Dennis Roedder
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Personal details

Name

Dr. rer. nat. DENNISDDER

Birth date / place

27.07.1979, Troisdorf-Sieglar

Nationality

German

   

Address

Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig

 

Herpetology Section

 

Adenauerallee 160

 

D-53113 Bonn

 

Germany

   

Cell phone

+49 178 6740489

E-Mail address

d.roedder [at] leibniz-zfmk.de

Homepage

www.d-roedder.de

   
   

Qualifications and career

Since 01/2011

Curator and head of the Herpetology Section at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn

Since 03/2011

Honorary appointment: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Wildland Resources, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, USA (link)

Since 01/2010

Honorary appointment: Lecturer (‚Professor credenciado‘) for herpetology within the post-graduate program in Zoology at the Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, UESC, Brazil (Curricuolo Lattes)

04/2009-12/2010

Research post-doctorate and project coordinator at Trier University, Trier (Faculty of Geography/Geosciences, Division of Biogeography, group of Prof. Dr. M. VEITH): ‘Implications of global change for biological resources, law and standards’ funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Culture of the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany

04/2007-10/2009

Dissertation: ‘How to predict the future? Climate niches and potential distributions of amphibians and reptiles in a changing climate’ at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, ZFMK, Bonn, Germany (magna cum laude (1.0), advisor: Prof. Dr. WOLFGANGHME)

03-12/2006

Diploma thesis at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany (passed with distinction, ‘Mit Auszeichnung Bestanden’ (1.0), advisor: Prof. Dr. WOLFGANGHME)

10/2001-03/2007

Study period at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn. Subjects: biology with specialization in zoology, botany and geography and the elective subject ‘ecology and environment’

10/2000-09/2001

Study period at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn. Subjects: agronomics

04/2000

Heinrich Böll Gymnasium Troisdorf (Abitur)

Research interests and achievements

My scientific interests comprise the taxonomy, faunistics, diversity, aut- / synecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. My field experiences comprise collection trips within Europe as well as to Brazil, Gabon, Tanzania and Zambia. Next to more traditional collection based methods (systematics, morphology / anatomy, bioacoustics, phylogenetics, empirical field studies and experiments), I combine genetics and natural history information with recently developed macroecological approaches (species distribution modelling, environmental niche modelling) as well as phylogenetic comparative methods. These techniques allow me to analyze the structure and evolution of species’ environmental niches through space and time in a phylogenetic and biogeographic context, assessments of species’ likely responses to anthropogenic climate change as well as impacts of habitat fragmentation on the genetic architecture of populations.

Independent and collaborative achievements include:

 

Received awards from the Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde / Chimaira Buchhandelsgesellschaft for my diploma thesis and doctoral thesis.

 

Acquired external funding of ca. 902,931.46 € (see below)

 

Original descriptions of 14 taxa new to science: Ameerega boehmei; Hyperolius veithi; Pristimantis guiaquninimensis; Pristimantis lucidosignatus; Pristimantis onorei; Pristimantis stegolepis; Pristimantis yuruaniensis; Ameiva aggerecusans; Ameiva nodam; Calotes bachae; Darevskia kami, Darevskia caspica, Darevskia kopetdaghica, Darevskia schaekeli

 

A total of 256 publications (published or accepted for publication, for a complete list see here)

 

Co-editor of three scientific journals; services as reviewer for 27 international scientific journals and several research funds

Teaching experience

Bonn University

Regularly starting in SS 2017

OEP-Free-1U: Zoogeography and ecology of marine organisms in tropical habitats (with excursion to the Red Sea, Dahab/Egypt, together with H. BLECKMANN)

Regularly starting in SS 2013

OEP-Free-1G, Ecology and zoogeography of the Pannonian area, with a field trip to the Lake Neusiedl / Austria, Hungary (seminar, practical, excursion, together with W. BöHME)

Regularly starting in WS 2011/2012

OEP-Free-1O, Patterns and Processes Shaping Biodiversity (seminar, together with F. HERDER)

 

OEP-Free-IND, Introduction to Scientific Programming in R (seminar/practical, together with J. PFäNDER and J. O. EMGLER)

 

OEP-Free-IND, Introduction to GIS / species distribution modelling (seminar/practical)

Regularly starting in WS 2010/2011

OEP-Free-1D, Evolution and biodiversity of lower vertebrates (lecture/practical, together with F. HERDER, A. SCHMITZ and T. ZIEGLER)

