German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

60 seconds paper club

Once a month, our working group presents interesting papers in 60 seconds in our lab group seminar. As we identified many interesting papers during this 60 seconds presentations the list of all papers is given below.
To make it even more exiting, we decided that people who exceeded the 60 seconds have to provide a cake and/or supply some drinks in the next seminar.
After presentation of papers, we vote for the paper that will be discussed in the next paper club.


60 seconds paper presentations

2021-03-25 (46 seconds paper club!)

NamePaper titleTimeConsequence
JesAn experimental test of the area–heterogeneity tradeoff55picture
JohannesImpact of artificial light at night on diurnal plant-pollinator interactions55picture
CarlaClimate change effects on plant-soil feedbacks and consequences for biodiversity and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems28 
OlgaThe fungal collaboration gradient dominates the root economics space in plants65picture
RémyDiversity and asynchrony in soil microbial communities stabilizes ecosystem functioning44 
CarlosPromoting Individual and Collective Creativity in Science Students44 
RomySoil Diversity (Pedodiversity) and Ecosystem Services39 
YuanyuanBiodiversity facets affect community surface temperature via 3D canopy structure in grassland communities40 
MalteExperimental evidence of the importance of multitrophic structure for species persistence40 
GeorgWarming effects on the structure of bacterial and fungal communities in diverse soils48picture
HenrietteRegional-Scale In-Depth Analysis of Soil Fungal Diversity Reveals Strong pH and Plant Species Effects in Northern Europe64picture
AnaSocio-spatial organization reveals paternity and low kinship in the Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba) in Costa Rica44 
ThereseSoil biodiversity and soil community composition determine ecosystem multifunctionality43 
SimoneA new protocol for an artificial soil to analyse soil microbiological processes34 
NicoSoil microbial diversity–biomass relationships are driven by soil carbon content across global biomes51picture

2021-03-04 (46 seconds paper club!)

NamePaper titleTimeConsequence
MalteA conceptual guide to measuring species diversity32 
SimoneSoil microbial diversity–biomass relationships are driven by soil carbon content across global biomes47picture
GuillaumeClimatic aridity increases temporal nestedness of invertebrate communities in naturally drying rivers42 
ThereseEmergent microscale gradients give rise to metabolic cross feeding and antibiotic tolerance in clonal bacterial populations42 
RomyEnvironment, Biodiversity and Soil Security: A New Dimension in the Era of COVID-1938 
MarieTen tips for developing interdisciplinary socio-ecological researchers39 
CarlosEffects of Past and Present-Day Landscape Structure on Forest Soil Microorganisms31 
NicoNaturschutz und Klimawandel im Leipziger Auwald44 
JesClimate warming enhances microbial network complexity and stability35 
HuiPhylogenetic, functional, and taxonomic richness have both positive and negative effects on ecosystem multifunctionality37 
LenaRole and management of soil biodiversity for food security and nutrition; where do we stand?39 
RobertoIntraspecific trait variation in plants: a renewed focus on its role in ecological processes56picture
LiseIntraspecific trait variation in plants: a renewed focus on its role in ecological processes55picture
YuanyuanForest microclimate dynamics drive plant responses to warming43 
OlgaAbove‐belowground linkages of functionally dissimilar plant communities and soil properties in a grassland experiment57picture
RémyC-STABILITY an innovative modeling framework to leverage the continuous representation of organic matter42 
RikeRoot Foraging Influences Plant Growth Responses to Earthworm Foraging42 
GeorgEUNIS Habitat Classification: Expert system, characteristic species combinations and distribution maps of European habitats33 
HenniClimate change alters temporal dynamics of alpine soil microbial functioning and biogeochemical cycling via earlier snowmelt34
AnnetteIdentifying the best climatic predictors in ecology and evolution51

2021-01-28 (46 seconds paper club!)

NamePaper titleTimeConsequence
JessicaAdult survival probability and body size affect parental risk‐taking across latitudes53pic


Impact of long-term sub-soiling tillage on soil porosity and soil physical properties in the soil profile38 
FinyaTropical and Mediterranean biodiversity is disproportionately sensitive to land-use and climate change40 
JohannesAbundance of impacted forest patches less than 5 km2 is a key driver of the incidence of malaria in Amazonian Brazil46 
AnikaLand use intensity, rather than plant species richness, affects the leaching risk of multiple nutrients from permanent grasslands36 
JesGenomic mechanisms of climate adaptation in polyploid bioenergy switchgrass39 
HuiClimate mediates the biodiversity–ecosystem stability relationship globally51pic
MarieAgricultural land-use history and restoration impact soil microbial biodiversity34 
LenaIntensive agriculture reduces soil biodiversity across Europe38 
GuillaumeExplainable artificial intelligence enhances the ecological interpretability of black‐box species distribution models41 
RomyReflections on, and visions for, the changing field of pollination ecology32 
AnnetteThe mechanisms of phenology: the patterns and processes of phenological shifts64pic
YuanRoot-derived inputs are major contributors to soil carbon in temperate forests, but vary by mycorrhizal type.40 
RémyHow scientists use Slack44 
Liseno paper :( 2 pics
AnaAsynchrony among species and functional groups and temporal stability under perturbations: patterns and consequences49pic
MaikeResponse of soil microbial community composition and function to a bottomland forest restoration intensity gradient46 
SimoneMicrobial processing of plant remains is co-limited by multiple nutrients in global grasslands45 
NicoOne scientist’s six-point recovery plan to tackle COVID-19 anxiety38
RobertoInformation arms race explains plant-herbivore chemical communication in ecological communities37

2020-11-12 (46 seconds paper club!)

