tibet during the fall into the Oligocene Icehouse. Geology

Schwartz, T., Methner, K., Mulch, A., Graham, S.A., Chamberlain, C.P. (2019) Paleogene topographic and climatic evolution of the Northern Rocky Mountains from integrated sedimentary and isotopic data. Geological Society of Americal Bulletin. doi.org/10.1130/B32068.1

Vasiliev, I., Reichart, G-J., Krijgsman, W., Mulch, A. (2019) Black Sea rivers capture drastic change in catchment-wide mean annual temperature and soil pH during the Miocene-to-Pliocene transition. Global and Planetary Change, 172, 428-439.



Lüdecke, T., Kullmer, O., Wacker, U., Sandrock, O., Fiebig, J., Schrenk, F., Mulch, A. (2018) Dietary versatility of early Pleistocene hominins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 52, 13330-13335. Paper featured as „Hominins had flexible diets“ (2019) in nature Human Behaviour doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0524-z

Antonelli, A., Kissling, W.D., Flantua, S.G.A., Bermudez, M.A., Mulch, A., Muellner-Riehl, A.N.M., Kreft, H., Lindner, H.P., Badgley, C., Fjeldsa, J., Fritz, S.A., Rahbek, C., Herman, F., Hooghiemstra, H., Hoorn, C. (2018) Geological and climatic determinants of mountain biodiversity. nature geoscience, 11, 718-725.

Meijers, M.J.M., Brocard, G.Y., Cosca, M.A., *Lüdecke, T., Teyssier, C., Whitney, D.L., Mulch, A. (2018) Rapid Late Miocene Surface Uplift of the Central Anatolian Plateau Margin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 497, 29-41.

 Meijers, M.J.M., Peynircioglu, A., Cosca, M.A., Brocard, G.Y., Whitney, D.L., Langereis, C., Mulch, A. (2018) Climate stability in Central Anatolia during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Paleo­geography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, 498, 53-67.

Boles, A. Mulch, A., v.d. Pluijm, B. (2018) Near-surface clay authigenesis in exhumed fault rock of the Alpine Fault Zone (New Zealand); O-H-Ar isotopic, XRD and chemical analysis of illite and chlorite. Journal of Structural Geology, 111, 27-41.

Mulch, A., Chamberlain, C.P. (2018) Stable isotope paleoaltimetry: Paleotopography as a key element in the evolution of landscapes and life. in: Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity, Hoorn, C., Perrigo, A. & Antonelli, A. (eds.) Wiley, 81-94.

Mosbrugger, V., Favre, A., Muellner-Riehl, A., Päckert, M., Mulch, A. (2018) Cenozoic evolution of Geo-Biodiversity in the Tibeto-Himalayan region. in: Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity, Hoorn, C., Perrigo, A. & Antonelli, A. (eds.) Wiley, 429-448.

**Hellwig, A., Voigt, S., Mulch, A., Bartenstein, A., Pross, J., Gerdes, A., Voigt, T. (2018) Late Oligocene-early Miocene increase in seasonality of precipitation in Central Asia recorded in terrestrial sequences from the Ili Basin (SE Kazakhstan), Sedimentology, 65, 2, 517-539.

Linnemann, U., Su T., Kunzmann, L., Spicer, R.A., Spicer, T.E.V., Zieger, J., Hofmann, M., Moraweck, K., Gärtner, A., Ding, W., Zhang, S.-T., Gerdes, A., Marko, L., Mulch, A., Mosbrugger, V., Zhou, Z.-K. (2018) New U/Pb dates show a Paleogene Origin for the modern Asian biodiversity hotspots, Geology, 46, 1, 3-6.



*Ardenghi, N., Mulch, A., Pross, J., Niedermeyer, E.M. (2017) Leaf wax n-alkane extraction: An optimised procedure. Organic Geochemistry. 113, 283-292.

*Schemmel, F., Niedermeyer, E.M., Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A., (2017) Paleohydrological changes in the Eastern Mediterranean region during the early Holocene recorded in plant wax n-alkane distributions and d13CTOC – new data from Tenaghi Philippon, NE Greece. Organic Geochemistry, 110, 100-109.

Licht, A., Coster, P., Ocakoglu, F., Campbell, C., Metais, G., Mulch, A., Taylor, M., Kappelman, J., Beard, K.C. (2017) Tectono-stratigraphy of the Orhaniye Basin, Turkey: Implications for collision chronology and Paleogene biogeography of central Anatolia, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 143, 45-58.

Gébelin , A., Jessup, M., Teyssier, C., Cosca, M.A., Law, R.D., Brunel, M., Mulch, A. (2017) Infiltration of meteoric water in the South Tibetan Detachment (Mt. Everest, Himalaya): When and Why? Tectonics, 36, doi:10.1002/2016TC004399.

Barnosky, A.D., Hadly, E.A., Gonzalez, P., Head, J., Polly, P.D., Lawing, A.M., Eronen, J.T., … Mulch, A., … Zhang, Z. (2017) Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science, 355, eaah4787.

Badgley, C., Smiley, T.M., Davis, E.B., DeSantis, L.R.G., Fox, D.L., Hopkins, S.B., Jezkova, T., Matocq, M.D., Matzke, N., McGuire, J.L., Mulch, A., Riddle, B.R., Roth, L., Samuels, J.X., Strömberg, C.A.E., Terry, R., Yanites, B.J. (2017) Biodiversity and topographic complexity: Modern and geohistorical perspectives, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32, 211-226.

Panait, A., Diaconu, A., Galka, M., Hutchinson, S.M., Hickler, T., Lamentowicz, M., Mulch, A., Tantau, I., Werner, C., Feurdean, A. (2017.) Hydrological conditions and carbon accumulation rates reconstructed from a raised mountain bog in the Carpathians: a multi-proxy approach. Catena 152, 57-68.



**Rohrmann, A., Sachse, D., Mulch, A., **Pingel, H., Tofelde, S., Alonso, R.N., Strecker, M.R. (2016 Miocene orographic uplift forces rapid hydrological change in the southern central Andes. nature Scientific Reports 6, 35678.

Mancktelow, N., Zwingmann, H., Mulch, A. (2016) K-Ar dating of fault gouge from the Naxos detachment (Cyclades, Greece). Tectonics, 35, 2334-2344.

Haines, S., Lynch, E., Mulch, A., Valley, J.W., van der Pluijm, B. (2016) Meteoric fluid infiltration in crustal-scale normal fault systems as indicated by d18O and d2H geochemistry, and Ar dating of neoformed clays in brittle fault rocks. Lithosphere, 8, 587-600.

Fritz, S.A., Eronen, J.T., Schnitzler, J., Hof, C. Janis, C.M., Mulch, A., Böhning-Gaese, K., Graham, C.H. (2016) Humans dissolve a 20-million-year link between productivity and mammalian diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.1602145113

Nieto-Moreno, V., **Rohrmann, A., van der Meer, M.T.J., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Sachse, D., Tofelde, S., Niedermeyer, E.N., Strecker, M.R., Mulch, A. (2016) Elevation-dependent changes in n-alkane dD and soil GDGTs across the South Central Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 453, 234-242.

*Lüdecke, T., Mulch, A., Kullmer, O., Sandrock, O., Thiemeyer, H., Fiebig, J., Schrenk, F. (2016) Stable isotope dietary reconstructions of herbivore enamel reveal heterogeneous wooded savanna ecosystems in the Plio-Pleistocene Malawi Rift. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 459, 170-181.

*Methner, K., Mulch, A., Fiebig, J., Wacker, U., Gerdes, A., Graham, S.A., Chamberlain, C.P., (2016) Rapid Middle Eocene temperature change in western North America. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 450, 132-139.

Niedermeyer, E.N., Forrest, M., Beckmann, B., Sessions, A.L., Mulch, A., Schefuß, E. (2016) The stable hydrogen isotopic composition of sedimentary plant waxes as quantitative proxy for rainfall in the West African Sahel. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 184, 55-70.

Lagomarsino, L.P., Condamine, F.L., Antonelli, A., Mulch, A., Davis, C.C. (2016) The abiotic and biotic drivers of rapid diversification in Andean bellflowers (Campanulaceae). New Phytologist 210, 1430-1442.

Meijers, M.J.M., Strauss, B., Özkaptan, M., Feinberg, J.M., Mulch, A., Whitney, D.L., Kaymakci, N. (2016) Age and paleoenvironmental reconstruction of partially remagnetized lacustrine sedimentary rocks (Oligocene Aktoprak basin, central Anatolia, Turkey). Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 17, doi:10.1002/2015GC006209.

*Methner, K., Fiebig, J., Wacker, U., Umhoefer, P., Chamberlain, C.P., Mulch, A. (2016) Eo-Oligocene proto-Cascades topography revealed by clumped (D47) and oxygen isotope (d18O) geochemistry (Chumstick Basin, WA, USA). Tectonics, 35, doi: 10.1002/2015TC003984.

**Pingel, H., Mulch, A., Alonso, R.A., Cottle, J., Hynek, S.A., Poletti, J., **Rohrmann, A., Schmitt, A.K., Stockli, D.F., Strecker, M.R. (2016) Surface uplift and convective rainfall along the southern Central Andes (Angastaco Basin, NW Argentina). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 440, 33-42.

*Schemmel, F., Niedermeier, E.M., Schwab, V.F., Gleixner, G., Pross, J., Mulch, A. (2016) Plant wax dD values record changing Eastern Mediterranean atmospheric circulation patterns during the 8.2 kyr B.P. climatic event. Quaternary Science Reviews, 133, 96-107.

Mulch, A. (2016) Stable isotope paleoaltimetry and the evolution of landscapes and life. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Invited Frontiers Article 433, 180-191.

*Lüdecke, T., Schrenk, F., Thiemeyer, H., Kullmer, O., Bromage, T.G., Sandrock, O., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A. (2016) Persistent C3 vegetation accompanied Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution in the Malawi Rift (Chiwondo Beds, Malawi). Journal of Human Evolution, 90, 163-175.

 Olaka, L., Wilke, F.D.H., Olago, D., Odada, E., Mulch, A., Musolff, A. (2016) Groundwater fluoride enrichment in an active rift setting: Central Kenya Rift case study. Science of the Total Environment, 545-546, 641-653.

Mix, H., Ibarra, D.E., Mulch, A., Graham, S.A., Chamberlain, C.P. (2016) A hot and high Eocene Sierra Nevada. Geol. Soc. America Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B31294.1

Macaulay, E.A., Sobel, E.R., Mikolaichuk, A., Wack, M., Gilder, S., Mulch, A., Fortuna, A.B., Hynek, S. (2016) The sedimentary record of the Issyk Kul basin, Kyrgyzstan: climatic and tectonic inferences. Basin Research, 28, 57-80.



Fanara, S., Botcharnikov, R.E., Palladino, D.M., Adams, F., Buddensiek, J., Mulch, A., Behrens, H. (2015) Volatiles in magmas related to Campanian ignimbrite eruption: Experiments vs. natural findings. American Mineralogist, 100, 10, 2284-2297.

Caves, J.K., Winnick, M.J., Graham, S.A., Sjostrom, D.J., Mulch, A. and Chamberlain, C.P. (2015) Role of Westerlies in Central Asia climate over the Cenozoic. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 428, 33-43.

