Dr. Holger R. Goerlitz
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
For more information, please see the webpage of the Acoustic and Functional Ecology Group.
Clare EL, Goerlitz HR, Drapeau VA, Holderied MW, Adams AM, Nagel J, Dumont ER, Hebert PDN & Fenton MB (online): Trophic niche flexibility in Glossophaga soricina: how a nectar seeker sneaks an insect snack. Functional Ecology (online).
Luo J, Koselj K, Zsebok S, Siemers BM & Goerlitz HR (2014): Global warming alters sound transmission: differential impacts on the prey detection ability of echolocating bats. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11(91): 20130961.
Clarin B-M, Bitzilekis E, Siemers BM & Goerlitz HR (2014): Personal messages reduce vandalism and theft of unattended scientific equipment. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5(2): 125-131. Open Access
Dorado-Correa AM, Goerlitz HR & Siemers BM (2013): Interspecific acoustic recognition in two European bat communities. Frontiers in Physiology 4:192. Open Access
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, Greif S & Siemers BM (2008): Cues for acoustic detection of prey: insect rustling sounds and the influence of walking substrate. Journal of Experimental Biology 211(17): 2799–2806. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.019596.
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.
Siemers BM, Goerlitz HR, Robsomanitrandrasana E, Piep M, Ramanamanjato J-B, Rakotondravony D, Ramilijaona O & Ganzhorn JU (2007): Sensory basis of food detection in wild Microcebus murinus. International Journal of Primatology 28(2): 291–304. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-007-9135-7.
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.
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