Philipps University of Marburg
Faculty of Biology
Dept. of Ecology - Conservation Ecology
Karl-von-Frisch Straße 8
More about Nina Farwig’s research
Nina Farwig is a conservation ecologist interested in patterns and dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across natural and human-shaped landscapes. Her research focuses on biotic interactions, interaction networks as well as the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functionality in the face of human activities. She works with a broad spectrum of taxonomic groups such as mammals, birds or insects and uses various methods (field observations, experimental setups, molecular methods, statistical approaches) to combine fundamental research questions with applied conservation issues. Currently, her major field site is in South Africa where she studies in which way modified forest conditions affect biotic interactions and consequently ecosystem stability and function. These findings will be used to help develop strategies that assure the combination of sustainable use of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity.
Recent publications (see also List)
- Schleuning, M., N. Farwig, M. K. Peters, T. Bergsdorf, B. Bleher, R. Brandl, H. Dalitz, G. Fischer, W. Freund, M.W. Gikungu, M. Hagen, F. Hita Garcia, G. H. Kagezi, M. Kaib, M. Kraemer, T. Lung, C.M. Naumann, G. Schaab, M. Templin, D. Uster, J.W. Wägele, Katrin Böhning-Gaese (2011) Forest fragmentation and selective logging have inconsistent effects on multiple animal-mediated ecosystem processes in a tropical forest. PLoS ONE 6:e27785.
- Otieno, N.E., N. Gichuki, N. Farwig and S. Kiboi (2011) The role of farm structure on bird assemblages around a Kenyan tropical rainforest. African Journal of Ecology 49:410-417.
- Neuschulz, E.L., A. Botzat, and N. Farwig (2011) Effects of forest modification on bird community composition and seed removal in a heterogeneous landscape in South Africa. Oikos 120:1371-1379.
- Voigt, F.A., N. Farwig, and S.D. Johnson (2011) Interactions between the invasive tree Melia azedarach (Meliaceae) and native frugivores in South Africa. Journal of Tropical Ecology 27:355–363.
- Kirika, J.M., K. Böhning-Gaese, B. Dumbo and N. Farwig (2010): Reduced abundance of late-successional trees but not of seedlings in heavily compared with lightly logged sites of three East African tropical forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology 26: 533-546.
- Farwig, N., D. Bailey, E. Bochud, J.D. Herrmann, E. Kindler, N. Reusser, C. Schüepp and M.H. Schmidt-Entling (2009): Isolation from forest reduces pollination, seed predation and insect scavenging in Swiss farmland. Landscape Ecology 24: 919-927.
Photos (top and bottom) : Costal Scarp Forest in and around Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve embedded in agriculture. (© Nina farwig)