Abteilung für Evolutionsgenetik

Autorinnen und Autoren, die zum Zeitpunkt der Veröffentlichung mit dem Leibniz-IZW affiliiert waren, sind fett und mit der jeweiligen Farbe ihrer Abteilung oder Einheit im Leibniz-IZW gekennzeichnet. Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden sowie Postdocs mit Zugehörigkeit zur Abteilung für Evolutionäre Ökologie und einer weiteren Abteilung werden in dieser Liste in der Farbe der Abteilung für Evolutionäre Ökologie dargestellt. Autorinnen und Autoren mit zwei anderen Abteilungsaffiliationen ist nach dem Zufallsprinzip eine dieser beiden Abteilungsfarben zugeordnet. Der Direktor wird bis 2017 unter der Abteilung für Evolutionäre Ökologie und ab 2018 unter Wissenschaftsmanagement ausgewiesen.

           Abteilung für Evolutionäre Ökologie
           Abteilung für Evolutionsgenetik
           Abteilung für Wildtierkrankheiten
           Abteilung für Reproduktionsbiologie
           Abteilung für Reproduktionsmanagement
           Abteilung für Ökologische Dynamik
           Nachwuchsforschergruppe “Biodiversity and Biogeography of Southeast Asia”
           Juniorprofessur für Ökologie und Evolution molekularer Wirt-Parasit-Interaktionen
           Wissenschaftsmanagement und Direktor

Referierte Beiträge in Fachzeitschriften

2021 online / in print

Culina A, Adriaensen F, Bailey LD, Burgess MD, … Visser ME (im Druck): Connecting the data landscape of long-term ecological studies: The SPI-Birds data hub. J ANIM ECOL. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13388

Westbury MV, Le Duc D, Duchêne DA, Krishnan A, Prost S, Rutschmann S, Grau JH, Dalen L, Weyrich A, Norén K, Werdelin L, Dalerum F, Schöneberg T, Hofreiter M (2021): Ecological specialisation and evolutionary reticulation in extant Hyaenidae. MOL BIOL EVOL msab055. doi:10.1093/molbev/msab055


Dayaram A, Seeber P, Courtiol A, Soilemetzidou S, Tsangaras K, Franz M, McEwen G, Azab W, Kaczensky P, Melzheimer J, East M, Ganbaatar O, Walzer C, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD (2021): Seasonal host and ecological drivers may promote restricted water as a viral vector. SCI TOTAL ENVIRON 733, 145446. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145446

Fritze M, Puechmaille SJ, Costantini D, Fickel J, Voigt CC*, Czirják GÁ* (2021): Determinants of defence strategies of a hibernating European bat species towards the fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans. DEV COMP IMMUNOL 119, 104017. doi:10.1016/j.dci.2021.104017

Fritze M, Puechmaille SJ, Fickel J, Czirják GÁ, Voigt CC (2021): A Rapid, in-Situ Minimally-Invasive Technique to Assess Infections with Pseudogymnoascus destructans in Bats. ACTA CHIROPTEROL 23, 259–270. doi:10.3161/15081109ACC2021.23.1.022

Kruszynski C, Bailey L, Courtiol A, Bach L, Bach P, Göttsche Ma, Göttsche Mi, Hill R, Lindecke O, Matthes H, Pommeranz H, Popa-Lisseanu AG, Seebens-Hoyer A, Tichomirowa M, Voigt CC (2021): Identifying migratory pathways of Nathusius’ pipistrelles (Pipstrellus nathusii) using stable hydrogen and strontium isotopes. RAPID COMMUN MASS SPECTROM 35, e9031. doi:10.1002/rcm.9031

Mengüllüoğlu D, Ambarlı H, Barlow A, Paijmans JLA, Sayar AO, Emir H, Kandemir İ, Hofer H, Fickel J, Förster DW (2021): Mitogenome Phylogeny Including Data from Additional Subspecies Provides New Insights into the Historical Biogeography of the Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx. GENES 12, 1216. doi:10.3390/genes12081216

Nguyen AT, Tilker A, Nguyen TV, Le M (2021): Camera-trap records of muntjac in the lowlands of Hue Saola Nature Reserve, central Vietnam. DEER SPECIALIST GROUP NEWSLETTER 32, 37–47.

Nguyen TV, Tilker A, Nguyen A, Hörig L, Axtner J, Schmidt A, Le M, Nguyen AHQ, Rawson BM, Wilting A, Fickel J (2021): Using terrestrial leeches to assess the genetic diversity of an elusive species: The Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi. EDNA 3, 780–791. doi:10.1002/edn3.182

Olarte-Castillo XA, dos Remédios J, Heeger F, Hofer H, Karl S, Greenwood AD, East ML (2021): The virus-host interface: molecular interactions of Alphacoronavirus-1 variants from wild and domestic hosts with mammalian aminopeptidase N. MOL ECOL 30, 2607–2625. doi:10.1111/mec.15910

Paijmans JLA, Barlow A, Becker MS, Cahill JA, Fickel J, Förster DWG, Gries K, Hartmann S, Havmøller RW, Henneberger K, Kern C, Kitchener AC, Lorenzen ED, Westbury MV, Mayer F, O’Brien SJ, von Seth J, Sinding MHS, Spong G, Uphyrkina O, Wachter B, Dalén L, Bhak J, Manica A, Hofreiter M (2021): African and Asian leopards are highly differentiated at the genomic level. CURR BIOL 31, 1872–1882.e5. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2021.03.084

Premier J, Gahbauer M, Leibl F, Heurich M (2021): In-situ feeding as a new management tool to conserve orphaned Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). ECOL EVOL 11, 2963–2973. doi:10.1002/ece3.7261

Rhie A, McCarthy SA, Fedrigo O, Damas J, Formenti G, Koren S, Uliano-Silva M, … Jarvis ED (2021): Towards complete and error-free genome assemblies of all vertebrate species. NATURE 592, 737–746. doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03451-0

Schnitzler JG, Das K, Wohlsein P, Kuiken T, Ludwig A, Lieckfeldt D, Phan C, Phay S, Siebert U (2021): The Irrawaddy dolphin, Orcaella brevirostris from the Mekong river Cambodia: Preliminary health and toxicological investigations. AQUAT TOXICOL 234, 105812. doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2021.105812

Sheraliev B, Rozimov A, Ludwig A, Peng Z (2021): Rediscovery of rare shovelnose sturgeons in the Amu Darya River, Uzbekistan. ORYX 55, 332. doi:10.1017/S0030605321000211

Shu L, Ludwig A, Peng Z (2021): Environmental DNA metabarcoding primers for freshwater fish detection and quantification: In silico and in tanks. ECOL EVOL 11, 8281–8294. doi:10.1002/ece3.7658

Tonnabel J, Klein EK, Ronce O, Oddou-Muratorio S, Rousset F, Olivieri I, Courtiol A*, Mignot A* (2021): Sex-specific spatial variation in fitness in the highly dimorphic Leucadendron rubrum. MOL ECOL 30, 1721–1735. doi:10.1111/mec.15833

Vartak N, Guenther G, Joly F, Damle-Vartak A, Wibbelt G, Fickel J, Joers S, Begher-Tibbe B, Friebel A, Wansing K, Ghallab A, Rosselin M, Boissier N, Vignon-Clementel I, Hedberg C, Geisler F, Hofer H, Jansen P, Hoehme S, Drasdo D, Hengstler JG (2021): Intravital dynamic and correlative imaging reveals diffusion dominated canalicular and flow-augmented ductular bile flux. HEPATOLOGY 73, 1531–1550. doi:10.1002/hep.31422


Arantes LS, Ferreira LCL, Driller M, Filho FPMR, Mazzoni CJ, Santos FR (2020): Genomic evidence of recent hybridization between sea turtles at Abrolhos Archipelago and its association to low reproductive output. SCI REP 10, 12847. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-69613-8

Arantes LS, Vilaça ST, Mazzoni CJ, Santos FR (2020): New genetic insights about hybridization and population structure of hawksbill and loggerhead turtles from Brazil. J HERED 111, 444–456. doi:10.1093/jhered/esaa024

Bailey LD, Kruuk LEB, Allen R, Clayton M, Stein J, Gardner JL (2020): Using different body size measures can lead to different conclusions about the effects of climate change. J BIOGEOGR 47, 1687–1697. doi:10.1111/jbi.13850