 Boles, A., van der Pluijm, B., Mulch, A., Mutlu, H., Uysal, I. T., Warr, L. (2015) Hydrogen and 40Ar/39Ar isotope evidence for multiple and protracted paleofluid flow events within the long-lived North Anatolian Keirogen (Turkey). Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. DOI 10.1002/2015GC005810

Eronen, J.T., Janis, C.M., Chamberlain, C.P., Mulch, A. (2015) Mountain uplift explains differences in Palaeogene patterns of mammalian evolution and extinction between North America and Europe. Trans. Royal. Soc London B. 282: 20150136

Feurdean, A., Galka, M., Kuske, E., Tantau, I., Lamentowicz, M., Florescu, G., Hutchinson, S.M., Liakka, J., Mulch, A., Hickler, T. (2015) Last Millennium hydro-climate variability in Central Eastern Europe (Northern Carpathians, Romania). The Holocene, 25, 1179-1192. doi: 10.1177/ 0959683615580197

McFadden, R., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Heizler, M. (2015) Eocene extension and meteoric fluid flow in the Wildhorse Detachment, Pioneer metamorphic core complex, Idaho. Lithosphere. doi: 10.1130/L429.1

Mancktelow, N., Zwingmann, H., Campani, M., Fügenschuh, B., Mulch, A. (2015) Timing and conditions of brittle faulting on the Silltal-Brenner Fault Zone, Eastern Alps (Austria). Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 108, 305-326.

Vespasiano, G., Apollaro, C., De Rosa, R., Muto, F., Fiebig, J., Mulch, A., Marini, L. (2015) The Small Spring Method (SSM) for the definition of stable isotope – elevation relationships in Northern Calabria (Southern Italy). Applied Geochemistry, 63, 333-346.

*Methner, K., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Wells, M., Cosca, M., **Gottardi, R., Gébelin, A., Chamberlain, C.P. (2015) Eocene and Miocene extension, meteoric fluid infiltration and core complex formation in the Great Basin (Raft River Mountains, Utah). Tectonics 34, doi:10.1002/2014TC003766

Mulch, A., Chamberlain, C.P., Cosca, M.A., Teyssier, C., *Methner, K., Hren, M.T., Graham, S.A. (2015) Rapid change in western North American high-elevation rainfall patterns during the Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum (MECO). American Journal of Science, 315, 317-336. doi: 10.2475/04.2015.02

**Gottardi, R., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Valley, J. W., **Quilichini, A., Vennemann, T.W. (2015). Strain and Permeability gradients traced by stable isotope exchange in the Raft River detachment shear zone, Utah. Journal of Structural Geology, 71, 41-57. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.10.005

**Quilichini, A., Siebenaller, L., Nachlas, W.O., Teyssier, C., Vennemann, T., Heizler, M.T., Mulch, A. (2015) Infiltration of meteoric fluids in an extensional detachment shear zone (Kettle dome, WA, USA): How quartz dynamic recrystallization relates to fluid-rock interaction. Journal of Structural Geology, 71, 71-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.11.008

Gébelin, A., Teyssier, C., Heizler, M., Mulch, A. (2015) Meteoric water circulation in a rolling-hinge detachment system (northern Snake Range core complex, Nevada). Geol. Soc. America Bulletin, 127, 149-161. doi: 10.1130/B31063.1.



**Rohrmann, A., Strecker, M.R., Bookhagen, B., Mulch, A., Sachse, D., Pingel, H., Alonso, R.N., Schildgen, T.F., Montero, C. (2014) Can stable isotopes ride out the storm? The role of convection for water isotopes in models, records, and paleoaltimetry studies in the central Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 407, 187-195.

**Pingel, H., Alonso, R.A., Mulch, A., **Rohrmann, A., Sudo, M., and Strecker, M.R. (2014) Pliocene orographic barrier uplift in the southern Central Andes. Geology, 42, 691-694.

Nachlas, W.O., Whitney, D.L., Teyssier, C.T., Bagley, B., Mulch, A. (2014) Titanium concentration in quartz as a record of multiple deformation mechanisms in an extensional shear zone. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 15, 1374–1397, doi:10.1002/2013GC005200.



Mix, H., Winnick, M.J., Mulch, A., Chamberlain, C.P. (2013) Grassland expansion as an instrument of hydrologic change in Neogene western North America. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377-378, 73-83.

Kent-Corson, M.L., Barnosky, A. D., Mulch, A., Carrasco, M.A., Chamberlain, C.P. (2013) Possible regional tectonic controls on mammalian evolution in western North America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 387, 17-26.

Feng, R., Poulsen, C.J., Werner, M., Chamberlain, C.P., Mix, H., Mulch, A. (2013) Evolution of Early Cenozoic topography, climate and stable isotopes in precipitation in the North American Cordillera. American Journal of Science, 313, 613-648.

Regnery, J., Püttmann, W., Koutsodendris, A., Mulch, A., Pross, J. (2013) Comparing the paleoclimatic significance of higher land plant biomarker concentrations and pollen data: A case study on lake sediments from the Holsteinian interglacial. Organic Geochemistry, 61, 73-84.

Gébelin, A., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Jessup, M.J., Law, R.D., Brunel, M. (2013) The Miocene elevation of Mount Everest. Geology, 41, 7, 799-802.

Hoorn, C., Mosbrugger, V., Mulch, A., Antonelli, A (2013) Biodiversity from mountain building. Nature geoscience, 6, 154.

Hetzel, R., Zwingmann, H., Mulch, A., Gessner, K., Akal, C., Hampel, A., Güngör, T., Petschick, R. Mikes, T., Wedin, F. (2013) Spatio-temporal evolution of brittle normal faulting and fluid infiltration in detachment fault systems – a case study from the Menderes Massif, western Turkey. Tectonics, 32, 1-13. doi:10.1002/tect.20031

*Lüdecke, T., Mikes, T., Rojay, B., Cosca, M., Mulch, A. (2013) Oligo-Miocene paleoenvironment and paleohydrology of Central Anatolian lake basins. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences (VAMP Special Volume); 22, 793-819. DOI: 10.3906/yer-1207-11

*Schemmel, F., Mikes, T., Rojay, B., Mulch, A. (2013) The impact of topography on isotopes in precipitation across the Central Anatolian Plateau (Turkey). Am. Journal of Science, 313, 61-80.

Mazzini, I., Hudackova, N., Joniak, P., Kovacova, M., Mikes, T., Mulch, A., Rojay, B., Lucifora, S., Esu, D., Soulie-Märsche, I. Palaeoenvironmental And Chronological Constraints On The Tuğlu Formation (Çankırı Basin, Central Anatolia, Turkey) (2013) Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences (VAMP Special Volume) 22, 747-777. DOI: 10.3906/yer-1207-10



Campani, M., Mulch, A., Kempf, O., Schlunegger, F., Mancktelow, N. (2012) Miocene paleotopography of the Central Alps. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 337-338, 174-185.

Gebelin, A., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Chamberlain, C.P., Heizler, M. (2012) Coupled basin-detachment systems as paleoaltimetry archives of the western North American Cordillera, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 335-336, 36-47.

Chamberlain, C.P., Mix, H.T., Mulch, A., Hren, M.T., Kent-Corson, M.L., Davis, S.J., Horton, T.W., Graham, S.A. (2012) The Cenozoic Climatic and Topographic Evolution of the Western North American Cordillera, American Journal of Science, 312, 213-262. DOI 10.2475/04.2011.00



Königer, P., Marshall, J.D., Link, T., Mulch, A. (2011) An inexpensive, fast, and reliable method for vacuum extraction of soil and plant water for stable isotope analyses by mass spectrometry. Rap. Comm. Mass Spect., 25, 3041-3048.

 Gebelin, A., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Heizler, M., Vennemann, T.W., Seaton, N.C.A. (2011) Oligo-Miocene extensional tectonics and fluid flow across the Northern Snake Range detachment system, Nevada. Tectonics, 30, TC5010 DOI 10.1029/2010TC002797.

Gottardi, R., Teyssier, C., Mulch, A., Vennemann, T. W., Wells, M. L. (2011) Preservation of an extreme geotherm in the Raft River detachment shear zone. Geology, 39, 759-762.

Mix, H., Mulch, A., Kent-Corson, M.L., Chamberlain, C.P. (2011) Cenozoic migration of topography in the North American Cordillera, Geology, 39, 87-90.



Cecil M.R. Ducea, M., Reiners, P., Gehrels, G., Mulch, A., Allen, C., Campbell, I. (2010) Provenance of Eocene river sediments from the central northern Sierra Nevada and implications for paleotopography. Tectonics, 29, TC6010.

Ballato, P., Mulch, A., Landgraf A., Strecker M.R., Dalconi M.C., Friedrich A., Tabatabaei S.H. (2010) Middle to late Miocene Middle Eastern climate from stable oxygen and carbon isotope data, southern Alborz mountains, N Iran. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 300, 125-138.

**Kent-Corson, M.L., Mulch, A., Graham, S.A., Carroll, A.C., Ritts, B.D., Chamberlain, C.P, (2010) Diachronous isotopic and sedimentary responses to topographic change as indicators of mid-Eocene hydrologic reorganization in the western United States. Basin Research 22, 6, 829-845.

Mulch A., Uba, C., Strecker, M.R., Schönberg, R., Chamberlain, C.P. (2010) Late Miocene climate variability and surface elevation in the central Andes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 290, 173-182.

Doebbert A., Carroll, A.R., Mulch, A., Chetel, L., Chamberlain, C.P. (2010) Geomorphic Controls On Lacustrine Isotopic Compositions: Evidence From The Laney Member, Green River Formation (Wyoming). Geological Society of America Bulletin, 122, 236-252.



Davis, S.J., Mulch A., Carroll, A.R., Horton T.W., Chamberlain, C.P. (2009) Paleogene landscape evolution of the central North American Cordillera: Developing topography and hydrology in the Laramide foreland. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 121, 100-116.



Garzione, C.N., Hoke, G.D., Libarkin, J.C., Withers, S., MacFadden B., Eiler, J., Mulch, A. (2008) The Rise of the Andes. Science, 320, 1304-1307.

Mulch, A., Sarna-Wojcicki, A.M., Perkins, M.E., Chamberlain, C.P. (2008) A Miocene to Pleistocene climate and elevation record of the Sierra Nevada, California. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105, 19, 6819-6824.

Agosta, F., Mulch, A., Chamberlain, C.P., Aydin, A. (2008) Geochemical traces of CO2-rich fluid flow along normal faults in central Italy. Geophysical Journal International 174, 758-770.



Mulch, A. and Chamberlain, C.P. (2007) Stable Isotope Paleoaltimetry in Orogenic Belts – The silicate record in surface and crustal geological archives. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 66, 89-118.

Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Cosca, M.A., and Chamberlain, C.P. (2007) Stable isotope paleoaltimetry of Eocene Core Complexes in the North American Cordillera. Tectonics, 26, TC4001, doi:10.1029/ 2006TC001995.

Person, M., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Gao, Y. (2007) Isotope Transport and Exchange within Metamorphic Core Complexes. American Journal of Science 307, 555-589.

Monjoie, P., Bussy, F., Schaltegger, U., Mulch, A., Lapierre, H., Pfeifer, H.R. (2007) Contrasting magma types and timing of intrusion in the Permian layered mafic complex of Mont Collon (Western Alps,Valais, Switzerland): evidence from U/Pb zircon and 40Ar/39Ar amphibole dating. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 100, 125–135.



Mulch, A., Graham, S.A., and Chamberlain, C.P. (2006) Hydrogen Isotopes in Eocene River Gravels and Paleoelevation of the Sierra Nevada. Science 313, 87-89.*elected to be among the „Top 100 Science papers in 2006“ (Discover v. 28, 01, 2007)

Mulch, A. & Chamberlain, C.P. (2006) The rise and growth of Tibet. Nature 439, p. 670.

