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 species, of
other species and with their environment.
Currently, I am working on a variety of questions in bat echolocation and am coordinating an ERC-funded project ERC-funded project on the sensory and cognitive ecology of interacting bat species. In a combined lab and field approach, we test hypotheses about heterospecific recognition, interspecific communication and sensory niche partitioning in bat communities.
In spring 2014, I will start a new Emmy Noether-funded research group at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen. The group’s work will focus on the mechanisms, ecology and evolution of sensory perception and auditory-guided behaviour, using echolocating bats and eared moths as a model system of auditory interacting predators and prey.
Luo J, Koselj K, Zsebok S, Siemers BM & Goerlitz HR (in press): Global warming alters sound transmission: differential impacts on the prey detection ability of echolocating bats. Journal of the Royal Society Interface (in press).
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. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12192
Clarin B-M, Bitzilekis E, Siemers BM & Goerlitz HR (online): Personal messages reduce vandalism and theft of unattended scientific equipment. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12132.
Dorado-Correa AM, Goerlitz HR & Siemers BM (2013): Interspecific acoustic recognition in two European bat communities. Frontiers in Physiology 4:192. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2013.00192.
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
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
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
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
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
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
- : 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