Severin D.H. IrlDr.

Severin D.H. Irl

Akademischer Rat a.Z.

Telefon: 0921-552299
Fax: 0921-552315
Raum: GEO II, Rm 002
e-Mail: severin.irl(at)

Research interests

I'm an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biogeography (University of Bayreuth). My main research interests include:

  •    Island biogeography and ecology, especially focusing on the endemic plant species of La Palma (Canary Islands)
  •    Global treeline patterns with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on islands
  •    Biogeography and ecology of high-elevation ecosystems on oceanic islands and how disturbances shape these systems (e.g. introduced herbivores, fire, etc.)
  •    Spatial and ecological distribution of endemic and inuslar species and the possible effects of climate change on this distribution
  •    Primary succession on lava flows
  •    Global and macroecological patterns of all sort mainly revolving around diversity, rarity, endemism and invasion

I'm board member of the newly founded Society of Island Biology (SIB):


Latest publications

Irl, SDH*; Schweiger, A*; Medina, F M; Fernández-Palacios, JM; Harter, D; Jentsch, A; Provenzale, A; Steinbauer, MJ; Beierkuhnlein, C (accepted) An island view of endemic rarity – environmental drivers and consequences for nature conservation, Diversity and Distributions
* Equal contribution
Steinbauer, MJ*, Irl, SDH*, González-Mancebo, JM, Breiner, F, Hernández, RH, Hopfenmüller, S, Kidane Ogubamichael, Y, Jentsch, A, Beierkuhnlein, C (2017) Plant invasion and speciation along elevational gradients on the oceanic island La Palma, Canary Islands., Ecology and Evolution, 7, 771–779. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2640
* Equal contribution
Irl, SDH (2016) Plant diversity on high elevation islands – drivers of species richness and endemism, Frontiers of Biogeography, 8, e29717. doi:10.21425/F58329717
Steinbauer, M. J., Beierkuhnlein, C., Arfin Khan, M. A., Harter, D. E. V., Irl, SDH, Jentsch, A., Schweiger A. H., Svenning, J. C. & Dengler, J. (2016). How to differentiate facilitation and environmentally driven co‐existence. Journal of Vegetation Science, 27, 1071-1079. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12441
Irl, SDH, Anthelme, F., Harter, D. E. V., Jentsch, A., Lotter, E., Steinbauer, M. J., & Beierkuhnlein, C. (2016). Patterns of island treeline elevation–a global perspective. Ecography, 39, 427-436. doi: 10.1111/ecog.01266
See a YouTube video explaining the paper here.

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Aktuelle Termine

Do. 29.06.2017
Microbial cycling of organic matter and trace gases in a changing ocean
Geographisches Kolloquium:
Di. 27.06.2017
Die Weichselvereisung in Nordost-Deutschland und West-Polen
Green Campus Tour:
Mi. 28.06.2017
GCT Papierverbrauch
Guest Lecture "Topics in Urban Hydrology":
Do. 29.06.2017
The Impact of Groundwater - surface water interactions on the hydrology, dissolved organic carbon cycling and nutrient pathways in urban wetlands
Ökologisch-Botanischer Garten:
Mi. 28.06.2017
Von Ananas bis Zitrone: Tropische Früchte
Wetter Versuchsflächen
Luftdruck (356m): 969.7 hPa
Lufttemperatur: 19.4 °C
Niederschlag: 0.0 mm/24h
Sonnenschein: <1 h/d
Wind (Höhe 17m): 6.7 km/h
Wind (Max.): 15.5 km/h
Windrichtung: SW
Globalstrahlung: 261 W/m²
Lufttemperatur: 16.4 °C
Niederschlag: 0.0 mm/24h
Sonnenschein: <1 h/d
Wind (Höhe 32m): 13.6 km/h
Wind (Max.): 32.7 km/h