Prof. Dr.

Jonathan Jeschke

+49(30) 83871046

IGB/FUB, Königin-Luise-Straße 1-3, 14195 Berlin

Working group
Ecological Novelty and Theoretical Ecology

Theoretical ecology, invasion biology, ecological novelty, conservation biology, macroecology, predator-prey interactions, biology education, philosophical biology


Since 2016: Joint Speaker of the Cross-Cutting Research Domain Aquatic Biodiversity, IGB Berlin

Since 2014: Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB)

Since 2014: Heisenberg Professor of Ecological Novelty, Freie Universität & IGB Berlin

2013 - 2014: Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent), Technische Universität München (TUM)

2011 - 2013: Principal Investigator (DFG), TUM

2011: Habilitation in Ecology, TUM

2011: Habilitation in Ecology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

2010 - 2011: Principal Investigator (DFG), LMU Munich

2009 - 2010: Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent), LMU Munich

2007 - 2008: DFG Research Fellow, LMU Munich

2006 - 2008 & since 2010: Visiting Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA

2005 - 2006: Postdoc, Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

2003 - 2005: Postdoc, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2002: Dr. rer. nat. in Biology, LMU Munich


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Forecasting Future Invasions and their Impacts (FFII)

This project’s overall objective is to better forecast the future of invasions and their impacts worldwide.
Contact person
Jonathan Jeschke
Wolf-Christian Saul
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research

EU regulation on invasive species: suggestions for species to be listed as being of Union concern, and prioritization of their pathways

A new EU regulation to address invasive species entered into force at the beginning of 2015. IGB is involved in a project run by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in which a method is being further developed to identify invasive species that are of particular concern in Germany in the context of this EU regulation.
Contact person
Jonathan Jeschke
Wolf-Christian Saul
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research

Long-term effects of invasive species in novel communities (InDyNet)

Invasion biology has addressed or even solved several key questions about biological invasions, but the central issue of long-term effects of invasive species has remained critically unexplored. Several case studies exist about long-term population dynamics of invasive species and their impacts, but a general synthesis or understanding is currently lacking. This knowledge gap is critical, as long-term shifts in invader population densities and traits are likely and may have large consequences of ecological and economic interest. This project aims to narrow the knowledge gap.
Contact person
Jonathan Jeschke
Florian Ruland
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research


Guillaume Latombe; Petr Pyšek; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Tim M. Blackburn; Sven Bacher; César Capinha; Mark J. Costello; Miguel Fernández; Richard D. Gregory; Donald Hobern; Cang Hui; Walter Jetz; Sabrina Kumschick; Chris McGrannachan; Jan Pergl; Helen E. Roy; Riccardo Scalera; Zoe E. Squires; John R. U. Wilson; Marten Winter; Piero Genovesi; Melodie A. McGeoch

A vision for global monitoring of biological invasions

Biological Conservation. - 213(2017), S. 295-308

Anthony Ricciardi; Tim M. Blackburn; James T. Carlton; Jaimie T. A. Dick; Philip E. Hulme; Josephine C. Iacarella; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Andrew M. Liebhold; Julie L. Lockwood; Hugh J. MacIsaac; Petr Pyšek; David M. Richardson; Gregory M. Ruiz; Daniel Simberloff; William J. Sutherland; David A. Wardle; David C. Aldridge

Invasion science: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and opportunities

Trends in Ecology and Evolution. - 32(2017)6, S. 464-474

Jaimie T. A. Dick; Mhairi E. Alexander; Anthony Ricciardi; Ciaran Laverty; Paul O. Downey; Meng Xu; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Wolf-Christian Saul; Matthew P. Hill; Ryan Wasserman; Daniel Barrios-O'Neill; Olaf L. F. Weyl; Richard H. Shaw

Functional responses can unify invasion ecology

Biological Invasions. - 19(2017)5, S. 1667-1672

Jaimie T. A. Dick; Mhairi E. Alexander; Anthony Ricciardi; Ciaran Laverty; Paul O. Downey; Meng Xu; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Wolf-Christian Saul; Matthew P. Hill; Ryan Wasserman; Daniel Barrios-O'Neill; Olaf L. F. Weyl; Richard H. Shaw

Fictional responses from Vonesh et al.

