Alpine marmot Marmota marmota

Publications from the Population Ecology Group

Since the group has been established in 2016, we have produced more than 40 scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals. Publications cover a range of eco-evolutionary topics, from molecular to evolutionary to community ecology, including biostatistical developments.

Recent publications

Colour morphs of Chorthippus parallelus
Altitudinal variation in colour and morphology
An analysis of historical samples shows a sharp change in colour morph composition (green at lower locations, brown at high altitudes) in a widespread grasshopper and gradual shape variation.
Köhler et al. (2017) Plos One 12: e0189815

Publication highlights

Ebeling, A., M. Rzanny, M. Lange, N. Eisenhauer, L. R. Hertzog, S. T. Meyer, and W. W. Weisser. (2018). Plant diversity induces shifts in the functional structure and diversity across trophic levels. Oikos 127: 208-219. doi:10.1111/oik.04210

Burri, R. (2017). Interpreting differentiation landscapes in the light of long-term linked selection. Evolution Letters 1: 118-131. doi:10.1002/evl3.14

Meyer, S.T., Ptacnik, R., Hillebrand, H., Bessler, H., Buchmann, N., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Engels, C., Fischer, M., Halle, S., Klein, A.-M., Oelmann, Y., Roscher, C., Rottstock, T., Scherber, C., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Schulze, E.-D., Temperton, V.M., Tscharntke, T., Voigt, W., Weigelt, A., Wilcke, W. & Weisser, W.W. (2018). Biodiversity–multifunctionality relationships depend on identity and number of measured functions. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 44-49. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0391-4

Nakagawa, S., Johnson, P.C.D. & Schielzeth, H. (2017). The coefficient of determination R² and intra-class correlation coefficient from generalized linear mixed-effects models revised and expanded. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14: 20170213. doi:10.1098/rsif.2017.0213

Burri, R., Antoniazza, S., Gaigher, A., Ducrest, A.L., Simon, C., Fumagalli, L., Goudet, J., Roulin, A. & Network, E.B.O. (2016). The genetic basis of color-related local adaptation in a ring-like colonization around the Mediterranean. Evolution 70: 140-153. doi:10.1111/evo.1282

de Villemereuil, P., Schielzeth, H., Nakagawa, S. & Morrisey, M. (2016). General methods for evolutionary quantitative genetic inference from generalised mixed models. Genetics 204: 1281-1294. doi:10.1534/genetics.115.18653

Complete list of publications

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Craven, D., Eisenhauer, N., Pearse, W.D., Hautier, Y., Isbell, F., Roscher, C., Bahn, M., Beierkuhnlein, C., Bönisch, G., Buchmann, N., Byun, C., Catford, J.A., Cerabolini, B.E.L., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Craine, J.M., De Luca, E., Ebeling, A., Griffin, J.N., Hector, A., Hines, J., Jentsch, A., Kattge, J., Kreyling, J., Lanta, V., Lemoine, N., Meyer, S.T., Minden, V., Onipchenko, V., Polley, H.W., Reich, P.B., van Ruijven, J., Schamp, B., Smith, M.D., Soudzilovskaia, N.A., Tilman, D., Weigelt, A., Wilsey, B. & Manning, P. (2018). Multiple facets of biodiversity drive the diversity–stability relationship. Nature Ecology & Evolution doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0647-7

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Buchmann, T., Schumacher, J., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, M., Gleixner, G., Hacker, N., Lange, M., Oelmann, Y., Schulze, E.-D., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W.W., Wilcke, W. & Roscher, C. (2018). Connecting experimental biodiversity research to real-world grasslands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 33: 78-88. doi: 10.1016/j.ppees.2018.06.002

de Villemereuil, P., Morrisey, M., Nakagawa, S. & Schielzeth, H. (2018). Fixed effect variance and the estimation of repeatabilities and heritabilities: Issues and solutions. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 621-632. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13232.

