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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dengler

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dengler

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dengler
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Institute of Natural Resource Sciences
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 50 84

Personal profile

Management role

Head, Research Group Vegetation Ecology

Position at the ZHAW

Professor of Vegetation Ecology


Expertise and research interests

Vegetation ecology, biodiversity research, biological conservation, restoration ecology, macroecology, ecoinformatics, vegetation classification, vegetation-plot databases, experimental plant ecology, global change research, dry grasslands, Palaearctic grasslands

Good species knowledge of vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens in Central Europe and beyond

Chief Editor of Phytocoenologia, Editorial Board member of Applied Vegetation Science and Tuexenia, reviewer for ca. 50 international journals and funding bodies, see publons.com/author/1199493/jurgen-dengler

Educational background

2012: Habilitation thesis in "Vegetation ecology and macroecology" at the University of Hamburg

2003: PhD thesis in "Ecology" at Kiel University

1994: Diplom thesis in "Botany" at Kiel University

1988-1994: Studies of Biology at the University of Bayreuth and at Kiel University

2017: Certificate of Academic Teaching at Bavarian Universities

Professional milestones

Since 12 December 2017: Professor of Vegetation Ecology

Since September 2017: Head of Vegetation Ecology Group at ZHAW

Membership of networks


Publications and conference contributions

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Vollständige Liste der aktuellen und früheren Publikationen mit Downloadmöglichkeit:

Vor dem Wechsel an die ZHAW insgesamt 240 wissenschaftliche Publikationen, darunter 68 im Web of Science und 10 Bücher:

„Highly cited“-Publikationen im Web of Science
(unter den Top-1 % des jeweiligen Faches)

Mucina, L., Bültmann, H., Dierßen, K., Theurillat, J.-P., Raus, T., Čarni, A., Šumberová, K., Willner, W., Dengler, J., (…) & Tichý, L. (2016): Vegetation of Europe: Hierarchical floristic classification system of vascular plant, bryophyte, lichen, and algal communities. Applied Vegetation Science 19, Supplement 1: 1−264.

Chytrý, M., Hennekens, S.M., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Knollová, I., Dengler, J., Jansen, F., Landucci, F., Schaminée, J.H.J., Aćić, S., (…) Yamalov, S. (2016): European Vegetation Archive (EVA): an integrated database of European vegetation plots. Applied Vegetation Science 19: 173–180.

Dengler, J., Janišová, M., Török, P., Wellstein, C. (2014): Biodiversity of Palaearctic grasslands: a synthesis. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 182: 1–14.

Wilson, J.B., Peet, R.K., Dengler, J., Pärtel, M. (2012): Plant species richness: the world records. Journal of Vegetation Science 23: 796–802.

Dengler, J., Jansen, F., Glöckler, F., Peet, R.K., De Cáceres, M., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Oldeland, J., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., (…) & Spencer, N. (2011): The Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD): a new resource for vegetation science. Journal of Vegetation Science 22: 582–597.

Sonstige Publikationen im Web of Science

Dengler, J., Bergmeier, E., Jansen, F., Willner, W. (2017): Phytocoenologia: the leading journal with a focus on vegetation classification. Phytocoenologia 47: 1−11.

Schuster, M.J., Kreyling, J., Berwaers, S., Walter, J., De Boeck, H.J., Dengler, J., Nijs, I., Jentsch, A. (2017): Drought inhibits synergistic interactions of native and exotic litter mixtures during decomposition in temperate grasslands. Plant and Soil 415: 257−268.

Willner, W.,Kuzemko, A., Dengler, J., Chytrý, M., Bauer, N., Becker, T., Bita-Nicolae, C., Botta-Dukát, Z., Čarni, A., (…) & Janišová, M. (2017): A higher-level classification of the Pannonian and western Pontic steppe grasslands (Central and Eastern Europe). Applied Vegetation Science 20: 143−158.

Baumann, E., Weiser, F., Chiarucci, A., Jentsch, A., Dengler, J. (2016): Diversity and functional composition of alpine grasslands along an elevational transect in the Gran Paradiso National Park (NW Italy). Tuexenia 36: 337−358.

Berg, C., Schwager, P., Pöltl, M., Dengler, J. (2016): Plot sizes used for phytocosiological sampling of bryophyte and lichen micro-communities. Herzogia 29: 654−667.

