PD Dr. Sebastian Seibold

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Co-Head of the Department for Research and Monitoring at Berchtesgaden National Park
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sebastian.seibold(at) tum.de
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Research interests

  • Ecological mechanisms driving biodiversity patterns
  • Effects of land use on biodiversity in forests and grasslands
  • Temporal trends of insect communities ("insect decline")
  • Conservation strategies in managed forests
  • Ecology and diversity of deadwood-inhabiting organisms
  • Role of biodiversity for wood decomposition

Selected Publications

Seibold, S., Rammer, W., Hothorn, T., Seidl, R., ..., & Müller, J. (2021) The contribution of insects to global forest deadwood decomposition. Nature, 597, 77-81.

Seibold, S., Hothorn, T., Gossner, M.M., Simons, N.K., Blüthgen, N., Müller, J., Ambarli, D., Ammer, C., Bauhus, J., Fischer, M., Habel, J.C., Penone, C., Schall, P., Schulze, E.-D. & Weisser, W.W. (2021) Insights from regional and short-term biodiversity monitoring datasets are valuable: a Reply to Daskalova et al. 2021. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 14, 144-148.Seibold, S., Gossner, M.M., Simons, N.K., Blüthgen, N., Müller, J., Ambarlı, D., Ammer, C., Bauhus, J., Fischer, M., Habel, J.C., Linsenmair, K.E., Nauss, T., Penone, C., Prati, D., Schall, P., Schulze, E.-D., Vogt, J., Wöllauer, S. & Weisser, W.W. (2019) Arthropod decline in grasslands and forests is associated with landscape-level drivers. Nature, 574, 671-674.Seibold, S., Müller, J., Baldrian, P., Cadotte, M.W., Stursova, M., Biedermann, P., Krah, F.-S. & Bässler, C. (2019) Fungi associated with beetles dispersing from dead wood – Let’s take the beetle bus! Fungal Ecology, 39, 100–108.Seibold, S., Cadotte, M. W., MacIvor, J. S., Thorn, S. Müller, J. The necessity of multi-trophic approaches in community ecology. (2018) Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33, 754–764.Seibold, S., Bässler, C., Brandl, R., Fahrig, L., Förster, B., Heurich, M., Hothorn, T., Scheipl, F., Thorn, S. & Müller, J. (2017) An experimental test of the habitat-amount hypothesis for saproxylic beetles in a forested region. Ecology, 98, 1613–1622.Seibold, S., Bässler, C., Brandl, R., Büche, B., Szallies, A., Thorn, S., Ulyshen, M.D. & Müller, J. (2016) Microclimate and habitat heterogeneity as the major drivers of beetle diversity in dead wood. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53, 934–943.Seibold, S., Bässler, C., Baldrian, P., Reinhard, L., Thorn, S., Ulyshen, M. D., Weiß, I. & Müller, J. (2016) Dead-wood addition promotes non-saproxylic epigeal arthropods but effects are mediated by canopy openness. Biological Conservation, 204, 181–188.Seibold, S., Bässler, C., Brandl, R., Gossner, M. M., Thorn, S., Ulyshen, M. D. & Müller, J. (2015) Experimental studies of dead-wood biodiversity – A review identifying global gaps in knowledge. Biological Conservation, 191, 139–149.Seibold, S., Brandl, R., Buse, J., Hothorn, T., Schmidl, J., Thorn, S. & Müller, J. (2015) Association of extinction risk of saproxylic beetles with ecological degradation of forests in Europe. Conservation Biology, 29, 382–390.


2021 German Forest Science Research Award
Since 2020 Senior Scientist, Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group, Technical University of Munich
Since 2020 Deputy Head of the Department for Research and Monitoring at Berchtesgaden National Park
2016-2020 Habilitation at Julius-Maximilians-Universiy Würzburg
2017-2019 Postdoc, Terrestrial Ecology Research Group, Technical University of Munich, with Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser; Project "Biodiversity-Exploratories"
2016-2017 Postdoc, University of Toronto, with Prof. Marc W. Cadotte, Toronto, Canada
2016 Postdoc, Southern Research Station, US Forest Service, with Dr. Michael D. Ulyshen, Athens, Georgia, USA
2013-2015 PhD at Technical University of Munich in collaboration with Bavarian Forest National Park. Title: “Biodiversity of dead-wood dependent insects – effects of forest management and prospects of conservation“
2010-2012 Master Forest and Wood Science, Technical University of Munich. Thesis: “Influence of altitude, vegetation and human activities on nest predation rates of ground-breeding non-passerine forest birds”
2009 Research semester, Stellenbosch University, Südafrika
2006-2009 Bachelor Forest Science and Resource Management, Technical University of Munich. Thesis: “Effects of suppression of the alien invasive plant species Amorpha fruticosa by traditional land use methods in the Croatian Nature Park Lonjsko Polje”