Karin Johst


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 235-1709
Fax: +49 341 235-3500

Sylvia Ecogod


I studied physics at the Technical University Dresden. Afterwards I had been working in the field of theoretical chemical physics. Since 1992 I have been working in the field of ecological modelling.
The focus of my current research is on population and community dynamics in disturbed and dynamic landscapes with a special focus on a mechanistic understanding of the responses of species and communities to climate change.
In this area, I deal with:

  • Population and community dynamics in dynamic and disturbed landscapes: the impact on species persistence, coexistence and the functioning of ecosystems
  • the role of intra- and interspecific interactions for the dynamics, stability and diversity of communities
  • combination of ecological theory, modelling and experiments: knowledge transfer to microbiology and aquatic ecology
  • human land use and biodiversity conservation in a changing world: ecological-economic modelling for cost-effectiveness in nature conservation

For more details see a selection of my  projects


Latest publications:

  • 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, C.S.E., Harms, H., Harpole, S., Harris, J.A., 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.S., Standish, R.J., Thulke, H.-H., Tietjen, B., Weitere, M., Wirth, C., Wolf, C., Grimm, V., (2019):
    Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem services across three different time horizons and decision contexts [bioRxiv, https://doi.org/10.1101/549873]
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  • Singer, A., Schweiger, O., Kühn, I., Johst, K., (2018):
    Constructing a hybrid species distribution model from standard large-scale distribution data
    Ecol. Model. 373 , 39 - 52
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  • Sturm, A., Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Mewes, M., Wätzold, F., (2018):
    DSS-Ecopay – A decision support software for designing ecologically effective and cost-effective agri-environment schemes to conserve endangered grassland biodiversity
    Agric. Syst. 161 , 113 - 116
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  • Drechsler, M., Johst, K., (2017):
    Rapid assessment of metapopulation viability under climate and land-use change
    Ecol. Complex. 31 , 125 - 134
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  • Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Wätzold, F., (2017):
    The cost-effective length of contracts for payments to compensate land owners for biodiversity conservation measures
    Biol. Conserv. 207 , 72 - 79
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  • Karakoç, C., Singer, A., Johst, K., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A., (2017):
    Transient recovery dynamics of a predator–prey system under press and pulse disturbances
    BMC Ecology 17 , art. 13
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  • Lucas, R., Groeneveld, J., Harms, H., Johst, K., Frank, K., Kleinsteuber, S., (2017):
    A critical evaluation of ecological indices for the comparative analysis of microbial communities based on molecular datasets
    FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 93 (1), fiw209
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  • Mewes, M., Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F., (2017):
    Für besseren Artenschutz in Agrarlandschaften – Entscheidungshilfe-Software DSS-Ecopay®. For better species conservation in agricultural landscapes - The DSS-Ecopay® decision support software
    Nat. Landschaft 92 (11), 504 - 510
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  • Singer, A., Johst, K., (2017):
    Transience after disturbance: Obligate species recovery dynamics depend on disturbance duration
    Theor. Popul. Biol. 115 , 81 - 88
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  • 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
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  • Schöttker, O., Johst, K., Drechsler, M., Wätzold, F., (2016):
    Land for biodiversity conservation — To buy or borrow?
    Ecol. Econ. 129 , 94 - 103
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  • 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
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  • Urban, M.C., Bocedi, G., Hendry, A.P., Mihoub, J.-B., Pe'er, G., Singer, A., Bridle, J.R., Crozier, L.G., De Meester, L., Godsoe, W., Gonzalez, A., Hellmann, J.J., Holt, R.D., Huth, A., Johst, K., Krug, C.B., Leadley, P.W., Palmer, S.C.F., Pantel, J.H., Schmitz, A., Zollner, P.A., Travis, J.M.J., (2016):
    Improving the forecast for biodiversity under climate change
    Science 353 (6304), aad8466-1 - aad8466-9
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  • Wätzold, F., Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Mewes, M., Sturm, A., (2016):
    A novel, spatiotemporally explicit ecological-economic modeling procedure for the design of cost-effective agri-environment schemes to conserve biodiversity
    Am. J. Agr. Econ. 98 (2), 489 - 512
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  • 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
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  • Groeneveld, J., Johst, K., Kawaguchi, S., Meyer, B., Teschke, M., Grimm, V., (2015):
    How biological clocks and changing environmental conditions determine local population growth and species distribution in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba): a conceptual model
    Ecol. Model. 303 , 78 - 86
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  • Johst, K., Drechsler, M., Mewes, M., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F., (2015):
    A novel modeling approach to evaluate the ecological effects of timing and location of grassland conservation measures
    Biol. Conserv. 182 , 44 - 52
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  • Kazmierczak, M., Johst, K., Huth, A., (2015):
    Conservatives and Gamblers: Interpreting plant functional response to water stress in terms of a single indicator
    Ideas Ecol. Evol. 8 (1), 29 - 41
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  • Mewes, M., Drechsler, M., Johst, K., Sturm, A., Wätzold, F., (2015):
    A systematic approach for assessing spatially and temporally differentiated opportunity costs of biodiversity conservation measures in grasslands
    Agric. Syst. 137 , 76 - 88
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Full list of publications: Publications

Selected past third party projects and other projects