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Dr. Manuel Roeleke


Campus Golm
University of Potsdam
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Am Mühlenberg 3, building 60, room 3.15
14476 Potsdam


2015 – 2018 PhD in Biology on Foraging strategies of insectivorous bats at Free University Berlin and Leibniz Institute for Zoo- and Wildlife Research Berlin
2013 - 2015 Master Biology at Free University Berlin and Leibniz Institute for Zoo- and Wildlife Research Berlin
2010 - 2012 Bachelor Biology at University of Ulm

Current employment

Since 2019 PostDoc in the research group Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation.

Research interests

  • Movement ecology of insectivorous bats in anthropogenic landscapes
  • Plasticity of foraging strategies and their role for coexistence
  • Influence of agricultural landuse on interactions between predators
  • 3D space use
  • Animal tracking systems



Voigt CC, Bumrungsri S & Roeleke M. (2019). Rapid descent flight by a molossid bat (Chaerephon plicatus) returning to its cave. Mammalian Biology. doi.org/10.1016/J.MAMBIO.2019.01.001

Roeleke M, Johannsen L & Voigt CC (2018). How bats escape the competitive exclusion principle - Seasonal shift from intraspecific to interspecific competititon drives space use in a bat ensemble. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2018.00101

Roeleke M, Teige T, Hoffmeister U, Klingler F & Voigt CC (2018). Aerial-hawking bats adjust their use of space to the lunar cycle. Movement Ecology. doi.org/10.1186/s40462-018-0131-7

Voigt CC, Currie SE, Fritze M, Roeleke M & Lindecke O (2018). Conservation Strategies for Bats Flying at High Altitudes. BioScience. doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy040

Roeleke M, Bumrungsri S & Voigt CC (2018). Bats probe the aerosphere during landscape-guided altitudinal flights. Mammal Review. doi.org/10.1111/mam.12109

Voigt CC, Roeleke M, Marggraf L, Pētersons G & Voigt-Heucke SL (2017). Migratory bats respond to artificial green light with positive phototaxis. PLOS ONE. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177748

 Roeleke M, Blohm T, Kramer-Schadt S, Yovel Y & Voigt CC (2016). Habitat use of bats in relation to wind turbines revealed by GPS tracking. Scientific Reports. doi.org/10.1038/srep28961