Prof. Dr. Poppenborg Martin

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Emily Alice Poppenborg

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Emily Alice Poppenborg
Nienburger Straße 17
30167 Hannover
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Emily Alice Poppenborg
Nienburger Straße 17
30167 Hannover
Teaching Staff Deputy Representatives
Faculty Council, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Teaching Staff Deputy Representatives
Admissions Board for MSc Landscape Sciences


  • Agroecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Arthropod biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services
  • Research Interests

    I am an agroecologist and landscape ecologist focussing on the links between land-use and agricultural landscape management, and the maintenance and resilience of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture, particularly pollination and natural pest control. With this focus my overall aim is to combine environmental sustainability with agricultural food production, now and under changing future conditions. I investigate ways to attain this goal at field, landscape and cross-regional levels using large syntheses of empirical data, modelling and field studies of the impact of policy, landscape and farm-level management on biodiversity, ecosystem services and agricultural production.


    Key research interests:

    • Agroecology
    • Landscape ecology
    • Functional ecology
    • Biodiversity processes and functions across scales
    • Ecosystem services
    • Plant-insect and multitrophic interactions
    • Arthropod community ecology
    • Interdisciplinary & transdisciplinary science


    Profile and Publications:

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5785-9105 ResearchGate Google Scholar Twitter

  • Projects

    Current projects:   

    • 2020-2025: UPSCALE: Upscaling the benefits of Push-pull technology for Sustainable agricultural intensification in East Africa. EU Horizon 2020. Project Coordinator.
    • 2021-2023: AGRI-OME: Elucidating the interactions between agricultural ecosystems and the aphid microbiome. Alexander von Humboldt Early Researcher fellowship to D. Leybourne.
    • 2020-2023: When and where do birds help plants? Natural enemy interactions and their impact on biological control in agricultural systems. FORMAS starting grant of the Swedish Research Council to D. Rubene.
    • 2018-2021: DIFFCacao: Diversifying native fine or flavor cocoa production systems in Peru for enhanced productivity and income. German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. J. Vansynghel (PhD co-advisor). 


    Networks and working groups:

    • 2020-2023: FACT: Cyber-infrastructure for Landscape Impacts on Biocontrol. USDA Coordinated Innovation Network.
    • 2018-current: Assessing natural pest control potential across the world’s agroecosystems using traits-based ecology, ecological modelling and global databases. International working group of the BECC strategic research area, Lund University, Sweden.


    Past projects:

    • 2015-2018: ECODEAL: Enhancing biodiversity-based ecosystem services to crops through optimized densities of green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes (EU/ERA-Net Biodiversa) 

    • 2014-2017: Decision-support tools for pest control. Interdisciplinary working group of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) of the University of Maryland 

    • 2013-2017: LIBERATION: Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification (EU/FP7) 

    • 2009-2013: TERRECO: Evaluation of insect biodiversity and natural pest control in South Korean landscapes (DFG/IRTG) 

  • Curriculum Vitae

    July 2020-current
    W2 tenure-track professor for Zoological Biodiversity at the Institute of Geobotany, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany    

    Guest researcher, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Strategic Research Area ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate’, Lund University, Sweden

    Senior research fellow (Habilitation) in Agroecology, Department of Animal ecology and Tropical biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

    Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Animal ecology and Tropical biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

    Doctorate in natural sciences summa cum laude, Departments of Biogeographical Modelling and Animal Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany    

    Engineer in Agronomy of AgroParisTech, Paris, France. MSc in Ecology, Evolution biology and Environment with honours, University of Montpellier 2, France

    Studies in Agronomy and Ecology at AgroParisTech and University of Montpellier 2, France. Internships at IRD Montpellier, MNHN (Paris), Siberut Conservation Project (Indonesia).

  • Publications

     * first author is a mentee, † shared last authorship, ‡ corresponding last author


    Alexandridis, N., Martin, E.A., Marion, G., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Dainese, M., Ekroos, J., Grab, H., Jonsson, M., Karp, D.S., Meyer, C., O’Rourke, M.E., Pontarp, M., Poveda, K., Seppelt, R., Smith, H.G., Clough, Y. 2020. Reducing ecological complexity using the archetype approach–an application to natural pest control. bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.03.13.990531.

