Christian Hof






Dr. Christian Hof


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 thermal macrophysiology of endotherms, and (iv) large-scale patterns of biodiversity and the associated processes. Within these topics, I work with several groups of animals such as terrestrial vertebrates (birds, mammals, amphibians) and freshwater organisms (in particular dragon- and damselflies).
In my research I aim to integrate different types of data and methodological approaches from a macroecological perspective. In order to better understand species’ potential responses to climate change, my recent work has set an emphasis on the integration of physiological, biogeographical and ecological data. My previous work has also focussed on future threats for global amphibian diversity, and on 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, macrophysiology, climate change, species distribution modelling, ecological niche, thermal tolerance, birds, dragonflies, science politics


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Current Projects:

BioScen1point5: Biodiversity scenarios for a 1.5°C warmer world (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF)

Climate change impacts on biodiversity in Pakistan (funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD)

Selected publications

Specht, J., Hof, C., Tjus, J., Pernice, W. & Endesfelder, U. (2017) Departments statt Lehrstühle: moderne Personastruktur für eine zukunftsfähige Wissenschaft. Debattenbeitrag der AG Wissenschaftspolitik der Jungen Akademie.

Pinkert, S., Dijkstra, K.-D. B., Reudenbach, C., Brandl, R. & Hof, C. (online early) Dispersal limitations and conserved, thermal adaptations shape the phylogenetic composition of contemporary European dragonfly assemblages. Ecography

Hof, C., Winter, M., Hotes, S. & Opgenoorth, L. (2017) It’s not (all) about the money—supporting IPBES through challenging times. Frontiers of Biogeography 9, e34700.

Methorst, J., Böhning-Gaese, K., Khaliq, I., & Hof, C. (2017) A novel approach for species distribution models – incorporating physiology, dispersal, and land-use change. Journal of Avian Biology 48, 1532-1548.

Khaliq, I., Böhning-Gaese, K., Prinzinger, R., Pfenninger, M. & Hof, C. (2017) The influence of thermal tolerances on geographical ranges of endotherms. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26, 650-668.

Bowler, D.E., Hof, C., […] & Böhning-Gaese, K. (2017) Cross-realm assessment of climate-change impacts on species’ abundance trends. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1, 0067.

Schleuning, M., Fründ, J., Schweiger, O., Welk, E., [...] & Hof, C. (2016) Ecological networks are more sensitive to plant than to animal extinction under climate change. Nature Communications, 13965

Dulle, H.I., Ferger, S.W., Cordeiro, N.J., Howell, K.M., Schleuning, M., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Hof, C. (2016) Changes in abundances of forest understorey birds on Africa's highest mountain suggest subtle effects of climate change. Diversity and Distributions 22, 288-299.

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