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Dr. Michael Staab

Staab_MichaelMichael Staab
phone: +49 (0)761 203 -67787
e-mail: michael.staabatnature.uni-freiburg.de
Room No.: 03045






since 2013

Postdoc at the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg



2011 - 2014

PhD thesis "Effect of tree diversity on plant-insect interactions in a Chinese subtropical forest" supervised by Alexandra-Maria Klein, Thorsten Assmann and Nico Blüthgen (TU Darmstadt)



2011 - 2013

Research assistant, Department of Ecosystem Functions, Institute of Ecology, Leuphana University Lüneburg



2010 - 2013

Research assistant, Zoology III, University of Würzburg



2009 - 2011

Diploma-thesis at the Universities of Würzburg and Konstanz. Topic: “The mating biology of the leaf-cutting ant Atta vollenweideri"



2005 - 2010

Study of biology at the University of Würzburg



Field experience:

Argentina, China, Malaysia, Uganda; over 18 month in total





  • Schuldt, A. & Staab, M. (accepted): Tree species richness strengthens relationships between ants and the functional composition of spider assemblages in a highly diverse forest. Biotropica.
  • Staab, M., Blüthgen, N. & Klein, A.M. (2014): Tree diversity alters the structure of a tri-trophic network in a biodiversity experiment. Oikos. online first. doi: 10.1111/oik.01723. Link
  • Staab, M., Schuldt, A., Assmann, T., Bruelheide, H. & Klein, A.M. (2014): Ant community structure during forest succession in a subtropical forest in South-East China. Acta Oecologica 61: 32-40. Link
  • Staab, M., Ohl, M., Zhu, C.D. & Klein, A.M. (accepted): Observational natural history and morphological taxonomy are indispensable for future challenges in biodiversity and conservation. Communicative and Integrative Biology.
  • Staab, M., Ohl, M., Zhu, CD. & Klein, A.M. (2014): A unique nest-protection strategy in a new species of spider wasp. PLoS ONE 9: e101592. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101592. Link (highlighted in Nature 10.07.2014) Link
  • Staab, M., Schuldt, A., Assmann, T. & Klein, A.M. (2014): Tree diversity promotes predator but not omnivore ants in a subtropical Chinese forest. Ecological Entomology 39: 637-647.  Link
  • Floren, A., Wetzel, W. & Staab, M. (2014): The contribution of canopy species to overall ant diversity (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in temperate and tropical ecosystems. Myrmecological News 19: 65-74. Link
  • Staab, M. (2014): The first observation of honeydew foraging in army ants since 1933: Aenictus hodgsoni Forel, 1901 tending Eutrichosiphum heterotrichum (Raychaudhuri, 1956) in Southeast China. Asian Myrmecology 6: 115-118.  Link
  • Staab, M. (2014): A new species of the Aenictus wroughtonii group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from South-East China. Zookeys 391: 65-73. Link
  • Staab, M. & Kleineidam, C.J. (2014): Initiation of swarming behavior and synchronization of mating flights in the leaf-cutting ant Atta vollenweideri. FOREL, 1893 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 19: 93-102. Link
  • Menzel, F., Staab, M., Chung, A.Y., Gebauer, G. & Blüthgen, N. (2012): Trophic ecology of parabiotic ants: Do the partners have similar food niches? Austral Ecology 37: 537-546. Link



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