Dr. Thomas Banitz


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Ecological Modelling

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, and effects of environmental heterogeneities, stress, disturbances and change.

Within the research project CauSES, I work on comparing and joining ecological modelling with other scientific methods to study causation in social-ecological systems. These systems are particularly complex, and often face various changes and sustainability problems. Computational models are an important part of interdisciplinary approaches to address these challenges.

My research further deals with microbial ecology. For example, I explore the role of interactions between bacteria and fungal networks on ecosystem processes and functions, especially on bacterial transformation of chemicals. Moreover, microbial ecosystems are used to investigate and improve general ecological theory. Links to natural systems come from laboratory and field experiments in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Microbiology.

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 system dynamics under various environmental regimes.

Selected Publications

2021 (1)

2020 (2)

2019 (2)

2018 (3)

2017 (2)

2016 (5)

2015 (2)

2014 (1)

2013 (2)

2012 (1)

2011 (3)

2008 (1)

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