Prof. Dr. Jonathan Jeschke

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Jeschke
Image Credit: © IGB/David Außerhofer

Jeschke Group

Institute of Biology

Freie Universität Berlin


Address Königin-Luise-Str. 1-3
Room 206
14195 Berlin-Dahlem
Telephone +49 30 838-71046
Homepage IGB
Since 2016

Joint Speaker of the Cross-Cutting Research Domain Aquatic Biodiversity, IGB Berlin

Since 2014

Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB)

Since 2014

Heisenberg Professor of Ecological Novelty, Freie Universität & IGB Berlin

2013 - 2014

Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent), Technische Universität München (TUM)

2011 - 2013

Principal Investigator (DFG), TUM


Habilitation in Ecology, TUM


Habilitation in Ecology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

2010 - 2011

Principal Investigator (DFG), LMU Munich

2009 - 2010

Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent), LMU Munich

2007 - 2008

DFG Research Fellow, LMU Munich

2006 - 2008

& since 2010

Visiting Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA

2005 - 2006

Postdoc, Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

2003 - 2005

Postdoc, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Dr. rer. nat. in Biology, LMU Munich

  • Lectures, seminars, exercises, and excursions at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level, in English and German
  • Supervision and mentoring at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and postdoctoral level - inquiries welcome!

Research Area

Theoretical ecology, invasion biology, ecological novelty, conservation biology, macroecology, predator-prey interactions, biology education, philosophical biology

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Selected media coverage
2017: I4U News, IUCN News, Natural Science News, National Geographic,, Nature Research Highlights, NZ Herald, ORF:, Oxford Virtual, Ö1: Wissen aktuell, 3sat: nano, Science News/AAAS, Scimex, Tierwelt
Arte: Xenius, Bayern 5 aktuell (two radio interviews), Deutschlandradio Kultur, Innovations Report, Inverse, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft: Welten, Nature Research Highlights
Campus.Leben, HeritageDaily, Innovations Report, Leibniz-Journal, Öko-Test, Oximity, Schweizer Bauer, ScienceDaily, Verbundjournal, VET-Magazin
2014: Birdwatch, Conservation Magazine, Der Standard, Wiener Zeitung
2013: Ideas for Sustainability, Münchner Merkur, ScienceDaily
2012: EarthSky, ScienceDaily, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Until 2011: The Conservation Science Institute Report, The Guardian, IES Newsletter, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Resilience Science, Le Scienze – Edizione italiana di Scientific American, Spektrumdirekt, ZEIT ONLINE

Editorial work for:
Axios Review: Associate Editor, 2017
Basic and Applied Ecology
: Book Review Editor since 2012
Conservation Biology: Ad-hoc Editor, 2008–2009
Dataset Papers in Science: Associate Editor, 2012–2017
Diversity and Distributions: Associate Editor, 2011–2015
Ecological Applications: Ad-hoc Editor, 2012–2013
Immediate Science Ecology: Associate Editor since 2012
ISRN Ecology: Associate Editor, 2010–2014
Management of Biological Invasions: Associate Editor, 2010–2012
NeoBiota: Associate Editor since 2010
Soil Organisms: Associate Editor since 2007

Reviewer for funding agencies:
Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Israel Science Foundation, Leverhulme Trust

Reviewer for scientific journals:
American Naturalist, Aquatic Ecology, Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Basic and Applied Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biological Invasions, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Ecological Applications, Ecological Entomology, Ecological Modelling, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecology of Freshwater Fish, Ecosystems, Environmental Management, Evolution, Freshwater Biology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Functional Ecology, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Journal of Zoology, Limnology & Oceanography, Marine and Freshwater Research, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Nature, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Oecologia, Oikos, Peerage of Science, PeerJ, PLoS ONE, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Science of the Total Environment, Wildlife Research, etc.

Serving as expert on scientific committees:
BiodivERsA: Evaluation Committee Member for 2011/2012 call
COST Action TD 1209 ALIEN Challenge (European Information System for Alien Species): MC Member (Substitute), 2013-2017
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, GMO Panel and Scientific Committee): External Expert since 2010
External PhD examiner: Queen's University Belfast, UK, 2015; Imperial College London, UK, 2017
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC)): Expert Member since 2010
Institute Technology-Theology-Natural Sciences (TTN), LMU Munich: Selection Committee Member for the TTN Essay Award 2013 on Green Biotechnology in the Anthropocene
School Kirchseeon, Germany: academic partner for scientific seminar macroecology/ macroevolution, Jan-Dec 2016