**Kent-Corson, M.L., Sherman, L.S., Mulch, A., and Chamberlain, C.P., (2006) Cenozoic topographic and climatic response to changing tectonic boundary conditions in western North America. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 252, 453-466.

Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Cosca, M.A., and Vennemann, T. (2006) Thermomechanical analysis of strain localization in a detachment zone. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, B12405, doi:10.1029/2005JB004032



Mulch, A., Cosca, M.A., Fiebig, J., and Andresen, A. (2005) Time scales of mylonitic deformation and meteoric fluid infiltration during extensional detachment faulting: an integrated in situ 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and stable isotope study of the Porsgrunn-Kristiansand Shear Zone (Southern Norway). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 233, 375-390.


2004 – 2001

Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Cosca, M.A., Vanderhaeghe, O., and Vennemann, T. (2004) Reconstructing paleoelevation in eroded orogens. Geology. 32, 6, 525-528. *paper was highlighted in Science 305, 19 and Geology Today 20, 5, 118-119.

Mulch, A. and Cosca, M.A. (2004) Recrystallization or cooling ages? – In situ UV-laser 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of muscovite in mylonitic rocks. Journal of the Geological Society London 161, 573-582.

Mulch, A., Cosca, M.A., and Handy, M. R. (2002) In-situ UV-laser 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of a micaceous mylonite – an example of defect-enhanced argon loss. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 142, 738-752.

Mulch, A., Rosenau, M. R., Dörr, W., and Handy, M. R. (2002) The age and structure of dikes along the tectonic contact of the Ivrea-Verbano and Strona-Ceneri Zones (southern Alps, Northern Italy, Switzerland). Swiss Bulletin of Mineralogy and Petrology 82, 55-76

Handy, M.R., Mulch, A., Rosenau, M.R., and Rosenberg, C.L. (2001) The role of fault zones and melts as agents of weakening, hardening and differentiation of the continental crust: a synthesis. in: Holdsworth R.E., Strachan, R.A., Magloughlin, J.F., and Knipe, R.J. (eds.): The Nature and Tectonic Significance of Fault Zone Weakening. Geological Society London, Special Publications 186, 305-332.


Dr. Martin Mittelbach
Administrativer Direktor der Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese
Institutsdirektorin Senckenberg Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum, Frankfurt

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

Curriculum Vitae


For a full list of publications, please see my profile on Google Scholar

Schleuning, M., E.-L. Neuschulz, J. Albrecht, I. M. A. Bender, D. E. Bowler, D. M. Dehling, S. A. Fritz, C. Hof, T. Müller, L. Nowak, M. C. Sorensen, K. Böhning-Gaese , and W. D. Kissling (2020): Trait-based assessments of climate-change impacts on interacting species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 319-328

Bowler, D. E., H. Heldbjerg, A. D. de Jong, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2019): Long-term declines of European insectivorous bird populations and potential causes. Conservation Biology 33: 1120-1130.

Peters, M. K., A. Andreas Hemp, T. Appelhans, J. N. Becker, C. Behler, A. Classen, F. Detsch, A. Ensslin, S. W. Ferger, S. B. Frederiksen, F. Gebert, F. Gerschlauer, A. Gütlein, M. Helbig-Bonitz, C. Hemp, W. J. Kindeketa, A. Kühnel, A. V. Mayr, E. Mwangomo, C. Ngereza, H. K. Njovu1, I. Otte, H. Pabst, M. Renner, J. Röder, G. Rutten, D. Schellenberger Costa, Natalia Sierra-Cornejo, M. G. R. Vollstädt, H. I. Dulle, C. D. Eardley, K. M. Howell, A. Keller, R. S. Peters, A. Ssymank, V. Kakengi, J. Zhang, C. Bogner, K. Böhning-Gaese, R. Brandl, D. Hertel, B. Huwe, R. Kiese, M. Kleyer, Y. Kuzyakov, T. Nauss, M. Schleuning, M. Tschapka, M. Fischer, and I. Steffan-Dewenter (2019): Climate-land use interactions shape tropical mountain biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Nature 568: 88-92

Hof, C., A. Voskamp, M. F. Biber, K. Böhning-Gaese, E. K. Engelhardt, A. Niamir, S. G. Willis, and T. Hickler (2018): Bioenergy cropland expansion may offset positive effects of climate change mitigation for global vertebrate diversity. PNAS 115: 13294-13299.

Albrecht, J., A. Classen, M. G. R. Vollstädt, A. Mayr, N. P. Mollel, D. Schellenberger Costa, H. I. Dulle, M. Fischer, A. Hemp, K. M. Howell, M. Kleyer, T. Nauss, M. K. Peters, M. Tschapka, I. Steffan-Dewenter, K. Böhning-Gaese , and M. Schleuning (2018): Plant and animal functional diversity drive mutualistic network assembly across an elevational gradient. Nature Communications 9: 3177.

Arbieu, U., C. Grünewald, B. Martín-López, M. Schleuning, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2018): Large mammal diversity matters for wildlife tourism in Southern African protected areas: insights for management . Ecosystem Services 31, Special Issue: 481-490 .

Tucker, M. A., K. Böhning-Gaese , …, T. Mueller (2018): Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science 359: 466-469.

Bowler, D. E., C. Hof, P. Haase, I. Kröncke, O. Schweiger, R. Adrian, L. Baert, H.-G. Bauer, T. Blick, R. W. Brooker, W. Dekoninck, S. Domisch, R. Eckmann, F. Hendrickx, T. Hickler, S. Klotz, A. Kraberg, I. Kühn, S. Matesanz, A. Meschede, H. Neumann, B. O’Hara, D. J. Russell, A. F. Sell, M. Sonnewald, S. Stoll, A. Sundermann, O. Tackenberg, M. Türkay, F. Valladares, K. van Herk, R. van Klink, R. Vermeulen, K. Voigtländer, R. Wagner, E. Welk, M. Wiemers, K. H. Wiltshire, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2017): Cross- realm assessment of climate change impacts on species’ abundance trends. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 0067.

Peters, M. K., A. Hemp , T. Appelhans, C. Behler, A. Classen, F. Detsch, A. Ensslin, S. W. Ferger, S. B. Frederiksen, F. Gebert, M. Haas, M. Helbig-Bonitz, C. Hemp, W. J. Kindeketa, E. Mwangomo, C. Ngereza, I. Otte, J. Röder, G. Rutten, D. Schellenberger Costa, J. Tardanico, G. Zancolli, J. Deckert, C. D. Eardley, R. S. Peters, M.-O. Rödel, M. Schleuning, A. Ssymank, V. Kakengi, J. Zhang, K. Böhning-Gaese , R. Brandl, E. K. V. Kalko, M. Kleyer, T. Nauss, M. Tschapka, M. Fischer, I. Steffan-Dewenter (2016): Predictors of elevational biodiversity gradients change from single taxa to the multi-taxa community level. Nature Communications 7: 13736.

Schleuning, M., J. Fründ, O. Schweiger, E. Welk, J. Albrecht, M. Albrecht, M. Beil, G. Benadi, N. Blüthgen, H. Bruelheide, K. Böhning-Gaese , D. M. Dehling, C. F. Dormann, N. Exeler, N. Farwig, A. Harpke, T. Hickler, A. Kratochwil, M. Kuhlmann, I. Kühn, D. ​ Michez, S. Mudri-Stojnić, M. Plein, P. Rasmont, A. Schwabe, J. Settele, A. Vujić, C. Weiner, M. Wiemers, and C. Hof (2016): Ecological networks are more sensitive to plant than to animal extinction under climate change. Nature Communications 7: 13965 .

Fritz, S. A., J. T. Eronen, J. Schnitzler, C. Hof, C. M. Janis, A. Mulch, K. Böhning-Gaese , and C. H. Graham (2016): Twenty-million-year relationship between mammalian diversity and primary productivity. PNAS 113: 10908-10913.

Teitelbaum, C. S., S. J. Converse, W. F. Fagan, K. Böhning-Gaese , R. B. O’Hara, A. E. Lacy, and T. Mueller (2016): Experience drives innovation of new migration patterns in response to global change. Nature Communications 7:12793.

Neuschulz, E. L., T. Mueller, M. Schleuning, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2016): Pollination and seed dispersal are the most threatened processes of plant regeneration. Nature Scientific Reports : 29839.

Ferger, S., M. Schleuning, A. Hemp, K. M. Howell, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2014): Food resources and vegetation structure mediate climatic effects on species richness of birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23: 541-549.

Fritz, S. A., J. Schnitzler, J. T. Eronen, C. Hof, K. Böhning-Gaese , and C. H. Graham (2013): Diversity in time and space: wanted dead and alive. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 509-516.

Lenz, J., W. Fiedler, T. Caprano, W. Friedrichs, B. H. Gaese, M. Wikelski, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2011): Seed dispersal distributions by trumpeter hornbills in fragmented landscapes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278 : 2257 – 2264 .

Jetz, W., C. H. Sekercioglu, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2008): The worldwide variation in avian clutch size across species and space. PLOS Biology e303, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303 .

Kissling, W. D., C. Rahbek, and K. Böhning-Gaese (2007): F ood plant diversity as broad-scale determinant of avian frugivore richness. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 799-808.

Böhning-Gaese, K. , T. Caprano, K. van Ewijk, and M. Veith (2006): Range size: disentangling current traits and phylogenetic and biogeographic factors. American Naturalist 167: 555-567.

Böhning-Gaese, K. (1997): Determinants of avian species richness at different spatial scales. Journal of Biogeography 24: 49-60.

Karsten Wesche
Prof. Dr. Karsten Wesche
Abteilungsleiter Botanik, Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz

Geboren 1970 in Lüchow, Niedersachsen

1990 bis 1996: Studium der Biologie (Botanik, Naturschutz, Ökologie) und verwandter Fächer (Bodenkunde, Geographie) in Marburg, Gießen und Aberdeen (UK). Diplomarbeit über die Vegetation tropischer Salwälder in Nepal

Aug. 1996 bis Jan. 2000: Promotion am FB Geographie, Fachgebiet Biogeographie, Univ. Marburg. Feldarbeiten am Mt. Elgon (Uganda, Kenia), Titel der Dissertation: „The high-altitude environment of Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenya). Climate, vegetation and the impact of fire“

Jun 2000 – Apr 2008: Wiss. Assistent (ab 2006 wiss. Mitarbeiter) am Institut für Biologie / Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten, Martin-Luther-Univ. Halle-Wittenberg

Juli 2007: Habilitation / venia legendi für Botanik, Titel der Habilitationsschrift: „Plant survival in southern Mongolian desert steppes – Ecology of communities, interactions and populations“ (eingereicht Okt. 2006)

Mai 2008 – Dez 2009: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter / Projektkoordinator „BioChange – Germany“, Abt. Pflanzenökologie und Ökosystemforschung, Univ. Göttingen

Seit Jan 2010: Leitung der Abt. Botanik, Sektionsleiter Phanerogamen I, Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde, Görlitz

Seit Jul 2016: Professor, Lehrstuhl Biodiversität der Pflanzen, Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau, Technische Universität Dresden


Feldarbeiten in verschiedenen Ländern, u.a. : Schweiz, Mongolei, China / Tibet, Russland, Uganda, Kenia, Tansania, Äthiopien, Kamerun, Bolivien, Costa Rica (und natürlich Deutschland)

Gründungsmitglied Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Subject editor Flora, Mitglied der Editorial Boards von Journal of Vegetation Science / Applied Vegetation Science und Phytocoenologia, Mit-Herausgeber Rothmaler-Exkursionsflora.

Publikationen sind chronologisch geordnet (begutachtete Veröffentlichungen zuerst, sonstige unten)


Valencia, E., de Bello, F., Galland, T., Adler, P.B., Lepš, J., E-Vojtkó, A., van Klink, R., Carmona, C.P., Danihelka, J., Dengler, J., Eldridge, D.J., Estiarte, M., García-González, R., Garnier, E., Gómez‐García, D., Harrison, S.P., Herben, T., Ibáñez, R., Jentsch, A., Juergens, N., Kertész, M., Klumpp, K., Louault, F., Marrs, R.H., Ogaya, R., Ónodi, G., Pakeman, R.J., Pardo, I., Pärtel, M., Peco, B., Peñuelas, J., Pywell, R.F., Rueda, M., Schmidt, W., Schmiedel, U., Schuetz, M., Skálová, H., Šmilauer, P., Šmilauerová, M., Smit, C., Song, M., Stock, M., Val, J., Vandvik, V., Ward, D., Wesche, K., Wiser, S.K., Woodcock, B.A., Young, T.P., Yu, F.-H., Zobel, M., & Götzenberger, L. 2020. Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201920405

Valencia, E. de Bello, F., Lepš, J.,  …  Wesche, K, … Zobel, M., Götzenberger, L. 2020. Directional trends in species composition over time can lead to a widespread overemphasis of year‐to‐year asynchrony. – Journal of Vegetation Science: https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12916.

Török, P., Neuffer, B., Heilmeier, H., Bernhardt, K. G., Wesche, K. 2020. Climate, landscape history and management drive Eurasian steppe biodiversity. – Flora, 151685

Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. im Druck. Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Grundband. 22., grundlegend überarbeite Auflage. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg, ca. 1100 S.

Eichenberg, D., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Bowler, D., Bruelheide, H., Conze K., Dauber, J., Dengler, J., Engels D., Fartmann, T., Frank D., Geske C., Grescho V., Harter, D., Henle, K., Hofmann, S., Jandt, U., Jansen, F., Kamp, J., Kautzner A., König-Ries, B., Krämer R., Krüß, A., Kühl, H., von B., Ludwig, M., Lueg H., May R., Musche, M., Opitz, A., Ronnenberg, K., Schacherer, A., Schäffler, L., Schiffers, K., Schulte, U., Schwarz J., Sperle T., Stab S., Stöck, M., Theves, F., Trockur, B., Wesche, K., Wessel M., Winter, M., Wirth, C., Bonn, A. im Druck. Langfristige Biodiversitätsveränderungen in Deutschland erkennen – mit Hilfe der Vergangenheit in die Zukunft schauen. – Natur und Landschaft.

Bruelheide, H., Jansen, F., Jandt, U., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Bonn, A., Bowler, D., Dengler, J., Eichenberg, D., Grescho, V., Harter, D., Jugelt, M., Kellner, S., Ludwig, M., Wesche, K., Lütt, S. 2020. Using incomplete floristic monitoring data from habitat mapping programmes to detect species trends. – Diversity and Distributions: online first.

Oyundelger, K., Ritz, C.M., Munkhzul, O., Lang, B., Ahlborn, J., Oyuntsetseg, B., Römermann, C., Wesche, K. 2020. Climate and land use affect genetic structure of Stipa glareosa P. A. Smirn. in Mongolia. – Flora 266: 151572.

Borsch, T., Stevens, A.-D., Häffner, E., … Wesche, K., Yurkov, A., Zizka, G. 2020. A complete digitization of German herbaria is possible, sensible and should be started now. – Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e50675.

Treiber, J., von Wehrden, H., Zimmermann, H., Welk, E., Jäger, E.J., Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2020. Linking large-scale and small-scale distribution patterns of steppe plant species — An example using fourth-corner analysis. – Flora 263: 151553.

Jäschke, Y., Heberling, G., Wesche, K. 2020. Environmental controls override grazing effects on plant functional traits in Tibetan rangelands. – Functional Ecology: 34:747–760 doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13492

Ahlborn, J., von Wehrden, H., Lang, B., Römermann, C., Oyunbileg, M., Oyuntsetseg, B., Wesche, K. 2020. Climate – grazing interactions in Mongolian rangelands: Effects of grazing change along a large-scale environmental gradient. – Journal of Arid Environments 173: 104043.

Lang, B., Ahlborn, J., Munkhzul, Oyunbileg, Geiger, A., von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Oyuntsetseg, Batlai, Römermann, C.  2020. Grazing effects on intraspecific trait variability vary with changing precipitation patterns in Mongolian rangelands. – Ecology and Evolution: online first.

Schuch, S., Ludwig, H., Wesche, K. 2020. Erfassungsmethoden für ein Insektenmonitoring – Eine Materialsammlung. – BfN-Skripten 565: 83 S.


Baasanmunkh, S., Shiga, T., Batlai, O., Wesche, K., Ritz, C.M., Khaliunaa, K., Kim, J.Y., Jo, H.J., Batkhuu, N.-O., Chung, G.Y., Choi, H.J. 2019 Contribution to the knowledge on the flora of Numrug Strictly Protected Area and some parts of East Mongolia.  –  Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity: 12: 284-301.

Bruelheide, H., Dengler, J., Jimenéz-Alvaro, B. et al. 2019. sPlot – a new tool for global vegetation analyses – Journal of Vegetation Science: 30: 161-186.

Schuch, S., Meyer, S., Bock, J., van Klink, R., Wesche, K. 2019. Drastischer Biomassenverlust bei Zikaden verschiedener Grasländer innerhalb von fünf bis sechs Jahrzehnten. – Natur und Landschaft 94: 141-145.

Diekmann, M., Andres, C., Becker, T., Bennie, J., Blüml, V., Bullock, J.M., Culmsee, H., Fanigliulo, M., Hahn, A., Heinken, T., Leuschner, C., Luka, S., Meißner, J., Müller, J., Newton, A., Peppler-Lisbach, C., Rosenthal, G., van den Berg, L.J.L., Vergeer, P., Wesche, K. 2019. Patterns of long-term vegetation change vary between different types of semi-natural grasslands in Western and Central Europe. – Journal of Vegetation Science 30: 187-202.

Lv Chaoyan, Schlecht, E., Goenster-Jordan, S., Buerkert, S., Zhang Ximing, Wesche, K. 2019. Vegetation responses to fixed stocking densities in highly variable montane pastures in the Chinese Altay. – Rangeland Ecology and Management 72: 812–821.

Miehe, G., Schleuss, P.-M., Seeber, E., Jäschke, Yun, Lehnert, L., Biermann, T., Babel, W., Ingrisch, J., Gerken, T., Willinghöfer, S., Hafner, S., Unteregelsbacher, S., Liu, Shibin Holzapfel, M.,  Coners, H., Miehe, S., Leuschner, C., Guggenberger, G., Kuzyakov,Y., Xu, Xingliang, Spielvogel, S., Foken, T., Graf, H.-F., Ma, Yaoming, Yang, Yongping,  Zhang, Shuren, Noltie, H. J. Opgenoorth, L., Schmidt, J., Braendle, M., Lai, Zhongping,  Mosbrugger, V., Chen Fahu, Liu, Jianquan,  Wesche, K. 2019. The Kobresia pygmaea ecosystem of the Tibetan highlands – origin, functioning and degradation of the world’s largest pastoral alpine ecosystem. – Science of the Total Environment 648: 754-771.

Lang, B., Geiger, A., Oyunbileg, M., Ahlborn, J., von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Oyuntsetseg, B., Römermann, C. 2019. Intraspecific trait variation patterns along a precipitation gradient in Mongolian rangelands. – Flora 254, 135-146.

Lashchinsky, N., Korolyuk, A., Wesche, K. (2019). Vegetation Patterns and Ecological Gradients: From Forest to Dry Steppes. In: Guggenberger (G.) KULUNDA: Climate Smart Agriculture, pp. 33-48. Springer, Heidelberg

Wesche, K., Korolyuk, A., Lashchinsky, N., Silanteva, M.M., Rosche, C. and Hensen, I. 2019. The Kulunda steppe as part of the Eurasian steppe belt. In: Guggenberger (G.) KULUNDA: Climate Smart Agriculture, pp. 33-48. Springer, Heidelberg

IPBES Global Assessment (2019): K. Wesche contributing author on Temperate Grassland.

Dressler, S., Ritz, C., Wesche, K. 2019. Vom Kräuterbuch zum Informationsknoten – die heimische Flora in Forschung und Anwendung. In: Senckenberg 2018. Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 30-33

Xylander, W.E.R., Ansorge, H., Balkenhol, B., Burkhardt, U., Christian, A., Damm, U., Düker, Ch., Gebauer, P., Hohberg, K., Hutchinson, J.M.C., Lehmitz, R., Otte, V., Reise, H., Ritz, C., Russell, D. J., Schlitt, B., Schulz, H.-J., Seifert, B., Tietz, O., Voigtländer, K., Wesche, K. 2019. Obituary Prof. Dr. Wolfram Dunger. – Soil Organisms 91.

Franke, R., Gebauer, P, Ritz C., Wesche, K. 2019. Zum 70. Geburtstag von Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Sander – Berichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 27: 225-226.

Pfeiffer, M., C. Dulamsuren, Y., Wesche K. 2019. Grasslands and shrublands of Mongolia. – Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.12057-3. Pp. 14.

Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. 2019. Kommentare und Ergänzungen zur Neubearbeitung der 22. Auflage der Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland Grundband 2019: Eine Vorbemerkung. – Schlechtendalia 35: 41.  

Wesche, K. in press. Teil E: Subzonobiom VII (rIll) der zentralasiatischen Wüsten. In: Breckle, S.W. Ökologie der Erde. Bd. 3. Spezielle Ökologie der gemäßigten Zone. Borntraeger. 


Bruelheide, H., Dengler, J., Purschke, O., Lenoir, J., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Hennekens, S.M., Botta-Dukát, Z., Chytrý, M., Field, R., Jansen, F., Kattge, J., Pillar, V.D., Schrodt, F., Mahecha, M.D., Peet, R.K., Sandel, B., van Bodegom, P., Altman, J., Alvarez Davila, E., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Attorre, F., Aubin, I., Baraloto, C., Barroso, J.G., Bauters, M., Bergmeier, E., Biurrun, I., Bjorkman, A.D., Blonder, B., Čarni, A., Cayuela, L., Černý, T., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Craven, D., Dainese, M., Derroire, G., De Sanctis, M., Díaz, S., Doležal, J., Farfan-Rios, W., Feldpausch, T.R., Fenton, N.J., Garnier, E., Guerin, G.R., Gutiérrez, A.G., Haider, S., Hattab, T., Henry, G., Hérault, B., Higuchi, P., Hölzel, N., Homeier, J., Jentsch, A., Jürgens, N., Kącki, Z., Karger, D.N., Kessler, M., Kleyer, M., Knollová, I., Korolyuk, A.Y., Kühn, I., Laughlin, D.C., Lens, F., Loos, J., Louault, F., Lyubenova, M.I., Malhi, Y., Marcenò, C., Mencuccini, M., Müller, J.V., Munzinger, J., Myers-Smith, I.H., Neill, D.A., Niinemets, Ü., Orwin, K.H., Ozinga, W.A., Penuelas, J., Pérez-Haase, A., Petřík, P., Phillips, O.L., Pärtel, M., Reich, P.B., Römermann, C., Rodrigues, A.V., Sabatini, F.M., Sardans, J., Schmidt, M., Seidler, G., Silva Espejo, J.E., Silveira, M., Smyth, A., Sporbert, M., Svenning, J., Tang, Z., Thomas, R., Tsiripidis, I., Vassilev, K., Violle, C., Virtanen, R., Weiher, E., Welk, E., Wesche, K., Winter, M., Wirth, C., Jandt, U. 2018. Global trait–environment relationships of plant communities. – Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 1906-1917.

