Prof. Dr. Axel Hochkirch

Research Interests

I am interested in all kind of biodiversity research, ranging from the origin of biodiveristy (evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, speciation, evolutionary ecology) via the maintenance of biodiversity (ecology, behavioural ecology, population genetics) to its conservation (conservation biology, conservation genetics). During recent years, conservation-focused research has become my prime research objective.

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 Sub-Committee.


Current research projects

1. Phylogenetics / Phylogeography / Biogeography

  • Rapid radiations and speciation processes in the genus Sphingonotus
  • 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

2. Population Genetics / Conservation Genetics

  • Population genetics and hybridization of introduced populations of Podarcis muralis in Central Europe
  • Genetic consequences of captive breeding of the Northern Bald Ibis, Geronticus eremita
  • Conservation genetics of the Crau Plain Grasshopper, Prionotropis rhodanica

3. Conservation Biology

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