Taxonomy, faunistics, aut- / synecology, diversity patterns and conservation of amphibians and reptiles with special focus on tropical amphibian communities
Spatial epidemiology of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytridium dendrobatidis
Macroecology / Spatial Distribution Modelling with focus on climate change impacts as well as structure and evolution of environmental niches
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My scientific interests comprise the taxonomy, faunistics, diversity, aut- / synecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Next to more traditional methods (morphology / anatomy, bioacoustics, empirical field studies and experiments), I combine genetics and natural history information with recently developed collection based macroecological approaches (species distribution modeling, environmental niche modeling). These techniques allow me to analyze the structure and evolution of species’ environmental niches through space and time in a phylogenetic context as well as assessments of species’ likely responses to anthropogenic climate change.