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

Steinbauer, MJ*, Irl, S. D. H.*, 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, S. D. H. (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, S. D. H., 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, S. D. H., 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.
Steinbauer, M. J., Field, R., Fernández‐Palacios, J. M., Irl, S. D. H., Otto, R., Schaefer, H., & Beierkuhnlein, C. (2016). Biogeographic ranges do not support niche theory in radiating Canary Island plant clades. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, 792-804. doi: 10.1111/geb.12425
Steinbauer, M. J., Field, R., Grytnes, J. A., Trigas, P., Ah-Peng, C., Attorre, F., ... Irl, S.D.H. ... & Beierkuhnlein, C. (2016). Topography-driven isolation, speciation and a global increase of endemism with elevation. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/geb.12469

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