Publications of Chair members


  • Jensen GW, van der Smagt P, Luksch H, Straka H, Kohl T. (2022) Chronic Multi-Electrode Electromyography in Snakes. Front Behav Neurosci. 2022 Jan 7;15:76189

  • Maldarelli G, Firzlaff U, Kettler L, Ondracek JM, Luksch H. (2022) Two types of auditory spatial receptive fields in different parts of the chicken's midbrain. J Neurosci 2022

  • Maldarelli G, Firzlaff U, Luksch H. (2022) Azimuthal sound localization in the chicken. PLoS One. 2022 Nov 22;17(11):e0277190. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0277190. eCollection 2022

  • Pastyrik JD, Firzlaff U. (2022) Object-specific adaptation in the auditory cortex of bats. J Neurophysiol. 2022 Sep 1;128(3):556-567. doi: 10.1152/jn.00151.2022. Epub 2022 Aug 10. PMID: 35946795

  • Reyes-Pinto R, Ferrán JL, Vega-Zuniga T, González-Cabrera C, Luksch H, Mpodozis J, Puelles L, Marín GJ. (2021) Change in the neurochemical signature and morphological development of the parvocellular isthmic projection to the avian tectum. J Comp Neurol. 2021, Online ahead of print.

  • Stoeckle BC, Mueller M, Nagel C, Kuehn R, Geist J (2022) A conservation genetics perspective on supportive breeding: A case study of the common nase (Chondrostoma nasus). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 32 (10) DOI: 10.1002/aqc.386

  • Vernes SC, Devanna P, Hörpel SG, Alvarez van Tussenbroek I, Firzlaff U, Hagoort P, Hiller M, Hoeksema N, Hughes GM, Lavrichenko K, Mengede J, Morales AE, Wiesmann M. (2022) The pale spear-nosed bat: A neuromolecular and transgenic model for vocal learning.Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2022 Nov;1517(1):125-142. doi: 10.1111/nyas.14884. Epub 2022 Sep 7. PMID: 3606911

  • Weigel S, Kuenzel T, Lischka K, Huang G, Luksch H. Morphology and Dendrite-Specific Synaptic Properties of Midbrain Neurons Shape Multimodal Integration. J Neurosci. 2022 Mar 30;42(13):2614-2630.

  • Zurita F, Del Duca F, Teshima T, Hiendlmeier L, Gebhardt M, Luksch H, Wolfrum B. (2022) In vivo closed-loop control of a locust's leg using nerve stimulation.  Sci Rep. 2022 Jun 27;12(1):10864. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-13679-z.


  • Kettler L, Sid H, Schaub C, Lischka K, Klinger R, Moser M, Schusser B, Luksch H. AP-2? Expression Kinetics in Multimodal Networks in the Developing Chicken Midbrain. Front Neural Circuits. 2021 Oct 21;15:756184.

  • Reyes-Pinto R, Ferrán JL, Vega-Zuniga T, González-Cabrera C, Luksch H, Mpodozis J, Puelles L, Marín Change in the neurochemical signature and morphological development of the parvocellular isthmic projection to the avian tectum. GJ. J Comp Neurol. 2021 Aug 7

  • Forsthofer M, Schutte M, Luksch H, Kohl T, Wiegrebe L, Chagnaud BP. Frequency modulation of rattlesnake acoustic display affects acoustic distance perception in humans. Curr Biol. 2021 Oct 11;31(19):4367-4372.e4.

  • Rieblinger B, Sid H, Duda D, Bozoglu T, Klinger R, Schlickenrieder A, Lengyel K, Flisikowski K, Flisikowska T, Simm N, Grodziecki A, Perleberg C, Bähr A, Carrier L, Kurome M, Zakhartchenko V, Kessler B, Wolf E, Kettler L, Luksch H, Hagag IT, Wise D, Kaufman J, Kaufer BB, Kupatt C, Schnieke A, Schusser B. Cas9-expressing chickens and pigs as resources for genome editing in livestock. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Mar 9;118(10):e2022562118.

  • Lattenkamp EZ, Hörpel SG, Mengede J, Firzlaff U. A researcher's guide to the comparative assessment of vocal production learning. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2021

  • Hörpel SG, Baier AL, Peremans H, Reijniers J, Wiegrebe L, Firzlaff U. Communication breakdown: Limits of spectro-temporal resolution for the perception of bat communication calls. Sci Rep. 2021 Jul 1;11(1):13708.

  • Chitradurga Achutha A, Peremans H, Firzlaff U, Vanderelst D.Efficient encoding of spectrotemporal information for bat echolocation. PLoS Comput Biol. 2021 Jun 28;17(6):e1009052.

  • Geist J, Bayerl H, Stoeckle BC, Kuehn R.Securing genetic integrity in freshwater pearl mussel propagation and captive breeding. Sci Rep. 2021 Aug 6;11(1):16019.