NamePaper titleTimeVote
SimoneEnvironmental and microbial controls on microbialnecromass recycling, an important precursor forsoil carbon stabilization56one picture
AnaInvertebrate phenology modulates the effect of the leaf economics spectrum on litter decomposition rate across 41 subtropical woody plant speciesvoice mail 
NicoThermal mismatches in biological rates determine trophic control and biomass distribution under warming53one picture
RémyHot in the press49 
GuillaumeMeta-analysis of the impacts of global change factors on soil microbial diversity and functionality53one picture
MaltePlant traits alone are poor predictors of ecosystem properties and long-term ecosystem functioning43 
YuanyuanEssential Annotation Schema for Ecology (EASE)—A framework supporting the efficient data annotation and faceted navigation in ecology54one picture
JanRecent changes in the diet and survival of Atlantic puffin chicks in the face of climate change and commercial fishing in midcoast Maine, USA39 
EsraTowards understanding factors influencing the benefit of diversity in predator communities for prey suppression27 
StephMicrobiome Datasets are compositional: and this is not optional42 
AnnetteDiversity breeds complementarity42 
AnikaCurrent and future impacts of drought and ozone stress on Northern Hemisphere forests42 
MarieThe role of multiple global change factors in driving soil functions and microbial biodiversity38 
FinjaCharacterizing the cultural niches of North American birds42 
DanielProtists as catalyzers of microbial litter breakdown and carbon cycling at different temperature regimes52 
JessicaSeasonal environments drive convergent evolution of a faster pace-of-life in tropical butterflies45 
ThereseInduced defences in plants reduce herbivory by increasing cannibalism53 
JuleCan Niche Dynamics and Distribution Modeling Predict the Success of Invasive Species Management Using Biocontrol? Insights From Acacia longifolia in Portugal40 
MaikePhospholipid Fatty Acid Profiles of Soils under Variable Handling and Storage Conditions 44

2020-06-25 (46 seconds paper club!)

NamePaper titleTimeConsequence
FelixIdentifying the tree species compositions that maximize ecosystem functioning in European forestsX 
YuanyuanBumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce42 
AnaThe maleness of larger angiosperm flowers54 
LiseInvasive earthworms unlock arctic plant nitrogen limitation48 
JesForecasting fine‐scale changes in the food‐web structure of coastal marine communities under climate change41 
RémyDoes Tweeting Improve Citations? One-Year Results From the TSSMN Prospective Randomized Trial 63picture while doing science
JohannesBumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce40 
MaikeAnalyses of soil microbial community compositions and functional genes reveal potential consequences of natural forest succession51 
CarlosDesertifying deserts 49 
AnnetteDivergence of reproductive phenology under climate warming72picture while doing science
GuillaumeEpigenetic inheritance and plant evolution58 
MaltePlant diversity effects on forage quality, yield and revenues of semi-natural grasslands45 
AnneSimilar spatial patterns of soil quality indicators in three poplar-based silvo-arable alley cropping systems in Germany83picture while doing science
OlgaCollapse of trophic-niche structure in belowground communities under anthropogenic disturbance52 
YimingA meta-analysis of mycorrhizal responses to nitrogen, phosphorus, and atmospheric CO2 in field studies37 
Anja SDon’t let spurious accusations of pseudoreplication limit our ability to learn from natural experiments (and other messy kinds of ecological monitoring)50 
HelenTeaching R in the undergraduate ecology classroom: approaches, lessons learned, and recommendations (I put in the main chat, but got lost obviously)60picture while doing science
Carlano paperXpicture while doing science
NicoMeta-analysis of the impacts of global change factors on soil microbial diversity and functionality48 
SimoneVariation in the methods leads to variation in the interpretation of biodiversity-ecosystem multifunctionality relationships 55 


This time we selected paper that we want to nominate for the Mercer Award 2019.

The Mercer Award is given by ESA “for an outstanding ecological research paper published by a younger researcher (the lead author must be 40 years of age or younger at the time of publication). If the award is given for a paper with multiple authors, all authors will receive a plaque, and those 40 years of age or younger at the time of publication will share the monetary prize. Nomination letters should include the birth date(s) of the eligible author(s) and explain the novelty and importance of the paper. The paper must have been published in 2018 or 2019 to be eligible for this year’s award.”  Nominees can come from any country and they need not be a member of ESA. 

We will discuss which of the four ***highlighted paper will be nominated by use November 7.

