Research

My main research focus is on vertebrate ecology, behavior and conservation. For my PhD I studied the niche partitioning in similar, closely related sympatric bat species from a mechanical approach by using external morphological measures and obstacle courses.

Current projects

Besides my administrative work as QSE-assistant at the science faculty I`m participating at the moment in the following research projects in the CB group.

Bat activity over extensively managed meadows with different mowing regimes
Artificial light and biodiversity - Ecological risk mapping for artificial lighting in Switzerland

Curriculum vitae

Year Description
2013 - present
Research Assistant in the CB group and QSE-Assistant for the Science Faculty

2009 - 2015
PhD Student in the Sensory Ecology Group of the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Research topic: Niche partitioning in similar, closely related sympatric bat species - a mechanical approach. Since 2010 Member of the International Max-Planck Research School for Organismal Biology.

2009
Diploma thesis (MSc) in the Sensory Ecology Group of the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology Research topic: Foraging performance of Kerivoulinae and Murininae bats in Malaysia

2003 - 2009
Biology student at University Tübingen, Germany

2006 - 2007
Academic exchange at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Publications

2017

Greif S, Zsebők S, Schmieder D, Siemers BM. Acoustic mirrors as sensory traps for bats. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 357, 1045-1047, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam78172015  

2015

Senawi J, Schmieder DA, Siemers BM, Kingston T. Beyond Size – Morphological predictors of bite force in a diverse insectivorous bat assemblage from Malaysia. Functional Ecology, 03/2015; DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12447.

2015  

Schmieder DA, Benitzez HA, Borissov, IM, Fruciano C. Bat species comparisons based on external morphology: A test of traditional versus geometric morphometric approaches. PlosOne, 05/2015; 10(5):e0127043. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127043.

2014

Schmieder DA, Zsebők S, Siemers BM. The tail plays a major role in the differing manoeuvrability of two sibling species of mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis and Myotis blythii). Canadian Journal of Zoology , 92, 965–977 (2014)

2012

Schmieder DA, Kingston T, Hashim R, Siemers BM. Sensory constraints on prey detection performance in an ensemble of vespertilionid understorey rain forest bats. Functional Ecology, 26, 1043–1053 (2012)

2010

Schmieder DA, Kingston T, Hashim R, Siemers BM. Breaking the trade-off: rainforest bats maximise bandwidth and repetition rate of echolocation calls as they approach prey. Biology Letters , 6: 604-609 (2010)