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BioMove is a DFG Research Training Group that integrates Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology since 2018. BBIB partners from University of Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin, the Leibniz Institute for Zoo- and Wildlife Research, and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research combine their strenghts in field and lab experiments, simulation modelling, and theory. Acknowledging that movement is key to biodiversity, BioMove projects focus on all possible taxa. Yet, all research is centred around the AgroScapeLabs in northern Germany to foster theory advancement and development, and joint interdisciplinary projects among doctoral candidates. Since 2018, 15 candidates obtained their doctoral degree, and 16 more young researcher are expected to follow soon.

Common BioMove themes are
1, Bridging gaps by linking innovative individual research projects that overcome the apparent gap between movement ecology and biodiversity research, employing a joint conceptual framework

2, Strategically combining empirical, experimental and modelling approaches based in one common study area (AgroScapeLab-Quillow, north-eastern Brandenburg, Germany).

3, Linking impacts of land-use on resource availability, landscape structures and disturbance regimes to movement processes of organisms of different taxa.

4, Creating deeper understanding by pursuing bottom-up and top-down approaches to reveal possible consequences of movement changes on biodiversity.

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Overview of the scientific background of the project BioMove:

Schlägel UE, Grimm V, Blaum N, Colangeli P, Dammhahn M, Eccard J, Hausmann S, Herde A, Hofer H, Joshi J, Kramer-Schadt S, Litwin M, Lozada-Gobilard S, Müller M, Müller T, Nathan R, Petermann J, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Radchuk V, Rillig M, Röleke M, Schäfer M, Scherer C, Schiro G, Scholz C, Teckentrup L, Tiedemann R, Ullmann W, Voigt C, Weithoff G, Jeltsch F (2020). Movement-mediated community assembly and coexistence. Biological Reviews. 95: 1073-1096. doi: 10.1111/brv.12600




Stiegler J, Pahl J, Arce Guillen R, Ullmann W, Blaum N (2023) The Heat is On: Impacts of Rising Temperature on the Activity of a Common European Mammal. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 11. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2023.1193861

Szangolies L, Lohmann D, Hauptfleisch M, Jeltsch F (2023). Balanced Functional Herbivore Composition Stabilizes Tree-Grass Coexistence and Productivity in a Simulated Savanna Rangeland Ecosystem. Rangeland Ecology & Management. In press. doi: 10.1016/j.rama.2023.05.001



Broekman MJE, Hilbers JP, ... Tucker MA (2022). Evaluating expert-based habitat suitability information of terrestrial mammals with GPS-tracking data. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 31:1526–1541. doi: 10.1111/geb.13523

Stiegler J, Kiemel K, Eccard J, Fischer C, Hering R, Ortmann S, Strigl L, Tiedemann R, Ullmann W, Blaum N (2022). Seed traits matter — endozoochoric dispersal through a pervasive mobile linker. Ecology and Evolution. 11(24):18477-18491. doi: 10.1002/ece3.8440

Heitmann N, Glemnitz M, Birkhofer K, Müller MEH (2022). Unselective Transport of Phytopathogenic Fusarium Fungi from Litter and Soil by Ground-Dwelling Arthropods Links Semi-Natural and Agricultural Habitats. Microorganisms. 10(2):335. doi:10.3390/microorganisms100203353

Kiemel K, Weithoff G, Tiedemann R (2022). DNA metabarcoding reveals impact of local recruitment, dispersal, and hydroperiod on assembly of a zooplankton metacommunity. Molecular Ecology. 00:1–20. doi:10.1111/mec.16627

Mendes Ferreira C, Dammhahn M, Eccard J (2022). Forager-mediated cascading effects on food resource species diversity. Ecology and Evolution. 12(11):e9523. doi: 10.1002/ece3.9523

Milles A, Dammhahn M, Jeltsch F, Schlägel U, Grimm V (2022). Fluctuations in density-dependent selection drive the evolution of a pace-of-life-syndrome within and between populations. The American Naturalist. 199(4):E124-E139. doi:10.1086/718473

Roeleke M, Schlägel UE, Gallagher C, Pufelski J, Blohm T, Nathan R, Toledo S, Jeltsch F, Voigt CC (2022). Insectivorous bats form mobile sensory networks to optimize prey localization: The case of the common noctule bat. PNAS. 119: 33. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2203663119

