Thomas Massie

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Owen Petchey)

Research Interests

My research interests are population and community ecology / impacts of fluctuating and changing environments / experimental ecology / mathematical modeling .......


Education and Professional Positions

2012 - 2016 Postdoc position. Project: Predicting ecological responses to environmental change. Prof. Dr. Owen Petchey, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2006 - 2012 University of Potsdam. Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology), Thesis Topic: Dynamic behavior of phytoplankton populations far from steady-state - chemostat experiments and mathematical modeling. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke, Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius
2006 University of Potsdam. M.Sc. in Biology (Ecology and Nature conservation, Limnology, Microbiology, Botany) Project: Validation of a simple bottom-up model for the development of phytoplanktion blooms - chemostat experiments and mathematical modeling.

Selected Publications

  • Petchey OL., Pontarp M., Massie TM., Kéfi S., Ozgul A., Weilenmann M., Palamara GM., Altermatt F., Matthews B., Levine JM., Childs DZ., McGill BJ., Schaepman ME., Schmid B., Spaak P., Beckerman AP., Pennekamp F., Pearse IS. (2015). The ecological forecast horizon, and examples of its uses and determinants. Ecology Letters, 18(7):597-611. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12443
  • Altermatt F., Fronhofer EA., Garnier A., Giometto A., Hammes F., Klecka J., Legrand D., Mächler E., Massie TM., Pennekamp F., Plebani M., Pontarp M., Schtickzelle N., Thuillier V., Petchey OL. 2015). Big answers from small worlds: A user's guide for protist microcosms as a model system in ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6(2):218-231. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12312
  • Massie TM., Weithoff G., Kuckländer N., Gaedke U., Blasius B. (2015). Enhanced Moran effect by spatial variation in environmental autocorrelation. Nature Communications, 6:5993. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6993
  • Massie TM., Ryabov A., Blasius B., Weithoff G., Gaedke U. (2013). Complex transient dynamics of stage-structured populations in response to environmental changes. The American Naturalist, 182(1):103-119. DOI: 10.1086/670590
  • Massie TM., Blasius B., Weithoff G., Gaedke U., Fussmann GF. (2010). Cycles, phase synchronization, and entrainment in single-species phytoplankton populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 107(9):4236-4241. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0908725107