Dr. Mark Frenzel

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Dr. Mark Frenzel
Ecologist

Department Community Ecology
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4
06120 Halle, Germany

Email       mark.frenzel@ufz.de

Phone     +49 345 558 5304

Mark Frenzel


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Research interests

1. Research and Observation

TERENO project (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories): As an animal ecologist I am dealing with insects and birds in agricultural landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt which are regularly surveyed within the German long-term project TERENO . I am responsible for monitoring of the mentioned animal groups at the UFZ TERENO observatory Harz / Central German Lowland. Linking to ecosystem services, we are concentrating on pollinators (bees, hoverflies, butterflies) and analyze the impact of landscape structure land use change on these insect communities. This is supported by studies on pollination success in selected plants. Birds as integrating indicators at the landscape scale are the second group for tackling landscape structure effects and land use change.

Effects of plant origin on insect communities: using non-regional seeds for renaturation and restoration purposes may disturb the synchronization with specialized insects feeding on these plants, as the phenology of a given species in different regions differs. In common garden experiments we investigate the effects of different seed origin on the local insect fauna.   

Former studies: (a) patterns of alpha and beta diversity of the fauna of cabbage plants (Brassicaceae); (b) biogeographical patterns of host use and species associations of phytophagous insects and their parasitoids using the example of thistles (Cynaroideae) and their fruit fly fauna (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Europe; (c) biological invasions, especially the colonization of new (alien) host plants by phytophages and the characteristics of the host plant responsible for the colonization success.

2. Standard observations at Long-Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) sites

Since 2006 I am involved in the German network of Long-Term Ecological Research LTER-D and in the development of criteria for LTER sites all over Europe in the LTER-Europe network. In this context the standardization of parameters and methods is one of the big challenges for LTER sites. This topic was supported by the life+ project EnvEurope (2010-2013), the FP7 project ExpeER (2010-2015) and the Horizon 2020 project eLTER (2015-2019). The web tool ECOPAR hosted at UFZ is an important outcome of this work. It is an interactive compilation of measurables relevant for ecological studies based on the Ecosystem Integrity framework. Based on a set of indicators, this framework is aiming at assessing the state of and pressures on ecosystems building e.g. on its ability for self-organization. Related to this are contributions to the thesaurus (standardized vocabulary) EnvThes and the metadata repository DEIMS (Dynamic Ecological Information Management System).  

3. Data management and FAIR principles

While addressing open data as one of the six open science principles, data management and the data-related FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) are indispensable. This issue becomes more and more important for large institutions generating lots of data like UFZ. Since 2012 I am contributing to this task at the UFZ by co-organizing the quality control process of device-generated data and a special focus on biodiversity data generated at our department. Biodiversity data at UFZ are processed and represented within the information system BExIS (DFG funded project aiming to provide a generic tool for biodiversity data). Actually I am representing UFZ in the NFDI4Biodiversity (Nationale ForschungsDaten Infrastruktur) consortium which is part of a national effort for FAIR data.


Other Professional Activities

  • GfS - Gesellschaft für Schmetterlingsschutz: Member of steering committee (since 2009)
  • LTER-D - German Long-Term Ecological Research Network: Member of steering committee (since 2015)
  • GFBio - German Federation for Biological Data: Member of scientific advisory board (since 2017)
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ: Member of supervisory board (since 2017)
  • eLTER ESFRI (Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe Research Infrastructure): member of the general executive team (head office)

Co-operations / Projects

Ongoing

  • NFDI4Biodiversity (2020-2025): German National Research Data Infrastructure (Nationale ForschungsDaten Infrastruktur) for Biodiversity
  • LTER-Europe : The European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network
  • LTER-D : The German network for Long Term Ecological Research
  • ALTER-Net : A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Finalized

  • eLTER H2020 (2015-2019): European Long-Term Ecosystem and Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure
  • EnvEurope Project (2010-2014): Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring (Life+)
  • ExpeER : Experimenation in Ecosystem research (FP7, 2011-2015)

CV / Scientific Career

1982-89

Studies of biology at the universities of Marburg and Bayreuth, with a major in animal and plant ecology and a minor in biogeography.