Rohwäder MS, Jeltsch F (2022). Foraging personalities modify effects of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity.Oikos. 2022(12):e09056. doi:10.1111/oik.09056

Scholz C, Voigt CC (2022). Diet analysis of bats killed at wind turbines suggests large-scale losses of trophic interactions. Conservation Science and Practice. 4(7):e12744. doi:10.1111/csp2.12744

Stiegler J, Lins A, Dammhahn M, Kramer Schadt S, Ortmann S, Blaum N (2022). Personality drives activity and space use in a mammalian herbivore. Movement Ecology. 10:33. doi: 10.1186/s40462-022-00333-6

Szangolies L, Rohwäder MS, Jeltsch F (2022). Single large AND several small habitat patches: A community perspective on their importance for biodiversity. Basic and Applied Ecology. 65:16-27. doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2022.09.004

Závorka L, Blanco A, Chaguaceda F, Cucherousset J, Killen SS, Lienart C, Mathieu-Resuge M, Němec P, Pilecky M, Scharnweber K, Twining CW, Kainz MJ (2022). The role of bioactive molecules as a common currency in eco-evo-devo dynamics. Tree. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2022.08.010



Eccard J, Mendes Ferreira C, Peredo Arce A, Dammhahn M (2021). Top-down effects of foraging decisions on local, landscape and regional biodiversity of resources (DivGUD). Ecology Letters. 00, 1-14. doi: 10.1111/ele.13901

Heitmann N, Glemnitz M, Lentzsch P, Platen R, Müller MEH (2021). Quantifying the role of ground beetles for the dispersal of Fusarium and Alternaria fungi in agricultural landscapes. Journal of Fungi. 7: 863. doi: 10.3390/jof7100863

Hoffmann A, Funk R, Müller MEH (2021). Blowin’ in the Wind: Wind Dispersal Ability of Phytopathogenic Fusarium in a Wind Tunnel Experiment. Atmosphere (Basel). 12:1653. doi: 10.3390/atmos12121653

Hoffmann A, Lischeid G, Koch M, Lentzsch P, Sommerfeld T, Müller MEH (2021). Co-Cultivation of Fusarium, Alternaria, and Pseudomonas on Wheat-Ears Affects Microbial Growth and Mycotoxin Production. Microorganisms. 9: 443. doi: 10.3390//microorganisms 9020443

Kürschner T, Scherer C, Radchuk V, Blaum N, Kramer‐Schadt S (2021). Movement can mediate temporal mismatches between resource availability and biological events in host–pathogen interactions. Ecology and Evolution ece3.7478. doi: 10.1002/ece3.7478

Lozada-Gobilard S, Landivar CM, Rupik KB, Pätzig M, Hausmann S, Tiedemann R, Joshi J (2021). Habitat quality and connectivity in kettle holes enhance bee diversity in agricultural landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 319:107525. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2021.107525

Lozada-Gobilard S, Schwarzer C, Rodner D, Tiedemann R, Joshi J (2021). Genetic Diversity and Connectivity in Plant Species Differing in Clonality and Dispersal Mechanisms in Wetland Island Habitats. Journal of Heredity. esaa059:1-14. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esaa059



Milles A, Dammhahn M, Grimm V (2020). Intraspecific trait variation in personality‐related movement behavior promotes coexistence. Oikos. 129(10):1441-1454. doi: 10.1111/oik.07431

Roeleke M, Blohm T, Hoffmeister U, Marggraf L, Schlägel UE, Teige T, Voigt CC (2020). Landscape structure influences the use of social information in an insectivorous bat. Oikos. 129(6): 912–923. doi: 10.1111/oik.07158

Scherer C, Radchuk V, Franz M, Thulke H-H, Lange M, Grimm V, Kramer-Schadt S (2020). Moving infections: individual movement decisions drive disease persistence in spatially structured landscapes. Oikos. 125(5): 651-667. doi: 10.1111/oik.07002

Schirmer A, Hoffmann J, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2020). My niche: individual spatial niche specialization affects within- and between-species interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 287: 20192211. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2211

