Dr. Walter Durka

Contact / Address

Dr. Walter Durka
Head of Molecular Ecology group

Department Community Ecology
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4
06120 Halle, Germany

Tel: +49 341 6025 4314

Walter Durka 2018

Research interests

My main focus is molecular ecology - the application of molecular DNA-based methods to study aspects of the ecology of plants and animals. We analyse patterns of genetic and genomic variation at levels of individuals, clones, populations, regions, species up to communities. These genetic patterns can reveal historical to recent processes connected to gene flow, genetic drift and selection on various spatial and time scales like postglacial colonisation, habitat fragmentation, inbreeding and environmental gradients. Central fields here are
1) the conservation genetics of endangered rare plant species
2) landscape genetics as a tool to understand the dependence of populations on landscape structure;
3) invasion genetics of neophytic species, both of European and other origin.
4) community genetics: the relationship between species diversity and genetic diversity.

A second focus is, using a macroecological approach, the ecological relevance of various plant traits in determining dynamic ecological processes. As a basis various species traits are assembled in the BIOLFLOR database. Here, I am particularly interested in plant traits that affect or are affected by processes of gene flow like mating systems, flowering biology, phylogeny, chromosome numbers and DNA content.

Current projects

  • RegioDiv BfN-Project RegioDiv: Genetic Variation of herbaceous plants in Germany and consequences for regional seed use
  • Genetic differentiation and local adaptation of plants in seed transfer zones in the German Regiosaatgut system and seed sourcing strategies. Project page
  • DFG project Plant trait variation and evolution in the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning context (Project page) in the Jena experiment, in cooperation with Christiane Roscher (UFZ/iDiv). PhD student: Francesca di Giorgi
  • Population genomics of Calluna vulgaris
  • BiolFlor: a database on biological and ecological traits of the flora of Germany


MSAP_calc.R is collection of functions that allow to score methyslation-sensitive-amplification-polymorphism markers (MSAP). It was published with Schulz, B., R. L. Eckstein and W. Durka (2013). Scoring and analysis of methylation-sensitive amplification polymorphisms for epigenetic population studies. Molecular Ecology Resources 13: 642-653.

Here I provide an updated version MSAP_calc_1_3.R that corrects for a bug that occurred if identical sample IDs were used in different populations. MSAP_calc_1_3.zip

DaPhnE - Dated Phylogeny of a large European flora

DaPhnE_01.tre is a dated phylogeny of a large European flora published in Ecology 93:2297 DaPhnE_01 at Ecological Archives

If you want to directly use it in Phylomatic you can use a link to this version:


to paste it into the "treeuri".

Editorial activities


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Accepted or in press

Dieskau J, Hensen I, Eisenhauer N, Gaberle I, Durka W, Lachmuth S, Auge H (2024) Phylogenetic relationships and plant life stage but not biogeographic history mediate priority effects of European grassland plants. Journal of Ecology, accepted. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.14373

Korell L, Andrzejak M, Berger S, Durka W, Haider S, Hensen I, Herion Y, Höfner J, Kindermann L, Klotz S, Knight TM, Linstädter A, Madaj A-M, Merbach I, Michalski S, Plos C, Roscher C, Schädler M, Welk E, Auge H (2024) Land use modulates resistance of grasslands against future climate and inter-annual climate variability in a large field experiment. Global Change Biology, accepted. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.17418


Durka W, Michalski SG, Höfner J, Kolář F, Müller CM, Oberprieler C, Šemberová K, RegioDiv Konsortium (2024) RegioDiv — Genetische Vielfalt krautiger Pflanzenarten in Deutschland: Zusammenfassung und Empfehlungen für die Regiosaatgut-Praxis. Natur und Landschaft, 99, 322-332. Reprint DOI: 10.19217/NuL2024-07-02

Méndez L, Barratt CD, Durka W, Kissling WD, Eiserhardt WL, Baker WJ, Randrianas V, Onstein RE (2024) Genomic signatures of past megafrugivore-mediated dispersal in Malagasy palms. Journal of Ecology, 112: 1583-1598. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.14340

Liu Y, Dunker S, Durka W, Dominik C, Heuschele JM, Honchar H, Hoffmann P, Musche M, Paxton RJ, Settele J, Schweiger O (2024) Eco-evolutionary processes shaping floral nectar sugar composition. Scientific Reports, 14, 13856. 14, 13856. Reprint DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-64755-5

De Giorgi F, Roscher C, Durka W (2024) Effects of species diversity on trait expression of the clonal herb Taraxacum officinale and its relation to genotype diversity and phenotypic plasticity. Ecology and Evolution, 14, E11430. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ece3.11430

Lucas MS, Hensen I, Barratt CD, Callaway RM, Durka W, Lekberg Y, Nagy DU, Onstein RE, Shah MA, van Dam NM, Thoma AE, Rosche C (2024) Re-focusing sampling, design and experimental methods to assess rapid evolution by non-native plant species. Biological Invasions, 26, 1327–1343. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s10530-024-03249-x


Madaj A-M, Durka W, Michalski S (2023) Two common, often coexisting grassland plant species differ in their evolutionary potential in response to experimental drought. Ecology and Evolution, 13, e10430. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ece3.10430

Rauschkolb R, Durka W, Godefroid S, Dixon L, Bossdorf O, Ensslin A, Scheepens JF (2023) Recent evolution of flowering time across multiple European plant species correlates with changes in aridity. Oecologia. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s00442-023-05414-w

Conrady M, Lampei C, Bossdorf O, Hölzel N, Michalski SG, Durka W, Bucharova A (2023) Plants cultivated for ecosystem restoration rapidly evolve towards a domestication syndrome. PNAS, 120, e2219664120. Reprint DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2219664120

-> Press release Wild plants can adapt to agricultural propagation

Manurung J, Rojas Andrés BM, Barratt CD, Schnitzler J, Jönsson BF, Susanti R, Durka W*, Muellner-Riehl AN* (2023) Deep phylogeographic splits and limited mixing by sea surface currents govern genetic population structure in the mangrove genus Lumnitzera (Combretaceae) across the Indonesian Archipelago. Journal of Systematics and Evolution61: 200-314. Reprint DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jse.12923


Tang T, Zhang N, Bongers FJ, Staab M, Schuldt A, Fornoff F, Lin H, Cavender-Bares J, Hipp AL, Li S, Liang Y, Han B, Klein A-M, Bruelheide H, Durka W, Schmid B, Ma K, Liu X (2022) Tree species and genetic diversity increase productivity via functional diversity and trophic feedbacks. eLife, 11, e78703. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.78703

Wang F, Mi X, Chen L, Xu W, Durka W, Swenson NG, Johnson DJ, Worthy SJ, Xue J, Zhu Y, Schmid B, Liang Y, Ma K (2022) Differential impacts of adult trees on offspring and non-offspring recruits in a subtropical forest. Science China Life Sciences, 65: 1905-1913. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s11427-021-2148-7

Dunker S, Boyd M, Durka W, Erler S, Harpole S, Henning S, Herzschuh U, Hornick T, Knight T, Lips S, Mäder P, Motivans E, Mozarowski S, Rakosy D, Römermann C, Schmitt-Jansen M, Stoof-Leichsenring K, Stratmann F, Treudler R, Virtanen R, Wendt-Potthoff K, Wilhelm C (2022) The potential of multispectral imaging flow cytometry for environmental monitoring. Cytometry Part A, 101: 782-799. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/cyto.a.24658

Conrady M, Lampei C, Bossdorf O, Durka W*, Bucharova A* (2022) Evolution during seed production for ecological restoration? A molecular analysis of 19 species finds only minor genomic changes. Journal of Applied Ecology 59:1383–1393. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.14155

Jarvis N, Groh J, Lewan E, Meurer K, Durka W, Baessler C, Pütz T, Rufullayev E, Vereecken H (2022) Coupled modelling of hydrological processes and grassland production in two contrasting climates. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26: 2277–2299. DOI: 10.5194/hess-26-2277-2022

