Animal Ecology


Eccard JA, Liesenjohann T, Dammhahn M (2020) Among-individual differences in foraging modulate resource exploitation under perceived predation risk. Oecologia194:621–634 .

Mazza V, Dammhahn M, Lösche E, Eccard JA (2020) Small mammals in the big city: Behavioural adjustments of non‐commensal rodents to urban environments. Global Change Biology 26(11):6326-37. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15304

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 2020 10(1):1-12.

Binder  F, Ryll  R, Drewes  S, Jagdmann S, Reil D, Hiltbrunner M, Rosenfeld U M, Imholt C, Jacob J, Heckel G, Ulrich R G  (2020) Spatial and temporal evolutionary patterns in Puumala orthohantavirus (PUUV) S segment. Pathogens 9(7): 548.

Schirmer A, Hoffmann J, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2020) My niche: individual spatial niche specialization affects within- and between-species interactions. Proc. R. Soc. B 287: 20192211.


Mazza V, Dammhahn M, Eccard JA, Palme R, Zaccaroni M, Jacob J (2019) Coping with style: individual differences in responses to environmental variation. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 73:142 .

SchneebergerK, Taborsky M (2019) The role of sensory ecology and cognition in social decision: costs of acquiring information matter.  Function Ecology, editorial of special issue “The role of sensory ecology and cognition in social decision”.

Schlägel U, Signer J, Herde A, Eden S, Jeltsch F, Eccard JA, Dammhahn M (2019) Estimating interactions between individuals from concurrent animal movements. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Schlägel U, Grimm V, Blaum N, Colangeli P, Dammhahn M, Eccard JA, Hausmann S, Herde A, Hofer H, Joshi J, Kramer-Schadt S, Litwin M, Lozada-Gobilard S, Müller M, Müller T, Nathan R, Petermann J, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Radchuk V, Jeltsch F(2019). Movement-mediated community assembly and coexistence. 10.32942/

Breedveld MC, Folkertsma R, Eccard JA (2019) Rodent mothers increase vigilance behaviour when facing infanticide risk. Scientific Reports 9: 12054. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-48459-9

Mazza V, Jacob J, Dammhahn M, Zaccaroni M, Eccard JA (2019) Individual variation in cognitive style reflects foraging and anti-predator strategies in a small mamma. Scientific Reports 9: 10157

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,

Kowalski GJ, Grimm V, Herde A, Guenther A, Eccard JA (2019) Does animal personality affect movement in habitat corridors? Experiments with common voles (Microtus arvalis) using different corridor widths.  Animals  9(6), 291,

Schneeberger K (2019) Die geheimen Wanderungen der Fledermäuse. Fauna Focus 49. PDF

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,


Eccard J, Scheffler I, Franke S, Hoffmann J (2018) Off-grid: solar powered LED illumination impacts epigeal arthropods. Insect Conservation and Diversity

Lehmann A, Eccard JA, Scheffler C, Kurvers RHJM, Dammhahn M (2018) Under pressure: human adolescents express a pace-of-life syndrome. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72(3) DOI: 10.1007/s00265-018-2465-y

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 72:175DOI: 0.1007/s00265-018-2585-4

Montiglio PO, Dammhahn M, Messier GD, Réale D (2018) The pace-of-life syndrome revisited: the role of ecological conditions and natural history on the slow-fast continuum. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72:116 DOI: 10.1007/s00265-018-2526-2

Dammhahn M, Dingemanse NJ, Niemelä P, Réale D (2018) Pace-of-life syndromes: a framework for the adaptive integration of behaviour, physiology and life history. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72:62 DOI: 10.1007/s00265-018-2473-y

Helmy YA, Spierling NG, Schmidt S, Rosenfeld UM, Reil D, Imholt C, Jacob J, Ulrich RG, Aebischer T, Klotz C (2018) Occurrence and distribution of Giardia species in wild rodents in Germany. Parasites & Vectors 11:213. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-018-2802-z

Fischer S, Spierling NG, Heuser E, Kling C, Schmidt S, Rosenfeld UM, Reil D, Imholt C, Jacob J, Ulrich RG, Essbauer S (2018) High prevalence of Rickettsia helvetica in wild small mammal populations in Germany. Ticks and Tick-born Diseases 9(3): 500-505. DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.01.009

Reil D, Binder F, Freise J, Imholt C, Beyrer K, Jacob J, Krüger DH, Hofmann J, Dreesman J, Ulrich RG (2018) Hantaviren in Deutschland: Aktuelle Erkenntnisse zu Erreger, Reservoir, Verbreitung und Prognosemodellen. Berliner und Münchener Tierärztliche Wochenschrift.
DOI: 10.2376/0005-9366-18003

Hoffmann J, Palme R, Eccard JA (2018) Long-term dim light during nighttime changes activity patterns and space use in experimental small mammal populations. Environmental Pollution 238, 844–851.

