Dr. Annika Schirmer

Annika Schirmer Portrait
Photo: Annika Schirmer
Annika Schirmer Portrait
Photo: Annika Schirmer
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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

Since 12/2020                Technician,  Animal Ecology, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

02/2020 - 11/2020         Post doctoral researcher & Technician, Animal Ecology, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

08/2019 - 02/2020         Post doctoral researcher, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

06/2019                             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

Dammhahn M, Mazza V, Schirmer A, Göttsche C, Eccard JA (2020) Of city and village mice: behavioural adjustments of striped field mice to urban environments. Scientific Reports 10:13056 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69998-6

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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