Dr. Conrad Schittko

Dr. Conrad Schittko
Photo: Dorit Siebert

Contact:

University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research /Systematic Botany
Maulbeerallee 1, R. 2.06
14469 Potsdam

Phone: 0049 (0)331 977-1905

Fax:  0049 (0)331 977-4865

E-Mail: conrad.schittko@uni-potsdam.de

Dr. Conrad Schittko
Photo: Dorit Siebert

Current project

Postdoc in the work package ‘Novel ecosystems’ >  https://www.bbib.org/novel-ecosystems.html within the BMBF funded project Bridging in Biodiversity Science (BIBS).

 

Research interests

  • Invasive species
  • Urban ecology
  • Ecological novelty
  • Global change
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationships
  • Soil ecology

 

Education and Experience

  • 2016 - : Postdoc, University of Potsdam (Novel ecosystems, BIBS project)
  • 2014 - 2015: Postdoctoral fellow, Freie Universität Berlin (Plant-soil feedbacks as drivers of diversity between and within species)
  • 2010 - 2014: PhD, Freie Universität Berlin (Thesis: “On species invasions in urban grasslands: Interactions with soil biota, functional diversity, and global change”)
  • 2010: Scientific co-worker, Freie Universität Berlin (Land use effects on insect root herbivores and their interaction with arbuscular mycorrhizae, Project within the Biodiversity Exploratories)
  • 2009 - 2010: Scientific co-worker, Freie Universität Berlin (Priming of organismic responses to external and internal signals, DCPS project)
  • 2009: Scientific co-worker, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (Impact of ship-induced waves on benthic macroinvertebrates, DBU project)
  • 2009: Scientific co-worker, Freie Universität Berlin (Influence of N-fertilization on the productivity of poplar and willow, FNR-BMELV project)
  • 2002 - 2009: Diploma in Biology, Freie Universität Berlin (Thesis: “On the biology of the phytopathogenic fungus Splanchnonema platani, the primary cause of the Massaria disease of plane trees”)

 

 

Publications

  • Schittko, C., Bernard-Verdier, M., Heger, T., Buchholz, S., Kowarik, I., von der Lippe, M., Seitz, B., Joshi, J., & Jeschke, J. M. (2020). A multidimensional framework for measuring biotic novelty: How novel is a community? Global Change Biology, 26(8), 4401–4417. doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15140
  • Enders, M., Havemann, F., Ruland, F., Bernard-Verdier, M., Catford, J. A., Gómez-Aparicio, L., Haider, S., Heger, T., Kueffer, C., Kühn, I., Meyerson, L. A., Musseau, C., Novoa, A., Ricciardi, A., Sagouis, A., Schittko, C., Strayer, D. L., Vilà, M., Essl, F., Hulme, P. E., van Kleunen, M., Kumschick, S., Lockwood, J. L., Mabey, A., McGeoch, M. A., Palma, E., Pyšek, P., Saul, W.-C., Yannelli, F. & Jeschke, J. M. (2020). A conceptual map of invasion biology: Integrating hypotheses into a consensus network. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29(6), 978–991. doi.org/10.1111/geb.13082
  • Heger, T., Bernard-Verdier, M., Gessler, A., Greenwood, A. D., Grossart, H.-P., Hilker, M., Keinath, S., Kowarik, I., Marquard, E., Müller, J., Niemeier, S., Onandia, G., Petermann, J. S., Rillig, M. C., Rödel, M.-O., Saul, W.-C., Schittko, C., Tockner, K., Joshi, J., & Jeschke, J. M. (2020). Clear Language for Ecosystem Management in the Anthropocene: A Reply to Bridgewater and Hemming. BioScience, 70(5), 374–376. doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa024
  • Onandia, G., Schittko, C., Ryo, M., Bernard-Verdier, M., Heger, T., Joshi, J., Kowarik, I., & Gessler, A. (2019). Ecosystem functioning in urban grasslands: The role of biodiversity, plant invasions and urbanization. PLoS ONE, 14(11), e0225438. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225438
  • Heger, T., Bernard-Verdier, M., Gessler, A., Greenwood, A. D., Grossart, H. P., Hilker, M., Keinath, S., Kowarik, I., Kueffer, C., Marquard, E., Müller, J., Niemeier, S., Onandia, G., Petermann, J. S., Rillig, M. C., Rödel, M. O., Saul, W. C., Schittko, C., Tockner, K., Joshi, J. & Jeschke, J. M. (2019). Towards an Integrative, Eco-Evolutionary Understanding of Ecological Novelty: Studying and Communicating Interlinked Effects of Global Change. BioScience, 69(11), 888–899. doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz095
  • Forero, L. E., Grenzer, J., Heinze, J., Schittko, C., & Kulmatiski, A. (2019). Greenhouse- and Field-Measured Plant-Soil Feedbacks Are Not Correlated. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 7, 184. doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2019.00184
  • Bukowski, A. R., Schittko, C., & Petermann, J. S. (2018). The strength of negative plant–soil feedback increases from the intraspecific to the interspecific and the functional group level. Ecology and Evolution, 8(4), 2280–2289. doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3755
  • Schittko, C., Runge, C., Strupp, M., Wolff, S., & Wurst, S. (2016). No evidence that plant–soil feedback effects of native and invasive plant species under glasshouse conditions are reflected in the field. Journal of Ecology, 104(5), 1243–1249. doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12603
  • Guo, X., Petermann, J. S., Schittko, C., & Wurst, S. (2016). Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne hapla) can modify the positive plant intraspecific diversity-productivity effect on red clover in clover-grass communities. Applied Soil Ecology, 102, 26–35. doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2016.02.007
  • Guo, X., Petermann, J. S., Schittko, C., & Wurst, S. (2015). Independent role of belowground organisms and plant cultivar diversity in legume-grass communities. Applied Soil Ecology, 95, 1–8. doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2015.05.010
  • Schittko, C., & Wurst, S. (2014). Above- and belowground effects of plant-soil feedback from exotic Solidago canadensis on native Tanacetum vulgare. Biological Invasions, 16(7), 1465–1479. doi.org/10.1007/s10530-013-0584-y
  • Schittko, C., Hawa, M., & Wurst, S. (2014). Using a multi-trait approach to manipulate plant functional diversity in a biodiversity-ecosystem function experiment. PLoS ONE, 9(6), e99065. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0099065

