Who is batlab?

We are wildlife ecologists at the Berlin based Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (www.izw-berlin.de). This web page is designed to introduce you to our research on bats, our main study organism.  

Why study bats?

 

Bats are a fascinating group of mammals, because

  • they are the only mammals capable of powered flight, so-called flapping flight,
  • they find their ways in complete darkness using echolocation,
  • they are the dominant mammal group in tropical ecosystems,
  • they are important ecosystem service providers (by feeding on insects, dispersing seeds, and pollinating flowers),
  • they have evolved numerous feeding habits, social systems, morphological adaptations, and
  • they are just beautiful animals.

    Last but not least, bats deserve our attention because many species are threatened.

Group leader

PD Dr. Christian Voigt

Tel: +49-30-5168-517

E-Mail: voigt@izw-berlin.de

I am interested in both proximate (i.e. physiological and ecological) and ultimate (i.e. evolutionary) questions related to the biology of bats. In my group, we combine field and laboratory work and use various methods, such as stable isotopes, respirometry, endocrinology, immunology, behavioral observations among others, to better understand the ecology, physiology and evolution of bats. Please visit the section  'projects' on this web page or the list of publications for a more detailed description of our work.

Curriculum vitae PD Dr. Christian C. Voigt
CV_CCVoigt.pdf
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Technical assistants

Karin Grassow 

Stable isotope laboratory

Tel: +49-30-5168-519

E-Mail: grassow@izw-berlin.de 

Anja Luckner (maternity leave)

Stable isotope laboratory

tel: +49-30-5168-519

E-Mail: luckner@izw-berlin.de

Yvonne Klaar

Stable isotope and molecular genetic laboratory

Tel: +49-30-5168-519

E-Mail: klaar@izw-berlin.de 

Doris Fichte

Administration and logistics

Tel: +49-30-5168-514

E-Mail: fichte@izw-berlin.de

Lena Schlag (starting 1st of April): Scientist in the stable isotope laboratory

Postdocs/Guest scientists

Dr. David Costantini: Alexander-von-Humboldt-Fellowship for Advanced postdocs

Dr. Nicolas Fasel: Oxidative stress and ejaculate quality in temperate zone bats

Dr. Shannon Currie (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Fellowship; starting 1st of September 2017): Heart rate telemetry in temperate zone bats

Dr. Lysanne Snijders (starting June 2018; Alexander-von-Humboldt-Fellowship): Personality and migration in noctule bats

Graduate students

PhD students in my lab usually finish with about 3 papers in peer-reviewed journals and co-author several more to which they have contributed; the latter are usually not part of the thesis.

Sara Troxell

Project (DFG funded): Migration physiology of European bats

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Dr. S. Ortmann

Tel: +49-30-5168-712

E-Mail: troxell@izw-berlin.de 

Anne Seltmann

Project (DFG funded): Virus ecology of Southeast Asian bats

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Dr. G. Czirjak

 

 

 

Seltmann, A., Corman, V., Drosten, C., Czirjak, G.,A., Bernard, J., Struebig, M., Voigt, C.C.

(2017) Seasonal fluctuations of Astrovirus, but not Coronavirus, schedding in bats inhabiting human-modified tropical forests. Ecohealth. accepted

Seltmann, A., Czirjak, G., Struebig, M., Courtiol, A., Bernard, H., Voigt, C.C. (2017) Habitat disturbance results in chronic stress and impaired health status in forest-dwelling paleotropical bats. Conservation Physiology.  accepted

CVSeltmann,Anne.pdf
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Linn Lehnert (graduate fellow of the Elsa-Neumann-Program): Migratory bats and wind turbines

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Dr. Stephanie Kramer-Schadt 

 

Lehnert, L.S., Kramer-Schadt, S., Schönborn, S., Lindecke, O., Niermann, I., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Wind farm facilities in Germany kill noctule bats from near and far. PLOSONE 9: e103106.