Franklin, S.B., Hunter, J.T., De Cáceres, M., Dengler, J., Landucci, F., Krestov, P. (2016): Introducing the IAVS Vegetation Classification Working Group. Phytocoenologia 46: 5−8.

Güler, B., Jentsch, A., Bartha, S., Bloor, J.M.G., Campetella, G., Canullo, R., Házi, J., Kreyling, J., Pottier, J., (…) & Dengler, J. (2016): How plot shape and dispersion affect plant species richness counts: implications for sampling design and rarefaction analyses. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 692−703.

Hüllbusch, E., Brandt, L.M., Ende, P., Dengler, J. (2016): Little vegetation change during two decades in a dry grassland complex in the Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin (NE Germany). Tuexenia 36: 395−412.

Janišová, M., Dengler, J., Willner, W. (2016): Classification of Palaearctic grasslands. Phytocoenologia 46: 233−239.

Jansen, F., Bergmeier, E., Dengler, J., Janišová, M., Krestov, P., Willner, W. (2016): Vegetation classification: a task of our time. Phytocoenologia 46: 1−4.

Kuzemko, A.A., Steinbauer, M.J., Becker, T., Didukh, Y.P., Dolnik, C., Jeschke, M., Naqinezhad, A., Ugurlu, E., Vassilev, K., Dengler, J. (2016): Patterns and drivers of phytodiversity of steppe grasslands of Central Podolia (Ukraine). Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2233−2250.

Malyshev, A.V., Arfin Kahn, M.A.S., Beierkuhnlein, C., Steinbauer, M.J., Henry, H.A.L., Jentsch, A., Dengler, J., Willner, E., Kreyling, J. (2016): Plant responses to climatic extremes: within-species variation equals among-species variation. Global Change Biology 22: 449–464.

Polyakova, M.A., Dembicz, I., Becker, T., Becker, U., Demina, O.N., Ermakov, N., Filibeck, G., Guarino, R., Janišová, M., (…) & Dengler, J. (2016): Scale- and taxon-dependent patterns of plant diversity in steppes of Khakassia, South Siberia (Russia). Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2251−2273.

Schmiedel, U., Röwer, I.U., Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Gröngröft, A. (2016): Effect of grazing on vegetation and soil of the heuweltjieveld in the Succulent Karoo, South Africa. Acta Oecologica 77: 27−36.

Schweiger, A.H., Irl, S.D.H., Steinbauer, M.J., Dengler, J., Beierkuhnlein, C. (2016): Optimizing sampling approaches along ecological gradients. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 463−471.

Steinbauer, M.J., Beierkuhnlein, C., Arfin Kahn, M.A.S., Harter, D., Irl, S.D.H., Jentsch, A., Schweiger, A.H., Svenning, J.-C., Dengler, J. (2016): How to differentiate facilitation from coexistence. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 1071−1079.

Török, P., Wesche, K., Ambarlı, D., Kamp, J. & Dengler, J. (2016): Step(pe) up! Raising the profile of the Palaearctic natural grasslands. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2187−2195.

Wesche, K., Ambarlı, D., Kamp, J., Török, P., Treiber, J., Dengler, J. (2016): The Palaearctic steppe biome: a new synthesis. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2197−2231.

Bergmeier, E., Dengler, J., Janišová, M., Jansen, F., Krestov, P., Roleček, J., Walker, D.A., Willner, W. (2015): Re-launch of Phytocoenologia: new profile for the classic vegetation ecology journal. Phytocoenologia 45: 1–10.

De Cáceres, M., Chytrý, M., Agrillo, E., Attorre, F., Botta-Dukát, Z., Capelo, J., Czúcz, B., Dengler, J., Ewald, J., (…) & Wiser, S.K. (2015): A comparative framework for broad-scale plot-based vegetation classification. Applied Vegetation Science 18: 543–560.

Berg, C., Abdank, A., Isermann, M., Jansen, F., Timmermann, T., Dengler, J. (2014): Red Lists and conservation prioritization of plant communities – a methodological framework. Applied Vegetation Science 17: 505–515.