Lyam PT, Duque-Lazo J, Hauenschild F, Schnitzler J, Muellner-Riehl AN, Greve M, Ndangalasi H, Myburgh A, Durka W (2022) Climate change will disproportionally affect the most genetically diverse lineages of a widespread African tree species. Scientific Reports, 12, Article number: 7035. Reprint DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-11182-z

Eckert S, Herden J, Stift M, Durka W, Kleunen Mv, Joshi J (2022) Traces of genetic but not epigenetic adaptation in the invasive goldenrod Solidago canadensis despite the absence of population structure. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10: 856453. Reprint DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2022.856453

Rauschkolb R, Li Z, Godefroid S, Dixon L, Durka W, Májeková M, Bossdorf O, Ensslin A, Scheepens JF (2022) Evolution of drought strategies and herbivore resistance after two decades of climate change in European plants. New Phytologist, 235: 773-785. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/nph.18125

Munclinger P, Syruckova A, Nahlovsky J, Durka W, Savaljev AP, Rosell F, Stubbe A, Stubbe M, Ulevicius A, Samiya R, Yanuta G, Vorel A (2022) Recovery in the melting pot: complex origins and restored genetic diversity in newly-established Eurasian beaver (Rodentia: Castoridae) populations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 135: 793-811. Reprint DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blac003

Rauschkolb R, Henres L, Lou C, Godefroid S, Dixon L, Durka W, Bossdorf O, Ensslin A, Scheepens JF (2022) Historical comparisons show evolutionary changes in drought responses in European plant species after two decades of climate change. Basic and Applied Ecology, 58: 26-38. Reprint DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2021.11.003


Höfner J, Klein-Raufhake T, Lampei C, Mudrak O, Bucharova A*, Durka W* (2021) Populations restored using regional seed are genetically diverse and similar to natural populations in the region. Journal of Applied Ecology. Reprint DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.14067

Rodger JG, Bennett JM, Razanajatovo M, Knight TM, Kleunen Mv, Ashman T-L, Steets JA, Hui C, Arceo-Gómez G, Burd M, Burkle LA, Burns JH, Durka W, Freitas L, Kemp JE, Li J, Pauw A, Vamosi JC, Wolowski M, Xia J, Ellis AG (2021) Widespread vulnerability of plant seed production to pollinator declines. Science Advances, 7 : eabd3524. Reprint DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abd3524

Gueth M, Wiegleb G, Durka W (2021) Colonisation of secondary habitats in mining sites by Labidura riparia (Dermaptera: Labiduridae) from multiple natural source populations. Journal of Insect Conservation, 25: 349-359. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s10841-021-00305-y

Staab M, Liu X, Assmann T, Bruelheide H, Buscot F, Durka W, Erfmeier A, Klein A-M, Ma K, Michalski S, Wubet T, Schmid B, Schuldt A (2021) Tree phylogenetic diversity structures multitrophic communities. Functional Ecology, 35: 521-534. Reprint DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13722


Bennett JM, Steets JA, Burns JH, Burkle LA, Vamosi JC, Wolowski M, Arceo-Gómez G, Burd M, Durka W, Ellis AG, Freitas L, Li J, Rodger JG, Ştefan V, Xia J, Knight TM, Ashman T-L (2020) Land use and pollinator dependency drives global patterns of pollen limitation in the Anthropocene. Nature Communications, 11(1), 3999. Reprint DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17751-y

Dazu ein blog: Nature ecology & evolution

Bongers FJ, Schmid B, Durka W, Li S, Bruelheide H, Hahn CZ, Yan H, Ma K, Liu X (2020) Genetic richness affects trait variation but not community productivity in a tree diversity experiment. New Phytologist, 227: 744-756. DOI: 10.1111/nph.16567

E-Vojtkó AE, de Bello F, Durka W, Kühn I, Götzenberger L (2020) The neglected importance of floral traits in trait-based plant community assembly. Journal of Vegetation Science, 31: 529–539. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12877

Madaj A-M, Michalski SG, Durka W (2020) Establishment rate of regional provenances mirrors relative share and germination rate in a climate change experiment. Ecosphere, 11: e03093. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.3093

Weise H, Auge H, Baessler C, Baerlund I, Bennett EM, 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 CSE, Harms H, Harpole S, Harris JA, Jax K, Jeltsch F, Johst K, Joshi J, Klotz S, Kuehn I, Kuhlicke C, Mueller B, Radchuk V, Reuter H, Rinke K, Schmitt-Jansen M, Seppelt R, Singer AS, Standish RJ, Thulke H-H, Tietjen B, Weitere M, Wirth C, Wolf C, Grimm V (2019). Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem functioning and services across different time horizons and decision contexts. Oikos, 129: 445-456. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/oik.07213

Kondratyeva A, Knapp S, Durka W, Kühn I, Vallet J, Machon N, Martin G, Motard E, Grandcolas P, Pavoine S (2020) Urbanization effects on biodiversity revealed by a two-scale analysis of species functional uniqueness versus redundancy. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8:73. Reprint DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00073

Tong Y, Durka W, Zhou W, Zhou L, Yu D and Dai L (2020). Ex situ conservation of Pinus koraiensis can preserve genetic diversity but homogenizes population structure. Forest Ecology and Management, 465, 117820. Reprint DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.117820

Kattge J, Bönisch G, Díaz S, Lavorel S, Prentice IC, Leadley P, Tautenhahn S, Werner G, ..., Durka W, ..., Wirth C (2020) TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26:119-188. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14904

Gáspár B, Durka W, Bossdorf O (2020) Rapid evolution in managed grasslands: different land-use regimes are associated with contrasting phenotypes in Plantago lanceolata. bioRxiv, 2020.2002.2027.967448. DOI: 10.1101/2020.02.27.967448


Wang M-Q, Li Y, Chesters D, Anttonen P, Bruelheide H, Chen J-T, Durka W, Guo P-F, Härdtle W, Ma K, Michalski SG, Schmid B, von Oheimb G, Wu C-S, Zhang N-L, Zhou Q-S, Schuldt A, Zhu C-D (2019) Multiple components of plant diversity loss determine herbivore phylogenetic diversity in a subtropical forest experiment. Journal of Ecology, 107:2697–2712. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13273.

Eisenhauer N, Bonkowski M, Brose U, Buscot F, Durka W, Ebeling A, Fischer M, Gleixner G, Heintz-Buschart A, Hines J, Jesch A, Lange M, Meyer S, Roscher C, Scheu S, Schielzeth H, Schloter M, Schulz S, Unsicker S, van Dam NM, Weigelt A, Weisser WW, Wirth C, Wolf J, Schmid B (2019) Biotic interactions, community assembly, and eco-evolutionary dynamics as drivers of long-term biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 5. Reprint DOI: 10.3897/rio.5.e47042

Burns JH, Bennett JM, Li J, Xia J, Arceo-Gómez G, Burd M, Burkle LA, Durka W, Ellis AG, Freitas L, Rodger JG, Vamosi JC, Wolowski M, Ashman T-L, Knight TM, Steets JA (2019) Plant traits moderate pollen limitation of introduced and native plants: a phylogenetic meta-analysis. New Phytologist, 223:2063-2075 Reprint doi: 10.1111/nph.15935.