 

Further:

Voigt, C.C., Lehnert, L.S., G. Petersons, F. Adorf, L. Bach (2015) Bat fatalities at wind turbines: German politics cross migratory bats. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 61:213-219

Voigt, C.C., Lehnert, L.S., Popa-Lisseanu, A.G., Cienachwski, M., Estok, P. Gloza-Rausch, F., Görföl, T., Göttsche, M. Harrje, C. Hötzel, M., Teige, T., Wohlgemuth, R., Kramer-Schadt, S. (2014) The trans-boundary importance of artificial bat hibernacula in managed European forests. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 617-631.

CV of Linn Lehnert
CV_LLehnert_engl.pdf
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Oliver Lindecke (graduate fellow of the Elsa-Neumann Program):

Project: Orientation and navigation of migratory bats

CV and home page: http://oliverlindecke.jimdo.com/ 

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Prof. Dr. H. Hofer 

 

 

 

Lindecke, O., Voigt, C.C., Petersons, G., Holland, R. (2015) Polarized skylight does not calibrate the compass system of a migratory bat. Biology Letters 11: 20150525.

 

Further

Lehnert, L.S., Kramer-Schadt, S., Schönborn, S., Lindecke, O., Niermann, I., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Wind farm facilities in Germany kill noctule bats from near and far. PLOSONE 9: e103106

Voigt, C.C., Lindecke, O., Schönborn, S., Kramer-Schadt, S., Lehmann, D. (2016) Habitat use of migratory bats killed during autumn at wind turbines. Ecological Applications. 26:771-783

CV_Oliver Lindecke_06-12.pdf
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Manuel Roeleke (DFG funded) start in November 2015

Project: Movement ecology of temperate zone bats

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Dr. N. Blaum (U of Potsdam), Prof. Dr. J. Eccard (U of Potsdam) 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Fritze (IZW funded)

Projekt: Immunology of fungal infections in European bats

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Dr. G. Czirjak

CV of Marcus Fritze
MFritze_CV.pdf
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Cecilia Kruczynski de Assis (DAAD fellowship)

Migration of bats in Brazil revealed by stable isotope analyses

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Prof. Dr. M. Mello

 

Kseniia Kravchenko (DAAD fellowship)

Bat migration in Eastern Europe

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Dr. Kramer-Schadt

Bachelor and master students, project assistants

Juliane Bauer (HNE Eberswalde; starting 1 June 2017): Habitat use of noctule bats in relation light of urban environments

Sophie Schultz (Freie Universität Berlin, starting 15 May 2017): Effect of LED light on bats

Maritta Wolf (HNE Eberswalde; starting 1st of May 2017): Activity of bats on dark spots in urban environments

Annissa Otto (Humboldt Universität Berlin): Sozialrufe von Fledermäusen im Landschaftskontext

Katharina Rehnig (Universität Wien): Einfluss von Lichtverschmutzung auf migrierende Fledermäuse

Julia Scholl (Universität Potsdam): Einfluss von Lichtverschmutzung auf urbane Große Abendsegler

Former guest scientists or students

Diogo Ferreira (University of Lisboa, Portugal): Erasmus stipend

Kseniia Kravchenko (Ukraine): Green Talent stipend

Dr. David Soto (University of Saskatoon)

Nittaya Ruadreo (Prince Songkla University, Thaiand)

Lukas Guth (FH Eberswalde): internship (November 2013 - January 2014) 

Ilze Brila (Latvian student of veterinary medicine): internship (September 2013)

PhD Liam McGuire (University of Winnipeg): Guest scientist (September - October 2013)

Daniel Becker: PhD student of the University of Georgia, U.S.A.: Dietary habits and immunology of the vampire bat Desmodus rotundus (May 2013)

Carson Grant: PhD student of the University of Calgary, Canada: Intership about wildlife health (May-August 2013)

Gonzalo Ossa: Universty of Paris

Prof. Dr. Gerardo Herrera (2008, 2010): Universidad Autonoma de Mexico 

Nelly Rodriguez (2008): Universidad Autonoma de Mexico)

Jazmin Osorio (Student) from the Universidad Guadalajara, Mexico

Alumni

Former postdocs

Dr. Julia Schad (since 2014)

Project: Immune genetics of bats

E-mail: schad@izw-berlin.de

Now: teacher

 

Schad, J., Voigt, C.C. (2016) Adaptive evolution of virus-sensing toll-like receptor 8 in bats. Immunogenetics. accepted

Dr. Karin Schneeberger 

Project: The interplay between immunology, oxidative stress and longevity;

Now: postdoc at the University of Berne

E-Mail: schneeberger@izw-berlin.de

 

Schneeberger, K., Voigt, C.C. (2016) Virus ecology and conservation of bats. In: Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of bats in a changing world (eds. Voigt, C.C., Kingston, T.). Springer e-book.

Dr. Ana Popa-Lisseanu

Postdoc: Bat migration (2006-2009)

Now: postdoc at the Biological Station Coto de Donana

E-Mail: anapopa@izw-berlin.de

 

 

 

Popa-Lisseanu A.G., Soergel, K., Luckner, A., Wassenaar, L.I., Ibáñez, C., Ciechanowski, M., Görföl, T., Niermann, I., Beuneux, G., Myslajek, R., Juste, J., Fonderflick, J., Kramer-Schadt, S., Kelm, D.H., Voigt, C.C. (2012) A triple isotope approach to predict breeding origins of European bats. PLoS ONE 7: e38083

Popa-Lisseanu, A., Voigt, C.C. (2009) Bats on the move. Journal of Mammalogy 90: 1283-1290.

 

Further:

Voigt, C.C., Popa-Lisseanu, A., Niermann, I., Kramer-Schadt, S. (2012) The catchment area of wind farms for European bats: A plea for international regulations. Biological Conservation 153: 80-86.

Erzberger, A., Popa-Lisseanu, A.G., Lehmann, G.U.C., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Potential and limits in detecting altitudinal movements of bats using stable hydrogen isotope ratios of fur keratin. Acta Chiropterologica 13: 431-438.

Dr. Dina K.N. Dechmann

Postdoc: Evolution of group living in bats (2008-2010)

Now: Research scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology (Radolfzell)

E-Mail: dechmann@orn.mpg.de

 

 

 

Dechmann, D.K.N., John, L., Nowak, T., Voigt, C.C, (2009) Polymorphic microsatellites for the lesser bulldog bat (Noctilio albiventris) cross-amplify with close and distant relatives. Conservation Genetics Resources 1: 167-170.

Dechmann, D.K.N., Heucke, S.L., Guggioli L., Safi, K., Voigt, C.C., Wikelski, M. (2009) Experimental evidence for group hunting via eavesdropping in echolocating bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 276:2721-2728.

 

Further

Voigt, C.C., Capps, K., Dechmann, D.K.N., Michener, R.H., Kunz, T.H. (2008) Nutrition or Detoxification: Why bats visit mineral licks of the Amazon Rainforest? PLoS ONE 3, e2011.

Voigt C.C., Dechmann D.K.N., Bender J., Rinehart J.B., Michener R.H., Kunz T.H. (2007) Mineral licks attract neotropical seed-dispersing bats. International Journal of Ecology, Article ID 34212.

Voigt, C.C., Sörgel, K., Dechmann, D.K.N. (2010) Refuelling while flying: Foraging bats combust food rapidly and directly to fuel flight. Ecology 91:2908-2917.

Schad, J., Greiner, S., Dechmann, D.K.N., Voigt, C.C., Sommer, S. (2012) Independent evolution of functional MHC class II DRB genes in neotropical bat species. Immunogenetics 64: 535-547.

