Dr. Holger R. Goerlitz


82319 Seewiesen


Dr. Holger R. Goerlitz


Dr. Holger R. Goerlitz


Research Group Leader


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Main Focus

My main research interest is in animal sensory systems and animal behaviour, especially behavioural and sensory ecology. I am interested in how animals interact with other individuals of their own and other species, with their environment and how these processes had been shaped by ecology and evolution. I mainly focus on auditory processing, auditory perception of the environment and auditory guided behaviour.  
For more information, please see the webpage of the Acoustic and Functional Ecology Group.



ter Hofstede HM*, Goerlitz HR* [contributed equally], Ratcliffe JM, Holderied MW & Surlykke A (2013): The simple ears of noctuoid moths are tuned to the calls of their sympatric bat community. Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 3954-3962.

Goerlitz HR*, Genzel D* [*contributed equally] & Wiegrebe L (2012): Bats’ avoidance of real and virtual objects: implications for the sonar coding of object size. Behavioural Processes 89(1): 61-67.

ter Hofstede HM*, Goerlitz HR* [*contributed equally], Montealegre-Z F., Robert D & Holderied MW (2011): Tympanal mechanics and neural responses in the ears of a noctuid moth. Naturwissenschaften 98(12): 1057-1061.

Goerlitz HR*, ter Hofstede HM*, Zeale MRK* [*contributed equally], Jones G & Holderied MW (2010): An aerial-hawking bat uses stealth echolocation to counter moth hearing. Current Biology 20(17): 1568–1572.

Goerlitz HR, Geberl C & Wiegrebe L (2010): Sonar detection of jittering real targets in a free-flying bat. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 128(3): 1467–1475.DOI: 10.1121/1.3445784.


Goerlitz HR, Hübner, M & Wiegrebe, L (2008): Comparing passive and active hearing: Spectral analysis of transient sounds in bats. Journal of Experimental Biology 211(12): 1850–1858. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.017715.

Goerlitz HR & Siemers BM (2007): Sensory ecology of prey rustling sounds: acoustical features and their classification by wild Grey Mouse Lemurs. Functional Ecology 21(1): 143–153. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2006.01212.x

Schill RO, Görlitz HR & Köhler H-R (2003): Laboratory simulation of a mining accident: acute toxicity, hsc/hsp70 response, and recovery from stress in Gammarus fossarum (Crustacea, Amphipoda) exposed to a pulse of cadmium. Biometals 16(3): 391–401.

Curriculum Vitae

since 2014: Emmy Noether Research Group Leader, MPI for Ornithology
2012 – 2014: Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
2011 – 2012: Research Fellow, University of Bristol
2008 – 2011: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol
2005 – 2008: PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • IMPRS Faculty
  • MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen
  • Research Group Goerlitz
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