Animal Ecology & Human Biology Group

Welcome to the Animal Ecology Group

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Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Jana Eccard, our group investigates topics broadly grouped around the "Landscape of Fear". We use different ecological, life-history and behavioural tools to better understand the evolutionary adaptation of animals to their environment. Hereby, we also focus on human altered landscape and the impact of urbanisation on animal ecology.
Our model organisms include free-ranging rodents such as bank vole (Myodes glareolus), common vole (Microtus arvalis), or field vole, as well as other small mammals such as bats.

Our working group is supplemented by the human ecology group, led by Dr. Christiane Scheffler, which investigates phenotypic adaptations of humans to changing environmental and social conditions based on anthropometric data. 

The biological station Gülpe (Contact person: Dr. Katja Geißler) belongs to the working group as well.

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We like to guide your attention to the blog of the Applied Ecologist Journal where Pro. Dr. Jana Eccards publication  "Rolling composite wildflower blocks as an alternative to wildflower strips to improve farmland biodiversity" was chosen as the Editor's choice paper this month.

We congratulate Magdalena Wlodarz to winning the Eberhard-Gwinner-Price for the best Science Slam at the 2nd virtual conference of the Ethological Society

The journal "Human Biology and Public Health" has published its second edition - Human Biology and Public Health Vol. 2

Congratulations to Melanie Dammhahn for taking over as the new department head at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna!

We congratulate the newly founded journal "Human Biology and Public Health" to the publication of its first issue!

We like to bring the ARD podcast on the topic of "Lightpollution" to your attention. PD Dr. Franz Hölker (IGB) and our head of the group Prof. Dr. Jana Eccard contributed their expertise on the topic to the podcast. The podcast is in german.

We congratulate Dr. Rebekka Mumm to winning the Michelson-Prize for the best PhD thesis in the last year at the Faculty of Science!


Summer school "Human Growth - Data Analysis and Statistics", 17.7.- 23.7.2022, led by PD Dr. Christiane Scheffler

11.09.2020  Interdisziplinary meeting on wetland research at the ecological station Gülpe. We welcomed new Co-workers, new parties involved and presented new initiatives, as well as establish a  research advisory board to promote research activities and to facilitate the scientific exchange.

 Previous interdisziplinary meeting on wetland research 2019 at the ecological station Gülpe (in German)