Schad, J., Dechmann, D.K.N., Voigt, C.C., Sommer, S. (2011) MHC class II DRB diversity, selection pattern and population structure in a neotropical bat species, Noctilio albiventris. Heredity 107: 115–126.

Dr. Detlev Kelm

Postdoc: Evolutionary physiology of nectar-feeding bats (2006-2009)

Now: Affiliated with the Charite in Berlin

E-Mail: detkelm@gmx.de

 

 

 

 

Kelm, D.H., Simon, R., Kuhlow, D., Voigt, C.C., Ristow, M. (2011) High activity enables life on a high sugar diet: blood glucose regulation in nectar-feeding bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences

Kelm, D.H., Schaer, J., Ortmann, S., Wibbelt G., Speakman J.R., Voigt C.C. (2008) Efficiency of facultative frugivory in a nectar specialist, the bat Glossophaga commissarisi (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). Journal of Comparative Physiology B 178: 985-996.

 

Further:

Popa-Lisseanu A.G., Soergel, K., Luckner, A., Wassenaar, L.I., Ibáñez, C., Ciechanowski, M., Görföl, T., Niermann, I., Beuneux, G., Myslajek, R., Juste, J., Fonderflick, J., Kramer-Schadt, S., Kelm, D.H., Voigt, C.C. (2012) A triple isotope approach to predict breeding origins of European bats. PLoS ONE 7: e38083

Voigt, C.C., Kelm, D.H., Bradley, B., Ortmann, S. (2009) Dietary analysis of plant-visiting bats. In: Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats (eds. T.H. Kunz, S. Parsons). The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. Pp. 593-609.

Voigt, C.C., Kelm, D.H., Visser, H. (2006) Diet and field metabolic rate in two phytophagous bats: Do pollinator strategies make life spin faster? Journal of Comparative Physiology B 176: 213-222.

Voigt, C.C., Kelm, D.H. (2006) Host preference of the common vampire bat Desmodus rotundus assessed by stable isotopes. Journal of Mammalogy 87:1-6.

Voigt, C.C., Kelm, D.H. (2006) Host preferences of bat flies: Following the bloody path of stable isotopes in a host-parasite food chain. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84(3): 397-403

Former PhD students

Dr. Olga Heim

Project: Open-space foraging bats on agricultural land

PhD committee: Dr. C. Voigt, Prof. Dr. J. Eccard (U of Potsdam)

Tel: +49-30-5168-712

E-Mail: heim@izw-berlin.de

 

 

 

Heim, O., Schröder, A., Eccard, J.A., Jung, K., Voigt, C.C. (2016) Seasonal activity patterns

       of European bats above intensively used farmland. Agriculture, Ecosystems and

       Environment. 233:130-139.

Heim, O.,Lorenz, L., Kramer-Schadt, S., Jung, K., Voigt, C.C., Eccard, J.A. (2017)

        Landscape and scale dependent spatial niches of bats foraging above intensively used

 

       arable field. Ecological Processes. conditionally accepted.

 

One more paper in the review process

Dr. David Lehmann (finished 2015)

Project (non-bat): Ecology and physiology of desert ungulates

Now: postdoc at the University of Stirling

 

 

 

 

Lehmann, D., Mfune, J.K.E, Gewers, E., Brain, C., Voigt, C.C. (2015) Individual variation in isotopic niches of grazing and browsing desert ungulates. Oecologia. 179:75-88.

Lehmann, D., Mfune, J.K.E., Gewers, E.,Cloete, J., Brain, C., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Dietary plasticity of generalist and specialist ungulates in the Namibian desert: A stable isotope approach. PLOSONE. 8: e72190.

