Scientific publications (peer reviewed journals)

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Habel JC, Gossner M, Schmitt T (2017) What makes a species a priority for nature conservation? Conservation Letters.

Habel JC, Teucher M, Schmitt T, Ulrich W (2017) Invasion of Lantana camara aggravates effects of human destruction of riparian forests in southern Kenya. Journal of Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.

Ulrich W, Banks-Leite C, De Coster G, Habel JC, Matheve H, Newmark W, Joseph T, Lens L (2017) Environmentally and behaviourally mediated co-occurrence of functional traits in bird communities of tropical forest fragments. Oikos.

Habel JC, Casanova ICC, Zamora C, Teucher M, Hornetz B, Shauri H, Mulwa RK, Lens L (2017) East African coastal forest under pressure. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 2751-27558.

Husemann M, Rogers R, Meyer S, Habel JC (2017) Publicationism and satisfaction of scientists depend on gender, career stage and academic system. Palgrave Communications 3.

Habel JC, Lens L, Eggermont H, Githiru M, Mulwa RK, Shauri HS, Lewinsohn TM, Weisser WW, Schmitt T (2017) More topics from the tropics: Additional thoughts to Mammides et al. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 237-241.

Giraldo-Deck LM, Habel JC, Meimberg H, Garitano-Zavala Á (2017) Genetic evidence for promiscuity in the Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 120: 604-611.

Fiera C, Habel JC, Kunz M, Ulrich W (2017) Large-scale phylogenetic structure of European springtails (Collembola) depends on species range sizes and postglacial colonisation history. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 120: 664-674.

Habel JC, Vila R, Voda R, Husemann M, Schmitt T, Dapporto L (2017) Differentiation in the marbled white butterfly species complex driven by multiple evolutionary forces. Journal of Biogeography 44: 433–445


Husemann M, Zachos FE, Paxton RJ, Habel JC (2016) Effective population size in ecology and evolution. Heredity 117: 191-192.

Ulrich W, Lens l, Tobias JA, Habel JC (2016) Contrasting patterns of species richness and functional diversity in bird communities of East African cloud forest fragments. PLoS ONE 11: e0163338.

Habel JC, Augenstein B, Schmitt T, Ulrich W (2016) Managing towards extinction: diverging temporal changes in plant and ground beetle associations in calcareous grassland nature reserves. Basic and Applied Ecology 17: 668-677.

Habel JC, Teucher M, Ulrich W, Bauer M, Rödder D (2016) Drones for butterfly conservation: Detection of micro larval habitats using unmanned aerial vehicles. Landscape Ecology 31: 2385.

Drees C, Husemann M, Homburg K, Brandt P, Dieker P, Habel JC, von Wehrden H, Zumstein P, Assmann T (2016) Molecular analyses and species distribution models indicate cryptic northern mountain refugia for a forest dwelling ground beetle. Journal of Biogeography 43: 2223-2236.

Schmitt T, Louy D, Zimmermann E, Habel JC (2016) Species radiation in the Alps: Multiple range shifts caused diversification in Ringlet butterflies in the European high mountains. Organisms, Diversity and Evolution 16: 791.

Husemann M, Sturm S, Curto M, Meimberg H, Habel JC (2016) Four new mitochondrial genomes of the genus Zosterops (Aves: Passeriformes: Zosteropidae) from East Africa with a phylogenetic evaluation of the group. Mitochondrial DNA 1: 544-548.

Meimberg H, Schachtler C, Curto M, Husemann M, Habel JC (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.

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

Habel JC, Teucher M, Eggermont H, Haber WW, Lens L (2016) Nature conservation at the edge. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 791-799.

Habel JC, Segerer A, Ulrich W, Torchyk O, Weisser WW, Schmitt T (2016) Butterfly community shifts over two centuries. Conservation Biology 30: 754-762.

Geraldo Deck LM, Habel JC, Curto M, Husemann M, Sturm S, Gartiano-Zavala A, Meimberg H (2016) Microsatellite markers for two sympatric tinamou bird species, the Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata and the Darwin´s Nothura Nothura darwinii. Avian Biology Research 9: 139-146.

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

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

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

Habel JC, Teucher M, Pschonny S, Rost S, Fischer C (2015) Beyond prime areas of nature protection in East Africa: conservation ecology of a narrowly distributed Kenyan endemic bird species. Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 3071-3082.

Lechner R, Kuehn R, Schmitt T, Habel JC (2015) Ecological separation versus geographical isolation: population genetics of the water-lily leaf beetle Galerucella nymphaeae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116: 423-431.

Habel JC, Braun J, Fischer C, Weisser WW, Gossner MM (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.

