Purple-short Copper (Lycaena alciphron)

Benjamin Wildermuth

iDiv funded flexpool Postdoc in the Population Ecology Group with focus the assembly of consumer communities.
Purple-short Copper (Lycaena alciphron)
Image: Holger Schielzeth
Benjamin Wildermuth
Professorship of Population Ecology
Benjamin M. Wildermuth
Image: Benjamin M. Wildermuth
Room 407
Dornburger Straße 159
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link
  • Research Interests

    My focus lies on different facets of arthropod ecology, from trophic interactions to biodiversity research, covering community ecology and BEF questions across spatial scales and ecosystems. After previous work on termites in a thornbush savanna and arthropod communities in managed forests, I now explore how plant diversity and land use drive arthropod diversity and functioning in grasslands over time.

  • Publications

    Wildermuth, B., Hagge, J., Seifert, C.L., Tjaden, R. & Schuldt, A. (2024). Beneficial effects of native broadleaved forests on canopy beetle diversity are not reduced by admixture of non-native conifers. Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.14623External link 

    Wildermuth, B., Penanhoat, A., Sennhenn-Reulen, H., Matevski, D., Drescher, J., Aubry-Kientz, M., Seidel, D. & Schuldt, A. (2024). Canopy structure influences arthropod communities within and beyond tree identity effects: Insights from combining LiDAR data, insecticidal fogging and machine learning regression modelling. Ecological Indicators 160: 111901.  doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2024.111901External link 

    Wildermuth, B., Seifert, C. L., Husemann, M., & Schuldt, A. (2023). Metabarcoding reveals that mixed forests mitigate negative effects of non‐native trees on canopy arthropod diversity. Ecological Applications, 33:e2921. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2921External link

    Wildermuth, B., Dönges, C., Matevski, D., Penanhoat, A., Seifert, C. L., Seidel, D., Scheu, S., & Schuldt, A. (2023). Tree species identity, canopy structure and prey availability differentially affect canopy spider diversity and trophic composition. Oecologia, 203:37–51. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-023-05447-1External link

    Wildermuth, B., Fardiansah, R., Matevski, D., Lu, J.-Z., Kriegel, P., Scheu, S., & Schuldt, A. (2023). Conifers and non-native tree species shift trophic niches of generalist arthropod predators in Central European beech forests. BMC Ecology and Evolution, 23:3. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-023-02105-1External link

    Schuldt, A., Huke, P., Glatthorn, J., Hagge, J., Wildermuth, B., & Matevski, D. (2022). Tree mixtures mediate negative effects of introduced tree species on bird taxonomic and functional diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 59:3049–3060. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14300External link

    Wildermuth, B., Oldeland, J., Arning, C., Gunter, F., Strohbach, B., & Juergens, N. (2022). Spatial patterns and life histories of Macrotermes michaelseni termite mounds reflect intraspecific competition: Insights of a temporal comparison spanning 12 years. Ecography, 2022:e06306. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.06306External link

    Wildermuth, B., Oldeland, J., & Juergens, N. (2021). A beneficial relationship: Associated trees facilitate termite colonies (Macrotermes michaelseni) in Namibia. Ecosphere, 12:e03671. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3671External link