Nagel R, Durka W, Bossdorf O, Bucharova A (2019). Rapid evolution in native plants cultivated for ecological restoration: not a general pattern. Plant Biology, 21, 551–558 Reprint DOI: 10.1111/plb.12901

Schuldt A, Ebeling A, Kunz M, Staab M, Guimarães-Steinicke C, Bachmann D, Buchmann N, Durka W, Fichtner A, Fornoff F, Härdtle W, Hertzog L, Klein A-M, Roscher C, Schaller J, Oheimb Gv, Weigelt A, Weisser W, Zhang J, Bruelheide H, Eisenhauer N (2019) Multiple plant diversity components drive consumer communities across ecosystems. Nature Communications 10: 1460. Reprint DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09448-8

Durka W, Bossdorf O, Bucharova A, Hermann JM, Hölzel N, Kollmann J, Michalski SG (2019) Regionales Saatgut von Wiesenpflanzen: genetische Unterschiede, regionale Anpassung und Ökosystem-Effekte. Natur und Landschaft 94: 146-153 Reprint DOI: 10.17433/4.2019.50153679.146-153

Bucharova A, Bossdorf O, Hölzel N, Kollmann J, Prasse R, Durka W (2019). Mix and match! Regional admixture provenancing strikes a balance among different seed-sourcing strategies for ecological restoration. Conservation Genetics 20: 7-17. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s10592-018-1067-6

Schädler M, Buscot F, Klotz S, Reitz T, Durka W, Bumberger J, Merbach I, Michalski SG, Kirsch K, Remmler P, Schulz E, Auge H (2019) Investigating the consequences of climate change under different land-use regimes – a novel experimental infrastructure. Ecosphere 10:e02635. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2635

Barantal S, Castagneyrol B, Durka W, Iason G, Morath S, Koricheva J (2019). Contrasting effects of tree species and genetic diversity on the leaf miner communities associated with silver birch. Oecologia 189: 687–697. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s00442-019-04351-x

Kaus A, Michalski SG, Schäffer M, Karthe D, Hänfling B, Borchardt D Durka W (2019). Fish conservation in the land of steppe and sky: evolutionarily significant units of threatened salmonid species in Mongolia mirror major river basins. Ecology and Evolution 9:3416–3433. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4974

Gáspár B, Bossdorf O, Durka W (2019). Structure, stability and ecological significance of natural epigenetic variation: a large-scale survey in Plantago lanceolata . New Phytologist 221:1585-1596. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/nph.15487


Schulz B, Durka W, Danihelka J, Eckstein RL (2018). Differential role of a persistent seed bank for genetic variation in early vs. late successional stages. Plos One 13: e0209840. Reprint DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209840

Bennett JM, Steets JA, Burns JH, Durka W, Vamosi JC, Arceo-Gómez G, Burd M, Burkle LA, Ellis AG, Freitas L, Li J, Rodger JG, Wolowski M, Xia J, Ashman T-L, Knight TM (10.09.2018). GloPL: Global data base on pollen limitation of plant reproduction. Scientific Data 5:180249. Reprint DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.249

Huang Y, Chen Y, Castro-Izaguirre N, Baruffol M, Brezzi M, Lang A, Li Y, Härdtle W, Oheimb Gv, Yang X, Liu X, Pei K, Both S, Yang B, Eichenberg D, Assmann T, Bauhus J, Behrens T, Buscot F, Chen X-Y, Chesters D, Ding B-Y, Durka W, Erfmeier A, Fang J, Fischer M, Guo L-D, Guo D, Gutknecht JLM, He J-S, He C-L, Hector A, Hönig L, Hu R-Y, Klein A-M, Kühn P, Liang Y, Li S, Michalski S, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schmidt K, Scholten T, Schuldt A, Shi X, Tan M-Z, Tang Z, Trogisch S, Wang Z, Welk E, Wirth C, Wubet T, Xiang W, Yu M, Yu X-D, Zhang J, Zhang S, Zhang N, Zhou H-Z, Zhu C-D, Zhu L, Bruelheide H, Ma K, Niklaus PA, Schmid B (2018). Impacts of species richness on productivity in a large-scale subtropical forest experiment. Science 362: 80-83. DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6405

Torres I, Parra A, Moreno JM, Durka W (2018). No genetic adaptation of the Mediterranean keystone shrub Cistus ladanifer in response to experimental fire and extreme drought. Plos One13: e0199119. Reprint DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199119

Rosche C, Schrieber K, Lachmuth S, Durka W, Hirsch H, Wagner V, Schleuning M, Hensen I (2018). Sex ratio rather than population size affects genetic diversity in Antennaria dioica. Plant Biology 20: 789-796. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/plb.12716

Cao H, Klein A, Zhu C-D, Staab M, Durka W, Fischer M, Fornoff F (2018). Intra- and interspecific tree diversity promotes multitrophic plant–Hemiptera–ant interactions in a forest diversity experiment. Basic and Applied Ecology 29: 89-97. Reprint DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2018.03.005

Weickardt I, Zehnsdorf A, Durka W (2018). Development and characterization of SSR markers for the invasive tetraploid waterweed Elodea nuttallii (Hydrocharitaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 6: e1146. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/aps3.1146

Lyam PT, Duque-Lazo J, Durka W, Hauenschild F, Schnitzler J, Michalak I, Ogundipe OT, Muellner-Riehl AN (2018). Genetic diversity and distribution of Senegalia senegal (L.) Britton under climate change scenarios in West Africa. Plos One 13: e0194726. Reprint DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194726


Bucharova A, Durka W, Hoelzel N, Kollmann J, Michalski S, Bossdorf O (2017). Are local plants the best for ecosystem restoration? It depends on how you analyze the data. Ecology and Evolution 7: 10683–10689. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3585

Purschke O, Michalski SG, Bruelheide H, Durka W (2017). Phylogenetic turnover during subtropical forest succession across environmental and phylogenetic scales. Ecology and Evolution 7: 11079–11091. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3564

Trogisch S, Schuldt A, Castro N, Schmid B, Niklaus P, Ma K, Liu X, Bo Y, Li Y, Kunz M, Oheimb Gv, Härdtle W, Eichenberg D, Proß T, Durka W, Fischer M, Blum J, Hahn C, Seidelmann K, Lorenzen MS, Scholten T, Kühn P, Schmidt K, Seitz S, Goebes P, Geißler C, Song Z, Buscot F, Wubet T, Weißbecker C, Klein A-M, Blüthgen N, Zhu C-D, Staab M, Pietsch K, Wirth C, Bauhus J, Erfmeier A, Both S, Germany M, Pohl R, Gutknecht J, Pei Z, Hönig L, Bruelheide H (2017). Towards a methodical framework for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality. Ecology and Evolution 7: 10652–10674. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3488

Richards CL, Alonso C, Becker C, Bossdorf O, Bucher E, Colome-Tatche M, Durka W, Engelhardt J, Gaspar B, Gogol-Doring A, Grosse I, van Gurp TP, Heer K, Kronholm I, Lampei C, Latzel V, Mirouze M, Opgenoorth L, Paun O, Prohaska S, Rensing SA, Stadler P, Trucchi E, Ullrich K, Verhoeven KJF (2017). Ecological plant epigenetics: Evidence from model and non-model species, and the way forward. Ecology Letters 20:1576-1590. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/ele.12858

Durka W, Baum A, Michalski SG, Baum H (2017). Darwin´s legacy in Platanthera: are there more than two species in the Platanthera bifolia/chlorantha group?. Plant Systematics and Evolution 303: 419-431. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s00606-016-1381-8

Bucharova A, Michalski SG, Hermann JM, Heveling K, Durka W, Hölzel N, Kollmann J, Bossdorf O (2017) Genetic differentiation and regional adaptation among seed origins used for grassland restoration: lessons from a multi-species transplant experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology 54:116-126. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12645

Durka W, Michalski SG, Berendzen KW, Bossdorf O, Bucharova A, Hermann JM, Hölzel N, Kollmann J (2017). Genetic differentiation within multiple common grassland plants supports seed transfer zones for ecological restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 54:127-136. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12636

-> German Summary Genetische Analysen unterstützen Regiosaatgut-Konzept

-> Press release Grass and Flowers Sourced Locally

Rosche C, Hensen I, Mráz P, Durka W, Hartmann M, Lachmuth S (2017). Invasion success in polyploids: the role of inbreeding in the contrasting colonization abilities of diploid versus tetraploid populations of Centaurea stoebe s.l.. Journal of Ecology 105: 425-435. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12670

Hahn CZ, Michalski SG, Durka W (2017). Gene flow in and mating system of Rhododendron simsii in a nature reserve in subtropical China. Nordic Journal of Botany 35: 1-7. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/njb.01311

Hahn CZ, Michalski SG, Fischer M, Durka W (2017). Genetic diversity and differentiation follow secondary succession in a multi-species study on woody plants from subtropical China. Journal of Plant Ecology 10: 213-221. Reprint DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw054

Hahn CZ, Niklaus PA, Bruelheide H, Michalski SG, Shi M, Yang X, Zeng X, Fischer M, Durka W (2017). Opposing intraspecific vs. interspecific diversity effects on herbivory and growth in subtropical experimental tree assemblages. Journal of Plant Ecology 10(1): 242-251. Reprint DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw098