Schlägel UE, Grimm V, Blaum N, Colangeli P, Dammhahn M, Eccard J, Hausmann S, Herde A, Hofer H, Joshi J, Kramer-Schadt S, Litwin M, Lozada-Gobilard S, Müller M. Müller T, Nathan R, Petermann J, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Radchuk V, Rillig M, Röleke M, Schäfer M, Scherer C, Schiro G, Scholz C, Teckentrup L, Tiedemann R, Ullmann W, Voigt C, Weithoff G, Jeltsch F (2020). Movement-mediated community assembly and coexistence. Biological Reviews 95: 1073-1096. doi: 10.1111/brv.12600

Ullmann W, Fischer C, Kramer-Schadt S, Glemnitz M, Blaum N (2020). How do agricultural practices affect the movement behaviour of European brown hares (Lepus europaeus)? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environments. 292: 106819. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2020.106819



Bielcik M, Aguilar-Trigueros CA, Lakovic M, Jeltsch F, Rillig MC (2019). The role of active movement in fungal ecology and community assembly. Movement Ecology. 7: 36. doi: 10.1186/s40462-019-0180-6

Hoffmann J, Schirmer A, Eccard JA (2019). Light pollution affects space use and interaction of two small mammal species irrespective of personality. BMC Ecology. 19:26. doi: 10.1186/s12898-019-0241-0.

Jeltsch F, Grimm V, Reeg J, Schlaegel UE (2019). Give chance a chance: from coexistence to coviability in biodiversity theory. Ecosphere. 10(5): e02700. doi:10.1002/ecs2.2700.

Kowalski GJ, Grimm V, Herde A, Guenther A, Eccard JA (2019). Does Animal Personality Affect Movement in Habitat Corridors? Experiments with Common Voles (Microtus arvalis) Using Different Corridor Widths. Animals. 9(6): 291. doi: 10.3390/ani9060291.

Lozada-Gobilard S, Stang S, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Kalettka T, Heinken T, Schröder B, Eccard J, Joshi J (2019). Environmental filtering and patch dynamics predict plant-community trait distribution and biodiversity: Kettle holes as models of meta-community systems. Ecology and Evolution. 9:1898–1910. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4883

Radchuk V, De Laender F, Sarmento Cabral J, Boulangeat I, Crawford M, Bohn F, De Raedt J, Scherer C, Svenning J-C, Thonicke K, Schurr F, Grimm V, Kramer-Schadt S (2019). The dimensionality of stability depends on disturbance type. Ecological Letters. 22:674-684 doi: 10.1111/ele.13226

Scherer C, Radchuk V, Staubach C, Mueller S, Blaum N, Thulke H-H, Kramer-Schadt S (2019). Seasonal host life-history processes fuel disease dynamics at different spatial scales. Journal of Animal Ecology (First published: 22 July 2019). doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13070.

Schirmer A, Herde A, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2019). Individuals in space: personality- dependent space use, movement and microhabitat use facilitate individual spatial niche specialization. Oecologia. 189:647–660. doi: 10.1007/s00442-019-04365-5

Schiro G, Müller T, Verch G, Sommerfeld T, Mauch T, Koch M, Grimm V, Müller MEH (2019). The distribution of mycotoxins in a heterogeneous wheat field in relation to microclimate, fungal and bacterial abundance. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 126: 177-190. doi: 10.1111/jam.14104

Schiro G, Colangeli P, Müller MEH (2019). A Metabarcoding analysis of the mycobiome of wheat ears across a topographically heterogeneous field. Frontiers in Microbiology. 10: 2095. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02095.

Schlägel UE, Signer J, Herde A, Eden S, Jeltsch F, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2019). Estimating interactions between individuals from concurrent animal movements. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 10:1234-1245. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13235.

Teckentrup L, Kramer-Schadt S, Jeltsch F (2019). The risk of ignoring fear: Underestimating the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on biodiversity. Landscape Ecology. 34: 2851–2868. doi:10.1007/s10980-019-00922-8

Voigt CC, Bumrungsric S, Roeleke M (2019). Rapid descent flight by a molossid bat (Chaerephon plicatus) returning to its cave. Mammalian Biology. 95:15-17. doi: 10.1016/j.mambio.2019.01.001