Dr. Sebastian T. Meyer

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

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

Phone: +49.8161.71.4219
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: Sebastian.T.Meyer[at]tum.de

Curriculum vitae

2019- present Researcher TUM
2019 Habilitation TUM
Habilitation thesis „Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships and their drivers in natural and anthropogenic systems with an emphasis on species interactions”
2011- 2019 Postdoc TUM
2009- 2011 Postdoc Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2008- 2009 Postdoc University of Kaiserslautern
2008 Doctoral degree (summa cum laude) University of Kaiserslautern
2004- 2008 Doctoral project “Ecosystem engineering in fragmented forests: Edge-mediated hyper-abundance of leaf-cutting ants and resulting impacts on forest structure, microclimate, and regeneration” University of Kaiserslautern and University of Recife, Brazil
2004 Diploma Biology University of Kaiserslautern
2003- 2004 Diploma project “Herbivory and Drought Stress - Interactive effects of plant stress and feeding by leaf-cutting ants” University of Kaiserslautern
2003 Research internship “Drought resistance of tropical tree seedling” (DAAD Fellowship) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI); Panama
2002- 2003 Research assistant in Case-study on the radioactive contamination of wild boars. Forschungsanstalt für Waldökologie und Forstwirtschaft, Trippstadt, Germany
2001- 2004 Studying Biology University of Kaiserslautern
2000- 2001 Studying Biochemisty, Molecular Biology and Genetics University of Wales, College Cardiff; UK
2000 Vordiplom Biology Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz

Research interest

My research focuses on the question of how species-rich ecosystems differ from species-poor systems in their properties and functioning. I am especially interested in plant-animal and animal-animal interactions, and I investigate the reciprocal effects among herbivores, their natural enemies, and plant diversity. More applied aspects of my research study how these interactions, and ecosystem functions in general, are altered by human activities including forest fragmentation, land-use, and species introductions.

Current Projects

The Jena Experiment (www.the-jena-experiment.de)
The Jena Experiment is one of the largest and longest-running biodiversity experiments worldwide. Grasslands of controlled plant species richness that form a diversity gradient from monocultures over combinations of 2, 4, 8, and 16 species up to communities with 60 different plant species are investigated since the year 2002. I analyse how plant diversity changes functions and properties ranging from abiotic conditions to species interactions, from above- to belowground, and from plants to top predators. These analyses are based on a large pool of data collected during the last 18 years by members of the research unit and are currently continued within the doctoral thesis of Laura Argens. In addition, I measure rates of herbivory and predation investigating their relationship to plant diversity and plant traits as changes in the community of aboveground consumers together with Anne Ebeling (FSU Jena) in Subproject 5: Plant-consumer interactions as cause and consequence of long-term BEF relationships of the new research unit.

Rapid measurements of ecosystem functions (REFA)
Quantifying ecosystem functioning is important for both fundamental and applied ecological research. However, there is currently a gap between the data available and the data needed to address topical questions, such as the drivers of functioning in different ecosystems under global change or the best management to sustain provisioning of ecosystem functions and services. To close the identified ecosystem functioning data gap, I research low-tech, easy to use, repeatable, and cost-efficient methods than can be used to measure proxies of ecosystem functions. The collection of these methods for important ecosystem functions I named Rapid Ecosystem Function Assessment (REFA). Using REFA enables standardised and comparable measurements of proxies for ecosystem functions on a large scale within and across studies. A review introducing REFA has been published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. A handbook of field protocols with detailed descriptions of the methods has been published at MediaTUM.

Urban biodiversity in Munich
Rural land use is threatening biodiversity and cities have been suggested as an alternative habitat for wildlife with a potential for species conservation. However, urbanisation increases worldwide due to the migration of humans into cities. Resulting densification within cities and sprawl of cities into the surrounding landscapes contribute to the loss of wildlife habitat. Currently, it remains unclear which properties of urban spaces have the strongest effects on urban wildlife and how to integrate these properties into city planning. We investigate these questions using public squares in the city of Munich as a model system. Investigated squares are a representative sample of all squares in Munich, which span gradients in size, distance to the city centre, and greenness on and in the surrounding of the squares. We monitor the abundance and diversity of various animal groups to investigate the effects of square properties on urban biodiversity. We demonstrate positive effects of an increasing greenness (proportion of grassy surface area, number of trees, shrub volume) on the abundance and diversity of various taxa. Also, we are conducting a rooftop experiment investigating how green roofs can be modified to improve their value as habitat for flora and fauna.

