Dr. Roman Bucher

Wissenschaftler (Ökosystemanalyse)
Sprechstunde: Nach Vereinbarung
Projekt: Non-consumptive effects
+49 (0)6341 280-31551
Gebäude I, Raum 2.01
Research interests
  • Trophic interactions
  • Non-Consumptive Effects
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Invasive species
  • Landscape ecology
  • Arachnology and Entomology

Academic degrees
2014    Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
2011    M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland
2009    B.Sc. in Biology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Peer-reviewed publications
Bucher R, Menzel R & Entling MH (in press) Risk of spider predation alters food web structure and reduces local herbivory in the field. Oecologia DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3226-5 [Access]
Bucher R, Heinrich H & Entling MH (accepted) Plant choice, herbivory and weight gain of wood crickets under the risk of predation. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.
Bucher R, Binz H, Menzel F & Entling MH (2014) Spider cues stimulate feeding, weight gain and survival of crickets. Ecological Entomology 39: 667-673. [Access]
Bucher R, Binz H, Menzel F & Entling MH (2014) Effects of spider chemotactile cues on arthropod behavior. Journal of Insect Behavior 27: 567-580. [Access]
Mestre L, Bucher R & Entling MH (2014) Trait-mediated effects between predators: ant chemical cues induce spider dispersal. Journal of Zoology 293: 119-125 [Free access] [Journal podcast]
Binz H, Bucher R, Entling MH & Menzel F (2014) Knowing the risk: crickets distinguish between spider predators of different size and commonness. Ethology 120: 99-110. [Access]
Bucher R & Entling MH (2011) Contrasting effects of habitat fragmentation, population density, and prey availability on body condition of two orb-weaving spiders. Ecological Entomology 36: 680-685. [Access]
Bucher R, Herrmann JD, Schüepp C, Herzog F & Entling MH (2010) Arthropod colonisation of trees in fragmented landscapes depends on species traits. Open Ecology Journal 3: 111-117. [Free access]

Talks at international conferences


"Trait-mediated indirect effects of spiders on plants"

  • 28th European Congress of Arachnology, Torino, Italy
  • 44th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of D, A and CH, Hildesheim, Germany


"Effects of habitat isolation and habitat amount on wolf spiders in agricultural landscapes"

  • 1st Open Landscapes Conference, Hildesheim, Germany


"Fitness consequences of antipredator behaviour in crickets driven by spider cues"

  • 19th International Congress of Arachnology, Kenting National Park, Taiwan
  • 9th Ecology & Behaviour Meeting, Strasbourg, France


"Are insects afraid of spiders? Occurrence and importance of antipredator behavior"

  • 27th European Congress of Arachnology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 42nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of D, A and CH, Lüneburg, Germany


"Body condition of spiders in fragmented landscapes: food limitation vs. competition"
  • 26th European Congress of Arachnology, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel

Student awards

Everlight Award for outstanding presentations in the field of Behaviour & Ecology, third prize, 19th International Congress of Arachnology, Kenting National Park, Taiwan, 6/2013

Bio-logging Award for the best presentation in the foraging strategies and movement ecology session, 9th Ecology & Behaviour Meeting, Strasbourg, France, 4/2013

Media coverage

Badische Neuste Nachrichten
Ameisenalarm - Spinnen schnell verduftet.
By Kai Althoetmar, 01/2015

DRadio Wissen
Stressfresser - Mampfen statt fliehen.
By Sophie Stigler, 12/2014

Science Magazine
Crickets fatten up to avoid being eaten by spiders.
By James Urton, 12/2014

NZZ am Sonntag
Ameisen schicken Spinnen ins Exil.
By Kai Althoetmar, 12/2014