One further manuscript under review

 

Further:

Voigt, C.C., Lehmann, D., Greif, S. (2015) Stable isotope ratios of hydrogen separate mammals of aquatic and terrestrial food webs. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 11:1332-1340

Voigt, C.C., Lindecke, O., Schönborn, S., Kramer-Schadt, S., Lehmann, D. (2016) Habitat use of migratory bats killed during autumn at wind turbines. Ecological Applications. 26:771-783

Daniel Lewanzik (to be finished in 2016)

Project: bats and light pollution

Now: postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen

 

 

Lewanzik, D., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Artificial light at night puts ecosystem services of frugivorous bats at risk. Journal of Applied Ecology. 51: 388-394.

Lewanzik, D., et al. (2016) Dark matters: The effect of light pollution on bats. In: Bats in the

       Anthropocene: Conservation of bats in a changing world (eds. Voigt, C.C., Kingston, T.)

       Springer e-book.

Lewanzik, D., Voigt, C.C. (2016) Transition from conventional to LED street lighting changes  

        activity of urban bats. Journal of Applied Ecology.  doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12758

 

Further:

Voigt, C.C., Schneeberger, K., Voigt-Heucke, S.L., Lewanzik, D. (2011) Rain increases the energy cost of bat flight. Biology Letters 7: 793-795.

Voigt, C.C., Lewanzik, D. (2011) Trapped in the darkness of the night: Thermal and energetic constraints of daylight flight in bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 278: 2311-2317.

Voigt, C.C., Lewanzik, D. (2012) ‘No cost for echolocation in flying bats’ revisited Journal of comparative Physiology B 182: 831-840.

Juliane Maaß

Project (funded by Leibniz initiative for excellence): Stable isotope ecology of Southeast Asian carnivores and primates

Co-supervised by PD Dr. Jörns Fickel, Dr. Andreas Wilting

Now: Science communication

Dr. Karin Schneeberger (2010-2013): 

Immunology and oxidative stress of neotropical bats

Now: Postdoc at the IZW; Starting 2015 Postdoc at the University of Berne

 

 

Schneeberger, K., Courtiol, A., Czrijak, G., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Immune profile predicts survival in a small, long-lived bat, the greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata). PLOSONE 9: e108268.

Schneeberer, K., Czirjak, G., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Frugivory is associated with low measures of plasma oxidative stress and high antioxidant concentration in free-ranging bats. Naturwissenschaften. 101: 285-290.

Schneeberger, K., Czirjak, G.A., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Inflammatory challenge increases measures of oxidative stress in a free-ranging, long-lived mammal. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 4514-4519.

Schneeberger, K., Czirják, G., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Measures of the constitutive immune system are linked to diet and roosting habits of Neotropical bat species. PLoS ONE 8: e54023.

 

Further:

Schneeberger, K.Voigt, C.C., Müller, C., Caspers, B. (2016) Multidimensionality of chemical information in male greater sac-winged bats (Saccopteryx bilineata). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. in press

Voigt, C.C., Schneeberger, K., Luckner, A. (2013) Ecological and dietary correlates of stable hydrogen isotope ratios in fur and body water of syntopical tropical bats. Ecology 94: 346-355.

Voigt, C.C., Voigt-Heucke, S., Schneeberger, K. (2012) Isotopic data do not support food sharing within large networks of female vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) Ethology 118: 260-268.

Voigt, C.C., Schneeberger, K., Voigt-Heucke, S.L., Lewanzik, D. (2011) Rain increases the energy cost of bat flight. Biology Letters 7: 793-795.

Dr. Simon J. Ghanem (2009-2013)

Project (DFG-funded): Mineral lick visitation of Neotropical bats

Now: Consultant

 

 

 

 

 

Ghanem, S.J., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Defaunation of tropical forests reduces habitat quality for seed-dispersing bats in Western Amazonia: An unexpected connection via mineral likcs. Animal Conservation. 17: 44-51.

Ghanem, S.J., Ruppert, H., Kunz, T.H., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Frugivorous bats drink nutrient- and clay-enriched water in the Amazon rain forest: support for a dual function of mineral-lick visits. Journal of Tropical Ecology 29: 1-10.