Zeng X, Durka W, Fischer M (2017). Species-specific effects of genetic diversity and species diversity of experimental communities on early tree performance. Journal of Plant Ecology 10(1): 252-258. Reprint DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw108

Zeng X, Durka W, Welk E, Fischer M (2017). Heritability of early growth traits and their plasticity in 14 woody species of Chinese subtropical forest. Journal of Plant Ecology 10(1): 222-231. Reprint DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw086


Bienau MJ, Eckstein RL, Otte A, Durka W (2016). Clonality increases with snow depth in an arctic dwarf shrub. American Journal of Botany 103: 2105-2114. Reprint DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1600229

Bucharova A, Frenzel M, Mody K, Parepa M, Durka W, Bossdorf O (2016). Plant ecotype affects interacting organisms across multiple trophic levels. Basic and Applied Ecology 17:688-695. Reprint DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2016.09.001

Purahong W, Durka W, Fischer M, Dommert S, Schöps R, Buscot F, Wubet T (2016). Tree species, tree genotypes and tree genotypic diversity levels affect microbe-mediated soil ecosystem functions in a subtropical forest. Scientific Reports 6: 36672. Reprint DOI: 10.1038/srep36672

Staab M, Bruelheide H, Durka W, Michalski S, Purschke O, Zhu C-D, Klein A-M (2016). Tree phylogenetic diversity promotes host–parasitoid interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 283(1834). Reprint DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0275

Bucharova A, Durka W, Hermann JM, Hölzel N, Michalski SG, Kollmann J, Bossdorf O (2016). Plants adapted to warmer climate do not outperform regional plants during a natural heat wave. Ecology and Evolution 6: 4160-4165. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2183

Rosche C, Durka W, Hensen I, Mráz P, Hartmann M, Müller-Schärer H, Lachmuth S (2016). Invasion success of polyploids: the role of genetic diversity and drift in the fundamental cytotype shift in Centaurea stoebe s.l.. Biological Invasions 18: 1895-1910. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1133-2


Marcus T, Boch S, Durka W, Fischer M, Gossner MM, Müller J, Schöning I, Weisser WW, Drees C, Assmann T (2016). Living in heterogeneous woodlands - are habitat continuity or quality drivers of genetic variability in a flightless ground beetle?. Plos One 10: e00144217. Reprint DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144217

Michalski SG, Durka W (2015). Separation in flowering time contributes to the maintenance of sympatric cryptic plant lineages. Ecology and Evolution 5:2172-2184. Reprint DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1481

Harter DEV, Jentsch A, Durka W (2015). Holocene re-colonisation, central-marginal-distribution and habitat specialisation shape population genetic patterns within an Atlantic European grass species. Plant Biology 17: 684-693. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/plb.12269

Hofmann M, Durka W, Liesebach M, Bruelheide H (2015). Intra-specific variability in frost hardiness of Fagus sylvatica L.. Eur J For Res 134: 433-441. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s10342-015-0862-6

Lachmuth S, Durka W, Schurr FM (2015). Corrigendum. Molecular Ecology 24(4): 953-962. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/mec.13073

Syrůčková A, Saveljev AP, Frosch C, Durka W, Savelyev AA, Munclinger P (2015). Genetic relationships within colonies suggest genetic monogamy in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). Mammal Research 60: 139-147. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s13364-015-0219-z


Heilmeier H, Hartung W, Durka W (2014). Habitat conditions, population genetics and niche partitioning of the Namibian resurrection plant Chamaegigas intrepidus. Contributii Botanice 49: 109-120. Reprint

Bienau MJ, Hattermann D, Kröncke M, Kretz L, Otte A, Eiserhardt WL, Milbau A, Graae BJ, Durka W, Eckstein RL (2014). Snow cover consistently affects vegetative growth and seed production in Empetrum hermaphroditum across latitudinal and local climatic gradients. Alpine Botany 124: 115-129. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s00035-014-0137-8

Seeber E, Winterfeld G, Hensen I, Sharbel TF, Durka W, Liu J, Yang Y-P, Wesche K (2014). Ploidy in the alpine sedge Kobresia pygmaea (Cyperaceae) and related species: combined application of chromosome counts, new microsatellite markers and flow cytometry. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 22-35. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/boj.12189

Shi M, Michalski SG, Welk E, Chen XY, Durka W (2014). Phylogeography of a widespread Asian subtropical tree: East-west differentiation and climate envelope modelling suggest multiple glacial refugia. Journal of Biogeography 41: 1710-1720. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12322

Egorov E, Prati D, Durka W, Michalski S, Fischer M, Schmitt B, Blaser S, Brändle M (2014). Does land-use intensification decrease plant phylogenetic diversity in local grasslands?. Plos One 9:e103252. Reprint DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103252

Schulz B, Eckstein RL, Durka W (2014). Epigenetic variation reflects dynamic habitat conditions in a rare floodplain herb. Molecular Ecology 23:3523–3537.Reprint DOI: 10.1111/mec.12835

Senn H, Ogden R, Frosch C, Syruckova A, Campbell-Palmer R, Munclinger P, Durka W, Kraus RHS, Saveljev AP, Nowak C, Stubbe A, Stubbe M, Michaux J, Lavrov V, Samiya R, Ulevicius A, Rosell F (2014). Nuclear and mitochondrial genetic structure in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) – implications for future reintroductions. Evolutionary Applications 7:645-662. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12162

Schuldt A, Assmann T, Bruelheide B, Durka W, Eichenberg D, Härdtle W, Kröber W, Michalski SG, Purschke O (2014). Functional and phylogenetic diversity of woody plants drive herbivory in highly diverse forests. New Phytologist 202:864-873. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/nph.12695

Purschke O, Sykes MT, Poschlod P, Michalski SG, Römermann C, Durka W, Kühn I, Prentice HC (2014). Interactive effects of landscape history and current management on dispersal trait diversity in grassland plant communities. Journal of Ecology 102: 437-446. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12199

Schuldt A, Bruelheide H, Durka W, Michalski SG, Purschke O, Assmann T (2014). Tree diversity promotes functional dissimilarity among species, but not overall functional richness of predator assemblages. Oecologia 174: 533-543. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s00442-013-2790-9

Bruelheide H, Nadrowski K, Assmann T, Bauhus J, Both S, Buscot F, Chen X-Y, Ding B-Y, Durka W, Erfmeier A, Gutknecht J, Guo D, Guo L-D, Härdtle W, He J-S, Klein A, Kühn P, Liang Y, Liu X, Michalski S, Niklaus P, Pei K, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Scholten T, Schuldt A, Seidler G, Trogisch S, von Oheimb G, Welk E, Wirth C, Wubet T, Yang X, Yu M, Zhang Z, Zhou H, Fischer M, Ma K, Schmid B (2014). Designing forest biodiversity experiments: general considerations illustrated by a new large experiment in subtropical China. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 74-89. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12126


Marcus T, Assmann T, Durka W, Drees C (2013). A suite of multiplexed microsatellite loci for the ground beetle Abax parallelepipedus (Pillar and Mitterpacher 1783) (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 5: 1151-1156. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s12686-013-9985-6

Chumacero de Schawe C, Durka W, Tscharntke T, Hensen I, Kessler M (2013). Gene flow and genetic diversity in cultivated and wild cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Bolivia. American Journal of Botany100: 2271-2279. Reprint DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1300025

Ritter S, Michalski SG, Settele J, Wiemers M, Fric ZF, Sielezniew M, Šašić M, Rozier Y, Durka W (2013). Wolbachia infections mimic cryptic speciation in two parasitic butterfly species, Phengaris teleius and P. nausithous (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Plos One 8: e78107. Reprint DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078107 UFZ-Press release

Hamasha HR, Schmidt-Lebuhn AN, Durka W, Schleuning M, Hensen I (2013). Bioclimatic regions influence genetic structure of four Jordanian Stipa species. Plant Biology 15: 882-891. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/j.1438-8677.2012.00689.x