    2021 & in press

    Alexandridis N., Marion G., Chaplin-Kramer R., Dainese M., Ekroos J., Grab H., Jonsson M., Karp D.S., Meyer C., O’Rourke M.E., Pontarp M., Poveda K., Seppelt R., Smith H.G., Martin E.A., Clough Y. 2021. A review of models of natural pest control: toward predictions across agricultural landscapes. Biological Control. In press (accepted). Shared senior authorship. DOI:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2021.104761.

    Boetzl, F.A., Krauss, J., Heinze J., Hoffmann H., Juffa J., König S., Krimmer E., Prante M., Martin E.A., Holzschuh A., Steffan-Dewenter I. 2021. A multi-taxa assessment of the effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes for biodiversity management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 118(10), [e2016038118]. DOI:10.1073/pnas.2016038118.

    Redlich, S.*, Martin, E.A., Steffan-Dewenter, I. Sustainable landscape, soil and crop management practices enhance biodiversity and yield in conventional cereal systems.  Journal of Applied Ecology58(3), 507-517. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.13821.   

    Poppenborg Martin, E.A., Libran Embid, F., Olagoke A. 2021. Upscaling push-pull technology for sustainable agricultural intensification in East Africa. Invited contribution to Issue on Sustainable Intensification. Open Access Government June 28, 2021.

    Burkhard, B., Bredemeier, B., Kempa, D., Poppenborg Martin, E.A. 2021. Biodiverse, multifunktionale Landschaften als Ziel: Zum Konzept der Ökosystemleistungen für mehr Nachhaltigkeit. In: Mission 2031 Zukunft denken – nachhaltig handeln. UniMagazin, Forschungsmagazin der Leibniz Universität Hannover, Ausgabe 01/02.


    Tamburini, G., Santoiemma, G., O'Rourke, M., Bommarco, R., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Dainese, M., Karp, D.S., Kim, T., Martin, E.A., Petersen, M., Marini, L. 2020. Species traits elucidate crop pest response to landscape composition: A global analysis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287: 20202116. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.2116

    Wanger, T. C., et al. and 365 co-signatories (co-signatory). Integrating agroecological production in a robust post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 4: 1150–1152. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1262-y

    Seppelt, R., Arndt, C., Beckmann, M., Martin, E.A., Hertel, T. 2020. Deciphering the biodiversity-production mutualism in the global food security debate. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35: 1011-1020. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.06.012.

    Scheiner, C.* Martin, E.A. 2020. Spatiotemporal changes in landscape crop composition differently affect density and seasonal variability of pests, parasitoids and biological pest control in cabbage. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 301, 107051. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2020.107051


    Dainese, M., Martin, E.A., Aizen, M., Albrecht, M., Bartomeus, I., Bommarco, R., Carvalheiro, L.G., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Gagic, V., Garibaldi, L.A., Ghazoul, J., Grab, H., Jonsson, M., Karp, D.S., Kennedy, C.M., Kleijn, D., Kremen, C., Landis, D.A., Letourneau, D.K., Marini, L., Poveda, K., Rader, R., Smith, H.G., Tscharntke, T., Andersson, G.K.S., Badenhausser, I., Baensch, S., Bezerra, A.D.M., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Boreux, V., Bretagnolle, V., Caballero-Lopez, B., Cavigliasso, P., Cetkovic, A., Chacoff, N.P., Classen, A., Cusser, S., Silva, F.D. da S. e, Groot, G.A. de, Dudenhoffer, J.H., Ekroos, J., Fijen, T., Franck, P., Freitas, B.M., Garratt, M.P.D., Gratton, C., Hipolito, J., Holzschuh, A., Hunt, L., Iverson, A.L., Jha, S., Keasar, T., Kim, T.N., Kishinevsky, M., Klatt, B.K., Klein, A., Krewenka, K.M., Krishnan, S., Larsen, A.E., Lavigne, C., Liere, H., Maas, B., Nesper, M., Mallinger, R.E., Martinez, E., Martinez-Salinas, A., Meehan, T.D., Mitchell, M.G.E., Molina, G.A.R., Nilsson, L., O’Rourke, M., Peters, M.K., Plecas, M., Potts, Si.G., Ramos, D. de L., Rosenheim, J.A., Rundlof, M., Rusch, A., Saez, A., Scheper, J., Schleuning, M., Schmack, J., Sciligo, A.R., Seymour, C., Stanley, D.A., Stewart, R., Stout, J.C., Sutter, L., Takada, M.B., Taki, H., Tamburini, G., Tschumi, M., Viana, B.F., Westphal, C., Wilcox, B.K., Wratten, S.D., Yoshioka, A., Zaragoza, C., Zhang, W., Zou, Y., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2019. A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production. Science advances 5, eaax0121. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0121

