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Room: G 104 - Gebäude G (Hauptcampus)

Fields of work:

Research interests

Animal ecology and conservation

  • Species decline and extinction risks of arthropods (especially of spiders and ground beetles)
  • Species traits of arthropods
  • Movement patterns of stenotopic ground beetles
  • Arthropod interactions and community compositions
  • Effekt of management methods on the spatial and temporal distribution of arthropods

 

Education and Experience

2015-2018: PhD with Prof. T. Assmann (Animal Ecology group, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany); „Traits in the light of ecology and conservation of ground beetles”

2012-2015: Research assistant in the project „Ecological functions of semi-open corridors” (funded by the BfN) at the Animal Ecology group of Prof. T. Assmann, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

2012: External Master thesis abroad with Prof. K. Birkhofer at the Biodiversity and Conservation Science group of Prof. H. Smith, University of Lund, Schweden

2010-2012: Master of Science Studies in Biology (Justus-Liebig University of Gießen, Germany)

2007-2010: Bachelor of Science Studies in Biology (Bachelor thesis with Prof. K. Birkhofer at the Animal Ecology group of Prof. V. Wolters, Justus-Liebig University of Gießen, Germany)

 

Teaching

summer semester:          3309 Vorlesung Ökologie

                                           3310 Freilandübung zur Vorlesung Ökologie

                                           3319 Freilandmethoden der Ökologie  

                                           3347 Summerschool Artenkenntnis

 

winter semester:             3321 Kenntnisse naturschutzrelevanter Artengruppen

                                          der Wirbellosen

 

Summer- and                  3328 Vertiefte faunistische Bestimmungsübungen

Winter semester:            3349 Biologische Exkursionen

                                          3322 Einführung in die Datenverarbeitung und Analyse für

                                          Bachelor

 

Supervised Theses

Lierow, T. (Master) Effects of different types and age stages of traditional lowland heathland managment on ground beetle assemblages. (in preparation)

 

 



Publications

researchgate account

 

Peer-reviewed journals

Assmann, T., Buse, J., Drees, C., Homburg, K., and Nolte, D. (2019) Was tun gegen das Insektensterben? Empfehlungen für naturschutzfachlich wertvolle Flächen. Natur und Landschaft – 94. Jahrgang (2019), Heft 6/7.

Homburg, K., Drees, C., Boutaud, E., Nolte, D., Schuett, W., Zumstein, P., von Ruschkowski, E. and Assmann, T. (2019). Where have all the beetles gone? Long-term study reveals carabid species decline in a nature reserve in Northern Germany. Insect Conservation and Diversity, doi: 10.1111/icad.12348

Nolte, D., Boutaud, E., Kotze, D. J., Schuldt, A., and Assmann, T. (2019). Habitat specialization, distribution range size and body size drive extinction risk in carabid beetles. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28:1267-1283. doi: 10.1007/s10531-019-01724-9

Assmann, T., Boutaud, E., Drees, C., Marcus, T., Nolte, D., Starke, W., Terlutter, H., Völler, E. and Zumstein, P. (2017). Two new Lebistina Motschulsky, 1864 species from Kenya and Tanzania (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Lebiini). African Invertebrates, 58: 9-21. doi: 10.3897/AfrInvertebr.58.11456

Nolte, D., Schuldt, A., Gossner, M.M., Ulrich, W. and Assmann, T. (2017). Functional traits drive ground beetle community structures in Central European forests: Implications for conservation. Biological Conservation, 213, 5–12. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.06.038

Birkhofer, K., Arvidsson, F., Ehlers, D., Mader, V.L., Bengtsson, J. and Smith, H.G. (2015). Organic farming affects the biological control of hemipteran pests and yields in spring barley independent of landscape complexity. Landscape Ecology, 1–13. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0263-8

 

Book publications

Assmann, T., Boutaud, E., Finck, P., Härdtle, W., Matthiers, D., Nolte, D., Von Oheimb, G., Riecken, U., Travers, E. and Ullrich, K. (2016). Halboffene Verbundkorridore: Ökologische Funktion, Leitbilder und Praxis-Leitfaden. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt, 154.

 

Conference contributions and talks

Drees, C., Homburg, K., Boutaud, E., Nolte, D., Schuett, W., Zumstein, P., von Ruschkowski, E. and Assmann, T. (2019). Where have all the beetles gone? Long-term study reveals carabid species decline in a nature reserve in Northern Germany. Entomologen Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie e.V. (DGaaE), Halle (Saale) | Poster.

Nolte, D., Schuldt, A., Gossner, M.M., Ulrich, W. und Assmann, T. (2018). Wie ‘traits’ uns helfen, die Zusammensetzung von Laufkäfergemeinschaften in Wäldern zu verstehen. 21. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für angewandte Carabidologie (GAC), Freckenhorst | Talk.

Nolte, D., Schuldt, A., Gossner, M.M., Ulrich, W. and Assmann, T. (2017). Do species traits shape carabid communities in forests? 18th European Carabidologist Meeting (ECM), Rennes (FRA) | Talk.

Ehlers, D., Boutaud, E. and Assmann, T. (2016). Evaluating the potential of semi-open corridors for epigeal arthropods. Oberseminar - Aktuelle Themen aus Tierökologie und Humanbiologie, Universität Potsdam, Potsdam | Talk.

Ehlers, D., Boutaud, E. and Assmann, T. (2016). Are semi-open corridors a tool to overcome landscape fragmentation for both endangered open and woodland arthropods? 45th annual Meeting of the GfÖ (Gesellschaft für Ökologie), Marburg | Talk.

Ehlers, D., Ulrich, W., Schuldt, A. and Assmann, T. (2016). Traits or competition – what drives community composition of woodland inhabiting carabids? 4th International Symposium of Carabidology, Athens (USA) | Poster.

Ehlers, D., Boutaud, E. und Assmann, T. (2016). Lebensraumvernetzung durch halboffene Lebensräume und ihre Bedeutung für stenotope Arthropoden. Fachtagung zur ökologischen Funktion von halboffenen Verbundkorridoren, NNA Schneverdingen | Talk.

Ehlers, D., Boutaud, E. und Assmann, T. (2015). Lebensraumvernetzung für Heiden – Die Bedeutung halboffener Lebensräume in Heiden und ihre Konsequenzen für stenotope Arthropoden. 13. Fachtagung Bundesfachausschusses (BFA) Entomologie im NABU, Berlin | Talk.

Ehlers, D., Boutaud, E., Drees, C. and Assmann, T. (2014). Population density and spatial distribution of woodland inhabiting ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) – insights from a mark recapture study. 44th annual Meeting of the GfÖ (Gesellschaft für Ökologie), Hildesheim | Talk.