Publications

Peer-reviewed scientific publications

  • Wester, P. & Johnson, S. (2017): Importance of birds versus insects as pollinators of an African shrub. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 185, 225-239.
  • Johnson, S. & Wester, P. (2017): Stefan Vogel's analysis of floral syndromes in the South African flora: an appraisal based on 60 years of pollination studies. Flora 232: 200-206.
  • Koch, L., Lunau, K. & Wester, P. (2017): To be on the safe site – ungroomed spots on the bee’s body and their importance for pollination. PLoS ONE 12: e0182522.
  • Wester, P. & Lunau, K. (2017): Plant-pollinator communication. Advances in Botanical Research 82: 225-257.
  • Lunau, K. & Wester, P. (2017): Mimicry and deception in pollination. Advances in Botanical Research 82: 259-279.
  • Wester, P., Filla, M. & Lunau, K. (2016): Floral scent and flower visitors of three green-flowered Costa Rican and Panamanian Blakea species (Melastomataceae) indicate birds rather than rodents as pollinators. Plant Ecology and Evolution 149: 319-328.
  • Flasch, L., von Elm, N. & Wester, P. (2016): Nectar-drinking Elephantulus edwardii as a potential pollinator of Massonia echinata, endemic to the Bokkeveld plateau in South Africa. African Journal of Ecology 55: 376-379.
  • Wester, P. (2015): The forgotten pollinators – First field evidence for nectar-feeding by primarily insectivorous elephant-shrews. Journal of Pollination Ecology 16: 108-111.
  • Wester, P. (2013): Feeding on the wing: hovering in nectar-drinking Old World birds - more common than expected. Emu 114: 171-183.
  • Wester, P. (2013): Sunbirds hover at flowers of Salvia and Lycium. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 84: 27-32.
  • Wester, P. (2011): Nectar feeding by the Cape rock elephant-shrew Elephantulus edwardii (Macroscelidea) - a primarily insectivore pollinates the parasite Hyobanche atropurpurea (Orobanchaceae). Flora 206: 997-1001.
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2011): Pollination syndromes of New World Salvia species with special reference to bird pollination. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 98: 101-155.
  • Wester, P. (2010): Sticky snack for Sengis: The Cape rock elephant-shrew, Elephantulus edwardii (Macroscelidea), as a pollinator of the Pagoda lily, Whiteheadia bifolia (Hyacinthaceae). Naturwissenschaften 97: 1107-1112.
  • Wester, P., Stanway, R. & Pauw, A. (2009): Mice pollinate Whiteheadia bifolia (Hyacinthaceae) - first direct field observations with photographic documentation of rodent pollination in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 75: 713-719.
  • Wester, P. (2007): Ornithophily in the genus Salvia. Dissertation, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2007): Floral diversity and pollen transfer in bird-pollinated Salvia species. Annals of Botany 100: 401-421.
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2006): Bird pollination in South African Salvia species. Flora 201: 396-406.
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2006): Hummingbird pollination in Salvia haenkei Benth. (Lamiaceae) lacking the typical lever mechanism. Plant, Systematics and Evolution 257: 133-146.
  • Claßen-Bockhoff, R., Speck, T., Tweraser, E., Wester, P., Thimm, S. & Reith, M. (2004): The staminal lever mechanism in Salvia L. (Lamiaceae): a key innovation for adaptive radiation? Organisms, Diversity and Evolution 4: 189-205.
  • Claßen-Bockhoff, R., Wester, P. & Tweraser, E. (2003): The staminal lever mechanism in Salvia – a review. Plant Biology 5: 33-41.

Book review

  • Wester, P. (2013): Vogel, Stefan, Floral-biological Syndromes as Elements of Diversity within Tribes in the Flora of South Africa: Translation of the German original edition from 1954, Translation into English by Elke Pischtschan, editing of the translation by Kathryn B. Johnson and Steven D. Johnson. South African Journal of Botany 87: 84.