Barnett R, Westbury MV, Sandoval-Velasco M, Viera FG, Jeon S, Zazula G, Martin MD, Ho SYW, Mather N, Gopalakrishnan S, Ramos-Madrigal J, de Manuel M, Zepeda-Mendoza ML, Antunes A, Baez AC, de Cahsan B, Larson G, O’Brien SJO, Eizirik E, Johnson WE, Koepfli K-P, Wilting A, Fickel J, Dalén L, Lorenzen ED, Marques-Bonet T, Hansen AJ, Zhang G, Bhak J, Yamaguchi N, Gilbert MTP (2020): Genomic adaptations and evolutionary history of the extinct scimitar-toothed cat, Homotherium latidens. CURR BIOL 30, 5018–5025. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2020.09.051

Barthel LMF, Wehner D, Schmidt A, Berger A, Hofer H, Fickel J (2020): Unexpected gene-flow in urban environments: The example of the European hedgehog. ANIMALS 10, 2315. doi:10.3390/ani10122315

Bohleber P, Casado M, Ashworth K, Baker CA, Belcher A, Caccavo JA, Jenkins HE, Satterthwaite E, Spolaor A, Winton VHL (2020): Successful practice in early career networks: insights from the polar sciences. ADV GEOSCI 53, 1–14. doi:10.5194/adgeo-53-1-2020

Brasier MJ, McCormack S, Bax N, Caccavo JA, Cavan E, Ericson JA, Figuerola B, Hancock A, Halfter S, Hellessey N, Höfer J, Puskic PS, de Oliveira CS, Subramaniam RC, Wallis J, Weldrick CK (2020): Overcoming the obstacles faced by early career researchers in marine science: Lessons from the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean. FRONT MAR SCI 7, 692. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00692

Casado M, Gremion G, Rosenbaum P, Caccavo JA, Aho K, Champollion N, Connors SL, Dahood A, Fernandez A, Lizotte M, Mintenbeck K, Poloczanska E, Fugmann G (2020): The benefits to climate science of including early-career scientists as reviewers. GEOSCI COMM 3, 89–97. doi:10.5194/gc-3-89-2020

Derežanin L, Fickel J, Förster DW (2020): The complete mitochondrial genome of the meerkat (Suricata suricatta) and its phylogenetic relationship with other feliform species. MITOCHONDR DNA B 5, 1100–1101. doi:10.1080/23802359.2020.1726221

Edelhoff H, Zachos FE, Fickel J, Epp CW, Balkenhol N (2020): Genetic analysis of red deer (Cervus elaphus) administrative management units in a human-dominated landscape. CONSERV GENET 21, 261–276. doi:10.1007/s10592-020-01248-8

Eder S, Bailey LD, Müller K (2020): Equilibration in freezing extender alters in vitro sperm-oviduct binding in the domestic cat (Felis catus). THERIOGENOLOGY 149, 79–87. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2020.03.017

Guerrero TP, Fickel J, Benhaiem S, Weyrich A (2020): Epigenomics and gene regulation in mammalian social systems. CURR ZOOL 66, 307–319. doi:10.1093/cz/zoaa005

Kravchenko KA, Vlaschenko AS, Lehnert LS, Courtiol A, Voigt CC (2020): Generational shift in the migratory common noctule bat: first-year males lead the way to hibernacula at higher latitudes. BIOL LETT 16, 20200351. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2020.0351

Kretzschmar P, Auld H, Boag P, Gansloßer U, Scott C, Van Coeverden de Groot JP, Courtiol A (2020): Mate choice, reproductive success and inbreeding in white rhinoceros: New insight for conservation management. EVOL APPL 13, 699–714. doi:10.1111/eva.12894

Kunde MN, Martins RF, Premier J, Fickel J, Förster DW (2020): Population and landscape genetic analysis of the Malayan sun bear Helarctos malayanus. CONSERV GENET 21, 123–135. doi:10.1007/s10592-019-01233-w

Li K, Zhang S, Song X, Weyrich A, Wang Y, Liu X, Wan N, Liu J, Lövy M, Cui H, Frenkel V, Titievsky A, Panov J, Brodsky L, Nevo E (2020): Genome evolution of blind subterranean mole rats: Adaptive peripatric versus sympatric speciation. PROC NATL ACAD SCI USA 117, 32499–32508. doi:10.1073/pnas.2018123117

Merling de Chapa M, Courtiol A, Engler M, Giese L, Rutz C, Lakermann M, Müskens G, van der Horst Y, Zollinger R, Wirth H, Kenntner N, Krüger O, Chakarov N, Müller A-K, Looft V, Grünkorn T, Hallau A, Altenkamp R, Krone O (2020): Phantom of the forest or successful citizen? Analysing how Northern Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) cope with the urban environment. R SOC OPEN SCI 7, 201356. doi:10.1098/rsos.201356

Nguyen AT, Nguyen TV, Timmins R, McGowan P, Van Hoang T, Le MD (2020): Efficacy of camera traps in detecting primates in Hue Saola Nature Reserve. PRIMATES 61, 697–705. doi:10.1007/s10329-020-00823-4

Paijmans JLA, Barlow A, Henneberger K, Fickel J, Hofreiter M, Förster DWG (2020): Ancestral mitogenome capture of the Southeast Asian banded linsang. PLOS ONE 15, e0234385. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0234385

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/s40462-020-00204-y

Reissmann M, Lutz W, Lieckfeldt D, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Ludwig A (2020): An agouti-signaling-protein mutation is strongly associated with melanism in European Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus). GENES 11, 647. doi:10.3390/genes11060647

Shao F, Ludwig A, Mao Y, Liu N, Peng Z (2020): Chromosome-level genome assembly of the female western mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis). GIGASCIENCE 9, giaa092. doi:10.1093/gigascience/giaa092

Shu L, Ludwig A, Peng Z (2020): Standards for methods utilizing environmental DNA for detection of fish species. GENES 11, 296. doi:10.3390/genes11030296

Tikochinski Y, Carreras C, Tikochinski G, Vilaça ST (2020): Population-specific signatures of intra-individual mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy and their potential evolutionary advantages. SCI REP 10, 211. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-56918-6

Tilker A, Abrams JF, Nguyen A, Hörig L, Axtner J, Louvrier J, Rawson BM, Nguyen HAQ, Guegan F, Nguyen TV, Le M, Sollmann R, Wilting A (2020): Identifying conservation priorities in a defaunated tropical biodiversity hotspot. DIVERS DISTRIB 26, 426–440. doi:10.1111/ddi.13029

Tilker A, Nguyen A, Abrams JF, Bhagwat T, Le M, Nguyen TV, Nguyen AT, Niedballa J, Sollmann R, Wilting A (2020): A little-known endemic caught in the South-east Asian extinction crisis: the Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi. ORYX 54, 178–187. doi:10.1017/S0030605318000534

Wahedi A, Günther A, Weyrich A, Sondheimer N (2020): The mitochondrial genome of Cavia aperea. MITOCHONDR DNA B 5, 2147–2148. doi:10.1080/23802359.2020.1768918

Westbury MV, Hartmann S, Barlow A, Preick M, Ridush B, Nagel D, Rathgeber T, Ziegler R, Baryshnikov G, Sheng G, Ludwig A, Wiesel I, Dalen L, Bibi F, Werdelin L, Heller R, Hofreiter M (2020): Hyena palaeogenomes reveal a complex evolutionary history of cross-continental gene flow between spotted and cave hyena. SCI ADV 6, eaay0456. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aay0456

Weyrich A, Yasar S, Lenz D, Fickel J (2020): Tissuespecific epigenetic inheritance after paternal heat exposure in male wild guinea pigs. MAMM GENOME 31, 157–169. doi:10.1007/s00335-020-09832-6


Azevedo A, Bailey LD, Bandeira V, Dehnhard M, Fonseca C, de Sousa L, Jewgenow K (2019): Age, sex and storage time influence hair cortisol levels in a wild mammal population. PLOS ONE 14, e0221124. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0221124

