Diana Bowler

Guest Scientist

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig

Scientific Career


since 09/2018

Postdoctoral Researcher, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig


Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway
Integration of different types of monitoring data of the Eld’s deer in Myanmar and the willow ptarmigan in Norway using Bayesian hierarchical models.

2012 - 2017

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany
Comparative analysis of the impacts of climate change and other drivers in central Europe, using a range of long-term population and community monitoring data sets..

2010 - 2011

Kyoto University, Japan
Experimental study of the sub-lethal effects of predators on prey population dynamics, using two-spotted spider mites and their predators as a model-system.

2007 - 2010

Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation, Bangor University, UK
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses to synthesize data on various topics in conservation and environmental management.


2011 - 2012

Graduate Certificate in Statistics
University of Sheffield [grade: distinction, mode: distance-learning]

2002 - 2007

PhD: Dispersal and dynamics of spatially-structured populations in an experimental mite system
University of Aberdeen

1997 - 2002

MSci Zoology (with work placement year in Spain on the Balearic Shearwater)
University of Glasgow [grade: 1st class]

Research Interests

I study the population dynamics of species, mostly European ones, to assess the impacts of environmental changes (climate change, land-use change etc.) on species’ abundances and distributions. I am especially interested in how species vary in response to environmental changes, leading to changes in community composition and potentially the functional properties of communities. Because there are many statistical challenges to analyzing population data, I often focus on methodological questions. Recently, this has revolved around methods to integrate different types of population datasets in the same analytical framework. At iDiv, I am involved in the sMon project, combining citizen science data from across Germany to estimate long-term trends of select groups, such as dragonflies and beetles.


Further Publications

Pre-IDIV publications


Bálint, M., Pfenninger, M., Grossart, H.P., Taberlet, P., Vellend, M., Leibold, M.A. Englund, G., Bowler, D.E. Environmental DNA time series in ecology. In press at Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

Bowler, D.E., Heldbjerg, H., Fox, A.D., O’Hara, R.B., Böhning‐Gaese, K. (2018). Disentangling the effects of multiple environmental drivers on population changes within communities. Journal of Animal Ecology 87:1034-1045

Bowler, D.E., Haase, P., Hof, C., Kröncke, I., Baert, L., Dekoninck, W., Domisch, S., Hendrickx, F., Hickler, T., Neumann, H., OHara, R.B., Sell, A.F., Sonnewald, M., Stoll, S., Türkay, M., van Klink, R., Schweiger, O., Vermeulen, R., Böhning-Gaese, K. (2017) Cross-taxa generalities in the relationship between population abundance and ambient temperatures. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences 284 (1863).

Bowler D.E., Böhning-Gaese, K. (2017) Improving the community-temperature index as a climate change indicator. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0184275

Bowler, D.E., Hof, C., Haase, P., Kröncke, I., Schweiger, O., Adrian, R., Baert, L., Bauer, H.G., Blick, T., Brooker, R.W., Dekoninck, W., Domisch, S., Eckmann, R., Hendrickx, F., Hickler, T., Klotz, S., Kraberg, A., Kühn, I., Matesanz, S., Meschede, A., Neumann, H., O’Hara, R.B., Russell, D.J., Sell, A.F., Sonnewald, M., Stoll, S., Sundermann, A., Tackenberg, O., Türkay, M., Valladares, F., van Herk, K., van Klink, R., Vermeulen, R., Voigtländer, K., Wagner, R., Welk, E., Wiemers, M., Wiltshire, K.H., Böhning-Gaese, K. (2017) Cross-realm assessment of climate-change impacts on species' abundance trends. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1(3): 0067.

Piano, E., De Wolf, K., Bona, F., Bonte, D., Bowler, D.E., Isaia, M., Lens, L., Merckx, T., Mertens, D., van Kerckvoorde, M., De Meester, L. & Hendrickx, F. (2017) Urbanization drives community shifts towards thermophilic and dispersive species at local and landscape scales. Global Change Biology 23: 2554-2564.

Knight, T., Price, S., Bowler, D.E., King, S. (2016) How effective is ‘greening’ of urban areas in reducing human exposure to ground-level ozone concentrations, UV exposure and the ‘urban heat island effect’? A protocol to update a systematic review. Environmental Evidence 5:3

Bowler, D.E. , Haase, P., Kröncke, I., Tackenberg, O., Bauer, H.G., Brendel, C., Brooker, R.W., Gerisch, M., Henle, K., Hickler, T., Hof, C., Klotz, S., Kühn, I., Matesanz, S., O‘Hara, R., Russell, D., Schweiger, O., Valladares, F., Welk, E., Wiemers, M., Böhning-Gaese, K.. 2015. A cross-taxon analysis of the impact of climate change on abundance trends in central Europe. Biological Conservation 187: 41–50.

Bowler, D.E., Yano, S. & Amano, H. 2012. The nonconsumptive effects of a predator on spider mites depend on predator density. Journal of Zoology 289: 52-9.

Eycott, A.E., Stewart, G.B., Buyung-Ali, L.M., Bowler, D.E., Watts, K. & Pullin, A.S. 2012. A meta-analysis on the impact of different matrix structures on species movement rates. Landscape Ecology 27: 1263-78.

Bowler, D.E., Buyung-Ali, L.M., Healey, J.R., Jones, J.P.G., Knight, T.M. & Pullin, A.S. 2012. Does community forest management provide global environmental benefits and improve local welfare? Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 10: 29-36.

Benton, T.G. & Bowler, D.E. 2012. Linking dispersal to spatial dynamics. In: Dispersal and Spatial Evolutionary Ecology (edited by Jean Clobert, Michel Baguette, Tim Benton, and James Bullock). Oxford University Press.

Benton, T.G. & Bowler, D.E. 2012. Dispersal in invertebrates: influences on individual decisions.In: Dispersal and Spatial Evolutionary Ecology (edited by Jean Clobert, Michel Baguette, Tim Benton, and James Bullock). Oxford University Press.

Bowler, D.E. & Benton, T.G. 2011. Testing the interaction between environmental variation and dispersal strategy on population dynamics using an experimental mite system. Oecologia 116: 111-9.

Bowler, D.E., Buyung-Ali, L., Knight, T.M. & Pullin, A.S. 2010. A systematic review of the evidence for direct health benefits of natural environments. BMC Public Health 10: 456.

Bowler, D.E., Buyung-Ali, L., Knight, T.M., & Pullin, A.S. 2010. Urban greening to cool towns and cities: a systematic review of the empirical evidence. Landscape and Urban Planning 97: 147-155.

Gusset, M., Stewart, G., Bowler, D.E. & Pullin, A. 2010. Wild dog reintroductions in South Africa: a systematic review and cross-validation of an endangered species recovery programme. Journal of Nature Conservation 18: 230-234.

Bowler, D.E. & Benton, T.G. 2009. Variation in dispersal mortality and dispersal propensity among individuals: the effects of age, sex and resource availability. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 1234-41.

Bowler, D.E. & Benton, T.G. 2009. Impact of dispersal on population growth: the role of inter-patch distance. Oikos 118: 403-12.

Bowler, D.E. & Benton, T.G. 2005. Causes and consequences of animal dispersal strategies: relating individual behaviour and spatial dynamics. Biological Reviews 80: 205-25.

Genovart, M., McMinn, M. & Bowler, D. 2003. A discriminant function for predicting sex in the Balearic shearwater. Waterbirds 26: 72–6.

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