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PD Dr. Christian C. Voigt



PD Dr. Christian C. Voigt

AG Verhaltensphysiologie
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 16
10315 Berlin


Tel:          ++49-30-5168-517

Fax:         ++49-30-5126-104

E-Mail:     voigt(at)izw-berlin.de


I am interested in both proximate (i.e. physiological and ecological) and ultimate (i.e. evolutionary) questions related to the biology of wildlife species, especially bats. In my research group at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, we combine field and laboratory work and use various methods, such as stable isotopes, respirometry, endocrinology, immunology, behavioural observations among others, to better understand the ecology, physiology and evolution of wildlife species. In particular, I am interested in the question how wildlife species respond to the increasing encroachment of human populations in natural ecosystems. Please visit the web page of my group at www.batlab.de


Publications since 2010:

von Busse, R., Rye, M.W., Swartz, S.M., Voigt, C.C., Breuer, K.S. (2014) the aerodynamic cost of flight in theshort-tailed fruit bat (Carollia persicipillata) – comparing theory with measurement. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. accepted

Schneeberger, K., Czirjak, G.A., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Frugivory is associated with low measures of plasma oxidative stress and high antioxidant concentration in free-ranging bats. Naturwissenschaften accepted.

Voigt, C.C., Lehnert, L.S., Popa-Lisseanu, A.G. Ciechanowski, M., Estok, P., Gloza-Rausch, F., Görföl, T., Göttsche, M., Harrje, C., Hötzel, M., Teige, T., Wohlgemuth, R., Kramer-Schadt, S. (2013) The trans-boundary importance of artificial bat hibernacula in managed European forests. Biodiversity and Conservation 23:617-631. doi 10.1007/s10531-014-0620-y.

Lewanzik, D., Voigt, C.C. (2014) Artificial light at night puts ecosystem services of neotropical bats at risk. Journal of Applied Ecology in press.

Voigt, C.C., Helbig-Bonitz, M., Kramer-Schadt, S., Kalko, E.K.V. (2014) The third dimension of bat migration: Elevational movements of Miniopterus natalensis at Mount Kilimanjaro. Oecologia. 174: 751-764.

Voigt, C.C., Klöckner, P., Touma, C., Neuschl, C., Brockmann, G., Göritz, F., Palme, R., Thomsen, R. (2014) Hormonal stress response of laboratory mice to conventional and minimally invasive bleeding techniques. Animal Welfare 22: 449-455.

Ghanem, S.J., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Defaunation of tropical forests reduces habitat quality for seed-dispersing bats in Western Amazonia: An unexpected connection via mineral licks. Animal Conservation. 17:44-51. doi 10.1111/acv.12055 2013

Greiner, S., Nagy, M., Knörnschild, M., Hofer, H., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Sex-biased senescence in a polygynous bat species. Ethology. 119:1-9.

Schneeberger, K., Czirjak, G.A., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Inflammatory challenge increases measures of oxidative stress in a free-ranging, long-lived mammal. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216: 4514-4519.

Lehmann, D., Mfune,  J.K.E., Gewers, E., Cloete, J., Brain, C., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Dietary plasticity of generalist and specialist ungulates in the Namibian desert: A stable isotope approach. PlosONE 8: e72190.

Corman, V.M., Rasche, A., Diallo, T.D., Cottontail, V.M., Stöcker, A., Souza, B.F. Correa, J.I., Carneiro, A.J.B. Franke, C.R., Knörnschild, K., Kalko, E.K.V., Ghanem, S.J., Morales, K.D.S., Salsamendi, E., Spinola, M., Herrler, G., Voigt C.C., Tschapka, M., Drosten, C., Drexler, J.F. (2013) Highly diversified coronaviruses in neotropical bats. Journal of GeneralVirology. 94: 1984-1994.

Masello, J.F., Wikelski, M., Voigt, C.C., Quillfeldt, P. (2013) Distribution patterns predict individual specialization in the diet of Dolphin Gulls. PLoSONE 8:e67714.

Otalora-Ardila, A., Herrera, L.G., Flores-Martinez, J.J., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Marine and terrestrial food sources in the diet of the Myotis fishing bat (Myotis vivesi). Journal ofMammalogy. 94:1102-1110.

Voigt, C.C. (2013) Sexual selection in neotropical bats. In: Sexual selection – Perspectives and Models from the Neotropics (eds. R.H. Machedo, G. Machado). Elsevier.

Klöckner, P., Stefanski, V., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Testing blood-sucking bugs (Triatominae; Heteroptera) as a blood-sampling technique to evaluate white blood cell subsets. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals(Grobbel, M., Szentiks, C.A., Seet, S., Schumann, A. (eds.) 46-155, Wien, Österreich.

