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Lightpollution and behaviour

LED Gardenlights
Photo: Julia Hoffmann

Nocturnal animals are disturbed by artificial light at night (ALAN). We investigate the effects of light on the behaviour of nocturnal insects and small mammals.

LED Gardenlights
Photo: Julia Hoffmann

Project members

Vera Kaunath

Prof. DrJana Eccard

Julia Hoffmann


Kaunath V and Eccard JA (2022) Light attraction in carabid beetles: Comparison among animals from the inner city and a Dark Sky Reserve. Front. Ecol. Evol.10:751288.

Hoffmann J, Hölker F and Eccard JA (2022) Welcome to the Dark Side: Partial Nighttime Illumination Affects Night-and Daytime Foraging Behavior of a Small Mammal. Front. Ecol. Evol.9:779825.

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,

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

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.