Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Sprachwahl

Dr. Jan Christian Habel

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department of Ecology and Ecosystemmanagement
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Room:  1.1.2.7
Phone: +49.8161.71.4861
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: Janchristianhabel[at]gmx.de


Curriculum vitae

12/2012- today Department of Ecology and Ecosystemmanagement, Technische Universität München, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan
02/2012- 12/2012 Institute of Biogeography and Department of Behavioural Genetics, Trier University, Germany; research and teaching
02/2010- 12/2012 Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Ghent University, Belgium, Prof. Lens, Prof. Van Dyck, Prof. Bonte;research on vertebrate species (especially bird species of East African cloud forests)
02/2010- today National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya; research and field courses in population ecology and evolutionary biology
01/2009- 01/2010 Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, Prof. Aßmann; teaching and research in evolutionary biology and conservation genetics
05/2006- 02/2012 Natural History Museums Luxembourg, Luxembourg; formation of a research group in population biology of invertebrate species. Organisation of various scientific conferences in collaboration with Prof. Avise, Prof. Hewitt, Prof. Mallet, Prof. Stork, Dr. Mittermeier and others about Relict Species and Biodiversity Hotspots

Education

07/2011 Habilitation in the field of biogeography, Trier University, Germany
06/2003- 05/2006 Institute of Biogeography, Trier University, Germany, Prof. Schmitt, Prof. Müller; Dissertation about the population genetics of butterfly species – summa cum laude, awarded by the advancement award of Trier University 2007.
03/2000- 06/2003 Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany; Course work in Environmental Sciences, major in ecology, conservation biology. Diplomarbeit ((e.g. Masters degree) on the effects of habitat fragmentation – 1.0)
09/1998- 03/2000 Hochschule Görlitz/Zittau, Germany, Course work in Ecology; Vordiplom (equivalent to Bachelors degree) in the basics of natural sciences.
Internships Umweltbundesamt, Umweltministerium Berlin, Universität Otago, Neuseeland; Malelangwe Wilderness Reserve, Zimbabwe.
08/1997- 08/1998 Civil Service (Anderer Dienst im Ausland – France)
1985- 07/1997 Elementary / Secondary School, Freie Waldorfschule Filstal, Abitur


Research interest

I am working in different fields of evolutionary biology, conservation biology and ecology on invertebrates (as butterflies, carabids, scorpions) and vertebrates (mainly bird species). In my research studies I am focusing on

  • The biological value of extant populations (relict species)
  • North Africa as speciation centre and refugium of thermophilic species
  • Biodiversity hotspots under global change and
  • Evolution processes in East African mountain forests including the impact of recent habitat destruction of these ecosystems (as in the Chyulu Hills, my favourite place in East Africa – displayed in the header-picture)

My main-interest is bringing together several research-aspects (interdisciplinary approaches from different scientific fields), analysed with a wide range of methods as:

  • Molecular genetics (alloenzymes electrophoresis, microsatellites, AFLPs, DNA Sequencing, single nucleotide polymorphisms)
  • Ecological analyses (Nestedness analyses, Mark-Release-Recapture experiments)
  • Geometric morphometrics
  • Bioacoustics analyses
  • Telemetry
  • Ecological modelling

Central question is how intraspecific characters (as morphology, molecules and behaviour) are affected by past and recent environmental conditions.


Projects

Until now I worked in different fields of evolutionary biology, conservation biology and ecology. I applied several methods (molecular genetics, climate envelope modelling, morphometry, bioacoustics, telemetry, mark-release-recapture) to analyse different aspects as (i) the biological value of extant populations (relict species), (ii) North Africa as speciation centre of thermophilic species, (iii) biodiversity hotspots under global change, and (iv) evolution processes in East African mountain forests including the impact of recent habitat destruction of these ecosystems.
My main-interest is bringing together several research-aspects (interdisciplinary approaches from different scientific fields), analysed with a wide range of methods, in collaboration with other scientists worldwide. In the following I summarize performed and performing main research aspects:

The genetic consequences of abundance pattern and dispersal behaviour were studied using four butterfly species. Melanargia galathea (a widespread butterfly) versus Melitea aurelia (a specialist species, restricted to calcareous grasslands) were analysed to get information about the genetic consequences of these different distribution patterns. The dispersal behaviours of the two lycaenid butterflies Cupido minimus (a sedentary species) versus Aricia agesits (showing high turnover-rates of extinction and colonisation of habitats) were used to study the genetic effects of opposite dispersal behaviours. (markers: allozymes, AFLPs, funded by the German Research Fund DFG).

