• A bird pollinator shows positive frequency dependence and constancy of species choice in natural plant communities 

      Schmid, B.; Nottebrock, H.; Esler, K.J.; Pagel, J.; Bohning-Gaese, K.; Schurr, F.M.; Mueller, T.; Schleuning, M. (Ecological Society of America, 2016)
      Animal pollinators mediate reproduction of many plant species. Foraging theory suggests that animal pollinators exhibit preferences for common plant species in natural communities (positive frequency-dependent foraging) ...
    • Coexistence of plant species in a biodiversity hotspot is stabilized by competition but not by seed predation 

      Nottebrock, H.; Schmid, B.; Treurnicht, M.; Pagel, J.; Esler, K.J.; Bohning-Gaese, K.; Schleuning, M.; Schurr, F.M. (Nordic Society Oikos, 2017)
      Understanding the mechanisms of species coexistence is a key task for ecology. Recent theory predicts that both competition and predation (which causes apparent competition among prey) can either promote or limit species ...
    • Functional traits explain the Hutchinsonian niches of plant species 

      Treurnicht, M.; Pagel, J.; Tonnabel, J.; Esler, K.J.; Slingsby, J.A.; Schurr, F.M. (2020)
      Aim: The Hutchinsonian niche is a foundational concept in ecology and evolutionary biology that describes fundamental characteristics of any species: the global maximum population growth rate (rmax); the niche optimum (the ...
    • Responses of nectar-feeding birds to floral resources at multiple spatial scales 

      Schmid, B.; Nottebrock, H.; Esler, K.J.; Pagel, J.; Pauw, A.; Bohning-Gaese, K.; Schurr, F.M.; Schleuning, M. (Nordic Society Oiko, 2016)
      The responses of animal pollinators to the spatially heterogeneous distribution of floral resources are important for plant reproduction, especially in species-rich plant communities. We explore how responses of pollinators ...
    • Reward quality predicts effects of bird-pollinators on the reproduction of African Protea shrubs 

      Schmid, B.; Nottebrock, H.; Esler, K.J.; Pagel, J.; Pauw, A.; Bohning-Gaese, K.; Schurr, F.M.; Schleuning, M. (Elsevier GmbH, 2015)
      Pollination syndromes predict the principal animal pollinators of plant species from floral traits. However, the existence of discrete pollination syndromes and the relevance of these syndromes for the effects of animal ...
    • Sugar landscapes and pollinator-mediated interactions in plant communities. 

      Nottebrock, H.; Schmid, B.; Mayer, K.; Devaux, C.; Esler, K.J.; Bohning-Gaese, K.; Schleuning, M.; Pagel, J.; Schurr, F.M. (John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2017)
      Pollinator-mediated interactions between plants can play an important role for the dynamics of plant communities. Pollination services depend on the abundance and the foraging behaviour of pollinators, which in turn respond ...