Tong Y, Xiang W, Wang Z, Durka W, Fischer M (2013). Effects of topography, neighboring plants and individual size on sapling growth and survivorship in Machillus thunbergii. Biodiversity Science 21: 269-277. DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2013.09008

Durka W, Michalski SG (2013). Genetische Vielfalt und Klimawandel. P. 132-136 in: Essl F, Rabitsch W (Eds). Biodiversität und Klimawandel. Berlin, Springer. Reprint

Apaza Quevedo AE, Schleuning M, Hensen I, Saavedra F, Durka W (2013). Forest fragmentation and edge effects on the genetic structure of Clusia sphaerocarpa and C. lechleri (Clusiaceae) in tropical mountain forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology 29: 321-329. Reprint DOI: 10.1017/S0266467413000345

Purschke O, Schmid BC, Sykes MT, Poschlod P, Michalski SG, Durka W, Kühn I, Winter M, Prentice HC (2013) Contrasting changes in taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity during a long-term succession: insights into assembly processes. Journal of Ecology 101:857-866. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12098

Schulz B, Eckstein RL, Durka W (2013). Scoring and analysis of methylation sensitive amplification polymorphisms (MSAP) for epigenetic population studies. Molecular Ecology Resources 13: 642-653. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12100

Kolb A, Durka W (2013). Reduced genetic variation mainly affects early rather than late life-cycle stages. Biological Conservation 159: 367-374. Reprint DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.11.019

Durka W, Nossol C, Ruprecht E, Wagner V, Welk E and Hensen I (2013) Extreme genetic depauperation and differentiation of both populations and species European feather grasses (Stipa). Plant Systematics and Evolution 299:259-269. Reprint DOI:10.1007/s00606-012-0719-0


Ebeling S, Schreiter S, Hensen I, Durka W, Auge H (2012). Outcrossing breeding system does not compromise invasiveness in Buddleja davidii. Flora 207: 843-848. Reprint DOI: 10.1016/j.flora.2012.09.010

Hornemann G, Weiß G, Durka W (2012). Reproductive fitness, population size and genetic variation in Muscari tenuiflorum (Hyacinthaceae): the role of temporal variation. Flora 207: 736-743. Reprint doi:10.1016/j.flora.2012.07.005

Durka W and Michalski SG (2012). DaPhnE - a dated phylogeny of a large European flora for phylogenetically informed ecological analyses. Ecology 93: 2297 Reprint Download DaPhnE at Ecological Archives doi:10.1890/12-0743.1.

Hornemann G, Michalski SG, Durka W (2012). Short-term fitness and long-term population trends in the orchid Anacamptis morio. Plant Ecology 123: 1583-1595. Reprint DOI: 10.1007/s11258-012-0113-6

Trávníček, P, Jersáková J, Kubátová B, Krejčíková J, Bateman RM, Lučanová M, Krajníková E, Těšitelová E, Štípková Z, Amardeilh J-P, Brzosko E, Jermakowicz E, Cabanne O, Durka W, Efimov P, Hedrén M, Hermosilla CE, Kreutz CAJ, Kull T, Tali K, Marchand O, Rey M, Schiestl FP, Čurn V, Suda J (2012). Minority cytotypes in European populations of the Gymnadenia conopsea complex (Orchidaceae) greatly increase intraspecific and intrapopulation diversity. Annals of Botany: 110: 977-986. Reprint doi: 10.1093/aob/mcs171

Schuldt A, Bruelheide B, Durka W, Eichenberg D, Fischer M, Kröber W, Härdtle W, Ma K, Michalski SG, Palm WU, Schmid B, Welk E, Zhou H, Assmann T (2012). Plant traits affecting herbivory on tree recruits in highly diverse subtropical forests. Ecology Letters 15: 732-739. Reprint doi/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01792.x

Voss N, Eckstein RL, Durka W (2012). Range expansion of a selfing polyploid plant despite genetic uniformity. Annals of Botany 110: 585-593. Reprint doi: 10.1093/aob/mcs117

Zeng X, Michalski SG, Fischer M, Durka W (2012). Species diversity and population density affect genetic structure and gene dispersal in a subtropical understory shrub. Journal of Plant Ecology 5: 270-278. Reprint doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtr029

Michalski SG, Durka W (2012). Assessment of provenance delineation by genetic differentiation patterns and estimates of gene flow in the common grassland plant Geranium pratense. Conservation Genetics 13: 581-592. Reprint doi: 10.1007/s10592-011-0309-7

Voss N, Welk E, Durka W Eckstein RL (2012). Biological Flora of Central Europe: Ceratocapnos claviculata L. Lidén. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 14: 61-77. Reprint doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2011.09.004

Michalski SG, Durka W (2012). Identification and characterization of microsatellite loci in the rush Juncus effusus (Juncaceae). American Journal of Botany: e53-e55. Reprint doi: 10.3732/ajb.1100322

Lange R, Diekötter T, Schiffmann LA, Wolters V, Durka W (2012). Matrix quality and habitat configuration interactively determine functional habitat connectivity in a widespread bush cricket at a small spatial scales. Landscape Ecology 27: 381-392. Reprint doi: 10.1007/s10980-011-9692-1


Becker T, Voss N, Durka W (2011) Pollen limitation and inbreeding depression in an “old rare” bumblebee-pollinated grassland herb. Plant Biology 13:857-864. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/j.1438-8677.2011.00452.x

Lachmuth S, Durka W, Schurr F (2011) Differentiation of reproductive and competitive ability in the invaded range of Senecio inaequidens: the role of genetic Allee-effects, adaptive and non-adaptive evolution. New Phytologist 192: 529:541. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03808.x

Voss N, Simmering D, Peppler-Lisbach C, Durka W Eckstein RL (2011). Vegetation databases as a tool to analyze factors affecting the range expansion of the forest understory herb Ceratocapnos claviculata. Applied Vegetation Science 22: 726-740. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01284.x

Kattge J, aut. mult. (2011) TRY: a global database of plant traits. Global Change Biology 17: 2905-2935. Reprint DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02451.x

Kloss L, Fischer M, Durka W (2011) Land-use effects on genetic structure of a common grassland herb: a matter of scale. Basic and Applied Ecology 12: 440-448. Reprint

Wagner V, Durka W, Hensen I (2011). Increased genetic differentiation but no reduced genetic diversity in peripheral vs. central populations of a steppe grass. American Journal of Botany 98: 1173-1179. Reprint

Shi M, Michalski SG, Chen XY, Durka W (2011). Isolation by elevation: genetic structure at neutral and putatively non-neutral loci in a dominant tree of subtropical forest, Castanopsis eyrei. PLOS one 6:e21302. Reprint

Stark C, Michalski SG, Babik W, Winterfeld G, Durka W (2011) Strong genetic differentiation between Gymnadenia conopsea and G. densiflora despite morphological similarity. Plant Systematics and Evolution 293: 213:226. Reprint

Bruelheide H, Böhnke M, Both S, Fang T, Assmann T, Baruffol M, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Chen X, Ding B, Durka W, Erfmeier A, Fischer M, Geißler C, Guo D, Guo LD, Härdtle W, He JS, Hector A, Kröber W, Kühn P, Lang A, Nadrowski K, Pei K, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Shi X, Scholten T, Schuldt A, Trogisch S, von Oheimb G, Welk E, Wirth C, Wu YT, Yang X, Zeng X, Zhang S, Zhou H, Ma K, Schmid B (2011) Community assembly during secondary forest succession in a chinese subtropical forest. Ecological Monographs 8: 25-41. Reprint doi: 10.1890/09-2172.1.

Wärner C, Welk E, Durka W, Wittig B, Diekmann M (2011). Biological Flora of Central Europe: Euphorbia palustris L. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 13: 57-71. Reprint

Schleuning M, Templin M, Huamán V, Vadillo PG, Becker T, Durka W, Fischer M, Matthies, D (2011). Effects of inbreeding, outbreeding, and supplemental pollen on the reproduction of a hummingbird-pollinated clonal Amazonian herb. Biotropica 43: 183-191. Reprint doi 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00663.x

Schleuning M, Becker T, Vadillo GP, Hahn T, Matthies D, Durka W (2011) Population genetic structure of a clonal Amazonian understory herb. Journal of Ecology 99: 373-382. Reprint doi: DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2010.01775.x.

