Map Butterfly (Araschnia levana)

Maximilian Bröcher

PhD student in the Population Ecology Group with a focus on trophic interactions along a grassland biodiversity gradient.
Map Butterfly (Araschnia levana)
Image: Holger Schielzeth
Maximilian Bröcher
PhD Student
Maximilian Bröcher
Image: Maximilian Bröcher
Room 413
Dornburger Straße 159
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link
  • Curriculum Vitae
    • since 2020 PhD student at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, FSU Jena
    • 2020 M. Sc. in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics, FSU Jena
    • 2017 B. Sc. in Biology, FSU Jena
  • Research interests

    I studied Ecology with focus on biodiversity research and with a particular interest in arthropods and how they contribute to ecosystem functioning. Arthropod consumers are important drivers of plant community assembly, plant diversity and providers of ecosystem functions. Furthermore, consumer-related functions as predation or herbivory transfer matter and energy from primary producers to higher trophic levels. Thus, using a food-web perspective I explore mechanisms of how arthropod consumers are affected by changes in plant communities and vice versa. In previous projects I investigated consumer-related functions in artificial flower strips. Currently, I use the framework of the Jena Experiment to conduct my research.

  • Publications

    Bröcher, M., Meyer, S.T., Eisenhauer, N. & Ebeling, A. (2024). The positive plant diversity-consumer relationship is independent of grassland age. Basic and Applied Ecology doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2024.02.006External link

    Dietrich, P., Ebeling, A., Meyer, S.T., Bonato Asato, A.E., Bröcher, M., Gleixner, G., Huang, Y., Roscher, C., Schmid, B., Vogel, A. & Eisenhauer, N. (2024). Plant diversity and community age stabilize ecosystem multifunctionality. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.17225External link

    Bassi, L., Hennecke, J., Albracht, C., Bröcher, M., Solbach, M.D., Schaller, J., Doan, V., Wagner, H., Eisenhauer, N., Ebeling, A., Meyer, S.T., van Dam, N.M. & Weigelt, A. (2023). Uncovering the secrets of monoculture yield decline: trade-offs between leaf and root chemical and physical defence traits in a grassland experiment. Oikos 2023: e10061.  doi: 10.1111/oik.10061External link

    Bröcher, M., Ebeling, A., Hertzog, L., Roscher, C., Weisser, W. & Meyer, S.T. (2023). Effects of plant diversity on species-specific herbivory: patterns and mechanisms. Oecologia 201: 1053-1066. doi: 10.1007/s00442-023-05361-6External link