Matthias Senft

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department of Ecology and Ecosystemmanagement
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.4149
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427

E-mail: matthias.senft[at]

Curriculum vitae

Since 2014 PhD Student at the Chair of Terrrestrial Ecology, Technische Universität München under the supervision of Prof. Dr. W. W. Weisser.
2012 Research Assistant at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster.
2010- 2013 M.Sc. in BioScience at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster. Master Thesis at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. D. Prüfer: “Analysis of the Molecular Mechanisms involved in Forisome Assembly based on the MtSEO-F1 Protein”.
2007- 2010 B.Sc in Biology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster. Bachelor Thesis at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. D. Prüfer: “Identification of trans-regulatory Elements of the Genes AtSEO-CP1 and AtSEO-CP2 in Arabidopsis thaliana”.

Research interest

  • Ecology, Genetics and general Biology of Plants and Insects
  • Plant-Insect Interactions
  • (Meta)Community Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology


  • Metacommunity genetics in a plant-aphid system



Zytynska, S. E., Y. Guenay, S. Sturm, M. V. Clancy, M. Senft, J.-P. Schnitzler, S. Dilip Pophaly, C. Wurmser and W. W. Weisser. 2019. Effect of plant chemical variation and mutualistic ants on the local population genetic structure of an aphid herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:1089-1099. PDF


Senft, M., M. V. Clancy, W. W. Weisser, J.-P. Schnitzler and S. E. Zytynska. 2018. Additive effects of plant chemotype, mutualistic ants and predators on aphid performance and survival. Functional Ecology Accepted. PDF

Tena, A., M. Senft, N. Desneux, J. Dregni and G. E. Heimpel. 2018. The influence of aphid-produced honeydew on parasitoid fitness and nutritional state: A comparative study. Basic and Applied Ecology 29:55-68. PDF


Senft, M., W. W. Weisser and S. E. Zytynska. 2017. Habitat variation, mutualism and predation shape the spatio-temporal dynamics of tansy aphids. Ecological Entomology 42:389-401. PDF


Clancy, M. V., S. E. Zytynska, M. Senft, W. W. Weisser and J.-P. Schnitzler. 2016. Chemotypic variation in terpenes emitted from storage pools influences early aphid colonisation on tansy. Scientific Reports 6:38087. PDF


Groscurth, S., B. Müller, S. Schwan, M. Menzel, F. Diekstall, M. Senft, A. Kendall, B. A. Kommor, U. Neumann, M. Kalischuk, L. M. Kawchuk, V. Krzyzanek, A. Heilmann, G. Stubbs, R. M. Twyman, D. Prüfer, and G. A. Noll. 2012. Artificial forisomes are ideal models of forisome assembly and activity that allow the development of technical devices. Biomacromolecules 13:3076-3086.