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

Husemann M, Habel JC, Namkung S, Hochkirch A, Otte D, Danley PD (2015) Molecular evidence for an old world origin of Galapgos and Caribbean Band-Winged Grasshoppers (Acrididae: Oedipodinae: Sphingonotus). PlosOne 10: e0118208.

Teucher M, Fischer C, Busch C, Horn M, Igl J, Kerner J, Müller A, Mulwa RK, Habel JC (2015) A Kenyan endemic bird at home in invasive thickets. Journal for Basic and Applied Ecology 16: 180-188.

Habel JC, Zachos FE, Dapporto L, Radespiel U, Tellier A, Rödder D, Schmitt T (2015) Population genetics revisited – towards a multidisciplinary research field. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115: 1-12.

Habel JC, Brückmann SV, Krauss J, Schwarzer J, Weig A, Husemann M, Steffan-Dewenter I (2015) Impact of habitat fragmentation on the grassland butterfly Polyommatus coridon: stable genetic diversity or extinction debt? Conservation Genetics 16: 549-558.

Husemann M, Borghesio L, Lens L, Habel JC (2015) Habitat size, effective population size and gene flow in the Mountain White-eye Zosterops poliogaster. Conservation Genetics 114: 828-836.

Wiesner KR, Habel JC, Gossner MM, Loxdale HD, Köhler G, Schneider ARR, Tiedemann R, Weisser WW (2014) Effects of habitat performance and land use intensity on the genetic structure of the grasshopper species Chorthippus parallelus. Proceedings of the Royal Society Open Science 1: 140133.

Habel JC, Eggermont H, Günter S, Mulwa RK, Rieckmann M, Koh LP, Saliou N, Ferguson JWH, Gebremichael G, Githiru M, Weisser WW, Lens L (2014) Towards more equal footing in North-South biodiversity research: European-Sub-Saharan African viewpoints. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 3143-3148.

Engler JO, Balkenhol N, Filz K, Habel JC, Rödder D (2014) Species distribution models as a tool to generate landscape specific resistance surfaces for gene-flow assessments: a case study with three ecologically diverging hesperid butterflies. PLoS ONE 9: e106526.

Cox SC, Prys-Jones RP, Habel JC, Amakobe BA, Day JJ (2014) Niche divergence promotes rapid diversification of East African sky island white-eyes (Aves: Zosteropidae). Molecular Ecology 23: 4103–4118.

Habel JC, Schmitt T (2014) Towards more evidence-based conservation: Additional thoughts to Müller & Opgenoorth. Basic and Applied Ecology 15: 379–384.

Husemann M, Ulrich W, Habel JC (2014) Effects from distinct and overlapping occurrences in two East African White-eye congeners on the evolution of their bird calls. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 115.

Louy D, Habel JC, Abadjev S, Rakosy L, Varga Z, Rödder D, Schmitt T (2014) Molecules and models indicate diverging evolutionary effects from parallel altitudinal range shift in two mountain Ringlet butterflies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 112: 569-583.

Habel JC, Ulrich W, Peters G, Husemann M, Lens L (2014) Effects from lowland panmixia and highland disjunction on the intraspecific differentiation in two East African mountain forest bird. Conservation Genetics 15: 655-664.

Habel JC, Mulwa RK, Gassert F, Rödder D, Ulrich W, Borghesio L, Husemann M, Lens L (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.

Stork N, Habel JC (2014) Can biodiversity hotspots protect more than tropical forest plants and vertebrates? Journal of Biogeography 41: 421–428.

Habel JC, Husemann M, Danley PD, Finger A, Zachos FE (2014) The relevance of time series in molecular ecology and conservation biology. Biological Reviews 89: 484-492.

Schmitt T, Habel JC, Rödder D, Louy D (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.

Husemann M, Schmitt T, Zachos FE, Ulrich W, Habel JC (2014) Palaearctic biogeography revisited: evidence for the existence of a North African refugium for western Palaearctic biota. Journal of Biogeography 41: 81-94.

Louy D, Habel JC, Ulrich W, Schmitt T (2013) Out of the Alps: The biogeography of a disjunctly distributed mountain butterfly, the Almond Eyed Ringlet Erebia alberganus (Lepidoptera, Satyrinae). Journal of Heredity (doi: 10.1093/jhered/est081 – first published online November 28, 2013).

Flecks M, Lawing AM, Ahmadzadeh F, Dambach J, Engler JO, Habel JC, Hartmann T, Hörnes D, Ihlow F, Schidelko K, Stiels D, Polly PD, Rödder D (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: e72855.

Habel JC, Gossner MM, Meyer S, Eggermont H, Lens L, Dengler J, Weisser WW (2013) Mind the gaps when using science to address conservation concerns. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 2131-2138.

Louy D, Habel JC, Abadjev S, Schmitt T (2013) The 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.