Measuring movements of butterflies is an important objective in conservation biology to understand the connectivity of habitats in a landscape. Mark-release-recapture (MRR) studies were performed with different butterfly species to study intra- and inter-population movements, population sizes and individual life-times. The movement data were compared with genetic data. (markers: MRR, allozymes, funded by the German Research Fund DFG).

Southern refugia and range shifts of thermophilic species are detectable for many butterfly species. Pleistocene climatic oscillation caused severe range changes of species, which often survived in southern refugia around the Mediterranean. These range changes were reconstructed by genetic analyses. The genetic imprints of the past like distinct genetic lineages in Central Europe, as analysed for Melanargia galathea and Maniola jurtina, give evidence for isolated refugia and postglacial recolonisation pathways. (markers: allozymes, climate envelope modelling, morphometry, funded by the German Research Fund DFG and the Musée national d´histoire naturelle Luxembourg).

Sea Straits are often barriers and cause restricted gene-flow. Genetic analyses on four butterfly species showed no genetic differentiation despite a more than 140km sea-barrier; the reason is the much lower sea-level of the Mediterranean Sea (during the Salinity Crisis), which caused a merging of the two landmasses of Italy and North Africa. (markers: allozymes, morphometry, funded by the Musée national d´histoire naturelle Luxembourg).

Relict species of a colder past like Lycaena helle suffer severely from the recent climate warming. Genetic pattern over the western Palearctic distribution range were analysed to obtain evidences on (i) the historical distribution, (ii) postglacial range shifts and retreats, (iii) the recent distribution situation of highly fragmented remnant populations and (iv) possible future trends. (markers: allozymes, microsatellites, DNA sequences, climate envelope models, morphometry, funded by the Fonds national de la recherche Luxembourg FNR and the Musée national d´histoire naturelle Luxembourg).

Species radiations in the Atlas Mts. (North Africa) were analysed for a set of species: darkling beetles of the genus Pimelia, scorpions of the genus Buthus. Those species groups might show similar processes of speciation around the Atlas Mts., which have taken place in the past as a consequence of strong mountain barriers during the glacial periods. Furthermore, this region has acted as important refuge and speciation centre for thermophilic species. Additionally, the Hoggar Mts. were included in these analyses to analyse populations of a southern exclave to test long-lasting isolation (e.g. speciation) processes. (markers: DNA sequences, climate envelope models, funded by the Fonds national de la recherche Luxembourg FNR and Musée national d´histoire naturelle Luxembourg).

Oasis of the Sahara desert are a prominent example to study complete habitat isolation and the effect of a lethal matrix surrounding them. The forest butterfly Parage aegeria were analysed at the northern range of the Sahara dessert along three wadi-systems, at 20 oasis. No genetic/morphometric differentiation was detectable. (markers: microsatellites, DNA sequences, morphometry of wings and genitalia, funded by the Fonds national de la recherche Luxembourg FNR and Musée national d´histoire naturelle Luxembourg).

Fluctuating asymmetry is a phenomenon typical for populations suffering from long-lasting isolation, like many relict populations of the Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo). Isolations of populations often cause losses of genetic information and are therefore accompanied by genetic depressions. These processes often affect morphological asymmetries. We analysed wing-patterns of highly isolated Central European populations with some of them already being extinct, and compared these with individuals from the Alps, where the species still occur in large metapopulations. Additional analyses were performed on a set of 30 butterfly species to analyse general trends of morphological variance (phenotypic plasticity and fluctuating asymmetry) to understand the evolution of wing-patterns of butterflies (markers: geometric morphometrics to analyse morphological wing features, funded by the Fonds national de la recherche Luxembourg FNR and Musée national d´histoire naturelle Luxembourg).

