Christophe Dominik

PhD Student
Department Computational Landscape Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15 | 04318 Leipzig | Germany

Phone: +49 341 235 1941 | fax: +49 341 235 1939

Research interests

  • Landscape ecology
  • Ecological modelling
  • Biological control
  • Community ecology

Current project

PhD Thesis: "The effects of surrounding landscapes on the biocontrol-production function in rice dominated agroecosystems"

In the Asian rice agroecosystems, the brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens) is a major threat to rice production, causing significant yield loss. 

My research aims to test the potential influence of landscape complexity on the distribution of specific species representative for the given predator-prey system. I use a landscape ecology approach together with a simulation model to understand the basic dynamics of the predator-prey system and examine the effects of temporal land use regimes on the distribution of rice pests and pest-controlling species at a regional scale.

Part of the LEGATO project "Land-use intensity and Ecological Engineering – Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems"



Dominik, C., Seppelt, R., Horgan, F.G., Marquez, L., Settele, J., Václavík, T. (2017): Regional-scale effects override the influence of fine-scale landscape heterogeneity on rice arthropod communities. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 246: 269–278. [URL]

Dominik C., Ménanteau L., Chadenas C., Godet L. 2012. The influence of salina landscape structures on terrestrial bird distribution in the Guérande basin (Northwestern France), Bird Study 59 : 483- 495. [URL]

Research experience

since Jul 2012

Mar-Jun 2012

PhD Student

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Leipzig, Germany

LEGATO Project

Research Assistant

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) - Nantes, France
In collaboration with Ecomuseum of the Ré Island - Île de Ré, France

European Union's INTERREG Programme "ECOSAL Atlantis"

Influence of landscape structures of the salinas on terrestrial bird distribution of the Ré Island (Western France)

Curriculum Vitae