  • Bojarska K, Maugeri L, Kuehn R, Król W, Theuerkauf J, Okarma H, Gula R, 2021. Wolves under cover: The importance of human-related factors in resting site selection in a commercial forest. Forest Ecology and Management 497, 119511.. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119511

  • Belle  C, Stoeckle  BC, Cerwenka  A, Kuehn  R, Pander  J, Geist  J: Taxonomic requirements for better documenting and understanding biological invasions – the example of genetic weatherfish Misgurnus/Paramisgurnus sp. identification. BioInvasions Records 10 (3)  2021  506-520

  • Nagel  C, Mueller  M, Pander  J, Stoeckle  BC., Kuehn  R, Geist  J: Going with the flow: Spatio?temporal drift patterns of larval fish in a large alpine river. Freshwater Biology  2021  66 (6)  1-17

  • Stoeckle  BC., Beggel  S, Kuehn  R, Geist  J: Influence of stream characteristics and population size on downstream transport of freshwater mollusk environmental DNA. Freshwater Science 40 (1)  2021  191-201



  • Radtke-Schuller S, Fenzl T, Peremans H, Schuller G, Firzlaff U. Cyto- and myeloarchitectural brain atlas of the pale spear-nosed bat (Phyllostomus discolor) in CT Aided Stereotaxic Coordinates. Brain Struct Funct. 2020 Nov;225(8):2509-2520

  • Gutiérrez-Ibáñez C, Dannish MR, Kohl T, Kettler L, Carr CE, Tisdale RK, Iwaniuk AN, Luksch H, Wylie DR.Zebrin Expression in the Cerebellum of Two Crocodilian Species. Brain Behav Evol. 2020;95(1):45-55.

  • Hörpel SG, Firzlaff U. Post-natal development of the envelope following response to amplitude modulated sounds in the bat Phyllostomus discolor.  Hear Res. 2020 Mar 15;388:107904

  • Theuerkauf J, Rouys S, Bloc H, Hunt GR, Kuehn R and Gula R (2020) Some like it odd: Longterm research reveals unusual behaviour in the flightless Kagu of New Caledonia. Austral Ecology. doiorg/101111/aec12962

  • Stoeckle BC, Beggel S, Kuehn R, Geist J (2020) Influence of stream characteristics and population size on downstream transport of freshwater mollusk environmental DNA. (Freshwater Science accepted)

  • Mäntylä E, Kipper S, Hilker M.Insectivorous birds can see and smell systemically herbivore-induced pines.  Ecol Evol. 2020 Aug 4;10(17):9358-9370.


  • Kettler L, Carr CE (2019) Neuroethology of Sound Localization in Birds. In Choe JC (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (2nd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 156–164). Elsevier, Academic Press.
  • Gosling E, Bojarska K, Gula R, and Kuehn R (2019) Recent Arrivals or Established Tenants? History of Wolf Presence Influences Attitudes Towards the Carnivore  Wildlife Society Bulletin accepted
  • Marwaha J, Aase H, Geist J, Stoeckle BC, Kuehn R, Jakobsen PJ (2019) Host (Salmo trutta) age influences resistance to infestation by freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) glochidia. Parasitology Research (accepted)
  • Hoffmann, S., Bley, A., Matthes, M.,  Firzlaff, U., Luksch, H. (2019) The neural basis of dim-light vision in echolocating bats. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, Nov 20 1:10.
  • Reiter C, Kuehn R, Nerdl C (2019) Innovative Lehrkonzepte an Schule und Hochschule -Modellsystem Honigbiene- BIUZ
  • Kloos, M., Weigel, S., Luksch, H. (2019) Anatomy and physiology of neurons in layer 9 of the chicken optic tectum. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, accepted for publication
  • Stoeckle BC, Belle CC, Geist J, Oehm J, Effenberger M, Heiss M, Seifert K and Kuehn R (2019) Molecular confirmation of the large-scale loach Paramisgurnus dabryanus Dabry de Thiersant, 1872 (Cypriniformes, Cobitidae) in Europe. Bioinvasions Records. (in press)

  • Hagge, J., Bässler, C., Gruppe, A., Hoppe, B., Kellner, H., Krah, F. S., Müller, J., Seibold, S., Stengel, E., & Thorn, S. (2019). Bark coverage shifts assembly processes of microbial decomposer communities in dead wood. Proceedings B, (accepted).
  • Ladel S, Schlossbauer P, Flamm J, Luksch H, Mizaikoff B, Schindowski K. (2019). Improved In Vitro Model for Intranasal Mucosal Drug Delivery: Primary Olfactory and Respiratory Epithelial Cells Compared with the Permanent Nasal Cell Line RPMI 2650. Pharmaceutics 11). pii: E367.
  • Farrow K, Isa T, Luksch H, Yonehara K. (2019) Editorial: The Superior Colliculus/Tectum: Cell Types, Circuits, Computations, Behaviors. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 2019.
  • Hörpel SG, Firzlaff U. (2019) Processing of fast amplitude modulations in bat auditory cortex matches communication call-specific sound features. J Neurophysiol. 1;121(4):1501-1512.
  • Hagge, J., Seibold, S., & Gruppe, A. (2019). Beetle biodiversity in anthropogenic landscapes with a focus on spruce plantations, Christmas tree plantations and maize fields. Journal of Insect Conservation, 23, 565–572.

