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Hans Henrik Bruun

Hans Henrik Bruun

Associate Professor

Researches and teaches ecology and biodiversity, with special focus on community assembly, with a preference for plants and their associated biota of insects and fungi, and on evidence-based nature conservation.

Primary fields of research

Community assembly and species richness

  • environmental control (productivity, disturbance) vs. neutral effects

  • species pools and the niche

  • diversity-invasibility relationships

  • diversity-productivity relationships

  • community phylogenetics

  • Vegetation ecology of temperate, alpine and arctic plant communities


Population ecology

  • Regional (source-sink dynamics, metapopulations, remnant populations, range margins)

  • Local (vegetative and sexual recruitment, longevity)

  • Reproductive biology

  • Seed dispersal, especially by mammal endozoochory


Evolutionary ecology

  • allometry of seed size and seed number per individual

  • habitat specialization

  • niche conservatism


Landscape ecology

  • Influence of land-use history on species richness, distribution and genetic diversity of populations


Conservation / restoration

  • Conservation and restoration of temperate vegetation, especially grasslands

  • Invasive plant species (mainly Rosa rugosa)

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Ecospace: a unified framework for understanding variation in terrestrial biodiversity

    Brunbjerg, A. K., Bruun, H. H., Moeslund, J. E., Sadler, J. P., Svenning, J-C. & Ejrnæs, R. Feb 2017 In : Basic and Applied Ecology. 18, p. 86-94 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    Decade-long time delays in nutrient and plant species dynamics during eutrophication and re-oligotrophication of Lake Fure 1900–2015

    Sand-Jensen, K., Bruun, H. H. & Båstrup-Spohr, L. May 2017 In : Journal of Ecology. 105, 3, p. 690-700 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Effects of preference heterogeneity among landowners on spatial conservation prioritization

    Nielsen, A. S. E., Strange, N., Bruun, H. H. & Jacobsen, J. B. Jun 2017 In : Conservation Biology. 31, 3, p. 675–685 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Published

    Algorithm for post-clustering curation of DNA amplicon data yields reliable biodiversity estimates

    Frøslev, T. G., Kjøller, R., Bruun, H. H., Ejrnæs, R., Brunbjerg, A. K., Pietroni, C. & Hansen, A. J. 30 Oct 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 1, 11 p., 1188

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  5. Published

    Recovery of lake vegetation following reduced eutrophication and acidification

    Båstrup-Spohr, L., Sand-Jensen, K., Olesen, S. C. H. & Bruun, H. H. Nov 2017 In : Freshwater Biology. 62, 11, p. 1847-1857 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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