The tropical mountain forests of East Africa represent distinct hotspots of species evolution and are highly endangered by habitat destruction and rising temperatures. Most of these areas are strongly isolated and therefore species have evolved into distinct groups, as for example shown in the bird Zosterops poliogaster. This very sedentary species exclusively occurs in tropical mountain forest. Molecular and ecological methods give evidences for (i) the evolution of different genetic groups, (ii) effects of the strong fragmentation among and within the forested mountains, (iii) their dispersal ability, (iv) the habitat suitability and (v) possible future distribution shifts.
The obtained data will be compared with related taxa showing stronger dispersal (e.g. Zosterops abyssinicus flaviteralis, Zosterops senegalensis). Finally, these data allow the formulation of guidelines for nature conservation of tropical mountain forest in East Africa. Beside representatives of Zosterops-species, further bird species are part of the study (markers: DNA sequences, microsatellites, AFLPs, mark-release-recapture studies, habitat analysis, climate envelope models, bioacustics, telemetry, funded by the Musée national d´histoire naturelle Luxembourg, Germany Academic Exchange Service, DAAD).


Publications

2016

Drees, C., M. Husemann, K. Homburg, P. Brandt, P. Dieker, J. C. Habel, H. Von Wehrden, P. Zumstein and T. Assmann. 2016. Molecular analyses and species distribution models indicate cryptic northern mountain refugia for a forest dwelling ground beetle. Journal of Biogeography. accepted

Giraldo Deck, L. M., J. C. Habel, M. Curto, M. Husemann, S. Sturm, A. Gartiano-Zavala and H. Meimberg. 2016. Microsatellite markers for two sympatric tinamou bird species, the Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata and the Darwin´s Nothura Nothura darwinii. Avian Biology Research. accepted

Habel, J. C., B. Augenstein, T. Schmitt and W. Ulrich. 2016. Managing towards extinction: diverging temporal changes in plant and ground beetle associations in calcareous grassland nature reserves. Basic and Applied Ecology. accepted

Habel, J. C., J. Hillen, T. Schmitt and C. Fischer. 2016. Restricted movements and high site fidelity in three East African cloud-forest birds. Journal of Tropical Ecology 32:83-87. PDF

Habel, J. C., A. Segerer, W. Ulrich, O. Torchyk, W. W. Weisser and T. Schmitt. 2016. Butterfly community shifts over 2 centuries. Conservation Biology DOI:10.1111/cobi.12656. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Teucher, R. K. Mulwa, W. Haber, H. Eggermont and L. Lens. 2016. Nature conservation at the edge. Biodiversity and Conservation 25:791-799. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Teucher, D. Rödder, M.-T. Bleicher, C. Dieckow, A. Wiese and C. Fischer. 2016. Kenyan endemic bird species at home in novel ecosystem. Ecology and Evolution 6:2494-2505. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Teucher, W. Ulrich, M. Bauer and D. Rödder. 2016. Drones for butterfly conservation: larval habitat assessment with an unmanned aerial vehicle. Landscape Ecology 1-11. PDF

Habel, J. C., R. Vila, R. Voda, M. Husemann, T. Schmitt and L. Dapporto. 2016. Phenotypic and genetic traits suggest multiple evolutionary drivers in the Marbled White butterfly species complex (Lepidoptera, Satyrinae). Journal of Biogeography. accepted

Husemann, M., S. Sturm, M. Curto, H. Meimberg and J. C. Habel. 2016. Four new mitochondrial genomes of the genus Zosterops (Aves: Passeriformes: Zosteropidae) from East Africa with a phylogenetic evaluation of the group. Mitochondrial DNA. accepted

Husemann, M., F. E. Zachos, R. J. Paxton and J. C. Habel. 2016. Effective population size in ecology and evolution. Heredity. accepted

Meimberg, H., C. Schachtler, M. Curto, M. Husemann and J. C. Habel. 2016. A new amplicon based approach of whole mitogenome sequencing for phylogenetic and phylogeographic analysis: An example of East African white-eyes (Aves, Zosteropidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 102:74-85. PDF

Schmitt, T., D. Louy, E. Zimmermann and J. C. Habel. 2016. Species radiation in the Alps: multiple range shifts caused diversification in Ringlet butterflies in the European high mountains. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 1-18. PDF

Ulrich, W., L. Lens, J. A. Tobis and J. C. Habel. 2016. Contrasting patterns of species richness and functional diversity in bird communities of East African cloud forest fragments. PlosOne. accepted