  • Bothe, M.S., Luksch, H., Straka, H., Kohl, T. (2019). Neuronal substrates for infrared contrast enhancement and motion detection in rattlesnakes. Curr Biol.29, 1827 – 1832.
  • Hagge, J., Müller, J., Bässler, C., Biebl, S.S., Brandl, R., Drexler, M., Gruppe, A., Hotes, S., Hothorn, T., Langhammer, P., Stark, H., Wirtz, R., Zimmerer, V., & Mysterud, A., (2019). Deadwood retention in forests lowers short-term browsing pressure on silver fir saplings by overabundant deer. Forest Ecology and Management, 451, 117531.
  • Kugler, K., Luksch, H., Peremans, H., Vanderelst, D., Wiegrebe, L., Firzlaff, U. (2019) Echo-acoustic  and optic flow interact in bats. J. Exp. Biol. 222,XX – XX.
  • Biedermann, P. H. W., Müller, J., Grégoire, J.-C., Gruppe, A., Hagge, J., Hammerbacher, A., Hofstetter, R., Kandasamy, D., Kolarik, M., Kostovcik, M., Krokene, P., Sallé, A., Six, D. L., Turrini, T., Vanderpool, D., Wingfield, M., & Bässler, C. (2019). Bark beetle population dynamics in the Anthropocene: challenges and solutions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34, 914–924.
  • Hagge, J., Abrego, N., Bässler, C., Bouget, C., Brin, A., Brustel, H., Christensen, M., Gossner, M. M., Heilmann-Clausen, J., Horak, J., Gruppe, A., Isacsson, G., Köhler, F., Lachat, T., Larrieu, L., Schlaghamersky, J., Thorn, S., Zapponi, L., & Müller, J. (2019). Congruent patterns of functional diversity in saproxylic beetles and fungi across European beech forests. Journal of Biogeography, 46, 1054–1065.

  • Craciun, I., Gutierrez-Ibanez, C., Chan, A.S.M., Luksch, H., Wylie, D.R. (2019) Secretagogin Immunoreactivity Reveals Lugaro Cells in the Pigeon Cerebellum. Cerebellum 18, 544 – 555.
  • Hotes, S., Hagge, J., Härtl, F., Sacher, P., Simons, N. (2019): Biodiversitätsstrategien in Wäldern: Das BioHolz-Projekt. AFZ-DerWald, 16, 16–20.

    Hagge, J., Leibl, F., Müller, J., Plechinger, M., & Thorn, S. (2019). Streifenfo?rmige Entrindung beka?mpft Buchdrucker in bereits befallenen Fichten. ANLiegen Natur, 41, 157–162.


  • Lischka K, Ladel S, Luksch H, Weigel S. (2018) Expression patterns of ion channels and structural proteins in a multimodal cell type of the avian optic tectum.J Comp Neurol. 2018 Feb 15;526(3):412-424.
  • Lischka K, Yan J, Weigel S, Luksch H. (2018) Effects of early eye removal on the morphology of a multisensory neuron in the chicken optic tectum. Brain Res. 2018 Jul 15;1691:9-14.

  • Rodenas-Cuadrado PM, Mengede J, Baas L, Devanna P, Schmid TA, Yartsev M, Firzlaff U, Vernes SC. (2018) Mapping the distribution of language related genes FoxP1, FoxP2 and CntnaP2 in the brains of vocal learning bat species. J Comp Neurol. 526(8):1235-1266.
  • Hagge, J., Leibl, F., Müller, J., Plechinger, M., Soutinho, J. G., & Thorn, S. (2018). Reconciling pest control, nature conservation and recreation in coniferous forests. Conservation Letters, e12615.

    Theuerkauf J,  Kuehn R, Rouys S,  Bloc H, Gula R (2018). Fraternal Polyandry and Clannish Spatial Organization in a Flightless Island Bird. CurBiol 28 (9) 1482-1488 (NATURE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS Nature 30 April 2018)

    Kaczensky P, Kovtun R, Habibrakhmanov R, Hemami MR, Khaleghi A, Linnell JDC, Rustamov E, Sklyarenko S, Walzer C, Zuther S and Kuehn R (2018) Genetic characterization of free-ranging Asiatic wild ass in Central Asia as a basis for future conservation strategies (ConGen accepted)

    Geist J, Moorkens E, Killeen I, Feind S, Stoeckle BC, Connor AO, Kuehn R (2018) Genetic structure of Irish freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera and Margaritifera durrovensis): Validity of subspecies, roles of host fish, and conservation implications. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems,
  • Seibold, S.*, Hagge, J.*, Müller, J., Gruppe, A., Brandl, R., Bässler, C., & Thorn, S. (2018). Experiments with dead wood reveal the importance of dead branches in the canopy for saproxylic beetle conservation. Forest Ecology and Management, 409, 564–570., *These authors contributed equally to this study.                   
  • Bojarska K, Kuehn R, Gazda MA, Sato N, Okahisa Y, Tanaka KD, Attisano A, Gula R, Ueda K & Theuerkauf J (2018) Mating system and extra-pair paternity in the Fan-tailed Gerygone Gerygone flavolateralis in relation to parasitism by the Shining Bronze-cuckoo Chalcites lucidus PlosOne
  • Vega Zuniga T., Trost D, Schicker K, Bogner EM, Luksch H (2018) The medial ventrothalamic circuitry: cells implicated in a bimodal network". Frontiers in Neural Circuits;12:9. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2018.00009. eCollection 2018.
  • "Shepherd's crook" neurons drive and synchronize the enhancing and suppressive mechanisms of the midbrain stimulus selection network. Garrido-Charad F, Vega-Zuniga T, Gutiérrez-Ibáñez C, Fernandez P, López-Jury L, González-Cabrera C, Karten HJ, Luksch H, Marín GJ. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Aug 7;115(32):E7615-E7623