Fages A, Hanghøj K, Khan N, Gaunitz C, Seguin-Orlando A, Leonardi M, McCrory Constantz C, Gamba C, Al-Rasheid KAS, Albizuri S, Alfarhan AH, Allentoft M, Alquraishi S, Anthony D, Baimukhanov N, Barrett JH, Bayarsaikhan J, Benecke N, Bernáldez-Sánchez E, Berrocal-Rangel L, Biglari F, Boessenkool S, Boldgiv B, Brem G, Brown D, Burger J, Crubézy E, Daugnora L, Davoudi H, de Barros Damgaard P, de Los Ángeles de Chorro Y de Villa-Ceballos M, Deschler-Erb S, Detry C, Dill N, do Mar Oom M, Dohr A, Ellingvåg S, Erdenebaatar D, Fathi H, Felkel S, Fernández-Rodríguez C, García-Viñas E, Germonpré M, Granado JD, Hallsson JH, Hemmer H, Hofreiter M, Kasparov A, Khasanov M, Khazaeli R, Kosintsev P, Kristiansen K, Kubatbek T, Kuderna L, Kuznetsov P, Laleh H, Leonard JA, Lhuillier J, Liesau von Lettow-Vorbeck C, Logvin A, Lõugas L, Ludwig A, Luis C, Arruda AM, Marques-Bonet T, Matoso Silva R, Merz V, Mijiddorj E, Miller BK, Mochlov O, Mohaseb FA, Morales A, Nieto-Espinet A, Nistelberger H, Onar V, Pálsdóttir AH, Pitulko V, Pitskhelauri K, Pruvost M, Rajic Sikanjic P, Rapan Papeša A, Roslyakova N, Sardari A, Sauer E, Schafberg R, Scheu A, Schibler J, Schlumbaum A, Serrand N, Serres-Armero A, Shapiro B, Sheikhi Seno S, Shevnina I, Shidrang S, Southon J, Star B, Sykes N, Taheri K, Taylor W, Teegen WR, Trbojević Vukičević T, Trixl S, Tumen D, Undrakhbold S, Usmanova E, Vahdati A, Valenzuela-Lamas S, Viegas C, Wallner B, Weinstock J, Zaibert V, Clavel B, Lepetz S, Mashkour M, Helgason A, Stefánsson K, Barrey E, Willerslev E, Outram AK, Librado P, Orlando L (2019): Tracking five millennia of horse management with extensive ancient genome time series. CELL 177, 1419–1435.e31. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2019.03.049

Fritze M, Costantini D, Fickel J, Wehner D, Czirják GÁ*, Voigt CC* (2019): Immune response of hibernating European bats to a fungal challenge. BIOL OPEN 8, bio046078. doi:10.1242/bio.046078

Heeger F, Wurzbacher C, Bourne EC, Mazzoni CJ*, Monaghan MT* (2019): Combining the 5.8S and ITS2 to improve classification of fungi. METHODS ECOL EVOL 10, 1702–1711. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13266

Hryciuk MM, Braun BC, Bailey LD, Jewgenow K (2019): Functional and morphological characterization of small and large steroidogenic luteal cells from domestic cats before and during culture. FRONT ENDOCRINOL 10, 724. doi:10.3389/fendo.2019.00724

Krone O, Bailey LD, Jähnig S, Lauth T, Dehnhard M (2019): Monitoring corticoid metabolites in urine of white-tailed sea eagles: Negative effects of road proximity on breeding pairs. GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 283, 113223. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.113223

Luo D, Li Y, Zhao Q, Zhao L, Ludwig A, Peng Z (2019): Highly resolved phylogenetic relationships within order Acipenseriformes according to novel nuclear markers. GENES 10, 38. doi:10.3390/genes10010038

Magalhaes S, Courtiol A (2019): Tell me who you mate with, I’ll tell you what’s going on. PCI EVOL BIOL 100075. doi:10.24072/pci.evolbiol.100075

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, e0216549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216549

Niedballa J, Wilting A, Sollmann R, Hofer H, Courtiol A (2019): Assessing analytical methods for detecting spatiotemporal interactions between species from camera trapping data. REMOTE SENS ECOL CONSERV 5, 272–285. doi:10.1002/rse2.107

Numberger D, Dreier C, Vullioud C, Gabriel G, Greenwood AD, Grossart H-P (2019): Recovery of influenza A viruses from lake water and sediments by experimental inoculation. PLOS ONE 14, e0216880. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216880

Radchuk V, Kramer-Schadt 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, 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 MP, Arcese P, Avilés JM, Balbontin J, Berg KS, Borras A, Burthe S, Clobert J, Dehnhard N, de Lope F, Dhondt AA, Dingemanse NJ, Doi H, Eeva T, Fickel J, Filella I, Fossøy F, Goodenough AE, Hall SJG, Hansson B, Harris M, Hasselquist D, Hickler T, Joshi J, Kharouba H, Martínez JG, Mihoub J-B, Mills JA, Molina-Morales M, Moksnes A, Ozgul A, Parejo D, Pilard P, Poisbleau M, Rousset F, Rödel MO, Scott D, Senar JC, Stefanescu C, Stokke BG, Kusano T, Tarka M, Tarwater CE, Thonicke K, Thorley J, Wilting A, Tryjanowski P, Merilä J, Sheldon BC, Møller AP, Matthysen E, Janzen F, Dobson FS, 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. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4

Seeber PA, McEwen GK, Löber U, Förster DW, East ML, Melzheimer J, Greenwood AD (2019): Terrestrial mammal surveillance using hybridization capture of environmental DNA from African waterholes. MOL ECOL RESOUR 19, 1486–1496. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13069

Somerville V, Schwaiger M, Hirsch PE, Walser J-C, Bussmann K, Weyrich A, Burkhardt-Holm P, Adrian-Kalchhauser I (2019): DNA methylation patterns in the round goby hypothalamus support an on-the-spot decision scenario for territorial behavior. GENES 10, 219. doi:10.3390/genes10030219

Stöck M, Fakharzadeh F, Kuhl H, Rozenblut-Kościsty B, Leinweber S, Patel R, Ebrahimi M, Voitel S, Schmidtler JF, Kami HG, Ogielska M, Förster DW (2019): Shedding light on a secretive tertiary urodelean relict: Hynobiid salamanders (Paradactylodon persicus s.l.) from Iran, illuminated by phylogeographic, developmental and transcriptomic data. GENES 10, 306. doi:10.3390/genes10040306

Trinogga AL, Courtiol A, Krone O (2019): Fragmentation of lead-free and lead-based hunting rifle bullets under real life hunting conditions in Germany. AMBIO 48, 1056–1064. doi:10.1007/s13280-019-01168-z

Vilaça ST*, Lima CS*, Mazzoni CJ, Santos FR, de Thoisy B (2019): Manatee genomics supports a special conservation area along the Guianas coastline under the influence of the Amazon River plume. ESTUAR COAST SHELF SCI 226, 106286. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106286

Vullioud C*, Davidian E*, Wachter B, Rousset F, Courtiol A*, Höner OP* (2019): Social support drives female dominance in the spotted hyaena. NAT ECOL EVOL 3, 71–76. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0718-9

Weyrich A, Lenz D, Fickel J (2019): Environmental change-dependent inherited epigenetic response. GENES 10, 4. doi:10.3390/genes10010004


Ambarlı H, Mengüllüoğlu D, Fickel J, Förster DW (2018): Population genetics of the main population of brown bears in southwest Asia. PEERJ 6:e5660. doi:10.7717/peerj.5660

Bayerl H, Kraus RHS, Nowak C, Foerster DW, Fickel J, Kuehn R (2018): 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, 107–117. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12717

Blankers T, Vilaca ST, Waurick I, Gray DA, Hennig RM, Mazzoni CJ, Mayerand F, Berdan EL (2018): Demography and selection shape transcriptomic divergence in field crickets. EVOLUTION 72, 553–567. doi:10.1111/evo.13435

Corbett S*, Courtiol A*, Lummaa V*, Moorad J*, Stearns S* (2018): The transition to modernity and chronic disease: Mismatch and natural selection. NAT REV GENET 19, 419–430. doi:10.1038/s41576-018-0012-3

Förster DW, Bull JK, Lenz D, Autenrieth M, Paijmans JLA, 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, 1356–1373. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12924

Franz M, Kramer-Schadt S, Greenwood AD, Courtiol A (2018): Sickness-induced lethargy can increase host contact rates and pathogen spread in water-limited landscapes. FUNCT ECOL 32, 2194–2204. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13149

Fuselli S, Baptista RP, Panziera A, Magi A, Guglielmi S, Tonin R, Benazzo A, Bauzer LG, Mazzoni CJ, Bertorelle G (2018): A new hybrid approach for MHC genotyping: High-throughput NGS and long read MinION nanopore sequencing, with application to the non-model vertebrate Alpine chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra). HEREDITY 121, 293–303. doi:10.1038/s41437-018-0070-5

Gaunitz C, Fages A, Hanghøj K, Albrechtsen A, Khan N, Schubert M, Seguin-Orlando A, Owens IJ, Felkel S, Bignon-Lau O, de Barros Damgaard P, Mittnik A, Mohaseb AF, Davoudi H, Alquraishi S, Alfarhan AH, Al-Rasheid KAS, Crubézy E, Benecke N, Olsen S, Brown D, Anthony D, Massy K, Pitulko V, Kasparov A, Brem G, Hofreiter M, Mukhtarova G, Baimukhanov N, Lõugas L, Onar V, Stockhammer PW, Krause J, Boldgiv B, Undrakhbold S, Erdenebaatar D, Lepetz S, Mashkour M, Ludwig A, Wallner B, Merz V, Merz I, Zaibert V, Willerslev E, Librado P, Outram AK, Orlando L (2018): Ancient genomes revisit the ancestry of domestic and Przewalski’s horses. SCIENCE 360, 111–114. doi:10.1126/science.aao3297

