Mikael Pontarp

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

Research Interests

My main interest is the link between eco-evolutionary assembly processes and biological community dynamics and structure. My work involves mathematical modeling and simulations to study the link between system properties that are dictated by model parameters, assembly processes and large scale community patterns.



2014 - present Swedish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, Zurich University, Switzerland
2013 - 2014 Researcher, Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, Sweden
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Evolutionary Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
2008 - 2012 Ph.D., Theoretical Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
20061 - 2008 High School Teacher (full time position) in Natural Science, Biology and Mathematics at Helsingborgs Sportgymnasium, Helsingborg, Sweden
2006 - 2006 High School Teacher (full time position) in Natural Science, Biology and Mathematics at Filbornaskolan, Helsingborg, Sweden


2008 - 2012 Ph.D., Theoretical Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
2000 - 2006 M.Sc., Theoretical Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
2000 - 20060 M.Sc., Pedagogics, Malmö College of Pedagogics, Sweden (Malmö lärarhögskola)
1999 - 2000 Basic Natural Science, Kristianstad College, Sweden
1994 - 1997 High school, Social Science and Economics, Bergagymnasium in Eslöv, Sweden

Selected Publications

  • Pontarp M., Wiens J. (2016) The origins of species richness patterns along environmental gradients: uniting explanations based on time, diversification rate, and carrying capacity. Journal of Biogeography, 44(4):722-735. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12896
  • Pontarp M., Petchey OL. (2016) Community trait overdispersion due to trophic interactions: concerns for assembly process inference. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 283(1840):20161729. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1729
  • Pontarp M., Ripa J., Lundberg P. (2015) The biogeography of adaptive radiations and the geographic overlap of sister species. The American Naturalist, 186(5):565-581. DOI: 10.1086/683260
  • 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
  • Pontarp M., Johansson J., Jonzén N., Lundberg P. (2015) Adaptation of timing of life history traits and population dynamic responses to climate change in spatially structured populations. Evolutionary Ecology, 29(4):565-579. DOI: 10.1007/s10682-015-9759-6
  • Altermatt F., Fronhofer E.A., Garnier A., Giometto A., Hammes F., Klecka J., Legrand D., Mächler E., Massie T.M., Pennekamp F., Plebani M., Pontarp M., Schtickzelle N., Thuillier V., Petchey O.L. (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
  • Sjöstedt J., Pontarp M., Tinta T., Alfredsson H., Turk V., Canbäck B., Tunlid A., Lundberg P., Hagström Å., Riemann L. (2013) Changes in bacterioplankton community composition and functionality in response to increasing environmental stress. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 71:15-24. DOI: 10.3354/ame01660
  • Pontarp M., Sjöstedt J., Lundberg P. (2013) Experimentally induced phylogenetic structuring in marine bacterial communities. Marine ecology progress series 477:77-86.
  • Pontarp M., Canbäck B., Tunlid A., Lundberg P. (2012) Evolutionary and ecological processes structure marine bacterial communities across the globe. Microbial ecology 64:8-17.
  • Pontarp M., Ripa J., Lundberg P. (2012) On the origin of phylogenetic structure in comperative metacommunities. Evolutionary Ecology Research 14: 269-284.
  • Strandh M., Westerdahl H., Pontarp M., Canbäck B., Dubois M., Miquel C., Taberlet P., Bonadonna F. (2012) MHC class II compatibility, but not class I, predicts mate choice in a bird with highly developed olfaction. Proceedings of the royal society B 1746:4457-4463.
  • Sjöstedt J., Pontarp M., Koch-Schmidt P., Canbäck B., Tunlid A., Lundberg A., Hagström Å., Riemann L. (2011) Recruitment of members from the rare biosphere of marine bacterioplankton communities after environmental disturbance. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78:1361-9.