Mazza V, Eccard JA, Zaccaroni M, Jacob J, Dammhahn M (2018) The fast and the flexible: cognitive style drives individual variation in cognition in a small mammal. Animal Behaviour


Fischer S, Mayer-Scholl A, Imholt C, Spierling NG, Heuser E, Schmidt S, Reil D, Rosenfeld UM, Jacob J, Nöckler K, Ulrich RG (2017) Leptospira genomospecies and sequence type prevalence in small mammal populations in Germany. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases Doi: 10.1089/vbz.2017.2140.

Dammhahn M, Randriamoria TM, Goodman SM (2017) Broad and flexible stable isotope niches in invasive non-native Rattus spp. in anthropogenic and natural habitats of central eastern Madagascar. BMC Ecology 17:16.

Eccard JA, Dammhahn M, & Ylönen H (2017) The Bruce effect revisited: is pregnancy termination in female rodents an adaptation to ensure breeding success in pairs in low density phases? Oecologia 185: 81-94.

Scheffler C & Dammhahn M (in press) Feminization of the fat distribution pattern of children and adolescents in a recent German population. American Journal of Human Biology, published online May 10th 2017.

Dammhahn M, Randriamoria TM & Goodman SM (2017) Niche differentiation using stable isotopes between invasive non-native Rattus spp. in anthropogenic and natural habitats of central eastern Madagascar. BMC Ecology 17:16.

Dammhahn M, Landry-Cuerrier M, Réale D, Garant D & Humphries MM (2017) Individual variation in energy-saving heterothermy affects survival and reproductive success. Functional Ecology 31: 866-875. doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12797

Reil D, Rosenfeld UM, Imholt C, Schmidt S, Ulrich RG, Eccard JA, Jacob J (2017) Puumala hantavirus infections in bank vole populations - host and virus dynamics in Central Europe. BMC Ecology 17(9).

Reil D, Imholt C, Rosenfeld UM, Drewes S, Fischer S, Heuser E, Petraityte-Burneikiene R, Ulrich RG, Jacob J (2017) Validation of the Puumala virus rapid field test for bank voles in Germany. Epidemiology and Infection 145(3): 434-439.

Mrochen DM, Schulz D, Fischer F, Jeske K, Gohary HE, Reil D, Imholt C, Trübe P, Suchomel J, Tricaud E, Jacob J, Heroldová M, Bröker BM, Strommenger B, Walther B, Ulrich RG, Holtfreter S (2017) Wild rodents and shrews are natural hosts of Staphylococcus aureus. International Journal of Medical Microbiology, Doi: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2017.09.014.

Breedveld MC, San-Jose LM, Romero-Diaz C, Roldan ERS, Fitze PS (2017) Mate availability affects the trade-off between producing one or multiple annual clutches. Anim Behav 123:43-51. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.10.025

Romero-Diaz C, Breedveld MC, Fitze PS (2017) Climate Effects on Growth, Body Condition, and Survival Depend on the Genetic Characteristics of the Population. The American Naturalist 190:000-000. doi: 10.1086/693780.

Kaatz C, Wallschläger D, Dziewiaty K, Eggers U, 2017 (Hrsg.) Der Weißstorch. NBB 682. VerlagsKG Wolf. Magdeburg: 99–147. ISBN: 978-3-89432-273-1

Heim O, Lorenz L, Kramer-Schadt S, Jung K, Voigt C, Eccard JA (2017) Landscape and scale dependent spatial niches of bats foraging above intensively used arable fields. Ecological Processes (accepted May 2017)

Eccard JA, DammhahnM, Ylönen H (2017) The Bruce effect revisited: is pregnancy termination in female rodents an adaptation to ensure breeding success after male turnover in low densities? Oecologia (accepted May 2017)

Sander MM, Eccard JA, Heim W (2017) Flight range estimation of migrant Yellow-browed Warblers Phylloscopus inornatus on the East Asian Flyway. Bird Study 64(4):1-4. DOI:10.1080/00063657.2017.1409696