    Förster DW, Bull JK, Lenz D, Autenrieth M, Paijmans JLA, Kraus RHS, Nowak C, Bayerl H, Kuehn R, Saveljev AP, et al. (2018) Targeted resequencing of coding DNA sequences for SNP discovery in nonmodel species. Molecular Ecology Resources DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12924

    Attisano A, Sato NJ, Tanaka KD, Okahisa Y, Kuehn R, Gula R, Ueda K, Theuerkauf J. (2018) Visual discrimination of polymorphic nestlings in a cuckoo-host system. Scientific Reports 8:10359.

    Attisano A, Thiel F, Sato NJ, Bolopo D, Okahisa Y,Tanaka KD, Kuehn R, Gula R, Ueda K, Theuerkauf J. (2018) Breeding biology of the Fan-tailed Gerygone Gerygone flavolateralis in relation to parasitism by the Shining Bronze-cuckoo Chalcites lucidus. Journal of Ornithology accepted.

    Kuehn R, Stoeckle BC, Young M, Popp L, Taeubert JE, Pfaffl MW, Geist J (2018) Identification of a piscine reovirus-related pathogen in proliferative darkening syndrome (PDS) infected brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) using a next-generation technology detection pipeline. PLOS ONE 13(10): e0206164.


  • Quirin Krabichler, Tomas Vega-Zuniga, Denisse Carrasco, Maximo Fernandez, Cristián Gutiérrez-Ibáñez, Gonzalo Marín, Harald Luksch (2017): The Centrifugal Visual System of a Palaeognathous Bird, the Chilean Tinamou (Nothoprocta perdicaria). J Comp Neurol, accepted for publication
  • Greiter W, Firzlaff U. (2017)Echo-acoustic flow shapes object representation in spatially complex acoustic scenes.J Neurophysiol. 2017 Jun 1;117(6):2113-2124.
  • Ka My Dang, Philipp Rinklin, Jan Schnitker, Bastian Haberkorn, Kathrin Zobel, Simona Gribaudo, Anselme L. Perrier, Jorne Carolus, Michael Daenen, Stefan Weigel,  Harald Luksch, Andreas Offenhäusser und Bernhard Wolfrum (2017): Fabrication of precisely aligned microwire and microchannel structures: towards heat stimulation of guided neurites in neuronal cultures. Phys. Status Solidi A, in press
  • Greiter W, Firzlaff U. (2017) Representation of three-dimensional space in the auditory cortex of the echolocating bat P. discolor. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 16;12(8):e0182461. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182461.
  • Luo J, Lingner A, Firzlaff U, Wiegrebe L. (2017) The Lombard effect emerges early in young bats: implications for the development of audio-vocal integration. J Exp Biol. 2017 Mar 15;220(Pt 6):1032-1037. doi: 10.1242/jeb.151050. Epub 2016 Dec 23.
  • Jovalekic A, Cavé-Lopez S, Canopoli A, Ondracek JM, Nager A, Vyssotski AL, Hahnloser RH. (2017) A lightweight feedback-controlled microdrive for chronic neural recordings. J Neural Eng. 2017 Apr;14(2):026006. doi: 10.1088/1741-2552/aa5848.
  • Maurer DL, Kohl T, Gebhardt MJ. (2017) Cuticular microstructures turn specular black into matt black in a stick insect.Arthropod Struct Dev. 2017 Mar;46(2):147-155. doi: 10.1016/j.asd.2016.11.006. Epub 2016 Dec 18
  • Stoeckle BC, Beggel S, Cerwenka A, Motivans E, Kuehn R, Geist J (2017) A systematic approach to evaluate the influence of environmental conditions on eDNA detection success in aquatic ecosystems. (accepted in PLoS ONE)
  • Bayerl H, Kraus R, Nowak C, Förster D, Fickel J, Kuehn R, (2017) Fast and cost-effective single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection in the absence of a reference genome using semi-deep next generation random amplicon sequencing (RAMseq) (accepted in Molecular Ecology Resources)
  • Belle CC, Stoeckle BC, Cerwenka AF, Kuehn R, Mueller M, Pander J, & Geist J (2017) Genetic species identification in weatherfish and first molecular confirmation of Oriental Weatherfish Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842) in Central Europe Knowledge & Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, (418), 31
  • Stoeckle BC, Araujo R, Geist J, Kuehn R, Toledo C, Machordom A (2017) Strong genetic differentiation and low genetic diversity of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera L) in the southwestern European distribution range Conservation Genetics, 18(1), 147-157
  • Theuerkauf J, Haneda T, Okahisa Y, Sato N, Rouys S,  Bloc H, Ueda K, Watanabe I, Kuehn R, Gula R (2017). Elevated concentrations of naturally occurring heavy metals inversely correlate with reproductive output and body mass of the Kagu Rhynochetos jubatus. Ibis. 10.1111/ibi.12474.
  • Bennett EA, Champlot S, Peters J, Arbuckle BS, Guimaraes S, et al. (2017) Taming the late Quaternary phylogeography of the Eurasiatic wild ass through ancient and modern DNA. PLOS ONE 12(4): e0174216.
  • Feind S, Geist J, Kuehn R (in press) Glacial perturbations shaped the genetic population structure of the endangered thick-shelled river mussel (Unio crassus, Philipsson 1788) in Central and Northern Europe. Hydrobiologia. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-017-3134-2
  • Gerth M, Wolf R, Bleidorn C, Richter J, Sontowski R, Unrein J, Schlegel M, Gruppe A.Green lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) are commonly associated with a diversity of rickettsial endosymbionts.Zoological Lett. 2017 Aug 14;3:12. doi: 10.1186/s40851-017-0072-9. eCollection 2017.