2015

Habel, J. C., L. Borghesio, W. D. Newmark, J. J. Day, L. Lens, M. Husemann and W. Ulrich. 2015. Evolution along the Great Rift Valley: phenotypic and genetic differentiation of East African white-eyes (Aves, Zosteropidae). Ecology and Evolution 5:4849-4862. PDF

Habel, J. C., J. Braun, C. Fischer, W. W. Weisser and M. M. Gossner. 2015. Population restoration of the nocturnal bird Athene noctua in Western Europe: an example of evidence based species conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 24:1743-1753. PDF

Habel, J. C., S. V. Brückmann, J. Krauss, J. Schwarzer, A. Weig, M. Husemann and I. Steffan-Dewenter. 2015. Fragmentation genetics of the grassland butterfly Polyommatus coridon: Stable genetic diversity or extinction debt? Conservation Genetics 16:549-558. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Husemann and W. Ulrich. 2015. Patterns of contact call differentiation in the panmictic East African Abyssinian White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus (Aves: Passeriformes). Ecology and Evolution 5:5974-5982. PDF

Habel, J., M. Teucher, B. Hornetz, R. Jaetzold, J. Kimatu, S. Kasili, Z. Mairura, R. Mulwa, H. Eggermont, W. Weisser and L. Lens. 2015. Real-world complexity of food security and biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 24:1531-1539. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Teucher, S. Pschonny, S. Rost and C. Fischer. 2015. Beyond prime areas of nature protection in East Africa: conservation ecology of a narrowly distributed Kenyan endemic bird species. Biodiversity and Conservation 1-12. PDF

Habel, J. C., F. E. Zachos, L. Dapporto, D. Rödder, U. Radespiel, A. Tellier and T. Schmitt. 2015. Population genetics revisited – towards a multidisciplinary research field. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. PDF

Husemann, M., L. Cousseau, L. Borghesio, L. Lens and J. C. Habel. 2015. Effects of population size and isolation on the genetic structure of the East African mountain white-eye Zosterops poliogaster (Aves). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114:828-836. PDF

Husemann, M., J. C. Habel, S. Namkung, A. Hochkirch, D. Otte and P. D. Danlex. 2015. Molecular Evidence for an Old World Origin of Galapagos and Caribbean Band-Winged Grasshoppers (Acrididae: Oedipodinae: Sphingonotus). PlosOne DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0118208. PDF

Lechner, R., R. Kuehn, T. Schmitt and J. C. Habel. 2015. Ecological separation versus geographical isolation: population genetics of the water-lily leaf beetle Galerucella nymphaeae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society DOI:10.1111/bij.12591

Teucher, M., C. Fischer, C. Busch, M. Horn, J. Igl, J. Kerner, A. Müller, R. K. Mulwa and J. C. Habel. 2015. A Kenyan endemic bird species Turdoides hindei at home in invasive thickets. Basic and Applied Ecology 16:180-188. PDF

2014

Cox, S. C., R. P. Prys-Jones, J. C. Habel, B. A. Amakobe and J. J. Day. 2014. Niche divergence promotes rapid diversification of East African sky island white-eyes (Aves: Zosteropidae). Molecular Ecology 23:4103-4118. PDF

Engler, J. O., N. Balkenhol, K. J. Filz, J. C. Habel and D. Rödder. 2014. Comparative Landscape Genetics of Three Closely Related Sympatric Hesperid Butterflies with Diverging Ecological Traits. PLoS ONE 9: e106526. PDF

Habel, J., W. Ulrich, G. Peters, M. Husemann, and L. Lens. 2014. Lowland panmixia versus highland disjunction: genetic and bioacoustic differentiation in two species of East African White-eye birds. Conservation Genetics 15:655-664. PDF

Habel, J. C., H. Eggermont, S. Günter, R. Mulwa, M. Rieckmann, L. P. Koh, S. Niassy, J. W. H. Ferguson, G. Gebremichael, M. Githiru, W. W. Weisser and L. Lens. 2014. Towards more equal footing in north–south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints. Biodiversity and Conservation 23:3143-3148. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Husemann, A. Finger, P. D. Danley and F. E. Zachos. 2014. The relevance of time series in molecular ecology and conservation biology. Biological Reviews 89:484-492. PDF