Biological Invasions. - 19(2017)5, S. 1677-1678

Gregor Kalinkat; Juliano S. Cabral; William Darwall; G. Francesco Ficetola; Judith L. Fisher; Darren P. Giling; Marie-Pierre Gosselin; Hans-Peter Grossart; Sonja C. Jähnig; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Klaus Knopf; Stefano Larsen; Gabriela Onandia; Marlene Paetzig; Wolf-Christian Saul; Gabriel Singer; Erik Sperfeld; Ivan Jaric

Flagship umbrella species needed for the conservation of overlooked aquatic biodiversity

Conservation Biology. - 31(2017)2, S. 481-485





Franz Essl; Sven Bacher; Tim M. Blackburn; Olaf Booy; Giuseppe Brundu; Sarah Brunel; Ana-Cristina Cardoso; Rene Eschen; Belinda Gallardo; Bella Galil; Emili Garcia-Berthou; Piero Genovesi; Quentin Groom; Colin Harrower; Philip E. Hulme; Stelios Katsanevakis; Marc Kenis; Ingolf Kühn; Sabrina Kumschick; Angeliki F. Martinou; Wolfgang Nentwig; Colette O'Flynn; Shyama Pagad; Jan Pergl; Petr Pysek; Wolfgang Rabitsch; David M. Richardson; Alain Roques; Helen E. Roy; Riccardo Scalera; Stefan Schindler; Hanno Seebens; Sonia Vanderhoeven; Montserrat Vila; John R. U. Wilson; Argyro Zenetos; Jonathan M. Jeschke

Crossing frontiers in tackling pathways of biological invasions

BioScience. - 65(2015)8, S. 769-782

Tina Heger; Sylvia Haider; Wolf-Christian Saul; Jonathan M. Jeschke

Species from different taxonomic groups show similar invasion traits

Immediate Science Ecology. - 3(2015),S. 1-13


Further publications & media coverage


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Selected media coverage

2017: I4U News, IUCN News, Natural Science News, National Geographic,, Nature Research Highlights, NZ Herald, ORF:, Oxford Virtual, Ö1: Wissen aktuell, 3sat: nano, Science News/AAAS, Scimex, Tierwelt

2016: Arte: Xenius, Bayern 5 aktuell (two radio interviews), Deutschlandradio Kultur, Innovations Report, Inverse, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft: Welten, Nature Research Highlights

2015: Campus.Leben, HeritageDaily, Innovations Report, Leibniz-Journal, Öko-Test, Oximity, Schweizer Bauer, ScienceDaily, Verbundjournal, VET-Magazin

2014: Birdwatch, Conservation Magazine, Der Standard, Wiener Zeitung

2013: Ideas for Sustainability, Münchner Merkur, ScienceDaily

2012: EarthSky, ScienceDaily, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Until 2011: The Conservation Science Institute Report, The Guardian, IES Newsletter, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Resilience Science, Le Scienze – Edizione italiana di Scientific American, Spektrumdirekt, ZEIT ONLINE

Service for institutions, foundations & publishers


Editorial work for:

Axios Review: Associate Editor, 2017

Basic and Applied Ecology: Book Review Editor since 2012

Conservation Biology: Ad-hoc Editor, 2008-2009

Dataset Papers in Science: Associate Editor, 2012-2017

Diversity and Distributions: Associate Editor, 2011-2015

Ecological Applications: Ad-hoc Editor, 2012-2013

Immediate Science Ecology: Associate Editor since 2012

ISRN Ecology: Associate Editor, 2010-2014

Management of Biological Invasions: Associate Editor, 2010-2012

NeoBiota: Associate Editor since 2010

Soil Organisms: Associate Editor since 2007


Reviewer for funding agencies:

Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Israel Science Foundation, Leverhulme Trust


Reviewer for scientific journals:

American Naturalist, Aquatic Ecology, Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Basic and Applied Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biological Invasions, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Ecological Applications, Ecological Entomology, Ecological Modelling, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecology of Freshwater Fish, Ecosystems, Environmental Management, Evolution, Freshwater Biology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Functional Ecology, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Journal of Zoology, Limnology & Oceanography, Marine and Freshwater Research, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Nature, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Oecologia, Oikos, Peerage of Science, PeerJ, PLoS ONE, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Science of the Total Environment, Wildlife Research, etc.


Serving as expert on scientific committees:

BiodivERsA: Evaluation Committee Member for 2011/2012 call

COST Action TD 1209 ALIEN Challenge (European Information System for Alien Species): MC Member (Substitute) since 2013

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, GMO Panel and Scientific Committee): External Expert since 2010

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC)): Expert Member since 2010

Institute Technology-Theology-Natural Sciences (TTN), LMU Munich: Selection Committee Member for the TTN Essay Award 2013 on Green Biotechnology in the Anthropocene

Queen’s University, Belfast, UK: external examiner, Mar 2015

School Kirchseeon, Germany: academic partner for scientific seminar macroecology/macroevolution, Jan-Dec 2016

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