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Prof. Dr. Ute Radespiel

Research Projects

Members of working group

PhD/Doctoral students


Verena Schöler

Behavioural consequences and animal welfare implications of experimental housing conditions and vaccinations and infections with lyssaviruses in red foxes (Vulpes vulpes)


Jennifer Brunke

Habitat fragmentation in a tropical rainforest ecosystem: a case study on the genetic diversity of small mammal communities in the lower Kinabatangan floodplain in Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia)


Annika Kollikowski

Olfactory discrimination learning in small nocturnal primates (Microcebus murinus and M. lehilahytsara)


Frederik Kiene

Effects of habitat fragmentation on parasite communities in mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) in northwestern Madagasca


Helena Teixeira

Reconstructing the past: demographic fluctuations in dynamics landscapes modelled for mouse lemurs in Madagascar.

Diploma- / Master- / Bachelorstudents




Associated doctoral students


Bertrand Andriatsitohaina


Dominik Schüssler


Malcolm Ramsay





Rina Evasoa, PhD

Verena Schuldenzucker, PhD

Ulf Konietzke, Msc.

Hauke Henkel, Msc.

Selina Jeschke, BSc.

Sina Rilling, BSc.

Sharon Kessler, PhD

Svenja Gerberding, BSc.

Laura Heck, MSc.

Kathrin Schlegel, BSc.

Jennifer Wittkowski, MSc.

Sarah Hohenbrink, PhD

Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Hohenbrink

Johanne Kitzler, BSc

Jennifer Kosubek, MSc

Elena Steinmeier, BSc

Maren Koberstein-Schwarz, BSc

Katherina Bünemann, BSc

Dr. Lalandy Sehen

Sandra Thorén, PhD

Dr.rer.nat. Mathias Craul

Gillian Olivieri, PhD

Dr. Franziska Quietzsch

Dr. Romule Rakotondravony

Dipl.Biol. Jan Dehne

Dinah Eßer, MSc

Dipl.Biol. Katja Guschanski

Dipl.Biol. Arite Heuck

Vivian Juerges, MSc

Dipl.Biol. Marina Juric

Dipl.Biol. Ina Leinweber

Dipl.Biol. Difei Li

Dipl.Biol. Philipp Mesecke

Dipl.Biol. Nicole Schneider

Dipl.Biol. Melanie Söhlke

Dipl.Biol. Pia Eichmüller

Dipl.Biol. Miriam Linnenbrink

Dipl. Biol. Dennis von der Wall

Christopher Meusel, BSc

Frank Roloff, BSc

Julia Haenel, BSc

Professional and scientific career

since 11.2009

Außerplanmäßige Professorin at the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover


since 01.2006

Akademische Oberrätin at the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover


Habilitation at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (venia legendi: Zoology)

09.2002 - 12.2005

Akademische Rätin (tenure) at the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover


12.2001 - 09.2002

Hochschulassistentin (C1) at the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover


01.2000 - 11.2001 

Research fellow (Wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover


01.1999 - 12.1999

Post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Zoology, London and the Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff, U.K.

02.1998 - 12.1998

Research fellow at the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover


05.1996 - 12.1998

Research assistant (Wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover


01.1995 - 04.1996

Research assistant at the German Primate Center, Göttingen

Education and further qualification

02.2008 - 02.2010

Participation in “Professional Teaching” (200 hrs, organized by: TiHo Hannover)



Doctoral degree (Dr.rer.nat.) at the University of Hannover. Doctoral thesis: “Soziale Organisation des Grauen Mausmaki (Microcebus murinus)”


10.1985 - 04.1990

Studies of Biology (Diplom) at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. Diploma thesis: “Die räumlichen und sozialen Strukturen innerhalb einer Familie von Weissbüschelaffen (Callithrix jacchus ERXLEBEN 1777) unter dem experimentellen Einfluss der zeitweiligen Abwesenheit der Eltern


