Project-related publications from DynaTrait members


Bernardes JP, John U, Woltermann N, Valiadi M, Hermann R, and Becks L (2021) The evolution of convex trade-offs enables the transition towards multicellularity. Nature Communications 12, 4222, Link

Ceulemans R, Guill C, and Gaedke U (2021) Top predators govern multitrophic diversity effects in tritrophic food webs. Ecology 102(7), Link

Flöder S,  Yong J, Klauschies T, Gaedke U, Brinkhoff T, Poprick T, and Moorthi S (2021) Intraspecific Trait Variation Alters the Outcome of Competition in Freshwater Ciliates. Ecol. Evol.11: 10225–10243, Link

Gerhard M, Mori C, and Striebel M (2021) Nonrandom species loss in phytoplankton communities and its effect on ecosystem functioning. Limnology and Oceanography,Link

Groß E, Boersma M, and Meunier CL (2021) Environmental impacts on single-cell variation within a ubiquitous diatom: The role of growth rate. PLoS ONE 16: e0251213, Link

Grossart HP, Hassan EA, Masigol H, Arias-Andres M, and Rojas-Jimenez K (2021) Inland Water Fungi in the Anthropocene: Current and Future Perspectives. Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, 2nd edition, Link

Hattich GSI, Listmann L, Govaert L, Pansch C, Reusch TBH, and Matthiessen B (2021) Experimentally decomposing phytoplankton community change into ecological and evolutionary contributions, Functional Ecology, Link

Herstoff EM, Meunier CL, Boersma M, and Baines SB (2021) Leveraging differences in multiple prey traits allows selective copepods to meet their threshold elemental ratios. Limnology and Oceanography 66:2914-2922, Link

Ilic M, Cordellier M, and Fink P (2021) Intrapopulation variability in a functional trait: Susceptibility ofDaphniato limitation by dietary fatty acids. Freshwater Biology 66 (1): 130-141, Link

Klawonn I, Van den Wyngaert S, Parada AE, Arandia-Gorostidi N, Whitehouse MJ, Grossart HP, and Dekas AE (2021) Characterizing the “fungal shunt”: Parasitic fungi on diatoms affect carbon flow and bacterial communities in aquatic microbial food webs. PNAS 118 (23), Link

Rojas-Jimenez K, Araya-Lobo A, Quesada-Perez F, Akerman-Sanchez J, Delgado-Duran B, Ganzert L, Zavialov PO, Alymkulov S, Kirillin G, and Grossart HP (2021) Variation of bacterial communities along the vertical gradient in Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. Environ. Microbiol. R. 13(3), 337–347, Link

Ryabov A, Kerimoglu O, Litchman E, Olenina I, Roselli L, Basset A, Stanca E, and Blasius B (2021) Shape matters: the relationship between cell geometry and diversity in phytoplankton. Ecology Letters. 24: 847-61, Link

Stockenreiter M, Isanta Navarro J, Buchberger F, and Stibor H (2021) Community shifts from eukaryote to cyanobacteria dominated phytoplankton: The role of mixing depth and light quality.  Freshwater Biology, Link

Wan W, HP Grossart, D He, W Yuan, and Y Yang (2021) Stronger environmental adaptation of rare rather than abundant bacterioplankton in response to dredging in eutrophic Lake Nanhu (Wuhan, China), Water Research 190, 116751, LInk


Blasius B, Rudolf L, Weithoff G, Gaedke U, and Fussmann G (2020). Long-term cyclic persistence in an experimental predator-prey system. Nature 577: 226-230, Link

Buchberger F, Stibor H, Neusius D, Nickelsen J, and Stockenreiter M (2020) Transgenic and cell wall-deficient Chlamydomonas reinhardtii food affects life history of Daphnia magna. Journal of Applied Phycology 32 (1): 319-328, Link

Burberg C, Petzoldt T, and von Elert E (2020) Phosphate limitation increases content of protease inhibitors in the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa. Toxins 12: 33, Link.

