Welcome to the Animal Ecology Research Group!
© Nadine Jöllenbeck
© Helle Tage/Daniela Landwehr

About us

The Animal Ecology Research Group investigates spatial and temporal changes in biodiversity, looking at a broad spectrum of different species groups. We analyse effects of different aspects of global change on biodiversity, biotic interactions and ecosystem functions. We also consider novel ecosystems (e.g. cities) and the stressors that occur there, such as light and noise pollution or biological invasions. Furthermore, we are interested in intra- and interspecific adaptations of animal species to global change and the relationships between biological characteristics of animals and the environment. It is very important to us to relate our research to practice and thus we aim to create a basis for evidence-based species conservation, implement biodiversity monitoring and long-term observations in order to develop scenarios and strategies for solving the biodiversity crisis. We work closely with different stakeholders on practical species and nature conservation as well as on planning issues, for example in the context of sustainable urban planning. You can find more information on the research and teaching pages.

Information event on Master and Bachelor theses

On November 8 and December 6, there will be information evenings in the lecture hall on theses in the Animal Ecology group. Participation in one of the two events is obligatory for those who wish to write a Master or Bachelor thesis with us. At this event, we will go into detail about how a thesis in our group works, how supervision is organised, what feedback appointments there are, what criteria we use for evaluation, what an exposé should look like and many other aspects.  For those who are abroad, we will arrange an extra zoom date and communicate it via the corresponding distribution list.


A picture of students investigating dry grassland
© Sascha Buchholz


In Berlin, pioneering research into urban ecology has found surprising biodiversity in the city’s green spaces.

An article in Science focuses on urban ecology research in Berlin.

Impressions of the North Sea Excursion from 17-19 June 2022


© Hilke Hollens-Kuhr

Theses in the Animal Ecology Working Group

Dear students,
You will now find information on theses in the Animal Ecology Research Group under the heading Teaching. You will also see an outline of the research topics we are working on. Of course, your own ideas are also welcome at any time.
We look forward to your requests!