NamePaper titleVoteto discuss
Jes 5***
FelixMore is less: net gain in species richness, but biotic homogenization over 140 years4***
GuillaumeStructure and function of the global topsoil microbiome1 
HelenLimited evidence for spatial resource partitioning across temperate grassland biodiversity experiments6***
SimoneA niche for ecosystem multifunctionality in global change research  
LeaGenotypic variability enhances the reproducibility of an ecological study  
NicoEnergy Flux: The Link between Multitrophic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning6***
Georg 0 
MalteConsistent temperature dependence of functional response parameters and their use in predicting population abundance3 



CarlosFAILURE - no paper presented0drinks
JuliaSummer drought effects on soil bacterial and fungal networks596
GuillaumeMyc fungi-plant interactions and the parasitism-mutualism continuum482
JesNonlinear effects of phenological shifts link interannual variation to species interactions477winner paper
FelixDiversity and forest productivity in a changing climate620
LéaTschernobyl effects on litter decomposition432
OlgaFAILURE - no paper presented0
DarrenFunctional diversity of predators and pest species control712
NicoEcosystem services790food
HelenMap of primary forests and predictive models521



LéaThe community and ecosystem consequences of intraspecific diversity: a meta-analysis
OlgaApplying generalised allometric regressions to predict live body mass of  tropical and temperate arthropods
Rémy Soil viruses are underexplored players in ecosystem carbon processing
DarrenSpecies-habitat networks: Bridging applied ecology and network theory


SimoneGenotypic variability enhances the reproducibility of an ecological study672
DarrenWhen things don’t add up: quantifying impacts of multiple stressors from individual metabolism to ecosystem processing743
Manuela1:  Biodiversity of Collembola and their functional role in the ecosystem
2: The Role of Microarthropods in Decomposition and Mineralization Processes
1650food and drinks
JesPredators in the plant–soil feedback loop: aboveground plant-associated predators may alter the outcome of plant–soil interactions594
HelenPart 1: Biostratigraphic Evidence Relating to the Age‐Old Question of Hannibal's Invasion of Italy, I: History and Geological Reconstruction
Part 2: Biostratigraphic Evidence Relating to the Age‐Old Question of Hannibal's Invasion of Italy, II: Chemical Biomarkers and Microbial Signatures
685winner paper
JuliaTelling the story of climate change: Geologic imagination, praxis, and policy672
Manfred280-m.y.-old fossil starch reveals early plant–animal mutualism701
LisePredicting the structure of soil communities from plant community taxonomy, phylogeny, and traits962food and drinks
OlgaTemperature mediates continental-scale diversity of microbes in forest soils620
FelixDo temperate tree species diversity and identity influence soil microbial community function and composition?630
NicoA global synthesis of phenological responses to climate change744
AndrewWalk, swim or fly? Locomotor mode predicts genetic differentiation in vertebrates601


Anja VogelMicroplastics as an emerging threat to terrestrial ecosystems406Drink/food supplier
AnnaFlowering phenology shifts in response to biodiversity loss550
FelixBiodiversity and ecosystem stability across scales in metacommunities745
JuliaBenefits of increasing plant diversity in sustainable agroecosystems451
ManfredVanishing of the common species: Empty habitats and the role of genetic diversity707Winning paper
DarrenThe contribution of predators and scavengers to human well-being584
AndrewLandscape configurational heterogeneity by small-scale agriculture, not crop diversity, maintains pollinators and plant reproduction in western Europe701
HelenPeer reviewed comic strip: Managing marine socio-ecological systems: picturing the future672
SophieComposition and activity of soil microbial communities in different types of temperate forests771
LéaPermafrost Stores a Globally Significant Amount of Mercury552
CarlosClimate, ecosystems, and planetary futures: The challenge to predict life in Earth system models600
TillMicrobial biomass and activity in litter during the initial development of pure and mixed plantations of Eucalyptus grandis and Acacia mangium910Drink/food supplier
OlgaThe impact of failure: unsuccessful bacterial invasions steer the soil microbial community away from the invader’s niche660
NicoDetecting macroecological patterns in bacterial communities across independent studies of global soils892
SimoneFluctuating interaction network and time-varying stability of a natural fish community852


GuillaumeClark & Tilman Food choices & global change410
AndrewWang & Brose Vertical diversity hypothesis903Drink/Food supplier
ManfredCrazy shit603
LéaContamination heavy metals in soils, earthworms362Drink/Food supplier
HelenEcological drivers of soil microbial diversity and soil biological networks in the Southern Hemisphere622
SophieCardinale diversity decline633
TillTree functional diversity influences belowground ecosystem functioning451
AlbanCalls in animals - body size621
CarlosSoil modeling in IPCC - challenges of B470
FelixCounting the books while the library burns: why conservation monitoring programs need a plan for action616Winning Paper
NicoBEF China581


Léa100 papers every ecologist should read304 drink/food supplier
MarcelRussian J. of Entomology- structural and functional diversity of nematodes360
LisePlant community palatability in respones to elevation and herbivores301 drink/food supplier
ManuelaHow invasive tree affects soil invertebrates 300drink/food supplier
SophieDo temperate tree species affect microbial activity201
TillPlant species richness negatively affects root decomposition in grasslands415
OlgaBEF relations in European forests depend on environmental context692
JesSingle and double blind peer review463
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