 

OEP-Free-1C, Distribution patterns, speciation and phylogenetics of vertebrates in the Palaeotropics (seminar, together with R. VAN DEN ELZEN and F. HERDER)

 

OEP-WP27 Student´s research projects (individual practicals)

WS 2011/2012

7010100212 Introduction to Zoology (lecture together with W. BöHME and F. HERDER)

SS 2011

Introduction to Species Distribution Modelling (internal practical ZFMK)

   

Trier University

WS 2010/2011

LV 65531, Evaluating biodiversity (seminar)

WS 2009/2010

LV 65531, Information search and management (lecture/practical)

 

LV 65800, Principles of chorology (practical within it the topic Ecological Niche Modeling only; together with S. LöTTERS)

 

LV 65808, Vertebrates II (amphibians) (lecture/practical within it the topic bioacoustics only)

SS 2009

Biogeography of Africa (seminar together with S. LöTTERS)

 

LV 65512, Diversification within the Amazon and Congo basin (seminar together with S. LöTTERS)

 

LV 65808, Vertebrates II (amphibians) (lecture/practical within it the topic bioacoustics only)

 

LV 65502, Principles of chorology (lecture/practical within it the topic Ecological Niche Modeling only; together with S. LöTTERS)

Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil

SS 2010

Ecologia, sistemática e conservação de anfíbios [Ecology, systematics and conservation of amphibians] (lecture/practical together with M. SOLé)

   

Advised thesis

 

Current

FERREIRA, R. B. 2010-2015. PhD thesis, Department of Wildland Resources and Ecology Center, Utah State University, USA: ‘Impacts on threatened amphibians in a Brazillan Atlantic Forest mosaic’ (scientific committee member)

   
 

MARQUES, R. 2012-2014. Master thesis in Zoology, Universidate Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil: ‘História natural e atividade sazonal da comunidade de serpentes do litoral norte da Bahia, Brasil’ (supervisor: D. RöDDER)

   
 

PERTEL, W. 2010-2012. Master thesis in Zoology, Universidate Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil: ‘Predicting the potential distribution of amphibians in the central corridor of the Atlantic rainforest’ (supervisor: D. RöDDER)

   

Past

DUBKE, M. 2011. Bachelor thesis in Biolog, University of Cologne, Germany: ‘Taxonomy and Zoogeography of Ptychadena (Boulenger, 1817): Quantity of cryptic batrachodiversity?’ (supervisor: T. ZIEGLER)

   
 

NEKUM, S. 2011-2012. Diploma thesis in Biology, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Germany: ‘Mapping the spatial distribution and habitat preferences of the Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) within Cologne, Germany’ (supervisor: W. BöHME).

   
 

RNES, D. 2011. Bachelor thesis in Biolog, University of Cologne, Germany: ‘Historic range variations in nearctic turtles’ (supervisor: T. ZIEGLER)

   
 

HAHN, G. 2010. Diploma thesis, Biogeography Department, Trier University, Germany: ‘The potential distribution of Varanus niloticus and V. ocellatus’ (supervisor: S. LöTTERS)

   
 

JANSEN, C. E. 2011. Student´s project, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Germany: ‚Spatial variations in diet compositons in Leptodactylus latrans‘ (supervisor: D. RöDDER)

   
 

KOCH, E. 2010. Student’s project, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Germany: ‚Risk assessment for Trachemys dorbignyi‘ (supervisor: D. RöDDER)

   
 

WEINSHEIMER, F. 2009-2010. Diploma thesis, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität: ‚The herpetofauna of the Kimboza Forest with special focus on the Turquoise Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus williamsi)‘ (supervisor: W. BöHME)

   
 

WEIMANN, T. 2009-2010. Diploma thesis, Biogeography Department, Trier University: ‘Comparisons of climate niches in Neotropical poison frogs (Dendrobates)’ (supervisor: M. VEITH)

   

Grants and research fellowships

2014

EU Grant for the project “INVAXEN: INVAsive biology of XENopus laevis in Europe: ecology, impact and predictive models” from the ERANET: BiodivERsA call (together with T. BACKELJAU, R. REBELO and J. MEASEY) (741,734.00 €)

   
 

Grant for the project “Darwin’s naturalization hypothesis as revealed by the African clawed frog” from the National Research Foundation, South Africa (together with J. MEASEY, R. ALWEGG, A. HERREL and B. EVANS) (61,479.90 €)

   
 

