Applied animal ecology

Our work on animal populations and animal communities is mainly focused on the conservation and promotion of biodiversity of cultural landscapes in Central Europe. Our work particularly concentrates on the following three subject areas:

  • Compilation and development of suitable indicators and recording methods that use an appropriate geographical scale for the assessment of landscapes and land-use, intrusions upon nature as well as for the planning of complementary nature protection areas and biotope networks and for landscape planning.
  • Survival of animal populations in agricultural landscapes (essential habitat quality de-pending on land-use intensity and structure)
  • Analysis and modelling of movements of terrestrial invertebrates living in the ground vegetation layers. The main focus of this work are the effects of man made barriers on the connectivity of sub-populations and small habitat patches and on (re-) colonization processes (metapopulation dynamics, habitat dynamics).

Furthermore the department deals with the biology of Northern German moths. The work is a fundamental contribution to the monitoring of biodiversity.



  • Extensive grazing in a Northwest German river valley
  • FFH-impact assessment and development of a landscape plan for the BAB (motor-way) 143, Western by-pass of Halle
  • Habitat corridors for humans and wildlife (or flora & fauna)
  • Home range, habitat use and survival probability of lapwing families
  • Erynnis tages

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