Dr. Anne Berger



Department of Evolutionary Ecology

Tel:0049 (0) 30 5168 328
E-Mail: berger@izw-berlin.de

Short curriculum vitae

zoo animal keeper in the Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde, Berlin 

Study of Biology, Humboldt-University zu Berlin, finishing with the Diploma

PhD student, Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW, Berlin) in collaboration with Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI, Vienna), French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA, Clermont Ferrand) and the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
1999 - finishing the PhD in animal ethology at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg: “Chronobiological investigations on Przewalski horse (Equus ferus przewalskii) and red deer (Cervus elaphus) under quasi-natural conditions and possible approaches to chronobiological diagnosis of stress”

Since 2000
Scientist at Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin

Guest scientist, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies (“moose research group”), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå

Research interests
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Activity data analyses (e.g. accelerometry)
  • Wildlife bio-logging
  • Chronobiology
  • Stress detection in wildlife
  • Animal welfare
  • Urban ecology
  • Wildlife detection dogs
Selected publications

Grimm-Seyfarth A, Harms W, Berger A (2021): Detection dogs in nature conservation: A database on their worldwide deployment with a review on breeds used and their performance compared to other methods. METHODS ECOL EVOL 2021, 1–12. doi:10.5061/dryad.t76hdr804

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

Berger A, Barthel LMF, Rast W, Hofer H, Gras P (2020): Urban hedgehog behavioural responses to temporary habitat disturbance versus permanent fragmentation. ANIMALS 10, 2109. doi:10.3390/ani10112109

Berger A, Lozano B, Barthel LMF, Schubert N (2020): Moving in the dark – Evidence for an influence of artificial light at night on the movement behaviour of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). ANIMALS 10, 1306. doi:10.3390/ani10081306

Bonnot NC*, Couriot O*, Berger A, Cagnacci F, Ciuti S, De Groeve J, Gehr B, Heurich M, Kjellander P, Kröschel M, Morellet N, Soennichsen L, Hewison AJM (2020): Fear of the dark? Contrasting impacts of humans versus lynx on diel activity of roe deer across Europe. J ANIM ECOL 89, 132–145. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13161

Rast W*, Kimmig SE*, Giese L, Berger A (2020): Machine learning goes wild: Using data from captive individuals to infer wildlife behaviours. PLOS ONE 15, e0227317. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0227317

Hofman MPG, Hayward MW, Heim M… et al. (2019): Right on track? Performance of satellite telemetry in terrestrial wildlife research. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216223. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216223

Mengüllüoğlu D, İlaslan E, Emir H, Berger A (2019): Diet and wild ungulate preferences of wolves in northwestern Anatolia during winter. PeerJ

Rast W, Barthel LMF, Berger A (2019): Music festival makes hedgehogs move: How individuals cope behaviourally in response to human induced stressors. Animals 9, 455. DOI:10.3390/ani9070455.

Barthel LMF, Hofer H, Berger A (2018): An easy, flexible solution to attach devices to hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) enables long-term high resolution studies. Ecology and Evolution, 1-8. DOI:10.1002/ece3.4794

Couriot O, Hewison AJM, Saïd S, Cagnacci F, Chamaillé-Jammes S, Linnell J, Mysterud A, Peters W, Urbano F, Heurich M, Kjellander P, Nicoloso S, Berger A, Sustr P, Kroeschel M, Soennichsen L, Sandfort R, Gehr B, Morellet N (2018): Truly sedentary? The multi-range tactic as a response to resource heterogeneity and unpredictability in a large herbivore. Oecologia 187(2), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-018-4131-5

Mengüllüoğlu D, Ambarlı H, Berger A, Hofer H (2018): Foraging ecology of Eurasian lynx populations in southwest Asia: conservation implications for a diet-specialist. Ecology and Evolution. DOI:10.1002/ece3.4439

Sarout BNM, Waterhouse A, Duthie C-A, Poli CHEC, Haskell M, Berger A, Umstätter C (2018): Assessment of circadian rhythm of activity combined with random regression model as a novel approach to monitor sheep in an extensive system. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, DOI:10.1016/j.applanim.2018.06.007

Ossi F, Gaillard J-M, Hebblewhite M, Morellet N, Sandfort R, Kröschel M, Kjellander P, Mysterud A, Linnell JDC, Heurich M, Soennichsen L, Sustr P, Berger A, Rocca M, Urbano F, Ranc N, Cagnacci F (2017): Plastic response by a small cervid to supplemental feeding in winter across a wide environmental gradient. Ecosphere 8(1), e01629-n/a.  doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1629

Sönnichsen L, Borowik T, Podgórski T, Plis K, Berger A, Jędrzejewska B (2017): Survival rates and causes of mortality in roe deer in a rural landscape, eastern Poland. Mammal Research 62, 141-147. doi: 10.1007/s13364-017-0308-2

Berger A, Dettki H, Urbano F (2014): Deciphering animals' behaviour: joining GPS and activity data. In: Urbano F, Cagnacci F (eds.) Spatial database for GPS wildlife tracking data. A practical guide to creating a data management system with PostgreSQL/PostGIS and R. Springer International Publishing Switzerland. doi 10.1007/978-3-319-03743-1_12.

Krop-Benesch A, Berger A, Hofer H, Heurich M (2013): Long-term measurement of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) activity using two-axis accelerometer GPS-collars. Italian Journal of Zoology 80, 69-81. doi:10.1080/11250003.2012.725777.

Berger A (2011): Activity patterns, chronobiology and the assessment of stress and welfare in zoo and wild animals. Int Zoo YB 45, 1-11. doi:10.1111/j.1748-1090.201000121.x.

Berger A, Scheibe KM, Michaelis S, Streich WJ (2003): Evaluation of living conditions of free ranging animals by automated chronobiological analysis of behaviour. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers 35(3), 458-466.