Dr Benjamin Rosenbaum


Research Interest


I am a postdoctoral researcher with a background in applied mathematics who turned to theoretical and quantitative ecology. I am fascinated by the feedback loop between ecological theory and empirical research, the ability to describe ecological systems through mathematical abstractions from reality, and the impact such models have for understanding the complexity and stability found in natural systems.

I am enthusiastic about knowledge transfer (math, stats, computation) and making methods available for non-specialists. I want to reach out through teaching, consulting, collaborations and writing method papers.

My scientific focus lies at the interface of modeling and statistics, including topics like population dynamics, time series, species interactions, functional responses and food webs. Specifically, I use Bayesian inference for estimating critical system parameters like growth or feeding rates from, e.g. experimental time-series data or feeding experiments. This allows modeling population dynamics by differential equations with meaningful parametrizations.

Short CV


Since 2015    
Postdoc in the Theory in Biodiversity Group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

2014 -2015   
Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig Research Project: Detecting abstract coupling relations in complex dynamical systems.

PhD Thesis: Efficient Global Surrogate Models for Responses of Expensive Simulations. Department of Mathematics, University of Trier

Diploma in Applied Mathematics, University of Trier



For a full list of my publications, see my Google Scholar profile.



The Theory in Biodiversity Science group (TiBS) provides consultation in theory, maths and statistics. To facilitate this service, we are offering a weekly consultation hour each Wednesday 3-4pm. If you want to use our help, please write me an email in advance with a brief description of your problem. I am looking forward to your questions!

iDiv publications


Bauer, B., Berti, E., Ryser, R., Gauzens, B., Hirt, M. R., Rosenbaum, B., Digel, C., Ott, D., Scheu, S. and Brose, U.

(2022): Biotic filtering by species’ interactions constrains food-web variability across spatial and abiotic gradients. Ecology Letters

Sohlström, E.sohl H., Brose, U., van Klink, R., Rall, B. C., Rosenbaum, B., Schädler, M., Barnes, A. D.

(2022): Future climate and land-use intensification modify arthropod community structure. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

Kratina, P., Rosenbaum, B., Gallo, B., Horas, E. L., O’Gorman, E. J.

(2022): The Combined Effects of Warming and Body Size on the Stability of Predator-Prey Interactions. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Thierry, M., Pardikes, N. A., Rosenbaum, B., Ximénez-Embún, M. G. and Hrček, J.

(2022): The presence of multiple parasitoids decreases host survival under warming, but parasitoid performance also decreases. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Hirt, M. R., Barnes, A. D., Gentile, A., Pollock, L. J., Rosenbaum, B., Thuiller, W., Tucker, M. A. and Brose, U.

(2021): Environmental and anthropogenic constraints on animal space use drive extinction risk worldwide. Ecology Letters

Voigt, E., Rall, B. C., Chatzinotas, A., Brose, U., Rosenbaum, B.

(2021): Phage strategies facilitate bacterial coexistence under environmental variability. Peerj

E. H. Sohlström, L. C. Archer, B. Gallo, M. Jochum, R. L. Kordas, B. C. Rall, B. Rosenbaum, E. J. O’Gorman

(2021): Thermal acclimation increases the stability of a predator–prey interaction in warmer environments. Global Change Biology

Clark, A. T., Ann Turnbull, L., Tredennick, A., Allan, E., Harpole, W. S., Mayfield, M. M., Soliveres, S., Barry, K., Eisenhauer, N., de Kroon, H., Rosenbaum, B., Wagg, C., Weigelt, A., Feng, Y., Roscher, C., Schmid, B.

(2020): Predicting species abundances in a grassland biodiversity experiment: Trade-offs between model complexity and generality. Journal of Ecology

Feng, Y., Soliveres, S., Allan, E., Rosenbaum, B., Wagg, C., Tabi, A., De Luca, E., Eisenhauer, N., Schmid, B., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W. W., Roscher, C., Fischer, M.

(2020): Inferring competitive outcomes, ranks and intransitivity from empirical data: A comparison of different methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Hirt, M. R., Tucker, M., Müller, T., Rosenbaum, B., Brose, U.

(2020): Rethinking trophic niches: Speed and body mass colimit prey space of mammalian predators. Ecology and Evolution

Brose, U., P. Archambault, A. D. Barnes, L.-F. Bersier, T. Boy, ..., C. Digel, A. Dissanayake, A. A. V. Flores, K. Fussmann, B. Gauzens, C. Gray, J. Häussler, M. R. Hirt, U. Jacob, ..., E. Latz, K. Layer-Dobra, P. Legagneux, Y. Li, ..., B. C. Rall, B. Rosenbaum, R. Ryser, A. Silva, E. H. Sohlström, ..., S. Wang, J. M. Wefer, ..., A. C. Iles

(2019): Predator traits determine food-web architecture across ecosystems. Nature ecology & evolution

Gauzens, B., Barnes, A., Giling, D. P., Hines, J., Jochum, M., Lefcheck, J. S., Rosenbaum, B., Wang, S. P., Brose, U.

(2019): fluxweb: An R package to easily estimate energy fluxes in food webs. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

May, F., Rosenbaum, B., Schurr, F. M., Chase, J. M.

(2019): The geometry of habitat fragmentation: Effects of species distribution patterns on extinction risk due to habitat conversion. Ecology and Evolution

Pennekamp, F., Iles, A., Garland, J., Brennan, G., Brose, U., Gaedke, U., Jacob, U., Kratina, P., Matthews, B., Munch, S., Novak, M., Palamara, G. M., Rall, B., Rosenbaum, B., et al.

(2019): The intrinsic predictability of ecological time series and its potential to guide forecasting. Ecological Monographs

Rosenbaum, B., M. Raatz, G. Weithoff, G. F. Fussmann, U. Gaedke

(2019): Estimating Parameters From Multiple Time Series of Population Dynamics Using Bayesian Inference. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Hirt, M. R., Grimm, V., Li, Y., Rall, B. C., Rosenbaum, B., Brose, U.

(2018): Bridging Scales: Allometric Random Walks Link Movement and Biodiversity Research. Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Lancia, L., Rosenbaum, B.

(2018): Coupling relations underlying the production of speech articulator movements and their invariance to speech rate. Biological Cybernetics

Rosenbaum, B., Rall, B. C.

(2018): Fitting functional responses: Direct parameter estimation by simulating differential equations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Rüger, N., Comita, L. S., Condit, R., Purves, D., Rosenbaum, B., Visser, M. D., Joseph, W. S., Wirth, C.

(2018): Beyond the fast–slow continuum: demographic dimensions structuring a tropical tree community. Ecology Letters

Schwarz, B., Barnes, A. D., Thakur, M. P., Brose, U., 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
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