Michaela Bellach

Phd Student

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-82437
Fax:       +49 (0)931 31-84352
e-Mail:   michaela.bellach@uni-wuerzburg.de

Room C042

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

97074 Würzburg, Germany

Research interests

  • Landscape Ecology
  • Ecosystem services in agri-environments
  • Plant-animal interactions: pollination and seed dispersal
  • Multitrophic interactions: plant - seed predator - parasitoids

Projects

Biodiversitäts-Exploratorien - Effects of landscape context and land-use intensity on biodiversity and multitrophic interactions among plants, pollinators, herbivores, and their natural enemies

Michaela Bellach, Juliane Steckel, Catrin Westphal, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter

Pollination is an important ecosystem service ensuring cross-pollination in wild plant populations and yields in major crops. Agricultural intensification threatens this ecosystem service because it changes the living conditions for pollinators on multiple scales. Changes occur on a local scale through increased inputs and outputs and at a landscape scale through landscape simplification.

We investigate how different groups of pollinators are affected by local land use intensification and simplification of landscape. In the framework of the Biodiversity Exploratories (http://www.biodiversity-exploratories.de/) we monitored about 100 grassland plots along a local land use intensity gradient and generated an extensive landscape mapping to test the effects on a landscape scale.

Our results will help to understand how agricultural intensification affects pollinators and how these effects vary between regions with different landscapes and farming practices.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 05/2010 PhD-student at the University of Würzburg, Germany, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biozentrum, Prof. I. Steffan-Dewenter. Project: Effects of agricultural intensification on pollinator diversity and plant-pollinator-interactions on a local and landscape scale.

  • 04/2008 – 04/2010 PhD-student at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, Department of Animal Ecology/Population Ecology, Prof. I. Steffan-Dewenter. Project: Effects of agricultural intensification on pollinator diversity and plant-pollinator-interactions on a local and landscape scale.

  • 11/2006 – 10/2007 Academic visitor at the University of Queensland, Australia. Diploma Thesis: Song analysis and the definition of species limits in a variable cicada (Pauropsalta fuscata, (Ewart 1989)).

  • 04/2005 – 10/2006 Student of Biology at the University of Rostock, Germany. Main interests: Ecology, Medical Parasitology.

  • 07/2004 – 11/2004 Studies of Ecology at the University of Queensland, Australia

  • 10/2000 – 06/2004 Studies of Biology at the University of Rostock, Germany. Main interests: Zoology, Entomology.

Scholarships:

  • 2011/2012 Completion scholarship (women’s advancement, University of Würzburg, 8 month)

  • 2004 Diploma thesis scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, 4 month)

Services:

  • 2010 -2012 spokesman of PhD students within the Biodiversity Exploratories

Conference participation:

  • 2011 Speaker at 41st Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 5.-9. September 2011, Oldenburg

Publications