Voigt, C.C., Melzheimer, J., Thalwitzer, S., Wachter, B., (2013) A breath test to assign carnivore diets to browsers or grazers. Wildlife Biology. 19:311-316.

Tomlinson, S., Maloney, S.K., Withers, P.C., Voigt, C.C., Cruz-Neto, A.P. (2013) From Doubly Labelled Water to Half-life; Validating Radio-isotopic Rubidium Turnover to Measure Metabolism in Small Vertebrates. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 4: 619-628.

Dechmann, D.K.N., Wikelski, M., van Noordwijk. H.J., Voigt, C.C., Voigt-Heucke,  S.L.(2013) High metabolic costs of bat echolocation in a non-foraging context supports role for communication. Frontiers in Integrative Physiology.4: article 66

von Busse, R., Swartz, S., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Flight metabolism in relation to speed in Chiroptera: Testing the U-shape paradigm in the short-tailed fruit bat Carollia perspicillata. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216:2073-2080 doi:10.1242/jeb.081760

Voigt, C.C. (2013) Bat flight with bad wings: Is flight metabolism affected by damaged wings. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 1516-1521

Ghanem, S.J., Ruppert, H., Kunz, T.H., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Frugivorous bats drink nutrient- and clay-enriched water in the Amazon rain forest: support for a dual function of mineral-lick  visits. Journal of Tropical Ecology 29: 1-10.

Schneeberger, K., Czirják, G., Voigt, C.C. (2013) Measures of the constitutive immune system are linked to diet and roosting habits of Neotropical bat species. PLoS ONE 8:e54023.

Ludynia, K., Dehnhard, N., Poisbleau, M., Demongin, L., Masello, J.F., Voigt, C.C., Quillfeldt, P. (2013) Sexual segregation in rockhopper penguins during incubation.  Animal Behavior. 85: 255-267.

Maggini, I. Spina, F., Voigt, C.C., Ferri, A., Bairlein, F. (2013) Differential migration and  body condition in Northern Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe) at a Mediterranean spring  stopover site. Journal of Ornithology 154: 321-328.

Voigt, C.C., Schneeberger, K., Luckner, A. (2013) Ecological and dietary correlates of stable hydrogen isotope ratios in fur and body water of syntopical tropical bats. Ecology 94: 346-355.

Voigt, C.C., Borissov, I., Voigt-Heucke, S.L. (2012) Terrestrial locomotion imposes high metabolic requirements on bats. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215: 4340-4344.

Ossa, G., Kramer-Schadt, S., Peel, A.J., Scharf, A.K., Voigt, C.C. (2012) The movement ecology of the straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum, in sub-Saharan Africa assessed by stable isotopes ratios. PloS ONE 7: e37101.

Voigt, C.C., Sörgel, K., Suba, J., Keiss, O., Petersons, G. (2012) The insectivorous bat Pipistrellus nathusii uses a mixed-fuel strategy to power autumn migration. Proceedings of the Royal Society London: Biological Sciences 279: 3772-3778.

Schad, J., Dechmann, D.K.N., Voigt, C.C., Sommer, S. (2012) Evidence for the ‘Good Genes’ Model: Association of MHC Class II DRB Alleles with Ectoparasitism and reproductive state in the Neotropcial lesser bulldog bat, Noctilio albiventris. PLoS ONE 7:  e37101

Voigt, C.C., Lewanzik, D. (2012) ‘No cost for echolocation in flying bats’ revisited Journal of comparative Physiology B 182: 831-840.

Voigt, C.C., Popa-Lisseanu, A., Niermann, I., Kramer-Schadt, S. (2012) The catchment area of wind farms for European bats: A plea for international regulations. Biological Conservation153: 80-86.

Lewanzik, D., Kelm, D.H., Greiner, S., Dehnhard, M., Voigt, C.C. (2012) Ecological correlates of cortisol levels in two bat species with contrasting feeding habits. General and Comparative Endocrinology 177: 104-112.

Schad, J., Greiner, S., Dechmann, D.K.N., Voigt, C.C., Sommer, S. (2012) Independent evolution of functional MHC class II DRB genes in neotropical bat species. Immunogenetics 64: 535-547.

