Fieldstation Remderoda

Stefan Halle

Institute of Ecology and Evolution | Professorship for Ecology | Small Mammal Ecology Group
Fieldstation Remderoda
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Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Professorship for Ecology
Stefan Halle, Prof. Dr
Head of Small Mammal Ecology Group
Stefan Halle
Room 412
Dornburger Straße 159
07743 Jena
Office hours:
Monday 14:00 - 15:00

Research Interests

  • behavioural ecology, particularly of small mammals

  • evolutionary establishment of diel activity patterns

  • spatio-temporal behaviour

  • dispersal

  • predator/prey interactions

  • vole population cycles

  • effect of landscape structure and land use on behaviour and population dynamics

  • theoretical ecology and modelling

  • experimental studies on the population level

Curriculum vitae

Since 1996 Full professor and Chair of Ecology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • since 2017: executive director of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution
  • since 2011: responsible docent for the international master program Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (MEES)
  • until 2016: director of the Institute of Ecology
  • 2004 bis 2013: member of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS at the MPI Chemical Ecology/Jena) "Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"
  • 2007 -2010: dean for study affairs of the Faculty of Biology and Pharmacy (now Faculty of Biological Sciences)
  • 1997 – 2006: speaker of the DFG Research Training Group 266 "Function and Regeneration Analysis of degraded ecosystems"
  • 1998 – 2000: second dean of the Faculty of Biology and Pharmacy (now Faculty of Biological Sciences)
1995 - 1996 Private lecturer at the Animal Ecology group, Philipps University Marburg
1994 - 1995 Deputy professor for ecology at the Zoological Institute,Ludwig Maximilians University Munich
1994 Habilitation for Ecology/Zoology at Philipps University Marburg with Prof. Hermann Remmert
  • habilitation thesis "Studies on the activity behaviour of free ranging small rodents"
  • award of the academic title "Private Docent"
1990 - 1994 Postdoc at University of Oslo/Norway with Prof. Nils-Christian Stenseth
  • eco-ethological sub-project in a landscape ecology model experiment on the effect of habitat fragmentation vole populations
1989 - 1990

Scientific employee at the city of Cologne, duties: supervision of nature reserves, development of concepts for biotope networks and biotope management

  • expertise on musk rat control commissioned by the federal state Bremen
1984 - 1987

Trainee at the forestry office Rheinbraun and research assistant at RWTH Aachen

  • studies on the colonisation of re-cultivated
  • open lignite mining areas by mammals in course of the dissertation
  • doctoral thesis "Small mammals in re-cultivation areas of the Rhenish brown coal field: ecology of the re-colonisation phase"
  • graduation an University of Cologne
1977 - 1984

Study of biology at University of Cologne with mayors ecology, zoology und botany

  • halve-year research project in Umeå/North-Sweden
  • diploma thesis "Decline of a field vole (Microtus agrestis L.) population: dynamics, population structure, activity behaviour"

Publications (Selection)

Temperton V.M., Hobbs R.J., Nuttle T. & Halle S. (Hrsg.) (2004): Assembly Rules and Restoration Ecology – Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice. – Island Press, Washington D.C.

Halle S. & Stenseth N.C. (Hrsg.) (2000): Activity Patterns in Small Mammals – An Ecological Approach. – Ecological Studies Vol. 141, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.

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

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

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

Jochym M. and Halle S. (2013): Influence of predation risk on recruitment and litter intervals in common voles (Microtus arvalis Pallas, 1778). – Canadian Journal of Zoology 91: 281-286.

Jochym M. and Halle S. (2012): To breed or not to breed? Predation risk induces breeding suppression in common voles. – Oecologia 170: 943-953.

Hahne J., Jenkins T., Halle S. and Heckel G. (2011) Establishment success and resulting fitness consequences for vole dispersers. – Oikos 120: 95-105.

Scherber C., Eisenhauer N., Weisser W.W., Schmid B., Voigt W., Fischer M., Schulze E.D., Roscher C., Weigelt A., Allan E., Beßler H., Bonkowski M., Buchmann N., Buscot F., Clement L.W., Ebeling A., Engels C., Halle S., Kertscher I., Klein A.M., Koller R., König S., Kowalski E., Kummer V., Kuu A., Lange M., Lauterbach D., Middelhoff C., Migunova V.D., Milcu A., Müller R., Partsch S., Petermann J.S., Renker C., Rottstock T., Sabais A., Scheu S., Schumacher J., Temperton V.M. and Tscharntke T. (2010): Bottom-up effects of plant diversity on multitrophic interactions in a biodiversity experiment. – Nature 468 (7323): 553-556.

Proulx R., Wirth C., Voigt W., Weigelt A., Roscher C., Attinger S., Baade J., Barnard R.L., Buchmann N., Buscot F., Eisenhauer N., Fischer M., Gleixner G., Halle S., Hildebrandt A., Kowalski E., Kuu A., Lange M., Milcu A., Niklaus P.A., Oelmann Y., Rosenkranz S., Sabais A., Scherber C., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Scheu S., Schulze E.-D., Schumacher J., Schwichtenberg G., Soussana J.-F., Temperton V.M., Weisser W.W., Wilcke W. and Schmid B. (2010): Diversity promotes temporal stability across levels of ecosystem organization in experimental grasslands. – PLoS One 5/10, e13382.

Eccard J.A., Pusenius J., Sundell J., Halle S. and Ylönen H. (2008): Foraging patterns of voles under avian and uniform mammalian predation risk – predator interaction and predator facilitation? – Oecologia 157: 725-734.

Halle S. (2007): Science, art, or application – the "karma" of restoration ecology. – Restoration Ecology 15: 358-361.

Halle S. (2006): Polyphasic activity patterns in small mammals. – In: D.J. Curtis, G.D. Donati, M.A. Rasmussen (eds.): Cathemerality. Folia Primatologica 77: 15-26.

Fuelling O. and Halle S. (2004): Breeding suppression in free-ranging grey-sided voles under the influence of predator odour. – Oecologia 138: 151-158.

Halle S. and Halle B. (1999): Modelling activity synchronisation in free-ranging microtine rodents. – Ecological Modelling 115: 165-176.

Andreassen H.P., Halle S. and Ims R.A. (1996): Optimal width of movement corridors for root voles: not too narrow and not too wide. – Journal of Applied Ecology 33: 63-70.

Halle S. (1995): Effect of extrinsic factors on activity of root voles, Microtus oeconomus. – Journal of Mammalogy 76: 88-99.

Halle S. and Stenseth N.C. (1994): Microtine ultradian rhythm of activity: an evaluation of different hypotheses on the triggering mechanism. – Mammal Review 24: 17-39.

Halle S. and Lehmann U. (1992): Cycle-correlated changes in the activity behaviour of field voles, Microtus agrestis. – Oikos 64: 489-497.

Halle S. and Lehmann U. (1987): Circadian activity patterns, photoperiodic responses and population cycles in voles. I: Long-term variations in circadian activity patterns. – Oecologia 71: 568-572.

Lehmann U. and Halle S. (1987): Circadian activity patterns, photoperiodic responses and population cycles in voles. II: Photoperiodic responses and population cycles. – Oecologia 71: 573-576.

Halle S. and Lehmann U. (1987): Population dynamics and individual features during the phase of decline in the field vole, Microtus agrestis (L.). – Acta Theriologica 32: 21-29.