Chien C-T, Pahlow M, Schartau M, and Oschlies A (2020) Optimality-based non-Redfield plankton–ecosystem model (OPEM v1.1) in UVic-ESCM 2.9 – Part 2: Sensitivity analysis and model calibration. Geoscientific Model Development 13: 4691-4712, Link

Ehrlich E and Gaedke U (2020) Coupled changes in traits and biomasses cascading through a tritrophic plankton food web. Limnology and Oceanography 65: 2502-2514, Link

Ehrlich E, Kath NJ, and Gaedke U (2020) The shape of a defense-growth trade-off governs seasonal trait dynamics in natural phytoplankton. ISME Journal, Link

Frank F, Danger M, Hillebrand H, and Striebel M (2020) Stoichiometric constraints on phytoplankton resource use efficiency in monocultures and mixtures. Limnology and Oceanography, Link

Grossart HP, Massana R, McMahon KD and Walsh DA (2020) Linking metagenomics to aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycles. Limnol. Oceanogr. 65, S2-S20

Grossart HP, Van den Wyngaert S, Kagami M, Wurzbacher C, Cunliffe M, and Rojas-Jimenez K (2020) Pilze in aquatischen Ökosystemen. Grundlagen aus der allgemeinen Limnologie Pilze in aquatischen Ökosystemen I-V 9.5. Handbuch Angewandte Limnologie – 35. Erg. Lfg. 01/20

Ilić M, Cordellier M, and Fink P (2020) Intrapopulation variability in a functional trait: Susceptibility of Daphnia to limitation by dietary fatty acids. Frshwater Biology, Link

Klauschies T and Gaedke U (2020) Nutrient retention by predators undermines predator coexistence on one prey. Theoret Ecol. 13, 183-208, Link

Listmann L, Hattich GSI, Matthiessen B, and Reusch TBH (2020) Eco-evolutionary coupling within a two-species phytoplankton community driven by experimental selection. Frontiers in Marine Science,

Listmann L, Hattich GSI, Matthiessen B, and Reusch TBH (2020) Eco-evolutionary interaction in competing phytoplankton: nutrient driven genotype sorting likely explains dominance shift and species responses to CO2. Frontiers in Marine Science 7: 634, Link

Mi C, Shatwell T, Ma J, Wentzky VC, Boehrer B, Xu Y, and Rinke K (2020) The formation of a metalimnetic oxygen minimum exemplifies how ecosystem dynamics shape biogeochemical processes: A modelling study. Water Research 175: 115701, Link

Pahlow M, Chien C-T, Arteaga LA, and Oschlies A (2020) Optimality-based non-Redfield plankton–ecosystem model (OPEM v1.1) in UVic-ESCM 2.9 – Part 1: Implementation and model behaviour. Geoscientific Model Development 13: 4663-4690, Link

Schaelicke S, Heim S, Martin-Creuzburg D, and Wacker A (2020) Inter- and intraspecific differences in rotifer fatty acid composition during acclimation to low quality food. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375(1804): 20190644, Link

Trogant S, Becker K, Schweinsberg M, Ioannidou I, Tollrian R, and Weiss LC (2020). Simple morphology-based species identification in Euplotes spp. Fundam. Appl. Limnol. / Arch. Hydrobiol., Link

Weitere M, Brauns M, Rinke K, Borchardt D, and Wentzky V (2020) Wasserqualität und Biodiversität: eine enge wechselseitige Beziehung. - In: Spreen D, Kandarr J (Eds.), Biodiversität im Meer und an Land. Vom Wert biologischer Vielfalt, Potsdam : Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, 54-57, Link

Wentzky VC, Tittel J, Jäger CG, Bruggeman J, and Rinke K (2020) Seasonal succession of functional traits in phytoplankton communities and their interaction with trophic state. Journal of Ecology, Link


Buchberger F, Stibor H, Neusius D, Nickelsen J, and Stockenreiter M (2019) Transgenic and cell wall-deficient Chlamydomonas reinhardtii food affects life history of Daphnia magna. J Appl Phycol , Link

Burberg C, Ilić M, Petzoldt T, and von Elert E (2019) Nitrate determines growth and protease inhibitor content of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa. J Appl Phycol 31:1697-1707.

