Christian Kampichler




Onderzoek & Inventarisaties







024 7 410 410


I am a trained soil biologist and worked with microarthropods for many years, for example, by investigating mesofauna effects on microbiological activity in micro- and mesocosms, or determining patterns of local and regional diversity of surface-living Collembola. Since the late 90ies I broadened my expertise concerning ecological data analysis (“getting more out of the data“) by applying methods loaned from artificial intelligence research, for example artificial neural networks or fuzzy rule-based models. During the last few years I focussed my interest on the analysis of demographic parameters and the modelling of distribution and abundance patterns of Dutch birds. Together with my colleagues from Sovon, I construct species distribution models (SDM) -- mainly applying boosted regression trees, multivariate adaptive regression splines, and random and quantile forests as modelling techniques -- and develop the R-package TRImmaps used for the automated generation of SDM and maps.


since 05/2012 Sovon Vogelonderzoek Nederland, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (scientific employee)

01/2010 – 05/2012 NIOO­-KNAW, Wageningen, The Netherlands (scientific employee)

11/2003 – 12/2011 Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico (professor)

09/2003 – 10/2003 El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico (scientific employee)

07/1998 – 09/2002 Free University of Berlin, Germany (scientific employee)

03/1996 – 06/1998 GSF National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Germany (scientific employee)

1992 – 1993, 1995 – 01/1996 University of Vienna, Austria (scientific employee)

1990 – 1991 University of Vienna, Austria (work contract)

1978-1987 Study of Biology (major: Zoology, minor: Botany) at the University of Vienna; Doctoral dissertation: Ecology of the animal community in the cushions of Dianthus lumnitzeri Wiesbaur 1886 in dry calcareous grassland in the Hainburg Mountains


Publications since 2005 (for older publications visit my personal website):

Kampichler C, van der Jeugd HJ (2013) Determining patterns of variability in ecological communities: Time lag analysis revisited. - Ecol Env Stat 20, 271-284

González-Valdivia N, Ochoa-Gaona S, Ferguson BG, Pozo-de la Tijera C, Kampichler C, Pérez-Hernández I (2012) Análisis comparativo de la estructura y composición de comunidades arbóreas de un paisaje agropecuario en Tabasco, México. - Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 83, 83-99

González-Valdivia NA, Arriaga-Weiss SL, Ochoa-Gaona S, Ferguson BG, Kampichler C, Pozo C (2012) Ensambles de aves diurnas a través de un gradiente de perturbación en un paisaje cultural en el sureste de México. - Acta Zoológica Mexicana (n.s.) 28, 237-269

Kampichler C, van Turnhout CAM, Devictor V, van der Jeugd HP (2012) Large-scale changes in community composition: Determining land use and climate change signals. - PLoS ONE 7(4), e35272

Kampichler C, van der Jeugd HP (2011) Monitoring passerine reproduction by constant effort ringing: evaluation of the efficiency of trend detection. - Ardea 99, 129-136

González-Valdivia N, Ochoa-Gaona S, Pozo C, Ferguson BG, Rangel-Ruiz LJ, Arriaga-Weiss SL, Ponce-Mendoza A, Kampichler C (2011) Indicadores ecológicos para la evaluación de hábitat y su biodiversidad desde una perspectiva multitaxonómica en un paisaje neotropical. - Rev Biol Trop 59, 1433-1451

Martínez-Sánchez JL, Kampichler C (2011) Ownership structure of protected areas influences the patterns of seed removal by mammals. - Int J Biodvers Conserv 3, 1-9

Kampichler C, Calmé S, Weissenberger H, Arriaga-Weiss SL (2010) Indication of a species in an extinction vortex: The ocellated turkey on the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. Acta Oecologica 36, 561-568

Kampichler C, Wieland R, Calmé S, Weissenberger H, Arriaga-Weiss S (2010) Classification in conservation biology: a comparison of five machine-learning methods. - Ecol Inf 5, 441-450

Ochoa-Gaona S, Kampichler C, de Jong BHJ, Hernández S, Huerta E, Geissen V (2010) A multi-criterion index for the evaluation of local tropical forest. - Forest Ecol Manage 260, 618-627

Kampichler C, Hernández-Daumás S, Ochoa-Gaona S, Geissen V, Huerta E, de Jong B (2010) Indicators of environmentally sound land use in the humid tropics: the potential roles of expert opinion, knowledge engineering and knowledge discovery. - Ecol Indic 10, 320-329

Huerta E, Kampichler C, Ochoa-Gaona S, de Jong BHJ, Geissen V, Hernández-Daumás S (2009) Towards an ecological index for tropical soil quality based on soil macrofauna. - Pesq Agropec Bras 44, 1056-1062

Kampichler C, Bruckner A (2009) The role of microarthropods in terrestrial decomposition: a meta-analysis of 40 years of litterbag studies. - Biol Rev 84, 375-389

Geissen V, Sánchez-Hernández R, Kampichler C, Ramos-Reyes R, Sepulveda-Lozada A, Ochoa-Goana S, de Jong BHJ, Huerta-Lwanga E, Hernández-Daumás S (2009) Effects of land-use change on some properties of tropical soils — An example from Southeast Mexico. - Geoderma 151, 87-97

Sobek S, Kampichler C, Weigmann G (2008) Diversity and distribution of oribatid mites (Acari, Oribatida) among tree-species and microhabitats in the canopy of a Central European mixed forest. in: Floren A, Schmiedl J (eds), Canopy Arthropod Research in Central Europe — Basic and applied studies from the high frontier. Bioform, Nürnberg, pp 339-354

Wenkel K-O, Wieland R, Mirschel W, Schultz A, Kampichler C, Kirilenko A, Voinov A (2008) Regional Models of Intermediate Complexity (REMICs) - A New Direction in Integrated Landscape Modelling. - in: Jakeman AJ, Voinov AA, Rizzoli AE, Chen SH (eds), Developments in Integrated Environmental Assessment Vol 3: Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp 285-295

Kampichler C, Teschner M, Klein S, Körner C (2008) Effects of four years of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on the abundance of leaf-galls and leaf-mines in mature oaks. - Acta Oecol 34, 139-146

Arriaga-Weiss S, Calmé S, Kampichler C (2008) Bird communities in rainforest fragments: Guild responses to habitat variables in Tabasco, Mexico. - Biodiv Conserv 17, 173-190

Niklaus PA, Alphei J, Kampichler C, Kandeler E, Körner C, Tscherko D, Wohlfender M (2007) Interactive effects of plant species diversity and elevated CO2 on soil biota and nutrient cycling. - Ecology 88, 3153–3163

Geissen V, Kampichler C, López-de Llergo- Juárez JJ, Galindo-Acántara A (2007) Superficial and subterranean soil erosion in Tabasco, tropical Mexico: Development of a decision tree modeling approach. - Geoderma 139, 277-287

Žnidaršič M, Jakulin A, Džeroski S, Kampichler C (2006) Automatic construction of concept hierarchies: The case of foliage-dwelling spiders. - Ecol Model 191, 144-158

Kampichler C, Geissen V (2005) Temporal predictability of soil microarthropod communities in temperate forests. - Pedobiologia 49, 41-50