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Fabian Bötzl

Fabian Bötzl
I am interested in integrating beneficial natural ecosystem services into agricultural production to make it more sustainable in the light of global change. Special focus on natural pest control, its drivers and management.


Currently I am investigating undersown flowering legumes for multifunctional Swedish cereal production together with Ola Lundin, Göran Bergkvist, Maria Viketoft and Hanna Friberg

In my PhD thesis work at Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter's lab in Würzburg (Germany), I investigated the suitability of sown flowering fields of different temporal continuity for biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes and their effects on ecosystem service provision in adjacent crop fields (with a focus on natural pest control).

I am mainly interested in natural pest control and its drivers. So far, I especially focussed on spillover of natural enemies and within field distance functions of natural pest control.

Apart from my (agro-)ecological work, I work on the taxonomy of tiger beetles (Cicindelidae).


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ORCID: 0000-0001-5121-3370


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Selected publications


Barber NA, Sauer N, Krauss J, Boetzl FA (2022) Grazing conserves threatened carabid beetles in semi‑natural calcareous grasslands better than mowing, especially at low intensities. Biodiversity and Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-022-02463-0

Boetzl FA, Krimmer E, Holzschuh A, Krauss J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2022) Arthropod overwintering in agri-environmental scheme flowering fields differs among pollinators and natural enemies. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 330: 107890. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2022.107890


Boetzl FA, Krauss J, Heinze J, Hoffmann H, Juffa J, König S, Krimmer E, Prante M, Martin EA, Holzschuh A, Steffan-Dewenter I (2021) A multitaxa assessment of the effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes for biodiversity management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118: e2016038118. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2016038118

Bald V & Boetzl FA, Krauss J (2021) Where do hamsters go after cereal harvest? A case study. Basic and Applied Ecology 54: 98-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2021.04.008

Gebert J, Matalin AV, Boetzl FA (2021) Revision of the Palearctic Cicindela campestris species complex—Part 1: On the taxonomy, identification and ecology of Cicindela herbacea Klug, 1832 and Cicindela javetii Chaudoir, 1861 (Coleoptera, Cicindelidae). Zootaxa 4990: 469–510. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4990.3.3 

Nelson M, Hosler SC, Boetzl FA, Jones HP, Barber NA (2021) Reintroduced grazers and prescribed fire effects on beetle assemblage structure and function in restored grasslands. Ecological Applications 31: e02217. DOI: 10.1002/eap.2217


Boetzl FA, Schuele M, Krauss J, Steffan‐Dewenter I (2020) Pest control potential of adjacent agri‐environment schemes varies with crop type and is shaped by landscape context and within‐field position. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 1482-1493. DOI:  10.1111/1365-2664.13653

Boetzl FA, Franzen M (2020) Taxonomy and distribution of Cylindera germanica (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Middle East with the description of two new subspecies (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Cicindelinae). Zootaxa 4809: 095–110. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4809.1.5


Boetzl FA, Konle A, Krauss J (2019) Aphid cards –useful model for assessing predation rates or bias prone nonsense? Journal of Applied Entomology 144: 74-80.  DOI: 10.1111/jen.12692

Boetzl FA, Krimmer E, Krauss J,  Steffan‑Dewenter I (2019) Agri-environmental schemes promote ground dwelling predators in adjacent oilseed rape fields: diversity, species traits and distance-decay functions. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 10-20. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13162 

Toshima N, Weigelt MK, Weiglein A, Boetzl FA, Gerber B (2019)  An amino-acid mixture can be both rewarding and punishing to larval Drosophila. Journal of Experimental Biology: DOI: 10.1242/jeb.209486 


Ala-Honkola O, Kauranen H, Tyukmaeva V, Boetzl FA, Hoikkala A, Schmitt T (2018) Diapause affects cuticular hydrocarbon composition and mating behavior of both sexes in Drosophila montana. Insect Science. DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12639

Boetzl FA, Ries E, Schneider G, Krauss J (2018) It’s a matter of design—how pitfall trap design affects trap samples and possible predictions. PeerJ  6: e5078. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5078


Schneider G, Krauss J, Boetzl FA, Fritze MA, Steffan‑Dewenter I (2016) Spillover from adjacent crop and forest habitats shapes carabid beetle assemblages in fragmented semi‑natural grasslands. Oecologia 182: 1141-1150. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-016-3710-6

Boetzl FA, Schneider G, Krauss J (2016) Asymmetric carabid beetle spillover between calcareous grasslands and coniferous forests. Journal of Insect Conservation 20: 49-57. DOI: 10.1007/s10841-015-9838-6 


Non international journal articles:

Boetzl FA, Krauss J, Holzschuh A, Steffan-Dewenter I (2021) Diversität braucht Kontinuität–wie Blühflächen die Artenvielfalt fördern können. ANLiegen Natur 43. PDF.

Hoffmann H, Boetzl FA, Medger G, Rolke D, Benisch C (2021) Beitrag zum Vorkommen und Ausbreitung des Trauer-Rosenkäfers Oxythyrea funesta (Poda, 1761)(Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) in Deutschland: ein Citizen-Science-Projekt. Beiträge zur Entomologie / Contributions to Entomology 71: 137-146. DOI: 10.21248/contrib.entomol.71.1.137-146

Boetzl FA, Krauss J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2019) Mehr als nur „Bienenweide“ – wie Agrarumweltmaßnahmen bei der natürlichen Schädlingskontrolle helfen. ANLiegen Natur 41. PDF.

Boetzl FA (2018) Agonum (Olisares) viridicupreum (GOEZE, 1777) – in Ostbayern übersehen? (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Nachrichtenblatt der Bayerischen Entomologen  67: 100-102.

Hoffmann H, Boetzl FA (2018) Erstnachweis von Astrapaeus ulmi (Rossi, 1790) in Bayern (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 128: 227-229.


Postdoctor at the Department of Ecology; NJ, Agricultural Entomology Unit
Postal address:
Inst för Ekologi, Box 7044
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala