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Dr. Cara Gallagher

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Dr. Cara Gallagher


Campus Neues Palais
University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Am Mühlenberg 3, building 60, room 3.16
14476 Potsdam


  • 2020: PhD in Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2016: MSc in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, San Francisco State University, USA
  • 2013: BSc in Biological Sciences, California State University East Bay, USA

Current employment

Since 01/2021: BioMove synthesis PostDoc in the research group Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation

Research interests

  • Energy budget modelling
  • Agent-based models
  • Energetic costs of disturbance
  • Animal movement ecology


McHuron EA, Adamczak S, Arnould JPY, Ashe E, Booth C, Bowen WD, Christiansen F, Chudzinska M, Costa DP, Fahlman A, Farmer NA, Fortune SME, Gallagher CA, Keen KA, Madsen PT, McMahon CR, Nabe-Nielsen J, Noren DP, Noren SR, Pirotta E, Rosen DAS, Speakman CN, Villegas-Amtmann S, Williams R (2022) Key questions in marine mammal bioenergetics. Conserv Physiol 10(1): coac055; doi:10.1093/conphys/coac055.

Roeleke M, Schlägel UE, Gallagher C, Pufelski J, Blohm T, Nathan R, Toledo S, Jeltsch F, Voigt CC (2022). Insectivorous bats form mobile sensory networks to optimize prey localization: The case of the common noctule bat. PNAS 119: 33. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2203663119

Gallagher, C.A., Chudzinska, M., Larsen‐Gray, A., Pollock, C.J., Sells, S.N., White, P.J. and Berger, U., 2021. From theory to practice in pattern‐oriented modelling: identifying and using empirical patterns in predictive models. Biological Reviews.

Gallagher, C.A., Grimm, V., Kyhn, L.A., Kinze, C.C. and Nabe-Nielsen, J., 2021. Movement and seasonal energetics mediate vulnerability to disturbance in marine mammal populations. The American Naturalist, 197(3), pp.296-311.

Ayllón, D., Railsback, S.F., Gallagher, C., Augusiak, J., Baveco, H., Berger, U., Charles, S., Martin, R., Focks, A., Galic, N. and Liu, C., 2021. Keeping modelling notebooks with TRACE: Good for you and good for environmental research and management support. Environmental Modelling & Software, 136, p.104932.

Grimm, V., Railsback, S.F., Vincenot, C.E., Berger, U., Gallagher, C., DeAngelis, D.L., Edmonds, B., Ge, J., Giske, J., Groeneveld, J. and Johnston, A.S., 2020. The ODD protocol for describing agent-based and other simulation models: A second update to improve clarity, replication, and structural realism. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 23(2).

Gallagher, C.A., Stern, S.J., and E. Hines. 2018. The metabolic cost of swimming and reproduction in harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) as predicted by a bioenergetic model. Marine Mammal Science, 34(4), pp.875-900.