Heeger F, Bourne EC, Baschien C, Yurkov A, Bunk B, Spröer C, Overmann J, Mazzoni CJ, Monaghan MT (2018): Long-read DNA metabarcoding of ribosomal RNA in the analysis of fungi from aquatic environments. MOL ECOL RESOUR 18, 1500–1514. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12937

Krützen M, Beasley I, Ackermann CY, Lieckfeldt D, Ludwig A, Ryan GE, Bejder L, Parra GJ, Wolfensberger R, Spencer PBS (2018): Demographic collapse and low genetic diversity of the Irrawaddy dolphin population inhabiting the Mekong River. PLOS ONE 13, e0189200. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0189200

Lahdenperä M*, Mar UM*, Courtiol A*, V Lummaa* (2018): Differences in age-specific mortality between wild-caught and captive-born Asian elephants. NAT COMMUN 9, 3023. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05515-8

Lazarus DB, Renaudie J, Lenz D, Diver P, Klump J (2018): Raritas: A program for counting high diversity categorical data with highly unequal abundances. PEERJ 6, e5453. doi:10.7717/peerj.5453

Long T, Leipe C, Jin G, Wagner M, Guo R, Schröder O, Tarasov PE (2018): The early history of wheat in China from 14C dating and Bayesian chronological modelling. NAT PLANTS 4, 272–279. doi:10.1038/s41477-018-0141-x

Martins RF, Schmidt A, Lenz D, Wilting A, Fickel J (2018): Human-mediated introduction of introgressed deer across Wallace’s line: Historical biogeography of Rusa unicolor and R. timorensis. ECOL EVOL 8, 1465–1479. doi:10.1002/ece3.3754

Paijmans JLA, Barlow A, Förster DW, Henneberger K, Meyer M, Nickel B, Nagel D, Worsøe Havmøller R, Baryshnikov GF, Joger U, Rosendahl W, Hofreiter M (2018): Historical biogeography of the leopard (Panthera pardus) and its extinct Eurasian populations. BMC EVOL BIOL 18, 156. doi:10.1186/s12862-018-1268-0

Uliano-Silva M, Dondero F, Dan Otto T, Costa I, Costa Barroso Lima N, Alves Americo J, Mazzoni CJ, Prosdocimi F, de Freitas Rebelo M (2018): A hybrid-hierarchical genome assembly strategy to sequence the invasive golden mussel, Limnoperna fortune. GIGASCIENCE 7, gix128. doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix128

Westbury MV, Hartmann S, Barlow A, Wiesel I, Leo V, Welch R, Parker DM, Sicks F, Ludwig A, Dalén L, Hofreiter M (2018): Extended and continuous decline in effective population size results in low genomic diversity in the world’s rarest hyena species, the brown hyena. MOL BIOL EVOL 35, 1225–1237. doi:10.1093/molbev/msy037

Weyrich A, Jeschek M, Schrapers KT, Lenz D, Chung H, Rübensam K, Yasar S, Schneemann M, Ortmann S, Jewgenow K, Fickel J (2018): Diet changes alter paternally inherited epigenetic pattern in male Wild guinea pigs. ENVIRON EPIGENET 4, dvy011. doi:10.1093/eep/dvy011

Wutke S*, Sandoval-Castellanos E*, Benecke N, Döhle H-J, Friederich S, Gonzalez J, Hofreiter M, Lõugas L, Magnell O, Malaspinas A-S, Morales-Muñiz A, Orlando L, Reissmann M, Trinks A, Ludwig A (2018): Decline of genetic diversity in ancient domestic stallions in Europe. SCI ADV 4, eaap9691. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aap9691

Zhang C, Tong C, Ludwig A, Tang Y, Liu S, Zhang R, Feng C, Li G, Peng Z, Zhao K (2018): Adaptive evolution of the eda gene and scales loss in schizothoracine fishes in response to uplift of the Tibetan Plateau. INT J MOL SCI 19, 2953. doi:10.3390/ijms19102953


Boscari E, Barmintseva A, Zhang S, Yue H, Li C, Shedko SV, Lieckfeldt D, Ludwig A, Wei QW, Mugue NS, Congiu L (2017): Genetic identification of the caviar-producing Amur and Kaluga sturgeons revealed a high level of concealed hybridization. FOOD CONTROL 82, 243–250. doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.07.001

Boscari E, Vitulo N, Ludwig A, Caruso C, Mugue NS, Suciu R, Onara DF, Papetti C, Marino IAM, Zane L, Congiu L (2017): Fast genetic identification of the Beluga sturgeon and its sought-after caviar to stem illegal trade. FOOD CONTROL 75, 145–152. doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2016.11.039

Cruz-Dávalos DI, Llamas B, Gaunitz C, Fages A, Gamba C, Soubrier J, Librado P, Seguin-Orlando A, Pruvost M, Alfarhan AH, Alquraishi SA, Al-Rasheid KAS, Scheu A, Beneke N, Ludwig A, Cooper A, Willerslev E, Orlando L (2017): Experimental conditions improving in solution target enrichment for ancient DNA. MOL ECOL RESOUR 17, 508–522. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12595

Debelle A*, Courtiol A*, Ritchie MG, Snook RR (2017): Mate choice intensifies motor signalling in Drosophila. ANIM BEHAV 133, 169–187. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.09.014

Gaubert P, Patel R, Veron G, Goodman SM, Willsch M, Vasconcelos R, Lourenço A, Sigaud M, Justy F, Joshi BD, Fickel J, Wilting A (2017): Phylogeography of the small Indian civet and origin of introductions to Western Indian Ocean islands. J HERED 108, 270–279. doi:10.1093/jhered/esw085

Gillingham M, Béchet A, Courtiol A, Rendón-Martos M, Amat JA, Samraoui B, Onmuş O, Sommer S, Cézilly F (2017): Very high MHC Class IIB diversity without spatial differentiation in the Mediterranean population of greater flamingos. BMC EVOL BIOL 17, 56. doi:10.1186/s12862-017-0905-3

Giménez MD, Förster DW, Jones EP, Jóhannesdóttir F, Gabriel SI, Panithanarak T, Scascitelli M, Merico V, Garagna S, Searle JB, Hauffe HC (2017): A half-century of studies on a chromosomal hybrid zone of the house mouse. J HERED 108, 25–35. doi:10.1093/jhered/esw061

Heinrich SK, Hofer H, Courtiol A, Melzheimer J, Dehnhard M, Czirják GÁ*, Wachter B* (2017): Cheetahs have a stronger constitutive innate immunity than leopards. SCI REP 7, 44837. doi:10.1038/srep44837

Kaitetzidou, E, Ludwig A, Gessner J, Sarropoulou E (2017): Expression patterns of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) during embryonic development. G3-GENES GENOM GENET 7, 533–542. doi:10.1534/g3.116.036699

Li Y, Ludwig A, Peng Z (2017): Geographical differentiation of the Euchiloglanis fish complex (Teleostei: Siluriformes) in the Hengduan Mountain Region, China: Phylogeographic evidence of altered drainage patterns. ECOL EVOL 7, 928–940. doi:10.1002/ece3.2715

Librado P, Gamba C, Gaunitz C, Der Sarkissian C, Pruvost M, Albrechtsen A, Fages A, Khan N, Schubert M, Jagannathan V, Serres-Armero A, Kuderna LFK, Povolotskaya IS, Seguin-Orlando A, Lepetz S, Neuditschko M, Thèves C, Alquraishi S, Alfarhan AH, Al-Rasheid K, Rieder S, Samashev Z, Francfort H-P, Benecke N, Hofreiter M, Ludwig A, Keyser C, Marques-Bonet T, Ludes B, Crubézy E, Leeb T, Willerslev E, Orlando L (2017): Ancient genomic changes associated with domestication of the horse. SCIENCE 356, 442–445. doi:10.1126/science.aam5298

Liu S, Ludwig A, Peng Z (2017): Nine novel microsatellites for the cavefish (Triplophysa rosa Chen & Yang, 2005). J APPL ICHTHYOL 33, 119–120. doi:10.1111/jai.13231

Maia TA, Vilaça ST, Silva LRD, Santos FR, Dantas GPM (2017): DNA sampling from eggshells and microsatellite genotyping in rare tropical birds: Case study on Brazilian Merganser. GENET MOL BIOL 40, 808–812. doi:10.1590/1678-4685-GMB-2016-0297

