Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology Group


    • Degen, T., Hovestadt, T., Mitesser, O., and Hölker, F. (2017) Altered sex-specific mortality and female mating success: ecological effects and evolutionary responses, Ecosphere 8, e01820--n/a.
    • Frank, E. T., Schmitt, T., Hovestadt, T., Mitesser, O., Stiegler, J., and Linsenmair, K. E. (2017) Saving the injured: Rescue behavior in the termite-hunting ant Megaponera analis, Science Advances, American Association for the Advancement of Science 3.
    • Groot, M. P., Kubisch, A., Ouborg, N. J., Pagel, J., Schmid, K. J., Vergeer, P., and Lampei, C. (2017) Transgenerational effects of mild heat in Arabidopsis thaliana show strong genotype specificity that is explained by climate at origin, New Phytologist.
    • Lakovic, M., Mitesser, O., and Hovestadt, T. (2017) Mating timing, dispersal and local adaptation in patchy environments, Oikos, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
    • Lameris, T. K., Scholten, I., Bauer, S., Cobben, M. M. P., Ens, B. J., and Nolet, B. A. (2017) Potential for an Arctic-breeding migratory bird to adjust spring migration phenology to Arctic amplification, Global Change Biology 1-11.


    • Degen, T., Mitesser, O., Perkin, E. K., Weiß, N. -S., Oehlert, M., Mattig, E., and Hölker, F. (2016) Street lighting: sex-independent impacts on moth movement, Journal of Animal Ecology 85, 1352--1360.
    • Kubisch, A., Winter, A. -M., and Fronhofer, E. A. (2016) The downward spiral: eco-evolutionary feedback loops lead to the emergence of ‘elastic’ ranges, Ecography 39, 261--269.
    • Poethke, H. J., Hovestadt, T., and Mitesser, O. (2016) The evolution of optimal emergence times: Bet hedging and the quest for an ideal free temporal distribution of individuals, Oikos.
    • Poethke, H. J., Kubisch, A., Mitesser, O., and Hovestadt, T. (2016) The evolution of density-dependent dispersal under limited information, Ecological Modelling 338, 1--10.
    • Szigeti, V., Kőrösi, Á., Harnos, A., Nagy, J. N., and Kis, J. N. (2016) Measuring floral resource availability for insect pollinators in temperate grasslands - a review: Measuring floral resource availability, Ecological Entomology 41, 231--240.
    • Verriest, E. I., Dirr, G., Helmke, U., and Mitesser, O. (2016) Explicitly solvable bilinear optimal control problems with applications in ecology. In Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (Georgiou, T. T., Ed.), pp 538-541, University of Minnesota.


    • Chaianunporn, T., and Hovestadt, T. (2015) Evolutionary responses to climate change in parasitic systems, Global Change Biology 21, 2905--2916.
    • Degen, T., Hovestadt, T., Mitesser, O., and Hölker, F. (2015) High female survival promotes evolution of protogyny and sexual conflict, PLoS ONE 10, e0118354.
    • Földesi, R., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Kőrösi, Á., Somay, L., Elek, Z., Markó, V., Sárospataki, M., Bakos, R., Varga, Á., Nyisztor, K., and Báldi, A. (2015) Relationships between wild bees, hoverflies and pollination success in apple orchards with different landscape contexts: Importance of wild pollinators in apple orchards, Agricultural and Forest Entomology 18, 68-75.
    • Fronhofer, E. A., Joachim Poethke, H., and Dieckmann, U. (2015) Evolution of dispersal distance: Maternal investment leads to bimodal dispersal kernels, Journal of Theoretical Biology 365, 270--279.
    • Joschinski, J., Krauss, J., and Hovestadt, T. (2015) Coping with shorter days: Do phenology shifts constrain aphid fitness?, PeerJ 3, e1103.
    • Lakovic, M., Poethke, H. -J., and Hovestadt, T. (2015) Dispersal timing: Emigration of insects living in patchy environments, PLOS ONE 10, e0128672.
    • Mitesser, O., Kőrösi, Á., Hovestadt, T., Möhringer, P., and Bohn, G. (2015) 3D Flight Path Tracking of Butterflies by Image Processing, International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering Systems 6, 29--31.
    • Poethke, H. J., Kubisch, A., Mitesser, O., and Hovestadt, T. (2015) The Adequate Use of Limited Information in Dispersal Decisions, The American Naturalist 187, 136--142.