Ebeling SK, Schreiter S, Durka W (2011). Polymorphic microsatellite markers in the invasive shrub Buddleja davidii. American Journal of Botany e39-e40. Reprint.

Horn S, Durka W, Wolf R, Ermala A, Stubbe A, Stubbe M, Hofreiter M (2011) Mitochondrial genomes reveal slow rates of molecular evolution and the timing of speciation in Beavers (Castor), one of the largest rodent species. PLoS ONE 6: e14622 Reprint


Durka W, Stark C, Güth M, Heyde K, Hornemann G (2010) Spontane Sukzession und genetische Vielfalt in Tagebauen und Steinbrüchen. S. 147-155 in: Hotes S, Wolters V (Hrsg.) Fokus Biodiversität - Wie Biodiversität in der Kulturlandschaft erhalten und nachhaltig genutzt werden kann. München, oekom-Verlag.

Lange R, Durka W, Holzhauer SIJ, Wolters V, Diekötter T (2010) Differential threshold effects of habitat fragmentation on gene flow in two widespread species of bush crickets. Molecular Ecology 19:4936-4948. Reprint

Lachmuth S, Durka W, Schurr F 2010) The making of a rapid plant invader: genetic diversity and differentiation in the native and invaded range of Senecio inaequidens. Molecular Ecology 19: 3952-3967. Reprint

Baessler C, Klotz S, Durka W (2010). Temporal changes and spatial determinants of plant species diversity and genetic variation. Pp 279-298 in: Müller F, Baessler C, Schubert H, Klotz S (eds) Long-Term Ecological Research. Dordrecht, Springer.

Musche MJ, Settele J Durka W (2010). Performance and response to defoliation of Sanguisorba officinalis (Rosaceae) seedlings from mown and successional habitats. Botany 88: 691-697. Reprint

Hensen I, Kilian C, Wagner V, Durka W, Pusch J, Wesche K (2010) Low genetic variability and strong differentiation among isolated populations of the rare steppe grass Stipa capillata L. in central Europe. Plant Biology 12: 526-536. Reprint

Michalski SG, Durka W (2010). Pollen and ovule production in wind-pollinated species with special reference to Juncus. Plant Systematics and Evolution 286:191-197. Reprint

Michalski SG, Durka W, Jentsch AV, Kreyling J, Pompe S, Schweiger O, Willner E and Beierkuhnlein C (2010). Evidence for genetic differentiation and divergent selection in an autotetraploid forage grass (Arrhenatherum elatius). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 120: 1151-1162. Reprint

Zhu, Y, Siegwolf, RTW, Durka W and Körner C (2010) Phylogenetically balanced evidence for structural and carbon isotope responses in plants along elevational gradients. Oecologia 162: 853-863. Reprint

Küster EC, Durka W, Kühn I, Klotz S (2010). Differences in the trait compositions of non-indigenous and native plants across Germany. Biological Invasions 12: 2001-2012. Reprint


Durka W (2009). Herkunftskontrollen von Saat- und Pflanzgut aus lokalen Herkünften (Machbarkeitsstudie erstellt im Rahmen des DBU Projektes „Entwicklung und praktische Umsetzung naturschutzfachlicher Mindestanforderungen an einen Herkunftsnachweis für gebietseigenes Wildpflanzensaatgut krautiger Pflanzen“, Prasse, Kunzmann & Schröder 2010). Reprint

Stark C, Babik W, Durka W (2009) Fungi from the roots of the common terrestrial orchid Gymnadenia conopsea. Mycological Research 113: 952-959. Reprint

Durka W (2009) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci for Euphorbia palustris (Euphorbiaceae). Genome 52: 1037-1039. Reprint

Schmidt T, Arens P, Smulders MJM, Billeter R, Liira J, Augenstein I, Durka W (2009) Effects of landscape structure on genetic diversity of Geum urbanum L. populations in agricultural landscapes. Flora 203: 549-559. Reprint

Meyer J, Kohnen A, Durka W, Wöstemeyer J, Blaum N, Rossmanith E, Brandl R (2009) Genetic structure and dispersal in a small South African rodent. Is dispersal female-biased? Mammalian Biology 74: 478-487. Reprint

Babik W, Pabbijan M, Arntzen JW, Cogalniceanu D, Durka W, Radwan J (2009) Long-term survival of a urodele amphibian despite depleted major histocompatibility complex variation. Molecular Ecology 18, 769-781. Reprint

Michalski SG, Durka W (2009) Pollination mode and life form strongly affect the relation between mating system and pollen to ovule ratios. New Phytologist 183: 470-479. Reprint

Kühn I, Nobis MP, Durka W (2009) Combining spatial and phylogenetic eigenvector filtering in trait analyses. Global Ecology and Biogeography 18:745-758.Reprint


Ross, CA, Auge, H, Durka W (2008) Genetic relationships among three native North-American Mahonia species, invasive Mahonia populations from Europe, and commercial cultivars. Plant Systematics and Evolution 275: 219-229. doi 10.1007/s00606-008-0066-3 Reprint

Hahn, T., Durka, W., Becker, T., 2008. Populationsgenetische Hinweise auf eine rezente Arealexpansion des mitteleuropäischen Endemiten Linum leonii. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 60, 87-92.

Musche M, Settele J, Durka W (2008) Genetic population structure and reproductive fitness in the plant Sanguisorba officinalis in populations supporting colonies of an endangered Maculinea butterfly. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 169: 253-262. Reprint

Billeter R, Liira J, Bailey D, Bugter R, Arens P, Augenstein I, Aviron S, Baudry J, Bukacek R, Burel F, Cerny M, De Blust G, De Cock R, Diekotter T, Dietz H, Dirksen J, Dormann C, Durka W, Frenzel M, Hamersky R, Hendrickx F, Herzog F, Klotz S, Koolstra B, Lausch A, Le Coeur D, Maelfait JP, Opdam P, Roubalova M, Schermann A, Schermann N, Schmidt T, Schweiger O, Smulders MJM, Speelmans M, Simova P, Verboom J, van Wingerden WKRE, Zobel M (2008) Indicators for biodiversity in agricultural landscapes: a pan-European study. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45: 141-150. Reprint

Schweiger O, Klotz S, Durka W, Kühn I (2008) A test of phylogenetic diversity indices. Oecologia 157: 485-495. Reprint


Michalski SG, Durka W (2007) High selfing and high inbreeding depression in peripheral populations of Juncus atratus. Molecular Ecology 16: 4715-4727. Reprint

Michalski SG, Durka W (2007) Synchronous pulsed flowering - analysis of the flowering phenology in Juncus (Juncaceae). Annals of Botany 100: 1271-1285.Reprint

Anton C, Zeisset I, Musche M, Durka W, Boomsma JJ, Settele J (2007) Population structure of a large blue butterfly and its specialist parasitoid in a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology 16: 3828-3838.Reprint

Solé M, Durka W, Eber S, Brandl R (2007) Influence of the parasitism by Urophora cardui (Diptera:Tephritidae) on the genotypic and genetic diversity of the host plant Cirsium arvense. Entomologia Generalis 30: 33-42.

Götzenberger L, Durka W, Kühn I, and Klotz S (2007) The relationship of pollen-ovule ratio and seed size - another test of a sex allocation hypothesis. Evolutionary Ecology Research 9: 1145-1161. Reprint

Wölleke J, Anders K, Durka W, Elmer M, Wanner M, Wiegleb G, (Hrsg.) (2007) Landschaft im Wandel. Natürliche und anthropogene Besiedlung der Niederlausitzer Bergbaufolgelandschaft. Shaker Verlag, Aachen, 297 S.