    Krimmer, E.*, Martin, E.A., Holzschuh, A., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2019. Size, age and surrounding semi-natural habitats modulate the effectiveness of flower-rich agri-environment schemes to promote pollinator visitation in crop fields. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 284, 106590. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2019.106590

    Martin, E.A., Dainese, M., Clough, Y., Báldi, A., Bommarco, R., Gagic, V., Garratt, M.P.D., Holzschuh, A., Kleijn, D., Kovács‐Hostyánszki, A., Marini, L., Potts, S.G., Smith, H.G., Hassan, D.A., Albrecht, M., Andersson, G.K.S., Asís, J.D., Aviron, S., Balzan, M.V., Baños‐Picón, L., Bartomeus, I., Batáry, P., Burel, F., Caballero‐López, B., Concepción, E.D., Coudrain, V., Dänhardt, J., Diaz, M., Diekötter, T., Dormann, C.F., Duflot, R., Entling, M.H., Farwig, N., Fischer, C., Frank, T., Garibaldi, L.A., Hermann, J., Herzog, F., Inclán, D., Jacot, K., Jauker, F., Jeanneret, P., Kaiser, M., Krauss, J., Féon, V.L., Marshall, J., Moonen, A.-C., Moreno, G., Riedinger, V., Rundlöf, M., Rusch, A., Scheper, J., Schneider, G., Schüepp, C., Stutz, S., Sutter, L., Tamburini, G., Thies, C., Tormos, J., Tscharntke, T., Tschumi, M., Uzman, D., Wagner, C., Zubair‐Anjum, M., Steffan‐Dewenter, I. 2019. The interplay of landscape composition and configuration: new pathways to manage functional biodiversity and ecosystem services across Europe. Ecology Letters 22, 1083-1094. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13265

    Martin, E.A., Feit, B., Requier, F., Friberg, H., Jonsson, M. Assessing the resilience of biodiversity-driven functions in agroecosystems under environmental change. 2019. Chapter 3, 59-124. In: David A. Bohan and Alex J. Dumbrell (Eds.) Advances in Ecological Research, Vol 60, Resilience in Complex Socio-ecological Systems, Academic Press, London, UK. DOI: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2019.02.003

    Larsen, A.E., Patton, M., Martin, E.A. High highs and low lows: elucidating striking seasonal variability in pesticide use and implications for the surrounding environment. 2019. Science of the Total Environment 651, 828–837. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.206


    Karp D.S., Chaplin-Kramer R., Meehan, T.D., Martin, E.A.#, DeClerck, F., Grab, H., Gratton, C., Hunt, L., Larsen, A., Martínez-Salinas, A., O’Rourke, M., Rusch, A., Poveda, K., Jonsson, M., Zhang, W., Rosenheim, J.A., Schellhorn, N., Tscharntke, T., Wratten, S., and 131 additional coauthors. 2018. Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 201800042. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1800042115

    Redlich, S.*, Martin, E.A., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2018. Landscape heterogeneity rather than crop diversity mediates bird diversity in agricultural landscapes. PLoS ONE 13, e0200438. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200438

    Redlich, S.*, Martin, E.A., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2018. Landscape-level crop diversity benefits biological pest control. Journal of Applied Ecology 55, 2419–2428. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13126

    Garratt, M., Bommarco, R., Van Gils, S., Martin, E., Redlich, S., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Switek, S., Kleijn, D., Mortimer, S., Van der Putten, W., Takacs, V., Potts, S. 2018. Enhancing soil organic matter as a route to the ecological intensification of European arable systems. Ecosystems 1–12. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-018-0228-2

    Mall, D.*, Larsen, A.E., Martin, E.A. 2018. Investigating the (mis)match between natural pest control knowledge and the intensity of pesticide use. Insects, 9, 2. DOI: 10.3390/insects9010002


    Gagic, V., Kleijn, D., Báldi, A., Boros, G., Elek, Z., Bracht Jørgensen, H., Garratt, M.P.D., de Groot, A., Hedlund, K., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Marini, L., Martin, E.A., Pevere, I., Potts S., Redlich, S., Senapathi, D., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Świtek, S., Takács, V., Tryjanowski, P., van der Putten, W. H., van Gils, S., Bommarco, R. 2017. Combined effects of agrochemicals and ecosystem services on crop yield across Europe. Ecology Letters 20, 1427–1436. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12850