Biodiversity and ecosystem function in future Bavaria
How are ecosystem services and biodiversity developing in Bavaria? The interdisciplinary joint project BLIZ (Blick in die Zukunft: Wechselwirkungen zwischen Gesellschaft, Landnutzung, Ökosystemleistungen und Biodiversität in Bayern bis 2100) takes a look into the future and develops new scenarios for a sustainable management of ecosystems in Bavaria. In this joint research project, we investigate the effects of climate change on ecological systems (ecosystem services and biodiversity) and socio-economic systems (land use development) and their interactions. With the help of computer-based simulation models, we investigate which adaptation strategies lead to a stabilisation of these systems and under which circumstances drastic ecological degradation or socio-economic changes (so-called tipping points) can occur. Together with Prof. Anja Rammig (Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions at TUM) we lead the subproject 1: Effects of land-use and climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity and investigate in the doctoral project of Sven Rubanschi how biotopes and biodiversity in Bavaria are distributed currently and in future.

Degradation of South Brazilian grasslands
Natural grasslands in south Brazil have at a large scale been converted into tree plantations or agricultural land or been severely degraded. This project, which is a cooperation between the groups for restoration ecology and terrestrial ecology at TUM, investigates the biotic composition and the ability to perform ecosystem functions at grassland sites spanning a degradation gradient. Also, the potential of these sites for ecological restoration and suitable techniques are assessed.



Buzhdygan, O. Y., S. T. Meyer, W. W. Weisser, N. Eisenhauer, A. Ebeling, S. R. Borrett, N. Buchmann, R. Cortois, G. B. De Deyn, H. De Kroon, G. Gleixner, L. R. Hertzog, J. Hines, M. Lange, L. Mommer, J. Ravenek, C. Scherber, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, S. Scheu, B. Schmid, K. Steinauer, T. Strecker, B. Tietjen, A. Vogel, A. Weigelt and J. S. Petermann. 2020. Biodiversity increases multitrophic energy use efficiency, flow and storage in grasslands. Nature Ecology & Evolution. DOI:10.1038/s41559-020-1123-8

Paul, C., N. Hanley, S. T. Meyer, C. Fürst, W. W. Weisser and T. Knoke. 2020. On the functional relationship between biodiversity and economic value. Science Advances 6:eaax7712. PDF


Eisenhauer, N., M. Bonkowski, U. Brose, F. Buscot, W. Durka, A. Ebeling, M. Fischer, G. Gleixner, A. Heintz-Buschart, J. Hines, A. Jesch, M. Lange, S. Meyer, C. Roscher, S. Scheu, H. Schielzeth, M. Schloter, S. Schulz, S. Unsicker, N. M. Van Dam, A. Weigelt, W. W. Weisser, C. Wirth, J. Wolf and B. Schmid. 2019. Biotic interactions, community assembly, and eco-evolutionary dynamics as drivers of long-term biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Research Ideas and Outcomes 5. DOI:10.3897/rio.5.e47042 PDF

Giling, D. P., A. Ebeling, N. Eisenhauer, S. T. Meyer, C. Roscher, M. Rzanny, W. Voigt, W. W. Weisser and J. Hines. 2019. Plant diversity alters the representation of motifs in food webs. Nature Communications 10:1226. PDF

Habel, J. C., L. Rasche, U. A. Schneider, J. O. Engler, E. Schmid, D. Rödder, S. T. Meyer, N. Trapp, R. Sos Del Diego, H. Eggermont, L. Lens and N. E. Stork. 2019. Final countdown for biodiversity hotspots. Conservation Letters. DOI:10.1111/conl.12668 PDF

Hines, J., D. P. Giling, M. Rzanny, W. Voigt, S. T. Meyer, W. W. Weisser, N. Eisenhauer and A. Ebeling. 2019. A meta food web for invertebrate species collected in a European grassland. Ecology 100:e02679. PDF

Manning, P., J. Loos, A. D. Barnes, P. Batáry, F. J. J. A. Bianchi, N. Buchmann, G. B. D. Deyn, A. Ebeling, N. Eisenhauer, M. Fischer, J. Fründ, I. Grass, J. Isselstein, M. Jochum, A. M. Klein, E. O. F. Klingenberg, D. A. Landis, J. Lepš, R. Lindborg, S. T. Meyer, V. Temperton, C. Westphal and T. Tscharntke. 2019. Transferring biodiversity ecosystem function research to the management of ‘real world’ ecosystems. Advances in Ecological Research 61:323-356.

