Dr. Annika Schirmer

Annika Schirmer Portrait
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Annika Schirmer Portrait
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Research Interest

I am a behavioural ecologist focusing on the behaviour of small mammals. My interests particularly lie in the continuously growing research area of inter-individual differences, i.e. animal personality, and its connection to individual movement, space use and interactions between con- and heterospecific individuals. Thereby I am concentrating on observing individuals of wild populations and assessing the behavioural variation and individual movement under natural conditions. During my PhD I worked with two small omnivorous rodents which are common competitors and naturally occur sympatrically: the bank vole (Myodes glareolus) and the striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius), while now i am focusing on a whole community of co-occurring rodent species.

 

Academic Career

2020 - today      Post doctoral researcher & Technician, Animal Ecology, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

2019 - 2020         Post doctoral researcher, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

June 2019           Doctoral degree, Animal Ecology, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

                                Thesis: " Consistent individual differences in movement-related behaviour as equalising and/or stabilising mechanisms for species      

                                coexistence"

2015 – 2019        Doctoral studies, Animal Ecology, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

2012 – 2015        Master’s degree in Ecology, Evolution and Nature Conservation, University of Potsdam

2008 – 2011        Bachelor’s degree in Biology, University of Cologne

 

Projects

Inter-individual differences and coexistence

Publications

Schirmer A, Hoffmann J, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2020) My niche: individual spatial niche specialization affects within- and between-species interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287:20192211 . https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2211

Hoffmann J,Schirmer A, Eccard JA (2019) Light pollution affects space use and interaction of two small mammal species irrespective of personality. BMC Ecology 19:26 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12898-019-0241-0

Schirmer A, Herde A, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2019) Individuals in space: Personality-dependent space use, movement and microhabitat use facilitate individual spatial niche spezialisation. Oecologia, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-019-04365-5

Eccard J, Reil D, Folkertsma R, Schirmer A (2018) The scent of infanticide risk? Behavioural allocation to current and future reproduction in response to mating opportunity and familiarity with intruder. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72:175 DOI: 0.1007/s00265-018-2585-4

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