Dr. Oliver Schweiger
I am an animal ecologist with a fondness for insects (especially carabid beetles, wild bees, hoverflies and butterflies). My research covers many aspects of biodiversity and thus I analyse the structure, dynamics and functions of ecological systems across a variety of temporal and spatial scales. In particular I seek to understand the effects of systematic variations in environmental conditions such as that of global change on functional, phylogenetic and taxonomic aspects of species assemblages as well as on species interactions and the provisioning of ecosystem services. I work on several disciplinary levels such as population genetics and dynamics (fragmentation & dispersal), community ecology (disentangling scale and environmental factors), ecosystem functioning (function & reliability) and macroecology (general rules).
Currently, I am investigating the effects of global change on bees, hoverflies, butterflies and plants across Europe and I assess their future risks according to changes in land use, climate, and resource distribution. I am also interested in investigating the scale-specificity of these effects and to improve our ability to combine the best information across different spatial scales to better assess regional impacts of global change.
- EC21C - European Conservation for the 21st Century (EU FP 7, ERA-Net project BiodivERsA, 2013 - 2016) EC21C homepage
Regionalised impacts of climate change on experimental species models and species ranges for Germany
(Project 1 in Cluster 2 "Impacts of Climate Change on Ecological Patterns and Processes" of Topic 1 "Land Use Options - Strategies and Adaptation to Global Change" of the project oriented funding of the Helmholtz Association) Topic 1 homepage
- CLIMIT - CLimate change impacts on Insects and their MITigation (EU FP 6, ERA-Net project BiodivERsA) CLIMIT homepage
- STEP - Status and Trends of European Pollinators (EU FP 7, Collaborative Project, 2010 - 2015) STEP homepage
- SCALES - Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales (EU FP 7, Integrated Project, 2009 - 2014) SCALES homepage
COCONUT - understanding effeCts Of land use Changes ON ecosystems to halt loss of biodiversity due to habitat destrUction, fragmenTation and degradation (EU FP 6, Scientific support to policies project, 2006 - 2008)
MACIS - Minimisation of and Adaptation to Climate change Impacts on biodiverSity (EU FP 6, Scientific support to policies project, 2006 - 2008)
- ALARM - Assessing LArge scale environmental Risks with tested Methods (EU FP 6, Integrated Project, 2004 - 2009)
- ALTER-Net - A Long-TErm Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network (EU FP 6, Network of Excellence, 2004 - 2009)
- Virtual Institute for Macroecology - VIMO (Funded by the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres, 2005 - 2007)
- GREENVEINS - Vulnerability of biodiversity in the Agro-ecosystem as
influenced by Green Veining and Land-use Intensity (EU FP5, Integrated Project, 2001 - 2004)
Papers in international peer-reviewed journals
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- Rasmont P, Franzén M, Lecocq T, Harpke A, Roberts S, Biesmeijer JC, Castro L, Cederberg B, Dvorak L, Fitzpatrick Ú, Gonseth Y, Haubruge E, Mahé G, Manino A, Michez D, Neumayer J, Ødegaard F, Paukkunen J, Pawlikowski T, Potts S, Reemer M, Settele J, Straka J, Schweiger O (2015). Climatic Risk and Distribution Atlas of European Bumblebees. BioRisk 10: 1-236. Download
- Kudrna O, Harpke A, Lux K, Pennersdorfer J, Schweiger O, Settele J, M, Wiemers M, (2011). Distribution Atlas of Butterflies in Europe. Gesellschaft für Schmetterlingsschutz, Halle, Germany. Order.
- Settele J, Kudrna O, Harpke A, Kühn I, Van Swaay C, Verovnik R, Warren M, Wiemers M, Hanspach J, Hickler T, Kühn E, Van Halder I, Veling K, Vliegenthart A, Wynhoff I & Schweiger O (2008). Climatic Risk Atlas of European Butterflies. Pensoft, Sofia, Moscow, 710pp. [BioRisk 1 (Special Issue): 1-710.]. Order. Download.