Dipl.-Geoecol. Anne-Kathrin Schneider

Landscape Ecology

Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management

Technische Universität München

Emil-Ramann-Str. 6

85354 Freising, Germany


Tel.: +49 (0)8161 71-2570

Fax: +49 (0)8161 71-4143

E-Mail: anne-kathrin.schneider@tum.de

Curriculum vitae

Since 01/2012

Researcher (PhD), Technsiche Universität München, Department of Ecology and Ecosystem management, Landscape Ecology, Topic: Adaptive behaviour of earthworms and their effects on soil hydraulic properties

08/2010-10/2011Researcher (PhD), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) Müncheberg, Biodiversity & Soil Landscape Modelling Group
Topic: Adaptive behaviour of earthworms and their effects on soil hydraulic properties
10/2010-12/2010Researcher, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Modelling life-cycles of aquatic shredders for DFG-Priority Programme AQUASHIFT
11/2009-12/2011Researcher (PhD), University of Potsdam, Institute for Earth- & Environmental Sciences, Environmental Modelling Group
Topics: Mechanistic niche modelling
10/2003-09/2009Studies of Geoecology, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Diploma thesis: Size-structured population dynamics of Gammarus pulex (Amphipoda) under varying temperature regimes - a modelling approach
2003Abitur, Gymnasium Brede, Brakel

Topic of the Dissertation Project

Adaptive behaviour of earthworms and their feedbacks with abiotic soil properties

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Boris Schröder and Dr. Loes van Schaik

Effects of earthworms on soil ecosystem functioning are well observed since several decades. Understanding the direct feedbacks between earthworms and their environment through their burrowing behaviour, however, is pivotal for an understanding of soil ecosystem functioning. This project focuses mainly on anecic and endogeic species which directly affect soil hydraulic properties by their burrowing behaviour. Therefore, I will develop an individual-based earthworm model coupled with an environmental model in order to investigate the feedbacks between spatiotemporal earthworm activity patterns and soil hydraulic properties on small spatial scales. Analysing this relationship will enable us to derive transfer functions to scale up from population dynamic effects and responses on soil hydraulic properties to spatiotemporal activity patterns of earthworms and effects on soil hydrological processes.


Schneider, A.-K., and B. Schröder (2012), Perspectives in modelling earthworm dynamics and their feedbacks with abiotic soil properties, Applied Soil Ecology, 58, 29-36. doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2012.02.020

Beck, J., L. Ballesteros-Mejia, M. Carsten M. Buchmann, J. Dengler, S. A. Fritz, B. Gruber, C. Hof, F. Jansen, S. Knapp, H. Kreft, A.-K. Schneider, M. Winter, and C. F. Dormann (2012), What's on the horizon for macroecology?, Ecography 35(8), 673–683. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2012.07364.x

Moenickes, S., A.-K. Schneider, L. Mühe, L. Rohe, O. Richter, and F. Suhling (2011), From population level effects to individual response: modelling temperature dependence for Gammarus pulex (L.), Journal of Experimental Biology, 214, 3678-3687. doi: 10.1242/jeb.061945

Conferences & Workshops

A.-K. Schneider, L. van Schaik, A. Zangerlé, B. Schröder (2012): Spatiotemporal distribution of earthworms and their functional effects on soil hydrological processes. Talk at the International Colloquium on Soil Zoology 2012, Coimbra, Portugal.

Biopore Workshop 2011 (17th-19th October 2011 at University of Potsdam, Ecological Station Gülpe) – Organization together with Loes van Schaik and Boris Schröder (Link: brandenburg.geoecology.uni-potsdam.de/users/schroeder/biopore/workshop.html)

A.-K. Schneider & S. Moenickes (2010), Parameterizing temperature dependency of physiological processes in size-structured populations of Gammarus pulex (L.). Annual meeting of the German Ecological Society GfÖ 2010 in Gießen.

A.-K. Schneider (2009), Größenstrukturierte Populationsdynamik von Gammarus pulex unter verschiedenen Temperaturregimen – ein Modellansatz. Annual meeting of the German Limnological Society 2009 in Oldenburg.