  • Vega-Zuniga T, Marín G, González-Cabrera C, Planitscher E, Hartmann A, Marks V, Mpodozis J, Luksch H. (2016) Microconnectomics of the pretectum and ventral thalamus in the chicken (Gallus gallus). J Comp Neurol.524: 2208 - 2229.
  • Niederleitner, B., Gutierrez-Ibanez, C., Krabichler, Q., Weigel, S., and Luksch, H. (2016) A novel relay nucleus between the inferior colliculus and the optic tectum in the chicken (Gallus gallus) Journal of Comparative Neurology, in press.
  • Maurer, D.L., Kohl, T., Gebhardt, MJ (2016) Cuticular microstructures turn specular black into matt black in a stick insect. Arthropod Struct Dev, in press.
  • Luo, J., Lingner, A. Firzlaff, U., Wiegrebe, L. (2016) The lombard effect emerges early in young bats: Implications for the development of audio-vocal integratin. J Exp Biol, in press
  • Genzel D, Firzlaff U, Wiegrebe L, MacNeilage PR. (2016) Dependence of auditory spatial updating on vestibular, proprioceptive, and efference copy signals. J Neurophysiol. 116:765-75
  • Gutierrez-Ibanez, C., Iwaniuk, A.N., Jensen, M., Graham, D.J., Pogány, A., Montgomery, B.C., Stafford, J.L., Luksch, H., Wylie, D.R. (2016) Immunhistochemical localization of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript peptide (CARTp) in the brain of the pigeon (Columba livia) and the zebra finch (Taenopygia guttata). Journal of Comparative Neurology, in press.
  • Kugler, K., Greiter, W., Luksch, H., Firzlaff, U., Wiegrebe, L. (2016) Echo-acoustic flow affects flight in bats. Journal of Exp. Biol.219:1793-7.
  • Verhaal J, Luksch H. (2016) Neuronal responses to motion and apparent motion in the optic tectum of chickens. Brain Res. 1635:190-200.
  • Kaldenbach F., Bleckmann H., Kohl T. (2016) Response of IR sensitive tectal units of the pitviper Crotalus atrox to moving objects. J comp Physiol A, 10.1007/s00359-016-1076-1
  • Verhaal, J; Luksch, H. (2016) Multimodal integration in behaving chickens. Journal of Experimental Biology 219, 90-95.
  • Stoeckle BC, Araujo R, Geist J, Kuehn R, Toledo C, Machordom A (2016) Strong genetic differentiation and low genetic diversity of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera L.) in the southwestern European distribution range. (Conservation Genetics in press)
  • Nikolov I, Stoeckle BC, Markov G, Kuehn R (2016) Substantial hybridisation between wild boars (Sus scrofa scrofa) and East Balkan pigs (Sus scrofa f. domestica) in natural environment as a result of semi-wild rearing in Bulgaria. (Czech Journal of Animal Science in press)
  • Zachos FE, Frantz AC, Kuehn R, Bertouille S, Colyn M, Niedzialkowska M, et al. (2016) Genetic structure and effective population sizes in European red deer (Cervus elaphus) at a continental scale: insights from microsatellite DNA. (Journal of Heredity in press).
  • Burkart S, Gugerli F, Senn J, Kuehn R and Bolliger J (2016). Evaluating the functionality of expert-assessed wildlife corridors with genetic data from roe deer. Basic and Applied Ecology, 17(1),52–60.


