Matthias Tschumi


    Matthias Tschumi
    Matthias Tschumi (Foto © Archiv Vogelwarte)

    Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Tschumi
    Swiss Ornithological Institute
    Department of Ecology
    Seerose 1
    CH-6204 Sempach

    ++41 41 462 99 24 (Phone)


    Research Associate, Ecological Research Group


    • Agricultural ecology
    • Behavioural ecology
    • Community ecology
    • Ecosystem services
    • Landscape ecology
    • Life history
    • Movement and dispersal

    Current Projects

    • Costs and benefits of natal and breeding dispersal in a fragmented population of the little owl (Athene noctua)
    • Dispersal ecology of Alpine Golden Eagles


    Since 2019 Research associate at the Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
    2018 – 2019 Postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
    2016 – 2017 Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden; SNSF Early Postdoc Mobility Grant for the Project: “Landscape mediated changes in farmland bird communities and effects on ecosystem services and disservices” With hosts: Prof. Dr. Klaus Birkhofer and Prof. Dr. Henrik G. Smith
    2015 – 2016 Postdoctoral researcher at Agroscope, Zürich, Switzerland
    2011 – 2015 Ph.D. in natural sciences at Agroscope, Zürich, Switzerland and University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau (Pfalz), Germany; Ph.D. Thesis: “Flowering habitats to enhance biodiversity and pest control services in agricultural landscapes” With Dr. Katja Jacot, Agroscope; Dr. Matthias Albrecht, Agroscope; Prof. Dr. Martin H. Entling, University of Koblenz-Landau
    2011 Internship at the Swiss Federal Institute for Agriculture (FOAG), Research and Extension Unit
    2010 Junior research assistant at the Division of Conservation Biology, University of Bern, Switzerland
    2010 Internship at the Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
    2008 – 2010 Graduate studies in Ecology and Evolution: University of Bern, Switzerland; M.Sc. Thesis: “Breeding territory occupancy in hoopoes: governed by habitat quality or phenotypic traits?” With PD Dr. Michael Schaub and Prof. Dr. Raphaël Arlettaz
    2005 – 2008 Undergraduate studies in Biology: University of Bern,  Switzerland; B.Sc.Thesis: “Winter sports influence the activity pattern of black grouse (Tetrao tetrix L.)” With Dr. Patrick Patthey and Prof. Dr. Raphaël Arlettaz


    Peer-reviewed publications

    Albrecht, M., Kleijn, D., Williams, N. M., Tschumi, M., Blaauw, B. R., Bommarco, R., … Sutter, L. (2020). The effectiveness of flower strips and hedgerows on pest control, pollination services and crop yield: a quantitative synthesis. Ecology Letters23(10), 1488-1498. doi: 10.1111/ele.13576

    Tschumi, M., Scherler, P., Fattebert, J., Naef-Daenzer, B., & Grüebler, M. U. (2020). Political borders impact associations between habitat suitability predictions and resource availability. Landscape Ecology35(10), 2287–2300. doi: 10.1007/s10980-020-01103-8

    Tschumi, M., Birkhofer, K., Blasiusson, S., Jörgensen, M., Smith, H. G., & Ekroos, J. (2020). Woody elements benefit bird diversity to a larger extent than semi-natural grasslands in cereal-dominated landscapes. Basic and Applied Ecology46, 15–23. doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2020.03.005

    Dainese, M., Martin, E. A., Aizen, M. A., Albrecht, M., Bartomeus, I., Bommarco, R., … Tschumi, M., … Steffan-Dewenter, I. (2019). A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production. Science Advances5(10), eaax0121. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0121

    Tschumi, M., Humbel, J., Erbes, J., Fattebert, J., Fischer, J., Fritz, G., … , Naef-Daenzer, B., Grüebler, M. U. (2019). Parental sex allocation and sex-specific survival drive offspring sex ratio bias in little owls. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 73(6), 85. doi: 10.1007/s00265-019-2694-8

    Martin, E. A., Dainese, M., Clough, Y., Báldi, A., Bommarco, R., Gagic, V., … Tschumi, M., … Steffan‐Dewenter, I. (2019). The interplay of landscape composition and configuration: new pathways to manage functional biodiversity and agroecosystem services across Europe. Ecology Letters, 0(0), ele.13265. doi: 10.1111/ele.13265

