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Gabriele Kowalski

Research Interest

With increasing habitat fragmentation corridors are gaining a higher value for biodiversity conservation and connectivity maintenance of habitat patches. From the bigger picture of movement and biodiversity biology, I will investigate animal defined corridors. In this approach the use of hedges and other structures as possible corridors will be studied to determine the characteris

tics of animal defined corridors. Depending on the size and the mobility of a species those corridors will differ; therefore I will observe the movement behaviour on different scales. This project is part of the DFG research group "BioMove" www.biomove.org. Furthermore, I am interested in animal behaviour and ecology of different mammals in the context of conservation biology.

Academic Training

2015- present

PhD Student, Animal Ecology, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam

2012 - 2015

University of Bielefeld, Master of Science in Biology in "Behaviour: From Neural Mechanisms to Evolution"

2009 - 2012

Philipps-University of Marburg, Bachelor of Science in Biology


Hoffman J.I., Kowalski G.J., Klimova A., Eberhart-Phillips L.J., Staniland I.J., Baylis A.M.M. (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, 3(7). Doi: 10.1098/rsos.160291

Baylis A.M.M, Kowalski G.J., Voigt C.C., Orben R.A., Trillmich F., Staniland I.J., Hoffman J.I. (2016) Pup Vibrissae Stable Isotopes Reveal Goegraphic Differences in Adult Female Southern Sea Lion Habitat Use during Gestation. Plos One, 11(6). Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157394

Von Engelhardt, N., Kowalski, G.J., Guenther, A. (2015). The maternal social environment shapes offspring growth, physiology and behavioural phenotype in guinea pigs. Frontiers in Zoology 08/2015; 12(Suppl 1):S13

Guenther, A., Kowalski, G., & von Engelhardt, N. (2014). Prenatal social conditions shape offspring adult phenotype and reproductive success. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(10), 1661-1667

Moscatelli A, Scheller M, Kowalski G. J., Ernst MO. The haptic analog of the visual Aubert-Fleischl phenomenon. In: Proceedings of the EuroHaptics Society Meeting. Springer; 2014.