I am fascinated by interactions between organisms, especially if they are mutually beneficial for both partners*. To disentangle webs of interacting organisms, I study species interactions in ecological communities along anthropogenic gradients and across large spatial scales. My research aims at the identification of the major ecological and evolutionary drivers of species interactions and at a better understanding of the functional importance of species interactions for entire ecosystems. I hope that this work will help to improve predictions of the consequences of species loss for ecosystem functioning. (*I usually become enthusiastic if one of the interaction partners has wings and a beak.)
Ferger, S.W., Peters, M.K., Appelhans, T., Detsch, F., Hemp, A., Nauss, T., Otte, I., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (online early). Synergistic effects of climate and land use on avian beta-diversity. Diversity and Distributions, doi: 10.1111/ddi.12615.
Dalsgaard, B., Schleuning, M., Maruyama, P.K., Dehling, D.M., Sonne, J., Vizentin‐Bugoni, J., Zanata, T.B., Fjeldså, J., Böhning‐Gaese, K. & Rahbek, C. (online early). Opposed latitudinal patterns of network‐derived and dietary specialization in avian plant‐frugivore interaction systems. Ecography, online early, doi: 10.1111/ecog.02604. [highlighted on the Ecography blog]
Vollstädt, M.G.R., Ferger, S.W., Hemp, A., Howell, K.M., Töpfer, T., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (2017). Direct and indirect effects of climate, human disturbance and plant traits on avian functional diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 963-972.
Donoso, I., Schleuning, M., García, D. & Fründ, J. (2017). Defaunation effects on plant recruitment depend on size matching and size trade-offs in seed-dispersal networks. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284, 20162664.
Bender, I.M.A., Kissling, W.D.K., Böhning-Gaese, K., Hensen, I., Kühn, I., Wiegand, T., Dehling, D.M. & Schleuning, M. (2017). Functionally specialised birds respond flexibly to seasonal changes in fruit availability. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 800-811.
Muñoz, M.C., Schaefer, H.M., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Schleuning, M. (2017). Importance of animal and plant traits for fruit removal and seedling recruitment in a tropical forest. Oikos, 126, 823-832.