Bairlein, F., Norris, D.R., Nagel, R., Bulte, M, Voigt, C.C., Fox, J.W., Jussel, D., Schmaljohann, H. (2012) Cross-hemisphere migration of a 25-gram songbird. Biology Letters in press

Nagy M., Knörnschild M., Voigt, C.C., Mayer F. (2012) The evolution of reversed sex-biased philopatry in a social bat: The role of direct and indirect fitness benefits. Behavioral Ecology in press

Ghanem, S.J., Voigt, C.C. (2012) Increasing awareness of ecosystem services provided by bats. Advances in the Study of Behavior in press

Dumont, E.R., Dávalos, L.M., Goldberg, A., Santana, S.E., Rex, K., Voigt, C.C. (2012) Morphological innovation, diversification and invasion of a new adaptive zone. Proceedings of the Royal Society London: Biological Sciences in press

Voigt, C.C., Voigt-Heucke, S.L., Kretzschmar, A. (2012) Isotopic evidence for seed transfer from successional area into forests by short-tailed fruit bats (genus Carollia; Phyllostomidae). Journal of Tropical Ecology 28:181-186.

Voigt, C.C., Voigt-Heucke, S., Schneeberger, K. (2012) Isotopic data do not support food sharing within large networks of female vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) Ethology doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2011.02004.x

Voigt, C.C., Holderied, M.W. (2012) High maneuvering costs force narrow-winged molossid bats to forage in open space. Journal of Comparative Physiology B doi 10.1007/s00360-011-0627-6

Popa-Lisseanu A.G., Soergel, K., Luckner, A., Wassenaar, L.I., Ibáñez, C., Ciechanowski, M., Görföl, T., Niermann, I., Beuneux, G., Myslajek, R., Juste, J., Fonderflick, J., Kramer-Schadt, S., Kelm, D.H., Voigt, C.C. (2012) A triple isotope approach to predict breeding origins of European bats. PLoS ONE 7: e38083

Greiner, S., Dehnhard, M., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Differences in plasma testosterone levels related to social status are more pronounced during mating- than non-mating season in the tropical bat Saccopteryx bilineata. Canadian Journal of Zoology 89: 1157-1163.

Erzberger, A., Popa-Lisseanu, A.G., Lehmann, G.U.C., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Potential and limits in detecting altitudinal movements of bats using stable hydrogen isotope ratios of fur keratin. Acta Chiropterologica 13: 431-438.

Puechmaille, S.J., Frick, W.F., Kunz, T.H., Racey, P.A., Voigt, C.C., Wibbelt, G., Teeling, E.C. (2011) White Nose Syndrome: An emerging disease threat to temperate zone bats. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 570-576

Caspers, B.A., Schröder, F.C., Franke, S., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Scents of adolescence: the maturation of wing sac odour in greater sac-winged bats, Saccopteryx bilineata. PLoS ONE 6: e21162.

Matuszak, A., Voigt C.C., Storch, I., Bauer, H.-G., Quillfeldt, P. (2011) Depth-specific and spatiotemporal variation of δ13C and δ15N in Charophytes of Lake Constance: Implications for food web studies. Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry 25: 2089-2094.

Kelm, D.H, Simon, R., Kuhlow, D., Voigt, C.C., Ristow, M. (2011) High activity enables life on a high sugar diet: blood glucose regulation in nectar-feeding bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 278: 3490-3496.

Voigt, C.C., Schneeberger, K., Voigt-Heucke, S.L., Lewanzik, D. (2011) Rain increases the energy cost of bat flight. Biology Letters 7:793-795.

Dehnhard, N., Voigt, C.C., Poisbleau, M., Demongin, L., Quillfeldt, P. (2011) Stable isotopes in southern rockhopper penguins: foraging areas and sexual differences in the non-breeding period. Polar Biology 11: 1763-1773.

Rex, K., Michener, R., Kunz, T.H., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Vertical stratification of Neotropical leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae: Chiroptera) revealed by stable carbon isotopes Journal of Tropical Ecology 27: 211-222.

Siemers, B.M., Greif, S., Borissov, I., Voigt-Heucke, S.L., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Divergent trophic levels in two cryptic sibling bat species. Oecologia 166: 69-78.

Schad, J., Dechmann, D.K.N., Voigt, C.C., Sommer, S. (2011) MHC class II DRB diversity, selection pattern and population structure in a neotropical bat species, Noctilio albiventris. Heredity 107: 115–126.

Meyer, C.F.J., Aguiar, L.M.S., Aguirre, L.F. Baumgarten, J., Clarke, F.M., Cosson, J.-F., Villegas, S.E., Fahr, J., Faria, D., Furey, N., Henry, M., Hodgkison, R., Jenkins, R.K.B., Jung, K.G., Pons, J.-M., Kunz, T.H., MacSwiney Gonzalez, M.C., Moya, I., Voigt, C.C., von Staden, D., Weise, C.D., Kalko, E.K.V. (2011) Estimating species richness and detectability in tropical bat surveys. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 777-787.

