Dr. Thomas Banitz


Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Department Ökologische Systemanalyse

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 235-1708
Fax: +49 341 235-3500

Thomas Banitz


I develop and apply computational models to investigate key mechanisms in ecological systems, emergent population and community dynamics, and ecosystem functions provided. Specific topics 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.

Much of my research focuses on microbial ecology. Here, an ecosystem function of particular interest is the bacterial transformation of chemicals (e.g. soil pollutants). 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. Links to natural systems come from laboratory and field experiments in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Microbiology. Furthermore, microbial ecosystems are 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 to understand and predict ecosystem dynamics under various environmental regimes.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

2019 (2)

2018 (3)

2017 (2)

2016 (5)

2015 (2)

2014 (1)

2013 (2)

2012 (1)

2011 (3)

2008 (1)

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