Dieker, P., Beckmann, L., Teckentrup, J. & Schielzeth, H. (2018). Spatial analyses of two colour polymorphisms in an alpine grasshopper reveal a role of small-scale heterogeneity. Ecology and Evolution 8: 7273-7284. doi: 10.1002/ece1003.4156.

Dudenhöffer, J.-H., Ebeling, A., Klein, A.-M. & Wagg, C. (2018). Beyond biomass: Soil feedbacks are transient over plant life stages and alter fitness. Journal of Ecology 106: 230-241. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12870

Ebeling, A., Hines, J., Hertzog, L.R., Lange, M., Meyer, S.T., Simons, N.K. & Weisser, W.W. (2018). Plant diversity effects on arthropods and arthropod-dependent ecosystem functions in a biodiversity experiment. Basic and Applied Ecology 26: 50-63. doi:10.1016/j.baae.2017.09.014

Ebeling, A., Rzanny, M., Lange, M., Eisenhauer, N., Hertzog, L.R., Meyer, S.T. & Weisser, W.W. (2017). Plant diversity induces shifts in the functional structure and diversity across trophic levels. Oikos 217: 208-219. doi:10.1111/oik.04210

Guiz, J., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Hacker, N., Hertzog, L., Oelmann, Y., Roscher, C., Wagg, C. & Hillebrand, H. (2018). Interspecific competition alters leaf stoichiometry in 20 grassland species. Oikos 127: 903-914. doi: 10.1111/oik.04907

Meyer, S.T., Ptacnik, R., Hillebrand, H., Bessler, H., Buchmann, N., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Engels, C., Fischer, M., Halle, S., Klein, A.-M., Oelmann, Y., Roscher, C., Rottstock, T., Scherber, C., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Schulze, E.-D., Temperton, V.M., Tscharntke, T., Voigt, W., Weigelt, A., Wilcke, W. & Weisser, W.W. (2018). Biodiversity–multifunctionality relationships depend on identity and number of measured functions. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 44-49. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0391-4

Muenchow, J., Dieker, P., Kluge, J., Kessler, M. & von Wehrden, H. ( 2017). A review of ecological gradient research in the tropics: Identifying research gaps, future research directions, and conservation priorities. Biodiversity and Conservation 27: 273-285. doi:10.1007/s10531-017-1465-y

Schielzeth, H., Rios Villamil, A. & Burri, R. (2018). Success and failure in replication of genotype-phenotype associations: How does replication help in understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic variation in outbred populations? Molecular Ecology Resources 4: 739-754. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12780.

Valverde, J.P., Eggert, H., Kurtz, J. & Schielzeth, H. (2018). Condition-dependence and sexual ornamentation: Effects of immune challenges on a highly sexually dimorphic grasshopper. Insect Science 25: 617-630. doi:10.1111/1744-7917.12448

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Allegue, H., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Dingemanse, N.J., Dochtermann, N.A., Garamszegi, L.Z., Nakagawa, S., Réale, D., Schielzeth, H. & Westneat, D.F. (2017). Statistical quantification of individual differences (SQuID): an educational and statistical tool for understanding multilevel phenotypic data in linear mixed models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8: 257-267. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12659

Burri, R. (2017). Interpreting differentiation landscapes in the light of long-term linked selection. Evolution Letters 1: 118-131.doi:10.1002/evl3.14

Burri, R. (2017). Dissecting differentiation landscapes: a linked selection’s perspective. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30: 1501-1505. doi:10.1111/jeb.13108

Burri, R. (2017). Linked selection, demography, and the evolution of correlated genomic landscapes in birds and beyond. Molecular Ecology 26: 3853-3856. doi:10.1111/mec.14167

Cesarz, S., Ciobanu, M., Wright, A.J., Ebeling, A., Vogel, A., Weisser, W.W. & Eisenhauer, N. (2017). Plant species richness sustains higher trophic levels of soil nematode communities after consecutive environmental perturbations. Oecologia 184: 715-728. doi:10.1007/s00442-017-3893-5

Chen, H., Oram, N.J., Barry, K.E., Mommer, L., van Ruijven, J., de Kroon, H., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, C., Gleixner, G., Gessler, A., González Macé, O., Hacker, N., Hildebrandt, A., Lange, M., Scherer‑Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Oelmann, Y., Wagg, C., Wilcke, W., Wirth, C. & Weigelt, A. (2017). Root chemistry and soil fauna, but not soil abiotic conditions explain the effects of plant diversity on root decomposition. Oecologia 185:  499-511. doi:10.1007/s00442-017-3962-9

Dutoit, L., Burri, R., Nater, A., Mugal, C. F. & Ellegren, H. (2017). Genomic distribution and estimation of nucleotide diversity in natural populations: perspectives from the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) genome. Molecular Ecology Resources 17: 586-597. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12602

Engel, J., Hertzog, L., Tiede, J., Wagg, C., Ebeling, A., Briesen, H. & Weisser, W.W. (2017). Pitfall trap sampling bias depends on body mass, temperature, and trap number: insights from an individual-based model. Ecosphere 8: e01790. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1790

Fornoff, F., Klein, A.-M., Hartig, F., Benadi, G., Venjakob, C., Schaefer, H.M. & Ebeling, A. (2017). Functional flower traits and their diversity drive pollinator visitation. Oikos 126: 1020-1030. doi:10.1111/oik.03869

Goebel, J., Promerová, M., Bonadonn, F., McKoy, K.D. Serbielle, C., Standh, M., Yannic, G., Burri, R.*, & Fumagalli, L.* (2017) *joint senior authors. 100 million years of multigene family evolution: origin and evolution of the avian MHC class IIB. BMC Genomics 18: 460. doi:10.1186/s12864-017-3839-7

Hertzog, L.R., Ebeling, A., Weisser, W.W. & Meyer, S.T. (2017). Plant diversity increases predation by ground-dwelling invertebrate predators. Ecosphere 8: e01990. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1990

Kawakami, T., Mugal, C.F., Suh, A., Nater, A., Burri, R., Smeds, L. & Ellegren, H. (2017). Whole-genome patterns of linkage disequilibrium across flycatcher populations clarify the causes and consequences of fine-scale recombination rate variation in birds. Molecular Ecology 26: 4158-4172. doi:10.1111/mec.14197

Knief, U., Schielzeth, H., Backström, N., Hemmrich-Stanisak, G., Wittig, M., Franke, A., Griffith, S.C., Ellegren, H., Kempenaers, B. & Forstmeier, W. (2017). Association mapping of morphological traits in wild and captive zebra finches: reliable within but not between populations. Molecular Ecology 26: 1285-1305. doi:10.1111/mec.14009.

Köhler, G., Samietz, J. & Schielzeth, H. (2017). Morphological and colour morph clines along an altitudinal gradient in the meadow grasshopper Pseudochorthippus parallelus. PLoS One 12: e0189815. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0189815

Krause, E.T., Krüger, O. & Schielzeth, H. (2017). Long-term effects of early nutrition and environmental matching on developmental and personality traits in zebra finches. Animal Behaviour 128: 103-115. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.04.003

Meyer, S.T., Scheithe, L., Hertzog, L., Ebeling, A., Wagg, C., Roscher, C. & Weisser, W.W. (2017). Consistent increase in herbivory along two experimental plant diversity gradients over multiple years. Ecosphere 8: e01876. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1876

Nakagawa, S., Johnson, P.C.D. & Schielzeth, H. (2017). The coefficient of determination R² and intra-class correlation coefficient from generalized linear mixed-effects models revised and expanded. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14: 20170213. doi:10.1098/rsif.2017.0213.