Martin EA, Heurich M, Müller J, Bufka L, Bubliy O, Fickel J (2017): Genetic variability and size estimates of the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) population in the Bohemian Forest Ecosystem. MAMM BIOL 86, 42–47. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2016.12.001

Martins RF, Fickel J, Le M, Nguyen TV, Nguyen HM, Timmins R, Gan HM, Rovie-Ryan JJ, Lenz D, Förster DW, Wilting A (2017): Phylogeography of red muntjacs reveals three distinct mitochondrial lineages. BMC EVOL BIOL 17, 34. doi:10.1186/s12862-017-0888-0

Mohd Salleh F, Ramos-Madrigal J, Peñaloza F, Liu S, Mikkel-Holger SS, Patel RP, Martins R, Lenz D, Fickel J, Roos C, Shamsir MS, Azman MS, Burton KL, Stephen JR, Wilting A, Gilbert MTP (2017): An expanded mammal mitogenome dataset from Southeast Asia. GIGASCIENCE 6, 1–8. doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix053

Nikolin VM, Olarte-Castillo XA, Osterrieder N, Hofer H, Dubovi E, Mazzoni CJ, Brunner E, Goller KV, Fyumagwa RD, Moehlman PD, Thierer D, East ML (2017): Canine distemper virus in the Serengeti ecosystem: molecular adaptation to different carnivore species. MOL ECOL 26, 2111–2130. doi:10.1111/mec.13902

Niu Y, Zhao Q, Zhao H, Ludwig A, Peng Z (2017): Karyotype and genome size of an endangered cavefish (Triplophysa rosa Chen & Yang, 2005). J APPL ICHTHYOL 33, 124–126. doi:10.1111/jai.13209

Nørgaard LS, Mikkelsen DMG, Elmeros M, Chriél M, Madsen AB, Nielsen JL, Pertoldi C, Randi E, Fickel J, Brygida S, Ruiz-González A (2017): Population genomics of the racoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) in Denmark: Insights into invasion history and population development. BIOL INVAS 19, 1637–1652. doi:10.1007/s10530-017-1385-5

Patel RP, Lenz D, Kitchener AC, Fickel J, Förster DW, Wilting A (2017): Threatened but understudied: supporting conservation by understanding the genetic structure of the flat-headed cat. CONSERV GENET 18, 1423–1433. doi:10.1007/s10592-017-0990-2

Patel RP, Wutke S, Lenz D, Mukherjee S, Ramakrishnan U, Veron G, Fickel J, Wilting A, Förster DW (2017): Genetic structure and phylogeography of the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) inferred from mitochondrial genomes. J HERED 108, 349–360. doi:10.1093/jhered/esx017

Ripple WJ, Wolf C, Newsome TM, Galetti M, Alamgir M, Crist E, Mahmoud MI, Laurance WF plus 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries (signatories from the Leibniz-IZW: Barthel LMF, Courtiol A, Edwards S, Frey R, Fritze M, Hofer H, Höner O, Kiefer S, Kruszynski de Assis C, Lenz D, Mohamed A, Mühldorfer K, Patel R, Roellig K, Scherer C, Schiller S, Schirmer A, Seltmann A, Szentiks CA, Tilker A) (2017): World scientists’ warning to humanity: A second notice. BIOSCIENCE 67, 1026–1028. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix125

Rousset F, Gouy A, Martinez-Almoyna C, Courtiol A (2017): The summary likelihood method and its implementation in the Infusion package. MOL ECOL RESOUR 17, 110–119. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12627

Sandoval-Castellanos E, Wutke S, Gonzalez-Salazar C, Ludwig A (2017): Coat colour adaption of post-glacial horses to increasing forest vegetation. NAT ECOL EVOL 1, 1816–1819. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0358-5

Schroeder O, Benecke N, Frölich K, Peng Z, Kaniuth K, Sverchkov L, Reinhold S, Belinskiy A, Ludwig A (2017): Endogenous retroviral insertions indicate a secondary introduction of domestic sheep lineages to the Caucasus and Central Asia between the Bronze and Iron Age. GENES 8, 165. doi:10.3390/genes8060165

Schwensow N, Detering H, Pederson St, Mazzoni C, Sinclair R, Peacock D, Kovaliski J, Cooke B, Fickel J, Sommer S (2017): Resistance to RHD virus in wild Australian rabbits: comparison of susceptible and resistant individuals using a genome-wide approach. MOL ECOL 26, 4551–4561. doi:10.1111/mec.14228

Schwensow N, Mazzoni C, Marmesat Bertoli E, Fickel J, Peacock D, Kovaliski J, Sinclair R, Cassey P, Cooke B, Sommer S (2017): High adaptive variability and virus-driven selection on major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes in invasive wild rabbits in Australia. BIOL INVAS 19, 1255–1271. doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1329-5

Seltmann A, Czirják GÁ, Courtiol A, Bernard H, Struebig M, Voigt CC (2017): Habitat disturbance results in chronic stress and impared health status in forest-dwelling paleotropical bats. CONSERV PHYSIOL 5, cox020. doi:10.1093/conphys/cox020

Soares LS, Bolten AB, Wayne ML, Vilaça ST, Santos FR, Marcovaldi MA, Bjorndal K (2017): Comparison of reproductive output of hybrid sea turtles and parental species. MAR BIOL 164, 9. doi:10.1007/s00227-016-3035-3

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, 272–281. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12756


Berdan EL, Blankers T, Waurick I, Mazzoni CJ, Mayer F (2016): A genes eye view of ontogeny: De novo assembly and profiling of the Gryllus rubens transcriptome. MOL ECOL RESOUR 16, 1478–1490. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12530

Bull J, Heurich M, Saveljex AP, Schmidt K, Fickel J, Förster DW (2016): The effect of reintroductions on the genetic variability in Eurasian lynx populations: The cases of the Bohemian-Bavarian and Vosges-Palatinian populations. CONSERV GENET 17, 1229–1234. doi:10.1007/s10592-016-0839-0

Canu A, Vilaça ST, Iacolina L, Apollonia M, Bertorelle G, Scandura M (2016): Lack of polymorphism in MC1R wild-type allele and evidence of domestic allele introgression across European wild boar populations. MAMM BIOL 81, 477–479. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2016.01.003

Courtiol A, Etienne L, Féron R, Godelle B, Rousset F (2016): The evolution of mutual mate choice under direct benefits. AM NAT 188, 521–538. doi:10.1086/688658

Courtiol A, Tropf FC, Mills MC (2016): When genes and environment disagree: making sense of trends in recent human evolution. PROC NATL ACAD SCI USA 113, 7693–7695. doi:10.1073/pnas.1608532113

Cui P, Löber U, Alquezar-Planas DE, Ishida Y, Courtiol A, Timms P, Johnson RN, Lenz D, Helgen KM, Roca AL, Hartman S, Greenwood AD (2016): Comprehensive profiling of retroviral integration sites using target enrichment methods from historical koala samples without an assembled reference genome. PEERJ 4, 1847. doi:10.7717/peerj.1847

Davidian CE, Courtiol A, Wachter B, Hofer H, Höner OP (2016): Why do some males choose to breed at home when most other males disperse? SCI ADV 2, e1501236. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1501236

Didion JP, Morgan AP, Yadgary L, Bell TA, McMullan RC, Ortiz de Solorzano L, Britton-Davidian J, Bult CJ, Campbell KJ, Castiglia R, Ching YH, Chunco AJ, Crowley JJ, Chesler EJ, Förster DW, French JE, Gabriel SI, Gatti DM, Garland T Jr, Giagia-Athanasopoulou EB, Giménez MD, Grize SA, Gündüz I, Holmes A, Hauffe HC, Herman JS, Holt JM, Hua K, Jolley WJ, Lindholm AK, López-Fuster MJ, Mitsainas G, da Luz Mathias M, McMillan L, Ramalhinho Mda G, Rehermann B, Rosshart SP, Searle JB, Shiao MS, Solano E, Svenson KL, Thomas-Laemont P, Threadgill DW, Ventura J, Weinstock GM, Pomp D, Churchill GA, Pardo-Manuel de Villena F (2016): R2d2 drives selfish sweeps in the house mouse. MOL BIOL EVOL 33, 1381–1395. doi:10.1093/molbev/msw036

Drygala F, Korablev N, Ansorge H, Fickel J, Isomursu M, Elmeros M, Kowalczak R, Baltrunaite L, Balciauska L, Saarma U, Schulze C, Borkenhangen P, Frantz AC (2016): Homogenous population genetic structure of the non-native raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) in Europe as a result of rapid population expansion. PLOS ONE 11, e0153098. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153098

