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This project aims at describing how land-use intensity affects community patterns (macroecological traits) and processes (biomass fluxes), while functional response experiments should yield mechanistic explanations for these patterns. This includes analyses of land-use intensity effects on (1) biomass fluxes in the soil food webs (total biomass fluxes, litter processing rates, average and distribution of interaction strengths), (2) macroecological community traits (distributions of abundance, biomass, and body mass, community respiration rates), and (3) predator-prey functional responses. The project thus links research on land-use intensity effects on biodiversity and complexity patterns (species richness, food web structure, distribution of biomass fluxes) with ecosystem functions (litter processing rates, community respiration) and mechanistic explanations (functional response)


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Barnes A. D., Weigelt P., Jochum M., Ott D., Hodapp D., Haneda N. F., Brose U. (2016): Species richness and biomass explain spatial turnover in ecosystem functioning across tropical and temperate ecosystems. Philosophical Transactions B of the Royal Society 371 (1694). doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0279
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Brose U., Scheu S. (2014): Into darkness: unravelling the structure of soil food webs. Oikos 123 (10), 1153–1156. doi: 10.1111/oik.01768
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Digel C. (2014): Allometric structure and topology of food webs: Energetic constraints conserve food-web structure across ecosystems and space. Dissertation, University Göttingen
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Entwirrung von Nahrungsbeziehungen im Waldboden: Flexible Beute- und Nahrungswahl und viele Konsumenten-Ebenen
Digel C., Curtsdotter A., Riede J., Klarner, Brose U. (2014): Unravelling the complex structure of forest soil food webs: higher omnivory and more trophic levels. Oikos 123 (10), 1157–1172. doi: 10.1111/oik.00865
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Ehnes R. (2014): Allometry – Relations to Energy and Abundance. Dissertation, TU Darmstadt
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Das Fehlen des energetischen Gleichgewichtes bei den Waldboden bewohnenden Wirbellosen
Ehnes R. B., Pollierer M. M., Erdmann G., Klarner B., Eitzinger B., Maraun M., Scheu S., Brose U. (2014): Lack of energetic equivalence in forest soil invertebrates. Ecology 95 (2), 527-537. doi: 10.1890/13-0620.1
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Phylogenetische Gruppierung, Krümmung und metabolische Skalierung in terrestrischen Wirbellosen
Ehnes R. B., Rall B. C., Brose U. (2011): Phylogenetic grouping, curvature and metabolic scaling in terrestrial invertebrates. Ecological Letters 14, 993–1000. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01660.x
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Neutral or Niche: Beta-diversity of forest soil ecosystems
Grischkat F. (2012): Neutral or Niche: Beta-diversity of forest soil ecosystems. Thesis, TU Darmsadt
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Kalinkat G. (2012): Towards an understanding of complexity: How body sizes, preferences and habitat structure constrain predator-prey interactions. Dissertation, TU Darmstadt
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Wie räumliche Struktur in Waldbodensystemen Räuber-Beute-Beziehungen beeinflusst
Kalinkat G., Brose U., Rall B. C. (2013): Habitat structure alters top-down control in litter communities. Oecologia 172 (3), 877-887. doi: 10.1007/s00442-012-2530-6
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Körpermassen, funktionelle Reaktionen und Räuber-Beute Stabilität
Kalinkat G., Schneider F. D., Digel C., Guill G., Rall B. C., Brose U. (2013): Body masses, functional responses and predator–prey stability. Ecology Letter 16 (9), 1126-1134. doi: 10.1111/ele.12147
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Vorhersage der Vorkommen von Tierarten anhand ökologischer Theorien
Ott D., Digel C., Rall B. C. , Maraun M., Scheu S., Brose U. (2014): Unifying elemental stoichiometry and metabolic theory in predicting species abundances. Ecology Letters 17 (10), 1247–1256. doi: 10.1111/ele.12330
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Dichteverteilung und Biomassen von Bodenbewohnern in der Waldstreuschicht
Ott D., Digel K., Klarner B., Maraun M., Pollierer M., Rall B. C., Scheu S., Seelig G., Brose U. (2014): Litter elemental stoichiometry and biomass densities of forest soil invertebrates. Oikos 123 (10), 1212–1223. doi: 10.1111/oik.01670
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Ott D., Rall B.C., Brose U. (2012): Climate change effects on macrofaunal litter decomposition. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 367 (1605), 3025-3032. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0240
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The effects of leaf-litter stoichometry on the invertebrate macrofauna of forest soils
Seelig G. (2011): The effects of leaf-litter stoichometry on the invertebrate macrofauna of forest soils. Master Thesis, TU Darmsadt
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Effect of land use and animal diversity on the decomposition of two common leaf species
Sohlström E. H. (2013): Effect of land use and animal diversity on the decomposition of two common leaf species. Bachelor thesis, University Goettingen
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Consumer density dependent functional response models in leaf litter systems
Spindler K. (2011): Consumer density dependent functional response models in leaf litter systems. Thesis, TU Darmsadt

Scientific assistants

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brose
Project manager
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brose
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