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former PhD Student

Dr. Jonas Kuppler


Research interests

  • Community ecology
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Population ecology


  • Since 2012 PhD student at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Since 2012 Fellow of the interdisciplinary Graduate School E-Norm (Evolutionary Networks: Organisms, Reactions, Molecules) Duesseldorf
  • 2011 - 2012 Research technican at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  • 2010 - 2011 Diploma thesis at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. "Conversion of savannah habitats to annual cropping systems: effects on species richness, abundance, community compostion of grasshoppers and herbivory rates". Scholarship DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • 2007 - 2010 graduate studies in biology (tropical ecology, sociobiology, geography) at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  • 2005 - 2007 undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 1984 born in Cologne, Germany

Research project

Different parts of individual plants require contrasting services: vegetative plant-parts avoid interactions with herbivores, flowers and fruits advertise interactions with mutualists, while antagonists should be deterred from these valuable tissues. I will evaluate (a) the interaction frequency and thus network structure between plant-parts (leaves, flowers and fruits) and diverse organisms and (b) the phenotype of these organs. I will work in the framework of “phenotypic integration” to reveal whether the organ-specific adaptation to multiple interaction-partners is constrained by the metabolism of the other plant-parts or if evolution can act independently on leaves, flowers and fruits.

Conference contributions

Kuppler J, Perez-Barrales R & Junker RR (2012) Inferring from variation and covariation of leaf, flower, and seed traits to the evolution of plant-arthropod interactions. Poster at the SCAPE meeting in Skjærhalden, Norway


to undefinedJunker Group at the University of Salzburg, Austria

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