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University of Freiburg
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Dr. Finn Rehling

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Web of Science ResearcherID: AAV-2241-2021
phone: +49 (0) 761 203 -3630
Room No. 503



My research focuses on ecological and evolutionary processes which maintain the diversity of species and their interactions in a human-dominated world. My research is not limited to a particular scale or type of organism. Only the goal of my research stays the same across projects, namely finding ways to harmonize the well-being of people and nature.

Currently: Coordination of the  BEF-China - MultiTroph project



Winter semester 2023:

  • B.Sc. Modul (3112) Spannungsfeld Mensch und Natur: Wege zu einer nachhaltigen Zukunft






since 01 2023 Postdoc at Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg
Postdoc at the Department of Animal Ecology and the Department of Conservation Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Marburg 
Research stay at Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL
2017 - 2019
Field period at Geobotanical Station Białowieża, University of Warsaw, Poland
2017 - 2021 PhD thesis at Department of Conservation Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Marburg. Thesis: “Integrating animal seed dispersal into plant regeneration"
2015 - 2016 Research stay at Plant Ecology group, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
2014 - 2017 Master of Science in “Biodiversity and Nature Conservation”, Faculty of Biology, University of Marburg. Thesis: "The effect of density and nutrient supply on biomass production and allocation: a study with 43 grassland species"
2011 - 2014 Bachelor of Science, Faculty of Biology, University of Marburg





Merian Award  from the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, GTÖ) for the oral presentation "Animal carrion decomposition and decomposers are influenced by canopy cover, topography, ants and tree species richness in a subtropical forest biodiversity experiment" at the European Conference of Tropical Ecology 2024, Lissabon






  • Rehling, F., Jongejans, E., Farwig, N. & Schabo, D.G. (2024): Quantifying the mutualism-antagonism continuum for seed removal by a granivorous disperser. Basic and Applied Ecology 76: 35-40. Link
  • Ellerbrok, J.S., Farwig, N., Peter, F., Rehling, F. & Voigt, C.C. (2023): Forest gaps around wind turbines attract bat species with high collision risk. Biological Conservation 288: 110347. Link
  • Rehling, F., Delius, A., Ellerbrok, J., Farwig, N. & Peter, F. (2023): Windenergieanlagen in Wirtschaftswäldern verdrängen häufige Vogelarten. Natur und Landschaft 98: 365-371. Link
  • Thiel, S., Willems, F., Farwig, N., Rehling, F., et al. & Heer, K. (2023): Vertically stratified frugivore community composition and interaction frequency in a liana fruiting across forest strata. Biotropica 55: 650-664. Link
  • Rehling, F., Jongejans, E., Schlautmann, J., Albrecht, J., Fassbender, H., Jaroszewicz, B., Matthies, D., Waldschmidt, L., Farwig, N. & Schabo, D.G. (2023): Common seed dispersers contribute most to the persistence of a fleshy-fruited tree. Communications Biology 6: 330. Link
  • Niu, H., Rehling, F., Chen, Z., Yue, X., Zhao, H., Wang, Z., Zhang, H., Schabo, D.G. & Farwig, N. (2023): Regeneration of urban forests as influenced by fragmentation, seed dispersal mode and the legacy effect of reforestation interventions. Landscape and Urban Planning 233: 104712. Link
  • Rehling, F., Delius, A., Ellerbrok, J., Farwig, N., & Peter, F. (2023): Wind turbines in managed forests partially displace common birds. Journal of Environmental Management 328: 116968. Link
  • Rehling, F., Schlautmann, J., Jaroszewicz, B., Albrecht, J., Schabo, D. G., Farwig, N. (2022): Forest degradation limits complementarity and quality of animal seed dispersal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2022.0391
  • Rehling, F., Jaroszewicz, B., Schlautmann, J., Albrecht, J., Jordano, P., Farwig, N., Schabo, D. G. (2021): Within-species trait variation can lead to size limitations in seed dispersal of small-fruited plants. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.698885
  • Schlautmann J., Rehling F., Albrecht J., Jaroszewicz B., Schabo D.G., Farwig N. (2021): Observing frugivores or collecting scats: a method comparison to construct quantitative seed dispersal networks. Oikos. doi: 10.1111/oik.08175
  • Rehling, F., Sandner, T. M., Matthies, D. (2021): Biomass partitioning in response to intraspecific competition depends on nutrients and species characteristics: a study of 43 grassland species. Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13635
  • Rehling, F., Matthies, D., Sandner, T. M. (2019): Responses of a legume to inbreeding and the intensity of novel and familiar stresses. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4831
  • Westhook A., Field E., Rehling F., Mulley G., Webb I., Poole P.S., Turnbull L.A. (2017): Policing the legume-Rhizobium symbiosis: a critical test of partner choice. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/ s41598-017-01634



Other publication (non peer-reviewed)

  • Langer, L., Classen, P., Müller, F., Friedrich, C., Claasen, F., Abel, L., Maurer, J., Rehling, F., Krüger, F. (2021): Online-Methodenkoffer. Together on Earth – weltwärts Alumni e.V.


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