    • Boeye, J., Kubisch, A., and Bonte, D. (2014) Habitat structure mediates spatial segregation and therefore coexistence, Landscape Ecology 29, 593--604.
    • Cotto, O., Kubisch, A., Ronce, O., Gardner, A. E. : A., and Day, E. : T. (2014) Optimal life-history strategy differs between philopatric and dispersing individuals in a metapopulation, The American Naturalist 183, 384--393.
    • Fronhofer, E. A., Stelz, J. M., Lutz, E., Poethke, H. J., and Bonte, D. (2014) Spatially correlated extinctions select for less emigration but larger dispersal distances in the Spider Mite Tetranychus Urticae, Evolution 68, 1838--1844.
    • Fuisz, T. I., Vas, Z., Túri, K., and Kőrösi, Á. (2014) Photographic survey of the prey-choice of European Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster Linnaeus, 1758) in Hungary at three colonies, Ornis Hungarica 21, 38--46.
    • Hovestadt, T., Mitesser, O., and Poethke, H. -J. (2014) Gender-Specific Emigration Decisions Sensitive to Local Male and Female Density, The American Naturalist 184, 38--51.
    • Kőrösi, Á., Szentirmai, I., Batáry, P., Kövér, S., Örvössy, N., and Peregovits, L. (2014) Effects of timing and frequency of mowing on the threatened scarce large blue butterfly – A fine-scale experiment, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 196, 24--33.
    • Kubisch, A., and Fronhofer, E. A. (2014) Dispersal, evolution and range dynamics – a synthesis, Oikos 123, 3--4.
    • Kubisch, A., Holt, R. D., Poethke, H. -J., and Fronhofer, E. A. (2014) Where am I and why? Synthesizing range biology and the eco-evolutionary dynamics of dispersal, Oikos 123, 5--22.
    • Riedinger, V., Mitesser, O., Hovestadt, T., Steffan-Dewenter, I., and Holzschuh, A. (2014) Annual dynamics of wild bee densities: attractiveness and productivity effects of oilseed rape, Ecology 96, 1351--1360.
    • Szentirmai, I., Mesterházy, A., Varga, I., Schubert, Z., Sándor, L. C., Ábrahám, L., and Kőrösi, Á. (2014) Habitat use and population biology of the Danube Clouded Yellow butterfly Colias myrmidone (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) in Romania, Journal of Insect Conservation 18, 417--425.


    • Bartoń, K. A., and Hovestadt, T. (2013) Prey density, value, and spatial distribution affect the efficiency of area-concentrated search, Journal of Theoretical Biology 316, 61--69.
    • Benadi, G., Blüthgen, N., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. -J. (2013) When can plant-pollinator interactions promote plant diversity?, The American Naturalist 182, 131--146.
    • Benadi, G., Blüthgen, N., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. -J. (2013) Contrasting specialization–stability relationships in plant–animal mutualistic systems, Ecological Modelling 258, 65--73.
    • Fronhofer, E. A., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. -J. (2013) From random walks to informed movement, Oikos 122, 857--866.
    • Fronhofer, E. A., Sperr, E. B., Kreis, A., Ayasse, M., Poethke, H. J., and Tschapka, M. (2013) Picky hitch-hikers: vector choice leads to directed dispersal and fat-tailed kernels in a passively dispersing mite, Oikos 122, 1254--1264.
    • Heidinger, I. M. M., Hein, S., Feldhaar, H., and Poethke, H. -J. (2013) The genetic structure of populations of Metrioptera bicolor in a spatially structured landscape: effects of dispersal barriers and geographic distance, Conservation Genetics 14, 299--311.
    • Kubisch, A., Degen, T., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. J. (2013) Predicting range shifts under global change: the balance between local adaptation and dispersal, Ecography 36, 873--882.
    • Kubisch, A., Fronhofer, E. A., Poethke, H. J., and Hovestadt, T. (2013) Kin competition as a major driving force for invasions, The American Naturalist 181, 700--706.
    • Travis, J. M. J., Delgado, M., Bocedi, G., Baguette, M., Bartoń, K., Bonte, D., Boulangeat, I., Hodgson, J. A., Kubisch, A., Penteriani, V., Saastamoinen, M., Stevens, V. M., and Bullock, J. M. (2013) Dispersal and species’ responses to climate change, Oikos 122, 1532--1540.


