The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Dr. David Ott

Head of Section Experimental & Applied Ecology
Ecological laboratory (zbm facilities, field sites, upcoming station)
Tel: +49 228 9122-452
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: [at]



Field of work

I have been in charge of the ecological laboratory at the LIB since 2021. My tasks include the coordination of the ecological research of the zbm in the laboratory and in the field and the supervision of the associated infrastructure. I advise student and research projects on setting up experiments, monitoring programs and statistics. In addition, I am responsible for integrating the collected samples into the general collection management & curation of the LIB.

Research interests

I am an animal ecologist trying to discover the fascinating interactions amongst organisms and their environment in space and time, and their functional roles. I aim to scale up in my research from individuals to populations and whole communities - to view biodiversity beyond pure species richness. I have a strong background in monitoring and experimental approaches, combined with a deep rooting understanding of ecological theory (such as Metabolic Theory of Ecology and Ecological Stoichiometry) and paired with an excellent statistical toolbox. My general research interests also include drivers of climate change and their impacts on biodiversity, conservation biology, soil ecology, movement ecology, macroecology.


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), Gesellschaft für Ökologie für Deutschland, Schweiz und Österreich (GfÖ), The International Biogeography Society

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