Ecological Station

Dr. Oliver Mitesser

Dr. Oliver Mitesser

University of Würzburg
Field Station Fabrikschleichach
Glashüttenstraße 5
96181 Rauhenebrach

  • Phenology of plants and animals
  • Evolution of life history strategies
  • Social insects
  • Mathematical and statistical modeling

  • BETA-FOR: Enhancing the structural diversity between patches for improving multidiversity and multifunctionality in production forests
  • LandKlif: Effects of climate on functional diversity, conservation prioritization, and decomposer communities in land use gradients.

2023[ to top ]
  • Diversity and specialization responses to climate and land use differ between deadwood fungi and bacteria. Englmeier, Jana; Rieker, Daniel; Mitesser, Oliver; Benjamin, Caryl; Fricke, Ute; Ganuza, Cristina; Haensel, Maria; Kellner, Harald; Lorz, Janina; Redlich, Sarah; Riebl, Rebekka; Rojas-Botero, Sandra; Rummler, Thomas; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Stengel, Elisa; Tobisch, Cynthia; Uhler, Johannes; Uphus, Lars; Zhang, Jie; Müller, Jörg; Bässler, Claus. In Ecography, p. e06807. 2023.
  • Soundscapes and deep learning enable tracking biodiversity recovery in tropical forests. Müller, Jörg; Mitesser, Oliver; Schaefer, H. Martin; Seibold, Sebastian; Busse, Annika; Kriegel, Peter; Rabl, Dominik; Gelis, Rudy; Arteaga, Alejandro; Freile, Juan; Leite, Gabriel Augusto; de Melo, Tomaz Nascimento; LeBien, Jack; Campos-Cerqueira, Marconi; Blüthgen, Nico; Tremlett, Constance J.; Böttger, Dennis; Feldhaar, Heike; Grella, Nina; Falcon{\’{\i}}-L{\’{o}}pez, Ana; Donoso, David A.; Moriniere, Jerome; Buřivalová, Zuzana. In Nature Communications, 14(1). Springer Science and Business Media {LLC}, 2023.
  • Weather explains the decline and rise of insect biomass over 34 years. Müller, Jörg; Hothorn, Torsten; Yuan, Ye; Seibold, Sebastian; Mitesser, Oliver; Rothacher, Julia; Freund, Julia; Wild, Clara; Wolz, Marina; Menzel, Annette. In Nature. Springer Science and Business Media {LLC}, 2023.
  • Drivers of tree-related microhabitat profiles in European and Oriental beech forests. Mamadashvili, Giorgi; Brin, Antoine; Bässler, Claus; Chumak, Vasyl; Chumak, Maksym; Deidus, Valeriia; Drössler, Lars; Emberger, C{\’{e}}line; Georgiev, Kostadin B.; Ghrejyan, Tigran; Gossner, Martin M.; Hleb, Ruslan; Rafiei-Jahed, Razieh; Kalashian, Mark; Kambarov, Ivan; Karagyan, Gayane; Kevlishvili, Joni; Khutsishvili, Zviad; Kraus, Daniel; Lachat, Thibault; Lettenmaier, Ludwig; Mazmanyan, Meri; Mitesser, Oliver; Petrov, Peter I.; Roth, Nicolas; Tabunidze, Levan; Larrieu, Laurent; Müller, Jörg. In Biological Conservation, 285, p. 110245. Elsevier {BV}, 2023.
  • Ambient and substrate energy influence decomposer diversity differentially across trophic levels. Kriegel, Peter; Vogel, Sebastian; Angeleri, Romain; Baldrian, Petr; Borken, Werner; Bouget, Christophe; Brin, Antoine; Bussler, Heinz; Cocciufa, Cristiana; Feldmann, Benedikt; Gossner, Martin M.; Haeler, Elena; Hagge, Jonas; Hardersen, Sönke; Hartmann, Henrik; Hjältén, Joakim; Kotowska, Martyna M.; Lachat, Thibault; Larrieu, Laurent; Leverkus, Alexandro B.; Macagno, Anna L. M.; Mitesser, Oliver; Müller, Jörg; Obermaier, Elisabeth; Parisi, Francesco; Pelz, Stefan; Schuldt, Bernhard; Seibold, Sebastian; Stengel, Elisa; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Weisser, Wolfgang; Thorn, Simon. In Ecology Letters, 26(7), pp. 1157–1173. Wiley, 2023.
2022[ to top ]
  • The rising moon promotes mate finding in moths. Storms, Mona; Jakhar, Aryan; Mitesser, Oliver; Jechow, Andreas; Hölker, Franz; Degen, Tobias; Hovestadt, Thomas; Degen, Jacqueline. In Communications Biology, 5, p. 393. 2022.
  • Enhancing the structural diversity between forest patches—A concept and real-world experiment to study biodiversity, multifunctionality and forest resilience across spatial scales. Müller, Jörg; Mitesser, Oliver; Cadotte, Marc W.; van der Plas, Fons; Mori, Akira S.; Ammer, Christian; Chao, Anne; Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael; Baldrian, Petr; Bässler, Claus; Biedermann, Peter; Cesarz, Simone; Cla{\ss}en, Alice; Delory, Benjamin M.; Feldhaar, Heike; Fichtner, Andreas; Hothorn, Torsten; Kuenzer, Claudia; Peters, Marcell K.; Pierick, Kerstin; Schmitt, Thomas; Schuldt, Bernhard; Seidel, Dominik; Six, Diana; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Thorn, Simon; von Oheimb, Goddert; Wegmann, Martin; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Eisenhauer, Nico. In Global Change Biology, 29(6), pp. 1437–1450. Wiley, 2022.
