Martin Musche


Martin Musche

Department of Community Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4
06120 Halle, Germany

Tel: 0345 558 5310
Fax: 0345 558 5329

Martin Musche



Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

2002 - 2005

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, PhD Student

2001 - 2002

The Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Germany


University of Halle, Germany, Studies of Biology


University of Leeds, UK, guest researcher

Research interests

-Multitrophic interactions (focus: myrmecophileous insects)

-Population genetics of butterflies and their host plants

-Impacts of land use and climate change on biodiversity

-Biodiversity monitoring with special emphasize on butterflies

Current projects

Past projects


Journal articles

Haase P, Frenzel M, Klotz S, Musche M, Stoll S (2016). The long-term ecological research (LTER) network: Relevance, current status, future perspective and examples from marine, freshwater and terrestrial long-term observation. Ecological Indicators 65, 1-3.

Schmucki R, Pe’er G, Roy DB, Stefanescus C, Van Swaay CAM, Oliver TH, Kuussaari M, Van Strien AJ, Ries L, Settele J, Musche M, Carnicer J, Schweiger O, Brereton TM, Harpke A, Heliölä J, Kühn E, Julliard R (2016). A regionally informed abundance index for supporting integrative analyses across butterfly monitoring schemes. Journal of Applied Ecology 53 (2), 501-510.

Stefanescu C, Páramo F, Åkesson S, Alarcón M, Ávila A, Brereton T, Carnicer J, Cassar LF, Fox R, Heliölä J, Hill JK, Hirneisen N, Kjellén N, Kühn E, Kuussaari M, Leskinen M, Liechti F, Musche M, Regan EC, Reynolds DR, Roy DB, Ryrholm N, Schmaljohann H, Settele J, Thomas CD, Van Swaay C, Chapman JW (2013). Multi-generational long-distance migration of insects: studying the painted lady butterfly in the Western Palaearctic. Ecography 36(4), 474-486.

Settele J, Barbero F, Musche M, Thomas JA, Schönrogge K (2011). Singing the blues: from experimental biology to conservation application. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214(9), 1407-1410.

Musche M, Settele J, Durka W (2010) Performance and response to defoliation of Sanguisorba officinalis (Rosaceae) seedlings from mown and successional habitats. Botany 88, 691-697.

Anton C, Young J, Harrison PA, Musche M, Bela G, Feld CK, Harrington R, Haslett JR, Pataki G, Rounsevell MDA, Skourtos M, Sousa JP, Sykes MT, Tinch R, Vandewalle M, Watt A, Settele J (2010) Research needs for incorporating the ecosystem service approach into EU biodiversity conservation policy. Biodiversity and Conservation 19, 2979-2994.

Kühn I, Sykes MT, Berry BM, Thuiller W, Piper JM, Nigmann U, Araújo MB, Baletto E, Bonelli S, Cabeza M, Guisan A, Hickler T, Klotz S, Metzger M, Midgley G, Musche M, Olofsson J, Paterson JS, Penev L, Rickebusch S, Rounsevell MDAR, Schweiger O, Wilson E, Settele J (2008) MACIS: Minimisation of and adaptation to climate change impacts on biodiversity. GAIA 17: 393-395.

Anton C, Musche M, Hula V, Settele J. (2008) Myrmica host ants limit the density of the predatory large blue Maculinea nausithous. Journal of Insect Conservation 12: 511-517.

Kühn E, Feldmann R, Harpke A, Hirneisen N, Musche M, Leopold P, Settele J (2008) Getting the public involved into butterfly conservation - Lessons learned from a new monitoring scheme in Germany. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 54: 89-103.

Musche M, Settele J, Durka, W (2008) Genetic population structure and reproductive fitness in the plant Sanguisorba officinalis in populations supporting colonies of an endangered Maculinea butterfly. International Journal of Plant Sciences 169: 253-262.

Anton C, Zeisset M, Musche M, Durka W, Boomsma JJ, Settele J. (2007) Population structure of a large blue butterfly and its specialist parasitoid in a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology 16: 3828-3838.

Schweiger O, Musche M, Bailey D, Billeter R, Diekötter T, Hendrickx F, Herzog F, Liira J, Maelfait JP, Speelmans M, Dziock F (2007) Functional richness of local hoverfly communities (Diptera, Syrphidae) in response to land use across temperate Europe. Oikos 116: 461-472.

Anton C, Musche M, Settele J. (2007) Spatial patterns of host exploitation in a lavral parasitoid of the Dusky large blue Maculinea nausithous. Basic and Applied Ecology 8: 66-74.

Musche M, Anton C, Worgan A, Settele J (2006) No experimental evidence for host ant related oviposition in a parasitic butterfly. Journal of Insect Behavior 19: 631-643.

Thomas CD, Bodsworth EJ, Wilson RJ, Simmons AD, Davies ZG, Musche M, Conradt L (2001) Ecological and evolutionary processes at expanding range margins. Nature 411: 577-581.

Book chapters, reports and other publications

Musche M, Klotz S (2012) Monitoring auf Naturerbeflächen - ein Diskussionsvorschlag. In: Brickwedde F, Stock R, Wahmhoff W: Das Nationale Naturerbe in der Praxis - Impulse, Herausforderungen, Perspektiven. Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin.

Van Swaay C, Harpke A, Van Strien A, Fontaine B, Stefanescu C, Roy DB, Maes D, Kühn E, Ṍunap E, Regan E, Ŝvitra G, Heliölä J, Settele J, Musche M, Warren M, Plattner M, Kuussaari M, Cornish N, Schweiger O, Feldmann R, Julliard R, Verovnik R, Roth T, Brereton T, Devictor V (2010). The impact of climate change on butterfly communities 1990-2009. In B. C. D. Vlinderstichting (Ed.), (Report VS2010.025). Wageningen.

Musche M, Kühn I (2009) Effects of climate change on human health and measures of mitigation and adaptation. In: Berry P (ed.) Biodiversity in the balance-mitigation and adaptation conflicts and synergies. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, 300 pp.

Musche M, Durka W, Settele J (2009) Basisstudie zur Wechselwirkung von gentechnisch verändertem MON810 Mais mit spezifischen Schmetterlingsarten. Gutachten im Auftrag des Sächsischen Staatsministeriums für Umwelt und Landwirtschaft.

Dziock F, Jentzsch M, Stolle E, Musche M, Pellmann H (2004) Rote Liste der Schwebfliegen (Diptera: Syrphidae) des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt. Berichte des Landesamtes für Umweltschutz Sachsen-Anhalt 39: 403-409.