Ghanem, S.J., Voigt, C.C. (2012) Increasing awareness of ecosystem services provided by bats. Advances in the Study of Behavior 44: 279-302.

 

Further:

Corman, V.M., Rasche, A., Diallo, T.D., Cottontail, V.M., Stöcker, A., Souza, B.F. Correa, J.I., Carneiro, A.J.B. Franke, C.R., Knörnschild, K., Kalko, E.K.V., Ghanem, S.J., Morales, K.D.S., Salsamendi, E., Spinola, M., Herrler, G., Voigt C.C., Tschapka, M., Drosten, C., Drexler, J.F. (2013) Highly diversified coronaviruses in neotropical bats. Journal of General Virology. 94: 1984-1994.

Dr. Sabine Greiner (2007-2011)

Doctoral student

Project: Reproductive endocrinology of the greater sac-winged bat

 Now: Project coordinator for international  technical cooperation

 

 

 

Greiner, S., Nagy, M., Knörnschild, M., Hofer, H., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Sex-biased senescence in a polygynous bat species. Ethology. 119: 1-9.

Greiner, S., Dehnhard, M., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Differences in plasma testosterone levels related to social status are more pronounced during mating- than non-mating season in the tropical bat Saccopteryx bilineata. Canadian Journal of Zoology 89: 1157-1163.

Greiner, S., Schwarzenberger, F., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Predictable estrus timing of a small tropical mammal in an almost a-seasonal environment. Journal of Tropical Ecology 27: 121-131.

Greiner, S., Stefanski, V., Dehnhard, M., Voigt, C.C. (2010) Plasma testosterone levels decrease after activation of skin immune system in a free-ranging mammal. General and Comparative Endocrinology 168: 466-473.

 

Further:

Schad, J., Greiner, S., Dechmann, D.K.N., Voigt, C.C., Sommer, S. (2012) Independent evolution of functional MHC class II DRB genes in neotropical bat species. Immunogenetics 64: 535-547.

Lewanzik, D., Kelm, D.H., Greiner, S., Dehnhard, M., Voigt, C.C. (2012) Ecological correlates of cortisol levels in two bat species with contrasting feeding habits. General and Comparative Endocrinology 177: 104-112. 

Dr. Katja Rex (2004-2008)

Doctoral student

Project: Mechanisms supporting tropical bat diversity

Now: Teacher

 

 

 

 

Rex, K., Michener, R., Kunz, T.H., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Vertical stratification of Neotropical leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae: Chiroptera) revealed by stable carbon isotopes Journal of Tropical Ecology 27: 211-222.

Rex, K., Czaczkes, B.I., Michener, R., Kunz, T.H., Voigt, C.C. (2010) Spezialisation and omnivory in diverse mammalian assemblages. Ecoscience 17:37-46

Rex, K., Kelm, D.H., Wiesner, K., Matt, F., Kunz, T.H., Voigt, C.C. (2008) Species richness and structure of three Neotropical bat assemblages. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94: 617-629.

One unpublished thesis chapter

 

Further:

Dumont, E.R., Dávalos, L.M., Goldberg, A., Santana, S.E., Rex, K., Voigt, C.C. (2012) Morphological innovation, diversification and invasion of a new adaptive zone. Proceedings of the Royal Society London: Biological Sciences 279: 1797-1805.

Voigt, C.C., Rex, K., Michener, R.H., Speakman, J.R. (2008) Nutrient routing in omnivorous animals tracked by stable carbon isotopes in tissue and exhaled breath. Oecologia 157: 31-40.

Voigt, C.C., Grasse, P., Rex, K., Hetz, S.K., Speakman, J.R. (2008) Bat breath reveals metabolic substrate use in free-ranging vampires. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 178:9-16.

