Dr. Thomas Banitz

Kontakt

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Department Ökologische Systemanalyse

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig
Deutschland

Tel.: +49 341 235-1708
Fax: +49 341 235-3500
thomas.banitz@ufz.de

Thomas Banitz

Forschung


I develop and apply computational models to investigate crucial mechanisms in ecological systems, emergent population and community dynamics, and ecosystem functions provided. Specific study subjects are causes and consequences of organisms’ dispersal, interactions, traits, diversity and spatiotemporal organization, effects of environmental heterogeneities, as well as structural and functional stability under stress, disturbances and change.

A substantial part of my research focuses on microbial ecology. Here, an ecosystem function of particular interest is the bacterial transformation of chemicals (e.g. soil pollutants). It has been shown that networks of soil fungi can facilitate bacterial dispersal ('fungal highways') and transport pollutants, nutrients and water ('fungal pipelines'). Therefore, I explore the possibilities and preconditions for improving or sustaining biotransformation performance with fungal networks. References to natural systems are derived from laboratory and field experiments in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Microbiology. Furthermore, microbial ecosystems can often be used to investigate and improve general ecological theory.

I also work on the concepts and methodology of developing and analysing different kinds of computational models (e.g. population-level models, individual-based models, metabolic models), combining these models with data, and using them for understanding and predicting ecosystem dynamics under various environmental regimes.

Ausgewählte Publikationen


  • Worrich, A., Wick, L.Y., Banitz, T., (2018):
    Ecology of contaminant biotransformation in the mycosphere: Role of transport processes
    In: Gadd, G.M., Sariaslani, S., (eds.)
    Advances in Applied Microbiology 104
    Elsevier, Oxford, p. 93 - 133
    Volltext (URL)
  • König, S., Worrich, A., Centler, F., Wick, L.Y., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., Thullner, M., Frank, K., Banitz, T., (2017):
    Modelling functional resilience of microbial ecosystems: Analysis of governing processes
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 89 , 31 - 39
    Volltext (URL)
  • Fetzer, I., Johst, K., Schäwe, R., Banitz, T., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A., (2015):
    The extent of functional redundancy changes as species’ roles shift in different environments
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112 (48), 14888 - 14893
    Volltext (URL)
  • Banitz, T., Johst, K., Wick, L.Y., Schamfuß, S., Harms, H., Frank, K., (2013):
    Highways versus pipelines: contributions of two fungal transport mechanisms to efficient bioremediation
    Environ. Microbiol. Rep. 5 (2), 211 - 218
    Volltext (URL)
  • Kreft, J.-U., Plugge, C.M., Grimm, V., Prats, C., Leveau, J.H.J., Banitz, T., Baines, S., Clark, J., Ros, A., Klapper, I., Topping, C.J., Field, A.J., Schuler, A., Litchman, E., Hellweger, F.L., (2013):
    Mighty small: observing and modeling individual microbes becomes big science
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 110 (45), 18027 - 18028
    Volltext (URL)

2018 (3)

  • König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Thullner, M., Frank, K., (2018):
    Spatiotemporal disturbance characteristics determine functional stability and collapse risk of simulated microbial ecosystems
    Sci. Rep. 8 , art. 9488
    Volltext (URL)
  • König, S., Worrich, A., Banitz, T., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Centler, F., (2018):
    Functional resistance to recurrent spatially heterogeneous disturbances is facilitated by increased activity of surviving bacteria in a virtual ecosystem
    Front. Microbiol. 9 , art. 734
    Volltext (URL)
  • Worrich, A., Wick, L.Y., Banitz, T., (2018):
    Ecology of contaminant biotransformation in the mycosphere: Role of transport processes
    In: Gadd, G.M., Sariaslani, S., (eds.)
    Advances in Applied Microbiology 104
    Elsevier, Oxford, p. 93 - 133
    Volltext (URL)

2017 (2)

  • König, S., Worrich, A., Centler, F., Wick, L.Y., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., Thullner, M., Frank, K., Banitz, T., (2017):
    Modelling functional resilience of microbial ecosystems: Analysis of governing processes
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 89 , 31 - 39
    Volltext (URL)
  • Worrich, A., Stryhanyuk, H., Musat, N., König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Richnow, H.-H., Miltner, A., Kästner, M., Wick, L.Y., (2017):
    Mycelium-mediated transfer of water and nutrients stimulates bacterial activity in dry and oligotrophic environments
    Nat. Commun. 8 , art. 15472
    Volltext (URL)

2016 (5)

