Dipl-Biol. Christian Kempe


Christian Kempe, Dipl.-Biol.
PhD student

für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 4, 06120 Halle

phone: 0049 345 558 5316
fax:      0049 559 5329

Doris Wolst

Curiculum Vitae

since 2014

PhD student at Helmholtz Centre for Einvironmental Research - UFZ,
Department of Community Ecology
Scholar of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

working title of PhD thesis: "Influence of ant diversity onto local populations of the Dusky Lage Blue Maculinea nausithous"


Internship at the Finca Picarandau (Palma de Mallorca) on organic farming of olives and at the

Institut Balear de la Natura (IBANAT) in applied conservation

2005 - 2013

study of biology at Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg

diploma thesis: "Influnce of habitat edges onto local populations on the Dusky Large Blue Phengaris nausithous"

supervised by PD Dr. Josef Settele, Prof. Dr. Isabell Hensen and Dr. Martin Musche

2003 - 2005

vocational training to laboratory technician at the Berufsbildende Schulen Weißenfels

Research interests

The Dusky Large Blue Maculinea nausithous is a highly threatened species endemic in Western Europe. As it is a myrmecophilous butterflies, its occurence is linked closely to a certain ant species, providing safety and food sources for its developement.

As an umbrella species of extensively managed grasslands, conservation of the Dusky Large Blue Butterfly not only provides support for the focal species but also for other species, depending on this habitat type. Thus, information on its habitat requirements may be important for nature conservation science as well as for applied conservation.

In my PhD thesis I am focussing on ant composition and ant interactions, which may affect the butterfly food web in many ways. Otherwise ant distribution may indicate changes among abiotic conditions within haibitats and therefor might reveal possible aspects triggering an increasing of habitat quality.

Kooperationen / Projekte | Co-operations / Projects

Jagiellonian University
Institute of Environmental Sciences,
Gronostajowa 7, 30–387 Kraków, Poland

Dr. Piotr Nowicki, associate professor

Current Projects:

Influence of ant diversity onto occurence of the Dusky Large Blue Maculinea nausithous



2016 (1)

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2016 (1)

  • Kempe, C., Nowicki, P., Harpke, A., Schweiger, O., Settele, J., (2016):
    The importance of resource distribution: spatial co-occurrence of host plants and host ants coincides with increased egg densities of the Dusky Large Blue Maculinea nausithous (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
    J. Insect Conserv. 20 (6), 1033 - 1045
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