Prof. Dr. Johannes Kollmann


Restoration Ecology

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Prof. Kollmann (b. 1963) focuses on the restoration of ecosystems destroyed by human activities. In particular, he investigates semi-natural reference systems, criteria for selecting plants for restoration purposes, plant-animal interactions, invasive alien species and the long-term monitoring of restored systems.

Prof. Kollmann studied biology and chemistry at the Universities of Kiel and Freiburg. He did his doctorate on the topic of vegetation ecology at the University of Freiburg. Following a postdoc stay at the University of Cambridge, he became a lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In 2000, he accepted a position at the University of Copenhagen and in 2010 was appointed as Chair of Restoration Ecology at TUM. Prof. Kollmann is a member of several scientific associations and co-editor of a number of international environmental journals. He is regularly called on as an expert in Germany and abroad.


  • Associate Professor NIBIO Oslo (2016-2020)
  • Appointment to the University of Vienna (2009)
  • Lecturer of the year, KVL (2004)
  • Walter Schall Prize (1995)

Bauer M, Huber JK & Kollmann J: „Fit by design: Developing seed–substrate combinations to adapt dike grasslands to microclimatic variation“. Journal of Applied Ecology. 2023; 60: 2413–2424.


Rojas-Botero S, Kollmann J & Teixeira LH: „Competitive trait hierarchies of native communities and invasive propagule pressure consistently predict invasion success during grassland establishment“. Biological Invasions. 2022; 24: 107–122.


Lang M, Albrecht H, Rudolph M & Kollmann J: „Low levels of regional differentiation and little evidence for local adaptation in rare arable plants“. Basic and Applied Ecology. 2021; 54: 52–63.


Yannelli FA, MacLaren C & Kollmann J: „Moving away from limiting similarity during restoration: Timing of arrival and native biomass are better proxies of invasion suppression in grassland communities“. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 2020; 8: 238.


Kollmann J, Kirmer A, Hölzel N, Tischew S & Kiehl K: “Renaturierungsökologie”. Springer Spektrum Verlag, Berlin. 2019; 489.