Fontanesi L, Di Palma F, Flicek P, Smith AT, Thulin CG, Alves PC, and the Lagomorph Genomics Consortium (member Fickel J) (2016): LaGomiCs – Lagomorph Genomics Consortium: An international collaborative effort for sequencing the genomes of an entire mammalian order. J HERED 107, 295–308. doi:10.1093/jhered/esw010

Förster DW, Jones EP, Johannesdottir F, Gabriel S, Gimenez MD, Panithanarak T, Hauffe HC, Searle J (2016): Genetic differentiation within and away from the chromosomal rearrangements characterising hybridising chromosomal races of the western house mouse (Mus musculus domesticus). CHROMOSOME RES 24, 271–280. doi:10.1007/s10577-016-9520-1

Gager Y, Tarland E, Lieckfeldt D, Ménage M, Botero-Castro F, Rossiter SJ, Kraus RH, Ludwig A, Dechmann DK (2016): The value of molecular vs. morphometric and acoustic information for species-identification using sympatric molossid bats. PLOS ONE 11, e0150780. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150780

Gillingham MAF, Courtiol A, Teixeira M, Galan M, Bechet A, Cezilly F (2016): Evidence of gene orthology and trans-species polymorphism, but not of parallel evolution, despite high levels of concerted evolution in the major histocompatibility complex of flamingo species. J EVOL BIOL 29, 438–454. doi:10.1111/jeb.12798

Le M, Peñaloza F, Martins R, Nguyen TV, Nguyen HM, Nguyen DX, Nguyen LD, Wilting A (2016): Complete mitochondrial genomes of the Laotian Rock Rat (Laonastes aenigmamus) confirm deep divergence within the species. MITOCHONDR DNA B 1, 479–482. doi:10.1080/23802359.2016.1186520

Ludwig A, Lieckfeldt D, Hesse UGW, Froelich K (2016): Tracing the maternal roots of the domestic red mountain cattle. MITOCHONDR DNA 27, 1080–1083. doi:10.3109/19401736.2014.928875

Marmesat E, Soriano L, Mazzoni CJ, Sommer S, Godoy JA (2016): PCR strategies for complete allele calling in multigene families using high-throughput sequencing approaches. PLOS ONE 11, e0157402. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157402

Niedballa J, Sollmann R, Courtiol A, Wilting A (2016): camtrapR: an R package for efficient camera trap data management. METHODS ECOL EVOL 7, 1457–1462. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12600

Obara I, Nielsen M, Jeschek M, Nijhof A, Mazzoni CJ, Svitek N, Steinaa L, Awino E, Olds C, Jabbar A, Clausen PH, Bishop RP (2016): Sequence diversity between class I MHC loci of African native and introduced Bos taurus cattle in Theileria parva endemic regions: In silico peptide binding prediction identifies distinct functional clusters. IMMUNOGENETICS 68, 339–352. doi:10.1007/s00251-016-0902-5

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, 42–55. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12420

Patel RP, Förster DW, Kitchener AC, Rayan MD, Mohamed SW, Werner L, Lenz D, Pfestorf H, Kramer-Schadt S, Radchuk V, Fickel J, Wilting A (2016): Two species of Southeast Asian cats in the genus Catopuma with diverging histories: An island endemic forest specialist and a widespread habitat generalist. R SOC OPEN SCI 3, 160350. doi:10.1098/rsos.160350

Reissmann M, Musa L, Zakizadeh S, Ludwig A (2016): Distribution of coat-color-associated alleles in the domestic horse population and Przewalski’s horse. J APPL GENET 57, 519–525. doi:10.1007/s13353-016-0352-7

Santos PSC, Courtiol A, Heidel AJ, Höner OP, Heckmann I, Nagy M, Mayer F, Platzer M, Voigt CC, Sommer S (2016): MHC-dependent mate choice is linked to a trace-amine-associated receptor gene in a mammal. SCI REP 6, 38490. doi:10.1038/srep38490

Schröder O, Lieckfeldt D, Lutz W, Rudloff C, Frölich K, Ludwig A (2016): Limited hybridization between domestic sheep and the European mouflon in Western Germany. EUR J WILDL RES 62, 307–314. doi:10.1007/s10344-016-1003-3

Schröder O, Wagner M, Wutke S, Zhang Y, Ma YX, Xu DL, Goslar T, Neef R, Tarasov PE, Ludwig A (2016): Ancient DNA identification of domestic animals used for leather objects in Central Asia during the Bronze Age. HOLOCENE 26, 1722–1729. doi:10.1177/0959683616641741

Schuster AC, Herde A, Mazzoni CJ, Eccard JA, Sommer S (2016): Evidence for selection maintaining MHC diversity in a rodent species despite strong density fluctuations. IMMUNOGENETICS 68, 429–437. doi:10.1007/s00251-016-0916-z

Slater GJ, Cui P, Forasiepi AM, Lenz D, Tsangaras K, Voirin B, de Moraes N, MacPhee RD, Greenwood AD (2016): Evolutionary relationships among extinct and extant sloths: the evidence of mitogenomes and retroviruses. GENOME BIOL EVOL 8, 607–621. doi:10.1093/gbe/evw023

Weyrich A, Benz S, Karl S, Jeschek M, Jewgenow K, Fickel J (2016): Paternal heat exposure causes DNA methylation and gene expression changes of Stat3 in Wild guinea pig sons. ECOL EVOL 6, 2657–2666. doi:10.1002/ece3.1993

Weyrich A, Lenz D, Jeschek M, Chung TH, Rübensam K, Göritz F, Jewgenow K, Fickel J (2016): Paternal intergenerational epigenetic response to heat exposure in male wild guinea pigs. MOL ECOL 25, 1729–1740. doi:10.1111/mec.13494

Wilting A, Patel R, Pfestorf H, Kern C, Sultan K, Ario A, Peñaloza F, Kramer-Schadt S, Radchuk V, Förster DW, Fickel J (2016): Evolutionary history and conservation significance of the Javan leopard Panthera pardus melas. J ZOOL 299, 239–250. doi:10.1111/jzo.12348

Wutke S, Andersson L, Benecke N, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Gonzalez J, Hallsson JH, Lõugas L, Magnell O, Morales-Muniz A, Orlando L, Pálsdóttir AH, Reissmann M, Muñoz-Rodríguez MB, Ruttkay M, Trinks A, Hofreiter M, Ludwig A (2016): The origin of ambling horses. CURR BIOL 26, R697-R699. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.07.001

Wutke S, Benecke N, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Döhle HJ, Friederich S, Gonzales J, Hallsson J, Hofreiter M, Lõugas L, Magnell O, Morales-Muniz A, Orlando L, Pálsdóttir AH, Reissmann M, Ruttkay M, Trinks A, Ludwig A (2016): Spotted phenotypes in horses lost attractiveness in the Middle Ages. SCI REP 6, 38548. doi:10.1038/srep38548


Alfano N, Courtiol A, Vielgrader H, Timms P, Roca AL, Greenwood AD (2015): Variation in koala microbiomes within and between individuals: Effect of body region and captivity status. SCI REP 5, 10189. doi:10.1038/srep10189

Cohen E, Ndao A, Boëtsch G, Gueye L, Pasquet P, Holdsworth M, Courtiol A (2015): The relevance of the side-view in body image scales for public health: An example from two African populations. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 15, 1169. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-2511-x

Davidian CE, Benhaiem S, Courtiol A, Hofer H, Höner OP, Dehnhard M (2015): Determining hormone metabolite concentrations when enzyme immunoassay accuracy varies over time. METHODS ECOL EVOL 6, 576–583. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12338

Der Sarkissian C, Ermini L, Schubert M, Yang MA, Librado P, Fumagalli M, Jonsson H, Kahila Bar-Gal G, Albrechtsen A, Vieira FG, Petersen B, Ginolhac A, Seguin-Orlando A, Magnussen K, Fages A, Gamba C, Lorente-Galdos B, Polani S, Steiner C, Neuditschko M, Jagannathan V, Feh C, Greenblatt CL, Ludwig A, Abramson NI, Zimmermann W, Schafberg R, Tikhonov A, Sicheritz-Ponten T, Willerslev E, Marques-Bonet T, Ryder OA, McCue M, Rieder S, Leeb T, Slatkin M, Orlando L (2015): Evolutionary genomics and conservation of the endangered przewalski’s horse. CURR BIOL 25, 2577–2583. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.08.032