Habel, J. C., R. K. Mulwa, F. Gassert, D. Rodder, W. Ulrich, L. Borghesio, M. Husemann, and L. Lens. 2014. Population signatures of large-scale, long-term disjunction and small-scale, short-term habitat fragmentation in an Afromontane forest bird. Heredity 113:205-214. PDF

Habel, J. C. and T. Schmitt. 2014. Towards more evidence-based nature conservation: Additional thoughts to Müller & Opgenoorth. Basic and Applied Ecology 15:379-384. PDF

Husemann, M., T. Schmitt, F. E. Zachos, W. Ulrich, and J. C. Habel. 2014. Palaearctic biogeography revisited: evidence for the existence of a North African refugium for Western Palaearctic biota. Journal of Biogeography 41:81-94. PDF

Husemann, M., W. Ulrich, and J. Habel. 2014. The evolution of contact calls in isolated and overlapping populations of two white-eye congeners in East Africa (Aves, Zosterops). BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:115. PDF

Louy, D., J. C. Habel, S. Abadjiev, L. Rákosy, Z. Varga, D. Rödder, and T. Schmitt. 2014. Molecules and models indicate diverging evolutionary effects from parallel altitudinal range shifts in two mountain Ringlet butterflies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 112:569-583. PDF

Schmitt, T., J. C. Habel, D. Rödder, and D. Louy. 2014. Effects of recent and past climatic shifts on the genetic structure of the high mountain Yellow-spotted ringlet butterfly Erebia manto (Lepidoptera, Satyrinae): a conservation problem. Global Change Biology 20:2045-2061. PDF

Stork, N. E. and J. C. Habel. 2014. Can biodiversity hotspots protect more than tropical forest plants and vertebrates? Journal of Biogeography 41:421-428. PDF

Wiesner, K. R., J. C. Habel, M. M. Gossner, H. D. Loxdale, G. Köhler, A. R. R. Schneider, R. Tiedemann and W. W. Weisser. 2014. Effects of habitat structure and land-use intensity on the genetic structure of the grasshopper species Chorthippus parallelus. Proceedings of the Royal Society Open Science 1: DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140133. PDF

2013

Flecks, M., A. M. Lawing, F. Ahmadzadeh, J. Dambach, J. O. Engler, J. C. Habel, T. Hartmann, D. Hörnes, F. Ihlow, K. Schidelko, D. Stiels, P. D. Polly, and D. Rödder. 2013. Extinct during the past, yet still alive? Evaluating the impact of glacial cycles on species richness, distribution, and phylogeographic patterns in Nearctic Chelonians. PlosOne 8:72855. PDF

Gassert, F., U. Schulte, M. Husemann, W. Ulrich, D. Rödder, A. Hochkirch, E. Engel, J. Meyer, and J. C. Habel. 2013. From southern refugia to the northern range margin: genetic population structure of the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis. Journal of Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12109. PDF

Habel, J., J. Dengler, M. Janišová, P. Török, C. Wellstein, and M. Wiezik. 2013. European grassland ecosystems: threatened hotspots of biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:2131-2138. PDF

Habel, J., M. M. Gossner, S. T. Meyer, H. Eggermont, L. Lens, J. Dengler, and W. W. Weisser. 2013. Mind the gaps when using science to address conservation concerns. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:2413-2427. PDF

Habel, J., W. Weisser, H. Eggermont, and L. Lens. 2013. Food security versus biodiversity protection: an example of land-sharing from East Africa. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:1553-1555. PDF

Habel, J. C., S. Cox, F. Gassert, R. Mulwa, J. Meyer, and L. Lens. 2013. Population genetics of the East African White-eye species complex. Conservation Genetics 1-10. PDF

Habel, J. C., W. Ulrich, and T. Assmann. 2013. Allele elimination recalculated: nested subset analyses for molecular biogeographical data. Journal of Biogeography 40:769-777. PDF

Habel, J. C. and F. E. Zachos. 2013. Past population history versus recent population decline – founder effects in island species and their genetic signatures. Journal of Biogeography 40:206-207. PDF

Louy, D., J. C. Habel, S. Abadjiev, and T. Schmitt. 2013. Genetic legacy from past panmixia: high genetic variability and low differentiation in disjunct populations of the Eastern Large Heath butterfly. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 110:281-290. PDF

