Dr Andrew Barnes

Scientific Guest

Research Interest


I am broadly interested in the impacts of global change drivers, such as land-use change, on natural systems and the resulting functional consequences of these impacts. My research is specifically aimed at exploring how environmental changes can alter the complex relationships between biodiversity, the structure of communities, species interactions, and ecosystem functioning. Identifying emergent patterns within this complexity can help us to better understand and predict potential ecosystem responses to global change drivers and, ultimately, how this may impact human wellbeing.

Short CV


Since 2016
Postdoc in the Experimental Interaction Ecology group and the Biodiversity Theory group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Resarch (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

2012 - 2015
PhD - Systemic Conservation Biology group, Georg-August University of Göttingen

2009 - 2011
MSc - Department of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

2005 - 2008
BSc - Department of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand



Schwarz, B., Barnes, A.D., Thakur, M.P., Brose, B., Ciobanu, M., Reich, P.B., Rich, R.L., Rosenbaum, B., Stefanski, A., & Eisenhauer, N. (2017): Warming alters energetic structure and function but not resilience of soil food webs. Nature Climate Change, in press http://rdcu.be/x8Og.

Barnes, A.D., Allen, K., Kreft, H., Corre, M.D., Jochum, M., Veldkamp, E., Clough, Y., Daniel, R., Darras, K., Denmead, L.H., Haneda, N.F., Hertel, D., Knohl, A., Kotowska, M.M., Kurniawan, S., Meijide, A., Rembold, K., Prabowo, W.E., Schneider, S., Tscharntke, T., and Brose, U. (2017). Direct and cascading impacts of tropical land-use change on multitrophic biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1: 1511–1519 http://rdcu.be/vlTZ.

Jochum, M., Barnes, A.D., Ott, D., Lang, B., Klarner, B., Farajallah, A., Scheu, S., Brose, U. (2017). Decreasing Stoichiometric Resource Quality Drives Compensatory Feeding across Trophic Levels in Tropical Litter Invertebrate Communities. The American Naturalist, DOI: 10.1086/691790.

Jochum, M., Barnes, A.D., Weigelt, P., Ott, D., Rembold, K., Farajallah, A., Brose, U. (2017). Resource stoichiometry and availability modulate species richness and biomass of tropical litter macro-invertebrates. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press, DOI:10.1111/1365-2656.12695.

Dislich, C., Keyel, A.C., Salecker, J., Kisel, Y., Meyer, K.M., Auliya, M., Barnes, A.D., Corre, M.D., Darras, K., Faust, H., Hess, B., Knohl, A., Kreft, H., Meijide, A., Nurdiansyah, F., Otten, F., Pe’er, G., Steinebach, S., Tarigan, S., Tölle, M.H., Tscharntke, T., Wiegand, K. (2016). A review of the ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations, using forests as a reference system. Biological Reviews 92(3): 1539-1569.

Clough, Y., Krishna, V. V., Corre, M. D., Darras, K., Denmead, L. H., Meijide, A., Moser, S., Musshoff, O., Steinebach, S., Veldkamp, E., Allen, K., Barnes, A.D., Breidenbach, N., Brose, U., Buchori, D., Daniel, R., Harahap, I., Hertel, D., Holtkamp, A.M., Hörandl, E., Irawan, B., Jaya, I.N.S., Jochum, M., Klarner, B., Knohl, A., Kotowska, M.M., Krashevska, V., Kreft, H., Kurniawan, S., Leuschner, C., Maraun, M., Melati, D.N., Opfermann, N., Pérez-Cruzado, C., Prabowo, W.E., Rembold, K., Rizali, A., Rubiana, R., Schneider, D., Tjitrosoedirdjo, S.S., Tjoa, A., Tscharntke, T., Scheu, S. (2016). Land-use choices follow profitability at the expense of ecological functions in Indonesian smallholder landscapes. Nature Communications 7: 13137.

Eisenhauer, N., Barnes, A.D., Cesarz, S., Craven, D., Ferlian, O., Gottschall, F., Hines, J., Sendek, A., Siebert, J., Thakur, M. P., Türke, M. (2016). Biodiversity–ecosystem function experiments reveal the mechanisms underlying the consequences of biodiversity change in real world ecosystems. Journal of Vegetation Science 27(5): 1061-1070.

Barnes, A.D., Weigelt, P., Jochum, M., Ott, D., Haneda, N.F., Brose, U. (2016). Species richness and biomass explain spatial turnover in ecosystem functioning across tropical and temperate ecosystems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (371): 1694.

Barnes A.D., Spey, I.-K., Rohde, L., Brose, U., Dell, A.I. (2015). Individual behaviour mediates effects of warming on movement across a fragmented landscape. Functional Ecology (29): 1543-1552.

Mumme, S., Jochum, M., Haneda, Brose, U., Barnes, A.D. (2015). Functional diversity and stability of litter-invertebrate communities following land-use change in Sumatra, Indonesia. Biological Conservation (191): 750-758.

Barnes, A.D., Emberson, R.M., Krell, F.-T., Didham, R.K. (2014). The role of species traits in mediating functional recovery during matrix restoration. PLoS ONE 9(12): e115385.

Barnes, A.D., Jochum, M., Mumme, S., Haneda, N.F., Farajallah, A., Widarto, T.H., Brose, U. (2014). Consequences of tropical land use for multitrophic biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Nature Communications 5: 5351.

Barnes, A.D., Emberson, R.M., Chapman, H.M., Krell, F.-T., Didham, R.K. (2014). Matrix habitat restoration alters dung beetle species responses across tropical forest edges. Biological Conservation (170): 28-37.

Barnes, A.D. & Chapman, H.M. (2014). Dispersal traits determine passive restoration trajectory of a Nigerian montane forest. Acta Oecologica (56): 32-40.

Döbert, T.F., Webber, B.L., Barnes, A.D., Dickinson, K.J.M., Didham, R.K. (2014). Forest fragmentation and biodiversity conservation in human-dominated landscapes. In: Kettle C.J. & Koh L.P. (Ed.), Global Forest Fragmentation 28-49. CABI.

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