Dr. Barbara Caspers (2003-2007)

Doctoral student

Project: Olfactory communication in the greater sac-winged bat

Now: Freigeist fellow of the Volkgswagenstiftung at the University of Bielefeld

E-Mail: barbara.caspers@uni-bielefeld.de

 

 

Caspers, B.A., Schröder, F.C., Franke, S., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Scents of adolescence: the maturation of wing sac odour in greater sac-winged bats, Saccopteryx bilineata. PLoS ONE 6: e21162.

Caspers, B.A. , Voigt, C.C. (2009) Temporal and spatial distribution of male scent marks in the polygynous greater sac-winged bat. Ethology 115: 713-720

Caspers, B., Schroeder, F.C., Meinwald, J., Franke, S. , Streich, W.J., Voigt, C.C. (2009) Odour-based species recognition in two sympatric species of sac-winged bats (Saccopteryx bilineata, S. leptura): Combining chemical analysis, behavioral observation and odour preference tests. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 741-749.

Caspers, B., Wibbelt, G., Voigt, C.C. (2009) Histological examinations of facial glands in Saccopteryx bilineata (Chiroptera, Emballonuridae), and their potential use in territorial marking. Zoomorphology 128: 37-43

Caspers, B., Franke S., Voigt, C.C. (2008) The wing-sac odour of male greater sac-winged bats Saccopteryx bilineata (Emballonuridae) as a composite trait: Seasonal and individual differences. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates XI. eds Hurst, J., Beynon, R, Müller-Schwarze D., Springer, Berlin New York, 151-160.

 

Further:

Voigt, C.C., Behr, O., Caspers, B., von Helversen, O., Knörnschild, M., Mayer, F., Nagy, M. (2008) Songs, scents, and senses: Sexual selection in the mating system of the greater sac-winged bat, Saccopteryx bilineata. Journal of Mammalogy 89:1401-1410.

Hoffmann, F.F., Hejduk, J., Caspers, B., Siemers, B.M., Voigt, C.C. (2007) In the mating system of S. bilineata, bioacoustic constraints impede male eavesdropping on female echolocation calls for their surveillance. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85: 863-872.

 

Former diploma, master or bachelor students, technical assistants

The ultimate goal of all diploma or master theses projects is to yield scientific results that are to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

 

  • Joanna Laß (Universität Potsdam): Habitat use of barbastelle bats
  • Lara Marggraf (University of Potsdam): The role of vocalizations during bat migration
  • Philipp Weise (Humboldt Universität): Immunology of bats
  • Friederike Klingler (Fachhochschule Eberswalde): Foraging behaviour of common noctule bats above forested areas
  • Theresa Geißler (University of Bremerhaven): The isotopic ecology of European wildlife species
  • Sascha Hentschel (Master student at the Humboldt University): Genetic diversity of Toll-like receptor genes in bats
  • Assja Schröder (Universität Potsdam): Bat activity above farmland

    Manuel Roeleke (Freie Universität Berlin): High resolution analysis of foraging behavior in noctule bats --> Roeleke, M., Blohm, T., Kramer-Schadt, S., Yovel, Y., Voigt, C.C. (2016) Habitat use of bats in relation to wind turbines revealed by GPS tracking. Scientific reports. in press