  • Banitz, T., Frank, K., Wick, L.Y., Harms, H., Johst, K., (2016):
    Spatial metrics as indicators of biodegradation benefits from bacterial dispersal networks
    Ecol. Indic. 60 , 54 - 63
    Volltext (URL)
  • Otto, S., Banitz, T., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Wick, L.Y., (2016):
    Effects of facilitated bacterial dispersal on the degradation and emission of a desorbing contaminant
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 50 (12), 6320 - 6326
    Volltext (URL)
  • Singer, A., Johst, K., Banitz, T., Fowler, M.S., Groeneveld, J., Gutiérrez, A.G., Hartig, F., Krug, R.M., Liess, M., Matlack, G., Meyer, K.M., Pe'er, G., Radchuk, V., Voinopol-Sassu, A.-J., Travis, J.M.J., (2016):
    Community dynamics under environmental change: How can next generation mechanistic models improve projections of species distributions?
    Ecol. Model. 326 , 63 - 74
    Volltext (URL)
  • Worrich, A., König, S., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Miltner, A., Wick, L.Y., Kaestner, M., (2016):
    Bacterial dispersal promotes biodegradation in heterogeneous systems exposed to osmotic stress
    Front. Microbiol. 7 , art. 1214
    Volltext (URL)
  • Worrich, A., König, S., Miltner, A., Banitz, T., Centler, F., Frank, K., Thullner, M., Harms, H., Kästner, M., Wick, L.Y., (2016):
    Mycelium-like networks increase bacterial dispersal, growth, and biodegradation in a model ecosystem at various water potentials
    Appl. Environ. Microb. 82 (10), 2902 - 2908
    Volltext (URL)

2015 (2)

  • Banitz, T., Gras, A., Ginovart, M., (2015):
    Individual-based modeling of soil organic matter in NetLogo: Transparent, user-friendly, and open
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 71 , 39 - 45
    Volltext (URL)
  • Fetzer, I., Johst, K., Schäwe, R., Banitz, T., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A., (2015):
    The extent of functional redundancy changes as species’ roles shift in different environments
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112 (48), 14888 - 14893
    Volltext (URL)

2014 (1)

  • Banitz, T., Johst, K., Wick, L.Y., Schamfuß, S., Harms, H., Frank, K., (2014):
    Corrigendum: Highways versus pipelines: contributions of two fungal transport mechanisms to efficient bioremediation (vol 5, pg 211, 2013)
    Environ. Microbiol. Rep. 6 (4), 414 - 414
    Volltext (URL)

2013 (2)

  • Banitz, T., Johst, K., Wick, L.Y., Schamfuß, S., Harms, H., Frank, K., (2013):
    Highways versus pipelines: contributions of two fungal transport mechanisms to efficient bioremediation
    Environ. Microbiol. Rep. 5 (2), 211 - 218
    Volltext (URL)
  • Kreft, J.-U., Plugge, C.M., Grimm, V., Prats, C., Leveau, J.H.J., Banitz, T., Baines, S., Clark, J., Ros, A., Klapper, I., Topping, C.J., Field, A.J., Schuler, A., Litchman, E., Hellweger, F.L., (2013):
    Mighty small: observing and modeling individual microbes becomes big science
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 110 (45), 18027 - 18028
    Volltext (URL)

2012 (1)

  • Banitz, T., Johst, K., Wick, L.Y., Fetzer, I., Harms, H., Frank, K., (2012):
    The relevance of conditional dispersal for bacterial colony growth and biodegradation
    Microb. Ecol. 63 (2), 339 - 347
    Volltext (URL)

2011 (3)

  • Banitz, T., (2011):
    Modelling bacterial growth, dispersal and biodegradation: an experiment-based modelling study of the spatiotemporal dynamics of bacterial colonies, their responses to dispersal networks, and their performance in degrading organic contaminants
    Dissertation, Universität Osnabrück
    PhD Dissertation 4/2011
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 111 pp.
    Volltext (PDF)
  • Banitz, T., Fetzer, I., Johst, K., Wick, L.Y., Harms, H., Frank, K., (2011):
    Assessing biodegradation benefits from dispersal networks
    Ecol. Model. 222 (14), 2552 - 2560
    Volltext (URL)
  • Banitz, T., Wick, L.Y., Fetzer, I., Frank, K., Harms, H., Johst, K., (2011):
    Dispersal networks for enhancing bacterial degradation in heterogeneous environments
    Environ. Pollut. 159 (10), 2781 - 2788
    Volltext (URL)

2008 (1)

  • Banitz, T., Huth, A., Grimm, V., Johst, K., (2008):
    Clumped versus scattered: how does the spatial correlation of disturbance events affect biodiversity?
    Theor. Ecol. 1 (4), 231 - 240
    Volltext (URL)
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