Grant for field work in the Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul, Peru, from the Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft (AKG, together with D. HöRNES and L. RODRIGUEZ) (1,700 €)

   
 

Grant for the acquisition of an amphibian and reptile collection from Iran from the Alexander Koenig Stiftung (AKS, together with W. BöHME) (1,875 €)

   

2013

Grant for the acquisition of an amphibian and reptile collection from Gabon from the Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft (AKG) (640 €)

   

2012

Grant for mapping the spatial distribution and habitat preferences of the Natterjack Toad (Epidalea calamita) within Cologne, Germany from the Cologne Environmental Agency (Umweltamt Köln; together with J.O. ENGLER, 8,524.28 €)

   
 

Grant for mapping the spatial distribution and habitat preferences of the Green Toad (Pseudepidalea viridis) within Cologne, Germany from the Cologne Environmental Agency (Umweltamt Köln; together with J.O. ENGLER, 8,524.28 €)

   
 

Grant for the project ‘Reproduktionsbiologie ausgewählter Pfeilgiftfrösche der Gattungen Epipedobates und Ranitomeya’ from the Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft (AKG; together with D. HöRNES, M. KURTH, S. GLASER and S. ESSER, 1,700 €).

   

2011

Grant for mapping the spatial distribution and habitat preferences of the Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) within Cologne, Germany from the Cologne Environmental Agency (Umweltamt Köln; together with A. CORD and J.O. ENGLER, 9,980 €)

   

03/2008-03/2010

Postgraduate research fellowship of the ‘Graduiertenförderung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen’ for my dissertation project ‘How to predict the future? Climate niches and potential distributions of amphibians and reptiles in a changing climate’ (19,200 €)

   

2010

Two grants of the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Brazil for the project: ‘Prevendo o potencial de distribuição de anfíbios anuros no Corredor Central da Mata Atlântica.’ [‘Predicting the potential distribution of amphibians in the central corridor of the Atlantic rainforest’] - Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil (one grant of 30,000 R for the master thesis in Zoology of WESLEI PERTEL; a second of 20,000 R for field work and equipment together with M. SOLé and S. SIQUEIRA Jr., in total ca. 20,500 €).

   
 

Dissertation grant of the Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft for the best doctoral thesis in 2009 at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany (1,000 €)

   
 

Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to participate in the 14th meeting of the African Amphibian Working Group in 2010 held in Stellenbosch, South Africa (1,400 €)

   

2009

Grant of the Gesellschaft für Populations- und Artenschutz for the project: ‘Begleitende Freilanduntersuchungen zum Erhaltungs-zuchtprojekt des 'purple frog' (Atelopus flavescens) vom östlichen Guyana-Schild’ [‘Captive breeding of the ‘purple frog’ (Atelopus flavescens) from the eastern Guyana-shield: accompanying field research’] (together with S. LöTTERS, 2,500 €)

   
 

Grants of the Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft, the Wilhelm-Peters-Fonds of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT), the Gesellschaft für Populations- und Artenschutz, and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Funds for the project: ‘Die Herpetofauna des Kimboza Forest in Tansania unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Türkisen Zwerggeckos Lygodactylus williamsi: Populationsabschätzung und Verbreitungsstudie eines bedrohten Endemits’ [‘The herpetofauna of Kimboza Forest, Tanzania, with special reference to the Turquoise dwarf gecko Lygodactylus williamsi: distribution and population densities of a threatened endemic species’] (together with F. WEINSHEIMER and M. FLECKS, ca. 8,000 €)

   
 

Amphibian Ark Seed Grand for the project: ‘Conservation breeding initiative for the threatened Taita warty frog, Callulina sp., endemic to Taita Hills, Kenya’ (together with P. MALONZA, 3,850 €)

   
 

Grant of the Wilhelm-Peters-Fonds of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT) for the project: ‚Je höher desto sicherer? Einfluss bioklimatischer Faktoren auf Chytrid-befall beim Alpensalamander‘ [Are higher altitudes safer? Impacts of bioclimate on infection rates with the chytrid fungus in the alpine salamander] (together with B. SCHMIDT and M. SZTATECSNY, 2,400 €)

   

2008

Grants of the Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft, Alexander Koenig Stiftung and the Wilhelm-Peters-Fonds of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT) for the project: ‘Erfassung der Herpetofauna eines Regenwaldfragments in nord Sambia’ [‘Herpetofaunal diversity of rainforest fragments in northern Zambia’] (together with P. WAGNER, 4,600 €)