  • Elisabeth Weise (Master student): Hibernation physiology of noctule bats
  • Jelena Schulze (Master student): Edge effects in aerial hawking insectivorous bats at hedgerows
  • Johannes Lenski (Master student): Edge effects in aerial hawking insectivorous bats at forests
  • Oliver Lindecke: master student (University of Halle-Wittenberg): Migratory ecology of Pipistrellus nathusii) --> partly published in: Voigt, C.C., Lindecke, O., Schönborn, S., Kramer-Schadt, S., Lehmann, D. (2016) Habitat use of migratory bats killed during autumn at wind turbines. Ecological Applications. In press. 
  • Melanie Wissing (technical assistant)
  • Sophia Schönborn (Bachelor student Humboldt University) 2011: Isotopic specialization of European bats --> Voigt, C.C., Lindecke, O., Schönborn, S., Kramer-Schadt, S., Lehmann, D. (2016) Habitat use of migratory bats killed during autumn at wind turbines. Ecological Applications. In press. 
  • Lena Schlag (Master student) 2011: Supplementary feeding of songbirds traced via stable isotopes
  • Gonzalo Ossa (Master MNHN Paris) 2012: Establishing an isotopic basemap for flying foxes in Central Africa to assess the movement ecology of the straw-coloured fruit bat Eidolon helvum (Kerr, 1792) --> Ossa, G., Kramer-Schadt, S., Peel, A.J., Scharf, A.K., Voigt, C.C. (2012) The movement ecology of the straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum, in sub-Saharan Africa assessed by stable isotopes ratios. PloS ONE 7: e37101. 
  • Anna Erzberger (Bachelor; Humboldt University, Berlin) 2011: "Altitudinal migration of Neotropical bats" --> Erzberger, A., Popa-Lisseanu, A.G., Lehmann, G.U.C., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Potential and limits in detecting altitudinal movements of bats using stable hydrogen isotope ratios of fur keratin. Acta Chiropterologica 13: 431-438.
  • Antje Kretzschmar (Master; Humboldt University, Berlin) 2010: “Feeding ecology of Carollia bats” --> Voigt, C.C., Voigt-Heucke, S.L., Kretzschmar, A. (2012) Isotopic evidence for seed transfer from successional area into forests by short-tailed fruit bats (genus Carollia; Phyllostomidae). Journal of Tropical Ecology 28:181-186. 
  • Pia Klöckner (University of Bonn) 2010: “Validation of a minimally invasive blood-samplingtechnique for blood parameters” --> Klöckner, P., Stefanski, Voigt, C.C. (2013) Testing blood-sucking bugs (Triatominae; Heteroptera) as a blood-sampling technique to evaluate white blood cell subsets. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals. (Wibbelt, G., Schumann, A. eds). In press 
  • Daniel Lewanzik (Diploma; Humboldt University, Berlin) 2009: “Stress response in Neotropical bats" --> Lewanzik, D., Kelm, D.H., Greiner, S., Dehnhard, M., Voigt, C.C. (2012) Ecological correlates of cortisol levels in two bat species with contrasting feeding habits. General and Comparative Endocrinology 177: 104-112. 
  • Anna Juhnke (Diploma; Humboldt University, Berlin) 2009: “Stable hydrogen isotope baseline map of Germany and adjacent regions based on mammalian fur”
  • Bettina Jarosch (Diploma; Freie Universität, Berlin) 2007: “Scent producing bacteria from the wing sacs of the greater sac-winged bat Saccopteryx bilineata
  • Virginia Boye (Humboldt University, Berlin) 2007: “Dietary preferences and foraging behaviour of the nectar-feeding bat Glossophaga commissarisi
  • Sara Correia Carreira (Diploma; Humboldt University, Berlin) 2007: “Stress induction by conventional bleeding techniques and by minimally-invasive bleeding with triatomine bugs in laboratory mice”
  • Julia Nowack (Diploma; Free University, Berlin) 2007: “Olfactory communication in the greater sac-winged bat Saccopteryx bilineata
  • Patricia Grasse (Diploma; Freie Universität, Berlin) 2007: “Dietary preferences of the common vampire bat Desmodus rotundus” --> Voigt, C.C., Grasse, P., Rex, K., Hetz, S.K., Speakman, J.R. (2008) Bat breath reveals metabolic substrate use in free-ranging vampires. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 178:9-16. 
  • Florian Hoffmann (Diploma; Humboldt Universität, Berlin) 2006: 'Foraging ecology of Saccopteryx bilineata" --> Hoffmann, F.F., Hejduk, J., Caspers, B., Siemers, B.M., Voigt, C.C. (2007) In the mating system of S. bilineata, bioacoustic constraints impede male eavesdropping on female echolocation calls for their surveillance. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85: 863-872.