Korinna T. Allhoff: Assistant Professor

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Research interest

I am a physicist who has fallen in love with ecology. My general research question is how ecosystems respond to changing environmental conditions, such as global warming, increasing rates of invasive species or habitat destruction. Within this context, two aspects are particularly important to me. The first aspect is species interactions, such as predation or competition, which often influence the response of a target species to changing environmental conditions. The second aspect is long-term dynamics, where not only ecological but also evolutionary processes take place. I therefore use dynamic ecological networks, where nodes represent species and links represent species interactions, as a tool to investigate how ecological communities as a whole react to changing conditions and how evolution shapes these responses on long time scales. My background in theoretical physics and complex systems analysis allows me to tackle these questions from a rather abstract and generalizing viewpoint, leveraging mathematical tools and computing power.


Professional experience

2017-present       Assistant professor
                                Plant Ecology Group (Prof. Katja Tielbörger)
                                Institute of Evolution and Ecology
                                Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

2015-2017            Postdoctoral researcher
                                Team "Ecology and Evolution of Interaction Networks"
                                (Prof. Nicolas Loeuille)
                                ANR project "ARSENIC"
                                Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
                                Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France


Academic Education

2011-2015            PhD studies in Theoretical Ecology
                                Theory of Complex Systems Group (Prof. Barbara Drossel)
                                DFG research unit 1748 "networks on networks"
                                Institute of Solid State Physics
                                Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

2008-2009            Erasmus scholarship
                                Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

2005-2011            Studies of Physics
                                Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany


Publications (Peer reviewed)

L. Bolchoun, B. Drossel and K.T. Allhoff. 2017. Spatial topologies affect local food web structure and diversity in evolutionary metacommunities. Scientific Reports 7: 1818 doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01921-y

K.T. Allhoff and B. Drossel. 2016. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in evolving food webs. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371(1694): 20150281 doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0281

K.T. Allhoff, D. Ritterskamp, B.C. Rall, B. Drossel and C. Guill. 2015. Evolutionary food web model based on body masses gives realistic networks with permanent species turnover. Scientific Reports 5: 10955 doi: 10.1038/srep10955

K.T. Allhoff, E.M. Weiel, T. Rogge and B. Drossel. 2015. On the interplay of speciation and dispersal: An evolutionary food web model in space. Journal of Theoretical Biology 366: 46-56 doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.11.006

K.T. Allhoff and B. Drossel. 2013. When do evolutionary food web models generate complex networks? Journal of Theoretical Biology 334: 122-129 doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2013.06.008

K.T. Allhoff and B. Eckhardt. 2012. Directed percolation model for turbulence transition in shear flows. Fluid Dynamics Research 44(3): 031201 doi: 10.1088/0169-5983/44/3/031201

Plant Ecology Group

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