Güth M, Wiegleb G, Durka W (2007) Untersuchungen zur Populationsgenetik und Besiedlung der Niederlausitz am Beispiel des Sandohrwurmes Labidura riparia. In: Wöllecke J, Anders K, Durka W, Elmer M, Wanner M, Wiegleb G (eds) Landschaft im Wandel. Natürliche und anthropogene Besiedlung der Niederlausitzer Bergbaufolgelandschaft, pp. 145-160. Shaker Verlag, Aachen

Stark C, Durka W (2007) Der Beitrag von anthropogenen Habitaten für den Erhalt der genetischen Vielfalt: Fallstudie Händelwurz. In: Wöllecke J, Anders K, Durka W, Elmer M, Wanner M, Wiegleb G (eds) Landschaft im Wandel. Natürliche und anthropogene Besiedlung der Niederlausitzer Bergbaufolgelandschaft, pp. 161-179. Shaker Verlag, Aachen

Stark C, Güth M, Durka W (2007) Der Beitrag von anthropogenen Habitaten zur Erhaltung der genetischen Vielfalt von wildlebenden Tier- und Pflanzenpopulationen am Beispiel der Bergbaufolgelandschaft. In: Entwicklung der Biodiversität in der Bergbaufolgelandschaft im Gefüge von Ökologie und Sozioökonomie, BTUC-AR 2/2007 (eds. Bröring U, Wanner M), pp. 135-153. BTU Cottbus.


Wilfert L, Kaib M, Durka W, Brandl R (2006) Differentiation between populations of a termite in eastern Africa: implications for biogeography. Journal of Biogeography 33: 1993-2000. Reprint

Herrmann N, Weiss G, Durka W (2006) Biological flora of Central Europe: Muscari tenuiflorum TAUSCH. Flora 201: 81-101. Reprint

Anton C, Settele J, Durka W (2006) Nine polymorphic microsatellite loci for the parasitic wasp Neotypus melanocephalus (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 399-401. Reprint

Gueth M, Durka W (2006) Identification of 10 microsatellite loci in the earwig Labidura riparia (Dermaptera, Labiduridae). Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 877-879. Reprint

Roß C, Durka W (2006) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in the invasive shrub Mahonia aquifolium (Berberidaceae) and their applicability in related species. Molecular Ecology Notes 6:948-950. Reprint

Götzenberger L, Durka W, Kühn I, and Klotz S (2006) The relationship of pollen-ovule ratio and seed size - a comparative test of a sex allocation hypothesis. Evolutionary Ecology Research 8:1101-1116 Reprint

Kühn I, Biermann S, Durka W and Klotz S (2006) Relating geographical variation in pollination types to environmental and spatial factors using novel statistical methods. New Phytologist 172:127-139. Reprint

Güth M, Durka W, Mrzljak J (2006) Genetische Untersuchungen zur Populationsstruktur von Calathus erratus (Carabidae) in gestörten Offenlandbereichen der Niederlausitz. Mitteilungen der deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 15: 107-112


Babik, W, Durka W, Radwan J (2005) Sequence diversity of the MHC DRB gene in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). Molecular Ecology 14: 4249-4257. Reprint

Ducroz J-F, Stubbe M, Saveljev AP, Heidecke D, Samjaa R, Ulevicius A, Stubbe A, Durka W (2005) Genetic variation and population structure of the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber in Eastern Europe and Asia based on mtDNA sequences. Journal of Mammalogy 86:1059-1067. Reprint

Durka W, Babik W, Ducroz J-F, Heidecke D, Rosell, Samjaa R, Saveljev AP, Stubbe A, Ulevicius A, Stubbe M (2005) Mitochondrial phylogeography of the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber L. Molecular Ecology 14: 3843-3856. Reprint

Durka W, Bossdorf O, Prati D, Auge H (2005) Molecular evidence for multiple introductions of invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata, Brassicaceae) to North America. Molecular Ecology 14: 1697-1706. Reprint

Heilmeier H, Durka W, Woitke M, Hartung W (2005) Ephemeral pools as stressful and isolated habitats for the endemic aquatic resurrection plant Chamaegigas intrepidus. Phytocoenologia 35:449-468 Reprint

Michalski S, Gautschi B, Burkart M, Durka W (2005) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the rush Juncus atratus (Juncaceae). Conservation Genetics 7: 149-151. Reprint

Prinzing A, Durka W, Klotz S, Brandl R (2005) How to characterize and predict alien species? A response to Pysek et al. (2004). Diversity and Distributions 11:121-123 Reprint


Arens P, Durka W, Wernke-Lenting JW, Smulders MJM (2004) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Geum urbanum (Rosaceae) and their transferability within the genus Geum. Molecular Ecology Notes 4:209-212. Reprint

Durka W, Bossdorf O, Gautschi B (2004) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the invasive Alliaria petiolata (Brassicaceae). Molecular Ecology Notes 4:173-175. Reprint

Durka W, Woitke M, Hartung W, Hartung S, Heilmeier H (2004) Genetic diversity in Chamaegigas intrepidus (Scrophulariaceae). In: Breckle SW, Schweizer B, Fangmeier A (eds) Results of worldwide ecological studies. Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium of the A.F.W. Schimper-Foundation., pp. 257-265. Verlag Günther Heimbach, Stuttgart

Hänfling B, Durka W, Brandl R (2004) Impact of habitat fragmentation on genetic population structure of roach, Rutilus rutilus, in a riparian ecosystem. Conservation Genetics 5:247-257Reprint

Kaib M, Jmhasly P, Wilfert L, Durka W, Franke S, Francke W, Leuthold RH, Brandl R (2004) Cuticular hydrocarbons and aggression in the termite Macrotermes subhyalinus. Journal of Chemical Ecology 30:365-385. Reprint

Schweiger O, Frenzel M, Durka W (2004) Spatial genetic and morphological structure in a metapopulation of the land snail Cepaea nemoralis (Gastropoda: Helicidae) in a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology, 13: 3645-3655. Reprint

Solé M, Durka W, Eber S, Brandl R (2004) Genotypic and genetic diversity of the common weed Cirsium arvense (Asteraceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences, 165, 437-444. Reprint

Prinzing A, Ozinga WA, Durka W (2004) The relationship between the global and regional distribution of species changes during phylogeny. Evolution 58:2622-2633. Reprint

Kühn I, Durka W, and Klotz S (2004) BiolFlor - a new plant-trait database as a tool for plant invasion ecology. Diversity & Distributions 10:363-365. Reprint


Brändle M, Durka W Krug H, Brandl R (2003) The assembly of a local flora and fauna: Plants and birds in non-reclaimed mining sites. Ecography 26:652-660. Reprint

Maurer K, Durka W, Stöcklin J (2003) Frequency of plant species in remnants of calcareous grassland and their dispersal and persistence characteristics. Basic and Applied Ecology 4:307-316. Reprint


Klotz S, Kühn I, Durka W (eds) (2002) BIOLFLOR - Eine Datenbank mit biologisch-ökologischen Merkmalen zur Flora von Deutschland, Schriftenreihe für Vegetationskunde Vol. 38; Bonn. BIOLFLOR

Durka W (2002) Blüten- und Reproduktionsbiologie. In: Klotz S, Kühn I, Durka W (eds) BIOLFLOR - Eine Datenbank mit biologisch-ökologischen Merkmalen zur Flora von Deutschland, Schriftenreihe für Vegetationskunde Vol. 38, pp. 133-175. Bonn Reprint

Durka W (2002) Chromosomenzahlen, Ploidiestufen und DNA-Gehalte. In: Klotz S, Kühn I, Durka W (eds) BIOLFLOR - Eine Datenbank mit biologisch-ökologischen Merkmalen zur Flora von Deutschland, Schriftenreihe für Vegetationskunde Vol. 38, pp. 57-73. Bonn Reprint

Durka W (2002) Phylogenie der Farn- und Blütenpflanzen Deutschlands. In: Klotz S, Kühn I, Durka W (eds) BIOLFLOR - Eine Datenbank mit biologisch-ökologischen Merkmalen zur Flora von Deutschland, Schriftenreihe für Vegetationskunde Vol. 38, pp. 75-91. Bonn Reprint

Prinzing A, Durka W, Klotz S, Brandl R (2002) Geographic variability of ecological niches of plant species: are competition and stress relevant? Ecography 25:721-729. Reprint

Prinzing A, Durka W, Klotz S, Brandl R (2002) Which species become aliens? Evolutionary Ecology Research 4:385-405. Reprint


Prinzing A, Durka W, Klotz S, Brandl R (2001) The niche of higher plants: evidence for phylogenetic conservatism. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 268:2383-2389. Reprint


Brändle M, Durka W, Altmoos M (2000) Biodiversity of surface dwelling beetles in open-cast lignite mines in Central Germany. Biodiversity and Conservation 9:1297-1311. Reprint

Durka W (2000) Die Bedeutung der populationsgenetischen Struktur für den Artenschutz am Beispiel der Stromtalart Corrigiola litoralis L. Schriftenreihe für Vegetationskunde 32:61-71.

