Movement Ecology

Working Group
Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller

From basic everyday foraging behaviors to extraordinary long-distance migrations: animal movements are essential for species survival, ecosystem functioning, and biodiversity.
Our group studies theoretical and applied aspects of movement- and wildlife ecology, from the behavioral underpinnings and social interactions to ecosystem functions and macro-ecological patterns. We are particularly interested in understanding the interactions between moving animals and their environment and the exceptional challenges that an increasing human footprint poses for movements of wildlife, which ultimately leads to the question of human-wildlife coexistence.
To that end, we pursue an integrated social-ecological research program to better understand human wildlife interactions and develop sustainable conservation recommendations.

MORE STEP – Mobility at risk: Sustaining the Mongolian Steppe Ecosystem

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mueller – Group Lead
Dr. Ugo Arbieu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Social-ecological dynamics, human-wildlife coexistence 
Dr. Anne Hertel, Postdoctoral Researcher, behavioural ecology, spatial ecology, wildlife biology
Nandintsetseg Dejid, Ph.D. Student, Nomadism, Landscape Permeability, and Conservation
Theresa Stratmann, Ph.D. Student, Linking Motion Capacity to Carrying Capacity
Ilka Reinhardt, Ph.D. Student
David A. O'Connor, Ph.D. Student, Community-Based Conservation Ecologist
Kathrin Helsper, Master Student
Philipp Mendgen, Master Student
Eileen Bauer, Bachelor Student

Dr. Chloe Bracis, former Postdoctoral Researcher, Memory and Cognition in Animal Movement
Felix Günther , former  Masters Student, Interactions among Grazing, Vegetation Dynamics, and Climate
Dr. Marjorie Sorensen, former Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecosystem Functions of Moving Animals
Claire Teitelbaum, former Student, Social Behavior and Population-level Movements
Dr. Marlee Tucker, former Postdoctoral Researcher, Macroecology of Animal Movement

Selected publications
Tucker, M. et al (2018): Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science, 359, 466-469.

Bracis C. et al. (2017): Memory, not just perception, plays an important role in terrestrial mammalian migration. Proceedings B, 284, 20170449.

Teitelbaum C.S. et al. (2016): Experience drives innovation of new migration patterns of whooping cranes in response to global change. Nature Communications, 7,12793.