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Fabian Bötzl

Fabian Bötzl
I am interested in fostering beneficial natural ecosystem services and conserving biodiversity in agricultural landscapes in order to increase the sustainability of agricultural production in the light of global change. In my work, I focus especially on natural pest control, its drivers and management.


I am currently working with Ola Lundin on various projects related to biodiversity management and natural pest control in agricultural landscapes.

Together with Riccardo Bommarco, Alexander Menegat, Göran Bergkvist, Ola Lundin and Giulia Vicco I am working in the FORMAS project 'multifunc' where we investigate the relation between agroecosystem multifunctionality and the legacy effects of crop diversity. 

I am interested in biodiversity conservation and management in agricultural landscapes on local and landscape scales. In my work, I focus especially on natural pest control and its drivers. My previous work in Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter's lab in Würzburg (Germany) centred around spillover of natural enemies and within field distance functions of natural pest control across the ecotones between semi-natural habitats and crop fields.

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

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ORCID: 0000-0001-5121-3370


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Selected publications


Boetzl FA, Sponsler D, Albrecht M, Batáry P, Birkhofer K, Knapp M, Krauss J, Maas B, Martin EA, Sirami C, Sutter L, Bertrand C, Bosem Baillod A, Bota G, Bretagnolle V, Brotons L, Frank T, Fusser M, Giralt D, González E, Hof AR, Luka H, Marrec R, Nash MA, Ng K, Plantegenest M, Poulin B, Siriwardena GM, Tscharntke T, Tschumi M, Vialatte A, Van Vooren L, Zubair-Anjum M, Entling MH, Steffan-Dewenter I, Schirmel J (2024) Distance functions of carabids in crop fields depend on functional traits, crop type and adjacent habitat: a synthesis. Proceedings B 291: 1-10. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2023.2383

Boetzl FA, Högfeldt C, Malsher G, Jonsson M, Ninkovic V, Sigvald R, Lundin O (2024) Predicting crop injury caused by flea beetles in spring oilseed rape through pest monitoring in the autumn. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 26: 62-69. DOI: 10.1111/afe.12596


Lundin O, Boetzl FA, Ward KL, Williams NM (2023) Wildflower plantings have mixed effects on insect herbivores and their natural enemies. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 355: 108587. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2023.108587

Boetzl FA, Bommarco R, Aguilera G, Lundin O (2023) Spatiotemporal isolation of oilseed rape fields reduces insect pest pressure and crop damage. Journal of Applied Ecology 60: 1388-1398. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.14424

Vogel C, Poveda K, Iverson A, Boetzl FA, Mkandawire T, Chunga T, Küstner G, Keller A, Bezner Kerr R, Steffan-Dewenter I (2023) The effects of crop type, landscape composition and agroecological practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical smallholder farms. Journal of Applied Ecology 60: 859-874. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.14380

Boetzl FA, Douhan Sundahl A, Friberg H, Viketoft M, Bergkvist G, Lundin O (2023) Undersowing oats with clovers supports pollinators and suppresses arable weeds without reducing yields. Journal of Applied Ecology 60: 614-623. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.14361


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 31: 2857-2873. 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 & reports:

Friberg H, Rosenqvist H, Boetzl F, Lundin O (2023) Hållbart växtskydd : möjliga indikatorer och ekonomiska aspekter av diversifiering. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. DOI: 10.54612/a.16lr9mr84t

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