Doctoral thesis

 

 

 

Supervised theses

  • Linda Piolka, M.Sc., University of Potsdam (2020): Auswirkung des Neophyten Senecio inaequidens auf die symbiotische Beziehung von einheimischen Blattläusen (Aphis jacobaeae) mit einheimischen Ameisen (Lasius niger)
  • Max Forner, B.Sc., University of Potsdam (2019): Besuchsrate von Ameisen an extrafloralen Nektarien der Stadtbäume Prunus padus und P. serotina entlang eines Urbanitätsgradienten in Berlin
  • Jakob Sebastian Rahner, B.Sc., University of Potsdam (2018): Accumulation of heavy metals by Lolium multiflorum and Arrhenatherum elatius as a function of mycorrhiza concentration and air temperature
  • Henrik Hapke, B.Sc., University of Potsdam (2018): Schwermetallakkumulation bei Solidago canadensis und Tanacetum vulgare in Abhängigkeit von Temperatur und Mykorrhiza
  • Carmen Peters, B.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin (2015): Manipulation of functional diversity on two trophic levels
  • Timm Ruschin, B.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin (2014): Manipulation von funktioneller Diversität auf zwei trophischen Ebenen
  • Christian Runge, B.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin (2013): Der Einfluss von plant-soil feedback auf Pflanzenwachstum und oberirdische Herbivorie mit Betrachtung der Rolle von Nematoden
  • Marek Strupp, B.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin (2013): Der Einfluss von plant-soil feedback auf Pflanzenwachstum und oberirdische Herbivorie mit Betrachtung der Rolle von arbuskulären Mykorrhizapilzen (AMF)
  • Sascha Wolff, B.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin (2013): Der Einfluss von plant-soil feedback auf Bestäuber und Herbivoren innerhalb ruderaler Pflanzengesellschaften anthropogen gestörter Standorte
  • Mahmoud Hawa, B.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin (2012): Biomasseproduktion von Pflanzengemeinschaften in Abhängigkeit ihrer funktionellen Diversität
  • Matthias Riehn, B.Sc., Freie Universität Berlin (2012): Veränderungen in der Biodiversität einer ruderalen Pflanzengesellschaft unter dem Einfluss von indigenen und eingewanderten Herbivoren

 

 

 

Teaching experience

  • ‘Basic outline of ecological work’ for B.Sc. students at University of Potsdam, summer term 2017
  • ‘Introduction to R for statistics’ for M.Sc. students at Freie Universität Berlin, summer term 2015
  • ‘Basic Ecology course’ for B.Sc. students at Freie Universität Berlin, summer term 2011, 2012, and 2013 and winter term 2012/13

 

 

 

Links

Google Scholar > https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=E1_QljYAAAAJ&hl=de

ResearchGate > https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Conrad_Schittko2

Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB) > https://www.bbib.org/home.html

BMBF project Bridging in Biodiversity Science (BIBS) >  https://www.bbib.org/bibs-project.html