Prof. Dr. Arne Ludwig


Head "Selection of traits and domestication, wildlife forensics"

Department of Evolutionary Genetics


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 312

Short curriculum vitae

Arne is adjunct Professor at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the Humboldt University Berlin. Research and teaching are focused on animal genetics and wildlife forensics. He completed his dissertation in Breeding Biology and Molecular Genetics in 1997. Between 1997-2001 Arne was a post-doc at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries where he started with his research on the restoration of sturgeon in German rivers as well as on genetic methods for trade control of caviar. Both projects are running until today. Arne came to the IZW in 2002. He is a member of several scientific advisory boards and is the Co-Chair of the IUCN Sturgeon Specialist Group. Arne gives lectures on genetics and conservation genetics at several universities (Hildesheim, Madrid, Berlin).
Research interests

- Genetic adaptation and selection 

- Conservation genetics

- Domestication

- Wildlife forensics

Selected publications
Librado P, Khan N, Fages A, (…), Ludwig A, (…), Wincker P, Outram A, Orlando L (2021): The origins and spread of domestic horses from the Western Eurasian steppes. NATURE 598, 634-640. doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04018-9.
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
Fages A, Hanghøj K, Khan N, (…), Ludwig A, (…), 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
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
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
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 (*contributed equally). doi:10.1126/sciadv.aap9691
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
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
Last updated on November 5th, 2021.