to the Animal ecology and multitrophic interactions lab

Teaching SoSe 2020

All teaching in the summer term will be held as e-learning courses. Further information is given to participants of lectures.
Current thesis topics and research projects

Can be found in the section teaching.

The research group Animal Ecology and Multitrophic Interactions focuses on the following topics:

  • Biological diversity (biodiversity research) in land use systems
  • Global change
  • Multitrophic interactions (e.g. predator-prey and plant-herbivore systems)

We combine ecological field experiments with applications in agriculture and nature conservation.
The aim is to make a contribution to the protection of nature for future generations.

Thank you for visiting  our website!


© Hannah Reininghaus

Die Zahl der Artenkennerinnen und Artenkenner nimmt seit einigen Jahren immer weiter ab. Mit dem Verbundprojekt „KennArt – Eine bundesweite Initiative zur Ausbildung von Artenkenner*innen“ möchten die NABU-Naturschutzstation Münsterland und die Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (ILÖK-AG Tierökologie) dem Abwärtstrend entgegenwirken. In den kommenden sechs Jahren soll ein mehrstufiges Schulungssystem mit Grund-, Aufbau- und Expertenkursen für verschiedene Organismengruppen mit einem Schwerpunkt auf Insekten entwickelt und bundesweit erprobt werden. Das Projekt wird gefördert durch das Bundesamt für Naturschutz mit Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit.
Link zur Pressemitteilung

DIVERSify meeting this year online

© www.plant-teams.eu

From 2 to 5 June, the General Assembly Meeting of the DIVERSify project took part online.
It was a great meeting with participants from Europe and cooperation partners from Kenia.

We discussed about the current state of research, various projects and planned publications. Jana Brandmeier and Silvia Papagallo gave presentation about their research and projects.

Kick-Off Meeting in the forest 08.05.2020

© Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer, Christoph Scherber, students, colleagues form Wald und Holz NRW and a camera team were out in the forests in Ostwestfalen-Lippe.
More information about our new projekct can be found here RESEARCH and in the image film.

GfÖ 09.-13.09.2019

© Dora Schilling

GfÖ 09.-13.09.2019
We look back on the successful 49th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Münster 2019.
Link to the conference homepage here

GFÖ 2019

The group Animal Ecology was represented this year with various topics and contributions:

Coordinator of the GfÖ: Dr. Julia Tiede

Session Leitung:
Tiede, Keller und Eitzinger, Session 24: Molecular biodiversity & interaction assessment
Scherber und Tscharntke, Session 20: Agroecology
Ott, Hamer, Kleinebecker, Session 4: Ecological stoichiometry
Ott, Jochum, Session 25: Multitrophic interactions

Hamer, Meyer et al. 20-15 Soil microbial indicators for the assessment of temporal diversification in agroecosystems
Reininghaus et al. 2-14 The importance of plant resources at multiple spatial scales for a key pollinator
Scherber 20-10 Farming for the future: Approaches to reconcile biodiversity in European farming systems
Scherber 31-18 A network perspective on biodiversiy effects in real-world farming systems

Brandmeier et al. 20-P11 Effects of crop diversity ad managment on pollinators in an intercropping experiment
Pappagallo 20-P6 Network thinking in agroecosystem functioning and productivity

Scherber, W2: Mixed-effect models (Mixed-effects models in R)

Panel discussion:
Scherber, FAIR data principles in the scientific publication and funding process: expected implications for researchers

DIVERSify meeting in Copenhagen

© Michael Meyer

From 11 to 14 June, the General Assembly Meeting of the DIVERSify project took part in Copenhagen.
It was a great meeting with participants from Europe and cooperation partners from Kenia.

We discussed about the current state of research, various projects and planned publications. An important topic was how to communicate our results to a broad spectrum of practitioners. We also visited the field site in Taarstrup. For sure, there was also enough time to visit the city center and the Little Mermaid.

Christoph Scherber, Jana Brandmeier, Hannah Reininghaus und Michael Meyer joined from Münster University.

European Conference on Crop Diversification

© Michael Meyer

The Animal Ecology Group contributed to the European Conference on Crop Diversification (18.-21. September in Budapest).

Michael Meyer, David Ott and Christoph Scherber: „Influence of temporal diversification on aboveground arthropods”, talk

Jana Brandmeier, Hilke Hollens-Kuhr, Silvia Pappagallo and Christoph Scherber: „Interactive effects of crop diversity and management on pollinators in a summer wheat-bean intercropping experiment”, poster

We had many fruitful discussions and learned a lot about how temporal and spatial diversification of agroecosystems can contribute to sustainable land use.

For more information see here

Conference of Species 2019 - Together against species extinction, Bonn 30.08-01.09.2019

© Hannah Reininghaus

Topic: "The decline of insects: Dynamics, causes and solutions"

DIVERSify - Harvest is over.

© Hannah Reininghaus

DIVERSify film team in Münster

© Hannah Reininghaus

As part of the EU-project DIVERSify, a camera team visited us to produce a short documentary about our work.

Christoph Scherber

A European wildcat has been seen on wildlife cameras in the Arnsberg forest

European Wildcat
© AG Animal Ecology

One of our BSc students was really lucky: She discovered European wildcats on her camera trap images from a series of cameras exposed in the Arnsberg forest. Congratulations!

Jena field trip 2019

© Hannah Reininghaus

The Jena excursion took place this year from 20-23 June.
We visited the "Jena-Experiment", the Pennickental, the Windknollen and the Leutratal.
You can find more information and impressions here.


© Hannah Reininghaus

The Group of Animal Ecology and Multitrophic Interactions congratulates Yeisson Gutiérrez on his successful dissertation and wishes him all the best for the future.

Plant mixtures on the DIVERSify field

© Jana BrandmeierHannah Reininghaus

30. April 2019 - The plants on the field of the DIVERSify project start to grow.

First sowing

© Hannah Reininghaus

On April 11, 2019, the field trial within the scope of the DIVERSify project started again with the sowing of the field crops.

Summer semester 2019 - Amphibian excursion

Pelophylax ridibundus
© Hannah Reininghaus

A camera team (WDR) visited the Animal Ecology Group 14.02.2019

© Hannah Reininghaus

Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber was interviewed on the topic of insect decline.

Expert Symposium Agricultural Sciences - Hochschule Osnabrück, 20.11.2018

© Christoph Scherber

Topic "How can agriculture promote insect biodiversity"?

Excellence in Teaching Award for Michael Meyer

© Christoph Scherber