Carey JC, Jankowski K, Julian PI, Sethna LR, Thomas PK, and Rohweder J (2019) Exploring silica stoichiometry on a large floodplain riverscape. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, 346, Link

Ceulemans R, Gaedke U, Klauschies T, and Guill C (2019) The effects of functional diversity on biomass production, variability, and resilience of ecosystem functions in a tritrophic system, Scientific Reports 9, Article number 7541, Link

Gerhard M, Koussoroplis AM, Hillebrand H, and Striebel M (2019) Phytoplankton community responses to temperature fluctuations under different nutrient concentrations and stoichiometry. Ecology, Link

Grossart HP, Van den Wyngaert S, Kagami M, Wurzbacher C, Cunliffe M, and Rojas-Jimenez K (2019) Fungi in aquatic ecosystems. Nature Reviews Microbiology 17 (6), 339-354, Link

Hodapp D, Hillebrand H, and Striebel M (2019) “Unifying” the concept of resource use efficiency in ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Link

Ilić M, Werner C and Fink P (2019) Equal relevance of omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids for the fitness of Daphnia spp, Limnology and Oceanography 64 (6): 2512-2525, Link

Mi C, Sadeghian A, Lindenschmidt K-E, and Rinke K (2019) Variable withdrawal elevations as a management tool to counter the effects of climate warming in Germany's largest drinking water reservoir. Environmental Sciences Europe 31:19, Link

Mittler U, Blasius B, Gaedke U, and Ryabov AB (2019) Length–volume relationship of lake phytoplankton. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 17: 58-68, Link

Prowe AEF, Visser AW, Andersen KH, Chiba S, and Kiørboe T (2019): Biogeography of zooplankton feeding strategy. Limnology and Oceanography 64: 661-678, doi:10.1002/lno.11067

Raatz M, van Velzen E and Gaedke U (2019) Co-adaptation impacts robustness of predator-prey dynamics against perturbations. Ecol. Evol. 9: 3823-3836, Link

Rosenbaum B, Raatz M, Fussmann GF, Weithoff G and Gaedke U (2019) Estimating parameters from multiple time series of population dynamics using Bayesian inference. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: 234, Link

Schaelicke S,  Teubner J, Martin-Creuzburg D, and Wacker A (2019) Fitness response variation within and among consumer species can be co-mediated by food quantity and biochemical quality. Scientific Reports 9:16126, Link

Schaelicke S, Sobisch L-Y, Martin-Creuzburg D, and Wacker A (2019) Food quantity-quality co-limitation: Interactive effects of dietary carbon and essential lipid supply on population growth of a freshwater rotifer. Freshwater Biology 64(5): 903-912, Link

Stockenreiter M and Litchman E (2019) Nitrogen-fixer enhances lipid yields in algal polycultures, Algal Research 44, Link

Trommer G, Lorenz P, Lentz A, Fink P, and Stibor H (2019) Nitrogen enrichment leads to changing fatty acid composition in phytoplankton and negatively affects zooplankton in a lake community, Scientific Reports 9, Article number 16805, Link

Weyhenmeyer GA, ...Wentzky V,... , Flaim G (2019) Widespread diminishing anthropogenic effects on calcium in freshwaters. Scientific reports9(1): 1-10, Link

Wentzky VC, Frassl MA, Rinke K, and Boehrer B (2019) Metalimnetic oxygen minimum and the presence of Planktothrix rubescens in a low-nutrient drinking water reservoir. Water research148: 208-218, Link

