Dr Myriam Hirt

Postdoc

Research Interest

 

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.

By understanding the constraints on animal movement, we will be able to predict how movement capacities link habitat patches and create spatial networks. This allows us to predict species-specific abilities to cope with the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic landscape fragmentation.

Short CV

 

Since 2019
Postdoc in the Theory in Biodiversity group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity
Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany.

2015 - 2018   
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

iDiv publications

 

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 33(9), 701-12

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 92(2), 684-97

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 1(8), 1116-22

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 98(11), 2751-57
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Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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