Urs Kormann


Urs Kormann
Urs Kormann (Foto © Archiv Vogelwarte)

Dr. rer. nat. Urs G. Kormann
Swiss Ornithological Institute
Seerose 1
CH - 6204 Sempach


++41 41 462 97 04
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Researcher, Ecological Research Group


  • Spatial and movement ecology
  • Species interactions
  • Forest ecosystems
  • Pollination
  • Community ecology
  • Bird mediated dispersal of plants
  • Ecological statistics

Current Projects

  • Population dynamics, space use and dispersal strategies in range shifting red kites (Milvus milvus)
  • Costs of dispersal in fragmented landscapes using little owls (Athene noctua) as study system
  • Space use in hoopoes


Matt Betts, Adam Hadley, Thomas Stokely, Scott Harris, Dusty Gannon, Andy Jones, Oregon State University

Helene Wagner, Felipe Torres Vanegas, Luis Aria Medellin, University of Toronto

Leighton Reid, Missouri Botanical Garden

Alain Jacot, University of Bern


2019 Scientific collaborator, Swiss Ornithological Institute Sempach, Switzerland
2018 – 2019 Scientific Collaborator, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
2018 – dato Courtesy Faculty, Forest Biodiversity Research Network, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
2016 – 2018 Postdoctoral Scholar, „Tradeoffs between biodiversity and production“ and „Spatial Ecology of tropical plant-pollinator mutualisms“, Forest Biodiversity Research Network, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
2010 Scientific collaborator "Enhance - Urban connectivity for small mammals", Landscape genetics WSL, Zürich, Switzerland


2011 - 2014 PhD thesis, "Scale-dependent management of biodiversity and ecosystem processes in fragmented landscapes", Agroecology lab T. Tscharntke & C. Scherber, Göttingen University, Germany
2009 MSc Ecology and Evolution , "Landscape genetics in Capercaillie: Combining direct and indirect methods to quantify dispersal and functional connectivity", Computational and Molecular Population Genetics Lab (CMPG), L. Excoffier, K. Bollmann & F. Gugerli, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern & WSL Zürich, Switzerland




Betts MG, Hadley AS, Kormann UG: The landscape ecology of pollination: introduction to the special section. Landscape Ecology (in press)

Kormann UG, Scherber C, Tscharntke T, Batáry P,  Rösch V:  Connectedness of habitat fragments boosts conservation benefits for butterflies only in landscapes with little cropland. Landscape Ecology. (in press)

Scherber C, [...], Kormann U.G , [... 13 authors in total]: Insekten in der Agrarlandschaft und im Wald - Situation und Bedeutung. Natur und Landschaft 94(6/7):245-254 (in german with english abstract)


Rivers  J, Galbraith S M, Cane J H, Schultz C B, Ulyshen M D, Kormann UG A summary of research needs for pollinators in managed conifer forests. Journal of Forestry.

Hass A, Kormann UG, et al.: Landscape configurational heterogeneity by small-scale agriculture, not crop diversity, maintains pollination services in Western Europe  Proc. R. Soc. B (accepted).

Beduschi T*,  Kormann UG*‡, Tscharntke T, Scherber C: Spatial community turnover of pollinators is relaxed by semi-natural habitats, but not by mass-flowering crops in agricultural landscapes. Biological Conservation (accepted, *equal contribution, ‡corresponding author)

Kormann UG, Hadley AS , Tscharntke T, Betts MG,  Robinson WD, Scherber C: Primary rainforest amount at the landscape scale mitigates bird biodiversity loss and biotic homogenization. Journal of Applied Ecology (accepted)


Gannon D, Kormann UG, Hadley A, Betts M, Jones F: The `Jack-in-the-box´ stamens of Heliconia wagneriana. Ecology (accepted).

Pfeifer M, [...], Kormann UG et al. [32 authors in total] (2017): Global creation of forest edges has a near-universal impact on forest vertebrates.  Nature 551, 187–191.


Braaker S,  Kormann UG, Bontadina F, Obrist MK: The genetic pattern of urban hedgehogs is best explained by resistance models derived from habitat preference. Landscape and Urban Planning  (160) 107–114

Madeira F,  Tscharntke T,  Elek Z,  Kormann UG et al.: Spillover of arthropods from cropland to protected calcareous grassland - the importance of neighbouring habitats. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 235: 127–133

Kormann UG, Scherber C, Tscharntke T, Klein N, Larbig M, Valente JV, Hadley AS and Betts MG (2016) Corridors restore animal-mediated pollination in fragmented tropical forest landscapes, Proc. R. Soc. B 283: 20152347


Kormann UG*, Rösch V*, Batary P, Tscharntke , Orci KM, Samu F & Scherber C (2015) Local and landscape management affects trait-mediated biodiversity of nine taxa on small grassland fragments. Diversity and Distributions,  (2015) 1–14 (*equal contribution).

Klaus F, Bass J, Marholt L, Müller B, Klatt B & Kormann UG (2015) Hedgerows Have a Barrier Effect and Channel Pollinator Movement in the Agricultural Landscape. Journal of Landscape Ecology, 8(1), 22-31.

Sutcliffe  LME, Batáry P, Kormann UG et al. (2015) Harnessing the biodiversity value of Central and Eastern European farmland. Diversity and Distributions 21 (6).

Zahawi RA, Duran G & Kormann UG (2015) Sixty-Seven Years of Land-Use Change in Southern Costa Rica. PloS ONE, 10(11).


Pfeifer M, [...], Kormann UG et. al.  (2013) BIOFRAG – A new database for analysing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution 4(9), 1524 – 1537.

Kormann UG & Sturmberger B (2013) A Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini in Montenegro – first record in the North-Eastern Mediterranean and a short review of the species´ status in the region. Acrocephalus, 34 (156/157): 79−82.


Herrmann JD, Kormann UG, Schüepp C, Stocker Y, Herzog F Entling MH (2012) Effects of habitat isolation and predation pressure on an arboreal food-web. Community Ecology, 13(1), 82-87.

Kormann UG, Gugerli F, Ray N, Excoffier L, & Bollmann K (2012) Parsimony-based pedigree analysis and individual-based landscape genetics suggest topography to restrict dispersal and connectivity in the endangered capercaillie. Biological Conservation, 152, 241-252.


Bailey D, Schmidt–Entling MH, Eberhart P, Herrmann JD, Hofer G, Kormann UG & Herzog F (2010) Effects of habitat amount and isolation on biodiversity in fragmented traditional orchards. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(5), 1003-1013

Mühlner S, Kormann UG, Schmidt-Entling M, Herzog F, & Bailey D (2010) Structural Versus Functional Habitat Connectivity Measures to Explain Bird Diversity in Fragmented Orchards. Journal of Landscape Ecology, 3(1), 52-64.


Kormann UG (2016) Do Hummingbirds use Living Fence Rows asCorridors Amigos Newsletter 86.

Kormann UG (2015): Der Silberreiher – Weiss und im Aufwind. ORNIS 03/15.

Kormann UG (2014) Weissrussland - Vergessene Wildnis- ORNIS 1/14.

Eberlein H & Kormann UG (2013) Being a „Bee Mother“ in the Tropics. Amigos Newsletter 80.

Kormann UG (2008) Turmfalken-Hilfe konkret. ORNIS 3/08.

Kormann UG (2010) Insel Helgoland. In: Aebischer A (eds)(2010): Vögel beobachten in Europa - Die besten Platze vom Mittelmeer bis zum Nordkap. Haupt Verlag, Bern. (book chapter)