Dr. Nils Hein

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Dr. Nils Hein

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  • PostDoc, Lecturer
    Coordinator CaBOL Project
    Museum Koenig Bonn, Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB)
    Adenauerallee 127, D-53113 Bonn
  • Ongoing Habilitation (Professorial Dissertation): Ecology, Biogeography and DNA Barcoding in Athropods of Alpine Tundra Ecosystems
  • Biocoenology, Biogeography, DNA Barcoding, Arthropods, Araneae, Alpine Tundra Ecosystems
    Norway, Georgia
  • Co-Chair of German Biogeography Study Group (AK Biogeographie, DGfG)

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Articles in peer-reviewed journals


WEHNER, A., HEIN, N., DOBBERT, S., PAPE, R., LÖFFLER, J. (2023) Early snow melt and diverging thermal constraints control body size in arctic-alpine spiders. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 138, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blac127


WEHNER, A., HEIN N., BECKERS, N., DOBBERT, S., PAPE, R. & LÖFFLER, J. (2022) Data from: Early Snow Melt and Diverging Thermal Constraints Control Body Size in Arctic-Alpine Spiders. Dryad Digital Repository. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.18931zd1c


ANTHONY, S. E., BUDDLE, C. M., HØYE, T. T., HEIN, N. & SINCLAIR, B. J. (2021) Thermal Acclimation has Limited Effect on the Thermal Tolerances of Summer-Collected Arctic and Sub-Arctic Wolf Spiders. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 257, 110974. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2021.110974

HEIN, N., MERKELBACH, J., ZECH, K. & WEIJERS, S. (2021) Drought Sensitivity of Empetrum nigrum Shrub Growth at the Species' Southern Lowland Distribution Range Margin. Plant Ecology, 222, 305–321. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-020-01107-z


KANKAANPÄÄ, T., VESTERINEN, E., HARDWICK, B. et al. (2020) Parasitoids Indicate Major Climate-Induced Shifts in Arctic Communities. Global Change Biology, 00, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15297

BECKERS, N., HEIN, N., ANNESER, A., VANSELOW, K. A. & LÖFFLER, J. (2020) Differences in Mobility and Dispersal Capacity Determine Body Size Clines in Two Common Alpine-Tundra Arthropods. Insects, 11 (2), 74. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11020074


HEIN, N., LÖFFLER, J. & FEILHAUER, H. (2019) Mapping of Arthropod Alpha and Beta Diversity in Heterogeneous Arctic-Alpine Ecosystems. Ecological Informatics, 54, 101007. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2019.101007

HEIN, N., PÉTILLON, J., PAPE, R., FEILHAUER, H., VANSELOW, K. A. & LÖFFLER, J. (2019) Broad-Scale Rather than Fine-Scale Environmental Variation Drives Body Size in a Wandering Predator (Araneae, Lycosidae). Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 51, 315–326. https://doi.org/10.1080/15230430.2019.1640039


BECKERS, N., HEIN, N., VANSELOW, K. A. & LÖFFLER, J. (2018) Effects of Microclimatic Thresholds on the Activity-Abundance and Distribution Patterns of Alpine Carabidae Species. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 55, 25–44. https://doi.org/10.5735/086.055.0104

HEIN, N., BRENDEL, M. R., FEILHAUER, H., FINCH, O.-D. & LÖFFLER, J. (2018) Egg Size vs. Egg Number Trade-Off in the Alpine-Tundra Wolf Spider, Pardosa palustris (Araneae: Lycosidae). Polar Biology, 41, 1607–1617. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-018-2301-x


HEIN, N., FEILHAUER, H., LÖFFLER, J. & FINCH, O.-D. (2015) Elevational Variation of Reproductive Traits in five Pardosa (Lycosidae) Species. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 47, 67–73. https://doi.org/10.1657/AAAR0013-111


HEIN, N., FEILHAUER, H., FINCH, O.-D., SCHMIDTLEIN, S. & LÖFFLER, J. (2014) Snow Cover Determines the Ecology and Biogeography of Spiders (Araneae) in Alpine Tundra Ecosystems. Erdkunde, 68, 157–172. https://doi.org/10.3112/erdkunde.2014.03.01

HEIN, N., PAPE, R., FINCH, O.-D. & LÖFFLER, J. (2014) Alpine Activity Patterns of Mitopus morio (Fabricius, 1779) are induced by Variations in Temperature and Humidity at Different Scales in Central Norway. Journal of Mountain Science, 11, 644–655. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-013-2913-0


HEIN, N., SOLHØY, T., SCHATZ, H. & LÖFFLER, J. (2013) An Oribatid Species Provertex kuehnelti Mihelčič, 1959 (Acari, Oribatida) New to Fennoscandia. Norwegian Journal of Entomology, 60, 163–168.

HÅGVAR, S., HEIN, N., LÖFFLER, J., LUNDMO, S. & STRAUMFORS, P. (2013) New Data on the Distribution of Chionea Dalman, 1816 (Diptera, Limoniidae), and on Habitat Choice of C. araneoides Dalman, 1816 at High Altitudes. Norwegian Journal of Entomology, 60, 176–181.

Other publications


THORMANN, J., AHRENS, D., ANDERSON, C., ASTRIN, J., MUMLADZE, L., RULIK, B., TARKHNISHVILI, D., ESPELAND, M., GEIGER, M., HEIN, N., IANKOSHVILI, G., KARALASHVILI, E., MENGUAL, X., MORKEL, C., NEIBER, M.T., PETERS, R.S., REIMANN, A., SSYMANK, A., WESENER, T., ZIEGLER, J. & MISOF, B. (2019) A prelude to the Caucasus Barcode of Life Platform (CaBOL): Biodiversity Days in Georgia in 2018 and 2019. Bonn Zoological Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.20363/bzb-2019.68.2.275


BECKERS, N., N. HEIN & J. LÖFFLER (2015) Klimaökologische Diversitätsmuster von Laufkäfern (Carabidae) im norwegischen Hochgebirge. Norden 21: 45-53. Bremen.


BUCHHOLZ, S. & HEIN, N. (2007) Die epigäische Webspinnenfauna (Araneae) verschiedener Habitattypen der Emsaue bei Münster (NRW). Natur und Heimat, 67 109-124.

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