Ashastina, K., Kuzmina, S., Rudaya, N., Troeva, E., Schoch, W.H., Römermann, C., Reinecke, J., Otte, V., Savvinov, G., Wesche, K., Kienast, F. 2018. Woodlands and steppes: Pleistocene vegetation in Yakutia’s most continental part recorded in the Batagay permafrost sequence. – Quaternary Science Reviews 196: 38-61.

Wang, Yun, Lehnert, L., Holzapfel, M., Schultz, R., Heberling, G., Görzen, E., Meyer, H., Seeber, E., Pinkert, S., Ritz, M., Fu Yao, Ansorge, H., Bendix, J., Seifert, B., Miehe, G., Long Ruijun, Yang Yong-Ping, Wesche, K. 2018. Multiple indicators yield diverging results on grazing degradation and climate controls across Tibetan pastures. – Ecological Indicators 93: 1199-1208.

Dengler, J., Wagner, V., Dembicz, I., … Wesche, K. & Biurrun, I. 2018. GrassPlot – a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands. – Phytocoenologia 48: 331–347.

Tserendulam, Ts., Wesche, K., Bayarsaikhan, U., Oyuntsetseg, B. 2018. The vascular plant flora of Hustai National Park, Mongolia: Composition, life forms, ecological groups and geographical elements. – Feddes Repertorium 129: 137-160.

Monaco, E. T., Borries, C., Nikolei, J., Chalise, M. K., Ganzhorn, J. U., Wesche, K., König, A. 2018. The function of geophagy in Nepal gray langurs: Sodium acquisition rather than detoxification or prevention of acidosis. – American Journal of Physical Anthropology 165: 1-10.

Schneider. J. V., Negraschis, V., Habersetzer, J., Rabenstein, R., Wesenberg, J., Wesche, K., Zizka, G. 2018. Taxonomic diversity masks leaf vein–climate relationships: lessons from herbarium collections across a latitudinal rainfall gradient in West Africa – Botany Letters: online first. doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2017.1421480

Schneider. J. V., Rabenstein, R., Wesenberg, J., Wesche, K., Zizka, G., Habersetzer, J. 2018. Improved non-destructive 2D and 3D X-ray imaging of leaf venation. – Plant Methods 14: 7-15.

Rosche, C., Hensen, I., Silantieva, M. M., Stolz, J., Gröning, S., Wesche, K. 2018. Spatio-environmental determinants of the genetic structures of co-occurring species in a highly fragmented steppe. – Basic and Applied Ecology 28: 48-59.

IPBES Regional Assessment – Asia Pacific (3rd order draft): K. Wesche contributing author on Temperate Grasslands.

Pfeiffer, M., C. Dulamsuren, Y. Jäschke, Wesche K. 2018. Grasslands of China and Mongolia: Spatial Extent, Land Use and Conservation. Pp. 167-196 in: Squires, V.R., Dengler, J., Feng, H., Hua, L. (eds.) . CRC Press, Boca Raton, US. ISBN 9781498796262.


Hirsch, H., Brunet, J.,  Zalapa, J.E., von Wehrden, H., Hartmann, M., Kleindienst, C., Schlautmann, B., Kosman, E., Wesche, K., Renison, D. & Hensen, I. 2017. Intra- and interspecific hybridization in invasive Siberian elm. – Biological Invasions 19: 1889-1904.

Schneider, J.V., Habersetzer, J., Rabenstein, R., Wesenberg, J., Wesche, K., Zizka, G. 2017. Water supply and demand remain coordinated during breakdown of the global scaling relationship between leaf size and major vein density. – New Phytologist 214: 473-486.

Reinecke, J., Troeva, E., Wesche, K. 2017. Extrazonal steppes of northern Siberia – Phytosociological classification and ecological characterization. – Phytocoenologia: 47: 167–196.

Dressler, S., Gregor, T., Hellwig, F., Korsch, H., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Ritz, C. 2017. Comprehensive  and reliable: a new virtual herbarium of critical plant taxa in Germany. – Plant Systematics and Evolution 303: 1109–1113. DOI 10.1007/s00606-017-1419-6

Al-Gharaibeh, M.,  Hamasha, H.,  Rosche, C., Lachmuth, S., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2017. Environmental gradients shape the genetic structure of two medicinal Salvia species in Jordan. – Plant Biology 19: 227–238.

Paule, J., Gregor, T., , Schmitt, M., Gerstner, E.-M., Dersch, G., Dressler, S., Wesche, K., Zizka, G. 2017. Chromosome numbers of the flora of Germany – a new online database of georeferenced chromosome counts and flow cytometric ploidy estimates. – Plant Systematics and Evolution 303:1123–1129.

Wagner, Chytrý, M., Zelený, D., Wehrden, H., Brinkert, A., Danihelka, J., Hölzel, N., Kamp, J. H., Lustyk, P., Merunková, K., Palpurina, S., Preislerová, Z., Wesche, K.  2017. Plant species vary their soil pH niche in dry grasslands across Eurasia. – Oikos 126: 660–670.

Palpurina, S., Wagner, V., von Wehrden, H., Hajék, M., Horsak, M., Brinkert, A., Hölzel, N., Wesche, K., Kamp, J., … Chytry, M. 2017. The relationship between soil pH and plant species richness vanishes with increasing aridity across Eurasian dry grasslands. – Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 425-434.

Wang Yun, Heberling, G., Görzen, E., Miehe, G., Seeber, E., Wesche, K. 2017. Combined effects of livestock grazing and environment on plant species composition and soil condition across Tibetan grasslands. – Applied Vegetation Science 20: 327-339.

Wesenberg, J., Gebauer, P., Ritz, C.M., Wesche, K. 2017. Virtuelles Herbarium der Lausitz. – Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, online resource.

Dressler, S., Gregor, T., Hellwig, F.H., Korsch, H., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Ritz, C.M. 2017. Bestimmungskritische Taxa der deutschen Flora. – Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/Main, Görlitz & Herbarium Haussknecht Jena .

Dedek, M., Wesche, K. 2017 Die Segetalflora der Oberlausitz im Wandel – heutige Situation im Vergleich zu historischen Daten von Max Militzer. – Berichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 25: 83-106.

Wesche, K. & Ritz, C. (Hrsg.) 2017. Von der Heide ins Gebirge – vielfältige Kulturlandschaft im Osten Deutschlands. Tuexenia, Beiheft 10. pp. 1-116. – darin:

Wesche, K., Beck, A., Ritz, C.M. 2017. Riesengebirge: Mitteleuropas nördlichster Hochgebirgskamm. – Tuexenia, Beiheft 10. pp. 95-112. 

Culmsee, H., Wesche, K. 2017. Das Biosphärenreservat Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft: Vielfalt in Biodiversität und Landnutzung. – Tuexenia, Beiheft 10. pp. 25-48.

Damm, U., Dressler, S., Hoppenrath, M., Kienast, F., Otte, V., Paule, J., Printzen, C., Ritz, C., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Zizka, G. 2017. Botanik und Mykologie bei Senckenberg seit 1817 – Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/Main, Görlitz, Weimar, Wilhelmshaven. – Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main.

Damm, U., Dressler, S., Hoppenrath, M., Kienast, F., Otte, V., Paule, J., Printzen, C., Ritz, C., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J., Zizka, G. 2017. Botany and mycology at Senckenberg since 1817 – Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/Main, Görlitz, Weimar, Wilhelmshaven. – Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main.

Jäger, E., Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. 2017. Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Gefäßpflanzen: Atlasband. 13. Auflage. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg, 822 S.


Hirsch, H., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Renison, D., Luti, R., Wypior, C., Hartmann, M., von Wehrden, H. 2016. Evolution of an invasive tree: non-native Siberian elms outperform native provenances. – AoB Plants 8: plw071 (https://doi.org/10.1093/aobpla/plw071).

Heinicke, S., Hensen, I., Rosche, C., Hanselmann, D., Gudkova, P. D.; Silanteva, M. M.; Wesche, K. 2016. Fragmentation and environmental constraints influence genetic diversity and germination of Stipa pennata in natural steppes – Flora 224: 42–49.

Wiehle, M., Vornam, B., Wesche, K.,  Goenster S., Buerkert, A. 2016. Population structure and genetic diversity of Populus laurifolia in fragmented riparian gallery forests of the Mongolian Altai Mountains. – Flora 224: 112–122.

Lehnert, L., Wesche, K., Trachte, K., Reudenbach, C., Bendix, J. 2016. Climate variability rather than overstocking  causes recent degradation of Tibetan pastures. – Scientific Reports 6: 24367 DOI: 10.1038/srep24367.

Reichel, K., Richter, F.,  Eichel, L., Kącki, Z.,  Wesche, K. Welk, E., Neinhuis, C.,  Ritz, C. 2016. Genetic diversity in the locally declining Laserpitium prutenicum L. and the more common Selinum carvifolia (L.) L. – a „silent goodbye“?“ – Conservation Genetics 17:847-860.

Kadereit, J. W., Albach, D. C., Ehrendorfer, F., Galbany-Casals, M., Garcia-Jacas, N., Gehrke, B., Kadereit. G., Kilian, N., Klein, J. T., Koch, M. A., Kropf, M., Oberprieler,  C., Pirie, M. D., Ritz, C. M., Röser, M., Spalik, K., Susanna, A., Weigend, M., Welk., E., Wesche, K., Li-Bing Zhang & Dillenberger, M. (2016). Generic circumscriptions in the German flora. – Willdenowia 46:39-91.

Törok, P., Ambarli, D., Kamp, J., Wesche, K., Dengler, J. 2016. Step(pe) up! Raising the profile of the Palaearctic natural grasslands. – Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2187–2195.

Wesche, K., Ambarli, D., Kamp, J., Törok, P., Treiber, J., Dengler, J. 2016. The Palaearctic steppe biome: a new synthesis – Biodiversity and Conservation 25:2197–2231.

Wang, Yun, Wesche, K. 2016. Vegetation and soil responses to livestock grazing in Central Asian grasslands: a review of Chinese literature. – Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2401–2420.

Karger, D. N., Cord, A., Kessler, M., Kreft, H., Kühn, I., Pompe, S., Sandel, B., Sarmento-Cabral, J., Smith, A., Svenning, J. C., Tuomisto, H., Weigelt, P., Wesche, K. 2016. Probabilistic species pools in ecology and biogeography. – Global Ecology and Biogeography 25: 489–501.

Müller, F., Ritz, C, Welk, E., Wesche, K. 2016. Rothmaler Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Kritischer Ergänzungsband. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg, 221. S.

Wesche, K., Otte, V., Damm, U., Ritz, C., Wesenberg, J., Boyle, H., Gebauer, P. 2016. Die botanisch-mykologischen Sammlungen in Görlitz – zentrale Anlaufstellen für die berufliche und ehrenamtliche Pflanzen- und Pilzkunde in der Oberlausitz. – Berichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 24: 37-50.

Reinecke, J., Troeva, E., Wesche, K. 2016. Was von der Mammutsteppe übrig blieb. Beweidete Steppeninseln in Nordsibirien sind Relikte eiszeitlicher Vergangenheit – Natur, Forschung, Museum 146: 275-283.


Seeber E., Miehe G., Hensen I., Yang Y., Wesche K. 2015. Mixed reproduction strategy and polyploidy facilitate dominance of Kobresia pygmaea on the Tibetan Plateau. – Journal of Plant Ecology 9: 87-99.

Meyer, S., Bergmeier, E., Becker, T., Wesche, K., Krause, B. & Leuschner, C. 2015. Detecting long-term losses at the plant community level – arable fields in Germany revisited. – Applied Vegetation Science 18, 432-442.

Meyer, S., Hans, J., Wesche, K., Leuschner, C., Albach, D. 2015. Landscape complexity has limited effects on genetic structure of two arable weed species, Adonis aestivalis and Consolida regalis. – Weed Research 55: 406-415.

Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Wesche, K., Leuschner, C. 2015. Historical and recent fragmentation of temperate floodplain grasslands: Do patch size and distance affect plant species richness of wet meadow communities?“ – Folia Geobotanica: 50:253-266.


Babel, T. Biermann, H. Coners, E. Falge, E. Seeber, J. Ingrisch, P.-M. Schleuß, T. Gerken, J. Leonbacher, T. Leipold, S. Willinghöfer, K. Schützenmeister, O. Shibistova, L. Becker, S. Hafner, S. Spielvogel, X. Li, X. Xu, Y. Sun, L. Zhang, Y. Yang, Y. Ma, K. Wesche, H.-F. Graf, C. Leuschner, G. Guggenberger, Y. Kuzyakov, G. Miehe, Foken, T. 2014. Pasture degradation modifies the water and carbon cycles of the Tibetan highlands. – Biogeosciences: discussion forum.

Von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Oyundari, Chuluunkhuyag, Fust, P. 2014. Trends in cashmere production and declines of large wild mammals are correlated yet not causally linked – a reply to Berger et al. 2013 – Conservation Biology 29: 286–289.

Seeber, E., Winterfeld, G., Hensen, I., Sharbel, T. F., Durka, W., Liu Jianquan, Yang Yongping, Wesche, K. 2014. Ploidy levels in the alpine sedge Kobresia pygmaea (Cyperaceae) and related species – combined application of chromosome counts, new microsatellite markers and flow cytometry – Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 22-35.

Krause, B., Wesche, K., Culmsee, H., Leuschner, C. 2014. Diversitätsverluste und floristischer Wandel im Grünland seit 1950 – Natur und Landschaft 89: 399-404.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Brütting, T., Krause, B., Hensen, I., Leuschner, C. 2014. Diversitätsverluste und floristischer Wandel im Ackerland seit 1950 – Natur und Landschaft 89: 392-397.

Wesche, K., Schuch, S., Bock, J. 2014. Diversitätsverlust und faunistischer Wandel in ausgewählten Insektengruppen des Grünlandes seit 1950 – Natur und Landschaft 89: 417-421.

Rueff, H., Sternberg, T., Batbuyan Bajav, Middleton, N., Ganzorig, G, Wesche, K. 2014. Pastoral mobility must be preserved to ensure Mongolian rangeland sustainability. Univ. of Oxford, Senckenberg.


Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Krause, B., Leuschner, C. 2013. Dramatic impoverishment of arable plant communities since the 1950s/60s – a large scale analysis across geological substrate groups. – Diversity and Distributions 19: 1175-1187.

Durka, W., Nossol, C., Ruprecht, E., Welk, E., Wagner, V., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2013. Extreme genetic depauperation and differentiation of both populations and species in Eurasian feather grasses (Stipa) – Plant Systematics and Evolution 299: 259-269.

Brütting, C., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2013. Ex situ cultivation reduces genetic diversity of arable plants. – Plant Biology 15: 505-513.

Leuschner, C., Wesche, K., Meyer, S., Krause, B., Steffen, K., Becker, T., Culmsee, H. 2013. Veränderungen und Verarmung in der Offenlandvegetation Norddeutschlands seit den 1950er Jahren: Wiederholungsaufnahmen in Äckern, Grünland und Fließgewässern – Berichte der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft 25: 166-210.

Meyer, S. Wesche, K., Krause, B., Leuschner, C. 2013. Veränderungen der Segetalflora der letzten Jahrzehnte und mögliche Konsequenzen für Agrarvögel – Julius Kühn Archiv 442: 64-78.

Dressler, S., Gregor, T., Otte, V., Paule, J., Ritz, C., Wesche, K., Wesenberg, J. 2013. Forschungen zur heimischen Flora. – Natur, Forschung, Museum 143: 254-255.

Ansorge, H., Wesche, K. 2013. Im Land der Gräser und wilden Pferde. Schlaglichter der Biologischen Forschung in der Mongolei. – Natur, Forschung, Museum 143: 46-51.

Jäger, E.J., Müller, F., Ritz, C.M., Welk, E. & Wesche, K. 2013. Rothmaler – Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Gefäßpflanzen: Atlasband, 20 edn. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, 822 p.

Wesche, K. 2013. Wie verbreitet ist Degradation in tibetischen Weideländern? – Natur, Forschung, Museum 143: 18-23.

Biermann , T with contributions from Seeber, E., Schleuß, P., Willinghöfer, S., Leonbacher,J., Schützenmeister, K., Steingräber, L., Babel, W. Coners, H. Foken, T. Guggenberger, G., Kuzyakov, Y. Leuschner, C. Miehe, G., Wesche K. 2013. Tibet Plateau Atmosphere-Ecology-Glaciology Cluster Joint Kobresia Ecosystem Experiment: Documentation of the 2nd Intensive Observation Period Summer 2012 in KEMA, Tibet. Arbeitsergebnisse Nr. 54, Eigenverlag: Universität Bayreuth, Abt. Mikrometeorologie, Bayreuth, ISSN 1614-8916.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Bach, K., Wesche, K., Seeber, E., Behrendes, L., Kaiser, K., Reudenbach, C., Nölling, J., Hanspach, J. Herrmann, M., Ma Yaoming, Mosbrugger, V. 2013. Resilience of vulnerability? Vegetation patterns of the central Tibetan pastoral ecotone. – In: Morales Prieto, M. J., Diaz, J. T. Steppe Ecosystems. Biological diversity, management and restoration. Nova publisher, New York, p. 111-152.


Schuch, S., Bock, J., Krause, B., Wesche, K. Schaefer, M. 2012. Long-term population trends in three grassland insect groups: a comparative analysis of the years 1951 and 2009. – Journal of Applied Entomology 136: 321-331.

von Wehrden, H., Hanspach, J., Kaczensky, P., Fischer, J. & Wesche, K. 2012. A global assessment of the non-equilibrium concept in rangelands. – Ecological Applications 22: 393-399.

Zimmermann, H., von Wehrden, H., Renison, D., Wesche, K., Welk, E., Damascos, M. A., Hensen, I. 2012. Shrub management is the principal driver of differing population sizes between native and invasive populations of Rosa rubiginosa L. – Biological Invasions 14: 2141-2157.

Wagner, V., Treiber, J., Danihelka, J., Ruprecht, E., Wesche, K. 2012. Declining genetic diversity and increasing genetic isolation towards the range periphery of a Eurasian feather grass: A study along a 3000 km longitudinal gradient – International Journal of Plant Sciences 173: 802-811.

Ruppert, J. Holm, A., Miehe, S., Muldavin, E., Snyman, H.A., Wesche, K., Linstädter, A. 2012. Meta-analysis of rain-use efficiency confirms indicative value for degradation and supports non-linear response along precipitation gradients in drylands. – Journal of Vegetation Science: 23: 1035-1050.

Brütting, C., Meyer, S., Kühne, P., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2012. Spatial genetic structure and low diversity of the rare arable plant Bupleurum rotundifolium L. in Central Europe – Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 161: 70-77.

Hirsch, H., Wypior, C., von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Renison, D.,Hensen, I. 2012. Germination performance of native and non-native Ulmus pumila populations. – NeoBiota 15: 53-68.

Wesche, K.,  Treiber, J. 2012. Abiotic and biotic determinants of steppe productivity and performance – a view from Central Asia, In: Werger, M.J.A. & van Staalduinen, M. (eds.) Eurasian Steppes. Ecological problems and livelihoods in a changing world, pp. 3-43. Springer, Heidelberg.

Hensen, I., Cierjacks, K, Hirsch, H., Kessler, M., Romoleroux, K, Renison, D., Wesche, K. 2012. Historic and recent fragmentation coupled with altitude affect the genetic population structure of one of the world’s highest tropical tree line species – Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 455-464.

Brütting, C., Wesche, K., Meyer, S., Hensen, I. 2012. Genetic diversity of six arable plants in correlation to their Red List status – Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 745-761.

Wesche, K., Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Leuschner, C. 2012. Fifty years of change in Central European grassland vegetation: large losses in species richness and animal-pollinated plants. – Biological Conservation 150: 76-85.

Schuch, S., Wesche, K., Schaefer, M. 2012. Long-term decline in the abundance of leafhoppers and planthoppers (Auchenorrhyncha) in Central European protected dry grasslands. – Biological Conservation: 149: 75-83.

Kohlbrecher, C., Wesche,  K., Hilbig,  W., Leuschner Ch., Meyer St. 2012. Veränderungen in der Segetalflora am Kyffhäusergebirge in den letzten 50 Jahren (1961-2011). – Landschaftspflege und Naturschutz in Thüringen 49: 1-9.


Hafner, S., Unteregelsbacher, S., Seeber, E., Lena, B., Xu, Xingliang, Li, Xiaogang, Guggenberger, G., Miehe, G., Kuzyakov, Y. 2011. Effect of grazing on carbon stocks and assimilate partitioning in a Tibetan montane pasture revealed by 13CO2 pulse labeling. – Global Change Biology 18.: 528–538.

Otte, V., Wesche, K., Dressler, S., Zizka, G., Hoppenrath, M., Kienast, F. 2011. The New Herbarium Senckenbergianum: Old institutions under a new common roof. – Taxon 60: 617-618.

Wagner, V. von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Fedulin, A., Sidorova, T., Hensen, I. 2011. Similar performance in peripheral and central populations of Stipa capillata L. despite a different climate and soil pH. – Ecography: 34: 498-506.

Hirsch, H., Zimmermann, H., Ritz, C., Wissemann, V., von Wehrden, H., Renison, D., Wesche, K., Welk, E., Hensen, I. 2011. Tracking the origin of invasive Rosa rubiginosa populations in Argentina. – International Journal of Plant Sciences 172: 530-540.

Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Wesche, K., Bergmeier, E., Leuschner, C. 2011. Habitat loss of floodplain meadows in north Germany since the 1950s. – Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 2347–2364.

Schuch, S., Bock, J., Leuschner, C., Schaefer, M., Wesche, K. 2011. Minor changes in orthopteran assemblages of Central European dry grasslands during the last 40 years. – Journal of Insect Conservation 15: 811-822.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Bach, K., Kluge, J., Wesche, K., Yongping, Yang; Jianquan, Liu 2011. Ecological stability during LGM and mid-Holocene in an arid alpine biome indifferent to environmental changes? The Alpine Steppes of the Tibetan highlands – Quaternary Research 76: 243-252.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Bach, K., Nölling, J., Hanspach, J., Reudenbach, C., Kaiser, K., Wesche, K., Mosbrugger, V., Yongping, Yang, Yaoming, Ma. 2011. Plant communities of central Tibetan pastures in the Alpine Steppe / Kobresia pygmaea ecotone. – Journal of Arid Environments 75: 711-723.

