Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch


Campus Golm
University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Am Mühlenberg 3, building 60, room 3.18
14476 Potsdam

Education and Professional Activities

  • 1989 MSc. (German Diplom) Physics (Theoretical Ecology), Philipps-University Marburg
  • 1992 PhD in Physics/Theoretical Ecology, Philipps-University Marburg
  • 1992-2000 Scientist at the Department of Ecological Modelling, Centre for Environmental Research UFZ-Leipzig/Halle (Germany)
  • 1999 German ‚Habilitation’ in Theoretical Ecology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 2000-2005 C3-Professor for Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology, University Potsdam
  • 2002-2004 Head of Botanical Garden, University Potsdam
  • 2006- .. W3-Professor for Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology, University Potsdam
  • 2008-2010 Head of Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam
  • 2009-2019 Dean of the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS)
  • 2013- ..Co-Director ‚Berlin Brandenburg Institute for Advanced Biodiversity Research - BBIB’
  • 2015- .. Speaker DFG Research Training Group BioMove ‘Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in Dynamic Agricultural Landscapes’

Current Employment

Head of Department of Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology

Selected Services

  • 2008-2014 Vice-President of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ)
  • 2012-2016 Member of the DFG review board 207 (responsible member for ecology of agricultural landscapes)
  • Editorial Board: editor-in charge (until 2021) Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics; Movement Ecology

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity research: linking individuals, populations, communities and landscapes
  • Movement ecology
  • Dryland ecology 
  • Ecological theory and modelling
  • Impact of land use and environmental change on biodiversity dynamics

Methods and Expertise

  • Concepts, theoretical ecology and ecological modelling (focus: spatially-explicit simulation models)
  • Linking empirical/experimental and modelling approaches in ecology

Further Links

Selected recent publications:

Link to google scholar

  • Milles A, Dammhahn M, Jeltsch F, Schlägel U, Grimm V (in press) Fluctuations in density-dependent selection drive the evolution of a pace-of-life-syndrome within and between populations. American Naturalist
  • Lozada-Gobilard SD, Jeltsch F, Zhu J (in press) High matrix vegetation decreases mean seed dispersal distance but increases long wind dispersal probability connecting local plant populations in agricultural landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.
  • Romero-Mujalli D, Rochow M, Kahl S, Paraskevopoulou S, Folkertsma R, Jeltsch F, Tiedemann R (2021) Adaptive and non-adaptive plasticity in changing environments: implications for sexual species with different life history strategies. Ecology and Evolution. 11:6341–6357. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7485
  • Crawford M, Schlägel UE, May F, Wurst S, Grimm V, Jeltsch F (2021) While shoot herbivores reduce, root herbivores increase nutrient enrichment’s impact on diversity in a grassland model. Ecology 102(5):e03333. 10.1002/ecy.3333
  • Bergholz K, Kober K, Jeltsch F, Schmidt K, Weiss L (2021) Trait means or variance – what determines plant species‘ local and regional occurrence in fragmented dry grasslands? Ecology and Evolution. 00:1–9.  DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7287
  • Rotics S, Turjeman S, Kaatz M, Zurell D, Wikelski M, Sapir N, Fiedler W, Eggers U, Resheff YS, Jeltsch F, Nathan R (2021) Early-life behavior predicts first-year survival in a long-distance avian migrant. Proc. R. Soc. B 288: 20202670.
  • Noonan, M. J., Fleming, C. H., Tucker, M. A., Kays, R., Harrison, A. L., Crofoot, M. C., .Jeltsch F, .. & Antunes, P. C. (2020). Effects of body size on estimation of mammalian area requirements. Conservation Biology 34 (4): 1017-1028
  • Reeg J, Heine S, Mihan C, McGee S, Preuss TG, Jeltsch F (2020) Herbicide risk assessments of non-target terrestrial plant communities: A graphical user interface for the plant community model IBC-grass. PLOS ONE 15(3): e0230012.
  • Schlägel UE, Grimm V, Blaum N, Colangeli P, Dammhah M, Eccard JA, ... & Jeltsch F (2020). Movement‐mediated community assembly and coexistence. Biological Reviews 95 (4): 1073-1096
  • Weise H, Auge H, Baessler C, Bärlund I, Bennett E.M., Berger U, Bohn F, Bonn A, Borchardt D, Brand F, Chatzinotas A, Corstanje R, De Laender F, Dietrich P, Dunker S, Durka W, Fazey I, Groeneveld J, Guilbaud CSE,  Harms H, Harpole S, Harris J, Jax K, Jeltsch F, Johst K, Joshi J, Klotz S, Kühn I, Kuhlicke C, Müller B, Radchuk V, Reuter H, Rinke K, Schmitt-Jansen M, Seppelt R, Singer A, Standish RJ., Thulke HH, Tietjen B, Weitere M, Wirth C, Wolf C, Grimm V (2020) Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem functioning and services across three different time horizons and decision contexts. OIKOS 129 (4): 445-456.
  • 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(1): 36.
  • Crawford M, Jeltsch F, May F, Grimm V, Schlägel UE (2019) Intraspecific trait variation increases species diversity in a trait-based grassland model. OIKOS 128: 441–455, 2019 doi: 10.1111/oi k .05567.
  • Geissler K, Fiedler S, Ni J, Herzschuh U, Jeltsch F (2019) Combined effects of grazing and climate warming drive shrub dominance on the Tibetan Plateau. The Rangeland Journal 41: 425-439
  • Jeltsch F, Grimm V, Reeg J, Schlaegel UE (2019). Give chance a chance: from coexistence to coviability in biodiversity theory. Ecosphere 10(5):e02700. 10.1002/ecs2.2700
  • Noonan MJ, Tucker MA, …., Jeltsch F, …Calabrese J (2019). A comprehensive analysis of autocorrelation and bias in home range estimation. Ecological Monographs. e01344. doi: 10.1002/ecm.1344
  • Romero-Mujalli D, Jeltsch F, Tiedemann R (2019) Individual-based modeling of eco-evolutionary dynamics: state of the art and future directions. Reg Environ Change (2019) 19: 1.
  • Romero-Mujalli D, Jeltsch F, Tiedemann R (2019) Elevated mutation rates are unlikely to evolve in sexual species, not even under rapid environmental change. BMC Evolutionary Biology 19:175.
  • Schlägel U, Signer J, Herde A, Eden S, Jeltsch F, Eccard J, Dammhahn M (2019) Estimating interactions between individuals from concurrent animal movements. Methods Ecol Evol. doi: 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(12): 2851-2868. 10.1007/s10980-019-00922-8