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.zfmk [at] uni-bonn.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 178 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 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 and T. WESENER)
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 2.14, 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
Since 2011
Editorial board member for Amphibian and Reptile Ecology: North-Western Journal of Zoology
 
 
Since 2010
Advisory Editorial Board member: Amphibia-Reptilia
 
 
Since 2008
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