  • Response of cavity nesting birds to Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera) and aerial spraying - An experimental approach. Hochrein, Sophia; Mitesser, Oliver; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Weisser, Wolfgang W; Leroy, Benjamin M. L.; Pretzsch, Hans; Hilmers, Torben; Rabl, Dominik; Müller, Jörg. In Forest Ecology and Management, 524, p. 120520. Elsevier {BV}, 2022.
  • Dung-visiting beetle diversity is mainly affected by land use, while community specialization is driven by climate. Englmeier, Jana; von Hoermann, Christian; Rieker, Daniel; Benbow, Marc Eric; Benjamin, Caryl; Fricke, Ute; Ganuza, Cristina; Haensel, Maria; Lackner, Tom{\’{a}}{\v{s}}; Mitesser, Oliver; Redlich, Sarah; Riebl, Rebekka; Rojas-Botero, Sandra; Rummler, Thomas; Salamon, Jörg-Alfred; Sommer, David; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Tobisch, Cynthia; Uhler, Johannes; Uphus, Lars; Zhang, Jie; Müller, Jörg. In Ecology and Evolution, 12(10). Wiley, 2022.
  • Quantifying wood decomposition by insects and fungi using computed tomography scanning and machine learning. Seibold, Sebastian; Müller, Jörg; Allner, Sebastian; Willner, Marian; Baldrian, Petr; Ulyshen, Michael D.; Brandl, Roland; Bässler, Claus; Hagge, Jonas; Mitesser, Oliver. In Scientific Reports, 12(1). Springer Science and Business Media {LLC}, 2022.
  • Diverse effects of climate, land use, and insects on dung and carrion decomposition. Englmeier, Jana; Mitesser, Oliver; Benbow, M. Eric; Hothorn, Torsten; von Hoermann, Christian; Benjamin, Caryl; Fricke, Ute; Ganuza, Cristina; Haensel, Maria; Redlich, Sarah; Riebl, Rebekka; Botero, Sandra Rojas; Rummler, Thomas; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Stengel, Elisa; Tobisch, Cynthia; Uhler, Johannes; Uphus, Lars; Zhang, Jie; Müller, Jörg. In Ecosystems. Springer Science and Business Media {LLC}, 2022.
  • Temporal Soundscape Patterns in a Panamanian Tree Diversity Experiment: Polycultures Show an Increase in High Frequency Cover. Müller, Sandra; Mitesser, Oliver; Oschwald, Linda; Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael; Potvin, Catherine. In Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10. Frontiers Media {SA}, 2022.
2021[ to top ]
  • Women temporarily synchronize their menstrual cycles with the luminance and gravimetric cycles of the Moon. Helfrich-Förster, C.; Monecke, S.; Spiousas, I.; Hovestadt, T.; Mitesser, O.; Wehr, T.A. In Science Advances, 7(5), p. eabe1358. 2021.
  • Relationship of insect biomass and richness with land use along a climate gradient. Uhler, Johannes; Redlich, Sarah; Zhang, Jie; Hothorn, Torsten; Tobisch, Cynthia; Ewald, J{\"o}rg; Thorn, Simon; Seibold, Sebastian; Mitesser, Oliver; Morini{\`e}re, J{\’e}r{\^o}me; others. In Nature communications, 12(1), pp. 1–9. Nature Publishing Group, 2021.
  • Tracking the temporal dynamics of insect defoliation by high-resolution radar satellite data. Bae, Soyeon; M{\"u}ller, J{\"o}rg; F{\"o}rster, Bernhard; Hilmers, Torben; Hochrein, Sophia; Jacobs, Martin; Leroy, Benjamin ML; Pretzsch, Hans; Weisser, Wolfgang W; Mitesser, Oliver. In Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Wiley Online Library, 2021.
  • Natural Zeitgebers Under Temperate Conditions Cannot Compensate for the Loss of a Functional Circadian Clock in Timing of a Vital Behavior in Drosophila. Ruf, Franziska; Mitesser, Oliver; Mungwa, Simon Tii; Horn, Melanie; Rieger, Dirk; Hovestadt, Thomas; Wegener, Christian. In Journal of Biological Rhythms, 36(3), pp. 271–285. 2021.
2020[ to top ]
  • A Novel Thermal-Visual Place Learning Paradigm for Honeybees (Apis mellifera). Scheiner, Ricarda; Frantzmann, Felix; Jäger, Maria; Mitesser, Oliver; Helfrich-Förster, Charlotte; Pauls, Dennis. In Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, p. 56. 2020.
2018[ to top ]
  • Suitable triggers for timing the transition from worker to sexual production in annual eusocial insects. Hovestadt, T.; Degen, T.; Mitesser, O. In Insectes Sociaux. 2018.
  • Overwintering temperature and body condition shift emergence dates of spring-emerging solitary bees. Schenk, Mariela; Mitesser, Oliver; Hovestadt, Thomas; Holzschuh, Andrea. In {PeerJ}, 6, p. e4721. {PeerJ}, 2018.
2017[ to top ]
  • Mating timing, dispersal and local adaptation in patchy environments. Lakovic, Milica; Mitesser, Oliver; Hovestadt, Thomas. In Oikos. 2017.
2016[ to top ]
  • The evolution of optimal emergence times: {Bet} hedging and the quest for an ideal free temporal distribution of individuals. Poethke, Hans Joachim; Hovestadt, Thomas; Mitesser, Oliver. In Oikos. 2016.