Louy, D., J. C. Habel, W. Ulrich, and T. Schmitt. 2013. Out of the Alps: The Biogeography of a Disjunctly Distributed Mountain Butterfly, the Almond-Eyed Ringlet Erebia alberganus (Lepidoptera, Satyrinae). Journal of Heredity 105:28-38. PDF

Zachos, F. E., M. Apollonio, E. V. Bärmann, M. Festa-Bianchet, U. Göhlich, J. C. Habel, E. Haring, L. Kruckenhauser, S. Lovari, A. D. McDevitt, C. Pertoldi, G. E. Rössner, M. R. Sánchez-Villagra, M. Scandura, and F. Suchentrunk. 2013. Species inflation and taxonomic artefacts—A critical comment on recent trends in mammalian classification. Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 78:1-6. PDF

2012

Augenstein, B., W. Ulrich, and J. C. Habel. 2012. Directional temporal shifts in community structure of butterflies and ground beetles in fragmented oligotrophic grasslands of Central Europe. Basic and Applied Ecology 13:715-724. PDF

Habel, J., D. Rödder, L. Lens, and T. Schmitt. 2012. The genetic signature of ecologically different grassland Lepidopterans. Biodiversity and Conservation:1-11. PDF

Habel, J. C., J. O. Engler, D. Rödder, and T. Schmitt. 2012. Landscape genetics of a recent population extirpation in a burnet moth species. Conservation Genetics 13:247-255. PDF

Habel, J. C., J. O. Engler, D. Rödder, and T. Schmitt. 2012. Contrasting genetic and morphologic responses on recent population decline in two burnet moths (Lepidoptera, Zygaenidae). Conservation Genetics 13:1293-1304. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Husemann, T. Schmitt, L. Dapporto, D. Rödder, and S. Vandewoestijne. 2012. A forest butterfly in Sahara desert oases: isolation does not matter. Journal of Heredity 104: 234-247. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Husemann, T. Schmitt, F. E. Zachos, A.-C. Honnen, B. Petersen, A. Parmakelis, and I. Stathi. 2012. Microallopatry Caused Strong Diversification in Buthus scorpions (Scorpiones: Buthidae) in the Atlas Mountains (NW Africa). PLoS ONE 7:e29403. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Reuter, C. Drees, and J. Pfaender. 2012. Does isolation affect phenotypic variability and fluctuating asymmetry in the endangered Red Apollo? Journal of Insect Conservation 16:571-579. PDF

Habel, J. C. and T. Schmitt. 2012. The burden of genetic diversity. Biological Conservation 147:270-274. PDF

Habel, J. C. and F. E. Zachos. 2012. Habitat fragmentation versus fragmented habitats. Biodiversity and Conservation 21:2987-2990. PDF

Husemann, M., S. Namkung, J. C. Habel, P. D. Danley, and A. Hochkirch. 2012. Phylogenetic analyses of band-winged grasshoppers (Orthoptera, Acrididae, Oedipodinae) reveal convergence of wing morphology. Zoologica Scripta 41:515-526. PDF

Husemann, M., T. Schmitt, I. Stathi, and J. C. Habel. 2012. Evolution and Radiation in the Scorpion Buthus elmoutaouakili Lourenço and Qi 2006 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) at the Foothills of the Atlas Mountains (North Africa). Journal of Heredity 103:221-229. PDF

2011

Dapporto, L., J. C. Habel, R. L. H. Dennis, and T. Schmitt. 2011. The biogeography of the western Mediterranean: elucidating contradictory distribution patterns of differentiation in Maniola jurtina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 103:571-577. PDF

Drees, C., P. Brandmayr, J. Buse, P. Dieker, S. Gurlich, J. Habel, I. Harry, W. Hardtle, A. Matern, H. Meyer, R. Pizzoloto, M. Quante, K. Shafer, A. Schuldt, A. Palomares, and T. Assmann. 2011. Poleward range expansion without a southern contraction in the ground beetle Agonum viridicupreum (Coleoptera, Carabidae). ZooKeys 100:333-352. PDF

