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Dr. Christian Guill

Dr. Christian Guill


Campus Botanischer Garten
University of Potsdam
Ecology and Ecosystem Modelling
Maulbeerallee 2, building 2, room 2.02
14469 Potsdam

Research Interests

  • Dynamics of ontogenetically structured populations
  • Stability and diversity of meta-community food webs
  • Causes and consequences of self-organised pattern formation in metacommunities
  • Intraspecific trait diversity in complex food webs
  • Fundamentals of bioenergetics in food webs
Dr. Christian Guill


Campus Botanischer Garten
University of Potsdam
Ecology and Ecosystem Modelling
Maulbeerallee 2, building 2, room 2.02
14469 Potsdam

Scientific Career

since 2015              Research Assistant, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

2013 - 2015            Postdoc, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Universiteit van Amsterdam, NL

2010 - 2013            Research Assistant, J.-F.-Blumenbach-Institute for Zoology and Anthropology, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

2010                          PhD in Theoretical Physics, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

2007 - 2010            Research Assistant, Institute for Solid State Physics, Darmstadt University of Technology

2007                          Diploma in Physics, Darmstadt University of Technology


    Guill, C., Hülsemann, J. & Klauschies, T. (2021) Self-organized pattern formation increases functional diversity. Ecol. Lett., doi: 10.1111/ele.13880.

    Stark, M., Bach, M. & Guill, C. (2021) Patch isolation and periodic environmental disturbances have idiosyncratic effects on local and regional population variability in meta-food chains. Theor. Ecol., doi: 10.1007/s12080-021-00510-0.

    Ceulemans, R., Guill, C. & Gaedke, U. (2021) Top predators govern multitrophic diversity effects in tritrophic food webs. Ecology 102, e03379.

    Gross, T., Allhoff, K.T., Blasius, B., Brose, U., Drossel, B., Fahimipour, A.K., Guill, C., Yeakel, J.D. & Zeng, F. (2020) Modern models of trophic meta-communities. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 375, 20190455.

    Ceulemans, R., Gaedke, U., Klauschies, T. & Guill, C. (2019) The effects of functional diversity on biomass production, variability, and resilience of ecosystem functions in a tritrophic system. Sci. Rep. 9, 7541.

    Miele, V., Guill, C., Ramos-Jiliberto, R. & Kéfi, S. (2019) Non-trophic interactions strengthen the diversity-functioning relationship in an ecological bioenergetic network model. PLoS Comput. Biol.15(8): e1007269.

    Ryser, R., Häussler, J., Stark, M., Brose, U., Rall, B.C. & Guill, C. (2019). The biggest losers: habitat isolation deconstructs complex food webs from top to bottom. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 286, 20191177.

    Kath, N., Boit, A., Guill, C. & Gaedke, U. (2018) Accounting for activity respiration results in realistic trophic transfer efficiencies in allometric trophic network (ATN) models. Theor. Ecol. 11, 453–463.

    Gaedke, U., Beisner, B.E., Binzer, A., Downing, A., Guill, C., Klauschies, T., Kuiper, J.J., Soudijn, F.H & Mooij, W.M. (2017) Importance of trait-related flexibility for food web dynamics and the maintenance of biodiversity. In: Adaptive Food Webs: Stability and Transitions of Real and Model Ecosystems. Cambridge University Press. Editors: John C. Moore, Peter C. de Ruiter, Kevin S. McCann, Volkmar Wolters.

    Nilsson, K.A., Caskenette, A.L., Guill, C., Hartvig, M. & Soudijn, F.H. (2017) Including the life cycle in food webs. In: Adaptive Food Webs: Stability and Transitions of Real and Model Ecosystems. Cambridge University Press. Editors: John C. Moore, Peter C. de Ruiter, Kevin S. McCann, Volkmar Wolters.

    Schneider, F.D., Brose, U., Rall, B.C. & Guill, C. (2016) Animal diversity and ecosystem functioning in dynamic food webs. Nature Communications 7, 12718.

