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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser


Terrestrial Ecology

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Weisser’s (*1964) research interests include the ecological interactions between organisms and the consequences of these interactions for populations, communities and ecosystems. Work at his Chair focuses, in particular, on the investigation of the impacts of human land use on biodiversity and the development of sustainable land use strategies. Their research is characterized by a strong fieldwork component and the predominant use of insects as model organisms.

Professor Weisser studied biology and mathematics at the Universities of Giessen and Bayreuth, before earning his doctorate from the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford (UK) in 1994. After a postdoctoral stay at Imperial College London (UK) and the University of Basel (Switzerland), he assumed a position as Professor of Terrestrial Ecology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 1999. In 2011, Professor Weisser was appointed to the TUM Chair of Terrestrial Ecology.

Key Publications (all publications)

Weisser WW, Roscher C, Meyer ST, Ebeling A, Luo GJ, Allan E, Besser H, Barnard RL, Buchmann N, Buscot F, Engels C, Fischer C, Fischer M, Gessler A, Gleixner G, Halle S, Hildebrandt A, Hillebrand H, de Kroon H, Lange M, Leimer S, Le Roux X, Milcu A, Mommer L, Niklaus PA, Oelmann Y, Proulx R, Roy J, Scherber C, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Scheu S, Tscharntke T, Wachendorf M, Wagg C, Weigelt A, Wilcke W, Wirth C, Schulze ED, Schmid B, Eisenhauer N: "Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in a 15-year grassland experiment: Patterns, mechanisms, and open questions". Basic and Applied Ecology. 2017; 23: 1-73.


Meyer ST, Ptacnik R, Hillebrand H, Bessler H, Buchmann N, Ebeling A, Eisenhauer N, Engels C, Fischer M, Halle S, Klein A, Oelmann Y, Roscher C, Rottstock T, Scherber C, Scheu S, Schmid B, Schulze ED, Temperton V, Tscharntke T, Voigt W, Weigelt A, Wilcke WW, Weisser WW: "Biodiversity–multifunctionality relationships depend on identity and number of measured functions". Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2017; 2: 44-49.


Simons NK, Weisser WW: "Agricultural intensification without biodiversity loss is possible in grassland landscapes". Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2017; 1: 1136-1145.


Scherber C, Eisenhauer N, Weisser WW, Schmid B, Voigt W, Fischer M, Schulze ED, Roscher C, Weigelt A, Allan E, Beßler H, Bonkowski M, Buchmann N, Buscot F, Clement LW, Ebeling A, Engels C, Halle S, Kertscher I, Klein AM, Koller R, König S, Kowalski E, Kummer V, Kuu A, Lange M, Lauterbach D, Middelhoff C, Migunova VD, Milcu A, Müller R, Partsch S, Petermann JS, Renker C, Rottstock T, Sabais A, Scheu S, Schumacher J, Temperton VM, Tscharntke T: "Bottom-up effects of plant diversity on multitrophic interactions in a biodiversity experiment". Nature. 2010; 468: 553-556.


Weisser WW, Siemann E: "Insects and ecosystem function". Heidelberg, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2004.