Habel, J. C., A. Finger, T. Schmitt, and G. Neve. 2011. Survival of the endangered butterfly Lycaena helle in a fragmented environment: Genetic analyses over 15 years. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 49:25-31. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Husemann, D. Rödder, and T. Schmitt. 2011. Biogeographical dynamics of the Spanish Marbled White Melanargia ines (Lepidoptera: Satyridae) in the Western Mediterranean: does the Atlanto-Mediterranean refuge exist? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104:828-837. PDF

Habel, J. C., L. Lens, D. Rödder, and T. Schmitt. 2011. From Africa to Europe and back: refugia and range shifts cause high genetic differentiation in the Marbled White butterfly Melanargia galathea. BMC Evol Biol 11:215. PDF

Habel, J. C., D. Rödder, T. Schmitt, and G. Nève. 2011. Global warming will affect the genetic diversity and uniqueness of Lycaena helle populations. Global Change Biology 17:194-205. PDF

2010

Habel, J. C., P. Ivinskis, and T. Schmitt. 2010. On the limit of altitudinal range shifts - Population genetics of relict butterfly populations. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 56:383-393. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Junker, and T. Schmitt. 2010. High dispersal ability and low genetic differentiation in the widespread butterfly species Melanargia galathea. Journal of Insect Conservation 14:467-478. PDF

Habel, J. C., D. Rodder, S. Stefano, M. Meyer, and T. Schmitt. 2010. Strong genetic cohesiveness between Italy and North Africa in four butterfly species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99:818-830. PDF

Habel, J. C., T. Schmitt, M. Meyer, A. Finger, D. Rödder, T. Assmann, and F. E. Zachos. 2010. Biogeography meets conservation: the genetic structure of the endangered lycaenid butterfly Lycaena helle (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101:155-168. PDF

2009

Finger, A., T. Schmitt, F. E. Zachos, M. Meyer, T. Assmann, and J. C. Habel. 2009. The genetic status of the violet copper Lycaena helle - a relict of the cold past in times of global warming. Ecography 32:382-390. PDF

Habel, J. C., P. Dieker, and T. Schmitt. 2009. Biogeographical connections between the Maghreb and the Mediterranean peninsulas of southern Europe. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98:693-703. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Meyer, and T. Schmitt. 2009. The genetic consequence of differing ecological demands of a generalist and a specialist butterfly species. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:1895-1908. PDF

Habel, J. C. and T. Schmitt. 2009. The genetic consequences of different dispersal behaviours in Lycaenid butterfly species. Bulletin of Entomological Research 99:513-523. PDF

Habel, J. C., F. E. Zachos, A. Finger, M. Meyer, D. Louy, T. Assmann, and T. Schmitt. 2009. Unprecedented long-term genetic monomorphism in an endangered relict butterfly species. Conservation Genetics 10:1659-1665. PDF

2008

Habel, J. C., A. Finger, M. Meyer, T. Schmitt, and T. Assmann. 2008. Polymorphic microsatellite loci in the endangered butterfly Lycaena helle (Lepidoptera : Lycaenidae). European Journal of Entomology 105:361-362. PDF

Habel, J. C., M. Meyer, A. E. Mousadik, and T. Schmitt. 2008. Africa goes Europe: The complete phylogeography of the marbled white butterfly species complex Melanargia galathea/M. lachesis (Lepidoptera: Satyridae). Organisms Diversity & Evolution 8:121-129. PDF

 

2007

Habel, J. C., T. Schmitt, W. Hördtle, M. Lütkepohl, and T. Assmann. 2007. Dynamics in a butterfly–plant–ant system: influence of habitat characteristics on turnover rates of the endangered lycaenid Maculinea alcon. Ecological Entomology 32:536-543. PDF

Louy, D., J. C. Habel, T. Schmitt, T. Assmann, M. Meyer, and P. Muller. 2007. Strongly diverging population genetic patterns of three skipper species: the role of habitat fragmentation and dispersal ability. Conservation Genetics 8:671-681. PDF

 

2006

Schmitt, T., J. C. Habel, J. Besold, T. Becker, L. Johnen, M. Knolle, A. Rzepecki, J. Schultze, and A. Zapp. 2006. The Chalk-hill Blue Polyommatus coridon (Lycaenidae, Lepidoptera) in a highly fragmented landscape: How sedentary is a sedentary butterfly? Journal of Insect Conservation 10:311-316. PDF

