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.
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.
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