Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Dr. Fabian Bötzl

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-88795
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e-Mail: fabian.boetzl@uni-wuerzburg.de

ORCID: 0000-0001-5121-3370


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Room C046

University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter - Am Hubland

97074 Würzburg, Germany

  • Ecosystem functioning in agricultural landscapes
  • Spillover and edge effects
  • effects of agricultural land-use & management on biodiversity
  • natural pest control
  • biodiversity conservation
  • carabid beetle taxonomy and faunistics (Cicindelinae, Amara) 

Enhancing biodiversity-based ecosystem services to crops through optimized densities of green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes (EU-Biodiversa


03/2017 - 05/2021: PhD Student, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg; Main Focus: Effects of agri-environmental schemes on biodiversity and biodiversity mediated ecosystem functioning in agricultural landscapes. associated with the Project: "ECODEAL: Enhancing biodiversity-based ecosystem services to crops through optimized densities of green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes", supervision by Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter

10/2014 – 02/2017: Master of Science in biology, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg; Main Focus: Animal Ecology, Spillover of natural enemies in agricultural landscapes Master Thesis: „Effects of agri-environmental schemes on species richness and community composition of ground dwelling predators in differently structured landscapes“ (Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III), University of Würzburg)

10/2011 – 09/2014: Bachelor of Science in biology, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg; Main Focus: Zoology, Animal Ecology, Neurophysiology Bachelor Thesis: „Spillover von Laufkäfern zwischen Kalkmagerrasen und Kiefernwäldern“ (Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III), University of Würzburg)

Reviewer activities

Publons: publons.com/a/1468859


Bald V & Boetzl FA, Krauss J (2021) Where do hamsters go after cereal harvest? A case study. Basic and Applied Ecology 54: 98-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2021.04.008

Gebert J, Matalin AV, Boetzl FA (2021) Revision of the Palearctic Cicindela campestris species complex—Part 1: On the taxonomy, identification and ecology of Cicindela herbacea Klug, 1832 and Cicindela javetii Chaudoir, 1861 (Coleoptera, Cicindelidae). Zootaxa 4990: 469–510. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4990.3.3

Nelson M, Hosler SC, Boetzl FA, Jones HP, Barber NA (2021) Reintroduced grazers and prescribed fire effects on beetle assemblage structure and function in restored grasslands. Ecological Applications 31: e02217. DOI: 10.1002/eap.2217


Boetzl FA, Schuele M, Krauss J, Steffan‐Dewenter I (2020) Pest control potential of adjacent agri‐environment schemes varies with crop type and is shaped by landscape context and within‐field position. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 1482-1493. DOI:  10.1111/1365-2664.13653

Boetzl FA, Franzen M (2020) Taxonomy and distribution of Cylindera germanica (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Middle East with the description of two new subspecies (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Cicindelinae). Zootaxa 4809: 095–110. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4809.1.5


Boetzl FA, Konle A, Krauss J (2019) Aphid cards –useful model for assessing predation rates or bias prone nonsense? Journal of Applied Entomology 144: 74-80. DOI: 10.1111/jen.12692

Boetzl FA, Krimmer E, Krauss J,  Steffan‑Dewenter I (2019) Agri-environmental schemes promote ground dwelling predators in adjacent oilseed rape fields: diversity, species traits and distance-decay functions. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 10-20. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13162


Ala-Honkola O, Kauranen H, Tyukmaeva V, Boetzl FA, Hoikkala A, Schmitt T (2018) Diapause affects cuticular hydrocarbon composition and mating behavior of both sexes in Drosophila montana. Insect Science. DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12639

Boetzl FA, Ries E, Schneider G, Krauss J (2018) It’s a matter of design—how pitfall trap design affects trap samples and possible predictions. PeerJ  6: e5078. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5078


Schneider G, Krauss J, Boetzl FA, Fritze MA, Steffan‑Dewenter I (2016) Spillover from adjacent crop and forest habitats shapes carabid beetle assemblages in fragmented semi‑natural grasslands. Oecologia 182: 1141-1150. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-016-3710-6

Boetzl FA, Schneider G, Krauss J (2016) Asymmetric carabid beetle spillover between calcareous grasslands and coniferous forests. Journal of Insect Conservation  20: 49-57. DOI: 10.1007/s10841-015-9838-6



Non international journal articles:

Boetzl FA, Krauss J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2019) Mehr als nur „Bienenweide“ – wie Agrarumweltmaßnahmen bei der natürlichen Schädlingskontrolle helfen. ANLiegen Natur  41. Link: https://www.anl.bayern.de/publikationen/anliegen/doc/an41111boetzl_et_al_2019_aum_schaedlingskontrolle.pdf

Boetzl FA (2018) Agonum (Olisares) viridicupreum (GOEZE, 1777) – in Ostbayern übersehen? (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Nachrichtenblatt der Bayerischen Entomologen  67: 100-102.

Hoffmann H, Boetzl FA (2018) Erstnachweis von Astrapaeus ulmi (Rossi, 1790) in Bayern (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Entomologische Zeitschrift  128: 227-229.