Dr. Christian Hof
7-3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES
Fields of interest
In my research I usually try to integrate different methodological approaches, with a strong emphasis on macroecological approaches. In my recent projects I investigate, e.g., the relationships between physiological thermal tolerances of endotherms and their geographical distributions as well as their potential abilities to respond to climate change, the influence of climate and vegetation changes on population trends of migratory birds, future threats for global amphibian diversity, and how the habitat niche affects the dispersal ability of dragon- and damselflies, and in turn their potential to respond to climate change.
Key words: biodiversity, macroecology, biogeography, climate change, species distribution modelling, ecological niche, thermal tolerance, birds, amphibians, dragonflies
Khaliq, I.*, Hof, C.*, Prinzinger, R., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Pfenninger, M. (2014) Global variation in thermal tolerances and vulnerability of endotherms to climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281, 20141097. (*contributed equally)
Fritz, S.*, Schnitzler, J.*, Eronen, J.T.*, Hof, C.*, Böhning-Gaese, K.* & Graham, C.H.* (2013) Diversity in time and space: wanted dead and alive. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29, 509-516 (*contributed equally).
Hof, C., Araújo, M.B., Jetz, W. & Rahbek, C. (2011) Additive threats from pathogens, climate and land-use change for global amphibian diversity. Nature 480, 516-519.
Hof, C.*, Levinsky, I.*, Araújo, M. & Rahbek, C. (2011) Rethinking species’ ability to cope with rapid climate change. Global Change Biology 17, 2987-2990 (*contributed equally).