Bösing, B.M., Haarmeyer, D.H., Dengler, J., Ganzhorn, J.U., Schmiedel, U.: (2014): Effects of livestock grazing and habitat characteristics on small mammal communities in the Knersvlakte, South Africa. Journal of Arid Environments 104: 124–131

Hanke, W., Böhner, J., Dreber, N., Jürgens, N., Schmiedel, U., Wesuls, D., Dengler, J. (2014): The impact of livestock grazing on plant diversity: an analysis across dryland ecosystems and scales in southern Africa. Ecological Applications 26: 1188–1203.

Kuzemko, A.A., Becker, T., Didukh, Y.P., Ardelean, I.A., Becker, U., Beldean, M., Dolnik, C., Jeschke, M., Naqinezhad, A., (…) & Dengler, J. (2014): Dry grassland vegetation of Central Podolia (Ukraine) – a preliminary overview of its syntaxonomy, ecology and biodiversity. Tuexenia 34: 391–430.

Turtureanu, P.D., Palpurina, S., Becker, T., Dolnik, C., Ruprecht, E., Sutcliffe, L.M.E., Szabó, A., Dengler, J. (2014): Scale- and taxon-dependent biodiversity patterns of dry grassland vegetation in Transylvania (Romania). Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 182: 15–24.

Becker, T., Reitalu, T., Ruprecht, E., Dengler, J. (2013): Dry grassland of Europe: biodiversity, classification, conservation and management – Editorial to the 8th Dry Grassland Special Feature. Tuexenia 33: 285–291.

Dengler, J., Bergmeier, E., Willner, W., Chytrý, M. (2013): Towards a consistent classification of European grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 16: 518–520.

Habel, J.C., Dengler, J., Janišová, M., Török, P., Wellstein, C., Wiezik, M. (2013): European grassland ecosystems: Threatened hotspots of biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 2131–2138.

Habel, J.C., Gossner, M.M., Meyer, S., Eggermont, H., Lens, L., Dengler, J., Weisser, W.W. (2013): Mind the gaps when using science to address conservation concerns. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 2413–2427.

Pedashenko, H., Apostolova, I., Boch, S., Ganeva, A., Janišová, M., Sopotlieva, D., Todorova, S., Ünal, A., Vassilev, K., (…) & Dengler, J. (2013): Dry grasslands of NW Bulgarian mountains: first insights into diversity, ecology and syntaxonomy. Tuexenia 33: 309–346.

Turtureanu, P.D., Dengler, J. (2013): Patterns of floristic diversity in forest openings of the Trascău Mountains (Southeastern Carpathians). Acta Biologica Cracoviensia, Series Botanica 55 (Suppl. 1): 34–34.

Wesuls, D., Pellowski, M., Suchrow, S., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Dengler, J. (2013): The grazing fingerprint: modelling species responses and trait patterns along grazing gradients in semi-arid Namibian rangelands. – Ecological Indicators 27: 61–70.

Akasbi, Z., Oldeland, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M. (2012): Analysis of GPS trajectories to assess goat grazing pattern and intensity in southern Morocco. The Rangeland Journal 34: 415–427.

Akasbi, Z., Oldeland, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M. (2012): Social and ecological constraints on decision making by transhumant pastoralists: a case study from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Journal of Mountain Science 9: 307–321.

Akasbi, Z., Oldeland, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M. (2012): Volume-biomass functions reveal the effect of browsing on three Moroccan dwarf shrubs. African Journal of Range & Forage Science 29: 31–36.

Beck, J., Ballesteros-Mejia, L., Buchmann, C.M., Dengler, J., Fritz, S., Gruber, B., Hof, C., Jansen, F., Knapp, S., (…) & Dormann, C.F. (2012): What’s on the horizon for macroecology? Ecography 35: 673–683.

Becker, T., Schmiege, C., Bergmeier, E., Dengler, J., Nowak, B. (2012): Nutrient-poor grasslands on siliceous soil in the lower Aar valley (Middle Hesse, Germany) – neglected vegetation types in the intersection range of four classes. Tuexenia 32: 281–318.