Meyer, S. T., L. Heuss, H. Feldhaar, W. W. Weisser and M. M. Gossner. 2019. Land-use components, abundance of predatory arthropods, and vegetation height affect predation rates in grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 270:84-92.

Vogel, A., A. Ebeling, G. Gleixner, C. Roscher, S. Scheu, M. Ciobanu, E. Koller-France, M. Lange, A. Lochner, S. T. Meyer, Y. Oelmann, W. Wilcke, B. Schmid and N. Eisenhauer. 2019. A new experimental approach to test why biodiversity effects strengthen as ecosystems age. Advances in Ecological Research 61:221-264.

Vogel, A., P. Manning, M. W. Cadotte, J. Cowles, F. Isbell, A. L. C. Jousset, K. Kimmel, S. T. Meyer, P. B. Reich, C. Roscher, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, D. Tilman, A. Weigelt, A. J. Wright, N. Eisenhauer and C. Wagg. 2019. Lost in trait space: Species-poor communities are inflexible in properties that drive ecosystem functioning. Advances in Ecological Research 61:91-131.

Zytynska, S. E. and S. T. Meyer. 2019. Effects of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes on the protective microbiome of insects – a review. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 167:2-13. PDF


Craven, D., N. Eisenhauer, W. D. Pearse, Y. Hautier, F. Isbell, C. Roscher, M. Bahn, C. Beierkuhnlein, G. Bönisch, N. Buchmann, C. Byun, J. A. Catford, B. E. L. Cerabolini, J. H. C. Cornelissen, J. M. Craine, E. De Luca, A. Ebeling, J. N. Griffin, A. Hector, J. Hines, A. Jentsch, J. Kattge, J. Kreyling, V. Lanta, N. Lemoine, S. T. Meyer, V. Minden, V. Onipchenko, H. W. Polley, P. B. Reich, J. Van Ruijven, B. Schamp, M. D. Smith, N. A. Soudzilovskaia, D. Tilman, A. Weigelt, B. Wilsey and P. Manning. 2018. Multiple facets of biodiversity drive the diversity–stability relationship. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:1579-1587. PDF

Ebeling, A., J. Hines, L. R. Hertzog, M. Lange, S. T. Meyer, N. K. Simons and W. W. Weisser. 2018. Plant diversity effects on arthropods and arthropod-dependent ecosystem functions in a biodiversity experiment. Basic and Applied Ecology 26:50-63. PDF

Ebeling, A., M. Rzanny, M. Lange, N. Eisenhauer, L. R. Hertzog, S. T. Meyer and W. W. Weisser. 2018. Plant diversity induces shifts in the functional structure and diversity across trophic levels. Oikos 127:208-219. PDF

Meyer, S. T., N. Eisenhauer, M. Jochum and W. W. Weisser. 2018. Effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning in a grassland experiment (Jena) and implications for management. Fermoy, Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, 816-818.

Meyer, S. T., R. Ptacnik, H. Hillebrand, H. Bessler, N. Buchmann, A. Ebeling, N. Eisenhauer, C. Engels, M. Fischer, S. Halle, A.-M. Klein, Y. Oelmann, C. Roscher, T. Rottstock, C. Scherber, S. Scheu, B. Schmid, E.-D. Schulze, V. M. Temperton, T. Tscharntke, W. Voigt, A. Weigelt, W. Wilcke and W. W. Weisser. 2018. Biodiversity–multifunctionality relationships depend on identity and number of measured functions. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:44-49. PDF


Egorov, E., M. M. Gossner, S. T. Meyer, W. W. Weisser and M. Brändle. 2017. Does plant phylogenetic diversity increase invertebrate herbivory in managed grasslands? Basic and Applied Ecology 20:40-50.