Windisch H S and Fink P (2019) Transcriptome sequencing of a keystone aquatic herbivore yields insights on the temperature-dependent metabolism of essential lipids, BMC Genomics 20: 894, Link

Yamamichi M, Klauschies T, Miner BE, and van Velzen E (2019) Modelling inducible defences in predator–prey interactions: assumptions and dynamical consequences of three distinct approaches, Ecology Letters, 22(2):390-404, Link


Acevedo-Trejos E, Marañón E, and Merico A (2018) Phytoplankton size diversity and ecosystem function relationships across oceanic regions. Proc. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci., 285, Link

Charalampous E, Matthiessen B, and Sommer U (2018) Light effects on phytoplankton morphometric traits influence nutrient utilization ability. Journal of Plankton Research, 40 (5), 568–579. Link

Ehrlich E and Gaedke U (2018). Not attackable or not crackable - How pre- and post-attack defenses with different competition costs affect prey coexistence and population dynamics", Ecology and Evolution, online open access: Link

Flöder S, Bromann L, and Moorthi S (2018) Inter- and intraspecific consumer trait variations determine consumer diversity effects in multispecies predator-prey systems. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 81(3), 243-256, Link

Kath NJ, A Boit, C Guill, and U Gaedke (2018). Accounting for activity respiration results in realistic trophic transfer efficiencies in allometric trophic network (ATN) models. Theoretical Ecology, 1-11,

Kerimoglu O, Große F, Kreus M, Lenhart HJ, and Beusekom van JEE (2018). A model-based projection of historical state of a coastal ecosystem: relevance of phytoplankton stoichiometry. Science of the Total Environment 639, 1311-1323. Link

Klauschies T, Coutinho RM, and Gaedke U (2018) A beta distribution-based moment closure enhances the reliability of trait-based aggregate models for natural communities. Ecol. Modelling 381: 46-77. Link

Mi C, Frassl MA, Boehrer B, and Rinke K (2018) Episodic wind events induce persistent shifts in the thermal stratification of a reservoir (Rappbode Reservoir, Germany). International Review of Hydrobiology 103: 71-82, Link

Peeters F and Straile D (2018) Trait selection and co-existence of phytoplankton in partially mixed systems: Trait based modelling and potential of an aggregated approach. PLosONE. 13(3): e0194076.

Raatz M, S Schaelicke, M Sieber, A Wacker, and U Gaedke (2018) One man's trash is another man's treasure-the effect of bacteria on phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions in chemostat systems, Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods 16:629-639. Link

Su B, Pahlow M, and Prowe AEF (2018). The role of microzooplankton trophic interactions in modelling a suite of mesocosm ecosystems. Ecological Modelling 368, p.169-179. Link

Theodosiou L, Hiltunen T,  and Becks L (2018) The role of stressors in altering eco‐evolutionary dynamics, Functional Ecology, Link

Tsakalakis I, Pahlow M, Oschlies A, Blasius B, and Ryabov AB (2018) Diel light cycle as a key factor for modelling phytoplankton biogeography and diversity. Ecological Modelling. 384: 241-8, Link

Van Velzen, E and Gaedke U (2018) Reversed predator-prey cycles are driven by the amplitude of prey oscillations. Ecology and Evolution 8: 6317–6329.

Van Velzen E, Thieser T, Berendonk T, Weitere M, and Gaedke U (2018). Inducible defense destabilizes predator-prey dynamics: the importance of multiple predators. Oikos. 00:1-12. Link

Wentzky VC, Tittel J, Jäger CG, and Rinke K (2018) Mechanisms preventing a decrease in phytoplankton biomass after phosphorus reductions in a German drinking water reservoir—results from more than 50 years of observation. Freshwater Biology63(9): 1063-1076, Link


