Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Janika Kerner

Dr. Janika Kerner

Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter, University of Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Room: C042

  • elevational gradients

  • butterfly ecology

  • effect of climatic changes on community and species traits

  • pollinators and associated ecosystem functions in montane pasture management

  • land use patterns via remote sensing and GIS

ADAPT: Adaption of Alpine Pollinators in Times of Global Change

ADAPT investigates the response of alpine pollinators to climatic changes using multiple approaches that range from the molecular level up to the community level. We are examinig a natural climatic gradient along the mountain slopes of Berchtesgaden.

Within the project, I'm focusing on the following questions:

  •           How did plant and butterfly communities in the national park Berchtesgaden change along elevational gradients over the last 10 years?
  •           How are community and species traits of butterflies responding to climatic changes?
  •           Is there an impact of pasture management on the response of pollinators and ecosystem functions to climatic changes?

since 11/2023 Postdoc at Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg

01/2019 - 10/2023 PhD at Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg Thesis: "The impact of climate change on alpine insects, examining butterflies as indicator group" within the project ADAPT ("Adaption of Alpine Pollinators in Times of Global Change", Bavarian climate research network bayklif) (supervision Dr. Alice Claßen)

10/2016 - 01/2019 Master of Science in Environmental Planning and Ecological Engineering at Technical University of Munich Focus: Management of Wildlife and Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, International Land Use Planning. Master Thesis: "Determining factors for local fragmentation patterns of the South American tropical rainforest using the example of Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador" (supervision Prof. Dr. Thomas Knoke & Dr. Bernhard Felbermeier)

10/2011 - 10/2016 Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning at Technical University of Munich Focus: Landscape Planning. Bachelor Thesis: "Sukzession naturnaher Kalkmagerrasen in der regulierten Aue der Oberen Isar und Überprüfung von Beweidung als Pflegemaßnahme" (succession of near-natural nutrient-poor meadows at the upper Isar and review of grazing as a maintenance measure) (supervision Prof. Dr. Kollmann)

  • 08/2015 - 12/2015 Study visit at the University of Reunion Island (France) in the Master BEST (Biodiversity and Tropical Ecosystems)

  • 03/2014 - 08/2014 Intern in the DFG project "TRANSFER - Nuevos Bosques para Ecuador" in Loja, Ecuador (Chair of Silviculture, Technical University of Munich)

Kerner JM, Krauss J, Maihoff F, Bofinger L, Classen A (2023) Alpine butterflies want to fly high: Species and communities shift upwards faster than their host plants. Ecology 104(1): e3848. 10.1002/ecy.3848

Maihoff F, Friess N, Hoiss B, Schmid-Egger C, Kerner J, Neumayer J, Hopfenmüller S, Bässler C, Müller J, Classen A (2023) Smaller, more diverse and on the way to the top: Rapid community shifts of montane wild bees within an extraordinary hot decade. Diversity and Distributions 29: 272288. 10.1111/ddi.13658

Welti E, Zajicek P, Frenzel M, Ayasse M, Bornholdt T, Buse J, Classen A, Dziock F, Engelmann R, Englmeier J, Fellendorf M, Förschler M, Fricke U, Ganuza C, Hippke M, Hoenselaar G, Kaus-Thiel A, Kerner J, Kilian D, Mandery K, Marten A, Monaghan M, Morkel C, Müller J, Puffpaff S, Redlich S, Richter R, Rojas-Botero S, Scharnweber T, Scheiffarth G, Schmidt Yáñez P, Schumann R, Seibold S, Steffan-Dewenter I, Stoll S, Tobisch C, Twietmeyer S, Uhler J, Vogt J, Weis D, Weisser W, Wilmking M, Haase P. (2022) Decelerating benefits with rising temperatures for flying insect biomass across a distributed monitoring network. Insect Conservation and Diversity 15: 168-180. 10.1111/icad.12555

Teucher M, Fischer C, Busch C, Horn M, Igl J, Kerner J, Müller A, Mulwa RK, Habel JC (2015) A Kenyan endemic bird species Turdoides hindei at home in invasive thickets. Basic and Applied Ecology 16: 180-188. 10.1016/j.baae.2015.01.002