Jörg Müller

Jörg Müller

University of Würzburg, Germany

Career

Since 2016:

Professor for Animal Ecology

Since 2013:

Deputy Head of the Bavarian Forest Nationalpark

Since 2012:

Head of the research department in the Bavarian Forest Nationalpark

Since 2010:

Associated professor (Privatdozent) at the Technische Universität (TU) München, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Chair for Terrestrial Ecology, Research Department Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Technische Universität München

Since 2007:

Postdoctoral lecturer at the Technische Universität (TU) München, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, in Conservation Biology, teaching Protected area management and Introduction to ecology

Since 2006:

Zoologist at the Bavarian Forest National Park, Research and Documentation Department

2002 – 2005

Researcher at the Bavarian State Institute of Forestry, Department of Forest Ecology; zoological research, leader of the working group Strict Forest Reserves

2001

Executive manager of the Bavarian State Forest Administration, forestry district Nurembergext

Education

2006:

Doctorate in Forestry, TU München; thesis: Forest structures as key factors for forest communities in colline and submontane beech forests (summa cum laude)

2000:

State examination in Forestry (first in 2000)

1998:

Diploma in Forest Science, TU Munich, thesis: (Rückkehrmöglichkeiten des Fischadlers nach Bayern) (with award)

1993:

Abitur (German university entrance qualification), Gymnasium Dinkelsbühl

Awards

2006:

Hans-Karl Göttling Preis (3000 €), Thurn und Taxis Preis (6000 €)

2010:

Alfred-Töpfer Preis für Agrar, Forst und Naturschutz (25.000 €)

Associate Editor:

Journal of Applied Ecology, Insect Conservation Diversity

Reviewer for:

Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, Biodiversity and Conservation, Ecology, Remote Sensing of Environment, Forest Ecology and Management, European Journal of Forest Research, Forestry, Journal of Applied Ecology, Basic and Applied Ecology, Ecological Applications, Oecologia, Diversity and Distributions, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Ornithology, PLOSOne, Restoration Ecology, Forestry

 

Windstorms and bark beetles – a chance and challenge for managers and conservationists

Increasing natural disturbances in conifer forests worldwide complicate political decisions about protected area management and beyond. A global overview has shown that post-disturbance removal of trees – the so called salvage logging – is more and more common in protected areas, particular in Europe and Asia. The two main motivations to remove trees in protected areas are timber and pest control. For the latter, bark beetles are the main target groups of such interventions. Investigating the effects of a benign-neglect strategy as well as political motivated salvage logging in Bohemian Forest with two national parks the Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany, and Sumava Nationalpark, Czech Republic, provided new insight in the role of the European spruce bark beetle, windthrows and post-disturbance logging on biodiversity, rare species and community assembly patterns. Overall, bark beetle infestation increased alpha diversity of many taxa. The same was true for red-listed species. Salvage logging of windstorms for bark beetle control consistently reduced richness of wood-depending taxa from lichens, beetles, fungi and birds and changed the natural assemblage pattern. For windblown trees highly attractive for bark beetles the method of debarking was further developed with bark-scratching providing a new method with reduced negative effects on biodiversity, while sufficient reduction of the target bark beetle.  Experiments and multispecies approaches including dark diversity revealed new evidence for the complex response of communities to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. In summary the results show that landscape wide outbreaks of the European spruce bark beetle are certainly critical from an economic perspective, but not from a biodiversity and conservation perspective. Therefore, salvage logging must be banned from protected areas, except for relatively limited areas where there is a clear risk to humans or private property.