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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Frank Pennekamp

Research interests

Consequences of intraspecific variation on community dynamics, conditional dispersal strategies, dispersal syndromes, movement ecology, phenotypic plasticity.


Education and professional positions

2019 - present Independent group leader, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2014 - present Postdoc position with Prof. Dr. Owen Petchey, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2009 - 2014 Ph.D. in Ecology, Thesis title: Swimming with ciliates: dispersal and movement ecology of Tetrahymena thermophila. Supervisors: Prof. Nicolas Schtickzelle, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
2009 Diploma in Applied Biogeography. Title: The larval ecology and dispersal behavior of the Spanish Fritillary butterfly in SW-Portugal. Supervisor: Prof. Thomas Schmitt, University of Trier, Germany

Selected publications

  • Pennekamp, F, Clobert, J, Schtickzelle, N. (2019). The interplay between movement, morphology and dispersal in Tetrahymena ciliates. PeerJ 7:e8197 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.8197
  • Daugaard U., Petchey O., Pennekamp F. (2019). Warming can destabilise predator-prey interactions by shifting the functional response from Type III to Type II. Journal of Animal Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13053
  • Tabi A., Petchey O., Pennekamp F. (2019). Warming reduces the effects of enrichment on stability and functioning across levels of organization in an aquatic microbial ecosystem. Ecology letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13262
  • Pennekamp F., Iles A., Garland J., Brennan G., Brose U., Gaedke U., Jacob U., Kratina P., Matthews B., Munch S., Novak M., Palamara GM., Rall B., Rosenbaum B., Tabi A., Ward C., Williams R., Ye H., Petchey O. (2019). The intrinsic predictability of ecological time series and its potential to guide forecasting. Ecological Monographs, e01359. DOI: 10.1002/ecm.1359
  • Pennekamp F., Pontarp M., Tabi A., Altermatt F., Alther R., Choffat Y., Fronhofer EA., Ganesanandamoorthy P., Garnier A., Griffiths JI., Greene S., Horgan K., Massie TM., Mächler E., Palamara GM., Seymour M. & Petchey OL. (2018). Biodiversity increases and decreases ecosystem stability. Nature 563, 109-112. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0627-8
  • Fronhofer EA., Legrand D., Altermatt F., Ansart A., Blanchet S., Bonte D., Chaine A., Dahirel M., Laender FD., Raedt JD., di Gesu L., Jacob S., Kaltz O., Laurent E., Little CJ., Madec L., Manzi F., Masier S., Pellerin F., Pennekamp, F., Schtickzelle N., Therry L., Vong A., Winandy L., Cote J. (2018). Bottom-up and top-down control of dispersal across major organismal groups. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2, 1859. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0686-0

Weiterführende Informationen

Frank Pennekamp

Frank Pennekamp

Independent group leader

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y19-M-74
Phone: +41 44 635 4776