Baylis AMM, Kowalski GJ, Voigt CC, Orben AR, Trillmich F, Staniland IJ, Hoffman JI (2016) Pup vibrissae stable isotopes reveal geographic differences in adult female southern sea lion habitat use during gestation. PlosONE 2016:15

Hoffman JI, Kowalski GJ, Klimova A, Eberhart-Phillips LJ, Staniland IJ, Baylis AM (2016) Population structure and historical demography of South American sea lions provide insights into the catastrophic decline of a marine mammal population. Royal Society open Science 27 July 2016. 3(7);160291 DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160291

Dammhahn M, Landry-Cuerrier M, Réale D, Garant D, Humphries MM (2016) Individual variation in energy-saving heterothermy affects survival and reproductive success. Funct Ecol. Accepted Author Manuscript. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12797

Schuster AC, Herde A, Mazzoni CJ, Eccard JA, Sommer S (2016) Evidence for selection maintaining MHC diversity in a rodent species despite strong density fluctuations. Immunogenetics, DOI: 10.1007/s00251-016-0916-z:1-9

Schneider A-K, van Schaik L, Zangerlé A, Eccard JA, Schröder B (2016) Which abiotic filters shape earthworm distribution patterns at the catchment scale? European Journal of Soil Science. DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12346


Hönicke C, Bliss P, Moritz RF (2015) Effect of density on traffic and velocity on trunk trails of Formica pratensis. Naturwissenschaften Apr. 102(3-4):17.

Liesenjohann T, Liesenjohann M, Trebaticka L, Sundell J, Haapakoski M, Ylönen H, Eccard JA (2015) State-dependent foraging: lactating voles adjust their foraging behavior according to the presence of a potential nest predator and season. Behav Ecol Sociobiol. 69(5): 747–754. Published online 2015 Apr 1. doi:10.1007/s00265-015-1889-x, PMCID: PMC4405346

Eccard JA, Meißner JK, Heurich M (2015) European Roe Deer Increase Vigilance When Faced with Immediate Predation Risk by Eurasian Lynx. Ethology 121:1-11. DOI:10.1111/eth.12420

Wilske B, Eccard JA, Zistl-Schlingmann M, Hohmann M, Methler A, et al. (2015) Effects of Short Term Bioturbation by Common Voles on Biogeochemical Soil Variables. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126011. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126011

Reil D, Imholt C, Drewes S, Ulrich RG, Eccard JA, Jacob J (2015) Environmental conditions in favour of a hantavirus outbreak in 2015 in Germany? Zoonoses and Public Health. DOI: 10.1111/zph.12217

Reil D, Imholt C, Eccard JA, Jacob J (2015) Beech fructification and bank vole population dynamics - combined analyses of promoters of human Puumala virus infections in Germany. Plos ONE, D-14-56977R2

Vuarin P, Dammhahn M, Kappeler PM, Henry PY (2015) When to initiate torpor use? Food availability times the transition to winter phenotype in a tropical heterotherm.Oecologia, published online 07.05.2015, DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3328-0.

Pechouskova E, Dammhahn M, Brameier M, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM, Huchard E (2015) MHC class II variation in a rare and ecological specialist mouse lemur reveals lower allelic richness and contrasting selection patterns compared to a generalist and widespread sympatric congener. Immunogenetics, published online DOI: 10.1007/s00251-015-0827-4.

Dammhahn M, Rakotondramanana CF, Goodman SM (2015) Coexistence of morphologically similar bats (Family Vespertilionidae) on Madagascar: stable isotopes reveal fine-grained niche differentiation among cryptic species. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 31:153-164.

Hämäläinen A, Dammhahn M, Aujard F, Kraus C (2015) Losing grip: Senescent decline in physical strength in a small-bodied primate in captivity and in the wild. Experimental Gerontology, 61: 54-61.


Eccard JA, Liesenjohann T (2014) The Importance of Predation Risk and Missed Opportunity Costs for Context-Dependent Foraging Patterns. PLoS ONE 9(5): e94107. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094107

Hämäläinen A, Dammhahn M, Eberle M, Schliehe-Diecks S, Perret M, Aujard F, Hardy I, Kappeler PM, Kraus C (2014) Senescence or selective disappearance? Age trajectories of body mass in wild and captive populations of a small-bodied primate. Proc R Soc B.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0830, published online.

Dammhahn M, Goodman SM (2014) Trophic niche differentiation and microhabitat utilization revealed by stable isotope analyses in a Malagasy dry forest bat community. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 30: 9-109.