Hertzog, L. R., A. Ebeling, W. W. Weisser and S. T. Meyer. 2017. Plant diversity increases predation by ground-dwelling invertebrate predators. Ecosphere 8:e01990. PDF

Husemann, M., R. Rogers, S. Meyer and J. C. Habel. 2017. “Publicationism” and scientists’ satisfaction depend on gender, career stage and the wider academic system. Palgrave Communications 3:17032. PDF

Leidinger, J., M. M. Gossner, W. W. Weisser, C. Koch, Z. L. R. Cayllahua, L. R. Podgaiski, M. M. Duarte, A. S. F. d. Araújo, J. Hermann, J. Kollman and S. T. Meyer. 2017. Historic and recent land use affects ecosystem functions in subtropical grasslands in southern Brazil. Ecosphere 8:e02032. PDF

Meyer, S. T., L. Scheithe, L. Hertzog, A. Ebeling, C. Wagg, C. Roscher and W. W. Weisser. 2017. Consistent increase in herbivory along two experimental plant diversity gradients over multiple years. Ecosphere 8:e01876. PDF

Weisser, W. W., C. Roscher, S. Meyer, A. Ebeling, G. Luo, E. Allan, H. Beßler, R. Barnard, N. Buchmann, F. Buscot, C. Engels, C. Fischer, M. Fischer, A. Gessler, G. Gleixner, S. Halle, A. Hildebrandt, H. Hillebrand, H. d. Kroon, M. Lange, S. Leimer, X. L. Roux, A. Milcu, L. Mommer, P. Niklaus, Y. Oelmann, R. Proulx, J. Roy, C. Scherber, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, S. Scheu, T. Tscharntke, M. Wachendorf, C. Wagg, A. Weigelt, W. Wilcke, C. Wirth, E.-D. Schulze, B. Schmid and N. Eisenhauer. 2017. Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in a 15-year grassland experiment: patterns, mechanisms, and open questions. Basic and Applied Ecology 23:1-73. PDF


Craven, D., F. Isbell, P. Manning, J. Connolly, H. Bruelheide, A. Ebeling, C. Roscher, J. Van Ruijven, A. Weigelt, B. Wilsey, C. Beierkuhnlein, E. De Luca, J. N. Griffin, Y. Hautier, A. Hector, A. Jentsch, J. Kreyling, V. Lanta, M. Loreau, S. T. Meyer, A. S. Mori, S. Naeem, C. Palmborg, H. W. Polley, P. B. Reich, B. Schmid, A. Siebenkäs, E. Seabloom, M. P. Thakur, D. Tilman, A. Vogel and N. Eisenhauer. 2016. Plant diversity effects on grassland productivity are robust to both nutrient enrichment and drought. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 371:20150277. PDF

Hertzog, L. R., A. Ebeling, S. T. Meyer, N. Eisenhauer, C. Fischer, A. Hildebrandt, C. Wagg and W. W. Weisser. 2016. High Survival of Lasius niger during Summer Flooding in a European Grassland. PLoS ONE 11:e0152777. PDF

Hertzog, L. R., S. T. Meyer, W. W. Weisser and A. Ebeling. 2016. Experimental Manipulation of Grassland Plant Diversity Induces Complex Shifts in Aboveground Arthropod Diversity. PLoS ONE 11:e0148768. PDF

Koch, C., T. Conradi, M. M. Gossner, J. M. Hermann, J. Leidinger, S. T. Meyer, G. E. Overbeck, W. W. Weisser and J. Kollmann. 2016. Management intensity and temporary conversion to other land-use types affect plant diversity and species composition of subtropical grasslands in southern Brazil. Applied Vegetation Science 19:589-599.

Lefcheck, J. S., S. J. Brandl, P. L. Reynolds, A. R. Smyth and S. T. Meyer. 2016. Extending Rapid Ecosystem Fuction Assessments to Marine Ecosystems: A Reply to Meyer. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 331:251-253. PDF

Meyer, S. T., A. Ebeling, N. Eisenhauer, L. Hertzog, H. Hillebrand, A. Milcu, S. Pompe, M. Abbas, H. Bessler, N. Buchmann, E. De Luca, C. Engels, M. Fischer, G. Gleixner, A. Hudewenz, A.-M. Klein, H. De Kroon, S. Leimer, H. Loranger, L. Mommer, Y. Oelmann, J. M. Ravenek, C. Roscher, T. Rottstock, C. Scherber, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, S. Scheu, B. Schmid, E.-D. Schulze, A. Staudler, T. Strecker, V. Temperton, T. Tscharntke, A. Vogel, W. Voigt, A. Weigelt, W. Wilcke and W. W. Weisser. 2016. Effects of biodiversity strengthen over time as ecosystem functioning declines at low and increases at high biodiversity. Ecosphere 7:e01619. PDF

Schroeder-Georgi, T., C. Wirth, K. Nadrowski, S. T. Meyer, L. Mommer and A. Weigelt. 2016. From pots to plots: Hierarchical trait-based prediction of plant performance in a mesic grassland. Journal of Ecology 104:206-218. PDF

