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Christian Hof

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Dr. Christian Hof

7-3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES

Fields of interest
Being broadly interested in many aspects of biodiversity research, my current work focuses on (i) species’ responses to global change, (ii) the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity, (iii) the evolution of 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, mammals, amphibians) and freshwater organisms (in particular dragon- and damselflies).

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

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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. 
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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).

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