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Prof. Dr. Jonathan Jeschke

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

Jeschke Group

Institute of Biology - Zoology

Freie Universität Berlin


Ecological Novelty

Königin-Luise-Str. 1-3
Room 206
14195 Berlin-Dahlem
Since 2022

Head of the Department Evolutionary and Integrative Ecology, IGB Berlin

2016 - 2021

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

Since 2014

Professor of Ecological Novelty, Freie Universität & IGB Berlin
(funded by the DFG as Heisenberg Professorship from 2014 to 2019)

Since 2014

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

2013 - 2014

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

2011 - 2013

Principal Investigator (DFG), TUM


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

2010 - 2011

Principal Investigator (DFG), LMU Munich

2009 - 2010

Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent), LMU Munich

2007 - 2008

DFG Research Fellow, LMU Munich

2006 - 2008

& 2010 - 2017

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, for example:
    Biotic Interactions in a Changing World (Master; lecture and seminar)
    Experimental and Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology (Master; lecture, seminar, exercises and excursions)
  • Supervision and mentoring at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and postdoctoral level - inquiries welcome!

Research Area

Theoretical ecology, invasion biology, ecological novelty, evolutionary ecology, predator-prey interactions, conservation biology, urban ecology, interdisciplinary integration, research synthesis

Go to: Complete publication list, with links to PDFs and Supplements

Selected media coverage:
Arte: Xenius, Art in Berlin, Asian Age, ATLAS, Bayern 5 aktuell, Birdwatch, Business Standard, Campus.Leben, Conservation Magazine, The Conservation Science Institute Report, Deccan Chronicle, Deutschlandradio Kultur, EarthSky, Financial Express, Focus Italia, The Guardian, HeritageDaily, Hessischer Rundfunk: hessenschau, The Hindu, I4U News, Ideas for Sustainability, IES Newsletter, Indian Express, Innovations Report, International Business Times, Inverse, IUCN News, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, LaborPraxis, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft: Welten, Leibniz-Journal, Münchner Merkur, National Geographic, Natural Science News, Natur.de, Nature Research Highlights, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), NZ Herald, Ö1: Wissen aktuell, Öko-Test, ORF: science.ORF.at, Oxford Virtual, Oximity, Rabe Ralf, Residency Unlimited, Resilience Science, 3sat: nano, Schweizer Bauer, ScienceDaily, Science News/AAAS, Le Scienze – Edizione italiana di Scientific American, Scimex, Siasat Daily, Spektrumdirekt, Der Standard, Südkurier, Tagesspiegel, taz.die tageszeitung, Tierwelt, VBIO, Verbundjournal, VET-Magazin, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, WDR 5, Weser-Kurier, Wiener Zeitung, Zee News, ZEIT ONLINE

Editorial work for:
Axios Review: Associate Editor, 2017
Basic and Applied Ecology
: Book Review Editor, 2012–2020
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, 2007–2018

Reviewer for funding agencies:
Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Genome British Columbia, Israel Science Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds

Reviewer for scientific journals:
American Naturalist, Aquatic Ecology, Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Basic and Applied Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biological Invasions, BioScience, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Ecological Applications, Ecological Entomology, Ecological Indicators, 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, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Wildlife Research, etc.

Serving as expert on scientific committees:
Alliance for Freshwater Life (AFL): Board Member and Joint Leader of core area Data & Synthesis since 2017
BiodivERsA: Evaluation Committee Member for 2011/2012 call
COST Actions: Management Committee (MC) Member of COST Action CA17122 ALIEN CSI (Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science), since 2018; MC Member (Substitute) of COST Action TD 1209 ALIEN Challenge (European Information System for Alien Species), 2013-2017
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, GMO Panel and Scientific Committee): External Expert since 2010
External examiner: Queen's University Belfast, UK, 2015; Imperial College London, UK, 2017; Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2019; Technische Universität Berlin, 2019; Durham University, UK, 2020; Monash University, Australia, 2020; Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2020; Friedrich Schiller University Jena, 2021
GO FAIR Discovery Implementation Network: Member since 2019
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
Invasion Dynamics Network (InDyNet): Founder and Head of Steering Committee since 2015
NEOBIOTA: Council Member since 2018
School Kirchseeon, Germany: academic partner for scientific seminar macroecology/ macroevolution, 2016