    • Fronhofer, E. A., Kubisch, A., Hilker, F. M., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. J. (2012) Why are metapopulations so rare?, Ecology 93, 1967--1978.
    • Kőrösi, Á., Batáry, P., Orosz, A., Rédei, D., and Báldi, A. (2012) Effects of grazing, vegetation structure and landscape complexity on grassland leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha) and true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Hungary, Insect Conservation and Diversity 5, 57--66.
    • Kőrösi, Á., Örvössy, N., Batáry, P. T., Harnos, A., and Peregovits, L. S. (2012) Different habitat selection by two sympatric Maculinea butterflies at small spatial scale, Insect Conservation and Diversity 5, 118--126.
    • Örvössy, N., Kőrösi, Á., Batáry, P., Vozár, Á., and Peregovits, L. (2012) Potential metapopulation structure and the effects of habitat quality on population size of the endangered False Ringlet butterfly, Journal of Insect Conservation 17, 537--547.
    • Reifenrath, K., Becker, C., and Poethke, H. J. (2012) Diaspore trait preferences of dispersing ants, Journal of Chemical Ecology 38, 1093--1104.


    • Chaianunporn, T., and Hovestadt, T. (2011) The role of mobility for the emergence of diversity in victim-exploiter systems, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24, 2473--2484.
    • Chipperfield, J. D., Dytham, C., and Hovestadt, T. (2011) An updated algorithm for the generation of neutral landscapes by spectral synthesis, Plos One 6, e17040.
    • Chipperfield, J. D., Holland, E. P., Dytham, C., Thomas, C. D., and Hovestadt, T. (2011) On the approximation of continuous dispersal kernels in discrete-space models: Approximating continuous dispersal on lattices, Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2, 668--681.
    • Fronhofer, E. A., Kubisch, A., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. -J. (2011) Assortative mating counteracts the evolution of dispersal polymorphisms, Evolution 65, 2461--2469.
    • Fronhofer, E. A., Pasurka, H., Mitesser, O., and Poethke, H. J. (2011) Scarce resources, risk sensitivity, and egalitarian resource sharing, Evolutionary Ecology Research 13, 253--267.
    • Fronhofer, E. A., Pasurka, H., Poitrineau, K., Mitesser, O., and Poethke, H. -J. (2011) Risk sensitivity revisited: from individuals to populations, Animal Behaviour 82, 875--883.
    • Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Kőrösi, Á., Orci, K. M., Batáry, P., and Báldi, A. (2011) Set-aside promotes insect and plant diversity in a Central European country, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 141, 296--301.
    • Kubisch, A., and Poethke, H. -J. (2011) Range border formation in a world with increasing climatic variance, Evolutionary Ecology Research 13, 159--169.
    • Kubisch, A., Poethke, H. -J., and Hovestadt, T. (2011) Density-dependent dispersal and the formation of range borders., Ecography 34, 1002--1008.
    • Poethke, H. J., Dytham, C., and Hovestadt, T. (2011) A metapopulation paradox: Partial improvement of habitat may reduce metapopulation persistence, American Naturalist 177, 792--799.
    • Weissel, N., Mitesser, O., Poethke, H. -J., and Strohm, E. (2011) Availability and depletion of fat reserves in halictid foundress queens with a focus on solitary nest founding, Insectes Sociaux 59, 67--74.


    • Hovestadt, T., Kubisch, A., and Poethke, H. -J. (2010) Information processing in models for density-dependent emigration: A comparison, Ecological Modelling 221, 405--410.
    • Kubisch, A., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. -J. (2010) On the elasticity of range limits during periods of expansion, Ecology 91, 3094--3099.
    • Örvössy, N., Vozár, Á., Kőrösi, Á., Batáry, P., and Peregovits, L. (2010) Structure and size of a threatened population of the False Ringlet Coenonympha oedippus (FABRICIUS, 1787)(Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in Hungary, Oedipus 26, 31--37.
    • Poethke, H.  J., Weisser, W.  W., and Hovestadt, T. (2010) Predator‐Induced Dispersal and the Evolution of Conditional Dispersal in Correlated Environments, The American Naturalist 175, 577--586.
    • Schroeder, J., Mitesser, O., Hinsch, M., Solow, A. E. : A. R., and Shaw, E. : R. G. (2010) Correlations between Sequential Timing Decisions Do Not Necessarily Indicate Strategic Behavior: A Comment on Bêty et al., American Naturalist 176, 835--837.