   

2007

Chimaira / DGHT Wissenschaftspreis for the best thesis in herpetology in 2006 (first prize) (1,000 €)

   

2006

Short-term research fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to develop a diploma thesis abroad (2,400 €)

   

Experiences with other grant applications and reports

2010

Grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG) for the project: ‘Modelling biogeographic range shifts: foraminifera of southeastern Africa’ [‘Modellierung biogeographischer Arealveränderungen: Die Foraminiferenfauna des süd-östlichen Afrikas’] (applicants M. LANGNER and S. LöTTERS, ca. 80,000 €)

   
 

First progress report of the project "Die Folgen des Global Change für Bioressourcen, Gesetzgebung und Standardsetzung" [Implications of global change for biological resources, law and standards] within the Forschungsinitiative [research initiative] of the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Culture of the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany (together with R. HENDLER, M. VEITH (applicants); C. DäNICKE, C. EMMERLING, G. HEINEMANN, A. HOCHKIRCH, C. KRAHMER, S. LöTTERS, P. MARBURGER, P. REIFF, T. SCHMITT, M. SCHRöDER, J. WEYER (affiliated researcher))

   

2008

First progress report for the research fellowship of the ‘Graduiertenförderung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen’ for my dissertation project: ‘How to predict the future? Climate niches and potential distributions of amphibians and reptiles in a changing climate’

   

Other professional activities

Since 2009

Member of commission for the development of guidelines for the monitoring of effects of the cultivation of gene-modified plants on amphibians [‘Monitoring der Wirkung des Anbaus von gentechnisch veränderten Pflanzen auf Amphibien’] by the ‘VDI-Gesellschaft Technologies of Life Sciences’ (www.vdi.de)

   

11/2008

Short term contract at the Muséum d'histoire naturelle de la Ville de Genève, Switzerland: taxonomy of Pristimantis and Strabomantis specimens from Ecuador

   

07/2007

Participation in Workshop ‘All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories’ held by the European Distributed Institute for Taxonomy (EDIT) in Madrid, Spain

   

02-03/1995

Internship at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, subsequently taking on voluntary services

   

Since 1986

Activities in herpetoculture and captive breeding of amphibians and reptiles

   

Special skills

 

Languages

German: native speaker

 

English: fluent

 

Latin: basic

 

Portuguese: basic

   

Informatics

ArcGIS 10, BIOMOD, MaxEnt 3.3.3k, SAM 2.0, DIVA-GIS 7.4, ENM-Tools, PHYLOCLIM, Cran R 3.1.1, Tinn-R, BioEdit, MEGA4, Adobe Audition 3.0, Audacity, Syrinx, Photoshop 9.0, XLSTAT 2011

   

Memberships and functions in professional associations and journals

Functions and services as reviewer

2011-2012

Editorial board member for Amphibian and Reptile Ecology: North-Western Journal of Zoology

   

Since 2010

Advisory Editorial Board member: Amphibia-Reptilia

   

2008-2015

Co-Editor: Salamandra, Herpetology Notes

   

Scientific Journals

Amphibia-Reptilia, Animal Conservation, Australian Journal of Entomology, Biological Conservation, Biological Invasions, Biota Neotropica, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Conservation Letters, Diversity and Distributions, Ecography, Ecosphere, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Global Change Biology, Herpetological Bulletin, Herpetology Notes, Herpetological Review, The Herpetological Journal, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of Natural History, Journal of Ornithology, North-Western Journal of Zoology, Oryx, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Salamandra, Science, Zootaxa

   

Research projects

German Science Foundation (DFG), European Research Foundation, Wilhelm-Peters-Fonds of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT), Alfred-A.-Schmidt-Preis of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT)

   

Organized scientific meetings

10/2014

50th Annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT)

   

09/2013

49th Annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT)

   

05/2010

Annual meeting of the AK Biogeographie within the Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (VGDH), Trier (Co-organizer)

   

Memberships

 

Since 2010

AKG — Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft e.V.

 

IBS — The International Biogeography Society

   

Since 2006

SBH — Sociedade Brasileira de Herpetologia

 

RANA — The Research and Analysis Network for Neotropical Amphibians

   

Since 2005

ASIH — American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

 

DGHT— AG Anuren

 

DZG — Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft

 

GTö — Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie

 

SEH — Societas Europaea Herpetologica

 

SSAR — Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

   

Since 1993

DGHT — Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde