Nadja K. Simons

Since Dec. 2018

Postdoctoral researcher at EcoNet


Postdoctoral researcher within the BioHolz project at the TU München


PhD student at the TU München 

Effects of land-use intensity on arthropod diversity and community structure in grassland


Master of Science Biology at JLU Giessen

Impact of elevated CO2 on phenology, community structure and pollinators in a permanent grassland



Bachelor of Science Biology at University Oldenburg 

Lightfleck-usage by epiphytes and terrestrial plants in a tropical understorey

 Research interests     

Global change effects

  • Influence of forest management on ecosystem services

  • Effects of land-use intensity on grassland arthropod communities

  • Changes in functional diversity within different temporal and spatial scales


Ecological Theory

  • Changes in different aspects of communities (diversity, structure, functional traits, stability)

  • Trait definition across multiple taxa

 Research projects      


BioHolz Projekt


Biodiversity Exploratories







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+49 6151 16-75414

B1|01, Room 258 

Dr. Nadja Simons

Fachbereich Biologie

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Schnittspahnstr. 3

64287 Darmstadt




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Mody, K., D. Lerch, A.-K. Müller, N.K. Simons, N. Blüthgen & M. Harnisch (2020): Flower power in the city: Replacing roadside shrubs by wildflower meadows increases insect numbers and reduces maintenance costs. PLOS ONE 15(6): e0234327. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0234327 Link



Seibold, S., M.M. Gossner, N.K. Simons, N. Blüthgen, J. Müller, D. Ambarli, C. Ammer, J. Bauhus, M. Fischer, J.C. Habel, K.E. Linsenmair, T. Nauss, C. Penone, D. Prati, P. Schall, E.-D. Schulze, J. Vogt, S. Wöllauer & W.W. Weisser (2019): Arthropod decline in grasslands and forests is associated with landscape-level drivers. Nature. 574:671–674. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1684-3 Link

Vogt, J., V.H. Klaus, S. Both, C. Fürstenau, S. Gockel, M. M. Gossner, J. Heinze, A. Hemp, N. Hölzel, K. Jung, K. Till, R. Lauterbach, K. Lorenzen, A. Ostrowski, N. Otto, D. Prati, S. Renner, U. Schumacher, S. Seibold, N.K. Simons, I. Steitz, M. Teuscher, J. Thiele, S. Weithmann, K. Wells, K. Wiesner, M. Ayasse, N. Blüthgen, M. Fischer, W.W. Weisser (2019): Eleven years’ data of grassland management data in Germany. Biodiversity Data Journal. 7: e36387. doi:10.3897/BDJ.7.e36387 Link

Hotes, S., J. Hagge, F. Härtl, P. Sacher, N.K. Simons (2019): Biodiversitätsstrategien in Wäldern: Das BioHolz-Projekt. AFZ-DerWald. 16:16-20. 

Schneider F.D., M. Jochum, G. Le Provost, A. Ostrowski, C. Penone, D. Fichtmüller, A. Güntsch, M.M. Gossner, B. König-Ries, P. Manning & N.K. Simons (2019): Towards an ecological trait‐data standard. Methods in Ecololgy & Evolution. 00:1-14. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13288 Link

Neff, F., N. Blüthgen, M.N. Chisté, N.K. Simons, J. Steckel, W.W. Weisser, C. Westphal. L. Pellissier, M.M. Gossner (2019): Cross-scale effects of land use on the functional composition of herbivorous insect communities. Landscape Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10980-019-00872-1 Link

Wehner, K., C. Renker, A. Brückner, N.K. Simons, W.W. Weisser, N. Blüthgen (2019): Land‐use in Europe affects land snail assemblages directly and indirectly by modulating abiotic and biotic drivers. Ecosphere. doi:10.1002/ecs2.2726 Link

Heinze J., N.K. Simons, S. Seibold, A. Wacker, G. Weithoff, M.M. Gossner, D. Prati, T.M. Bezemer & J. Joshi (2019): The relative importance of plant-soil feedbacks for plant-species performance increases with decreasing intensity of herbivory. Oecologia. 190(3):651–664. doi:10.1007/s00442-019-04442-9 Link

Penone C., E. Allan, S. Soliveres, M.R. Felipe‐Lucia, M.M. Gossner, S. Seibold, N.K. Simons, P. Schall, F. van der Plas, P. Manning, R.D. Manzanedo, S. Boch, D. Prati, C. Ammer, J. Bauhus, F. Buscot, M. Ehbrecht, K. Goldmann, K. Jung, J. Müller, J.C. Müller, R. Pena, A. Polle, S.C. Renner, L. Ruess, I. Schönig, M. Schrumpf, E.F. Solly M. Tschapka, W.W. Weisser, T. Wubet, M. Fischer (2019): Specialisation and diversity of multiple trophic groups are promoted by different forest features. Ecology Letters. 22:170-180. doi:10.1111/ele.13782 Link


Schneider F.D., M. Jochum, G. Le Provost, A. Ostrowski, C. Penone, D. Fichtmüller, A. Güntsch, M.M. Gossner, B. König-Ries, P. Manning & N.K. Simons (2018): Towards an Ecological Trait-data Standard. bioRxiv 328302. doi:10.1101/328302 Link


Ebeling A., J. Hines, L.R. Hertzog, M. Lange, S.T. Meyer, N.K. Simons & W.W. Weisser. (2017): Plant diversity effects on arthropods and arthropod-dependent ecosystem functions in a biodiversity experiment. Basic and Applied Ecology. 26:50-63. doi:10.1016/j.baae.2017.09.014 Link


Simons N.K. & W.W. Weisser(2017): Agricultural intensification without biodiversity loss is possible in grassland landscapes. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:1136-1145. doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0227-2 Link

Simons N.K., T. Lewinsohn, N. Blüthgen, F. Buscot, S. Boch, R. Daniel, M.M. Gossner, K. Jung, K. Kaiser, J. Müller, D. Prati, S.C. Renner, S.A. Socher, I. Sonnemann, C.N. Weiner, M. Werner, T. Wubet, S. Wurst & W.W. Weisser (2017): Contrasting effects of grassland management modes on species-abundance distributions of multiple groups. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 237:143-153. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.12.022 Link


Chisté M.N., K. Mody, M.M. Gossner, N.K. Simons, G. Köhler, W.W. Weisser & N. Blüthgen (2016): Losers, winners, and opportunists: How grassland land-use intensity affects orthopteran communities. Ecosphere 7:e01545. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1545 Link

Simons N.K., W.W. Weisser & M.M. Gossner(2016): Multi-taxa approach shows consistent shifts in arthropod functional traits along grassland land-use intensity gradient. Ecology 97(3):754-764. doi:10.1890/15-0616.1 Link

Blüthgen N., N.K. Simons, K. Jung, D. Prati, S.C. Renner, S. Boch, M. Fischer, N. Hölzel, V.H. Klaus, T. Kleinebecker, M. Tschapka, W.W. Weisser & M.M. Gossner. (2016): Land use imperils plant and animal community stability through changes in asynchrony ratherthan diversity. Nature Communications 7:10697. doi:10.1038/ncomms10697 Link


Gámez-Virués S., D.J. Perovic, M.M. Gossner, C. Borschig, N. Blüthgen, H. de Jong, N.K. Simons, A.-M. Klein, J. Krauss, G. Maier, C. Scherber, J. Steckel, C. Rothenwöhrer, I. Steffan-Dewenter, C.N. Weiner, W.W. Weisser, M. Werner, T. Tscharntke & C. Westphal (2015): Landscape simplification filters species traits and drives biotic homogenization. Nature Communications 6:8568. doi:10.1038/ncomms9568 Link

Gossner M.M., N.K. Simons, R. Achtziger, T. Blick, W.H.O. Dorow, F. Dziock, F. Köhler, W. Rabitsch & W.W. Weisser (2015): A summary of eight traits of Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Orthoptera and Araneae, occurring in grasslands in Germany. Scientific Data 2:150013. doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.13 Link

Gossner M.M., N.K. Simons, L. Höck L & W.W. Weisser(2015): Morphometric measures of Heteroptera sampled in grasslands across three regions of Germany: Ecological Archives E096-102. Ecology 96(4):1154. doi:10.1890/14-2159.1 Link

Simons N.K., M.M. Gossner, T.M. Lewinsohn, M. Lange, M. Türke & W.W. Weisser(2015): Effects of land-use intensity on arthropod species abundance distributions in grasslands. Journal of Animal Ecology 84:143–154. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12278 Link


Simons N.K., M.M. Gossner, T.M. Lewinsohn, S. Boch, M. Lange, J. Müller, E. Pašalic, S.A. Socher, M. Türke, M. Fischer & W. W. Weisser(2014): Resource-mediated indirect effects of grassland management on arthropod diversity. PLoS ONE 9(9):e107033. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107033 Link

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