Dr. Mark Frenzel
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CV / Scientific Career
1. Research and Observation
TERENO project (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories): As an animal ecologist I am dealing with insects and birds which are regularly surveyed within the German long-term project. I am responsible for the mentioned animal groups at the UFZ TERENO observatory Harz / Central German Lowland. Linking to ecosystem services, we are concentrating on pollinators (bees, hoverflies, butterflies) and analyze the impact of landscape structure land use change on these insect communities. This is supported by studies on pollination success in selected plants. Birds as integrating indicators at the landscape scale are the second group for tackling landscape structure effects and land use change. This is approached by e.g. investigating the importance of taxonomic diversity indices to discover differences in communities.
Effects of different plant origin on related insect communities: using non-regional seeds for renaturation and restoration purposes may disturb the synchronization with specialized insects feeding on these plants, as the phenology of a given species in different regions differs. In common garden experiments we investigate the effects of different seed origin on the local insect fauna.
Former studies: (a) patterns of alpha and beta diversity of the fauna of cabbage plants (Brassicaceae); (b) biogeographical patterns of host use and species associations of phytophagous insects and their parasitoids using the example of thistles (Cynaroideae) and their fruit fly fauna (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Europe; (c) biological invasions, especially the colonisation of new (alien) host plants by phytophages and the characteristics of the host plant responsible for the colonisation success.
2. Measurement standardisation at Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites
Since 2006 I am involved in organising the German network of Long-Term Ecological Research
3. Data management and DOI for data sets
This issue becomes more and more important especially for large institutions generating lots of data. Especially in terms of finding and reuse of data and the open data approach within the Helmholtz association quality assurance, persistent storing, metadata documentation and finally the assignment of DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to data sets is nowadays an expected workflow. Since 2012 I am contributing to this task at the UFZ by co-organising the quality control process of device-generated data and a special focus on biodiversity data generated at our department. Biodiversity data are processed with the information system
Co-operations / Projects
- (2015-2019): European Long-Term Ecosystem and Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure
- : The European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network
- : The German network for Long Term Ecological Research
- Project: Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring (Life+)
- : Experimenation in Ecosystem research (FP7)
Schweiger O, Augenstein I, Bailey D, Frenzel M, Javoish J, Karulaas R, Liira J, Speelmans M (2003): Spatial and functional structure of top predator metacommunities (Carabidae) in fragmented landscapes. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 33: 496
Frenzel M, Brändle M, Brandl R (2000) Diversity of phytophagous insects on alien plants. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 30:144
Frenzel M, Brandl R (1998) The regional species pool and phytophagous insect assemblages on host plant taxa. INTECOL, Florence: 344
Soldaat LL, Frenzel M (1996) Spread of smut disease caused by Ustilago major in populations of Silene otites. Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie: Nachrichten 10:83-84
Frenzel M, Brandl R (1996) Alpha-Diversität phytophager Insekten auf Brassicaceen. Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie: Nachrichten 10:85-86
Frenzel M, Dettner K (1995) Gnitzen (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) und Cantharidin: Die Gier nach einem aussergewöhnlichen Naturstoff. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 10:681-684
Published Open Data setsFRENZEL M, PREISER C, CREUTZBURG F (2016a) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2010. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.864790]
FRENZEL M, PREISER C, NICKELS V, CREUTZBURG F (2016b) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2011. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.864907]
FRENZEL M, PREISER C, HÖHNE R, NICKELS V, CREUTZBURG F (2016c) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2012. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.865038]
FRENZEL M, PREISER C, DUSSL F, HÖHNE R, NICKELS V, CREUTZBURG F (2016d) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2013. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.865097]
FRENZEL M, DUSSL F, HÖHNE R, NICKELS V, CREUTZBURG F (2016d) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2014. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA. 865100]