Bridges Gaps

by linking innovative individual research projects that overcome the apparent gap between movement ecology and biodiversity research, employing a joint conceptual framework


Strategically combines

empirical, experimental and modelling approaches based in one common study area (AgroScapeLab-Quillow, north-eastern Brandenburg, Germany).


Links Impacts

of land-use on resource availability, landscape structures and disturbance regimes to movement processes of organisms of different taxa.


Creates deeper Understanding

by pursuing bottom-up and top-down approaches to reveal possible consequences of movement changes on biodiversity.

Call for 11 new PhD positions

starting October 2021
- Application deadline 14.05.2021 -

News Always up-to-date

Events Join us

Our Projects integrate various cutting edge methods to test a common set of hypotheses on the linkage of movement ecology and biodiversity research

Our Previous Projects Cohort 1 (2015 - 2018)

Partners & PeopleCombining resources and know-how in a goal-oriented way

University of Potsdam
Project Lead
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Freie Universität Berlin [FU]

Involved People

Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch
Speaker, Principal Investigator
Projects 1, 4, 6, 9, 11

University of Potsdam

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Niels Blaum
Deputy Speaker, Principal Investigator
Projects 2, 3, 4, 7

University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Jana Eccard
Principal Investigator
Projects 1, 3, 4, 8

University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Volker Grimm
Principal Investigator
Projects 1, 2, 10, 11


Prof. Dr. Stephanie Kramer-Schadt
Principal Investigator
Projects 2, 3, 11

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Dr. Marina Müller
Principal Investigator
Projects 9, 10

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Dr. Viktoriia Radchuk
Principal Investigator
Project 6 (2021-2024)

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig
Principal Investigator
Projects 6, 9, 10

Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Ralph Tiedemann
Principal Investigator
Projects 6, 7, 8

University of Potsdam

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Christian Voigt
Principal Investigator
Projects 1, 4, 5

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Guntram Weithoff
Principal Investigator
Projects 7, 8

University of Potsdam

Dr. Cara Gallagher
Synthesis PostDoc

University of Potsdam

Dr. Kristin Scharnweber

University of Potsdam

Dr. Carolin Scholz
Field work coordinator
Confidential counsellor

University of Potsdam and IZW

Jan Pufelski
Confidential counsellor

University of Potsdam

Dr. Ulrike Schlägel
DFG Emmy Noether
Junior research group

University of Potsdam

Milos Bielcik
PhD candidate

Freie Universität Berlin

Clara Ferreira
PhD candidate

University of Potsdam

Annika Hoffmann
PhD candidate

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Katrin Kiemel
PhD candidate

University of Potsdam

Tobias Kürschner
PhD candidate

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Victor Parry
PhD candidate

University of Potsdam

Alexander Milles
PhD candidate

University of Potsdam

Marie-Sophie Rohwäder
PhD candidate

University of Potsdam

Jonas Stiegler
PhD candidate

University of Potsdam

Maxi Tomowski
PhD candidate

University of Potsdam

International Advisors

Prof. Dr. Dries Bonte

Ghent University, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Ran Nathan

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Associated scientists

Dr. Melanie Dammhahn
Principal investigator

University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Jasmin Joshi
Principal investigator

Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Michael Glemnitz

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Prof. Dr. Heribert Hofer

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Dr. Valeria Mazza

University of Potsdam

Dr. Simeon Lisovski

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Dr. Jana Petermann

University of Salzburg

Dr. Manuel Röleke

University of Potsdam

Dr. Karin Pirhofer-Walzl

Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Christine Reusch

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Dr. Cédric Scherer
BioMove StartUp PostDoc (2019)

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Dr. Wiebke Ullmann
BioMove StartUp PostDoc (2019)

University of Potsdam

Dr. Jennifer Pohle

University of Potsdam

Rafael Arce

University of Potsdam

Dr. Lucía Corral

Leibniz Instiut for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Daniel Hühn

Institute for Inland Fisheries Potsdam-Sacrow

Former Members

    See former BioMove Members and Associates

    Former BioMove Members

    Cohort I: 2015 - 2018

    Dr. Pierluigi Colangeli

    Dr. Sebastian Hausmann

    Dr. Gabriele Kowalski

    Magdalena Litwin

    Dr. Sissi Donna Lozada Gobilard

    Dr. Manuel Röleke

    Dr. Annika Schirmer

    Dr. Gabriele Schiro

    Dr. Lisa Teckentrup

    Dr. Cédric Scherer (2015-2019 PhD candidate, 2019 StartUp PostDoc)

    Dr. Wiebke Ullmann (2015-2019 PhD candidate, 2019 StartUp PostDoc)

    Dr. Ulrike Schlägel (PostDoc)

    Dr. Antje Herde (2015-2018, Coordinator)

