Dr. Jan Engel

Institute of Ecology

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dornburger Str. 159
D-07743 Jena

Phone: +49.3641.949433
Mobil:   +49.3641.949402
E-mail: jan.engel[at]uni-jena.de
ORCID: 0000-0002-7212-3144

Curriculum vitae

2015 present Post-doc, TU Munich
2014 Scientific Assistant, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2014 Doctoral degree (magna cum laude), Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2010- 2014 Doctoral project “Stability analysis of multitrophic functional-group interaction-networks - a novel modeling approach”, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2009 Scientific Assistant in Ecological Modeling, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig
2009 Diploma Biology, University Potsdam
2008 Diploma project “Modeling on issues of sustainable production of biomass”, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig

Research area

Food web simulations/ Jena Experiment

Research interest

My current research addresses how terrestrial ecosystems respond to environmental changes and biodiversity loss across the coming decades. To advance mechanistic comprehension of ecosystem dynamics the consideration of biotic interactions across trophic levels is of prime importance. I use multi-species food webs and interaction webs of functional groups to model multitrophic ecosystems. I strive for a network approach that integrates the entire set of species and biotic interactions of an ecosystem at a medium level of complexity.


The Jena Experiment (www.the-jena-experiment.de)



Engel, J., L. Hertzog, J. Tiede, C. Wagg, A. Ebeling, H. Briesen and W. W. Weisser. 2017. Pitfall trap sampling bias depends on body mass, temperature, and trap number: insights from an individual-based model. Ecosphere 8:e01790. PDF


Wright, A., M. Bernhardt-Römermann, D. Craven, A. Ebeling, J. Engel, J. Hines and N. Eisenhauer. 2014. Local-scale changes in plant diversity: reassessments and implications for biodiversity–ecosystem function experiments. Proceedings of Peerage of Science 1:e6.


Engel, J., A. Huth and K. Frank. 2012. Bioenergy production and Skylark (Alauda arvensis) population abundance - a modelling approach for the analysis of land-use change impacts and conservation options. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 4:713-727.


Schümann, K., R. Luick, F. Wagner, J. Engel, K. Frank and A. Huth. 2011. Biomasseanbau steuern-Konfliktminderung durch neue Anreize. Nat. Landschaft 86:112-119.


Schümann, K., J. Engel, K. Frank, A. Huth, R. Luick and F. Wagner. 2010. Naturschutzstandards für den Biomasseanbau: Ergebnisse des gleichnamigen F+E-Vorhabens (FKZ 350782-150), Landwirtschaftsverlag, Münster.