    • Hein, S., Poethke, H. -J., and Dorn, S. (2009) What stops the ‘diploid male vortex’?—A simulation study for species with single locus complementary sex determination, Ecological Modelling 220, 1663--1669.
    • Randlkofer, B., Jordan, F., Mitesser, O., Meiners, T., and Obermaier, E. (2009) Effect of vegetation density, height, and connectivity on the oviposition pattern of the leaf beetle Galeruca tanaceti, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 132, 134--146.


    • Batáry, P., Örvössy, N., Kőrösi, Á., and Peregovits, L. (2008) Egg distribution of the southern festoon (Zerynthia polyxena)(Lepidoptera, Papilionidae), Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientarum Hungaricae 54, 401--410.
    • Batáry, P., Kőrösi, Á., Örvössy, N., Kövér, S., and Peregovits, L. (2008) Species-specific distribution of two sympatric Maculinea butterflies across different meadow edges, Journal of Insect Conservation 13, 223--230.
    • Heisswolf, A., Reichmann, S., Poethke, H. J., Schröder, B., and Obermaier, E. (2008) Habitat quality matters for the distribution of an endangered leaf beetle and its egg parasitoid in a fragmented landscape, Journal of Insect Conservation 13, 165--175.
    • Hovestadt, T., and Nowicki, P. (2008) Investigating movement within irregularly shaped patches: Analysis of mark-release-recapture data using randomization procedures, Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 54, 137--154.
    • Kőrösi, Á., Örvössy, N., Batáry, P., Kövér, S., and Peregovits, L. (2008) Restricted within-habitat movement and time-constrained egg laying of female Maculinea rebeli butterflies, Oecologia 156, 455--464.
    • Kunz, B. K., Hovestadt, T., and Linsenmair, K. E. (2008) Variation of dispersal agents? Frugivore assemblages and fruit handling in a typical 'bird-dispersed' tree (Lannea acida, Anacardiaceae), Ecotropica-Bonn 14, 101--112.
    • Obermaier, E., Heisswolf, A., Poethke, H. J., Randlkofer, B., and Meiners, T. (2008) Plant architecture and vegetation structure: two ways for insect herbivores to escape parasitism, European Journal of Entomology 105, 233.
    • Pfenning, B., Gerstner, S., and Poethke, H. J. (2008) Alternative life histories in the water strider Gerris lacustris: time constraint on wing morph and voltinism, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 129, 235--242.


    • Batáry, P., Örvössy, N., Kőrösi, Á., Nagy, M. V., and Peregovits, L. (2007) Microhabitat preferences of Maculinea teleius (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in a mosaic landscape, European Journal of Entomology 104, 731.
    • Hein, S., Binzenhöfer, B., Poethke, H. -J., Biedermann, R., Settele, J., and Schröder, B. (2007) The generality of habitat suitability models: A practical test with two insect groups, Basic and Applied Ecology 8, 310--320.
    • Heisswolf, A., Ulmann, S., Obermaier, E., Mitesser, O., and Poethke, H. J. (2007) Host plant finding in the specialised leaf beetle Cassida canaliculata: an analysis of small-scale movement behaviour, Ecological Entomology 32, 194--200.
    • Hinsch, M., and Poethke, H. -J. (2007) Consequences of cyclic vegetation management for arthropod survival: Simulation experiments, Basic and Applied Ecology 8, 321--331.
    • Hovestadt, T., Mitesser, O., Elmes, G. W., Thomas, J. A., and Hochberg, M. E. (2007) An evolutionarily stable strategy model for the evolution of dimorphic development in the butterfly Maculinea rebeli, a social parasite of Myrmica ant colonies, American Naturalist 169, 466--480.
    • Kleyer, M., Biedermann, R., Henle, K., Obermaier, E., Poethke, H. -J., Poschlod, P., Schröder, B., Settele, J., and Vetterlein, D. (2007) Mosaic cycles in agricultural landscapes of Northwest Europe, Basic and Applied Ecology 8, 295--309.
    • Mitesser, O., Weissel, N., Strohm, E., and Poethke, H. J. (2007) Optimal investment allocation in primitively eusocial bees: a balance model based on resource limitation of the queen, Insectes Sociaux 54, 234--241.
    • Pfenning, B., Poethke, H. J., and Hovestadt, T. (2007) Dealing with time constraints on development: the effect of food availability, Ecological Entomology 32, 273--278.
    • Poethke, H. J., Pfenning, B., and Hovestadt, T. (2007) The relative contribution of individual and kin selection to the evolution of density-dependent dispersal rates, Evolutionary Ecology Research 9, 41--50.