Habel JC, Török P, Dengler J, Janišová M, Wiezik M, Wellstein C (2013) European grasslands: A threatened ecosystem biodiversity hotspot. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 2131-2138.

Habel JC, Weisser WW, Eggermont H, Lens L (2013) Food-security versus biodiversity protection: An example of land-sharing from Eastern Africa. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 1553-1555.

Habel JC, Cox S, Gassert F, Meyer J, Lens L (2013) Population genetics of four East African Mountain White-eye congenerics. Conservation Genetics 14: 1019-1028.

Gassert F, Schulte U, Husemann M, Ulrich W, Rödder D, Hochkirch A, Engel E, Meyer J, Habel JC (2013) From southern refugia to the northern margin: Population genetic structures of the common wall lizard Podarcis muralis. Journal of Biogeography 40: 1375-1489.

Habel JC, Rödder D, Schmitt T, Lens L (2013) The genetic signature of ecologically diverging grassland lepidopterans. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 2401-2411.

Habel JC, Zachos FE (2013) Past population history versus recent population decline – founder effects in island species and their genetic signatures. Journal of Biogeography 40:206-207.

Zachos FE, Apollonio M, Bärmann EV, Festa-Bianchet M, Göhlich U, Habel JC, Haring E, Kruckenhauser L, Lovari S, McDevitt AD, Pertoldi C, Rössner GE, Sánchez-Villagra MR, Scandura M, Suchentrunk F (2013) Species inflation and taxonomic artefacts – A critical comment on recent trends in mammalian classification. Mammalian Biology 78: 1-6.

Habel JC, Husemann M, Schmitt T, Dapporto L., Rödder D, Vanderwoistijne S (2013) A forest butterfly in the oasis of the Sahara desert: isolation does not matter. Journal of Heredity 2: 234-247.

Augenstein B, Ulrich W, Habel JC (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.

Habel JC, Zachos F (2012) Habitat fragmentation versus fragmented habitats. Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 2987-2990.

Habel JC, Ulrich W, Assmann T (2012) Allele elimination recalculated: Nested subsets analyses for molecular biogeographic data. Journal of Biogeography 40: 769-777.

Habel JC, Engler JO, Rödder D, Lens L, Schmitt T (2012) Contrasting genetic and morphologic responses on recent habitat-collapse in two burnet moths (Lepidoptera, Zygaenidae). Conservation Genetics 13: 1293-1304.

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

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

Habel JC, Schmitt T (2012) The burden of genetic diversity. Biological Conservation 147: 270-274.

Husemann M, Schmitt T, Stathi I, Habel JC (2012) Evolution and radiation in the scorpion Buthus elmouatakili (Scorpiones: Buthidae) at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains (North Africa). Journal of Heredity 103: 221-229.

Habel JC, Engler JO, Rödder D, Schmitt T (2012) Landscape genetics of a recent population extirpation in a burnet moth species. Conservation Genetics 13: 247-255.

Habel JC, Husemann M, Schmitt T, Zachos FE, Honnen A-C, Petersen B, Parmakelis A, Stathi I (2012) Microallopatry caused diversification in Buthus scorpions (Scorpiones: Buthidae) of the Atlas Mountains (NW Africa). PLoS ONE 7: e29403.

Dapporto L, Habel JC, Dennis RLH, Schmitt T (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.

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

Habel JC, Finger A, Schmitt T, Nève G (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.

Habel JC, Husemann M, Rödder D, Schmitt T (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.

Habel JC, Lens L, Rödder D, Schmitt T (2011) From Africa to Europe and back: refugia and range shifts cause high genetic differentiation in the Marbled White butterfly Melanargia galathea. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 215.

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

Habel JC, Ivinskis P, Schmitt T (2010) On the limit of altitudinal range shifts – population genetics of relict butterfly populations. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 56: 383-393.

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

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

Habel JC, Schmitt T, Meyer M, Finger A, Rödder D, Assmann T, Zachos FE (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.

Finger A, Schmitt T, Zachos FE, Meyer M, Assmann T, Habel JC (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.

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

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

Habel JC, Schmitt T (2009) The genetic consequences of different dispersal behaviours in Lycaenid butterfly species. Bulletin of Entomological Research 99: 513-523.

Habel JC, Zachos FE, Finger A, Meyer M, Louy D, Assmann T, Schmitt T (2009) Unprecedented long-term genetic monomorphism in an endangered relict butterfly species. Conservation Genetics 10: 1659-1665.

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

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

Habel JC, Schmitt T, Härdtle W, Lütkepohl M, Assmann T (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.

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

Schmitt T, Habel JC, Besold J, Becker T, Johnen L, Knolle M, Rzepecki A, Schultze J, Zapp A (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.

Schmitt T, Habel JC, Zimmermann M, Müller P (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.

Habel JC, Schmitt T, Müller P (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.