Beisser D, Graupner N, Bock C, Wodniok S, Grossmann L, Vos M, Sures B, Rahmann S, and Boenigk J. (2017). Comprehensive transcriptome analysis provides new insights into nutritional strategies and phylogenetic relationships of chrysophytes. PeerJ 5:e2832. Link

Beisser D, Kaschani F, Graupner N, Grossmann L, Jensen M, Ninck S, Schulz F, Rahmann S, Boenigk J, and Kaiser M (2017). Quantitative Proteomics Reveals Ecophysiological Effects of Light and Silver Stress on the Mixotrophic Protist Poterioochromonas malhamensis. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0168183. Link

Bengfort M, van Velzen E, and Gaedke U (2017). Slight phenotypic variation in predators and prey causes complex predator-prey oscillations. Ecol. Complexity 31: 115-124. Link

Ehrlich E, Becks L, and Gaedke U (2017). Trait-fitness relationships determine how trade-off shapes affect species coexistence. Ecology 98: 3188-3198. Link

Gaedke U and Klauschies T (2017). Analysing the shape of observed trait distributions enables a data-based moment closure of aggregate models. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. early view, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10218. Link

Gall A, Übel U, Ebensen U, Hillebrand H, Meier S, Singer G, Wacker A, and Striebel M (2017). Planktotrons: A highly controlled indoor mesocosm facility for aquatic biodiversity and food web research. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. Link

Hammerstein S, Stockenreiter M, and Stibor H. (2017). Directed diversity manipulations within natural phytoplankton communities. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. Link.

Hattich GSI, Listmann L, Raab J, Ozod-Seradj D, Reusch TBH, and Matthiessen B (2017). Inter- and intraspecific phenotypic plasticity of three phytoplankton species in response to ocean acidification. Biol. Lett. 13: 20160774. Link

Kerimoglu O, Hofmeister R, Maerz J, Riethmüller R, and Wirtz KW (2017). The acclimative biogeochemical model of the southern North Sea. Biogeosciences, 14, 4499-4531. Link

Kerimoglu O, Jacquet S, Vinçon-Leite B, Lemaire BJ, Rimet F, Soulignac F, Trévisan D, and Anneville O (2017): Modelling seasonal and inter-annual variation of plankton groups in Lake Bourget. Ecological Modelling, 359, 415-433. Link

Raatz M, Gaedke U and Wacker A (2017). High food quality of prey lowers its risk of extinction. Oikos. doi: 10.1111/oik.03863. Link.

Ruiter, PC de and Gaedke U (2017). Emergent facilitation promotes biological diversity in pelagic food webs. Food Webs, 10:15-21. Link

Seiler C, van Velzen E, Neu T, Gaedke U, Berendonk T, and Weitere M (2017). Grazing resistance of bacterial biofilms: A matter of predators' feeding trait. Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) Microbiology Ecology 93(9), fix112. Link

Taherzadeh N, Kerimoglu O, and Wirtz KW (2017). Can we predict phytoplankton community size structure using size scalings of eco-physiological traits? Ecological Modelling, 360, 279-289. Link

van Velzen E and Gaedke U (2017). Disentangling eco-evolutionary dynamics of predator-prey coevolution: the case of antiphase cycles. Scientific Reports, 7: 17125, doi: 10.1038/s41598. Link

Weithoff G and Gaedke U (2017). Mean functional traits of lake phytoplankton reflect seasonal and inter-annual changes in nutrients, climate and herbivory. Journal of Plankton Research. Link.

