PhD candidate in Biology at Technische Universität Darmstadt, group of Nico Blüthgen (Ecological Networks)
Thesis: ‘Effects of land-use and climate warming on nocturnal butterfly communities’
2006 - 2013
Diplom in Biology at Technische Universität Darmstadt
Main subjects: ecology, systematic zoology and botany
As an ecologist I am interested in the relationship between anthropogenic effects and biodiversity. The increase of land use has a negative effect for biodiversity, ecological systems and response diversity (RD) but the basic mechanisms are still not properly understood. RD is the assumption for the resilience of an ecological system against disruption. The sensitivity of a system depends on the number of functionally related organisms in it, which respond differently to altered environmental conditions.
In this context I study the impact of land-use effects on moth diversity, trait composition and plasticity. I focus on the reaction of moth species on land-use activities (namely grazing, mowing and fertilization) in three different German exemplary large-scale and long-term research sites. I additionally analyse the response of live-history traits (e.g. feeding niche, size, hibernation) to land use and investigate the effects of different climatic conditions to moth species.
The study by which I intend to achieve my PhD belongs to the Biodiversity Exploratories, which is a part of a Science Foundation project funded by the German Research Foundation.
Land-use intensity, response diversity, herbivores, life-history traits, functional homogenisation, moth community, herbivore diversity
mangels (at) bio.tu-darmstadt.de
B1|01, Room 261
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Phone +49 6151 16-75413
(submitted) Mangels J., Fiedler K., Schneider F.D., Blüthgen N. (2016) Diversity and trait composition of moths respond to land-use intensity in grasslands: generalists replace specialists
Mangels J., Blüthgen N., Frank K., Grassein F., Hilpert A., Mody K. (2015) Tree Species Composition and Harvest Intensity Affect Herbivore Density and Leaf Damage on Beech, Fagus sylvatica, in Different Landscape Contexts. PLoS ONE, 10(5): e0126140. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126140