Zytynska, S. E., S. T. Meyer, S. Sturm, W. Ullmann, M. Mehrparvar and W. W. Weisser. 2016. Secondary bacterial symbiont community in aphids responds to plant diversity. Oecologia 180:735-747. PDF


Isbell, F., D. Craven, J. Connolly, M. Loreau, B. Schmid, C. Beierkuhnlein, T. M. Bezemer, C. Bonin, H. Bruelheide, E. De Luca, A. Ebeling, J. N. Griffin, Q. Guo, Y. Hautier, A. Hector, A. Jentsch, J. Kreyling, V. Lanta, P. Manning, S. T. Meyer, A. S. Mori, S. Naeem, P. A. Niklaus, H. W. Polley, P. B. Reich, C. Roscher, E. W. Seabloom, M. D. Smith, M. P. Thakur, D. Tilman, B. F. Tracy, W. H. Van Der Putten, J. Van Ruijven, A. Weigelt, W. W. Weisser, B. Wilsey and N. Eisenhauer. 2015. Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes. Nature 526:574-577. Link to Nature

Meyer, S. T., C. Koch and W. W. Weisser. 2015. Towards a standardized Rapid Ecosystem Function Assessment (REFA). Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30:390-397. PDF

Overbeck, G. E., E. Vélez-Martin, F. R. Scarano, T. M. Lewinsohn, C. R. Fonseca, S. T. Meyer, S. C. Müller, P. Ceotto, L. Dadalt, G. Durigan, G. Ganade, M. M. Gossner, D. L. Guadagnin, K. Lorenzen, C. M. Jacobi, W. W. Weisser and V. D. Pillar. 2015. Conservation in Brazil needs to include non-forest ecosystems. Diversity and Distributions 21:1455-1460. PDF

Stephan, J. G., R. Wirth, I. R. Leal and S. T. Meyer. 2015. Spatially Heterogeneous Nest-Clearing Behavior Coincides with Rain Event in the Leaf-Cutting Ant Atta cephalotes (L.) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Neotropical Entomology 44:123-128. PDF


Ebeling, A., S. T. Meyer, M. Abbas, N. Eisenhauer, H. Hillebrand, M. Lange, C. Scherber, A. Vogel, A. Weigelt and W. W. Weisser. 2014. Plant Diversity Impacts Decomposition and Herbivory via Changes in Aboveground Arthropods. PLoS ONE 9:e106529. PDF

Gossner, M. M., W. W. Weisser, and S. T. Meyer. 2014. Invertebrate herbivory decreases along a gradient of increasing land-use intensity in German grasslands. Basic and Applied Ecology 15:347-352. PDF

Loranger, H., W. Weisser, A. Ebeling, T. Eggers, E. De Luca, J. Loranger, C. Roscher, and S. Meyer. 2014. Invertebrate herbivory increases along an experimental gradient of grassland plant diversity. Oecologia 174:183-193. PDF

Mahdavi-Arab, N., S. T. Meyer, M. Mehrparvar and W. W. Weisser. 2014. Complex Effects of Fertilization on Plant and Herbivore Performance in the Presence of a Plant Competitor and Activated Carbon. PLoS ONE 9:e103731. PDF

Turcotte, M. M., C. J. M. Thomsen, G. T. Broadhead, P. V. A. Fine, R. M. Godfrey, G. P. A. Lamarre, S. T. Meyer, L. A. Richards, and M. T. J. Johnson. 2014. Percentage leaf herbivory across vascular plant species. Ecology 95:788-788. PDF


Allan, E., W. Weisser, M. Fischer, E.-D. Schulze, A. Weigelt, C. Roscher, J. Baade, R. Barnard, H. Beßler, N. Buchmann, A. Ebeling, N. Eisenhauer, C. Engels, A. F. Fergus, G. Gleixner, M. Gubsch, S. Halle, A. Klein, I. Kertscher, A. Kuu, M. Lange, X. Roux, S. Meyer, V. Migunova, A. Milcu, P. Niklaus, Y. Oelmann, E. Pašali?, J. Petermann, F. Poly, T. Rottstock, A. W. Sabais, C. Scherber, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, S. Scheu, S. Steinbeiss, G. Schwichtenberg, V. Temperton, T. Tscharntke, W. Voigt, W. Wilcke, C. Wirth, and B. Schmid. 2013. A comparison of the strength of biodiversity effects across multiple functions. Oecologia 173:223-237. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. M. Gossner, S. T. Meyer, H. Eggermont, L. Lens, J. Dengler, and W. W. Weisser. 2013. Mind the gaps when using science to address conservation concerns. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:2413-2427. PDF