Wickman J, Diehl S, Blasius B, Klausmeier CA, Ryabov AB, and Brännström Å (2017) Determining selection across heterogeneous landscapes: A perturbation-based method and its application to modeling evolution in space. The American Naturalist. 189: 381-95, Link

Wohlgemuth D, Filip J, Hillebrand H, and Moorthi SD (2017) Prey diversity effects on ecosystem functioning depend on species identity and food web structure. Oecologica 184: 653–661, Link

Wohlrab S, Selander E, and John U (2017). Predator cues reduce intraspecific trait variability in a marine dinoflagellate. BMC Ecology, 17:8. Link

Wohlrab S, Tillmann U, Cembella A, and John U (2017). Trait changes induced by species interactions in two phenotypically distinct strains of a marine dinoflagellate. The ISME Journal, 10: 2658-2668. Link


Acevedo-Trejo E, Brandt G, Smith SL and Merico A (2016). PhytoSFDM version 1.0.0: Phytoplankton Size and Functional Diversity Model. Geoscientific Model Development 9: 4071-4085. Link

Coutinho R, Klauschies T, and Gaedke U (2016). Bimodal trait distributions with large variances question the reliability of trait-based aggregate models. Theoretical Ecology, 9: 389-408. Link

Hodapp D, Hillebrand H, Blasius B, and Ryabov AB (2016) Environmental and trait variability constrain community structure and the biodiversity‐productivity relationship. Ecology. 97: 1463-74, Link

Klauschies T, Vasseur DA, and Gaedke U (2016). Trait adaptation promotes species coexistence in diverse predator and prey communities. Ecology and Evolution 6: 4141-4159. Link.

Moorthi SD, Schmitt JA, Ryabov A, Tsakalakis I, Blasius B, Prelle L, Tiedemann M, and Hodapp D (2016) Unifying ecological stoichiometry and metabolic theory to predict production and trophic transfer in a marine planktonic food web. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 371: 20150270, Link

Smith SL, Vallina S, and Merico A (2016). Phytoplankton size-diversity mediates an emergent trade-off in ecosystem functioning for rare versus frequent disturbances. Scientific Reports 6(34170): 1-11. Link

van Velzen E and Etienne RS (2016). The importance of ecological costs for the evolution of plant defense against herbivores. J. Theor. Biol. 372: 89-99. Link

Wirtz K and Kerimoglu O (2016). Autotrophic Stoichiometry Emerging from Optimality and Variable Co-limitation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 4:131. Link


Acevedo-Trejos E, Brandt G, Bruggeman J, and Merico A (2015). Mechanisms shaping size structure and functional diversity of phytoplankton communities in the ocean. Scientific Reports 5(8918): 1-8. Link

Massie T, Weithoff G, Kuckländer N, Gaedke U, and B. Blasius (2015). Enhanced Moran effect by spatial variation in environmental autocorrelation. Nature Comm. 6: 5993. Link

Ryabov AB, Morozov A, and Blasius B (2015) Imperfect prey selectivity of predators promotes biodiversity and irregularity in food webs. Ecology Letters. 18 (11):1262-9, Link

Smith SL, Pahlow M, Merico A, Acevedo-Trejos E, Sasai Y, Yoshikawa C, Sasaoka K, Fujiki T, Matsumoto K, and Honda M (2015). Flexible phytoplankton functional type (FlexPFT) model: size-scaling of traits and optimal growth. Journal of Plankton Research 38(4): 977-992. Link

Weithoff G, Rocha MR, and Gaedke U (2015). Comparing seasonal dynamics of functional and taxonomic diversity reveals the driving forces underlying phytoplankton community structure. Freshwater Biology 60: 758-767. Link


Merico A, Brandt G, Smith SL, and Oliver M (2014) Sustaining diversity in trait-based models of phytoplankton communities. Front. Ecol. Evol., 2, 1–8, Link

2011 and earlier

Tirok K, Bauer B, Wirtz K, and Gaedke U (2011). Predator-prey dynamics driven by feedback between functionally diverse trophic levels. PLoS ONE 6(11): e27357. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027357. Link

Tirok K and Gaedke U (2010). Internally driven alternation of functional traits in a multi-species predator-prey system. Ecology 91: 1748-1762. Link

Tirok K and Gaedke U (2007) Regulation of planktonic ciliate dynamics and functional composition during spring in Lake Constance. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 49: 87-100. Link