Professor Dr. Helmut Hillebrand
I am generally very interested in the mechanisms that constrain and alter biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems. I like to think about the complex nature of biodiversity change and ecological stability. Trained as an experimental ecologist, I have focused more on research syntheses and data analyses in recent years.
Ecological stability - Biodiversity - Ecosystem Functioning - Ecological Stoichiometry
Most Recent Projects
2019-2022 EU Interreg IV Water Quality
2020-2023 Helmholtz Society Uncertainty Quantification
2020-2023 BELMONT Forum: Marine Research and Innovation for a Sustainable management of Coasts and Oceans [MARISCO] International research project with 3 Postdocs
2019-2022 DFG Research Unit DynaCom FOR 2716/1 (Hi 848/26-1; 25-1) Spatial community ecology in highly dynamic landscapes: from island biogeography to metaecosystems [DynaCom]
Three selected Key Publications
Hillebrand H, Langenheder S, Lebret K, Lindström E, Östman Ö, Striebel M. (2018) Decomposing multiple dimensions of stability in global change experiments. Ecology Letters 21:21-30.
Hillebrand H, Blasius B, Borer ET, Chase JM, Downing JA, Eriksson BK, et al. (2018) Biodiversity change is uncoupled from species richness trends: consequences for conservation and monitoring. J Appl Ecol. 55:169-84.
Hillebrand H, Kunze C. (2020) Meta-analysis on pulse disturbances reveals differences in functional and compositional recovery across ecosystems. Ecology Letters 23: 575-85.
2017 - today Director Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg, HIFMB
2008 - today Professor for Plankton Ecology, ICBM, University of Oldenburg
2004 - 2008 Associate professor, University of Cologne
2002 - 2004 Assistant professor, University of Kiel
2001 - 2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Uppsala University, Sweden
1999 - 2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Erken Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sw.
1996 - 1999 Dissertation at the University of Kiel, Germany
1988 - 1994 Study of Biology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany