Prof. Dr. Axel Hochkirch

Research Interests

My main research focus is conservation biology and conservation genetics, but I am generally interested in all kind of biodiversity research, ranging from the origin of biodiversity (evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, speciation, evolutionary ecology) via mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance (ecology, behavioural ecology, population genetics) to its conservation (conservation biology, conservation genetics, monitoring). If you are interested in my invertebrate conservation activities, please visit my TriBiCo website or follow the Facebook site of the IUCN SSC Invertebrate Conservation Committee.

 

Current research projects

1. Conservation Biology

  • Population status and population trends of wild bees and Orthoptera in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Population ecology and threat analysis of the Crau Plain Grasshopper, Prionotropis rhodanica
  • Effects of grassland management on the Endangered Adriatic Marbled Bush-Cricket, Zeuneriana marmorata
  • Habitat preferences and distribution of endemic Orthoptera in Seychelles
  • The global conservation status of invertebrates: Major threats and their spatial distribution
  • Effects of wildfires on the conservation status of the Madeira Green Bush-cricket, Psalmatophanes barretoi

2. Population Genetics / Conservation Genetics

  • Conservation genetics of the Crau Plain Grasshopper, Prionotropis rhodanica

3. Phylogenetics / Phylogeography / Biogeography

  • Phylogeography of the West-Palaearctic species of the genus Oedipoda
  • Phylogeny of the West-Palaearctic species of the genus Tetrix
  • Phylogeography of Ariagona margaritae on the Canary Islands
  • Intraspecific phylogeography of Isophya modestior