10.1983 - 09.1985

Studies of Biology (Diplom) at the University of Regensburg

Awards & grants

  • DFG-Sachbeihilfen (DFG RA 502/23-1, 2020-2023)
  • BMBF (INFRAGECO: 2017-2020)
  • DFG-Sachbeihilfen (DFG RA 502/20-1, 2017-2020)
  • Research grant by the VolkswagenStiftung (PhD grant; 2010-2013)
  • DFG-Sachbeihilfen (DFG RA 502/7-11, 2003-2011)
  • Research grant by BIOPAT e.V. (2008)
  • Research grant by the Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN) (2007)
  • Scientific exchange grant by the DAAD (2008-2009, 2011)
  • Scientific exchange grant by the VolkswagenStiftung (2006-2007)
  • Research grant by Conservation International (2002)
  • Post-doctoral scholarship by the DAAD (1999)


Publications 2020:


Brunke, J., I. M. Russo, P. Orozco-terWengel, E. Zimmermann, M. W. Bruford, B. Goossens, and U. Radespiel. "Dispersal and Genetic Structure in a Tropical Small Mammal, the Bornean Tree Shrew (Tupaia Longipes), in a Fragmented Landscape Along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysia." BMC Genetics, 21, no. 1 (2020): 43.


Caspers, J., U. Radespiel, E. Zimmermann, and S. Schulz. "Volatile Urinary Signals of Two Nocturnal Primates, Microcebus Murinus and M. Lehilahytsara." Original Research, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8, no. 158 (2020).


Fritz, R. G., E. Zimmermann,  M. Meier, N. Mestre-Francés, U. Radespiel and D. Schmidtke. "Neurobiological Substrates of Animal Personality and Cognition in a Nonhuman Primate (Microcebus Murinus)." Brain Behav (Jul 18 2020): e01752.


Hasiniaina, A. F., U. Radespiel, S. E. Kessler, M. Rina Evasoa, S. Rasoloharijaona, B. Randrianambinina, E. Zimmermann, S. Schmidt, and M. Scheumann. "Evolutionary Significance of the Variation in Acoustic Communication of a Cryptic Nocturnal Primate Radiation (Microcebus Spp.)." Ecology and Evolution, 10, no. 8 (2020): 3784-97.


Kiene, F., B. Andriatsitohaina, M. S. Ramsay, H. Rakotondramanana, R. Rakotondravony, U. Radespiel, and C. Strube. "Forest Edges Affect Ectoparasite Infestation Patterns of Small Mammalian Hosts in Fragmented Forests in Madagascar." International Journal for Parasitology, 50, no. 4 (2020): 299-313.


Schüßler, Dominic, Marina B. Blanco, Jordi Salmona, Jelmer Poelstra, Jean B. Andriambeloson, Alex Miller, Blanchard Randrianambinina, David W. Rasolofon, Jasmin Mantilla-Conteras, Lounès Chikhi, Edward E. LouisJr., Anne D. Yoder, and Ute Radespiel. "Ecology and Morphology of Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus Spp.) in a Hotspot of Microendemism in Northeastern Madagascar, with the description of a new species." American Journal of Primatology, (2020).


Schüßler, Dominik, Jasmin Mantilla-Contreras, Robin Stadtmann, Jonah H. Ratsimbazafy, and Ute Radespiel. "Identification of Crucial Stepping Stone Habitats for Biodiversity Conservation in Northeastern Madagascar Using Remote Sensing and Comparative Predictive Modeling." Biodiversity and Conservation, (2020).


Steffens, T. S., M. S. Ramsay, B. Andriatsitohaina, U. Radespiel, and S. M. Lehman. "Enter the Matrix: Use of Secondary Matrix by Mouse Lemurs." Folia Primatologica (Basel)  (Dec 8 2020): 1-11.



Publications 2019:


Andriatsitohaina, B., M. S. Ramsay, F. Kiene, S. M. Lehman, S. Rasoloharijaona, R. Rakotondravony, and U. Radespiel. "Ecological Fragmentation Effects in Mouse Lemurs and Small Mammals in Northwestern Madagascar." American Journal of Primatology, (2019): e23059.


Brunke, J., U. Radespiel, I. Russo, M. W. Bruford, and B. Goossens. "Messing About on the River: The Role of Geographic Barriers in Shaping the Genetic Structure of Bornean Small Mammals in a Fragmented Landscape." Conservation Genetics, (2019).