Voigt, C.C., Lewanzik, D. (2011) Trapped in the darkness of the night: Thermal and energetic constraints of daylight flight in bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 278: 2311-2317.

Greiner, S., Schwarzenberger, F., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Predictable estrus timing of a small tropical mammal in an almost a-seasonal environment. Journal of Tropical Ecology 27: 121-131.

Schinnerl, M., Aydinonat, D., Schwarzenberger, F., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Hematological Survey of Common Neotropical Bat Species from Costa Rica. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42: 382-391.

Hambly, C., Voigt, C.C. (2011) Measuring energy expenditure in birds using bolus injections of 13C labelled Na-bicarbonate. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 158: 323-328.

Voigt, C.C., Akbar Z., Kunz, T.H., Kingston, T. (2011) The origin of assimilated proteins in Old and New-World phytophagous bats. Biotropica 43:108-113.

Masello, J.F., Mundry, R., Poisbleau, M., Demongin, L., Voigt, C.C., Wikelski, M., Quillfeldt, P. (2010) Diving seabirds share space and time: Inter- and intra-specific segregation. Ecosphere 1: article 19.

Hölker, F., Moss, T., Griefahn, B., Kloas, W., Voigt, C.C., Henckel, D., Hänel, A., Kappeler, P.M., Völker, S., Schwope, A., Franke, S., Uhrlandt, D., Fischer, J., Wolter, C., Tockner, K. (2010) The dark side of light - A transdisciplinary research agenda for light pollution policy. Ecology and Society 15: 13-23.

Meyer, C.F.J., Aguiar, L.M.S., Aguirre, L.F. Baumgarten, J., Clarke, F.M., Cosson, J.-F., Villegas, S.E., Fahr, J., Faria, D., Furey, N., Henry, M., Hodgkison, R., Jenkins, R.K.B., Jung, K.G., Pons, J.-M., Kunz, T.H., MacSwiney Gonzalez, M.C., Moya, I., Voigt, C.C., von Staden, D., Weise, C.D., Kalko, E.K.V. (2010) Long-term monitoring of tropical bats for anthropogenic impact assessment: Gauging the statistical power to detect population change. Biological Conservation 143: 2797-2807.

Voigt, C.C. (2010) Insights into Strata Use of Forest Animals using the ‘Canopy Effect’ Biotropica 42: 634-637.

Greiner, S., Stefanski, V., Dehnhard, M., Voigt, C.C. (2010) Plasma testosterone levels decrease after activation of skin immune system in a free-ranging mammal. General and Comparative Endocrinology 168: 466-473.

Amitai, O. Amichai, E., Holtze, S., Barkan, S., Korine, C., Pinshow, B., Voigt, C.C. (2010) Fruit bats (Pteropodidae) fuel their metabolism rapidly and directly with exogenous sugars. Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 2693-2699.

Wibbelt, G., Moore, M., Schountz, T. Voigt, C.C. (2010) Emerging diseases in Chiroptera: Why bats? Biology Letters 6: 438-440.

listed as second most viewed article in Biology Letters for 2010.

Hoffmann, A., Decher, J., Rovero, F., Schaer, J., Voigt, C.C., Wibbelt, G. (2010) Chapter 22: Field Methods and Techniques for Monitoring Mammals In: ABCTaxa in press

Voigt, C.C., Schuller, B.M., Greif, S., Siemers, B.M. (2010) Perch-hunting in insectivorous Rhinolophus bats is related to the high energy costs of manoeuvring in flight. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 180:1079-1088.

Voigt, C.C., Sörgel, K., Dechmann, D.K.N. (2010) Refuelling while flying: Foraging bats combust food rapidly and directly to fuel flight. Ecology 91:2908-2917.

Quillfeldt P., Voigt, C.C., Masello, J.F. (2010) Plasticity versus repeatability in seabird migratory behaviour. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64: 1157-1164.

Rex, K., Czaczkes, B.I., Michener, R., Kunz, T.H., Voigt, C.C. (2010) Specialisation and omnivory in diverse mammalian assemblages. Ecoscience 17:37-46.

Bass, M., Finer, M., Jenkins, C.N., Kreft, H., Cisneros-Heredia, D.F., McCracken, S.F., Pitman, N.C.A., English, P.A., Swing, K., Villa, G., DiFiore, A., Voigt, C.C., Kunz, T.H. (2010) Global conservation significance of Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park PLoS ONE 5, e8767.

Vos, A., Müller, T., Neubert, L., Voigt, C.C. (2010) Validation of a less-invasive blood sampling technique in rabies serology using Reduviid bugs (Triatominae, Hemiptera). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41: 63-68.