PD Dr. Christian Voigt

Christian Voigt

Head of Department

Department of Evolutionary Ecology

Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 511
E-Mail: voigt@izw-berlin.de

Short curriculum vitae

Dr. Voigt studied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, where he graduated in 1998 under the supervision of Prof. Otto von Helversen with a doctoral degree in zoology. Afterwards, he worked as a DAAD postdoc at Boston University and Cornell University (U.S.A.) on the socio-biology and sensory ecology of bats. After a brief postdoc stay at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, he became staff researcher at the Leibniz-IZW, where he has been working since 2001. In 2007, he finished his “Habilitation” at the Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin, where he taught as a Privatdozent* until 2010. Since 2010, he has been teaching Behavioral Ecology and topical class (Human-Wildlife Conflicts, Biology of bats) at the Freie Universität Berlin. Dr. Voigt is an associate editor for two scientific journals, member of the UNEP/EUROBATS advisory board and various academic societies. He has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited an e-book on ‘Bats in the Anthropocene’.

*non-professorial members of a university faculty with teaching obligation and the right to supervise doctoral students

Research interests
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Stable isotope ecology
  • Conservation research
Selected publications

Lindecke O, Elksne A, Holland R, Petersons G, Voigt CC (2019): Experienced migratory bats integrate the sun’s position at dusk for navigation at night. Curr Biol 29:1-5. doi 10.1016/j.cub.2019.03.002

Lehnert LS, Kramer-Schadt S, Teige T, Hoffmeister U, Popa-Lisseanu A, Bontadina F, ... Voigt CC (2018): Variability and repeatability of noctule bat migration in Central Europe: evidence for partial and differential migration. Proc Roy Soc B 285, 20182174.

Voigt CC, Frick WF, Holderied MW, Holland R, Kerth G, Plowright R, Swartz S, Yovel Y (2017): Principles and patterns of bat movements: From aerodynamics to ecology. Quart Rev Biol 92:267-287.

Lewanzik D, Voigt CC (2016): Transition from conventional to LED street lighting changes activity of urban bats. J Appl Ecol doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12758

Lewanzik D, Voigt CC (2014): Artificial light at night puts ecosystem services of frugivorous bats at risk. J Appl Ecol 51: 388-394.

Voigt CC, Popa-Lisseanu A, Niermann I, Kramer-Schadt S (2012): The catchment area of wind farms for European bats: A plea for international regulations. Biol Conserv 153: 80-86.

Dumont ER, Dávalos LM, Goldberg A, Santana SE, Rex K, Voigt CC (2012): Morphological innovation, diversification and invasion of a new adaptive zone. Proc Roy Soc Lond B 279: 1797-1805.

Voigt CC, Sörgel K, Suba J, Keiss O, Petersons G (2012): The insectivorous bat Pipistrellus nathusii uses a mixed-fuel strategy to power autumn migration. Proc Roy Soc Lond B 279: 3772-3778.

Voigt CC, Sörgel K, Dechmann DKN (2010): Refuelling while flying: Foraging bats combust food rapidly and directly to fuel flight. Ecology 91:2908-2917.

Voigt CC, Speakman JR (2007): Nectar-feeding bats fuel their high metabolism directly with exogenous carbohydrates. Funct Ecol 21: 913-921.