Plant population dynamics

Plant Ecology

Understanding plant population dynamics is important in ecology and conservation biology including basic (coexistence vs. competitive exclusion) and applied (management of endangered or invasive species) perspectives. We apply experiments and theoretical models to increase understanding of natural and managed plant populations.

Spatial patterns within and among plant species play an important role modifying the relative strength of intra- vs. interpsecific competition. However, empirical knowledge lacks behind theoretical developments and one of our main aims is to experimentally test theoretical models of plant population and community dynamics. In this context, experimentally testing effects of genetic relatedness between individuals is of particular recent interest.


Recent Publications

  • Including tree spatial extension in the evaluation of neighborhood competition effects in Bornean rain forest.
    Newbery, David M.; Stoll, Peter.
    Ecology and evolution, 11(11), pp. 6195-6222. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 10.1002/ece3.7452  (2021)
  • Including tree spatial extension in the evaluation of neighbourhood competition effects in Bornean rain forest
    Newbery, David M.; Stoll, Peter
    (bioRxiv). Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 10.1101/2020.07.27.222513   (4 August 2020).
  • Demography of the giant monocarpic herb Rheum nobile in the Himalayas and the effect of disturbances by grazing
    Song, Bo; Stoll, Peter; Peng, Deli; Sun, Hang; Stocklin, Jurg
    Annals Of Botany  DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcz178 Published: FEB 14 2020
  • Chronic intermittent stress exposure and access to grass silage interact differently in their effect on behaviour, gastric health and stress physiology of entire or castrated male growing-finishing pigs
    Holinger, M; Fruh, B; Stoll, P; Graage, R; Wirth, S; Bruckmaier, R; Prunier, A; Kreuzer, M; Hillmann, E
    PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, 195 58-68; 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.07.019 OCT 15 2018
  • Experimental disconnection from common mycorrhizal networks has little effect on competitive interactions among common temperate grassland species
    Milkereit, J; Frossard, E; Stoll, P; Wagg, C; Niklaus, PA
    JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 106 (6):2332-2343; 10.1111/1365-2745.12984 NOV 2018
  • Colonization dynamics of a clonal pioneer plant on a glacier foreland inferred from spatially explicit and size-structured matrix models 
    Scherrer, Daniel; Stoll, Peter; Stocklin, Jurg 
    FOLIA GEOBOTANICA, 52 (3-4): 353-366  10.1007/s12224-017-9294-z   DEC 2017
  • Effect sizes and standardization in neighbourhood models of forest stands: potential biases and misinterpretations 
    Stoll, Peter; Murrell, David J.; Newbery, David M. 
    METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 6 (10): 1117-1125  10.1111/2041-210X.12409 OCT 2015
  • A Neighborhood Analysis of the Consequences of Quercus suber Decline for Regeneration Dynamics in Mediterranean Forests 
    Ibanez, Beatriz; Gomez-Aparicio, Lorena; Stoll, Peter; et al. 
    PLOS ONE, 10 (2): 10.1371/journal.pone.0117827  FEB 23 2015
  • Relaxation of species-specific neighborhood effects in Bornean rain forest under climatic perturbation 
    Newbery, David M.; Stoll, Peter 
    ECOLOGY, 94 (12): 2838-2851  10.1890/13-0366.1   DEC 2013
  • Heritability of sperm length and adult shell size in the land snail Arianta arbustorum (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Minoretti, Nicole; Stoll, Peter; Baur, Bruno 
    JOURNAL OF MOLLUSCAN STUDIES, 79 (): 218-224. 10.1093/mollus/eyt012   AUG 2013
Peter Stoll

PD Dr. Peter Stoll
University of Basel
Dept of Environmental Sciences – Conservation Biology
4056 Basel

Tel: +41 (0)61 207 08 54

Research topics

  • Plant competition and coexistence mechanisms
  • Matrix models and population viability analyses (PVA)
  • Experimental tests of theoretical predictions



  • Genotyping of individual plants
  • Computer based simulation models