Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Dr. So Yeon Bae

Scientific staff

Telephone: +49 931 31 89113
e-Mail: soyeon.bae@uni-wuerzburg.de

Room: Field Station 'Fabrikschleichach'

University of Würzburg
Ökologische Station Fabrikschleichach
Glashüttenstraße 5,
96181 Rauhenebrach, Germany

For further information please visit my page in ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/proile/Soyeon_Bae

  • Habitat Heterogeneity (Spatial/Temporal)
  • 3-D Forest Structure
  • Biodiversity in Temperate Forest
  • Remote Sensing for Ecology

2017-2020 Biodiversity Exploratories: TreeScape, DFG MU 3621 / 2-1

Description: Ecological mechanisms underpinning species diversity changes along land-use intensity in temperate forests - from trees to landscapes

see homepage: Biodiversity Exploratories functional biodiversity research

2020 - 2021 Mapping national bird diversity by space-borne radar, 2020R1A6A3A03038391

2020 onward Gypsy moth

Description: Effects of gypsy moth and the insecticide Mimic on non-target organisms like butterflies, moths, birds and bats

- Tracking temporal dynamics of insects’ defoliation by high resolution radar data from space

see homepage: Gypsy moth project (Field station webpage)



  • Since 10.2017 Scientific Staff at the University of Würzburg, Field Station Fabrikschleichach, Germany
  • 12.2017-3.2018 Scientific Staff at the University of Würzburg, The EAGLE graduate program, Germany
  • 4.2017-9.2017 Scientific Staff at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • 8.2015-3.2017 Research fellow at the National Institute of Ecology, Korea
  • 11.2013-4.2014 Visiting scientist in Irstea (The Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture), Grenoble, France
  • 10.2011-3.2012 Exchange student in Biogeographical Modelling Group, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • 3.2010-8.2015 PhD student in Landscape Ecology Group, Department of Environmental Planning, Seoul National University, South Korea. (Thesis: Modelling avian taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity in relation to 3-D forest structure)
  • 1.2008-1.2010 Researcher in Department of Urban Ecology, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, South Korea
  • 2005-2007 Master of Landscape Architecture, Seoul National University, South Korea (Thesis: A study on improving the problems of the outdoor space in the apartment complex toward the universal design)
  • 9.2004-6.2005 Research assistant in Department of Landscape Ecology, LEED (Landscape Ecology and Environmental Design), South Korea
  • 2000-2004 Bachelor of Architecture, Seoul National University, Korea (Thesis: Ecological planning of Nanji sewage treatment centre region)

Bae, S ; Müller, J ; Förster, B ; Hilmers, T;  Hochrein, S;  Jacobs, M;  Leroy, B M L; Pretzsch, H;  Weisser, W W; Mitesser, O (2021) Tracking the temporal dynamics of insect defoliation by high-resolution radar satellite data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, n/a. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13726

Bae, S ; Heidrich, L ; Levick, S R ; Gossner, M M ; Seibold, S ; Weisser, W W ; Magdon, P et al.; Müller, J (2021) Dispersal ability, trophic position and body size mediate species turnover processes: Insights from a multi-taxa and multi-scale approach. Diversity and Distributions 27 (3). pp. 439-453. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13204

Heidrich, L ; Bae, S ; Levick, S ; Seibold, S ; Weisser, W ; Krzystek, P ; Magdon, P ; Nauss, T ; Schall, P; et al.; , Müller J (2020) Heterogeneity-diversity relationships differ between and within trophic levels in temperate forests. Nature ecology & evolution 4 (9), pp. 1-9.

Kim D-I ; Park I-K ; Bae, S-Y ; Fong, J. J. ; Zhang, Y-P ; Li, S-R ; Ota, H ; Kim, J-S ; Park, D-S (2020) Prediction of present and future distribution of the Schlegel’s Japanese gecko (Gekko japonicus) using MaxEnt modeling. Journal of Ecology and Environment 44

Bae, S ; Levick, S R ; Heidrich, L ; Magdon, P ; Leutner, B F ; Wöllauer, S ; Serebryanyk, A ; Nauss, T ; Krzystek, P ; et al.; , Müller J (2019) Radar vision in the mapping of forest biodiversity from space. Nature Communications 10(1), pp. 4757

Bae, S ; Müller, J ; Lee, D ; Vierling, K . ; Vogeler, J . ; Vierling, L A ; Hudak, A T ; Latifi, H ; Thorn, S (2018) Taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity of bird assemblages are oppositely associated to productivity and heterogeneity in temperate forests. Remote Sensing of Environment  215, pp. 145-156.

Kim, H ; Park, C ; Lee, D ; Park, J ; Bae, S (2018) Habitats Suitability Analysis for Establishing Conservation Area of Siheung-si. Journal of Korea Planning Association 53, p. 161--175.

Lee H, Ha J, Cha J, Lee J, Yoon H, Chung C, Oh H, Bae S (2017) The Habitat Classification of mammals in Korea based on the National Ecosystem Survey. Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment 26 (2), pp. 160-170. DOI: 10.14249/eia.2017.26.2.160

Cho Y, Lee D, Bae S-Y (2017) Effects of vegetation structure and human impact on understory honey plant richness: Implications for pollinator visitation. Journal of Ecology and Environment 41 (2). DOI: 10.1186/s41610-016-0020-1

Kim W-Y, Bae S-Y, Oh S-J, Yoon H-N, Lee J-H, Paek W-K, Sung H-C (2016) Distribution of the Kentish Plover (Charadrius Alexandrinus) Based on the 3rd National Ecosystem Survey and Its Adequacy as a Bioindicator. Korean Journal of Environment and Ecology 30 (2), pp.155-164. DOI: 10.13047/KJEE.2016.30.2.155

Bae S, Reineking B, Ewald M, Müller J (2014) Comparison of airborne lidar, aerial photography, and field surveys to model the habitat suitability of a cryptic forest species - the hazel grouse. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35 (17), pp. 6469-6489. DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2014.955145

Müller J, Bae S, Röder J, Chao A, Didham RK (2014) Airborne LiDAR reveals context dependence in the effects of canopy architecture on arthropod diversity. Forest Ecology and Management 312, pp. 129-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.10.014

Further Publications (ResearchGate profile)