    • Gros, A., Poethke, H. J., and Hovestadt, T. (2006) Evolution of local adaptations in dispersal strategies, Oikos 114, 544--552.
    • Hein, S., Voss, J., Poethke, H. -J., and Boris, S. (2006) Habitat suitability models for the conservation of thermophilic grasshoppers and bush crickets—simple or complex?, Journal of Insect Conservation 11, 221.
    • Heisswolf, A., Poethke, H. J., and Obermaier, E. (2006) Multitrophic influences on egg distribution in a specialized leaf beetle at multiple spatial scales, Basic and Applied Ecology 7, 565--576.
    • Hilker, F. M., Hinsch, M., and Poethke, H. J. (2006) Parameterizing, evaluating and comparing metapopulation models with data from individual-based simulations, Ecological Modelling 199, 476--485.
    • Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. J. (2006) The control of emigration and its consequences for the survival of populations, Ecological Modelling 190, 443--453.
    • Pfenning, B., and Poethke, H. J. (2006) Variability in the life history of the water strider Gerris lacustris (Heteroptera: Gerridae) across small spatial scales, Ecological Entomology 31, 123--130.
    • Weissel, N., Mitesser, O., Liebig, J., Poethke, H. -J., and Strohm, E. (2006) The influence of soil temperature on the nesting cycle of the halictid bee Lasioglossum malachurum, Insectes Sociaux 53, 390--398.


    • Hein, S., Poethke, H. J., and Hovestadt, T. (2005) Computer-generated null models as an approach to detect perceptual range in mark-re-sight studies - an example with grasshoppers, Ecological Entomology 30, 225--233.
    • Heisswolf, A., Obermaier, E., and Poethke, H. J. (2005) Selection of large host plants for oviposition by a monophagous leaf beetle: nutritional quality or enemy-free space?, Ecological Entomology 30, 299--306.
    • Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. J. (2005) Dispersal and establishment: spatial patterns and species-area relationships, Diversity and Distributions 11, 333--340.
    • Hovestadt, T., Poethke, H. J., and Linsenmair, K. E. (2005) Spatial patterns in species-area relationships and species distribution in a West African forest-savanna mosaic, Journal of Biogeography 32, 677--684.


    • Hein, S., Pfenning, B., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. J. (2004) Patch density, movement pattern, and realised dispersal distances in a patch-matrix landscape - a simulation study, Ecological Modelling 174, 411--420.
    • Liebig, J., and Poethke, H. -J. (2004) Queen lifespan and colony longevity in the ant Harpegnathos saltator, Ecological Entomology 29, 203--207.
    • Pfenning, B., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. J. (2004) The effect of patch constellation on the exchange of individuals between habitat-islands, Ecological Modelling 180, 515--522.


    • Hein, S., Gombert, J., Hovestadt, T., and Poethke, H. J. (2003) Movement patterns of the bush cricket Platycleis albopunctata in different types of habitat: matrix is not always matrix, Ecological Entomology 28, 432--438.
    • Higgins, S. I., Clark, J. S., Nathan, R., Hovestadt, T., Schurr, F., Fragoso, J. M. V., Aguiar, M. R., Ribbens, E., and Lavorel, S. (2003) Forecasting plant migration rates: managing uncertainty for risk assessment, Journal of Ecology 91, 341--347.
    • Poethke, H. J., Hovestadt, T., and Mitesser, O. (2003) Local extinction and the evolution of dispersal rates: Causes and correlations, American Naturalist 161, 631--640.


    • Poethke, H. J., and Hovestadt, T. (2002) Evolution of density-and patch-size-dependent dispersal rates, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 269, 637--645.


    • Hovestadt, T., Messner, S., and Poethke, H. J. (2001) Evolution of reduced dispersal mortality and 'fat-tailed' dispersal kernels in autocorrelated landscapes, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 268, 385--391.
    • Rolff, J., Vogel, C., and Poethke, H. -J. (2001) Co-evolution between ectoparasites and their insect hosts: a simulation study of a damselfly–water mite interaction, Ecological Entomology 26, 638--645.


    • Hovestadt, T., Poethke, H. J., and Messner, S. (2000) Variability in dispersal distances generates typical successional patterns: a simple simulation model, Oikos 90, 612--619.


    • Hovestadt, T., Yao, P., and Linsenmair, K. E. (1999) Seed dispersal mechanisms and the vegetation of forest islands in a West African forest-savanna mosaic (Comoe National Park, Ivory Coast), Plant Ecology 144, 1--25.

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