Miehe, G.; Miehe, S.; Bach, K.; Kluge, J.; Yongping, Yang; Duo, La; Co, Sonam; Wesche, K. 2011. Alpine Steppe Plant Communities of the Tibetan highlands. – Applied Vegetation Science: 14: 547-560.

Sun, D.S., Wesche, K., Chen, D.D., Zhang, S.H., Wu, G.L., Du, G.Z. & Comerford, N.B. 2011. Grazing depresses soil carbon storage through changing plant biomass and composition in a Tibetan alpine meadow. – Plant, Soil and Environment 57: 271-278.

Wesche, K., von Wehrden, H. 2011. Surveying Southern Mongolia: application of multivariate classification methods in drylands with low diversity and long floristic gradients. – Applied Vegetation Science 14: 561-570.

Ronnenberg, K., Hensen I., Wesche K. 2011. Water availability unequally affects seed production and seed viability of Stipa krylovii Roshev. in Mongolian drylands. – Basic and Applied Ecology 12: 141-151.

Wesche, K., Walther, D., von Wehrden, H., Hensen, I. 2011. Trees in the desert: Reproduction and genetic structure of fragmented Ulmus pumila forests in Mongolian drylands. – Flora 206: 91-99.

Ronnenberg, K. & Wesche, K. 2011. Effects of fertilization and irrigation on Stipa steppes in dry southern Mongolia. – Plant and Soil 340: 239-251.

Biermann T, Leipold T. with contributions from Babel W, Becker L, Coners H, Foken T, Guggenberger G, He S, Ingrisch J, Kuzyakov Y, Leuschner C, Miehe G, Richards K, Seeber E, Wesche K. 2011. Joint Kobresia Ecosystem Experiment: Documentation of the first Intensive Observation Period Summer 2010 in Kema, Tibet. Arbeitsergebnisse Nr. 44, Eigenverlag: Universität Bayreuth, Abt. Mikrometeorologie, Bayreuth, ISSN 1614-8916.

Yoseph Assefa, Wesche, K. & Masresha Fetene. 2011. The status of the ericaceous vegetation on the southern slopes of the Bale Mountains. In: Tanskanen, H., Nelson, A. & William, S. (eds.) Conservation of the Bale Mountains. Walia (Special Issue), pp. 158-170, Addis Ababa.      pdf


Hirsch, H.,  von Wehrden, H. , Wesche, K. , Renison, D., Hensen, I. 2010. Investigations on the invasion success of Ulmus pumila L. in North America and Argentina. – Newsletter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico 35: 14.

Zimmermann, H., Ritz, C. M., Hirsch, H. , Renison, D., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2010.  Highly reduced genetic diversity of Rosa rubiginosa L. populations in the invasive range. – International Journal of Plant Sciences 171: 435-446.

Wagner, V. von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Fedulin, A., Sidorova, T., Hensen, I. 2010. Similar performance in peripheral and central populations of Stipa capillata L. despite a different climate and soil pH. – Ecography: online first.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Leuscher, C., van Elsen, T., Metzner, J. 2010. A new conservation strategy for arable weed vegetation in Germany – the project „100 fields for biodiversity“. – Plant Breeding und Seed Science 61: 25-34.

von Wehrden, H.,  Hanspach, J., Ronnenberg, K. & Wesche, K. 2010. The inter-annual climatic variability in Central Asia – a contribution to the discussion on the importance of environmental stochasticity in drylands. – Journal of Arid Environments 74: 1212-1215.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Metzner, J., van Elsen, T., Leuscher, C. 2010. Are current agri-environment schemes suitable for long-term conservation of arable plants? – A short review of different conservation strategies from Germany and short remarks on the new project “100 fields for diversity”. – Aspects of Applied Biology 100: 287-294.

Bläß, C., Ronnenberg, K., Tackenberg, O., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2010. Relative importance of different seed dispersal types in dry Mongolian rangelands. – Journal of Arid Environments: 74: 991-997.

Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K. 2010. Effects of NPK-fertilisation in arid southern Mongolian steppes. – Plant Ecology 207: 93-105.

Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K., Retzer, V., Miehe, G. 2010. Effects of herbivore exclusion in southern Mongolian desert steppes. – Acta Oecologica 36: 234-241.

Hensen, I., Kilian, C., Wagner, V., Durka, W., Pusch, J., Wesche, K. 2010. Low genetic variability and strong differentiation among isolated populations of the rare steppe grass Stipa capillata L. in central Europe. – Plant Biology 12: 526-536.

Wesche, K., Miehe, G. Kaiser, K. 2010. Wald oder Weide? Zum Einfluss der nomadischen Viehhaltung auf die Grasländer Tibets. In: Herrmann, B. (ed.) Beiträge zum Göttinger Umwelthistorischen Kolloquium 2009 – 2010: 89-108.

Meyer, S., Wesche, K., Leuschner, C., van Elsen, T., Metzner, J. 2010. Schutzbemühungen für die Segetalflora in Deutschland – Das Projekt „100 Äcker für die Vielfalt“. – Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt IX – BFN-Skripten 265: 59-64.


(older publications by K. Wesche)


Wesche, K., Krause, B., Culmsee, H., Leuschner, C. 2009. Veränderungen in der Flächen-Ausdehnung und Artenzusammensetzung des Feuchtgrünlandes in Norddeutschland seit den 1950er Jahren. – Berichte der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft 21: 196-210.

von Wehrden, H., Hanspach, J., Bruelheide, H., Wesche, K. 2009. Pluralism and diversity – trends in the use and application of ordination methods 1990-2007. – Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 695-705.    pdf

Seltmann, P., Hensen, I., Renison, D., Ploch, S., Dueñas, J. R., Cocucci, A., Wesche, K. 2009. Biparental inbreeding depression, genetic relatedness and progeny vigor in a wind-pollinated treeline species in Argentina – Plant Ecology 205: 155-164.

von Wehrden, H., Zimmermann, H., Hanspach, J., Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2009. Predicting plant species and communities by using GIS and Landsat data in a southern Mongolian mountain range. – Folia Geobotanica 44: 211-225.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Miehe, G. 2009. Plant communities of the southern Mongolian Gobi – Phytocoenologia 39: 331-376.

Schiebold, S., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Röser, M. 2009. Extensive clonality of the endemic Calamagrostis pseudopurpurea ex O.R. Heine in central Germany revealed by RAPD markers. – Plant Biology 11: 473-482.


Bläß, C., Ronnenberg, K., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2008. Grazing impact on seed production in southern Mongolia. – Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 6: 3-9.

Esfeld, K., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Jakob, S. S., Tischew, S., Blattner, F. R. 2008. Molecular data indicate multiple independent colonizations of former lignite mining areas in Eastern Germany by Epipactis palustris (Orchidaceae) – Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 2441-2453.

Wesche, K., Cierjacks, A., Yoseph Assefa, Wagner, S., Masresha Fetene, Hensen, I. 2008. Recruitment of trees at tropical-alpine treelines: Polylepis in South America and Erica species in Africa. – Plant Ecology and Diversity 1: 35-46.

Marcora, P., Hensen, I., Renison, D., Seltmann, P., Wesche, K. 2008. Performance of the tree line species Polylepis australis along its entire altitudinal range in Central Argentina. – Diversity and Distributions 14: 630-636.

Ronnenberg K., Wesche K., Hensen, I. 2008. Germination ecology of Central Asian Stipa spp: differences among species, seed provenances, and the importance of field studies. – Plant Ecology 196: 269-280.

Hertel, D., Wesche, K. 2008. Tropical moist Polylepis stands at the treeline in East Bolivia: the effect of elevation on stand microclimate, above- and below-ground structure, and regeneration. – Trees 22: 303-315.     pdf

Cierjacks, A., Salgado, S., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2008. Post-fire population dynamics of two tree species in high-altitude Polylepis (Rosaceae) forests of central Ecuador – Biotropica 40: 176-182.

Wesche, K., Yoseph Assefa, von Wehrden, H. 2008. Temperate Grassland Region: Equatorial Africa (high altitude). In: Peart, B. Life in a Working Landscape: Towards a Conservation Strategy for the World’s Temperate Grasslands – Compendium of Regional Templates on the Status of Temperate Grasslands. Conservation and Protection. IUCN / WCPA. Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative, Vancouver: 5-21. 

Wesche, K., Retzer, V. 2008. Die Bedeutung von Niederschlag und Beweidung für süd-mongolische Wüstensteppen – ein Beitrag zur Diskussion um die Nicht-Gleichgewichtstheorie. – Hamburger Beiträge zur Physischen Geographie und Landschaftsökologie 18: 165-181.


von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K. 2007. Relationships between climate, productivity and vegetation in southern Mongolian drylands. – Basic and Applied Dryland Research 1: 100-120.

Ronnenberg K., Pietsch M., Wesche K., Hensen I. 2007. Seed germination of five mountain steppe species of Central Asia. – Journal of Arid Environments 71: 404-410.

Miehe, G., Miehe, S., Opgenoorth, L., Cermak, J., Schlütz, F., Jäger, E., Samiya, R., Wesche, K. 2007. Mountain forest islands and Holocene forest retreat in Central Asian deserts. A case study from the South Gobi Altay, Mongolia. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 250: 155-166.       pdf

Cierjacks, A., Rühr, N., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2007. Effects of altitude and livestock on the regeneration of two tree line forming Polylepis species in Ecuador. – Plant Ecology 194: 207-221.     pdf

Wesche, K., Nadrowski, K., Retzer, V. 2007. Habitat engineering under dry conditions: The impact of pikas (Ochotona pallasi) on vegetation and site condition in southern Mongolian steppes. – Journal of Vegetation Science 18: 665-674.    pdf

Cierjacks, A., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2007. Impact of sowing, canopy cover and litter on seedling dynamics of Polylepis species at upper treelines in Central Ecuador. – Journal of Tropical Ecology 23: 309-318.

Cierjacks, A., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2007. High natural recruitment in forest edges indicates potential lateral expansion of Polylepis fragments in central Ecuador. – Forest Ecology and Management 242: 477-486.

Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2007. Genetic structure of the rare Poa badensis (Poaceae) in central Germany. – Nova Hedwigia, Beiheft 131: 177-186.

Leyer, I., Wesche, K. 2007. Multivariate Statistik in der Ökologie. Springer-Lehrbuch. Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: 221 Seiten.

Stubbe, M., Heidecke, D., Wesche, K., Stubbe, A. 2007. Springmaus, Amurfalke, Biber & Co – Biodiversitätsforschung in Zentralasien – Grundlagen des Internationalen Naturschutzes. – Scientia Halensis 1/07:26-27.

von Wehrden H., Wesche K. 2007. Mapping the vegetation of southern Mongolian protected areas: application of GIS and remote sensing techniques. – Arid Ecosystems 13: 130-139.

Hilbig, W., Wesche, K., Jäger, E. J. 2007. Die Forschungen der Mitarbeiter und Absolventen des Institutes für Geobotanik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in der Mongolei in Zusammenarbeit mit ihren mongolischen Fachkollegen. Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 10: 551-568. Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K. 2007. Mapping Khulan habitats – a GIS-based approach. Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 10: 31-44. Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle.


von Wehrden H., Wesche K., Tungalag, R. 2006. Plant communities of the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area in south-western Mongolia. – Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 4: 3-17.

von Wehrden H., Hilbig W., Wesche, K. 2006. Plant communities of the Great Gobi A Special Protected Area in the Mongolian Transaltay Gobi. – Feddes Repertorium 117: 526-570.