Escalera-Zamudio M, Zepeda LM, Heeger F, Loza-Rubio E, Rojas-Anaya E, Méndez-Ojeda M, Taboada B, Mazzoni CJ, Arias CF, Greenwood AD (2015): A novel endogenous betaretrovirus in the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) suggests multiple independent infection and cross-species transmission events. J VIROL 89, 5180–5184. doi:10.1128/JVI.03452-14

Hartmann S, Hasenkamp N, Mayer J, Michaux J, Morand S, Mazzoni C, Roca A, Greenwood AD (2015): Endogenous murine leukemia retroviral variation across wild European and inbred strains of house mouse. BMC GENOMICS 16, 613. doi:10.1186/s12864-015-1766-z

Hofreiter M, Paijmans JLA, Goodchild H, Speller CF, Barlow A, Fortes GG, Thomas JA, Ludwig A, Collins MJ (2015): The future of ancient DNA: Technical advances and conceptual shifts. BIOESSAYS 37, 284–293. doi:10.1002/bies.201400160

Kraus R, von Holdt B, Cocchiararo B, Harm V, Bayerl H, Kühn R, Förster D, Fickel J, Roos C, Nowak C (2015): A SNP-based approach for rapid and cost-effective genetic wolf monitoring in Europe based on non-invasively collected samples. MOL ECOL RESOUR 15, 295–305. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12307

Levréro F, Carrete-Vega G, Herbert A, Lawabi I, Courtiol A, Willaume E, Kappeler PM, Charpentier MJE (2015): Social shaping of voices does not impair phenotype matching of kinship in mandrills. NAT COMMUN 6, 6079. doi:10.1038/ncomms8609

Ludwig A, Lieckfeldt D, Jahrl J (2015): Mislabeled and counterfeit sturgeon caviar from Bulgaria and Romania. J APPL ICHTHYOL 31, 587–591. doi:10.1111/jai.12856

Ludwig A, Reissmann M, Benecke N, Bellone R, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Cieslak M, Fortes GG, Morales-Muniz A, Hofreiter M, Pruvost M (2015): Twenty-five thousand years of fluctuating selection on leopard complex spotting and congenital night blindness in horses. PHILOS TRANS R SOC B-BIOL SCI 370, 20130386. doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0386

Menke S, Meier M, Sommer S (2015): Shifts in the gut microbiome observed in wildlife faecal samples exposed to natural weather conditions: Lessons from time-series analyses using next-generation sequencing for application in field studies. METHODS ECOL EVOL 6, 1080–1087. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12394

Moßbrucker A, Apriyana I, Fickel J, Imron MA, Pudyatmoko S, Sumardi, Suryadi H (2015): Non-invasive genotyping of Sumatran elephants: Implications for conservation. TROP CONSERV SCI 8, 745–759. doi:10.1177/194008291500800312

Mumby H, Mar K, Thitaram C, Courtiol A, Towiboon P, Min-Oo Z, Htut-Aung Y, Brown J, Lummaa V (2015): Stress and body condition are associated with climate and demography in Asian elephants. CONSERV PHYSIOL 3. doi:10.1093/conphys/cov030

Olarte-Castillo XA, Heeger F, Mazzoni CJ, Greenwood AD, Fyumagwa RD, Moehlman PD, Hofer H, East ML (2015): Molecular characterization of canine kobuvirus in wild carnivores and the domestic dog in Africa. VIROLOGY 477, 89–97. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2015.01.010

Saragusty J, Prieto MT, Courtiol A, Potier R, Göritz F, Hildebrandt TB, Hermes R (2015): Sperm rescue in wild African elephants. REPROD FERTIL DEV 28, 1433–1442. doi:10.1071/RD14378

Tian JD, Courtiol A, Schneeberger K, Greenwood AD, Czirják GÁ (2015): Circulating white blood cell counts in captive and wild rodents are influenced by body mass rather than testes mass, a correlate of mating promiscuity. FUNCT ECOL 29, 823–829. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12394

Uusi-Heikkilä S, Whiteley AR, Kuparinen A, Matsumura S, Venturell PA, Wolter C, Slate J, Primmer CR, Meinelt T, Killen SS, Bierbach D, Polverino G, Ludwig A, Arlinghaus R (2015): The evolutionary legacy of size-selective harvesting extends from genes to populations. EVOL APPL 8, 597–620. doi:10.1111/eva.12268

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 ADV 1, e1400175. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1400175

Zhang R, Ludwig A, Zhang C, Tong C, Li1 G, Tang Y, Peng Z, Zhao K (2015): Local adaptation of Gymnocypris przewalskii (Cyprinidae) on the Tibetan Plateau. SCI REP 5, 9780. doi:10.1038/srep09780


Brouat C, Tollenaere C, Estoup A, Loiseau A, Sommer S, Soanandrasana R, Rahalison L, Rajerison M, Piry S, Goodman SM, Duplantier JM (2014): Invasion genetics of a human commensal rodent: The black rat Rattus rattus in Madagascar. MOL ECOL 23, 4153–4167. doi:10.1111/Mec.12848

David M, Gillingham MAF, Salignon M, Laskowski KL, Giraldeau LA (2014): Speed-accuracy trade-off and its consequences in a scramble competition context. ANIM BEHAV 90, 255–262. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.02.009

Etienne L, Rousset F, Godelle B, Courtiol A (2014): How choosy should I be? The relative searching time predicts the sexual selection of choosiness under direct benefits. PROC R SOC B-BIOL SCI 281, 20140190. doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.0190

Froeschke G, Sommer S (2014): Role of selection versus neutral processes determining genetic variation in a small mammal along a climatic gradient in Southern Africa. EVOL ECOL 28, 1169–1190. doi:10.1007/s10682-014-9731-x

Galipaud M, Gillingham MAF, David M, Dechaume-Moncharmont FX (2014): Ecologists overestimate the importance of predictor variables in model averaging: A plea for cautious interpretations. METHODS ECOL EVOL 5, 983–991. doi:10.1111/2041-210x.12251

Gärke C, Ytournel F, Sharifi AR, Pimentel ECG, Ludwig A, Simianer H (2014): Footprints of recent selection and variability in breed composition in the Göttingen Minipig genome. ANIM GENET 45, 381–391. doi:10.1111/age.12150

Havelka M, Hulák M, Ráb P, Rábová M, Lieckfeldt D, Ludwig A, Rodina M, Gela D, Pšenička M, Bytyutskyy D, Flajšhans M (2014): Fertility of a spontaneous hexaploid male Siberian sturgeon, Acipenser baerii. BMC GENET 15, 5. doi:10.1186/1471-2156-15-5

Menke S, Wasimuddin, Meier M, Melzheimer J, Mfune JKE, Heinrich S, Thalwitzer S, Wachter B, Sommer S (2014): Oligotyping reveals differences between gut microbiomes of free-ranging sympatric Namibian carnivores (Acinonyx jubatus, Canis mesomelas) on a bacterial species-like level. FRONT MICROBIOL 5, 526. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2014.00526

Pettay JE, Rotkirch A, Courtiol A, Jokela M, Lummaa V (2014): Effects of remarriage after widowhood on long-term fitness in a monogamous historical human population. BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL 68, 135–143. doi:10.1007/s00265-013-1630-6

Schneeberger K, Courtiol A, Czirják GÁ, Voigt CC (2014): Immune profile predicts survival and reflects senescence in a small, long-lived mammal, the greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata). PLOS ONE 9, e108268. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108268

Schwensow N, Cooke B, Kovaliski J, Sinclair R, Peacock D, Fickel J, Sommer S (2014): Rabbit haemorrhagic disease: virus persistence and adaptation in Australia. EVOL APPL 7, 1056–1067. doi:10.1111/eva.12195

Sommer S, Rakotondranary SJ, Ganzhorn JU (2014): Maintaining microendemic primate species along an environmental gradient? Parasites as drivers for species differentiation. ECOL EVOL 4, 4751–4765. doi:10.1002/ece3.1311

Speck S, Courtiol A, Junkes C, Dathe M, Müller K, Schulze M (2014): Cationic synthetic peptides: assessment of their antimicrobial potency in liquid preserved boar semen. PLOS ONE 9, e105949. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105949

Szentiks CA, Tsangaras K, Abendroth B, Scheuch M, Stenglein MD, Wohlsein P, Heeger F, Höveler R, Chen W, Sun W, Damiani A, Nikolin V, Gruber AD, Grobbel M, Kalthoff D, Höper D, Czirják GÁ, DeRisi J, Mazzoni CJ, Schüle A, Aue A, East ML, Hofer H, Beer M, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD (2014): Polar bear encephalitis: Establishment of a comprehensive next-generation pathogen analysis pipeline for captive and free-living wildlife. J COMP PATHOL 150, 474–488. doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2013.12.005