    Binzer, A., Guill, C., Rall, B.C. & Brose, U. (2015) Interactive effects of warming, eutrophication and size-structure: impacts on biodiversity and food-web structure. Global Change Biol. 22, 220-227.

    Guill, C. & Paulau, P. (2015) Prohibition rules for 3-node substructures in ordered food webs with cannibalistic species. Israel J. Ecol. Evol. 61, 69-76.

    Allhoff, K.T., Ritterskamp, D., Rall, B.C., Drossel, B. & Guill, C. (2015) Evolutionary food web model based on body masses gives realistic networks with permanent species turnover. Sci. Rep. 5, 10955.

    Pfaff, T., Brechtel, A., Drossel, B. & Guill, C. (2014) Single generation cycles and delayed feedback cycles are not separate phenomena. Theor. Pop. Biol. 98, 38–47.

    Schmitt, C.K., Guill, C., Carmack, E. & Drossel, B. (2014) Effect of introducing a competitor on cyclic dominance of sockeye salmon. J. Theor. Biol. 360, 13–20.

    Guill, C., Carmack, E. & Drossel, B. (2014) Exploring cyclic dominance of sockeye salmon with a predator-prey model. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 71, 959–972.

    Schmitt, C.K., Schulz, S., Braun, J., Guill, C. & Drossel, B. (2014) The effect of predator limitation on the dynamics of simple food chains. Theor. Ecol. 7, 115–125.

    Kalinkat, G., Schneider, F.D., Digel, C., Guill, C., Rall, B.C. & Brose, U. (2013) Body masses, functional responses and predator-prey stability. Ecol. Lett. 16, 1126–1134.

    Schmitt, C.K., Guill, C. & Drossel, B. (2012) The robustness of cyclic dominance under random fluctuations. J. Theor. Biol. 308, 79–87.

    Binzer, A., Guill, C., Brose, U. & Rall, B.C. (2012) The dynamics of food chains under climate change and nutrient enrichment. Phil. Trans. Royal. Soc. Lond. 367, 2935–2944.

    Plitzko, S.J., Drossel, B. & Guill, C. (2012) Complexity-stability relations in generalized food-web models with realistic parameters. J. Theor. Biol. 306, 7–14.

    Heckmann, L., Drossel, B., Brose, U. & Guill, C. (2012) Interactive effects of body-size structure and adaptive foraging on food-web stability. Ecol. Lett. 15, 243–250.

    Guill, C., Reichhardt, B., Drossel, B. & Just, W. (2011) Coexistence of two periodic attractors: the degenerate Neimark Sacker bifurcation as a generic mechanism. Phys. Rev.E 83, 021910.

    Guill, C., Drossel, B., Just, W. & Carmack, E. (2011) A three-species model explaining cyclic dominance of pacific salmon. J.Theor. Biol. 276, 16–21.

    Kartascheff, B., Heckmann, L., Drossel, B. & Guill, C. (2010) Why allometric scaling enhances stability in food web models. Theor. Ecol. 3 195–208.

    Guill, C. (2010) A model of large-scale evolution of complex food webs. Math. Model. Nat. Phenom. 5, 139–158.

    Guill, C. (2011) Dynamik alters- und stadienstrukturierter Populationen. Doctoral thesis, online publication, Darmstadt. tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/2411/, Technische Universität Darmstadt.

    Kartascheff, B., Guill, C. & Drossel, B. (2009) Positive complexity-stability relations in food web models without foraging adaptation. J. Theor. Biol. 259, 12–23.

    Guill, C. (2009) Alternative dynamical states in stage-structured consumer populations. Theor. Pop. Biol. 76, 168–178.

    Guill, C. & Drossel, B. (2008) Emergence of complexity in evolving niche-model food webs. J. Theor. Biol. 251, 108–120.

    Rall, B., Guill, C. & Brose, U. (2008) Food-web connectance and predator interference dampen the paradox of enrichment. Oikos 117, 202–213.