Welcome in the working group Evolutionary Zoology

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We are working on topics from the fields of evolutionary zoology and conservation biology. A major focus of our group is how animals, mainly insects and birds, respond and rapidly adapt to environmental changes and stress. Our study areas are located in and around Salzburg (city and high mountains) as well as in the tropics (Sub-Saharan Africa). Representative methods and approaches of our work are phylogenetics and phylogeography, eco-physiology, behaviour biology, and conservation biology. A stronghold of our group is the implementation of historical data among current, to predict future trends, from individual level to species communities.

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Head:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jan Christian Habel

Selected work:

Apfelbeck B, Snep RPH, Hauck TE, Ferguson J, Holy M, Jakoby C, MacIvor JS, Schär L, Taylor M, Weisser WW (2020) Designing wildlife-inclusive cities that support human-animal co-existence. Landscape and Urban Planning, 200: 103817.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103817

Cousseau L, Hammers M,Van de Loock D, Apfelbeck B, Githiru M, Matthysen E, Lens L (2020) Habitat fragmentation shapes natal dispersal and sociality in an Afrotropical cooperative breeder. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287: 20202428.  https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.2428

Eberle  J, Bazzato E, Fabrizi S, Rossini M, Colomba M, Cillo D, Uliana   M, Sparacio I, Sabatinelli G, Warnock RCM, Carpaneto G, Ahrens D (2018)   Sex-Biased dispersal obscures species boundaries in integrative  species  delimitation approaches. Systematic Biology 68:321–353.   https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syy072

Eberle J, Ahrens D, Mayer C, Niehuis O, Misof B (2020) A Plea for Standardized Nuclear Markers in Metazoan DNA Taxonomy. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 336-345.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.12.003

Habel JC, Teucher M, Gros P, Schmitt T, Ulrich W (2021) Land use and climate change affects butterfly diversity across northern Austria. Landscape Ecology 36: 1741–1754.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-021-01242-6

Rödder D, Schmitt T, Gros P, Ulrich W, Habel JC (2021) Climate change drives mountain butterflies towards the summits. Scientific Reports 11: 14382.  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-93826-0