Prof. Dr. Jörns Fickel

Head of department

Department of Evolutionary Genetics


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 314
Research interests
  • Evolution and phylogeography of lago­morphs, ungulates (mainly cervids), and carnivores (mainly felids)
  • Evolution of adaptive traits in mammals
  • Environmental cues and their impact on epigenetic modifications in mammals
Selected publications
Premier J, Fickel J, Heurich M, Kramer Schadt S (2020): The boon and bane of boldness: movement syndrome as saviour and sink for population genetic diversity. MOV ECOL 8, 16. doi:10.1186/s40462-0204-y
Fritze M, Costantini D, Fickel J, Wehner D, Czirják G*, Voigt C* (2019): Immune response of hibernating European bats to a fungal challenge . BIOL OPEN 8(10): doi:10.1242/bio.046078
Mengüllüoğlu D, Fickel J, Hofer H, Förster DW (2019): Non-invasive faecal sampling reveals spatial organization and improves measures of genetic diversity for the conservation assessment of territorial species: Caucasian lynx as a case species. PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216549
Radchuk V, Kramer-Scadt S, Fickel J, Wilting A (2019): Distributions of mammals in Southeast Asia: the role of the legacy of climate and species body mass. J BIOGEOGR 46(10): 2350-2362. doi:10.1111/jbi.13675
Radchuk V, Reed T, Teplitsky C, van de Pol M, Charmantier A, Hassall C, Adamík P, Adriaensen F, Ahola M, Arcese P, Miguel Avilés J, Balbontin J, Berg KS, Borras A, Burthe S, Clobert J, Dehnhard N, de Lope F, Dhondt AA, Dingemanse NJ, Eeva T, Fickel J, Filella I, Fossøy F, Goodenough AE, Hall SJG, Hansson B, Harris M, Hasselquist D, Hickler T, Joshi J, Kharouba H, Gabriel Martínez J, Mihoub J-B, Mills JA, Molina-Morales M, Moksnes A, Ozgul A, Parejo D, Pilard P, Poisbleau M, Rousset F, Rödel M-O, Scott D, Senar JC, Stefanescu C, Stokke BG, Tamotsu K, Tarka M, Tarwater C, Thonicke K, Thorley J, Wilting A, Tryjanowski P, Merilä J, Sheldon B, Møller AP, Matthysen E, Janzen F, Dobson S, Visser ME, Beissinger SR, Courtiol A*, Kramer-Schadt S*(2019): Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient. NAT COMMUN, 10: 3109.
(*These authors contributed equally). doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4
Weyrich A*, Lenz D, Fickel J (2019): Environmental change-dependent transgenerational epigenetic response. GENES 10(1): 4. doi:10.3390/genes10010004
Förster DW, Bull JK , Lenz D, Autenrieth M, Paijmans LAJ, Kraus RHS, Nowak C, Bayerl H, Kuehn R, Saveljev AP, Sindičić M , Hofreiter M, Schmidt K, Fickel J (2018): Targeted resequencing of coding DNA sequences for SNP discovery in nonmodel species. MOL ECOL RESOUR 18 (6): 1356-1373. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12924
Bayerl H, Kraus RHS, Nowak C, Foerster DW, Fickel J, Kuehn R (2017): Fast and cost-effective single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection in the absence of a reference genome using semideep next-generation Random Amplicon Sequencing (RAMseq). MOL ECOL RESOUR 18(1): 107-117 doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12717
Salleh FM, Ramos-Madrigal J, Peñaloza F, Liu S, Sinding Mikkel-Holger S, Patel RP, Martins R, Lenz D, Fickel J, Roos C, Shamsir MS, Azman MS, Lim BK, Rossiter SJ, Wilting A, Gilbert MTP (2017): An expanded mammal mitogenome dataset from Southeast Asia. GIGASCIENCE 6(8): 1–8 doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix053
Schwensow N, Detering H, Pederson S, Mazzoni C, Sinclair R, Peacock D, Kovaliski J, Cooke B, Fickel , Sommer S (2017): Resistance to RHD virus in wild Australian rabbits: Comparison of susceptible and resistant individuals using a genomewide approach. MOL ECOL 26(17): 4551–4561. doi:10.1111/mec.14228
Stillfried M, Fickel J, Börner K, Wittstatt U, Heddergott M, Ortmann S, Kramer-Schadt S, Frantz AC (2017): Do cities represent sources, sinks or isolated islands for urban wild boar population structure? J APPL ECOL 54(1): 272–281. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12756
Paijmans JLA, Fickel J, Courtiol A, Hofreiter M, Förster DW(2016): Impact of enrichment conditions on cross-species capture of fresh and degraded DNA. MOL ECOL RESOUR 16(1): 42–55. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12420
Weyrich A, Lenz D, Jeschek M, Chung TH, Übensam KR, Göritz F, Jewgenow K, Fickel J (2016): Paternal intergenerational epigenetic response to heat exposure in male Wild guinea pigs. MOL ECOL 25(8): 1729–1740. doi:10.1111/mec.13494
Wilting A, Courtiol A, Christiansen P, Niedballa J, Scharf AK, Orlando L, Balkenhol N, Hofer H,
Kramer-Schadt S, Fickel J, Kitchener AC (2015): Planning tiger recovery: Understanding intraspecific
variation for effective conservation. SCI AVD 1(5): e1400175. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1400175
Weyrich A, Schüllermann T, Heeger F, Jeschek M, Mazzoni C, Chen W, Schumann K, Fickel (2014): Whole genome sequencing and methylome analysis of the wild guinea pig. BMC GENOMICS 15(1): 1036. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-1036
Röllig K, Göritz F, Fickel J, Hermes R, Hofer H, Hildebrandt TB (2010): Superconception in mammalian pregnancy can be detected and increases reproductive output per breeding season. NAT COMMUN 1(78): 1-7. doi:10.1038/ ncomms1079

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Last updated on  June 15, 2020.