Dr. Jan Engel

Institute of Ecology

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dornburger Str. 159
D-07743 Jena

Phone: +49.3641.949433
Mobil:   +49.3641.949402
E-mail: jan.engel[at]uni-jena.de
ORCID: 0000-0002-7212-3144

Curriculum vitae

2015 present Post-doc, TU Munich
2014   Scientific Assistant, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2014   Doctoral degree (magna cum laude), Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2010- 2014 Doctoral project “Stability analysis of multitrophic functional-group interaction-networks - a novel modeling approach”, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2009   Scientific Assistant in Ecological Modeling, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig
2009   Diploma Biology, University Potsdam
2008   Diploma project “Modeling on issues of sustainable production of biomass”, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig

Research area

Food web simulations/ Jena Experiment

Research interest

My current research addresses how terrestrial ecosystems respond to environmental changes and biodiversity loss across the coming decades. To advance mechanistic comprehension of ecosystem dynamics the consideration of biotic interactions across trophic levels is of prime importance. I use multi-species food webs and interaction webs of functional groups to model multitrophic ecosystems. I strive for a network approach that integrates the entire set of species and biotic interactions of an ecosystem at a medium level of complexity.


The Jena Experiment (www.the-jena-experiment.de)



  • Engel, Jan; Hertzog, Lionel; Tiede, Julia; Wagg, Cameron; Ebeling, Anne; Briesen, Heiko; Weisser, Wolfgang W.: Pitfall trap sampling bias depends on body mass, temperature, and trap number: insights from an individual-based model. Ecosphere 8 (4), 2017, e01790 more…


  • Hines, J.; van der Putten, W. H.; De Deyn, G. B.; Wagg, C.; Voigt, W.; Mulder, C.; Weisser, W. W.; Engel, J.; Melian, C.; Scheu, S.; Birkhofer, K.; Ebeling, A.; Scherber, C.; Eisenhauer, N.: Towards an Integration of Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning and Food Web Theory to Evaluate Relationships between Multiple Ecosystem Services. In: Woodward, G.; Bohan, D. A. (Ed.): Ecosystem Services: From Biodiversity to Society, Pt 1. Advances in ecological research, 2015, 161-199 more…


  • Gossner, Martin M.; Schall, Peter; Ammer, Christian; Ammer, Ulrich; Engel, Kerstin; Schubert, Holger; Simon, Ulrich; Utschick, Hans; Weisser, Wolfgang W.: Forest management intensity measures as alternative to stand properties for quantifying effects on biodiversity. Ecosphere 5 (9), 2014, 1-111 more…


  • Gassert, Franz; Schulte, Ulrich; Husemann, Martin; Ulrich, Werner; Rödder, Dennis; Hochkirch, Axel; Engel, Edmée; Meyer, J.; Habel, Jan Christian: From southern refugia to the northern range margin: genetic population structure of the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis. Journal of Biogeography 40 (8), 2013, 1475-1489 more…


  • Gossner, M. M.; Engel, K.; Jessel, B.: Plant and arthropod communities in young oak stands: are they determined by site history? Biodiversity and Conservation 17 (13), 2008, 3165-3180 more…
  • Gossner, M. M.; Engel, Kertin; Jessel, Beate: Erstaufforstung landwirtschaftlich genutzter Flächen - hat sich nach 15 Jahren eine waldtypische Fauna und Flora eingestellt? Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 60, 2008, 127-132 more…
  • Gruppe, Axel; Gossner, Martin M.; Engel, Kerstin; Simon, Ulrich: Vertical and horizontal distribution of arthropods in temperate forests. In: Floren, A.; Schmidl, J. (Ed.): Canopy Arthropod Research in Central Europe - basic and applied studies from the high frontier. bioform entomology, 2008, 383-405 more…