Prof. Dr. Axel Hochkirch

Education and Employment

June 2017Distinction as Associate Professor

Feb 2009

Habilitation in Biogeography

Since March 2008

Scientific Lab Manager at the Department of Biogeography, Trier University

July 2007

Habilitation in Ecology

Title of the habilitation thesis: "Evolution, Maintenance and Conservation of Biodiversity: Case studies from Orthoptera"


Assistant Professorship at the University of Osnabrück, Division of Ecology


Postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Ecology and Evolution Biology (University of Bremen, IFOE)

May 2001

PhD thesis, University of Bremen (IFOE, Prof. Dr. D. Mossakowski) 

Title of the thesis: “A phylogenetic analysis of the East African Grasshopper genus Afrophlaeoba Jago, 1983


Lectureship at the University of Applied Sciences, Bremen (ISTAB)


Freelancing biologist, environmental consultant (ecological expertises, mappings) and PhD student

Sept. 1996

Biology Diploma at the University of Bremen (IFOE).

Title of the diploma thesis: “Habitat preferences of Acridoidea and Eumastacoidea in the East Usambara Mts., NE Tanzania”


Freelancing biologist, consultant for NGOs, landscape planning, authorities


Study of biology at the University of Bremen; subjects: zoology, ecology, botany, marine biology


Community service at BUND “Diepholzer Moorniederung" (Friends of the Earth - Germany)


Primary and Secondary school in Limburg / Lahn

Editorial Boards

Associate Editor BMC Evolutionary Biology

Associate Editor Journal of Insect Conservation

Reviewer for Journals


Abhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins Bremen; Acta Ethologica; Acta Herpetologica; Acta Oecologica; Acta Zoologica; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment; Analytical Letters; Animal Behaviour; Animal Biodiversity and Conservation; Animal Conservation; Annals of the Entomological Society of America; Applied Entomology and Zoology; Arthropod-Plant Interactions; Arthropod Structure and Development; Basic and Applied Ecology; Axios Review; Behavioral Ecology;Biologia; Biological Conservation; Biological Invasions; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society; Biology Letters; Biotropica; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Bulletin de la Société des naturalistes luxembourgeois; Bulletin of Entomological Research; Central European Journal of Biology; Conservation Genetics; Conservation Genetics Resources; Conservation Letters; Current Zoology; Ecography; Ecological Entomology; Ecological Indicators; Ecological Engineering; Ecological Modelling;Ecological Research; Ecology; Ecosystems;Ecotropica;Entomologie heute; Entomological News; Entomological Science; Environmental Entomology;European Journal of Entomology; Evolutionary Biology; Evolutionary Ecology; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Functional Ecology; Genetica;Hereditas; Heredity; Insect Conservation and Diversity; Insect Science; Insect Systematics & Evolution; International Journal of Molecular Sciences; Journal for Nature Conservation; Journal of Animal Ecology; Journal of Applied Ecology; Journal of Biogeography; Journal of Evolutionary Biology; Journal of Insect Behavior; Journal of Insect Biodiversity; Journal of Insect Conservation; Journal of Insect Physiology;Journal of Insect Science;Journal of Orthoptera Research;Journal of the Entomological Research Society Ankara; Journal of Tropical Ecology; Journal of Zoology; Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research; Learning & Behavior; Micron; Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie; Molecular Ecology; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; Natur und Landschaft; Nature Climate Change; Nature Communications; Nature Ecology & Evolution; Naturwissenschaften;Neotropical Entomology; Oecologia; Oikos; Pakistan Journal of Zoology; Physiological Entomology; Phytocoenologia; PLOS One; Population Ecology; Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B: Biological Sciences; River Research and Applications; Science Advances; Science of the Total Environment, Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews; The American Naturalist; The Canadian Entomologist; The Central Mediterranean Naturalist; The Science of Nature; Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle Grigore Antipa; Tropical Zoology; Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society; Zoology; Zoologischer Anzeiger; Zookeys; Zootaxa


Zachos F.E. & J.C. Habel (2011): Biodiversity Hotspots. Springer, Berlin

Habel J.C. & T. Assmann (2010): Relict Species - Phylogeography and Conservation Biology. Springer, Berlin

Settele J., Margules C., Poschlod P. & K. Henle (1996): Species Survival in Fragmented Landscapes. Kluwer, Dordrecht


Grant Reviewer for:

DFG (German Research Foundation)

SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation)


COST (European Co-operation in the Field of Science and Technology)

Leibniz Association

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Czech Science Foundation


Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst (DAAD)



IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)
European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB)
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (DZG)
Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)
Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ)
Gesellschaft deutschsprachiger Odonatologen (GdO)
Orthopterist’s Society (OS)
Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft (DO-G)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie (DGaaE)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie (gtö)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopterologie (DGfO)
Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein zu Bremen (NWV)
Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt (ZGF)
Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND)
Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU)