Working Group Quantitative Landscape Ecology

Dr. Jurg W. Spaak



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Phone.: +49 6341 280 31553
E-Mail: j.w.spaak (at)



  • Scientist

Additional information

  • Modern coexistence theory
  • Understanding coexistence in multi-species and multi-trophic communities Theoretical Ecology Trait based competition models
  • Environmental Modelling I - III
  • Exposure Modelling
  • Effect Modelling
since 09.2022Scientific researcher in the group of Quantitative Landscape Ecology at the University Koblenz Landau, Campus Landau
03.2021 - 09.2022SNF early PostDoc mobility, independent researcher at Cornell University, USA
12.2020 - 02.2021Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Namur, Belgium
10.2016 - 11.2020PhD in ecology at the University of Namur, Belgium
09.2013 - 02.2016Master in mathematics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland
09.2010 - 07.2015Bachelor in mathematics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland


A list of my first author publications, for the full list see :

  • Niche differences, not fitness differences, explain predicted coexistence across ecological groups, Lisa Buche, Jurg W. Spaak, Javier Jarillo and Frederik De Laender
  • Fitness differences, not niche differences, limit species richness, Jurg W. Spaak, Camille Carpentier, Frederik De Laender, 2021 Ecology letters
  • Mapping species niche and fitness differences for communities with multiple interaction types, Jurg W. Spaak, Oscar Godoy, Frederik De Laender, 2021 OIKOS
  • Effects of pigment richness and size variation on coexistence, richness and function in light limited phytoplankton, J.W. Spaak, F. De Laender, 2021 Journal of Ecology
  • Intuitive and broadly applicable definitions of niche and fitness differences, Jurg W. Spaak, Frederik De Laender, 2020 Ecology Letters
  • Shifts of community composition and population density substantially affect ecosystem function despite invariant richness, Jurg W Spaak, Jan M Baert, Donald J Baird, Nico Eisenhauer, Lorraine Maltby, Francesco Pomati, Viktoriia Radchuk, Jason R Rohr, Paul J Van den Brink, Frederik De Laender, 2017 Ecology Letters
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