Anne-Kathrin Happe

Research associate at Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven (since Sept 2018)

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PhD student at TU Darmstadt:

Thesis title: "Managing ecosystem services for fruit production in different European climates" (since March 2015)


MSc in Biodiversity & Ecology at Georg-August University Göttingen (2012-2014)


ERASMUS student at University of Vienna (2012–2013)


Permaculture internship on farms in Austria and Switzerland (May-Oct 2014)


BSc in Biodiversity & Geoecology at

Georg-August University Göttingen



Scholarship of Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung e.V. (2008-2014) 

 Research interests     


I study the interactions and population dynamics of herbivores and associated natural enemy assemblages in intensive fruit production systems. Investigations focus on the effects of local management schemes, landscape patterns and climate on arthropod communities and species traits in south-German apple orchards.


My PhD project forms part of the European ECOFRUIT research initiative, promoted by the BiodivERsA network, to understand biodiversity dynamics and manage ecosystem services linking scientific advancements to policy and practice


Research domains: agro-ecology, biocontrol, apple pests, functional diversity









European partners

  • Universitad de Barcelona, Spain (Dr. Jordi Bosch, Prof. Anselm Rodrigo Domínguez)

  • Universität Freiburg, Germany (Prof. Dr. Alexandra-Maria Klein, Dr. Virginie Boreux)

  • Universitad de Oviedo, Spain (Prof. Dr. Daniel García, Dr. Marcos Miñarro)

  • Universitet Stockholms, Sweden (Prof. Dr. Peter Hambäck, Ulrika Samnegård)



Apple cultivation area at lake Constance

  • Kompetenzzentrum Obstbau Bodensee (KOB), Bavendorf

  • Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau (FÖKO) e.V.



ahappe (at)

Anne-Kathrin Happe

Fachbereich Biologie

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Schnittspahnstr. 3

64287 Darmstadt



Phone +49 471 4831 1720

 Research project


BiodivERsa/FACCE: Ecofruit








      Funded by:



Happe, A.-K., Alins, G., Blüthgen, N., Boreux, V., Bosch, J., García, D., Hambäck, P.A., Klein, A.-M., Martínez-Sastre, R., Miñarro, M., Müller, A.-K., Porcel, M., Rodrigo, A., Roquer-Beni, L., Samnegård, U., Tasin, M., Mody, K. 2019. Predatory arthropods in apple orchards across Europe: Responses to agricultural management, adjacent habitat, landscape composition and countryAgriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 273: 141-150 (abstract)



Samnegård, U., Alins, G., Boreux, V., Bosch, J., García, D., Happe, A.-K., Klein, A.-M., Mody, K. Miñarro, M., Porcel, M., Rodrigo, A., Roquer-Beni, L., Tasin, M., Hambäck, P.A. 2018. Management trade‐offs on ecosystem services in apple orchards across Europe: Direct and indirect effects of organic productionJournal of Applied Ecology (abstract)

Happe, A.-K., Roquer-Beni, L., Bosch, J., Alins, G., Mody, K. 2018. Earwigs and woolly apple aphids in integrated and organic apple orchards: responses of a generalist predator and a pest prey to local and landscape factorsAgriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 268: 44-51 (abstract)

Gallé, R., Happe, A.-K., Bosem Baillod, A., Tscharntke, T. & Batáry, P. 2018. Landscape configuration, organic management and within‐field position drive functional diversity of spiders and carabids. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 63-72 (abstract)

Happe, A.-K., Riesch, F., Rösch, V., Gallé, R., Tscharntke, T. & Batáry, P. 2018. Small-scale agricultural landscapes and organic management support wild bee communities of cereal field boundariesAgriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 254: 92-98 (abstract)


Batáry, P., Gallé, R., Riesch, F., Fischer, C., Dormann, C.F., Mußhoff, O., Császár, P., Fusaro, S., Gayer, C., Happe, A.-K., Kurucz, K., Molnár, D., Rösch, V., Wietzke, A. & Tscharntke, T. 2017. The former iron curtain still drives biodiversity-profit trade-offs in German agricultureNature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1279-1284 (pdf)


"Diversity & service of bee pollinators in agricultural landscapes: Configuration vs. farming practice", Master's thesis at the Department of Agroecology, Georg-August University Göttingen, supervised by Prof. Dr. T. Tscharntke, Prof. Dr. C. Scherber, PD Dr. P. Batary





"Functional importance of different landcover types for bees" Bachelor's thesis at the Department of Agroecology, Georg-August University Göttingen, supervised by Prof. Dr. T. Tscharntke, Prof. Dr. S. Vidal, Dr. C. Westphal



Conference contributions

"Management von Ökosystemleistungen für die Apfelproduktion in Europa" (Poster, 6. Nationales Forum zu IPBES, 21.-22. Februar 2018, Bonn)

Authors: Anne-Kathrin Happe, Nico Blüthgen, Virginie Boreux, Jordi Bosch, Daniel García, Peter A. Hambäck, Marcos Miñarro, Karsten Mody, Anselm Rodrigo, Laura Roquer-Beni, Ulrika Samnegård, Georgina Alins, Mario Porcel, Rodrigo Martínez Sastre, Marco Tasin, Alexandra-Maria Klein (pdf)

"Earwigs and aphids in apple orchards – influence of agri-environmental measures and landscape factors" (Conference talk, 18th International Conference on Organic Fruit-Growing 2018, Hohenheim)

Authors: Anne-Kathrin Happe, Jordi Bosch, Laura Roquer-Beni, Georgina Alins, Karsten Mody

"Generalist predators in apple orchards and their functional traits: responses to orchard management, woody habitats and landscape composition" (Conference Talk BES/GfÖ 2017, Session: Agricultural Science, Ghent)

Authors: Anne-Kathrin Happe, Karsten Mody, Jordi Bosch, Daniel García, Peter Hambäck, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Marcos Miñarro, Anselm Rodrigo, Nico Blüthgen 

"Landscape and management effects on biocontrol: Wooly apple aphids and earwigs" (Conference talk, GfÖ 2016, Marburg)

Authors: Anne-Kathrin Happe, Stefanie Hoffmann, Karsten Mody

"Wild bees in cereal field margins: benefits of small-scale agriculture and organic management" (Poster, GfÖ 2016, Marburg)

Authors: Anne-Kathrin Happe, Friederike Riesch, Verena Rösch, Róbert Gallé, Teja Tscharntke, Péter Batáry