to the Animal ecology and multitrophic interactions lab

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.

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GfÖ 09.-13.09.2019
© Dora Schilling

Link to the conference homepage here

"Studium im Alter"

Semester start 30. September 2019.
Talk from Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber about "Species decline" in German.
11.15-12.30 Uhr, Hörsaal H1
More information 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"

Diverify - 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 Brandmeier

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