Dengler, J., Becker, T., Ruprecht, E., Szabó, A., Becker, U., Beldean, M., Bita-Nicolae, C., Dolnik, C., Goia, I., Peyrat, J., Sutcliffe, L.M.E., Turtureanu, P.D., Uğurlu, E.:(2012) Festuco-Brometea communities of the Transylvanian Plateau (Romania) – a preliminary overview on syntaxonomy, ecology, and biodiversity. Tuexenia 32: 319–359.

Galvánek, D., Becker, T., Dengler, J. (2012): Biodiversity, syntaxonomy, and management – Editorial to the 7th Dry Grassland Special Feature (with a bibliometrical evaluation of the series). Tuexenia 32: 233–243.

Jürgens, N., Schmiedel, U., Haarmeyer, D.H., Dengler, J., Finckh, M., Goetze, D., Gröngröft, A., Hahn, K., Koulibaly, A., Luther-Mosebach, J., Muche, G., Oldeland, J., Petersen, A., Porembski, S., Rutherford, M.C., Schmidt, M., Sinsin, B., Strohbach, B.J., Thiombiano, A., Wittig, R., Zizka, G. (2012): The BIOTA Biodiversity Observatories in Africa – A standardized framework for large-scale environmental monitoring. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 184: 655–678.

Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Schmiedel, U., Röwer, I.U., Labitzky, T., Gröngröft, A. (2012): A first formal classification of the Hardeveld vegetation in Namaqualand, South Africa. Applied Vegetation Science 15: 401–431.

Schmiedel, U., Dengler, J., Etzold, S. (2012): Vegetation dynamics of endemic-rich quartz fields in the Succulent Karoo, South Africa, in response to recent climatic trends. Journal of Vegetation Science 23: 292–303.

Turtureanu, P.D., Dengler, J. (2012): Different aspects of plant diversity show contrasting patterns in Carpathian forest openings. Plant Ecology 213: 67–76.

Dengler, J., Ewald, J., Kühn, I., Peet, R.K. (2011): Ecoinformatics and global change – an overdue liasion. Journal of Vegetation Science 22: 577–581.

Janišová, M., Bartha, S., Kiehl, K., Dengler, J. (2011): Advances in the conservation of dry grasslands – Introduction to contributions from the 7th European Dry Grassland Meeting. Plant Biosystems 145: 507–513.

Janišová, M., Wellstein, C., Willner, W., Dengler, J. (2011): Succession, restoration, and management of dry grasslands – Special Feature with contributions from the 7th European Dry Grassland Meeting 2010 in Smolenice. Tuexenia 31: 227–234.

Jansen, F., Dengler, J., Glöckler, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Oldeland, J., Schaminée, J.H.J. (2011): Die mitteleuropäischen Datenbanken im Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD). Tuexenia 31: 351–367.

Vassilev, K., Pedashenko, H., Apostolova, I., Nikolov, S.C., Dengler, J. (2011): Effect of land abandonment on the vegetation of upland semi-natural grasslands in the Western Balkan Mts., Bulgaria. Plant Biosystems 145: 654–665.

Dengler, J. (2010): Robust methods for detecting a small island effect. Diversity and Distributions 16: 256–266.

Dengler, J., Oldeland, J. (2010): Effects of sampling protocol on the shapes of species richness curves. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1698–1705.

Haarmeyer, D.H., Bösing, B.M., Schmiedel, U., Dengler, J. (2010): The role of domestic herbivores in endozoochorous plant dispersal in the arid Knersvlakte, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 76: 359–364.

Haarmeyer, D.H., Schmiedel, U., Dengler, J., Bösing, B.M. (2010): How does grazing intensity affect different vegetation types in arid Succulent Karoo, South Africa? Implications for conservation management. Biological Conservation 143: 588–596.

Jansen, F., Dengler, J. (2010): Plant names in vegetation databases – a neglected source of bias. Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 1179–1186.

Michl, T., Dengler, J., Huck, S. (2010): Montane-subalpine tall-herb vegetation (Mulgedio-Aconitetea) in central Europe: large-scale synthesis and comparison with northern Europe. Phytocoenologia 40: 117–154.

Dengler, J., Löbel, S., Dolnik, C. (2009): Species constancy depends on plot size – a problem for vegetation classification and how it can be solved. – Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 754–766.

Dengler, J. (2009): A flexible, multi-scale approach for standardised recording of plant species richness patterns. – Ecological Indicators 9: 1169–1178.