    Dr. Madlen Ziege (2018-2019, Coordinator)

    Dr. Merlin Schäfer (2019-2021 Coordinator)

    Former Associated Members

    Guillaume Chero (2018-2020)

    Dr. Viktoriia Radchuk (2015-2018)

    Dr. Jette Reeg (2020)

    Dr. Merlin Schäfer (2015-2019 PhD candidate)

    Dr. Carolin Scholz (2015-2021)

    Dr. Lysanne Snijders (2019)


    Eccard J, Mendes Ferreira C,, Peredo Arce, A, Dammhahn, M (2021). Top-down effects of foraging decisions on local, landscape and regional biodiversity of resources (DivGUD). Ecology Letters 00, 1-14.
    DOI: 10.1111/ele.13901

    Heitmann N, Gelemnitz M, Lentzsch P, Platen R, Müller MEH (2021). Quantifying the role of ground beetles for the dispersal of Fusarium and Alternaria fungi in agricultural landscapes. Journal of Fungi 7, 863.
    DOI: 10.3390/jof7100863

    Lozada-Gobilard S, Landivar CM, Rupik KB, Pätzig M, Hausmann S, Tiedemann R, Joshi J (2021). Habitat quality and connectivity in kettle holes enhance bee diversity in agricultural landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 319:107525.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2021.107525

    Kürschner T, Scherer C, Radchuk V, Blaum N, Kramer‐Schadt S. (2021). Movement can mediate temporal mismatches between resource availability and biological events in host–pathogen interactions. Ecology and Evolution ece3.7478.
    DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7478

    See all BioMove publications


    Hoffmann A, Lischeid G, Koch M, Lentzsch P, Sommerfeld T, Müller MEH (2021). Co-Cultivation of Fusarium, Alternaria, and Pseudomonas on Wheat-Ears Affects Microbial Growth and Mycotoxin Production. Microorganisms 9: 443.
    DOI: 10.3390//microorganisms 9020443

    Lozada-Gobilard S, Schwarzer C, Rodner D, Tiedemann R, Joshi J (2021). Genetic Diversity and Connectivity in Plant Species Differing in Clonality and Dispersal Mechanisms in Wetland Island Habitats. Journal of Heredity 059:1-14.
    DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esaa059


    Milles A, Dammhahn M, Grimm V (2020). Intraspecific trait variation in personality‐related movement behavior promotes coexistence. Oikos 129: 1441–1454.
    DOI: 10.1111/oik.07431

    Scherer C, Radchuk V, Franz Mathias, Thulke Hans-Hermann, Lange M, Grimm V, Kramer-Schadt S (2020). Moving infections: individual movement decisions drive disease persistence in spatially structured landscapes. Oikos 129: 651–667.
    DOI: 10.1111/oik.07002

    Schirmer A, Hoffmann J, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2020). My niche: individual spatial niche specialization affects within- and between-species interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20192211.
    DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2211

    Ullmann W, Fischer C, Kramer-Schadt S, Glemnitz M, Blaum N (2020). How do agricultural practices affect the movement behaviour of European brown hares (Lepus europaeus)? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environments 292: 106819.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2020.106819


    Bielcik M, Aguilar-Trigueros CA, Lakovic M, Jeltsch F, Rillig MC. (2019). The role of active movement in fungal ecology and community assembly. Movement Ecology 7: 36.
    DOI: 10.1186/s40462-019-0180-6

    Jeltsch F, Grimm V, Reeg J, Schlaegel UE (2019). Give chance a chance: from coexistence to coviability in biodiversity theory. Ecosphere 10(5): e02700.

    Hoffmann J, Schirmer A, Eccard JA (2019) Light pollution affects space use and interaction of two small mammal species irrespective of personality. BMC Ecology 19:26.
    DOI: 10.1186/s12898-019-0241-0.

    Kowalski GJ, Grimm V, Herde A, Guenther A, Eccard JA (2019). Does Animal Personality Affect Movement in Habitat Corridors? Experiments with Common Voles (Microtus arvalis) Using Different Corridor Widths. Animals 9 (6): 291.
    DOI: 10.3390/ani9060291.

    Lozada-Gobilard S, Stang S, Pirhofer-Walzl K. Kalettka T, Heinken T, Schröder B, Eccard J, Joshi J (2019). Environmental filtering and patch dynamics predict plant-community trait distribution and biodiversity: Kettle holes as models of meta-community systems. Ecology and Evolution 9:1898–1910.
    DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4883

    Radchuk V, De Laender F, Sarmento Cabral J, Boulangeat I, Crawford M, Bohn F, De Raedt J, Scherer C, Svenning J-C, Thonicke K, Schurr F, Grimm V, Kramer-Schadt S (2019). The dimensionality of stability depends on disturbance type. Ecological Letters 22. 674-684
    DOI: 10.1111/ele.13226

    Scherer C, Radchuk V, Staubach C, Mueller S, Blaum N, Thulke H-H, Kramer-Schadt S (2019). Seasonal host life-history processes fuel disease dynamics at different spatial scales. Journal of Animal Ecology (First published: 22 July 2019).
    DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13070.

