Dr. Jens Joschinski

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.4596
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: jens.joschinski[at]tum.de

Curriculum vitae

2021- present Postdoctoral researcher at Chair for Terrestrial Ecology, Technische Universität München, Germany
2018- 2021 Postdoctoral researcher at Terrestrial Ecology Unit, Gent University, Belgium
    DFG Research Fellowship
2017   Postdoctoral researcher at University of Würzburg
2013- 2017 Dr. rer. nat., University of Würzburg, Germany. Thesis title:
    Is the phenology of pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum) constrained by diurnal rhythms?
2010- 2012 Master of Science, University of Konstanz, Germany. Thesis title:
    Do selfers differ from outcrossers in growth and resistance to caterpillars?
2006- 2009 Bachelor of Science, University of Konstanz, Germany. Thesis title:
    Allelochemical Interactions among Myriophyllum spicatum and bacteria

Research interest

Insect timing 
The endogenous system that structures insect diurnal and seasonal activity has profound effects on the interaction with the environment. Once efficient strategies such as diapause may become mal-adaptive in a changing climate. 

Phenotypic plasticity and bet-hedging 
As climate predictability decreases, evolutionary strategies to cope with lack of information gain in importance. 

Mating systems 
I am interested in mating systems that deviate from standard patterns of biparental recombination, e.g. seasonally cyclic parthenogenesis and self-pollination.


2021 – now    ECOLOPES 
Ecolopes proposes a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanisation on nature, we aim at urbanisation to be planned and designed such that animals – including humans –, plants and microbes can co-inhabit the city for mutual benefit. As part of the Ecolopes team I will model the plant and soil components of the ecolope, i.e. the multi-species living envelope surrounding built structures.
Link: https://www.ecolopes.org/

2018 - 2021    DFG Research fellowship “Estimas- Escaping in Time and Space” 
In this project I studied the role of phenotypic plasticity and bet-hedging (risk aversion) strategies in coping with changing environments. I reviewed the relationship among these two terms and studied their relative prevalence for one trait, arthropod diapause, in a meta-analysis. Furthermore, I classified various costs and limits of bet-hedging to integrate them with costs and limits of phenotypic plasticity.
Link: https://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/398170603 

2013 – 2017    Collaborative Research Centre 1047 “Insect Timing”
My PhD research was embedded in the CRC “Insect Timing”, which studied the diurnal and seasonal timing of insects from multiple perspectives, ranging from molecular biology via neuroethology to ecology. As part of subproject C3 “Timing and phenology shifts in interacting plant – herbivore – predator systems”, I studied the constraints circadian clocks and diurnal rhythms may impose on species phenologies.
Link: https://www.biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de/neurogenetics/sfb1047/startseite/



  • Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Hensel, Michael; Barath, Shany; Culshaw, Victoria; Grobman, Yasha J.; Hauck, Thomas E.; Joschinski, Jens; Ludwig, Ferdinand; Mimet, Anne; Perini, Katia; Roccotiello, Enrica; Schloter, Michael; Shwartz, Assaf; Hensel, Defne Sunguroğlu; Vogler, Verena: Creating ecologically sound buildings by integrating ecology, architecture and computational design. People and Nature, 2022 more…


  • Joschinski, Jens; Bonte, Dries: Diapause and bet‐hedging strategies in insects: a meta‐analysis of reaction norm shapes. Oikos 130 (8), 2021, 1240-1250 more…


  • Joschinski, Jens; Bonte, Dries: Transgenerational Plasticity and Bet-Hedging: A Framework for Reaction Norm Evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8, 2020 more…


  • Gadenne, Christophe; Groh, Claudia; Grübel, Kornelia; Joschinski, Jens; Krauss, Jochen; Krieger, Jakob; Rössler, Wolfgang; Anton, Sylvia: Neuroanatomical correlates of mobility: Sensory brain centres are bigger in winged than in wingless parthenogenetic pea aphid females. Arthropod Structure & Development 52, 2019, 100883 more…


  • Beer, Katharina; Joschinski, Jens; Arrazola Sastre, Alazne; Krauss, Jochen; Helfrich-Förster, Charlotte: A damping circadian clock drives weak oscillations in metabolism and locomotor activity of aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum). Scientific Reports 7 (1), 2017 more…
  • Joschinski, Jens; Kiess, Tim; Krauss, Jochen: Day length constrains the time budget of aphid predators. Insect Science 26 (1), 2017, 164-170 more…
  • Joschinski, Jens; Krauss, Jochen: Food colouring as a new possibility to study diet ingestion and honeydew excretion by aphids. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 164 (2), 2017, 141-149 more…


  • Joschinski, Jens; Beer, Katharina; Helfrich-Förster, Charlotte; Krauss, Jochen: Pea Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) Have Diurnal Rhythms When Raised Independently of a Host Plant. Journal of Insect Science 16 (1), 2016, 31 more…


  • Joschinski, Jens; Hovestadt, Thomas; Krauss, Jochen: Coping with shorter days: do phenology shifts constrain aphid fitness? PeerJ 3, 2015, e1103 more…
  • Joschinski, Jens; van Kleunen, Mark; Stift, Marc: Costs associated with the evolution of selfing in North American populations of Arabidopsis lyrata? Evolutionary Ecology 29 (5), 2015, 749-764 more…