Resources fluctuate in their availability daily, seasonally and sometimes unpredictably. We are interested in the strategies animals have developed to deal with this, especially long and short distance movement, and how this can be optimized by social information transfer and alternative strategies in animals that cannot follow resources in space.
See below for project overviews.
Max-Planck highlight 2017: Shrinking shrews!
Our research on shrews counts to the highlights 2017 of the Max-Planck Society! Click here to check out other interesting findings and research topics which are the most important ones of 2017: https://www.mpg.de/research-highlights-2017
Congrats, Teague O'Mara for his recent paper on the energetic strategies of tent-making bats in eLife!
A collaboration across 6 institutes in 4 countries allowed the scientists to see intimate details about the way these bats lower their hearts rates in 5 minute cycles when they rest during the day - something really unusual! Check out the paper: https://elifesciences.org/articles/26686
Lab Retreat to Prata!
A weekend in the Italian Alps for proposal writing and discussion, but lots of laughter, good food, and puppy love too.
Hiking with great views
Many good discussions
Dina's beautiful home in the town of Prata
Plenary talk at TiBE 2017 Bio-logging
Dina invited as key note speaker for Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution's annual meeting in Vairão, Portugal for the theme bio-logging, and shares about the challenges of studying bats!
Advanced Course "Going Wild"
During the past 6 weeks, 12 masters students from Universität Konstanz joined the Dechmann lab to track migrating noctules for the course "Going Wild" hosted by the institute!
Looking for female noctules to tag
Noctule with air pressure transmitter
Searching for our tagged bat in Memmingen
Goodbye, Sharon Swartz!
Our sabbatical guest Sharon Swartz and her husband Eric have been a part of our group for the past nine months. Thank you for many inspiring discussions, expert advice and wonderful company. You will be deeply missed! As a farewell outing we visited the Seealpsee and Ebenalp in Appenzell.
Marion, Lara, Jenna and dog Pino at the Seealpsee
The view over the Lake Constance
Yearly spring batbox checks in April!
Every spring and autumn we check bat boxes in Kreuzlingen, Frauenfeld and Bischofszell.
Eidolon may (still) be the most numerous mammal of Africa and yet what we know about this bat barely scratches the surface. We study the unique long-distance migration of this species in one of the ICARUS pilot projects. We aim to understand how individual decisions lead to this massive movement [more]
We study bats that are highly specialized on ephemeral resources. We want to gain more insights about how the availability of resources in time and space does affect foraging efficiency and how this is optimized through information transfer, using different modalities. [more]
Most of our work focuses on bats, which can fly and thus cover distances of up to several thousand kilometers to escape food shortage or harsh conditions. But what does a small mammal do in the temperate zones when [more]