    Schirmer A, Herde A, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2019). Individuals in space: personality- dependent space use, movement and microhabitat use facilitate individual spatial niche specialization. Oecologia.
    DOI: 10.1007/s00442-019-04365-5

    Schiro G, Müller T, Verch G, Sommerfeld T, Mauch T, Koch M, Grimm V, Müller MEH (2019). The distribution of mycotoxins in a heterogeneous wheat field in relation to microclimate, fungal and bacterial abundance. Journal of Applied Microbiology 126: 177-190.
    DOI: 10.1111/jam.14104

    Schiro G, Colangeli P, Müller MEH (2019). A Metabarcoding analysis of the mycobiome of wheat ears across a topographically heterogeneous field. Frontiers in Microbiology 10: 2095.
    DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02095.

    Schlägel UE, Grimm V, Blaum N, Colangeli P, Dammhahn M, Eccard J, Hausmann S, Herde A, Hofer H, Joshi J, Kramer-Schadt S, Litwin M, Lozada-Gobilard S, Müller M. Müller T, Nathan R, Petermann J, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Radchuk V, Rillig M, Röleke M, Schäfer M, Scherer C, Schiro G, Scholz C, Teckentrup L, Tiedemann R,Ullmann W, Voigt C, Weithoff G, Jeltsch F (2019). Movement-mediated community assembly and coexistence. EcoEvoRxiv Preprints.
    Preprint DOI 10.32942/osf.io/d8a4m.

    Schlägel UE, Signer J, Herde A, Eden S, Jeltsch F, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2019). Estimating interactions between individuals from concurrent animal movements. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:1234-1245.
    DOI 10.1111/2041-210X.13235.

    Voigt CC, Bumrungsric S, Roeleke M (2019). Rapid descent flight by a molossid bat (Chaerephon plicatus) returning to its cave. Mammalian Biology 95:15-17.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2019.01.001

    Colangeli P (2019). From pond metacommunities to life in a droplet causes and consequences of movement in zooplankton. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Potsdam.

    Kowalski GJ (2019). Animal movement patterns across habitats: connecting biodiversity. Ph.D. thesis, University of Potsdam.

    Lozada Gobilard SD (2019). From genes to communities: Assessing plant diversity and connectivity in kettle holes as metaecosystems in agricultural landscapes. Ph.D. thesis, University of Potsdam.

    Roeleke M (2019). Foraging strategies of an aerial-hawking insectivore, the Common noctule bat Nyctalus noctula. Ph.D. Thesis. Freie Universität Berlin (submitted in Feb. 2019).

    Scherer C (2019). Infection on the move: Individual host movement drives disease persistence in spatially structured landscapes PhD thesis. University of Potsdam. Submitted in March 2019.

    Schirmer A (2019). Consistent individual differences in movement-related behaviour as equalizing and/or stabilizing mechanisms for species coexistence. Ph. D. Thesis, University of Potsdam. Submitted in March 2019.

    Schiro G (2019). Spatial distribution of phyllosphere fungi in heterogeneous wheat fields: An analysis of abiotic and biotic driving factors. PhD thesis. University of Potsdam. Submitted in March.

    Teckentrup L (2019). Understanding predator-prey interactions: The role of fear in structuring prey communities. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Potsdam. Submitted in January 2019.

    Ullmann W (2019). Understanding animal movement behavior in dynamic agricultural landscapes. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Potsdam.


    Colangeli P, Schlägel UE, Obertegger U, Petermann JS, Tiedemann R, Weithoff G (2018). Negative phototactic response to UVR in three cosmopolitan rotifers: a video analysis approach. Hydrobiologia.

    Crawford M, Jeltsch F, May F, Grimm V, Schlägel UE (2018). Intraspecific trait variation increases species diversity in a trait‐based grassland model. Oikos.

    Grimm V, Railsback SF, Vincenot CE, Berger U, Gallagher C, DeAngelis DL, Edmonds B, Ge J, Giske J, Groeneveld J, Johnston ASA, Milles A, Nabe-Nielsen J, PoIhill JG, Radchuk V, Rohwäder MS, Stillman RA, Thiele JC, Ayllón C (online first). The ODD protocol for describing agent-based and other simulation models: a second update to improve clarity, replication, and structural realism. Journal of Artificial Sociecities and Social Simulation.
    DOI: 10.18564/jasss.4259

    Mayer M, Ullmann W, Sunde P, Fischer C, Blaum N (2018). Habitat selection by the European hare in arable landscapes: The importance of small-scale habitat structure for conservation. Ecology and Evolution 8(23):11619-11633.
    DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4613

    Noonan MJ, Tucker MA, ..., Blaum N, Jeltsch F, Ullmann W, ...,et al. (2018). A comprehensive analysis of autocorrelation and bias in home range estimation. Ecological Monographs.
    DOI: 10.1002/ecm.1344

    Obertegger U, Cieplinski A, Raatz M, Colangeli P (2018). Switching between swimming states in rotifers–case study Keratella cochlearis. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology.