Torres CR, Ogawa LM, Gillingham MAF, Ferrari B, van Tuinen M (2014): A multi-locus inference of the evolutionary diversification of extant flamingos (Phoenicopteridae). BMC EVOL BIOL 14. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-36

Veron G, Willsch M, Dacosta V, Patou M-L, Seymour A, Bonillo C, Couloux A, Siew Te Wong, Jennings AP, Fickel J, Wilting A (2014): The distribution of the Malay civet Viverra tangalunga (Carnivora: Viverridae) across Southeast Asia: Natural or human-mediated dispersal? ZOOL J LINN SOC 170, 917–932. doi:10.1111/zoj.12110

Weyrich A, Schüllermann T, Heeger F, Mazzoni CJ, Jeschek M, Chen W, Schumann K, Fickel J (2014): Whole genome sequencing and methylome analysis of the wild guinea pig. BMC GENOMICS 15, 1036. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-1036


Alasaad S, Fickel J, Soriguer RC, Sushitsky YP, Chelomina G (2013): Quantitative sexing (Q-sexing) technique for animal sex-determination based on X chromosome-linked loci: Empirical evidence from the Siberian tiger. AFR J BIOTECHNOL 12, 14–18. doi:10.5897/AJB12.1689

Alasaad S, Jowers MJ, Garrido-Garcia JA, Wandeler P, Fickel J, Sanchez A, Soriguer RC (2013): Noninvasive molecular and morphological evidences for an undiscovered population of snow vole in southern Spain. MITOCHONDR DNA 24, 596–601. doi:10.3109/19401736.2013.772148

Balkenhol N, Fernandes F, Cornelius C, Pardini R, Sommer S (2013): Landscape-level comparison of genetic diversity and differentiation in a small mammal inhabiting different fragmented landscapes of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. CONSERV GENET 14, 355–367. doi:10.1007/s10592-013-0454-2

Bellone RR, Holl H, Setaluri V, Devi S, Maddodi N, Archer S, Sandmeyer L, Ludwig A, Foerster D, Pruvost M, Reissmann M, Bortfeldt R, Adelson DL, Lim SL, Nelson J, Haase B, Engensteiner M, Leeb T, Forsyth G, Mienaltowski MJ, Hofreiter M, Paijmans JLA, Grahn B, Brooks SA (2013): Evidence for a retroviral insertion in TRPM1 as the cause of congenital stationary night blindness and leopard complex spotting in the horse. PLOS ONE 8, e78280. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078280

Courtiol A, Rickard IJ, Lummaa V, Prentice A, Fulford A, Stearns SC (2013): The demographic transition influences variance in fitness and selection on height and BMI in rural Gambia. CURR BIOL 23, 884–889. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2013.04.006

Dadheech PK, Glockner G, Casper P, Kotut K, Mazzoni CJ, Mbedi S, Krienitz L (2013): Cyanobacterial diversity in the hot spring, pelagic and benthic habitats of a tropical soda lake. FEMS MICROBIOL ECOL 85, 389–401. doi:10.1111/1574-6941.12128

Förster DW, Mathias ML, Britton-Davidian J, Searle JB (2013): Origin of the chromosomal radiation of Madeiran house mice: a microsatellite analysis of metacentric chromosomes. HEREDITY 110, 380–388. doi:10.1038/hdy.2012.107

Goller KV, Fickel J, Hofer H, Beier S, East ML (2013): Coronavirus genotype diversity and prevalence of infection in wild carnivores in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. ARCH VIROL 158, 729–734. doi:10.1007/s00705-012-1562-x

Hennig W, Weyrich A (2013): Histone modifications in the male germ line of Drosophila. BMC DEV BIOL 13, 7. doi:10.1186/1471-213X-13-7

Hermes R, Saragusty J, Göritz F, Bartels P, Potier R, Baker B, Streich WJ, Hildebrandt TB (2013): Freezing African elephant semen as a new population management tool. PLOS ONE 8, e57616. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057616

Kärst S, Strucken EM, Schmitt AO, Weyrich A, de Villena FPM, Hyuna Y, Brockmann GA (2013): Effect of the myostatin locus on muscle mass and intramuscular fat content in a cross between mouse lines selected for hypermuscularity. BMC GENOMICS 14, 16. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-16

Ludwig A, Alderson L, Fandrey E, Lieckfeldt D, Soederlund TK, Froelich K (2013): Tracing the genetic roots of the indigenous White Park Cattle. ANIM GENET 44, 383–386. doi:10.1111/age.12026

Mayer J, Tsangaras K, Heeger F, Ávila-Arcos M, Stenglein MD, Chen W, Sun W, Mazzoni CJ, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD (2013): A novel endogenous betaretrovirus group characterized from polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). VIROLOGY 443, 1–10. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2013.05.008

Mumby HS, Courtiol A, Mar KU, Lummaa V (2013): Birth seasonality and calf mortality in a large population of Asian elephants. ECOL EVOL 3, 3794–3803. doi:10.1002/ece3.746

Mumby HS, Courtiol A, Mar KU, Lummaa V (2013): Climatic variation and age-specific survival in Asian elephants from Myanmar. ECOLOGY 94, 1131–1141. doi:10.1890/12-0834.1

Püttker T, Bueno AA, dos Santos de Barros C, Sommer S, Pardini R (2013): Habitat specialization interacts with habitat amount to determine dispersal success of rodents in fragmented landscapes. J MAMMAL 94, 714–726. doi:10.1644/12-MAMM-A-119.1

Püttker T, Prado PI, dos Santos de Barros C, Martins TK, Sommer S, Pardini R (2013): Animal movements and geometry: a response to Oliveira-Santos et al. 2013. J MAMMAL 94, 954–956. doi:10.1644/13-MAMM-A-015

Reissmann M, Ludwig A (2013): Pleiotropic effects of coat colour-associated mutations in humans, mice and other mammals. SEMIN CELL DEV BIOL 24, 576–586. doi:10.1016/j.semcdb.2013.03.014

Renoult JP, Courtiol A, Schaefer H (2013): A novel framework to study colour signalling to multiple species. FUNCT ECOL 27, 718–729. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12086

Sommer S, Courtiol A, Mazzoni CJ (2013): MHC genotyping of non-model organisms using next-generation sequencing: a new methodology to deal with artefacts and allelic dropout. BMC GENOMICS 14, 542. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-542

Sommer S, McDevitt A, Balkenhol N (2013): Landscape genetic approaches in conservation biology and management. CONSERV GENET 14, 249–251. doi:10.1007/s10592-013-0473-z

Yasui S, Konno A, Tanaka M, Idani G, Ludwig A, Lieckfeldt D, Inoue-Murayama M (2013): Personality assessment and its association with genetic factors in captive Asian and African elephants. ZOO BIOL 32, 70–78. doi:10.1002/zoo.21045

Zeng Q, Ye H, Ludwig A, Wang Z, Zhang Y, Peng Z (2013): Microsatellite development for the endangered Yangtze sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus Duméril, 1869) using 454 sequencing. J APPL ICHTHYOL 29, 1219–1221. doi:10.1111/jai.12278



Graph showing the total number of publications per year since 2017, divided into publications realized
in cooperation with other IZW departments (lower, dark portion) and without (upper, brighter portion).
As can be seen, a large proportion of our research is carried out in close cooperation with our colleagues
from the other departments at the IZW. Values for 2021 are preliminary.
Bar chart displaying the mean and median impact factors (corresponding JCR reports 2016-2020) of the
department’s publications since 2017.
ᴼᴬ: Full Open Access journals
Bar chart displaying the ten scientific journals in which we have published most often during the last five
ᴼᴬ: Full Open Access journals
Bar chart displaying the ten highest ranked scientific journals we have published in during the last three
years (2019-2021), sorted by impact factor (JCR 2020).
As increasingly realized by many others, we would like to emphasize that we do not see impact factors
as a worthy criterion for academic assessments.
ᴼᴬ: Full Open Access journals
Bar chart displaying the number of publications (X-axis) sorted by year (color) and journal (Y-axis).
The chart also indicates the distribution of our publications across journals during the period 2017-2021:
117 publications in 70 different journals; 29 full Open Access journals (ᴼᴬ).
Journals are listed in alphabetical order.
Graph showing the total number of publications per year since 2017, divided into Open Access (OA)
publications (lower, dark portion) and non-Open Access (non-OA) publication (upper, brighter portion).
As can be seen, a large proportion of our publications are Open Access. Values for 2021 are preliminary.

Last updated on September 14th, 2021