  • Wylie DR, Gutiérrez-Ibáñez C, Iwaniuk AN. (2015) Integrating brain, behavior, and phylogeny to understand the evolution of sensory systems in birds. Front Neurosci. 11;9:281.
  • Corfield JR, Price K, Iwaniuk AN, Gutierrez-Ibañez C, Birkhead T, Wylie DR. (2015) Diversity in olfactory bulb size in birds reflects allometry, ecology, and phylogeny.Front Neuroanat. 9:102.
  • Rodenas-Cuadrado P, Chen XS, Wiegrebe L, Firzlaff U, Vernes SC (2015) A novel approach identifies the first transcriptome networks in bats: a new genetic model for vocal communication. BMC Genomics. 2015 Oct 22;16(1):836.
  • Genzel D, Hoffmann S, Prosch S, Firzlaff U, Wiegrebe L. (2015) Biosonar navigation above water II: exploiting mirror images.J Neurophysiol.15;113(4): 1146-55.
  • Hoffmann S, Genzel D, Prosch S, Baier L, Weser S, Wiegrebe L, Firzlaff U. (2015) Biosonar navigation above water I: estimating flight height. J Neurophysiol. 113(4):1135-45.
  • Verhaal, J; Luksch, H. (2015) Processing of motion stimuli by cells in the optic tectum of chickens. Neuroreport. 26(10):578-582, July 8,
  • Krabichler Q, Vega-Zuniga T, Morales C, Luksch H, Marín GJ. (2015): The visual system of a palaeognathous bird: visual field, retinal topography and retino-central connections in the Chilean tinamou (Nothoprocta perdicaria). J Comp Neurol 523(2):226-50.
  • Grap NJ, Monzel AS, Kohl T, Bleckmann H (2015) Crocodylus niloticus (Crocodilia) is highly sensitive to water surface waves. Zoology, DOI:10.1016/j.zool.2015.03.004
  • Aspden JW, Gutierrez-Ibanez CI, Armstrong CL. Kohl T, Hawkes R, Graham DJ, Iwaniuk AN and Wylie DR (2015) Zebrin II / Aldolase C expression in the cerebellum of the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). PloS one, 10(2):e0117539.
  • Sato NJ, Tanaka KD, Okahisa Y, Yamamichi M, Kuehn R, Gula R, Ueda K and Theuerkauf J (2015). Nestling polymorphism in a cuckoo-host system: a consequence of an escalating coevolutionary arms race. Current Biology, 25(24), 1164–1165)
  • Stoeckle B, Kuehn R, Geist J, (2015) Environmental DNA as a monitoring tool for the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera L.) (Aquatic Conservation Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems in press).
  • Gazda MA, Kuehn R, Sato NJ, Tanaka KD, Okahisa Y,  Ueda K, Gula R, Theuerkauf J (2015) Establishment of microsatellite markers to assess the mating system of the fan-tailed gerygone (Gerygone flavolateralis) to study the cuckoo-host arms race. Ann. Zool. Fennici 2(5-6), 80-284.
  • Lechner R, Kuehn R, Schmitt T, Habel JC (2015) Ecological separation versus geographical isolation: population genetics of the water-lily leaf beetle Galerucella nymphaeae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116 (2), 423-431.
  • Theuerkauf J, Kuehn R, Gula R, Sztencel Jablonka A, Jourdan H, Taugamoa A, Labrousse D, Bogdanowicz W (2015) Invasion history affects genetic structure in island rat populations. Journal of Zoology, 295(3), 197-205.
  • Sittenthaler M, Bayerl H, Unfer G, Kuehn R, Parz-Gollner R (2015) Impact of fish stocking on Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) densities: A case study on two salmonid streams. Mammalian Biology 80, 106-113.
  • Theuerkauf J, Haneda T, Sato NJ, Ueda K, Kuehn R, Gula R and Watanabe I (2015) Naturally high heavy metal concentration in feathers of the flightless Kagu (Rhynochetus jubatus), Ibis. 157(1),177-180.


  • Schnyder, H.A., Vanderelst, D., Bartenstein, S., Firzlaff, U., Luksch, H. (2014) The Avian Head Induces Cues for Sound Localization in Elevation. PLOS one 12; 9(11): e112178. .
  • Bartenstein, S.K., Gerstenberg, N., Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H. and Firzlaff, U. (2014) Echo-acoustic flow dynamically modifies the cortical map of target range in bats. Nat. Commun.5:4668. doi: 10.1038/ncomms5668..
  • Tobias Kohl, Maximilian S. Bothe, Harald Luksch, Hans Straka and Guido Westhoff (2014) Topographic organization of the primary infrared sensitive nucleus (LTTD) in the western diamondback-rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). J Comp Neurol, Volume 522, Issue 18, pages 3943–3959.
  • DR Wylie, J Kolominsky, DJ Graham, TJ Lisney, C Gutierrez-Ibanez (2014): The Retinal Projection to the Pretectal Nucleus Lentiformis Mesencephali in Pigeons (Columba Livia). Journal of Comparative Neurology, Volume 522, Issue 17, 3928–3942.
  • Erin Nesjan, Cristian Gutierrez-Ibanez, Jason R Cameron, Sydele Merrigan, Douglas R Wylie, Peter L Hurd (2014): Social status and GnRH soma size in female convict cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciatus). Behavioural brain research, online.
  • DC Franklin, ST Garnett, GW Luck, C Gutierrez-Ibanez, AN Iwaniuk (2014): Relative brain size in Australian birds. Emu 114 (2), 160-170.
  • Cristián Gutiérrez-Ibáñez, Andrew N Iwaniuk, Bret A Moore, Esteban Fernández-Juricic, Jeremy R Corfield, Justin M Krilow, Jeffrey Kolominsky, Douglas R Wylie (2014): Mosaic and Concerted Evolution in the Visual System of Birds. PloS one 9 (3), e90102.
  • Weigel, S., Flisikowsa, T., Schnieke, A., Luksch, H. (2014) Hybrid voltage sensor imaging of eGFP-F expressing neurons in chicken midbrain slices. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, in press.
  • Kraus RHS, vonHoldt B, Cocchiararo B, Harms V, Bayerl H, Kuehn R, Förster DW, Fickel J, Roos C, Nowak C (2014)A SNP-based approach for rapid and cost-effective genetic wolf monitoring in Europe based on non-invasively collected samples (Mol Ecol Res accepted)
  • Stoeckle BC, Müller D, Müller J and Kuehn R (2014) Identification of 10 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the high montane gastropod Semilimax kotulae using high-throughput sequence data. Molluc. Res. 34(1), 20-24.
  • Vega-Zuniga, T., Mpodozis, J., Karten, H.J., Marín, G.J., Hain, S., Luksch, H. (2014) Morphology, projection pattern and neurochemical identity of Cajal’s “centrifugal neurons”: the cells of origin of the TeO-GLv pathway in birds. J Comp Neurol, 522:2377-2396
  • Kraus RHS, vonHoldt B, Cocchiararo B, Harms V, Bayerl H, Kuehn R, Förster DW, Fickel J, Roos C, Nowak C (2014). A SNP-based approach for rapid and cost-effective genetic wolf monitoring in Europe based on non-invasively collected samples. Mol Ecol Resurces 15(2),295-305
  • Horn RL, Kuehn R, Drechsel  V and Cowley DE (2014). Discriminating between the Effects of Founding Events and Reproductive Mode on the Genetic Structure of Triops Populations (Branchiopoda: Notostraca). PloS one, 9(5), e97473.