Popular science articles

  • Pajonk, P., Wester, P. & Lunau K. (2017): Überwachung von Honigbienen mit Kamerafallen. Entomologie heute 29: 83-93.
  • Gappel, N., Wester, P. & Lunau, K. (2017): Schwergängige Blütenmechanismen selektieren Bestäuber: Florale Filterwirkung von Colutea arborescens und C. orientalis. Entomologie heute 29: 69-81.
  • Wester, P. (2017): Feeding on the wing: nectarivorous Old World birds hover more often than expected. Veld & Flora 103: 14-16.
  • Wester, P. (2015): The forgotten pollinators: First field evidence for nectar-feeding by primarily insectivorous Elephant-shrews. Veld & Flora 101: 84-85.
  • Teschke, H., Lunau, K. & Wester, P. (2014): Mechanische florale Filter für Bienen: Kraftmessungen an dorsiventralen Blüten. Mitteilungen des Entomologischen Vereins Stuttgart 49: 30-31.
  • Wester, P. (2011): Klebrige Nascherei für Rüsselspringer: Elephantulus edwardii als Bestäuber von Whiteheadia bifolia. Der Palmengarten 75: 122-125.
  • Wester, P. (2011): Sticky snack for sengis - Adding the Cape Rock Elephant-shrew to the list of non-flying mammal pollinators. Veld & Flora 97: 112-113.
  • Wester, P. (2009): Von Mäusen und Pavianschuhen. - Erste direkte Geländebeobachtung mit fotografischer Dokumentation von Nager-Bestäubung in Südafrika. Der Palmengarten 73: 120-125.
  • Wester, P. (2009): Mice pollinators in the Cederberg. The first field observations with photographic documentation of rodent pollination in South Africa. Veld & Flora 95: 82-85.
  • Wester, P. (2008): Vogelbestäubung bei südafrikanischen Salbei-Arten. Der Palmengarten 72(2): 145-148.
  • Steinecke, H. & Wester, P. (2007): Das Taubenschwänzchen, ein neuerdings häufigerer Gast in unseren Gärten. Der Palmengarten 71(1): 22-25.
  • Wester, P., Van Jaarsveld, E. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2006): Nectar for the birds. Veld & Flora 92(4): 196-197.
  • Wester, P. (2000): Pipeline oder Regenwald - Erdölleitung bedroht in Ecuador einen der artenreichsten Bergwälder. (Pipeline or rainforest. Oil pipeline threatens one of the most species rich mountain forests in Ecuador). Ökozidjournal 20: 10-15.

