Benjamin Wildermuth

Postdoctoral Researcher

Current Research Projects


iDiv Flexpool project "CAFE", main PI: Anne Ebeling at the University of Jena (Population Ecology Group)

Research Interest


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.

Important 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wildermuth, B., Oldeland, J., & Juergens, N. (2021). A beneficial relationship: Associated trees facilitate termite colonies (Macrotermes michaelseni) in Namibia. Ecosphere, 12:e03671.

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Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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