    Lichtenberg, E.M., Kennedy, C. M., Kremen, C., Batáry, P., Berendse, F., Bommarco, R., Bosque-Pérez, N.A., Carvalheiro, L.G., Snyder, W.E., Williams, N.M., Winfree, R., Klatt, B.K., Åström, S., Benjamin, F., Brittain, C., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Clough, Y., Danforth, B., Diekötter, T., Eigenbrode, S.D., Ekroos, J., Elle, E., Freitas, B.M., Fukuda, Y., Gaines-Day, H.R., Grab, H., Gratton, C., Holzschuh, A., Isaacs, R., Isaia, M., Jha, S., Jonason, D., Jones, V.P., Klein, A.-M., Krauss, J., Letourneau, D.K., Macfadyen, S., Mallinger, R.E., Martin, E.A., Martinez, E., Memmott, J., Morandin, L., Neame, L., Otieno, M., Park, M.G., Pfiffner, L., Pocock, M.J.O., Ponce, C., Potts, S.G., Poveda, K., Ramos, M., Rosenheim, J.A., Rundlöf, M., Sardiñas, H., Saunders, M.E., Schon, N.L., Sciligo, A.R., Sidhu, C.S., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Tscharntke, T., Veselý, M., Weisser, W.W., Wilson, J.K., Crowder, D.W.. 2017. A global synthesis of the effects of diversified farming systems on arthropod diversity within fields and across agricultural landscapes. Global Change Biology 23, 4946–4957. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13714


    Tscharntke, T., Karp, D.S., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Batáry, P., DeClerck, F., Gratton, C., Hunt, L., Ives, A., Jonsson, M., Larsen, A., Martin, E.A., Martínez-Salinas, A., Meehan, T.D., O’Rourke, M., Poveda, K., Rosenheim, J.A., Rusch, A., Schellhorn, N., Wanger, T.C., Wratten, S., Zhang, W. 2016. When natural habitat fails to enhance biological pest control – Five hypotheses. Biological Conservation 204, 449–458. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.001

    Martin, E. A., Seo B., Park C.-R., Reineking B., Steffan-Dewenter I. 2016. Scale-dependent effects of landscape composition and configuration on natural enemy diversity, crop herbivory and yields. Ecological Applications 26, 448–462. DOI: 10.1890/15-0856


    Martin, E.A., Reineking, B., Seo, B., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2015. Pest control of aphids depends on landscape complexity and natural enemy interactions. PeerJ 3, e1095. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1095


    Seo B., Bogner C., Poppenborg P., Martin E., Jun M., Koellner T., Reineking B., Shope C.L., Tenhunen J. 2014.  Deriving a per-field land use and land cover map in an agricultural mosaic catchment. Journal of Earth System Science Data Discussions 6, 339–352. DOI: 10.5194/essd-6-339-2014

    Arnhold, S., Lindner, S., Lee, B., Martin, E., Kettering, J., Seo, B., Nguyen T.T., Koellner, T., Ok, Y.-S., Huwe, B. 2014. Conventional and organic farming: soil erosion and conservation potential for row crop cultivation. Geoderma 219, 89–105. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.12.023


    Kang, W., Hoffmeister, M., Martin, E.A., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Han, D., Lee, D. 2013. Effects of management and structural connectivity on the plant communities of organic field margins in South Korea. Ecological Research 28, 991–1002. DOI: 10.1007/s11284-013-1081-6

    Martin, E.A., Reineking, B., Seo, B., Steffan-Dewenter, I. 2013. Natural enemy interactions constrain pest control in complex agricultural landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 110, 5534–5539. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1215725110


    Martin, E.A., Viano, M., Ratsimisetra, L., Laloë, F., Carrière, S.M. 2012. Maintenance of bird functional diversity in a traditional agroecosystem of Madagascar. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 149, 1–9. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2011.12.005


    Martin, E.A., Ratsimisetra, L., Laloë, F., Carrière, S.M. 2009. Conservation value for birds of traditionally managed isolated trees in an agricultural landscape of Madagascar. Biodiversity and Conservation 18, 2719–2742. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-009-9671-x