Conference contributions

  • Wester, P. (2014): Von Rüsselspringern und Pavianschuhen - Ungewöhnliche Bestäuber in Südafrika. Botanischer Garten der Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf.
  • Riedel, L., Wester, P., van de Kamp, T. & Lunau, K. (2014): Die Bedeutung von Safe Sites auf dem Bienenkörper für die Pollenübertragung. 27. Westdeutscher Entomologentag, Düsseldorf, Germany, 22.-23.11.2014 (talk).
  • Teschke, H., Lunau, K. & Wester, P. (2014): Mechanische florale Filter für Bienen: Kraftmessungen an dorsiventralen Blüten. 11. Hymenopterologen-Tagung Stuttgart, Germany, 3.-5.10.2014 (talk).
  • Wester, P. (2013): Kleinsäugerbestäubte Pflanzenarten in Südafrika. Botanisches Kolloquium, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2.12.2013 (invited talk).
  • Wester, P., Johnson, S. & Pauw, A. (2013): Rodent pollinators attracted by potato scent of the South African Pineapple Lily, Eucomis regia (Hyacinthaceae). 27th Annual Meeting of the Scandinavian Association for Pollination Ecologists (SCAPE), Lammi Biological Station, University of Helsinki, Finland, 24.-27.10.2013 (talk).
  • Wester, P. (2013): Ecological and evolutionary aspects of floral characters and pollinator behaviour. Institutsseminar, Institute of Sensory Ecology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany (invited talk).
  • Wester, P., Johnson, S. & Pauw, A. (2013): Rodent pollinators attracted by potato scent of the South African Pineapple Lily, Eucomis regia (Hyacinthaceae). 39th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), Drakensberg, South Africa, 20.-24.1.2013 (talk).
  • Wester, P., Czarny, S. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2012): The maintenance of nototriby by resupination – experimental studies in Salvia gravida Epling. 21st International Symposium „Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology“,Mainz, Germany, 16.-19.9.2012 (poster).
  • Wester, P., Pauw, A. & Johnson, S. (2012): Rodent pollinators attracted by potato scent of the South African Pineapple Lily, Eucomis regia (Hyacinthaceae). 21st International Symposium „Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology“, Mainz, Germany, 16.-19.9.2012 (invited talk).
  • Wester, P. (2012): Pollination by small mammals in South Africa. Nieuwoudtville Eco Talks, Indigo Nieuwoudtville, South Africa, 24,7,2012 (invited talk).
  • Wester, P., Pauw, A. & Johnson, S. (2011): The role of scent compounds in the attraction of rodent pollinators to flowers of the South African Pineapple Lily, Eucomis regia (Hyacinthaceae). 18th International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 23.-30.7.2011 (talk).
  • Wester, P. (2011): Von Rüsselspringern und Pavianschuhen - ungewöhnliche Bestäuber in Südafrika. Evolutionsbiologisches Kolloquium, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, 28.6.2011 (talk).
  • Wester, P., Pauw., A. & Johnson, S. (2010): Small mammal pollination in the South African Hyacinthaceae Whiteheadia bifolia and Eucomis regia. AETFAT-congress - Association for the taxonomic study of the Flora of tropical Africa, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 25.-30.4.2010 (poster).
  • Wester, P. & Pauw., A. (2009): Nightlife: When Mice meet Whiteheadias. - First field observations of nocturnal rodent pollination in South Africa. Fynbos Forum 2009. Bredasdorp, South Africa, 4.-7.8.2009 (talk, award for second best talk).
  • Wester, P. & Pauw., A. (2009): Two South African hybrid swarms in the genus Salvia – with parents of the same and different pollination syndromes. South African Journal of Botany 75: 427. 35th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 19.-22.1.2009 (talk).
  • Suda, J., Loureiro, J., Trávníček, P., Rauchová, J., Vít, P., Urfus, T., Kubešová, M., Dereyer, L.L., Oberlander, K.C., Wester, P. & Roets, F. (2009): Flow cytometry and its applications in plant population biology, ecology and biosystematics: New prospects for the Cape flora. South African Journal of Botany 75: 389. 35th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 19.-22.1.2009.
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2005): Floral diversity and pollen transfer in bird pollinated Salvia species. XVII. International Botanical Congress, Vienna, Austria, 17.-23.7.2005 (talk).
  • Wester, P. (2005): Diversity and pollination in bird-pollinated Salvia-flowers.- Rhein Main Kolloquium, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany, 14.4.2005. (talk).
  • Wester, P. (2005): Diversität ornithophiler Salvia-Arten.- Botanisches Kolloquium, Institut für Spezielle Botanik und Botanischer Garten, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany, 3.2.2005 (talk).
  • Wester, P., van Jaarsveld, E. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2005): Bird pollination in South African Salvia species. 18th Annual conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, 22.-25.2.2005 (poster).
