Movement Ecology Group

Mueller Lab

From basic everyday foraging behaviors to extraordinary long-distance migrations, movements are essential processes in the life-histories of animals. Many animals’ movements also provide key ecosystem functions, such as pollination or seed dispersal, and are thus critical for biodiversity as a whole. Our group studies both the theoretical and applied aspects of movement ecology, from the behavioral underpinnings and social interactions to macro-ecological patterns. We are particularly interested in understanding the interactions between moving animals and their environment, which is especially critical for conserving biodiversity in anthropogenically changing landscapes.

We are based at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the Department of Biological Sciences at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Our projects are funded through the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, the Goethe University, and Senckenberg, among others.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mueller – Group Lead
Dr. Chloe Bracis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Memory and Cognition in Animal Movement
Dr. Marlee Tucker, Postdoctoral Researcher, Macroecology of Animal Movement
Dr. Ugo Arbieu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Social-ecological dynamics, human-wildlife coexistence 
Dr. Anne Hertel, Postdoctoral Researcher, behavioural ecology, spatial ecology, wildlife biology
Nandintsetseg Dejid, PhD Student, Nomadism, Landscape Permeability, and Conservation
Theresa Stratmann, PhD Student, Linking Motion Capacity to Carrying Capacity
Ilka Reinhardt, PhD Student
David A. O'Connor, PhD Student, Community-Based Conservation Ecologist
Philipp Mendgen, Master Student



Felix Günther – former  Masters Student, Interactions among Grazing, Vegetation Dynamics, and Climate
Claire Teitelbaum – former Student, Social Behavior and Population-level Movements
Dr. Marjorie Sorensen, former Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecosystem Functions of Moving Animals