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

Alcade JT, Jimenez M, Brila I, Vintulis V, Voigt CC, Pētersons G (2021): Transcontinental 2200km migration of a Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii) across Europe. MAMMALIA 85, 161–163. doi:10.1515/mammalia-2020-0069

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

Pham LK, Tran BV, Le QT, Nguyen TT, Voigt CC (2021): Description of echolocation call parameters for urban bats in Vietnam as a stop towards a more integrated acoustic monitoring of urban wildlife in Southeast Asia. DIVERSITY 13, 18. doi:10.3390/d13010018

Voigt CC (2021): Insect fatalities at wind turbines as biodiversity sinks. CONSERV SCI PRACT e336. doi:10.1111/csp2.366

Fritze M, Puechmaille SJ, Costantini D, Fickel J, Voigt CC*, Czirják GÁ* (in press): 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

Kofler B, Wanek W, Voigt CC, Schulze CH (in press): Evidence for seasonal changes in population structure of Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) in the Lake Neusiedl region: A stable isotope approach. J ORNITHOL. doi:10.1007/s10336-021-01855-3

Rocha R, Aziz SA, Brook CE, Carvalho WD, Cooper-Bohannon R, Frick WF, Huang JCC, Kingston T, López-Baucells A, Maas B, Mathews F, Medellin RA, Olival KJ, Peel AJ, Plowright RK, Razgour O, Rebelo H, Rodrigues L, Rossiter SJ, Russo D, Straka TM, Teeling EC, Treuer T, Voigt CC, Webala PW (in press): Bat conservation and zoonotic disease risk: a research agenda to prevent misguided persecution in the aftermath of COVID-19. ANIM CONSERV. doi:10.1111/acv.12636

Straka TM, Greving H, Voigt CC (in press): The effects of bat photographs on emotions, attitudes, intentions, and wildlife value orientations. HUM DIMENS WILDL. doi:10.1080/10871209.2020.1864068

Currie SE, Boonman A, Troxell S, Yovel Y, Voigt CC (2020): Echolocation at high intensity imposes metabolic costs on flying bats. NAT ECOL EVOL 4, 1174–1177. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1249-8

Enners L, Guse N, Schwemmer P, Chagas A, Voigt CC, Garthe S (2020): Foraging ecology and diet of Eurasian spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) in the German Wadden Sea. ESTUAR COAST SHELF SCI 233, 106539. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106539

Hecht-Höger AM, Braun BC, Krause E, Meschede A, Krahe R, Voigt CC, Greenwood AD, Czirják GÁ (2020): Plasma proteomic profiles differ between European and North American myotid bats colonized by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. MOL ECOL 29, 1745–1755. doi:10.1111/mec.15437

Hedh L, Guglielmo CG, Johansson LC, Deakin JE, Voigt CC, Hedenström A (2020): Measuring power input, power output and energy conversion efficiency in uninstrumented flying birds. J EXP BIOL 223, jeb223545. doi:10.1242/jeb.223545

Heim O, Heim DN, Marggraf L, Voigt CC, Zhang X, Luo Y, Zheng J (2020): Variant maps for bat echolocation call identification algorithms. BIOACOUSTICS 29, 557–571. doi:10.1080/09524622.2019.1621776

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

Lehmann D, Mfune JKE, Gewers E, Cloete J, Aschenborn OHK, Mbomboro L, Kasona S, Brain C, Voigt CC (2020): Spatiotemporal responses of a desert dwelling ungulate to increasing aridity in north-eastern Namibia. J ARID ENVIRON 179, 104193. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2020.104193

Lerma M, Dehnhard N, Luna-Jorquera G, Voigt CC, Garthe S (2020): Breeding stage, not sex, affects foraging characteristics in masked boobies at Rapa Nui. BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL 74, 149. doi:10.1007/s00265-020-02921-1

Mantoiu DS, Kravchenko K, Lehnert LS, Vlaschenko A, Moldovan OT, Mirea IC, Stanciu RC, Zaharia R, Popescu-Mirceni R, Nistorescu MC, Voigt CC (2020): Wildlife and infrastructure: Impact of wind turbines on bats in the Black Sea Coast region. EUR J WILDL RES 66, 44. doi:10.1007/s10344-020-01378-x

Marx M, Rocha G, Zehtindjiev P, Peev S, Bakaloudis D, Metzger B, Cecere JG, Spina F, Cianchetti-Benedetti M, Frahnert S, Gamauf A, Voigt CC, Quillfeldt P (2020): Using stable isotopes to assess population connectivity in the declining European Turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur). CONSERV SCI PRACT 2, e152. doi:10.1111/csp2.152

Nusová G, Uhrin M, Voigt CC, Kaňuch P (2020): Tracing the geographic origin of common pipistrelles (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) swarming at a mass hibernaculum. MAMM BIOL 100, 601–610. doi:10.1007/s42991-020-00057-3

Roeleke M, Blohm T, Hoffmeister W, Marggraf L, Schlägel UE, Teige T, Voigt CC (2020): Landscape structure influences the use of social information in an insectivorous bat. OIKOS 129, 912–923. doi:10.1111/oik.07158

Schlägel UE, Grimm V, Blaum N, Colangeli P, Dammhahn M, Eccard J, Hausmann SL, Herde A, Hofer H, Joshi J, Kramer-Schadt S, Litwin M, Lozada-Gobilard SD, Müller MEH, Müller T, Nathan R, Petermann JS, Pirhofer-Walzl K, Radchuk V, Rillig MC, Roeleke M, Schäfer M, Scherer C, Schiro G, Scholz C, Teckentrup L, Tiedemann R, Ullmann W, Voigt CC, Weithoff G, Jeltsch F (2020): Movement-mediated community assembly and coexistence. BIOL REV 95, 1073–1096. doi:10.1111/brv.12600

Scholz C, Firozpoor J, Kramer-Schadt S, Gras P, Schulze C, Kimmig S, Voigt CC, Ortmann S (2020): Individual dietary specialization in a generalist predator: A stable isotope analysis of urban and rural red foxes. ECOL EVOL 10, 8855–8870. doi:10.1002/ece3.6584

Straka TM*, Greif S*, Schultz S*, Goerlitz H**, Voigt CC** (2020): The effect of cave illumination on bats. GLOB ECOL CONSERV 21, e00808. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00808

Straka TM, Fritze M, Voigt CC (2020): The human dimensions of a green–green-dilemma: Lessons learned from the wind energy — wildlife conflict in Germany. ENERGY REP 6, 1768–1777. doi:10.1016/j.egyr.2020.06.028

Voigt CC, Fritze M, Lindecke O, Costantini D, Pētersons G, Czirják GÁ (2020): The immune response of bats differs between pre-migration and migration seasons. SCI REP 10, 17384. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-74473-3

Voigt CC, Kravchenko K, Liechti F, Bumrungsri S (2020): Skyrocketing flights as a previously unrecognized behaviour of open-space foraging bats. ACTA CHIROPTEROL 21, 331–339. doi:10.3161/15081109ACC2019.21.2.008

Voigt CC, Scholl JM, Bauer J, Teige T, Yovel Y, Kramer-Schadt S, Gras P (2020): Movement responses of common noctule bats to the illuminated urban landscape. LANDSC ECOL 35, 189–201. doi:10.1007/s10980-019-00942-4

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.