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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 1-7. doi:10.1038/ ncomms1079

More information regarding projects and publications can be found at Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Last updated on April, 15th 2021.