Dr. Ulrike Schlägel


Campus Golm
University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Am Mühlenberg 3, building 60, room 3.16
14476 Potsdam, Germany

Current employment

Since Oct 2015: Postdoc within the BioMove research training group 

Education and Experience

  •  2015: DAAD Scholarship (Rückkehrstipendium) at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2009 - 2015:  PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Alberta, Canada (with Prof. Dr. Mark Lewis)
  • 2009: Research assistant, Research Centre for Mathematical Modelling, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2003 - 2008: Diplom (equiv. MSc) in Mathematics, University of Bielefeld, Germany (thesis with Prof. Dr. M. Baake); 2005-2006 ERASMUS exchange at University of Edinburgh, UK

Research interests

  • Animal movement and space use (incl. habitat and resource selection, spatial memory and navigation, spatiotemporal responses to conspecifics and heterospecifics)
  • Species interactions, especially predator-prey and competitive interactions
  • Species coexistence mechanisms
  • Link between fine-scale behaviours (movement, space use) and population- and community-level patterns in biodiversity (e.g. movement-mediated coexistence and mobile-link functions)
  • Statistical method development (movement data analysis)
  • Theory, concepts, modelling


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. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13235

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

Colangeli P, Schlägel UE, Obertegger U, Petermann JS, Tiedemann R & Weithoff G (2019). Negative phototactic response to UVR in three cosmopolitan rotifers: a video analysis approach. Hydrobiologia 844:43-54. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3801-y

Crawford M, Jeltsch F, May F, Grimm V & Schlägel UE (2018). Intraspecific trait variation increases species diversity in a trait‐based grassland model. Oikos 128:441–455. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.05567

Schlägel UE, Merrill E & Lewis MA (2017). Territory surveillance and prey management: Wolves keep track of space and time. Ecology and Evolution 7:8388–8405. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3176

Groner ML, Rogers LA, Bateman AW, Connors BM, Frazer LN, Godwin SC, Krkošek M, Lewis MA, Peacock SJ, Rees EE, Revie CW & Schlägel UE (2016). Lessons from sea louse and salmon epidemiology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371:20150203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0203

Schlägel UE & Lewis MA (2016b). Robustness of movement models: can models bridge the gap between temporal scales of data sets and behavioural processes? Journal of Mathematical Biology 73:1691–1726

Schlägel UE & Lewis MA (2016a). A framework for analyzing the robustness of movement models to variable step discretization. Journal of Mathematical Biology 73:815–845

Schlägel UE & Lewis MA (2014). Detecting effects of spatial memory and dynamic information on animal movement decisions. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5:1236-1246. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12284

Potapov A, Schlägel UE & Lewis MA (2014). Evolutionarily stable diffusive dispersal. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B 19:3319-3340. http://dx.doi.org/10.3934/dcdsb.2014.19.3319

Fagan WF, Lewis MA, Auger-Méthé M, Avgar T, Benhamou S, Breed G, Ladage L, Schlägel UE, Tang WW, Papastamatiou YP, Forester J & Mueller T (2013). Spatial memory and animal movement. Ecology Letters 16:1316-1329. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12165

DeMars CA, Auger-Méthé M, Schlägel UE & Boutin S (2013). Inferring parturition and neonate survival from movement patterns of female ungulates: A case study using woodland caribou. Ecology and Evolution 3:4149-4160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.785

Baake M, Schlägel U (2011). The Peano-Baker series. Proceedings of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics 275:155-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0081543811080098

Recent preprints

Schlägel UE, Grimm V, Blaum N, Colangeli P, Dammhahn M, Eccard J, Hausmann SL, Herde A, Hofer H, Joshi J, Kramer-Schadt S, Litwin M, Lozada-Gobilard SD, Müller MEH, Müller T, Nathan R, Petermann JS, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Radchuk V, Rillig MC, Roeleke M, Schäfer M, Scherer C, Schiro G, Scholz C, Teckentrup L, Tiedemann R, Ullmann W, Voigt C, Weithoff G & Jelsch F. Movement-mediated community assembly and coexistence. EcoEvoRxiv. September 2019. https://doi.org/10.32942/osf.io/d8a4m

Crawford M, Schlägel UE, May F, Wurst S, Grimm V & Jeltsch F. While shoot herbivory mitigates, root herbivory exacerbates eutrophication's impact on diversity in a grassland model. bioRxiv 799528. October 2019. https://doi.org/10.1101/799528