Klotz S, Durka W, Schmidt T (2000) Vegetationsstruktur und -dynamik auf ehemaligen Bergbaustandorten in Mitteldeutschland und ihre Bedeutung für die Renaturierung. Rundgespräche der Kommission für Ökologie 20:43-51.

pre 2000

Durka W (1999) Genetic diversity in peripheral and subcentral populations of Corrigiola litoralis L. (Illecebraceae). Heredity 83:476-484. Reprint

Durka W, Giesemann A, Schulze ED, Jäger HJ (1999) Stable sulfur isotopes in forest spring waters from the Fichtelgebirge (Germany). Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 35:237-249. Reprint

Audorff V, Durka W, Beierkuhnlein C (1999) Vegetation der Waldquellfluren im Fichtelgebirge. In: Beierkuhnlein C (ed) Ökologie silikatischer Waldquellen in Mitteleuropa, pp. 193-204. Bayreuther Forum Ökologie 71.

Durka W, Altmoos M, Henle K (1999) Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege in Bergbaufolgelandschaften. Konzepte zur Optimierung eines Netzes von Vorrangflächen. Schriftenreihe des Deutschen Rates für Landespflege 70:81-92.

Durka W, Altmoos M, Henle K (1999) Entwicklung eines Netzes von Vorranggebieten für Artenschutz in der Bergbaufolgelandschaft mit iterativen Auswahlalgorithmen. In: Wiegleb G, Schulz F, Bröring U (eds) Naturschutzfachliche Bewertung im Rahmen der Leitbildmethode, pp. 165-178. Physica-Verlag, Berlin.

Durka W (1999) Stickstoffhaushalt von Waldeinzugsgebieten. In: Beierkuhnlein C (eds) Ökologie silikatischer Waldquellen in Mitteleuropa, pp. 39-58. Bayreuther Forum Ökologie 71.

Altmoos M, Durka W (1998) Prozeßschutz in Bergbaufolgelandschaften. Eine Naturschutzstrategie am Beispiel des Südraumes Leipzig. Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung 30:291-197.

Altmoos M, Durka W, Krug H, Henle K (1997) Naturschutz in der Bergbaufolgelandschaft des Südraumes Leipzig - eine Übersicht. In: Böcker R, Kohler A (eds) Hohenheimer Umwelttagung 29, Wiederherstellung von Bodenschätzen und Wiederherstellung der Landschaft, pp. 281-286. Heimbach, Ostfildern

Durka W, Brändle M, Altmoos M (1997) Sukzession, Habitate und Schutz von Laufkäfern (Carabidae) in Braunkohletagebauen. Mitteilungen der deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 11:111-114.

Durka W, Altmoos M (1997) Naturschutz in der Bergbaufolgelandschaft als Teil einer nachhaltigen Landschaftsentwicklung. In: Ring I (eds) Nachhaltige Entwicklung in Industrie- und Bergbauregionen - Eine Chance für den Südraum Leipzig ? , pp. 52-72. Teubner Verlag, Stuttgart.

Durka W, Altmoos M, Henle K (1997) Naturschutz in Bergbaufolgelandschaften des Südraumes Leipzig unter besonderer Berücksichtigung spontanter Sukzession. UFZ-Bericht 22:1-254. UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Leipzig

Altmoos M, Durka W (1996) Wiederfund des regional verschollenen Tagfalters 'Kleiner Waldportier', Hipparchia hermione (LINNAEUS, 1764), in der Bergbaufolgelandschaft des Südraumes Leipzig (Lepidoptera, Satyridae). Veröffentlichungen Naturkundemuseum Leipzig 15:114-117.

Durka W, Schulze ED, Gebauer G (1995) Nachweis von atmosphärischem Nitrat im Abfluß aus Waldökosystemen mit Hilfe natürlicher Isotopenverhältnisse. Informationsberichte des Bayerischen Landesamtes für Wasserwirtschaft 3:81-84.

Durka W, Schulze ED, Gebauer G, Voerkelius S (1995) Origin of nitrate in forest spring water: evidence from natural isotope ratios of NO3-d15N and NO3-d18O. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 31:386-387.

Durka W, Schulze ED (1995) Regulation des Nitrataustrages aus Waldeinzugsgebieten. Informationsberichte des Bayerischen Landesamtes für Wasserwirtschaft 3:301-304.

Durka W, Schulze ED, Gebauer G, Voerkelius S (1994) Effects of forest decline on uptake and leaching of deposited nitrate determined from 15N and 18O measurements. Nature 372:765-767. Reprint

Durka W (1994) Isotopenchemie des Nitrat, Nitrataustrag, Wasserchemie und Vegetation von Waldquellen im Fichtelgebirge (NO-Bayern). Bayreuther Forum Ökologie 11:1-197.

Durka W, Ackermann W (1994) SORT, ein Computerprogramm zur Bearbeitung und zur Analyse floristischer und faunistischer Artenlisten und Tabellen im wissenschaftlichen und gutachterlichen Bereich. In: Pfaff-Schley H, Schimmelpfeng L (eds) EDV-Einsatz in Umweltschutz und Landschaftsplanung, pp. 107-122. Springer Verlag, Berlin

Durka W, Ackermann W (1993) SORT - Ein Computerprogramm zur Bearbeitung von floristischen und faunistischen Artentabellen. Natur und Landschaft 68:16-21.

Durka W Bruckner G, Gebauer G (1993) Probenpräparation von Nitrat aus komplexen Matrices zur Messung der N- und O-Isotopenverhältnisse. Isotopenpraxis Environmental Health Studies 29:139-140

Durka W, Schulze ED (1992) Hydrochemie von Waldquellen des Fichtelgebirges. UWSF-Zeitschrift für Umweltchemie und Ökotoxikologie 4:217-226. Reprint

Reif A, Durka W, Hemp, Löblich-Ille K (1989) Die Bärwurz (Meum athamanticum Jacq.) im nördlichen Frankenwald - Ihre Vergesellschaftung, ihre Standorte sowie deren Bewirtschaftung und Erhalt. Berichte der Naturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft Bayreuth XX:145-209 Reprint

Software links for population genetic analyses

  • Arlequin among others, used for analysis of molecular variance AMOVA
  • FSTAT: basic genetic diversity parameters, F-statistics, HWE-tests, Mantel test
  • GDA: basic genetic diversity parameters, F-statistics,
  • Genepop: basic genetic diversity parameters, F-statistics, HWE-tests, Mantel test
  • GENETIX: basic genetic diversity parameters, F-statistics, HWE-tests, Mantel test
  • MSA: for microsatellite data: computes basic indices
  • SPAGeDi Spatial pattern analysis of genetic diversity
  • MEGA only for DNA sequences
  • DnaSP only for DNA sequences
  • PHYLIP Felsensteins´ world of programs

  • Programs for analysis of dominant data (e.g. AFLP)
  • Genographer genotyping software for ABI files
  • AFLP-Surv basic genetic diversity parameters, F-statistitcs
  • AFLPOP population allocation

  • Other software link lists
  • List of population genetics software
  • List of gene flow related programs

Lebenslauf / Akademische Ausbildung od. CV / Scientific Career

1983 - 1989

Studies in Biology (Diplom) at University Bayreuth. Grant of the Deutsche Studienstiftung.

1989 - 1994

PhD at University Bayreuth, Bayreuth Institiute for Terrestrical Ecology, BITÖK, supervised by Prof. Dr. E.-D. Schulze.

since 1995

UFZ Environmental Research Centre, Department Community Ecology

Walter Durka 2000