Prof Ulrich Brose

Head of Research Group

Research interest

 

I study how environmental factors change the structure and diversity of species communities with knock-on effects on the dynamic stability and ecosystem functioning. I describe the structure of communities by complex food-web topologies (who eats whom) and the average body sizes of all species. I am interested in the responses of these structures to global and local environmental gradients in temperature, stoichiometry and habitat fragmentation. Mathematically, I analyze how these structural responses drive the dynamic stability of populations, communities and ecosystem functions.

Short CV

 

Since 2015
Professor Biodiversity Theory, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Resarch (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

2010 - 2015
Heisenberg Professor for Systemic Conservation Biology, J.F. Blumenbach Institute of Zoology and Anthropology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen

2009 - 2010
Temporary Professorship at the Technische Universität Darmstadt

2004 - 2009
Head of the Emmy-Noether Group “Complex Ecological Networks” at the Technische Universität Darmstadt

2001 - 2004
Postdoc (Leopoldina Fellowship) at the San Francisco State University, USA

1997 - 2001
PhD-Thesis, Department of Biology at the University of Potsdam

1993 - 1997
Study of Biology at the University of Hamburg

1990 - 1993
Study of Biology at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University Frankfurt

Selected Publications

 

For an up-to-date list of publications, see my ResearcherID.

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; doi: 10.1038/ncomms6351.

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Ott, D., Digel, C., Rall, B.C., Maraun, M., Scheu, S. & Brose, U. (2014): Unifying elemental stoichiometry and metabolic theory in predicting species abundances. Ecology Letters, 17(10): 1247-1256; doi: 10.1111/ele.12330.

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Fussmann, K.E., Schwarzmüller, F., Brose, U., Jousset, A. & Rall, B.C. (2014): Ecological stability responses to warming. Nature Climate Change, 4: 206-210; doi: 10.1038/nclimate2134.

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Kalinkat, G., Schneider, F.D., Digel, C., Guill, C., Rall, B.C. & Brose, U. (2013): Body masses, functional responses and predator-prey stability. Ecology Letters 16: 1126–1134; doi: 10.1111/ele.12147.

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Schneider, F. D., Scheu, S. & Brose, U. (2012): Body mass constraints on feeding rates determine the consequences of predator loss. Ecology Letters 15: 436-443; doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01750.x.

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Brose, U., Dunne, J.A., Montoya, J.M., Petchey, O.L., Schneider, F.D. & Jacob, U. (2012): Climate change in size-structured ecosystems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367(1605): 2903-2912; doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0232.

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Riede, J., Brose, U., Ebenman, B., Jacob, U., Thompson, R., Townsend, C.R., & Jonsson, T. (2011): Stepping in Elton's footprints: a general scaling model for body masses and trophic levels across ecosystems. Ecology Letters 14: 169-178; doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01568.x.

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Berlow, E.L., Dunne, J.A., Martinez, N.D., Stark, P.B., Williams, R.J. & Brose, U. (2009): Simple prediction of interaction strengths in complex food webs. PNAS 106: 187-191; doi: 10.1073/pnas.0806823106.

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Otto, S., Rall, B.C., & Brose, U. (2007): Allometric degree distributions facilitate food web stability. Nature 450: 1226-1229; doi: 10.1038/nature06359.

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Brose, U., Ostling, A., Harrison, K. & Martinez, N.D. (2004): Unified spatial scaling of species and their trophic interactions. Nature 428: 167-171.

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iDiv publications

 

Brose, U., Blanchard, J. L., Eklöf, A., Galiana, N., Hartvig, M., Hirt, M. R., Kalinkat, G., Nordström, M. C., O'Gorman, E. J., Rall, B. C., et al.

(2017):
Predicting the consequences of species loss using size-structured biodiversity approaches Biological Reviews 92(2), 684-97

Delmas, E., Brose, U., Gravel, D., Stouffer, D. B., Poisot, T.

(2017):
Simulations of biomass dynamics in community food webs Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8(7), 881-86

Fussmann, K. E., Rosenbaum, B., Brose, U., Rall, B. C.

(2017):
Interactive effects of shifting body size and feeding adaptation drive interaction strengths of protist predators under warming bioRxiv 101675,

Hirt, M. R., Jetz, W., Rall, B. C., Brose, U.

(2017):
A general scaling law reveals why the largest animals are not the fastest Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(8), 1116-22

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 190(1), 131-43

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 86(5), 1114-23

Lang, B., Ehnes, R. B., Brose, U., Rall, B. C.

(2017):
Temperature and consumer type dependencies of energy flows in natural communities Oikos (in press),

Li, Y., Brose, U., Meyer, K., Rall, B. C.

(2017):
How patch size and refuge availability change interaction strength and population dynamics: a combined individual- and population-based modeling experiment PeerJ 5(e2993),

Liao, J., Bearup, D., Wang, Y., Nijs, I., Bonte, D., Li, Y., Brose, U., Wang, S., Blasius, B.

(2017):
Robustness of metacommunities with omnivory to habitat destruction: Disentangling patch fragmentation from patch loss Ecology 98(6), 1631-39

Barnes, A. D., Weigelt, P., Jochum, M., Ott, D., Hodapp, 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 of London B: Biological Sciences 371(1694),

Binzer, A., Guill, C., Rall, B. C., Brose, U.

(2016):
Interactive effects of warming, eutrophication and size-structure: impacts on biodiversity and food-web structure Global Change Biology 22(1), 220-227

Brose, U., Hillebrand, H.

(2016):
Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in dynamic landscapes Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371(1694),

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., et al.

(2016):
Land-use choices follow profitability at the expense of ecological functions in Indonesian smallholder landscapes Nature Communications 7(13137),

Schneider, F. D., Brose, U., Rall, B. C., Guill, C.

(2016):
Animal diversity and ecosystem functioning in dynamic food webs Nature Communications 7(12718),

Teuscher, M., Gérard, A., Brose, U., Buchori, D., Clough, Y., Ehbrecht, M., Hölscher, D., Irawan, B., Sundawati, L., Wollni, M., Kreft, H.

(2016):
Experimental Biodiversity Enrichment in Oil-Palm-Dominated Landscapes in Indonesia Frontiers in Plant Science 7(1538),

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(12), 1543-1552

Kalinkat, G., Jochum, M., Brose, U., Dell, A. I.

(2015):
Body size and the behavioral ecology of insects: linking individuals to ecological communities Current Opinion in Insect Science 9, 24-30

Mumme, S., Jochum, M., Brose, U., Haneda, N. F., Barnes, A. D.

(2015):
Functional diversity and stability of litter-invertebrate communities following land-use change in Sumatra, Indonesia Biological Conservation 191, 750-58

Schwarzmueller, F., Eisenhauer, N., Brose, U.

(2015):
'Trophic whales' as biotic buffers: weak interactions stabilize ecosystems against nutrient enrichment Journal of Animal Ecology 84(3), 680-91
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Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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