Dammhahn M, Kappeler PM (2014) Stable isotope analyses reveal dense trophic species packing and clear niche differentiation in a Malagasy primate community. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153: 249–259.

Dammhahn M, Markolf M, Lührs M-L, Thalmann U, Kappeler PM (2014) Lemurs of the Fôret de Beanka, Maintirano, western Madagascar. Malagasy Nature, 7: 259-270 (invited contribution).

Dittmann M, Dammhahn M, Kappeler PM (2014) The impact of selective logging on behavior and ecology of Aphaenogaster swammerdami (Formicidae): 20 years later – a happy ant? Malagasy Nature, 8: 35-48.

Klemme I, Bäumer J, Eccard JA and Ylönen H (2014), Polyandrous females produce sons that are successful at post-copulatory competition. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27: 457–465. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12334

Zehe E, Ehret U, Pfister L, Blume T, Schröder B, Westhoff M, Jackisch C, Schymanski S J, Weiler M, Schulz K, Allroggen N, Tronicke J, van Schaik L, Dietrich P, Scherer U, Eccard J, Wulfmeyer V and Kleidon A (2014) HESS Opinions: From response units to functional units: a thermodynamic reinterpretation of the HRU concept to link spatial organization and functioning of intermediate scale catchments Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18:4635-4655 doi:10.5194/hess-18-4635-2014

Imholt C, Reil D, Eccard J A, Jacob D, Hempelmann N, Jacob J (2014) Quantifying the past and future impact of climate on outbreak patterns of bank voles (Myodes glareolus) Pest Management Science:n/a-n/a doi:10.1002/ps.3838


Herde A, Eccard J A (2013) Consistency in boldness, activity and exploration at different stages of life. BMC Ecology 13:49 doi:10.1186/1472-6785-13-49

Eccard J A, Herde A (2013) Seasonal variation in the behaviour of a short-lived rodent. BMC Ecology 13:43 doi:10.1186/1472-6785-13-43

Liesenjohann M, Liesenjohann T, Palme R, Eccard J A (2013) Differential behavioural and endocrine responses of common voles (Microtus arvalis) to nest predators and resource competitors. BMC Ecology 13:33.

Jeltsch F, Bonte D, Pe'er G, Reineking B, Leimgruber P, Balkenhol N, Schröder B, Buchmann C M, Mueller T, Blaum N, Zurell D, Böhning-Gaese K, Wiegand T, Eccard J A, Hofer H, Reeg J, Eggers U (2013) Integrating movement ecology with biodiversity research-exploring new avenues to address spatiotemporal biodiversity dynamics. Movement Ecology, 1, 1-6 doi:10.1186/2051-3933-1-6

Eccard J A, Klemme I (2013) Reducing mortality of shrews in rodent live trapping - a method increasing live-trap selectivity with shrew exits. Annales Zoologi Fennici, 50, 371-376.


Klemme I, Kataja-aho S, Eccard JA, Ylonen H (2012) Variable mode of estrus affects female decision for multiple mating. Behavioral Ecology 23(2):361-367 doi: 10.1093/beheco/arr193

Gracceva G, Herde A, Groothuis TGG, Koolhaas JM, Eccard JA (2012). Turning shy on winter’s day: effects of season on personality and stress response in Microtus arvalis. Ethology120: 1-15 doi:10.1111/eth.12246


Eccard JA & Rödel HG (2011). Optimizing temperament through litter size in short‐lived, iteroparous mammals in seasonal environments. Developmental psychobiology, 53(6), 585-591.

Liesenjohann M, Liesenjohann T, Trebaticka L, Haapakoski M, Sundell J, Ylonen H, Eccard JA (2011) From interference to predation: type and effect of direct interspecific interactions of small mammals. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 65:2079-2089 doi: 10.1007/s00265-011-1217-z


Haupt M, Eccard JA, Winter Y (2010) Does spatial learning ability of common voles (Microtus arvalis) and bank voles (Myodes glareolus) constrain foraging efficiency? Animal cognition 13:783–791


Eccard, JA, Wolf, JBW (2009) Effects of brood size on multiple paternity rates: a case for paternity share as an offspring-based estimate, and its confidence intervals. Animal Behaviour 78: 563-571.


Liesenjohann T, Eccard J (2008) Foraging under uniform risk from different types of predators. BMC Ecology 8:19 .

Eccard JA, Liesenjohann T (2008) Foraging Decisions in Risk-Uniform Landscapes. PLOS ONE 3:e3438 .