Prof. Dr. Johannes Kollmann

Chair of Restoration Ecology

Department of Ecology and und Ecosystemmanagement
Technische Universität München
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Telefon /Phone:    +49 8161 71 4144
E-mail:                   jkollmann[at]

Curriculum vitae

since 2010 Professor in Restoration Ecology, Department of Ecology, Technische Universität München (TUM), Freising-Weihenstephan
2000 - 2009 Assoc.-Professor in Ecology, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and University Copenhagen; Head of Botany Section
2000 Habilitation thesis "Processes of dispersal in higher plants: a matter of spatial scale"
1996 - 1999 Scientific assistant, ETH Zurich (Prof. Dr. P. J. Edwards)
1995 Postdoc, University of Cambridge (Prof. Dr. P.J. Grubb)
Juli 1994 PhD thesis, University of Freiburg, "Dispersal ecology of fleshy-fruited species during succession on fallow grasslands" (Prof. Dr. O. Wilmanns)

1984 - 1990

Studiies in biology and chemistry, Universities of Kiel and Freiburg


Married, four children

Research interests and selected publications

  • Vegetation dynamics

Jørgensen, R.H., Hallinger, M., Ahlgrimm, S., Friemel, J., Kollmann, J. & Meilby, H. (2015) Growth response to climatic change over 120 years for Alnus viridis and Salix glauca in West Greenland. Journal of Vegetation Science, 26, 155–165.

Zaplata, M.K., Winter, S., Fischer, A., Kollmann, J. & Ulrich, W. (2013) Species-driven phases and increasing structure in early-successional plant communities. American Naturalist, 181, E17–E27.


  • Plant-animal interactions

Fischer, C., Kollmann, J. & Wagner, T.C. (2015) How does the seed fate of Crotalaria podocarpa DC, a highly competitive herbaceous legume in arid rangelands, contribute to its establishment probability? Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 17, 405–411.

Møller, L.A., Skou, A.M.T. & Kollmann, J. (2012) Dispersal limitation at the expanding range margin of an evergreen tree in urban habitats? Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 11, 59–64.

  • Plant local adaptions

Durka, W., Michalski, S., Bossdorf, O., Bucharova, A., Hermann, J.M., Hölzel, N. & Kollmann, J. (2016) Grassland plants show species-specific patterns of genetic differentiation among seed transfer zones. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12636

Walker, E.A., Conradi, T., Meimberg, H. & Kollmann, J. (2015) Seed selection for grassland restoration: Competitive effect of a dominant grass is mediated by seed source and nutrient availability. Restoration Ecology, 23, 261–267.


  • Invasive alien plants

Pahl, A.T., Kollmann, J., Mayer, A. & Haider, S. (2013) No evidence for local adaptation in an invasive alien plant: Field and greenhouse experiments tracing a colonization sequence. Annals of Botany, 112, 1921–1930.

Kollmann, J., Jensen, K.B., Frandsen, S.I. & Hansen, M.K. (2011) Uprooting and burial of invasive alien plants: a new tool in coastal restoration? Restoration Ecology, 19, 371–378.


  • Nature conservation

Altenfelder, S., Kollmann, J. & Albrecht, H. (2016) Effects of farming practice on populations of threatened amphibious plant species in temporarily flooded arable fields – implications for conservation management. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 222, 30–37.

Conradi, T., Strobl, K., Wurfer, A.-L. & Kollmann, J. (2015) Impacts of visitor trampling on the taxonomic and functional community structure of calcareous grassland. Applied Vegetation Science, 18, 359–367.



Editorial boards



  • Lecture on General Restoration Ecology
  • Introductory Lectures on the Population Biology of Plants
  • Project Landscape Planning I
  • Seminar for Students and PhD Students in Restoration Ecology
  • Seminar on Population Biology and Conservation
  • Weihenstephaner Colloquium in Applied Ecology and Planning

Other professional activities


  • Member of the Commissio for Forest Seeds and Plants, Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Copenhagen (2002-2005)
  • Council of the Danish Botanical Society, Copenhagen (2006-2010)
  • Member of the Commission for research Publications, Danish Ministry of Science, technology and Innovation (2008-2010)
  • NEOBIOTA Council, Berlin (since 2008)
  • Consultant: SLA Landscape Architecture, Philip & Partners Lawyers
  • External refree PhD- and habilitation-theses; appointments: Universities Aarhus, Bremen, Freiburg, Lund, Zürich, ETH Zürich
  • Reviewer research applications: Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dutch Technology Foundation STW, EU-funded IHP Programme, German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, Singapore National Research Foundation, Research Council of Norway, Research Foundation University Leuven, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • reviewer for 58 journals, e. g. American Journal of Botany; Applied Vegetation Science; Biological Invasions; Biological Conservation; Conservation Ecology; Diversity and Distributions; Ecography; Ecology; Ecological Monographs; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Functional Ecology; Journal of Applied Ecology; Journal of Ecology; Journal of Vegetation Science; Landscape Ecology; Molecular Ecology; New Phytologist; Oecologia; Oikos; Oryx; Restoration Ecology