Dr. Sonja Pfister

Former Staff (Ecosystem Analysis)
Project:Quantification of ecological services for sustainable agriculture


  • Ecosystem Services
  • Agroecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Pollination
  • Biological Control


Curriculum vitae

Since February 2018 employee in the Institute for Agroecology and Biodiversity (IFAB), Mannheim.

2013 – 2017 PhD in the European Project „Quantification of Ecological Services for Sustainable Agriculture“, University of Koblenz-Landau

Thesis: Potential of SemiNatural Habitats to support pest control and pollination – including a case study on pumpkin.

2007 – 2013 Diploma in Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau



[11] Mestre, Laia; Schirmel, J.; Hetz, J.; Kolb, S.;  Pfister, Sonja C.; Amato, M.; Sutter, L.; Jeanneret, P.; Albrecht, M.; Entling, M.H. (2018). Both woody and herbaceous semi-natural habitats are essential for spider overwintering in European farmland. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 267, 141-146.

[10] Pfister, Sonja C.; Eckerter, P.W.; Krebs, J.; Cresswell, J.E; Schirmel, J.; Entling, M.H. (2018). Dominance of cropland reduces the pollen deposition from bumble bees. Scientific Reports 8, 13873. 

[9] Fusser, Moritz S.; Holland, J.M.; Jeanneret, P.; Pfister, Sonja C.; Entling, M.H.; Schirmel, J. (2018). Interactive effects of local and landscape factors on farmland carabids. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 20, https://doi.org/10.1111/afe.12288

[8] Rega, Carlo; Bartual, A. M.; Bocci, G.; Sutter, L.; Albrecht, M.; Moonen A.-M.; Jeanneret, P.; van der Werf, W.; Pfister, S. C.; Holland, J. M.; Paracchini, M. L. (2018). A pan-European model of landscape potential to support natural pest control services. Ecological Indicators 90, 653-664. 

[7] Schirmel, Jens; Albrecht, M.; Bauer, P.-M.; Sutter, L.; Pfister, S. C.; Entling, M.H. (2018). Landscape complexity promotes hoverflies across different types of semi‐natural habitats in farmland. Journal of Applied Ecology.  https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1365-2664.13095

[6] Pfister, Sonja C.; Schirmel, J.; Entling, M.H. (2017). Aphids and their enemies in pumpkin respond differently to management, local and landscape features. Biological Control 115, 37–45.

[5] Fusser, Moritz S.; Pfister, Sonja C.; Entling, M.H.; Schirmel, J. (2017) Effects of field margin type and landscape composition on predatory carabids and slugs in wheat fields. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 247, 182–188.

[4] Pfister, Sonja C.; Eckerter, Philipp W.; Schirmel, J.; Cresswell, James E.; Entling, M.H. (2017) Sensitivity of commercial pumpkin yield to potentional decline among different groups of pollinating bees. R Soc Open Sci. 4,  170102.

[3] Pfister, Sonja C.; Sutter, L.; Albrecht; M., Marini, S.; Schirmel, J.; Entling, M.H. (2017) Positive effects of local and landscape features on predatory flies in European agricultural landscapes. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 239, 283-292.

[2] Fusser, Moritz S.; Pfister, Sonja C.; Entling, M.H.; Schirmel, J. (2016) Effects of landscape composition on carabids and slugs in herbaceous and woody field margins. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 226, 79-87.

[1] Pfister, Sonja C.; Schäfer, Ralf B.; Schirmel, J.; Entling, M.H. (2015) Effects of hedgerows and riparian margins on aerial web-building spiders in cereal fields. J. Arachnology 43, 400-405.