    Roeleke M, Blohm T, Hoffmeister U, Marggraf L, Schlägel UE, Teige T, Voigt CC (online first). Landscape structure influences the use of social information in an insectivorous bat. OIKOS.
    DOI: 10.1111/oik.07158

    Roeleke M, Bumrungsri, S, Voigt CC (2018). Bats probe the aerosphere during landscape- guided altitudinal flights. Mammal Review 48(1):7–11.

    Roeleke M, Johannsen L, Voigt CC (2018). How Bats Escape the Competitive Exclusion Principle—Seasonal Shift From Intraspecific to Interspecific Competition Drives Space Use in a Bat Ensemble. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6, 101.

    Roeleke M, Teige T, Hoffmeister U, Klingler F, Voigt CC (2018). Aerial-hawking bats adjust their use of space to the lunar cycle. Movement Ecology 6(1):11.
    DOI:10.1186/s40462- 018-0131-7

    Schiro G, Verch G, Grimm V, Müller MEH (2018). Alternaria and Fusarium Fungi: Differences in Distribution and Spore Deposition in a Topographically Heterogeneous Wheat Field. Journal of Fungi. 4: 63.
    DOI: 10.3390/jof4020063

    Sciaini M, Fritsch M, Scherer C, Simpkins CE (2018). NLMR and landscapetools: An integrated environment for simulating and modifying neutral landscape models in R. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9(11):2240-2248.
    DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13076

    Teckentrup L, Grimm V, Kramer-Schadt S, Jeltsch F (2018). Community consequences of foraging under fear. Ecological Modelling 383:80–90.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.05.015

    Tucker M, ... , Blaum N, ...Jeltsch F, ...Ullmann W, ..., et al. (2018). Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science 359:466-469.
    DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9712

    Ullmann W, Fischer C, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Kramer-Schadt S, Blaum N (2018). Spatiotemporal variability in resources affects herbivore home range formation in structurally contrasting and unpredictable agricultural landscapes. Landscape Ecology 33(9):1505-1517.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10980-018-0676-2

    Voigt CC, Currie SE, Fritze M, Roeleke M, Lindecke O (2018). Conservation Strategies for Bats Flying at High Altitudes. BioScience, 68(6):427–435.

    Hausmann SL (2018). Interactions of pollinators and nectar-occupying yeast communities. Ph.D. thesis, Freie Universität Berlin.


    Hausmann SL, Tietjen B, Rillig MC (2017). Solving the puzzle of yeast survival in ephemeral nectar systems: exponential growth is not enough. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 93:1–24.
    DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fix150

    Schlägel UE, Merrill EH, Lewis MA (2017). Territory surveillance and prey management: Wolves keep track of space and time. Ecology and Evolution.

    Teckentrup L, Kramer-Schadt S, Jeltsch F (in press): The risk of ignoring fear: Underestimating the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on biodiversity. Landscape Ecology.

    Associated publications

    Raatz L, Bacchi N, Pirhofer Wlazl K, Glemnitz M, Müller M, Joshi J, Scherber C (2019). How much do we really lose? – Yield losses in the proximity of natural landscape elements in agricultural landscapes. Ecology and Evolution 9:7838-7848.
    DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5370

    Schaefer M, Menz S, Jeltsch F, Zurell D (2018): sOAR: a tool for modelling optimal animal life‐history strategies in cyclic environments. Ecography 41(3):551-557.
    DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03328

    Zurell D, Wehrden H, Rotics S, Kaatz M, Gross H, Schlag L, Schaefer M, Sapir N, Turjeman S, Wikelski M, Nathan R, Jeltsch F (2018). Home range size and resource use of breeding and non-breeding white storks along a land use gradient. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:79.
    DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00079

    Schäfer M (2019) Understanding and predicting global change impacts on migratory birds. Ph.D. thesis, University Potsdam.
    DOI: 10.25932/publishup-43925

    Colangeli PSchlägel UE, Obertegger U,Petermann JS, Tiedemann R, Weithoff G (2018). Negative phototactic response to UVR in three cosmopolitan rotifers: a video analysis approach. Hydrobiologia

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    Currently there are no open internships or MSc and BSc projects. Please check regularly for updates.