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

Michel, V. T., Tschumi, M., Naef-Daenzer, B., Keil, H., & Grüebler, M. U. (2022). Reduced habitat quality increases intrinsic but not ecological costs of reproduction. Ecology and Evolution, 12(4), e8859. doi: 10.1002/ece3.8859

Schoch, K., Tschumi, M., Lutter, S., Ramseier, H., & Zingg, S. (2022). Competition and Facilitation Effects of Semi-Natural Habitats Drive Total Insect and Pollinator Abundance in Flower Strips. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2022.854058

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.



Eggenberg, S., Gonseth, Y., Lischer-Guyot, C., Petitpierre, B., Rey, E., Rutishauser, E., … Tschumi, M. (2021). Bausteine für die Ökologische Infrastruktur. Ornis5.

Petitpierre, B., Sartori, L., Lischer, C., Rutishauser, E., Rey, E., Tschumi, M., … Eggenberg, S. (2021). Sites d’intérêt pour la conservation des espèces et de leurs habitats: qualité observée, qualité potentielle et besoin en surfaces supplémentaires. Rapport méthodologique de l’analyse menée par InfoSpecies à l’échelle nationale.

Schybli, M., Grüebler, M., & Tschumi, M. (2020). Kleine Eule mit grossen Ansprüchen. Avinews. Sempach.

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