Promerová, M., Alavioon, G., Tusso, S., Burri, R. & Immler, S. (2017). No evidence for MHC class II-based non-random mating at the gametic haplotype in Atlantic salmon. Heredity 118: 563-567. doi:10.1038/hdy.2016.129

Stoffel, M.A., Nakagawa, S. & Schielzeth, H. (2017). rptR: Repeatability estimation and variance decomposition by generalized linear mixed-effects models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8: 1639-1644. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12797

Vijay, N., Weissensteiner, M., Burri, R., Kawakami, T., Ellegren, H. & Wolf, J.B.W. (2017). Genomewide patterns of variation in genetic diversity are shared among populations, species and higher-order taxa. Molecular Ecology 26: 4284-4295. doi:10.1111/mec.14195

Wagg, C., O'Brien, M.J., Vogel, A., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Eisenhauer, N., Schmid, B. & Weigelt, A. (2017). Plant diversity maintains long-term ecosystem productivity under frequent drought by increasing short-term variation. Ecology 98: 2952-2961. doi:10.1002/ecy.2003

Wagg, C., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., Ravenek, J., Bachmann, D., Eisenhauer, N., Mommer, L., Buchmann, N., Hillebrand, H., Schmid, B. & Weisser, W.W. (2017). Functional trait dissimilarity drives both species complementarity and competitive disparity. Functional Ecology 31: 2320-2329. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12945

Wollenberg Valero, K.C., Garcia-Porta, J., Rodríguez, A., Arias, M., Shah, A., Randrianiaina, R.D., Brown, J.L., Glaw, F., Amat, F., Künzel, S., Metzler, D., Isokpehi, R.D. & Vences, M. (2017). Transcriptomic and macroevolutionary evidence for phenotypic uncoupling between frog life history phases. Nature Communications 8: 15213. doi:10.1038/ncomms15213

Wright, A.J., de Kroon, H., Visser, E.J.W., Buchmann, T., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, C., Hildebrandt, A., Ravenek, J., Roscher, C., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W., Voesenek, L.A.C.J. & Mommer, L. (2017). Plants are less negatively affected by flooding when growing in species-rich plant communities. New Phytologist 213:  645-656. doi:10.1111/nph.14185

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Burri, R., Antoniazza, S., Gaigher, A., Ducrest, A.L., Simon, C., Fumagalli, L., Goudet, J., Roulin, A. & Network, E.B.O. (2016). The genetic basis of color-related local adaptation in a ring-like colonization around the Mediterranean. Evolution 70: 140-153. doi:10.1111/evo.12824

Craven, D., Isbell, F., Manning, P., Connolly, J., Bruelheide, H., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., van Ruijven, J., Weigelt, A., Wilsey, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., de Luca, E., Griffin, J.N., Hautier, Y., Hector, A., Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J., Lanta, V., Loreau, M., Meyer, S.T., Mori, A.S., Naeem, S., Palmborg, C., Polley, H.W., Reich, P.B., Schmid, B., Siebenkas, A., Seabloom, E., Thakur, M.P., Tilman, D., Vogel, A. & Eisenhauer, N. (2016). Plant diversity effects on grassland productivity are robust to both nutrient enrichment and drought. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150277. doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0277

de Villemereuil, P., Schielzeth, H., Nakagawa, S. & Morrisey, M. (2016). General methods for evolutionary quantitative genetic inference from generalised mixed models. Genetics 204: 1281-1294. doi:10.1534/genetics.115.186536

Drees, C., Husemann, M., Homburg, K., Brandt, P., Dieker, P., Habel, J.C., Von Wehrden, H., Zumstein, P. & Assmann, T. (2016). Molecular analyses and species distribution models indicate cryptic northern mountain refugia for a forest-dwelling ground beetle. Journal of Biogeography 23: 2223-2236. doi:10.1111/jbi.12828

Fischer, F.M., Wright, A.J., Eisenhauer, N., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., Wagg, C., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W.W. & Pillar, V.D. (2016). Plant species richness and functional traits affect community stability after a flood event. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150276. doi:10.1098/Rstb.2015.0276

