Dr. Michael Bengfort

Michael Bengfort

Ecosystem Modelling
Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1538
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  • nonlinear dynamical systems
  • stochastic and deterministic theory of complex spatio-temporal pattern formation in systems with interactions, diffusion, advection and noise
  • modeling evolutionary processes and adaptation in planktonic ecosystems
  • modelling the impact of ocean acidification on plankton communities


04/2012 - 04/2016 PhD student, Institute of Environmental System Research, Osnabrück University, Title of PhD-thesis: The influence of spatially heterogeneous mixing on the spatiotemporal dynamics of planktonic systems

10/2006 – 02/2012 Diploma-program in Physics, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Title of diploma-thesis: Dynamik des Bouncing-Ball-Modells unter Berücksichtigung einer endlichen Kontaktzeit (in German).


03/2017 Introduction to Ecosystem Modelling (Tutorial)

04/2012-01/2017 Equation-based modelling I and II (Tutorial and organization)

04/2015-01/2017 Introduction to system science (Tutorial)


Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft

Society for Mathematical Biology

European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology


Bengfort, M., van Velzen, E., Gaedke, U. (2017) Slight phenotypic variation in predators and prey causes complex predator-prey oscillations. Ecological Complexity 31, 115-124 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2017.06.003

Bengfort, M., Siekmann, I., Malchow, H. (2016). Invasive competition with Fokker-Planck diffusion and noise. arXiv:1611.10091v1 [q-bio.PE]. https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.10091

Siekmann, I., Bengfort, M., Malchow, H. (2017). Coexistence of competitors mediated by nonlinear noise. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top., 226:2157. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjst/e2017-70038-6

Bengfort, M., Feudel, U., Hilker, F.M., Malchow, H. (2014) Plankton blooms and patchiness generated by heterogeneous physical environments. Ecological Complexity 20, 185-194, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2014.10.003

Bengfort, M., Malchow, H. (2016) Vertical mixing and hysteresis in the competition of buoyant and non-buoyant plankton prey species in a shallow lake. Ecological Modelling 323, 51-60 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.12.009

Bengfort, M., Hilker, F.M., Malchow, H. (2016) The Fokker–Planck law of diffusion and pattern formation in heterogeneous environments. Journal of Mathematical Biology 73, 683-704, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00285-016-0966-8