Dr. Christian Hof
B3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES
Fields of interest
In my research I usually try to integrate different methodological approaches, with a current emphasis on species distribution modelling and on statistical methods investigating phylogenetic signal in ecological niches and traits. Recent projects include, e.g., the assessment of future threats for global amphibian diversity, the analyses of diversity patterns of European freshwater animals, the test for phylogenetic signal in the climatic niches of amphibians, and the investigation of 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, birds, amphibians, dragonflies, freshwater
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., Brändle, M., Dehling, D.M., Munguía, M., Brandl, R., Araújo, M.B., & Rahbek, C. (2012) Habitat stability affects dispersal and the ability to track climate change. Biology Letters 8, 639-643.
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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).
Hof, C., Rahbek, C. & Araújo, M.B. (2010) Phylogenetic signals in the climatic niches of the world’s amphibians. Ecography 33, 242-250.
Hof, C., Brändle, M. & Brandl, R. (2006) Lentic odonates have larger and more northern ranges than lotic species. Journal of Biogeography 33, 63-70.