Dr. Myriam Hirt




Movement is one of the most fundamental processes of life: the individual survival of mobile organisms depends on their ability to reach resources and mating partners, escape predators, and switch between habitat patches or breeding and wintering grounds. Nevertheless, a generalized understanding of what determines variation in movement across species and environments is still lacking.

My research is focused on developing theory on the emergence of animal movement patterns, species-specific speeds, movement capacities and connectivity of habitat patches. I test these theories by synthesizing empirical movement data in global data-bases.

My main research questions are:

  • How can we predict encounter rates and eventually the strength of interactions between species in these novel communities?
  • How do movement capacities link habitat patches and how can we predict a species-specific ability to cope with landscape fragmentation?



Since 2015    
Doctoral researcher in the Theory in Biodiversity group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity
Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany.

2013 -2014    
Teaching assistant in the Systemic Conservation Biology group at the Georg-August-University Göttingen

2010 – 2013  
Master of Science in Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution at the Georg-August-University Göttingen with a thesis on the movement ecology of the grey partridge

2007 – 2010    

Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity and Ecology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen



Hirt, M. R., Tucker, M., Müller, T., Rosenbaum, B., Brose, U.

(2020): Rethinking trophic niches: Speed and body mass colimit prey space of mammalian predators. Ecology and Evolution

Brose, U., P. Archambault, A. D. Barnes, L.-F. Bersier, T. Boy, ..., C. Digel, A. Dissanayake, A. A. V. Flores, K. Fussmann, B. Gauzens, C. Gray, J. Häussler, M. R. Hirt, U. Jacob, ..., E. Latz, K. Layer-Dobra, P. Legagneux, Y. Li, ..., B. C. Rall, B. Rosenbaum, R. Ryser, A. Silva, E. H. Sohlström, ..., S. Wang, J. M. Wefer, ..., A. C. Iles

(2019): Predator traits determine food-web architecture across ecosystems. Nature ecology & evolution

Hirt, M. R., Grimm, V., Li, Y., Rall, B. C., Rosenbaum, B., Brose, U.

(2018): Bridging Scales: Allometric Random Walks Link Movement and Biodiversity Research. Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Brose, U., Blanchard, J. L., Eklöf, A., Galiana, N., Hartvig, M., Hirt, M. R., Kalinkat, G., Nordström, M. C., O'Gorman, E. J., Rall, B. C., et al.

(2017): Predicting the consequences of species loss using size-structured biodiversity approaches. Biological Reviews

Hirt, M. R., Jetz, W., Rall, B. C., Brose, U.

(2017): A general scaling law reveals why the largest animals are not the fastest. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Hirt, M. R., Lauermann, T., Brose, U., Noldus, L. P. J. J., Dell, A. I.

(2017): The little things that run: a general scaling of invertebrate exploratory speed with body mass. Ecology
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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

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