Department of Ecological Dynamics

Understanding ecological dynamics in space and time

The Department of Ecological Dynamics investigates how individuals, populations or species communities "behave" in space and time and under various anthropogenically modified environmental conditions. We seek understanding on what affects the viability of animal populations along a gradient of anthropogenically altered landscapes and habitats. In particular, through statistical modelling and dynamic simulations we aim to advance theory and concepts in ecology and evolution, and to promote the development of computational and analytical toolkits. Based on this, we make predictions about the future states of populations and communities and improve concepts for nature conservation at the landscape scale. To transfer our research findings, we work closely together with local conservationists and stakeholders. >> More information

Selected projects of the department

Stability of wildlife populations under global change and across levels of organization

To understand how populations and communities react to global change we study how their traits and their stability are affected by disturbances.

Setting conservation priorities in the Annamite mountains of Laos and Vietnam

The exceptionally biodiversity and endemism of the Annamite region of Vietnam and Laos is threatened substantially by illegal hunting. We use state of the art systemic biodiversity surveys and statistical models to identify the last strongholds of wildlife.

Health, demography, ecological dynamics and anthropogenic effects on spotted hyenas in the Serengeti National Park

We study the behaviour, ecology and health of spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) in the Serengeti National Park since 1987, and currently hold detailed information on more than 2300 individuals in three clans.

Population dynamics and conservation of large carnivores in anthropogenic landscapes

Large carnivores face significant challenges in human-dominated landscapes. We use individual-based models to analyse their population genetics, their population dynamics and their viability.