Schmitt, T., J. C. Habel, M. Zimmermann, and P. Müller. 2006. Genetic differentiation of the marbled white butterfly, Melanargia galathea, accounts for glacial distribution patterns and postglacial range expansion in southeastern Europe. Molecular Ecology 15:1889-1901. PDF

2005

Habel, J. C., T. Schmitt, and P. Müller. 2005. The fourth paradigm pattern of post-glacial range expansion of European terrestrial species: the phylogeography of the Marbled White butterfly (Satyrinae, Lepidoptera). Journal of Biogeography 32:1489-1497. PDF

Books, book-chapters, non-international Journals

 

Habel, J. C., A. Finger, M. Meyer, and T. Schmitt. in press. Unique and isolated: the biological value of extant populations of Lycaena helle at its western distribution edge, in: J. C. Habel, M. Meyer. 2011. Jewels in the mist - A biological synopsis on the endangered butterfly Lycaena helle. Pensoft, Praha.

Habel, J. C. and M. Meyer. in press. Jewels in the mist - A biological synopsis on the endangered butterfly Lycaena helle. Pensoft, Praha.

Habel, J. C., M. Meyer, and M. Husemann. in press. Out of Africa – Die Biogeographische Bedeutung des Maghreb am Beispiel von Invertebraten. Entomologie heute.

Habel, J. C., M. Meyer, T. Schmitt, and Z. Varga. in press. From the core to the margin: the biogeography of the Violet Copper Lycaena helle during the last glacial-interglacial transition, in: J. C. Habel, M. Meyer. 2011. Jewels in the mist - A biological synopsis on the endangered butterfly Lycaena helle. Pensoft, Praha.

Habel, J. C., M. Meyer, and T. Schmitt. 2011. Der biologische Wert peripherer Populationen am Beispiel der Tagfalterarten Lycaena helle und Parnassius apollo. Entomologie heute 13:93-102.

Zachos, F. E. and J. C. Habel. 2011. Biodiversity Hotspots. Springer, Heidelberg http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/book/978-3-642-20991-8.

Zachos, F. E., R. A. Mittermeier, and J. C. Habel. 2011. Biodiversity Hotspots: Concluding Remarks and Perspectives. Pages 529-536 in: F. E. Zachos and J. C. Habel, editors. Biodiversity Hotspots. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Assmann, T., A. Casale, C. Drees, J. C. Habel, A. Matern, and A. Schuldt. 2010. Review: The Dark Side of Relict Species Biology: Cave Animals as Ancient Lineages. Pages 91-103 in: J. C. Habel and T. Assmann, editors. Relict Species. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Habel, J. C. and T. Assmann. 2010. Relict Species - Phylogeography and Conservation Biology. Springer Heidelberg http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/evolutionary+%26+developmental+biology/book/978-3-540-92159-2.

Habel, J. C., B. Augenstein, G. Nève, D. Rödder, and T. Assmann. 2010. Population genetics and ecological niche modelling reveal high fragmentation and potential future extinction of the endangered relict butterfly Lycaena helle in: J. C. Habel, T. Assmann, eds. 2010. Relict Species - Phylogeography and Conservation Biology. Springer Heidelberg.

Habel, J. C., C. Drees, T. Schmitt, and T. Assmann. 2010. Refugial areas and postglacial colonisations in the Western Palearctic in: Relict Species - Phylogeography and Conservation Biology. 2009. Springer Heidelberg.

Habel, J. C., T. Schmitt, and T. Assmann. 2010. Relict species- from past to future in: Relict Species - Phylogeography and Conservation Biology. Springer Heidelberg.

Habel, J. C., T. Schmitt, and T. Assmann. 2010. Relict species: some concluding remarks, in: Relict Species - Phylogeography and Conservation Biology. Springer Heidelberg.

Assmann, T., J. Buse, C. Drees, J. C. Habel, W. Härdtle, A. Matern, G. Oheimb, A. Schuldt, and D. W. Wrase. 2008. From latreille to DNA systematics – towards a modern synthesis for carabidology in: L. Penev, T. Erwin, T. Assmann. 2008. Back to the roots and back to the future – towads a new synthesis amongst taxonomic, ecological and biogeographical approaches in carabidology. Pensoft Publishers Sofia, Moskau 344 pp.