(Dept. 5) Evolutionary and Integrative Ecology

The Department of Evolutionary and Integrative Ecology, which is located in both Friedrichshagen and Dahlem, advances the eco-evolutionary understanding of freshwater organisms in the Anthropocene. Our research has two overarching themes:

  • Evolutionary ecology and eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Synthesis across scales, disciplines and actors

Within these themes, we address different research topics, varying from the ecological and evolutionary consequences of global change (e.g. biological invasions, climate change, pollution) to species interactions and long-term dynamics. Urban systems are of particular relevance here, as they integrate multiple dimensions of global change. Berlin is also a perfect place to study urbanisation! Species interactions we are investigating include competition, parasitism and predation, and interactions between species and different human actors are of high relevance as well.

We collaborate with researchers within and beyond IGB, nationally and internationally. Particularly strong connections are with Freie Universität Berlin and KU Leuven, as group leaders in the department hold professorships at these universities. We are active in the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB) and play a leading role in the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv), both of which involve extensive collaboration with other Leibniz institutes and universities. International initiatives that we are strongly engaged in include the Alliance for Freshwater Life, Future Earth and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Contact persons

Research groups

Luc De Meester
Jonathan Jeschke
Michael T. Monaghan

Department members

Selected publications

November 2022
Ecological monographs. - 92(2022)4, Art. e1531

Quantifying eco-evolutionary contributions to trait divergence in spatially structured systems

Lynn Govaert; Jelena H. Pantel; Luc De Meester

In both time and space, the observed differentiation in trait values among populations and communities can be the result of interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes. The authors extended methods to quantify ecological and evolutionary contributions to trait changes to account for empirical studies that document trait differentiation among populations structured in space.

September 2022
eLife. - 11(2022), Art. e70780

The LOTUS initiative for open knowledge management in natural products research

Adriano Rutz; Maria Sorokina; Jakub Galgonek; Daniel Mietchen; Egon Willighagen; Arnaud Gaudry; James G. Graham; Ralf Stephan; Roderic Page; Jiří Vondrášek; Christoph Steinbeck; Guido F. Pauli; Jean-Luc Wolfender; Jonathan Bisson; Pierre-Marie Allard

Scientists integrated data about natural chemical compounds and the organisms they have been documented in, provided literature references and exposed the information both as a stand-alone database and via Wikidata.The database enables queries that relate natural chemical compounds to the taxa they have been found in and the literature documenting the evidence.

September 2022
Global Change Biology. - 28(2022)19, 5667-5682

Urban affinity and its associated traits: a global analysis of bats

Janis M. Wolf; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Christian C. Voigt; Yuval Itescu

The authors developed indices to quantify the urban affinity of species by using publicly available occurrence data and examined the performance of these indices using a global dataset of bats. The results show that simple indices are appropriate and most practical for producing quantitative assessments of species’ urban affinity.

August 2022
PLoS Biology. - 20(2022)8, Art. e3001729

The EICAT+ framework enables classification of positive impacts of alien taxa on native biodiversity

Giovanni Vimercati; Anna F. Probert; Lara Volery; Ruben Bernardo-Madrid; Sandro Bertolino; Vanessa Céspedes; Franz Essl; Thomas Evans; Belinda Gallardo; Laure Gallien; Pablo González-Moreno; Marie Charlotte Grange; Cang Hui; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Stelios Katsanevakis; Ingolf Kühn; Sabrina Kumschick; Jan Pergl; Petr Pyšek; Loren Rieseberg; Tamara B. Robinson; Wolf-Christian Saul; Cascade J.B. Sorte; Montserrat Vilà; John R.U. Wilson; Sven Bacher

The IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT) is a global standard to assess negative impacts of alien species on native biodiversity. This paper presents EICAT+, a complementary framework using 5 semiquantitative scenarios to classify the magnitude of positive impacts that alien species have on biodiversity.

August 2022
Ecology. - 103(2022)8, Art. e3719

Biological invasions reveal how niche change affects the transferability of species distribution models

Chunlong Liu; Christian Wolter; Franck Courchamp; Núria Roura-Pascual; Jonathan M. Jeschke

It is widely debated if species distribution models are transferable across space and time. The authors synthesized results on 217 species from 50 studies to elucidate effects of niche change on model transferability. They found that niche change reduced model transferability; however, a lack of presence points for developing models led to an even stronger reduction in transferability.

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