    Karp, D. S., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Meehan, T. D., Martin, E. A., … Tschumi, M., … Zou, Y. (2018). Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(33), E7863-E7870. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1800042115

    Pejchar, L., Clough, Y., Ekroos, J., Nicholas, K. A., Olsson, O., Ram, D., Tschumi, M., Smith, H. G. (2018). Net Effects of Birds in Agroecosystems. BioScience, 68(11), 896-904. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biy104

    Tschumi, M., Ekroos, J., Hjort, C., Smith, H. G., Birkhofer, K. (2018). Predation-mediated ecosystem services and disservices in agricultural landscapes. Ecological Applications, 28(8), 2109-2118. doi: 10.1002/eap.1799

    Tschumi, M., Ekroos, J., Hjort, C., Smith, H. G., Birkhofer, K. (2018). Rodents, not birds, dominate predation-related ecosystem services and disservices in vertebrate communities of agricultural landscapes. Oecologia, 188(3), 863-873. doi: 10.1007/s00442-018-4242-z

    Tschumi, M., Albrecht, M., Collatz, J., Dubsky, V., Entling, M. H., Najar-Rodriguez, A. J., Jacot, K. (2016). Tailored flower strips promote natural enemy biodiversity and enhance pest control in adjacent potato crops. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53(4), 1169-1176. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12653

    Tschumi, M., Albrecht, M., Bärtschi, C., Collatz, J., Entling, M. H., Jacot, K. (2016). Perennial, species-rich wildflower strips enhance pest control and crop yield. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 220, 97–103. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2016.01.001

    Tschumi, M., Albrecht, M., Entling, M. H., Jacot, K. (2015). High effectiveness of tailored flower strips in reducing pests and crop plant damage. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282(1814). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1369

    Tschumi, M., Schaub, M., Arlettaz, R. (2014) Territory Occupancy and Parental Quality as Proxies for Spatial Prioritization of Conservation Areas. Plos One 9(5). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097679


    Book Chapters

    Herzog, F., Jacot, K., Tschumi, M., Walter, T. (2017) The Role of Pest Management in Driving Agri-environment Schemes in Switzerland. In M. Coll & E. Wajnberg (Eds.), Environmental Pest Management: Challenges for Agronomists, Ecologists, Economists and Policymakers. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.



    Schuck, M., & Tschumi, M. (2020). Strukturen für das Leben. Ornis, 20(1), 34–37.

    Grüebler, M., & Tschumi, M. (2019). Steinkauz – Forschung für die Artenförderung in der Schweiz. Fauna Focus56, 1–12.

    Tschumi, M., Albrecht, M., Dubsky, V., Herzog, F., Jacot, K. (2016) Tailored flower strips for arable crops reduce cereal leaf beetles and aphids. Agrarforschung Schweiz 7(5), 216-223

    Benz, R., Jucker, P., Albrecht, M., Charrière, J.-D., Herzog, F., Jacot, K., Tschumi, M., Luka, H., Pfiffner, L., Ramseier, H., Knauer, K., Steinmann, P., Tschumi, E, Silvestri, G. (2015). Blühstreifen für Bestäuber und andere Nützlinge / Bandes fleuries pour les pollinisateurs et les autres organismes utiles. Agridea, Lausanne.

    Tschumi M. (2015) Flowering habitats to enhance biodiversity and pest control services in agricultural landscapes. Ph.D. thesis, University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau (Pfalz), Germany

    Tschumi, M., Albrecht, M., Entling, M.H., Jacot, K. (2014) Targeted flower strips effectively promote natural enemies of aphids. IOBC/WPRS Bulletin, 100, 131-135

    Lötscher, M. & Tschumi, M. (2012) Research Master Plan for the Agri-Food Sector 2013-2016 / Forschungskonzept Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft 2013-2016. Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft (BLW), Bern.

    Buess A., Gantner U., Lötscher M., Stöckli A., Tschumi, M. (2011) The Agricultural Knowledge System in Switzerland. Agrarforschung Schweiz 2 (11-12): 484-489