  • Weigel, S., Luksch, H (2013) Local cholinergic interneurons modulate GABAergic inhibition in the chicken optic tectum. Europ J Neurosci, online.
  • Verhaal J, Luksch H. (2013) Mapping of the receptive fields in the optic tectum of chicken (Gallus gallus) using sparse noise. PLoS One. 8 (4): e60782.
  • Hoffmann, S., Warmbold, A., Wiegrebe, L. Firzlaff, U. (2013) Spatio-temporal contrast enhancement and feature extraction in the bat auditory midbrain and cortex. J. Neurophysiol. 110:1257-1268.
  • Horn RL, Kuehn R, Drechsel V and Cowley DE (2013). Discriminating between the Effects of Founding Events and Reproductive Mode on the Genetic Structure of Triops Populations (Branchiopoda: Notostraca). PloS one, 9(5), e97473.
  • Hausknecht R, Jacobs S, Müller J, Zink R, Frey H, Solheim R, Vrezec A, Kristin A, Mihok J, Kergalve I, Saurola P and Kuehn R (2013) Phylogeographic analysis and genetic cluster recognition for the conservation of Ural Owls (Strix uralensis) in Europe. J Ornithol. 155(1), 121-134.


  • Niederleitner, B., Luksch, H. (2012) Neuronal Morphology in Subdivisions of the Inferior Colliculus of Chicken (Gallus gallus). J Chem Neuroanatomy, Volume 44, Issue 1, May 2012, Pages 24-33.
  • Stock M, Kirchner B, Waibler D, Cowley DE, Pfaffl MW and Kuehn R (2012). Effect of magnetic stimulation on the gene expression profile of in vitro cultured
    neural cells. Neurosci Letters 526, 122-127
  • Stoeckle BC, Cowley DE, Schaack Y, Macdonald III KS, Sallenave R and Kuehn R (2012). Microsatellites for North American Species of Triops (Branchiopoda: Notostraca) (Journal of Crustacean Biology in press)
  • Schilling F, Dworschak K, Schopf R, Kuehn R, Glaser SJ, and Haase A (2012). Non-invasive lipid measurement in living insects using NMR microscopy. (Journal of Experimental Biology, in press)
  • Zieritz A, Gum B , Kuehn R and Geist J (2012). Identifying freshwater mussels (Unionoida) and parasitic glochidia larvae from host fish gills: a molecular key to the North and Central European species. Ecol Evol 2(4), 740-750.


  • Weigel, S., Luksch, H. (2011) Spatiotemporal analysis of electrically evoked activity in the chicken optic tectum - a VSDI study. J Neurophysiol 107: 640-8.
  • Lai, D., Brandt, S., Luksch, H., Wessel, R.(2011) Recurrent antitopographic inhibition mediates competitive stimulus selection in an attention network. J Neurophysiol, 105:793-805.
  • Vanderelst, D., Reijners, J., Firzlaff, U. & Peremans, H. (2011) Dominant glint based prey localization in Horseshoe bats: A possible strategy for noise rejection. PloS Comput. Biol. 7(12), e1002268,doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002268
  • Heinrich, M., Warmbold, A., Hoffmann, S., Firzlaff, U. & Wiegrebe, L. (2011) The sonar aperture and its neural representation in bats. J. Neurosci., 31, 15618-15627.
  • Borina, F., Firzlaff, U. & Wiegrebe, L. (2011) Neural coding of echo-envelope disparities in echolocating bats. J. Comp. Physiol. A, 197, 561-569.
  • Stoeckle BC, Theuerkauf J, Rouys S, Gula R, Lorenzo A, Lambert C, Kaeser T and Kuehn R (2011) Identification of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) by high-throughput sequencing. J Ornith 153(1) 249-253.
  • Kaczensky P, Kuehn R, Lhagvasuren B, Pietsch S, Yang W and Walzer C (2011) Connectivity of the Asiatic wild ass population in the Mongolian Gobi. Biol Conserv 144, 920-929.
  • Masood A, Stoeckle BC, Kuehn R and Saeed S (2011) Cross-species transfer of microsatellite loci in Scolytidae species mostly associated with Mango (Mangifera indica L.,Anacardiaceae) quick decline disease. Pak J Zool (43)2, 403-405.
  • Stoeckle BC and Kuehn R (2011) Identification of 18 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the spruce bark beetle Ips typographus L. (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) using high-throughput sequence data. Eur J Entomol 108(1), 169-171.


  • Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H., Geipel, I., Kalko, E. & Firzlaff, U. (2010) What noseleaves do for FM bats depends on their degree of sensorial specialization. PLoS ONE 5(8): e11893. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011893.
  • Schebesch, G., Lingner, A., Firzlaff, U., Wiegrebe, L. & Grothe, B. (2010) Perception and neural representation of size-variant human vowels in the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). Hear. Res., 261, 1-8.
  • Hoffmann, S., Schuller, G. & Firzlaff, U. (2010) Dynamic stimulation evokesspatially focused receptive fields in bat auditory cortex. Eur. J. Neurosci., 31(2), 371-385.
  • Görlich, A., Illy, M., Friauf, E., Wagner, H., Luksch, H., Löhrke, S.(2010). Development of the delay lines in the nucleus laminaris of the chicken embryo revealed by optical imaging (Neuroscience 168(2): 564 - 572).
  • Maier, S., Walkowiak, W., Luksch, H., Endepols, H. (2010). An indirect basal ganglia pathway in anuran amphibians? (J Chem Neuroanat. 40(1): 21-35).
  • Hausknecht R, Bayerl H, Gula R and Kuehn R (2010) Application of quantitative real-time PCR to facilitate non-invasive genetic monitoring of animal populations. J. Wildlife Manage. 74(8), 1904-1910.
  • Theuerkauf J, Jourdan H, Rouys S, Gula R, Gajewska M, Unrug K and Kuehn R (2010) Inventory of alien birds and mammals in the Wallis and Futuna Archipelago. Biol. Invasions 12(9), 2975-2978.
  • Hausknecht R, Szabo A, Firmanszky G, Gula R and Kuehn R (2010) Confirmation of wolf residence in Northern Hungary by field and genetic monitoring. Mam. Biol. 75(4), 348-352.
  • Geist J, Soderberg H, Karlberg A and Kuehn R (2010) Drainage-independent genetic structure and high genetic diversity of endangered freshwater pearl mussels (Mageritifera margeritifera) in northern Europe. Conserv. Genetics. 11(4), 1339-1350.
  • Geist J, Geismar J and Kuehn R (2010) Isolation and characterization of the first microsatellite markers for the endangered swan mussel Anodonta cygnea L. (Bivalvia: Unionoidea). Conserv. Genet. 11(3), 1103-1106.
  • Stoeckle BC, Dworschak K, Gossner MM and Kuehn R (2010) Influence of arthropod sampling solutions on insect genotyping reliability. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 135(2), 217-223.


  • Kuenzel, T., Wirth, M.J., Luksch, H., Wagner, H., Mey, J. (2009) Increase of Kv3.1b expression in avian auditory brainstem neurons correlates with synaptogenesis in vivo and in vitro (Brain Research 1302: 64-75).
  • Shao, J., Lai, D., Meyer, U., Luksch, H., Wessel, R. (2009) Generating oscillatory bursts from regular spiking neurons without inhibition (Journal of Computational Neuroscience 27(3): 591-606).
  • Geist J, Kolahsa M, Gum B and Kuehn R (2009) The importance of genetic cluster recognition for the conservation of migratory fish species: the example of the endangered European Huchen (Hucho hucho L.), J Fish Biol 75(5), 1063-1078.
  • Hausknecht R, Salzer K, Filli F and Kuehn R (2009) Techniques for noninvasive genetic monitoring of Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex). Acta Therio 54(3), 277-287.
  • Theuerkauf J, Rouys S, Mériot JM Gula R and Kuehn R (2009) Observations on cooperative breeding, mate guarding, and nest sharing in two parrot species of New Caledonia. J Ornit 150 (4), 791-797.
  • Gula R, Hausknecht R and Kuehn R (2009) Evidence of wolf dispersal in anthropogenic habitats of the Polish Carpathian Mountains. Biodiv Conserv 18 (8), 2173-2184.
  • Nikolov I, Gum B, Markov G and Kuehn R (2009) Population genetic structure of wild boar Sus scorfa in Bulgaria as reveald by microsatellite analysis. Acta Theriol 54(3), 93-205.
  • Wiedemann S, Lutz B, Albrecht C, Kuehn R, Killermann B, Einspanier R and Meyer HHD (2009) Fate of genetically modified maize and conventional rapeseed, and endozoochory in wild boar (Sus scrofa). Mam Biol 74 (3) 191-197.
  • Koiv K, Gross R, Paver T, and Kuehn R (2009) Isolation and characterization of 11 novel microsatellite DNA markers in the noble crayfish, Astacus astacus. Anim Genet 40 (1), 124.