Wesche, K., Hensen, I., Undrakh, R. 2006. Range-wide genetic analysis provides evidence for natural isolation among populations of the Central Asian endemic Potentilla ikonnikovii Juz. (Rosaceae). – Plant Species Biology 21: 155-163.

Buhk, C., Götzenberger, L., Wesche, K., Sánchez Gómez, P., Hensen, I. 2006. Post-fire regeneration in Mediterranean pine forest with historically low fire frequency. – Acta Oecologica 30: 288-298.

Wesche, K., Hensen, I., Undrakh, R. 2006. Genetic structure of Galitzkya macrocarpa and G. potaninii, two closely related endemics of central Asian high mountain ranges. – Annals of Botany 98: 1025-1034.     pdf

Wesche, K., Pietsch, M., Ronnenberg, K., Undrakh, R., Hensen, I. 2006. Germination of fresh and frost-treated seeds from dry Central Asian steppes. – Seed Science Research 16: 123-136.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K., Reudenbach, C., Miehe G. 2006. A LANDSAT 7-based vegetation map of the deserts and desert steppes in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan NP, southern Mongolia (scale 1: 200 000). – Erdkunde 60: 261-272.  pdf

Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2006. Population size affects plant fitness in the rare Dictamnus albus in Central Germany. – Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 2249-2261.

Wesche, K. 2006. Is afroalpine plant biodiversity negatively affected by high-altitude fires? In: Spehn, E., Liberman, M., Körner, C. (Hrsg.). Land Use Change and Mountain Biodiversity. CRC Press, Boca Raton FL, USA: 39-49.

Bläß, K., Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2006. Exozoochorous seed dispersal: seed retention under experimental natural conditions in Mongolian steppes. In: Shmakov, A. I., Kamelin, R. V., Terekhina, T. A., Dyachenko, S. A., Smirnov, S. V., Kuzev, M. G., German, D. A. Problems of Botany of South Siberia and Mongolia. „Azbuka“ Press, Barnaul: 329-331.

Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2006. The effects of NPK-fertilization and irrigation on Stipa krylovii and S. gobica in southern Mongolian desert steppes. In: Shmakov, A. I., Kamelin, R. V., Terekhina, T. A., Dyachenko, S. A., Smirnov, S. V., Kuzev, M. G., German, D. A. Problems of Botany of South Siberia and Mongolia. „Azbuka“ Press, Barnaul: 332-334.



Wesche, K., Jäger, E., von Wehrden, H., Undrakh, R. 2005. The distribution of some rare plants in the Gobi-Altay. – Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 3: 3-11.

Dittbrenner, A., Hensen, I., Wesche, K. 2005. Genetic structure and RAPD diversity of the rapidly declining Angelica palustris (Apiaceae) in Eastern Germany in relation to population size and seed production. – Plant Species Biology 20: 191-200.

Wesche, K., Miehe, S., Miehe, G. 2005. Plant communities of the Gobi Gurvan Sayhan National Park (South Gobi Aimag, Mongolia). – Candollea 60: 149-205.

Wesche, K., Partzsch, M., Krebes, S., Hensen, I. 2005. Effects of habitat size, age, and nutrients in fragmented grassland communities. – Folia Geobotanica 40: 341-356.

Stumpp, M., Wesche, K., Retzer, V., Miehe, G. 2005. Impact of grazing livestock and distance from water points on soil fertility in southern Mongolia. – Mountain Research and Development 25: 244-251.    pdf

Sommerwerk, A., Partzsch, M., Wesche, K., Hensen, I. 2005. Standortökologie und phytozönologische Bindung der beiden Adventivarten Gypsophila perfoliata und G. scorzonerifolia (Caryophyllaceae) in Zentraldeutschland. – Hercynia 38: 263-286.

Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K., Hensen, I. 2005. Lack of sexual reproduction in dry mountain steppe populations of the clonal shrub Juniperus sabina L. in southern Mongolia. – Journal of Arid Environments 63: 390-405.

Hensen, I., Oberprieler, C., Wesche, K. 2005. Genetic structure, population size, and seed production of Pulsatilla vulgaris Mill. (Ranunculaceae) in Central Germany. – Flora 200: 3-14.

Ronnenberg, K., Wesche, K. 2005. Clonal versus sexual reproduction – examples for complementary regeneration strategies in a dry ecosystem. In: Dorjsuren, Ch., Dorofeyuk, N.I., Gunin, P.D., Drobyshev, Yu. I., Bazha, S.N., Vasilieva, L.F. (Hrsg.) Ecosystems of Mongolia and frontier areas of adjacent countries: natural resources, biodiversity and ecological prospects. – Publishing House „Bembi San“, Ulaanbaatar: 143-145.

von Wehrden, H., Wesche, K. 2005. Mapping the vegetation of southern Mongolian protected areas: application of GIS and remote sensing techniques. In: Dorjsuren, Ch., Dorofeyuk, N.I., Gunin, P.D., Drobyshev, Yu. I., Bazha, S.N., Vasilieva, L.F. (Hrsg.) Ecosystems of Mongolia and frontier areas of adjacent countries: natural resources, biodiversity and ecological prospects. – Publishing House „Bembi San“, Ulaanbaatar: 232-234.

Wesche, K. 2005. Enclosure studies indicate non-equilibrium dynamics in southern Mongolian rangelands In: Dorjsuren, Ch., Dorofeyuk, N.I., Gunin, P.D., Drobyshev, Yu. I., Bazha, S.N., Vasilieva, L.F. (Hrsg.) Ecosystems of Mongolia and frontier areas of adjacent countries: natural resources, biodiversity and ecological prospects. – Publishing House „Bembi San“, Ulaanbaatar: 198-200.

Leyer, I., Wesche, K. 2005. Ordinationsmethoden zur Analyse ökologischer Daten. In: Grözinger, G., Matiaske, W. (Hrsg.) Deutschland regional – Sozialwissenschaftliche Daten im Forschungsverbund. – Rainer Hamp Verlag, München: 157-170.

Wesche, K., Stubbe, A., Samjaa, R., Retzer, V., Miehe, G., Stubbe, M. 2005. Herausgabe Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei 9. – Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle: 1-494. ISSN 0440-1298 Darin:

Wesche, K., Retzer, V. 2005. Is degradation a major problem in semi-desert environments of the Gobi region in southern Mongolia? In: Wesche, K., Stubbe, A., Samjaa, R., Retzer, V., Miehe, G., Stubbe, M. (Hrsg.) Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 9: 133-146.

Miehe, G., Samjaa, R., Wesche, K. 2005. Preface: Ecosystem research in the arid environments of Central Asia: Results, challenges, perspectives. In: Wesche, K., Stubbe, A., Samjaa, R., Retzer, V., Miehe, G., Stubbe, M. (Hrsg.) Erforschung der Biologischen Ressourcen der Mongolei Band 9: 1-3.



Wesche, K., Ronnenberg, K. 2004. Phytosociological affinities and habitat preferences of Juniperus sabina L. and Artemisia santolinifolia Turcz. ex Bess. in mountain sites of the south-eastern Gobi Altay, Mongolia. – Feddes Repertorium 115: 585-600.

Schulze, H., Hensen, I., Wesche, K., Stordeur, R. 2004. Die Verbreitung epigäischer Flechten und ihre Beziehungen zu ausgewählten Phanerogamengesellschaften im NSG Harslebener Berge und Steinholz (Sachsen-Anhalt). – Hercynia 37: 73-85.

Wesche, K., Kessler, M. 2004. Die humide tropisch-alpine Stufe – weltweite Gemeinsamkeiten. In: Breckle, S.W., Walter, H. (Hrsg.). Ökologie der Erde. Bd. 2. Spezielle Ökologie der tropischen und subtropischen Zonen. – Spektrum, Heidelberg: 129-156.

Götzenberger, L., Ohl, C., Hensen, I., Sánchez Gómez, P., Wesche, K. 2003. Postfire regeneration of a thermomediterranean shrubland area in south-eastern Spain. – Anales de Biología 25:21-28.    pdf

Wesche, K. 2003. The importance of occasional droughts for afroalpine landscape ecology. – Journal of Tropical Ecology 19: 197-208.

Wesche, K. 2002. Structure and dynamics of Erica forest at tropical-African treelines. – Verhandlungen der Reinhold-Tüxen Gesellschaft 14: 145-159.

Ochyra, R., Wesche, K., Miehe, G., Miehe, S. 2002. New records of pleurocarpous mosses for Africa and Uganda. – Journal of Bryology 24: 251-258.

Wesche, K. 2002. The high-altitude environment of Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenya) – Climate, vegetation and the impact of fire. – Ecotropical Monographs 2: 1-253.  

Wesche, K. 2001. Hochgebirgslebensräume am Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenia) – Klima, Vegetation und die Bedeutung von Feuern. – Jahrbuch der Marburger Geographischen Gesellschaft 2001: 172-178.

Wesche, K. 2001. The high altitude vegetation of Mt. Elgon/Kenya as influenced by climate and fire. – Proceedings of the Workshop for Integrated Natural Resources Manage­ment Planning – Mt. Elgon, Kitale – IUCN, Kenya: 22-29. 

Wesche, K., Miehe, G., Kaeppeli, M. 2000. The significance of fire for the ericaceous belt of the East African Mountains. – Mountain Research and Development 20: 340-347.     pdf

Wesche, K., Clausnitzer, V., Miehe, S., Miehe, G. 2000. Habitat conditions in afroalpine communities – examples from East Africa. In: Breckle, S.-W., Schweizer, B., Arndt, U. (Hrsg.) Results of worldwide ecological studies – Proceedings of the 1st symposium of the A.F.W. Schimper-Foundation est. by H. & E. Walter – Hohenheim, October 1998. – G. Heimbach, Stuttgart: 335-346. 

Wesche, K. 1997. A classification of a tropical Shorea robusta forest stand in southern Nepal. – Phytocoenologia 27: 103-118.

Clausnitzer, V., Wesche, K. 1996. Odonata records from Nepal (around Annapurna, Chitwan District, Royal Bardia National Park). – Opuscula Zoologica Fluminensia 147: 1-8.

Wesche, K. 1995. Struktur und Nutzung eines Sal-Waldes im Süden Nepals. – GTZ/TÖB, Eschborn. 58 Seiten. 

Wesche, K. 1995. Structure and use of a Sal-forest in southern Nepal. – GTZ/TÖB, Eschborn. 35 Seiten.



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Succow, M., Joosten, H. (Hrsg.) 2002. Landschaftsökologische Moorkunde. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Feddes Repertorium.

Munk, K. 2001. Grundstudium Biologie – Botanik. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Wissen­schaft Online.

Riedel, W., Lange, H. (Hrsg.) 2001. Landschaftsplanung. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Wissenschaft Online.

Baumann, H., Müller, T. 2001. Farbatlas geschützte und gefährdete Pflanzen – besprochen von K. Wesche in Hercynia.

Porembski, S., Barthlott, W. (Eds.) 2000. Inselbergs. Biotic Diversity of Isolated Rock Out­crops in Tropical and Temperate Regions. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Flora.

Osmaston, H., Tukahirwa, J., Basalirwa, C., Nyakaana, J. (editors) 1998. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda. – besprochen von K. Wesche in Mountain Re­search and Development.

Fischer, E. 1996. Die Vegetation des Parc National de Kahuzi-Biéga, Sud-Kivu, Zaire. – be­sprochen von K. Wesche in Mountain Research and Development.