Gaigher, A., Burri, R., Gharib, W.H., Taberlet, P., Roulin, A. & Fumagalli, L. (2016). Family-assisted inference of the genetic architecture of major histocompatibility complex variation. Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 1353-1364. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12537

Griffin, R.M., Schielzeth, H. & Friberg, U. (2016). Autosomal and X linked additive genetic variation for lifespan and aging: comparisons within and between the sexes in Drosophila melanogaster. G3-Genes Genomes Genetics 6: 3903-3911. doi:10.1534/g3.116.028308

Guiz, J., Hillebrand, H., Borer, E.T., Abbas, M., Ebeling, A., Weigelt, A., Oelmann, Y., Fornara, D., Wilcke, W., Temperton, V.M. & Weisser, W.W. (2016). Long-term effects of plant diversity and composition on plant stoichiometry. Oikos 125: 613-621. doi:10.1111/oik.02504

Hertzog, L.R., Ebeling, A., Meyer, S.T., Eisenhauer, N., Fischer, C., Hildebrandt, A., Wagg, C. & Weisser, W.W. (2016). High survival of Lasius niger during summer flooding in a European grassland. PLoS One 11: e0152777. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152777

Hertzog, L.R., Meyer, S.T., Weisser, W.W. & Ebeling, A. (2016). Experimental manipulation of grassland plant diversity induces complex shifts in aboveground arthropod diversity. PLoS One 11: e0148768. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148768

Meyer, S.T., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Hertzog, L., Hillebrand, H., Milcu, A., Pompe, S., Abbas, M., Bessler, H., Buchmann, N., De Luca, E., Engels, C., Fischer, M., Gleixner, G., Hudewenz, A., Klein, A.-M., De Kroon, H., Leimer, S., Loranger, H., Mommer, L., Oelmann, Y., Ravenek, J.M., Roscher, C., Rottstock, T., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Schulze, E.-D., Staudler, A., Strecker, T., Temperton, V., Tscharntke, T., Vogel, A., Voigt, W., Weigelt, A., Wilcke, W. & Weisser, W.W. (2016). Effects of biodiversity strengthen over time as ecosystem functioning declines at low and increases at high biodiversity. Ecosphere 7: e01619. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1619

Milcu, A., Eugster, W., Bachmann, D., Guderle, M., Gockele, A., Landais, D., Ravel, O., Gessler, A., Ebeling, A., Weisser, W.W., Roy, J. & Hildebrandt, A. (2016). Plant species and functional diversity increase grassland productivity- related water vapor fluxes : a combined Ecotron and modeling approach. Ecology 97: 2044-2054. doi:10.1890/15-1110.1

Schaller, J., Roscher, C., Hillebrand, H., Weigelt, A., Oelmann, Y., Wilcke, W., Ebeling, A. & Weisser, W.W. (2016). Plant diversity and functional groups affect Si and Ca pools in aboveground biomass of grassland systems. Oecologia 182: 277-286. doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3647-9

Shah, A.B., Schielzeth, H., Albersmeier, A., Kalinowski, J. & Hoffman, J. (2016). High throughput sequencing and graph-based cluster analysis facilitate microsatellite development from a highly complex genome. Ecology and Evolution 6: 5718-5727. doi:10.1002/ece3.2305

Tiede, J., Wemheuer, B., Traugott, M., Daniel, R., Tscharntke, T., Ebeling, A. & Scherber, C. (2016). Trophic and non-trophic interactions in a biodiversity experiment assessed by next-generation sequencing. PLoS One 11: e0148781. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148781

Venjakob, C., Klein, A.M., Ebeling, A., Tscharntke, T. & Scherber, C. (2016). Plant diversity increases spatio-temporal niche complementarity in plant-pollinator interactions. Ecology and Evolution 6: 2249-2261. doi:10.1002/ece3.2026

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The group has been established in 2016. For pre-2016 publication from current members of the Population Ecology Group see individual profiles.

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