Klein, Annette, Christina Strube, Ute Radespiel, Andrea Springer, and Elke Zimmermann. "Differences in Infection Patterns of Vector-Borne Blood-Stage Parasites of Sympatric Malagasy Primate Species (Microcebus Murinus, M. Ravelobensis)." International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 10 (2019): 59-70.


Kollikowski, A., E. Zimmermann, and U. Radespiel. "First Experimental Evidence for Olfactory Species Discrimination in Two Nocturnal Primate Species (Microcebus Lehilahytsara and M. Murinus)." Scientific Reports, 9, no. 1 (2019): 20386.


Radespiel, U., H. Lutermann, B. Schmelting, and E. Zimmermann. "An Empirical Estimate of the Generation Time of Mouse Lemurs." American Journal of Primatology, 0, no. 0 (2019): e23062.


Sgarlata, G. M., J. Salmona, B. Le Pors, E. Rasolondraibe, F. Jan, T. Ralantoharijaona, A. Rakotonanahary, J. Randriamaroson, A. J. Marques, I. Aleixo-Pais, T. de Zoeten, D. S. A. Ousseni, S. B. Knoop, H. Teixeira, V. Gabillaud, A. Miller, M. T. Ibouroi, S. Rasoloharijaona, J. R. Zaonarivelo, N. V. Andriaholinirina, and L. Chikhi. "Genetic and Morphological Diversity of Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus Spp.) in Northern Madagascar: The Discovery of a Putative New Species?", American Journal of Primatology, (2019).


Stekolnikov, A. A., S. E. Kessler, S. Matthee, A. F. Hasiniaina, U. Radespiel, E. Zimmermann, and L. A. Durden. "A New Species of Schoutedenichia Jadin & Vercammen-Grandjean, 1954 from Madagascar and a Re-Description of S. Dutoiti (Radford, 1948) from South Africa (Acariformes: Trombiculidae)." Systematic Parasitology, (2019).



I. Articles in peer-reviewed journals







Articles in peer-reviewed journals before 2019





Abstracts of international conferences 2017-1999


Contributions to books

Editorial board panel

  • International Journal of Primatology
  • Madagascar Conservation & Development
  • Primate Biology
  • Genes

Review for

Funding agencies


Leakey Foundation (USA), Primate Conservation Inc., European Union, The Leverhulme Trust (U.K.), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Austrian Science Fund, National Research Foundation (S. Africa), Research Fund of Netherlands

Professional journals


Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Madagascar Conservation & Development, Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, American Journal of Primatology, International Journal of Primatology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Zoology, Journal of Mammology, Ethology, Systematics & Biodiversity, Biological Conservation, Frontiers in Zoology, Endangered Species Research, Animal Conservation, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Genetics, Conservation Genetics Resources, Folia Primatologica, Mammalian Biology, PLoS One, Primate Conservation, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B

Activities in scientific societies

2018 -

Secretary General of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)


2014 - 2018

Member of the scientific board of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)


01.2010 - 12.2013

Chair of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie e.V.

since 2006

Member of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group


2001 - 2005

Council member of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie e.V.


09.2000 - 12.2001

Council member of the European Federation of Primatology

Membership in scientific societies

  • Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft
  • Ethologische Gesellschaft
  • GERP (Groupe d’Étude et de recherche sur les primates de Madagascar)
  • Gesellschaft für Primatologie e. V.
  • Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie
  • International Primatological Society
  • IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group

Teaching and field trips

  • Seminar on "Current Aspects of Tropical Ecology"
  • Lecture and course on “Funktionsmorphologie der Tiere” (Winter term; BSc)
  • Lecture series “Verhaltensbiologie” (Summer term; Vet, BSc)
  • Lecture series “Verhaltensbiologie” (Winter term; BSc)
  • Lecture series „Biodiversity, Behaviour and Evolution“ (Winter term; MSc)
  • Course on "Behavioural Ecology“ (Summer term; BSc, MSc)
  • Course on “tropical ecology” – focus Madagascar or Borneo (every second year; BSc, MSc)
  • "Berufspraktikum Tropenökologie"
  • "VertiefungspraktikumTropenökologie" (BSc)
  • Forschungsmodul "Behavioural Ecology & Conservation Genetics" (MSc)

Opportunities for thesis work - academic research collaboration with Operation Wallacea, for details see here.

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