Dengler, J. (2009): Which function describes the species-area relationship best? – A review and empirical evaluation. Journal of Biogeography 36: 728–744.

Dengler, J. (2008): Pitfalls in small-scale species-area sampling and analysis. Folia Geobotanica 43: 269–287.

Dengler, J., Boch, S. (2008): Sampling-design effects on properties of species-area curves – a case study from Estonian dry grassland communities. Folia Geobotanica 43: 289–304.

Putfarken, D., Dengler, J., Lehmann, S., Härdtle, W. (2008): Site use of grazing cattle and sheep in a large-scale pasture landscape: a GPS/GIS assessment. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 111: 54–67.

Dengler, J., Boch, S. (2007): Taxonomy, ecology, and distribution of six remarkable plant taxa (Spermatophyta, Bryophyta, and Lichenes) of the Estonian dry grassland flora. Phyton – Annales Rei Botanicae 47: 47–71.

Dengler, J., Löbel, S. (2006): The basiphilous dry grasslands of shallow, skeletal soils (Alysso-Sedetalia) on the island of Öland (Sweden), in the context of North and Central Europe. Phytocoenologia 36: 343–391.

Löbel, S., Dengler, J., Hobohm, C. (2006): Species richness of vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens in dry grasslands: The effects of environment, landscape structure and competition. Folia Geobotanica 41: 377–393.


Janssen, J.A.M., Rodwell, J.S., Garcia Criado, M., Gubbay, S., Haynes, T., Nieto, A., Sanders, N., Landucci, F., Loidi, J., (…), Dengler, J., (…) & Valachovič, M. 2016. European Red List of Habitats – Part 2. Terrestrial and freshwater habitats. European Union, Luxembourg, LU: 38 pp.

Schaminée, J.H.J., Chytrý, M., Dengler, J., Hennekens, S.M., Janssen, J.A.M., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Knollová, I., Landucci, F., Marcenò, C., (…) & Tichý, L. 2016. Development of distribution maps of grassland habitats of EUNIS habitat classification. European Environment Agency [Report EEA/NSS/16/005], Copenhagen, DK: 171 pp.

Dengler, J. (2012): Skalenabhängigkeit von Biodiversität – von der Theorie zur Anwendung. Forschungsbericht zur kumulativen Habilitation. BEE Press, Hamburg: 145 pp. DOI: 10.7809/thesis.habil.001.

Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. (2012) [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 447 pp. Biocentre Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden, Hamburg.

Jürgens, N., Haarmeyer, D.H., Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M., Schmiedel, U. (2010) [Eds.]: Biodiversity in Southern Africa. Volume 1: Patterns at Local Scale – the BIOTA Observatories. Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen, DE & Windhoek, NA: 801 pp.

Dengler, J., Dolnik, C., Trepel, M. (2008) [Eds.]: Flora, Vegetation und Naturschutz zwischen Schleswig-Holstein und Südamerika – Festschrift für Klaus Dierßen zum 60. Geburtstag. Flora, vegetation and nature conservation from Schleswig-Holstein to South America – festschrift for Klaus Dierßen on occasion of his 60th birthday. Mitteilungen der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Geobotanik in Schleswig-Holstein und Hamburg 65: 526 pp. + 4 supplements. Kiel, DE.

Schulz, F., Dengler, J. (2006) [Eds.]: Verbreitungsatlas der Moose in Schleswig-Holstein und Hamburg. Landesamt für Natur und Umwelt des Landes Schleswig-Holtein, Flintbek, DE: 402 pp.

Berg, C., Dengler, J., Abdank, A., Isermann, M. (2004) [Eds]: Die Pflanzengesellschaften Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns und ihre Gefährdung – Textband. Weissdorn, Jena, DE: 606 pp.

Dengler, J. (2003; corrected reprint 2004): Entwicklung und Bewertung neuer Ansätze in der Pflanzensoziologie unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Vegetationsklassifikation. – Archiv naturwissenschaftlicher Dissertationen 14: 297 pp. Galunder, Nümbrecht, DE.

Berg, C., Dengler, J., Abdank, A. (2001) [Eds.]: Die Pflanzengesellschaften Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns und ihre Gefährdung – Tabellenband. Weissdorn, Jena, DE: 341 pp.