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Prof. Dr. Ute Radespiel

Members of working group

PhD/Doctoral students


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 Trester

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.


Rina Evasoa

The evolution of female dominance in mouse lemurs: the effect of sex and species on social interactions.

Diploma- / Master- / Bachelorstudents


Selina Jeschke


Associated doctoral students


Malcolm Ramsay


Bertrand Andriatsitohaina



Verena Schuldenzucker, PhD

Ulf Konietzke, Msc.

Hauke Henkel, 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

  • 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)


Contributions to books

Editorial board panel

  • 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)

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

since 2015

Memeber 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
  • 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” (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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