  • Reith, M.; Speck, T.; Claßen-Bockhoff, R.; Thimm, S.; Tweraser, E. & Wester, P. (2004): The importance of flower-pollinator interactions for reproductive isolation and speciation processes in the genus Salvia: an experimental approach. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 137 (2004) S77–S85. (Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, 2004, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK).
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2004): Ornithophily in the genus Salvia – the staminal lever mechanism as a key innovation for adaptive radiation? in: Axmacher, J.C. and Gollan, T. (eds.): 17th Annual Conference ‘Biodiversity and dynamics in tropical ecosystems’ Program and abstracts. Bayreuther Forum Ökologie 105: 73, 17th annual conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 18.-20.2.2004 (talk).
  • Claßen-Bockhoff, R.; Schönberger, M.; Wester, P. & Kuschewitz, M. (2003): Floral diversity in Salvia (Lamiaceae): a database approach. 16th International Symposium ‘Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology’, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 21.-27.9.2003 (poster).
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2003): Diversity of pollination mechanisms among ornithophilous Salvia species. 16th International Symposium „Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology“,Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 21.-27.9.2003 (talk).
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2003): Salvia haenkei BENTH. and S. orbignaei BENTH. - two ornithophilous species from Bolivia and their hybrids. 16th Annual conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, University of Rostock, Germany, 19.-22.2.2003 (poster, Merian-award for best poster).
  • Wester, P. & Claßen-Bockhoff, R. (2002): Salvia haenkei BENTH. and S. orbignaei BENTH. – two ornithophilous species from Bolivia and their hybrids. Botanikertagung 2002 Freiburg i. Br., Germany, 22.-27.9.2002 (poster).
  • Wester, P.; Möseler, B.M. & Knöss, W. (2002): Chemotype analysis in Thymus pulegioides L. - ecological and biosynthetical considerations. in: Eiter, B.; Leubner, G.; Seyfferth, D. & Thien, W. (eds.): Botanikertagung 2002, Freiburg i. Br., Germany, 22.-27.9.2002 (poster).
  • Wester, P.; Möseler, B.M. & Knöss, W. (2001): Chemotype analysis in Thymus pulegioides – ecological and biosynthetical considerarions ... or interdisciplinary research as a concept to get more results than expected.- 5th European Symposium on Plant Isoprenoids (TERPNET), Bonn, Germany, 14.-16-3.2001 (poster).
  • Remy, D.; Aßmann, T.; Menzel, U.; Wester, P.; Persigehl, M.; Weinert, M. & Kratochwil, A. (2001): BMBF-project „Inland sand ecosystems“: Restitution of an extensive pasture landscape on sandy soils in a river valley (Emsland, western Lower Saxony, Germany). - International Workshop on Pasture-Landscapes and Nature Conservation: University of Lüneburg, Germany, 26.-31.3.2001 (poster).
  • Remy, D.; Kratochwil, A. & Wester, P. (2001): Struktur und Dynamik der Vegetation - Modul A im BMBF-Projekt „Sandökosysteme im Binnenland: Dynamik und Restitution“. (Structure and dynamics of vegetation – Module A of the BMBF-project ‘Inland sand ecosystems: dynamics and restitution’) - Project-releated meeting ‘Inland sand ecosystems: dynamics and restitution’, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, 6.-7.3.2001 (poster).
  • Remy, D.; Aßmann, T.; Menzel, U.; Wester, P.; Persigehl; Weinert, M. & Kratochwil, A. (2001): BMBF-Projekt Sandökosysteme im Binnenland: Restitution halboffener Weidelandschaften an der Hase (Emsland). (BMBF-project ‘Inland sand ecosystems: restitution of half-open pasture landscape at the river Hase (Emsland)’.) - Project-releated meeting ‘Inland sand ecosystems: dynamics and restitution’, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, 6.-7.3.2001 (poster).
  • Wester, P. & Kratochwil, A. (2001): Reproduktionspotential ausgewählter Sandrasen-Gesellschaften mit und ohne Weideeinfluß. (Reproductive potential of selected sand grassland communities with and without pasturing.) - Project-releated meeting ‘Inland sand ecosystems: dynamics and restitution’, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, 6.-7.3.2001, (poster).
  • Wester, P. (1999): Chemotypen und Allelopathie beim Feld-Thymian (Thymus pulegioides L., Lamiaceae). (Chemotypes and allelopathy in Thymus pulegioides L., Lamiaceae) – Geobotanisches Kolloquium, Insitut für Landwirtschaftliche Botanik, Universität Bonn, Germany, 21.6.1999 (talk).
  • Wester., P. (1998): Bird flowers - flower birds; with special reference to Gesneriads.- Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Geneva, Switzerland, 28.5.1998 (invited talk).
  • Wester, P. (1997): Thymian - von der Hexenvertreibung zur Allelopathie.- Geobotanisches Kolloquium, Insitut für Landwirtschaftliche Botanik, Universität Bonn, Germany, 4.12.1997 (talk).
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