Dr. Christian Hof
B3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES
Fields of interest
Being broadly interested in many aspects of macroecology and biodiversity research, my current work focuses on (i) species’ responses to global change, (ii) the potential impacts of climate change on species distributions and biodiversity, (iii) the evolution of species’ ecological niches, and (iv) large-scale patterns of biodiversity and the associated processes. Within these topics, I work with several groups of animals such as vertebrates (birds and amphibians) and freshwater organisms (in particular dragon- and damselflies).
In my research I usually try to integrate different methodological approaches, with a certain emphasis on species distribution modelling and related techniques. Recent projects include, e.g., the influence of climate and vegetation changes on population trends of European migratory birds, the relationships between physiological thermal tolerances of endotherms and their geographical distributions as well as their potential abilities to respond to climate change, the assessment of future threats for global amphibian diversity, 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
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., 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.
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).