Loranger, J., S. T. Meyer, B. Shipley, J. Kattge, H. Loranger, C. Roscher, C. Wirth, and W. W. Weisser. 2013. Predicting invertebrate herbivory from plant traits: polycultures show strong non-additive effects. Ecology 94:1499-1509. PDF

Meyer, S. T., M. Neubauer, E. J. Sayer, I. R. Leal, M. Tabarelli, and R. Wirth. 2013. Leaf-cutting ants as ecosystem engineers: topsoil and litter perturbations around Atta cephalotes nests reduce nutrient availability. Ecological Entomology 38:497-504. PDF

Milcu, A., E. Allan, C. Roscher, T. Jenkins, S. T. Meyer, D. F. B. Flynn, H. Bessler, F. Buscot, C. Engels, M. Gubsch, S. König, A. Lipowsky, J. Loranger, C. Renker, C. Scherber, B. Schmid, E. Thébault, T. Wubet, W. W. Weisser, S. Scheu, and N. Eisenhauer. 2013. Functionally and phylogenetically diverse plant communities key to soil biota. Ecology 94:1878–1885. PDF

Overbeck, G. E., J.-M. Hermann, B. O. Andrade, I. I. Boldrini, K. Kiehl, A. Kirmer, C. Koch, J. Kollmann, S. T. Meyer, S. C. Müller, C. Nabinger, G. Pilger, J. P. P. Trindade, E. Vélez, E. Walker, D. G. Zimmermann, and V. D. Pillar. 2013. Restoration ecology in Brazil – time to step out of the forest; Ecologia de restauração no Brasil – mais do que plantar árvores? Sociedade & Natureza 11:92-95. PDF


Loranger, J., S. T. Meyer, B. Shipley, J. Kattge, H. Loranger, C. Roscher, and W. W. Weisser. 2012. Predicting invertebrate herbivory from plant traits: evidence from 51 grassland species in experimental monocultures. Ecology 93:2674-2682. PDF

Ribeiro Neto, J. D., B. X. Pinho, S. T. Meyer, R. Wirth, and I. R. Leal. 2012. Drought stress drives intraspecific choice of food plants by Atta leaf-cutting ants. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 144:209-215. PDF


Dohm, C., I. R. Leal, M. Tabarelli, S. T. Meyer, and R. Wirth. 2011. Leaf-cutting ants proliferate in the Amazon: an expected response to forest edge? Journal of Tropical Ecology 27:645-649. PDF

Meyer, S. T., I. R. Leal, M. Tabarelli, and R. Wirth. 2011. Ecosystem engineering by leaf-cutting ants: nests of Atta cephalotes drastically alter forest structure and microclimate. Ecological Entomology 36:14-24. PDF

Meyer, S. T., I. R. Leal, M. Tabarelli, and R. Wirth. 2011. Performance and fate of tree seedlings on and around nests of the leaf-cutting ant Atta cephalotes: Ecological filters in a fragmented forest. Austral Ecology 36:779-790. PDF


Meyer, S. T., I. R. Leal, and R. Wirth. 2009. Persisting hyper-abundance of leaf-cutting ants (Atta spp.) at the edge of an old Atlantic Forest fragment. Biotropica 41:711-716. PDF


Meyer, S. T. 2008. Ecosystem engineering in fragmented forests - Edge-mediated hyper-abundance of leaf-cutting ants and resulting impacts on forest structure, microclimate and regeneration. Doctoral Thesis. University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany. PDF

Wirth, R., S. T. Meyer, I. R. Leal, and M. Tabarelli. 2008. Plant-herbivore interactions at the forest edge. Progress in Botany 69:423-448. PDF


Wirth, R., S. T. Meyer, W. R. Almeida, M. V. Araújo Jr., V. S. Barbosa, and I. R. Leal. 2007. Increasing densities of leaf-cutting ants (Atta spp.) with proximity to the edge in a Brazilian Atlantic forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23:501-505. PDF


Meyer, S. T., F. Roces, and R. Wirth. 2006. Selecting the drought stressed: effects of plant stress on intraspecific and within-plant herbivory patterns of the leaf-cutting ant Atta colombica. Functional Ecology 20:973-981. PDF