1989 - 1993

PhD student at the chair of Chemical Ecology, University of Bayreuth (topic: Canthariphilous gnats (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)); fellowship of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes"

since 1994

Research scientist at the Department of Community Ecology, UFZ


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1999 (1)
1998 (6)
1997 (2)

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  • Zacharias, S., Bogena, H., Samaniego, L., Mauder, M., Fuß, R., Pütz, T., Frenzel, M., Schwank, M., Baessler, C., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Bens, O., Borg, E., Brauer, A., Dietrich, P., Hajnsek, I., Helle, G., Kiese, R., Kunstmann, H., Klotz, S., Munch, J.C., Papen, H., Priesack, E., Schmid, H.P., Steinbrecher, R., Rosenbaum, U., Teutsch, G., Vereecken, H., (2011):
    A network of terrestrial environmental observatories in Germany
    Vadose Zone J. 10 (3), 955 - 973
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  • 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., Diekötter, T., Dietz, H., Dirksen, J., Dormann, C.F., Durka, W., Frenzel, M., Hamersky, R., Hendrickx, F., Herzog, F., Klotz, S., Koolstra, B., Lausch, A., Le Coeur, D., Maelfait, J.P., Opdam, P., Roubalova, M., Schermann, A., Schermann, N., Schmidt, T., Schweiger, O., Smulders, M.J.M., Speelmans, M., Simova, P., Verboom, J., van Wingerden, W.K.R.E., Zobel, M., Edwards, P.J., (2008):
    Indicators for biodiversity in agricultural landscapes: a pan-European study
    J. Appl. Ecol. 45 (1), 141 - 150
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  • Dormann, C.F., Schweiger, O., Arens, P., Augenstein, I., Aviron, S., Bailey, D., Baudry, J., Billeter, R., Bugter, R., Bukácek, R., Burel, F., Cerny, M., de Cock, R., de Blust, G., de Filippi, R., Diekötter, T., Dirksen, J., Durka, W., Edwards, P.J., Frenzel, M., Hamersky, R., Hendrickx, F., Herzog, F., Klotz, S., Koolstra, B., Lausch, A., Le Coeur, D., Liira, J., Maelfait, J.P., Opdam, P., Roubalova, M., Schermann-Legionnet, A., Schermann, N., Schmidt, T., Smulders, M.J.M., Speelmans, M., Simova, P., Verboom, J., van Wingerden, W., Zobel, M., (2008):
    Prediction uncertainty of environmental change effects on temperate European biodiversity
    Ecol. Lett. 11 (3), 235 - 244
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  • Klotz, S., Baessler, C., Frenzel, M., (2008):
    Ökologische Langzeitforschung in Deutschland - das LTER-D-Netzwerk
    Wie schnell verändert sich unsere Umwelt? Ökologisches Langzeitmonitoring; Rundgespräch am 23. Oktober 2007 in München
    Rundgespräche der Kommission für Ökologie 34
    Pfeil, München, S. 113 - 124
  • Stadler, J., Schöppe, F., Frenzel, M., (eds., 2008):
    EURECO-GFOE 2008. Proceedings

    Die Werkstatt, Göttingen, 865 pp.
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Other

Schweiger O, Augenstein I, Bailey D, Frenzel M, Javoish J, Karulaas R, Liira J, Speelmans M (2003): Spatial and functional structure of top predator metacommunities (Carabidae) in fragmented landscapes. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 33: 496

Frenzel M, Brändle M, Brandl R (2000) Diversity of phytophagous insects on alien plants. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 30:144

Frenzel M, Brandl R (1998) The regional species pool and phytophagous insect assemblages on host plant taxa. INTECOL, Florence: 344

Soldaat LL, Frenzel M (1996) Spread of smut disease caused by Ustilago major in populations of Silene otites. Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie: Nachrichten 10:83-84

Frenzel M, Brandl R (1996) Alpha-Diversität phytophager Insekten auf Brassicaceen. Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie: Nachrichten 10:85-86

Frenzel M, Dettner K (1995) Gnitzen (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) und Cantharidin: Die Gier nach einem aussergewöhnlichen Naturstoff. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 10:681-684

Published Open Data sets

2017 (5)

  • Frenzel M; Höhne R (2017): Bird monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2001. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi: 10.1594/PANGAEA.875025] DOI year 2001
  • Frenzel M; Höhne R (2017): Bird monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2009. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.875026 DOI year 2009
  • Frenzel M; Höhne R (2017): Bird monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2012. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.875027 DOI year 2012
  • Frenzel M; Höhne R (2017): Bird monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2013. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ.PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.875028 DOI year 2013
  • Frenzel M; Höhne R (2017): Bird monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2014. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ.PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.875030 DOI year 2014

2016 (5)

  • Frenzel M, Preiser C, Creutzburg F (2016) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2010. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.864790] DOI year 2010
  • Frenzel M, Preiser C, Nickels V, Creutzburg F (2016) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2011. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.864907] DOI year 2011
  • Frenzel M, Preiser C, Höhne R, Nickel V, Creutzburg F (2016) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2012. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.865038] DOI year 2012
  • Frenzel M, Preiser C, Dussl F, Höhne R, Nickel V, Creutzburg F (2016) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2013. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.865097] DOI year 2013
  • Frenzel M, Dussl F, Höhne R, Nickel V, Creutzburg F (2016) Wild bee monitoring in six agriculturally dominated landscapes of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) in 2014. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ. [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA. 865100] DOI year 2014