Mareike Hirschfeld

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin

Phone +49 (0)30 2093 70369 or 7953
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 8565
E-Mail mareike.hirschfeld(at)


  • Coordination of the project ABCD 3.0 - A community platform for the development and documentation of the ABCD standard for natural history collections
  • Project collaboration EoS (Erschließung objektreicher Spezialsammlungen)
  • PhD project on adaptation ability of amphibians to environmental changes

Research interests

  • My PhD project deals with the adaptation ability to environmental changes. By using tropical anurans as example we try to identity phylogenetic independent life-history traits which facilitate and / or constrain species’ adaptation capacity to current or future habitat and climate alterations. This project is conducted in the framework of AG Rödel.
  • Taxonomy of west- und centralafrican amphibians 


• Penner, J., G.B. Adum, M.T. McElroy, T. Doherty-Bone, M. Hirschfeld, L. Sandberger, C. Weldon, A.A. Cunningham, T. Ohst, E. Wombwell, D.M. Portik, D. Reid, A. Hillers, C. Ofori-Boateng, W. Oduro, J. Plötner, A. Ohler, A.D. Leaché, & M.-O. Rödel (2013): West Africa - A Safe Haven for Frogs? A Sub-Continental Assessment of the Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). - PLoS ONE 8: e56236.
Hirschfeld, M. M.F. Barej, N.L. Gonwouo & M.-O. Rödel (2012): Tadpole descriptions of three Cardioglossa species from southwestern Cameroon (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). - SALAMANDRA, 48: 147-156
Hirschfeld, M., M.F. Barej , S.P. Loader & M.-O. Rödel (2012): Description of two Werneria tadpoles from Cameroon (Amphibia: Anura: Bufonidae). – Zootaxa, 3172: 65-68
Hirschfeld, M. & M.-O. Rödel (2011): Variable reproductive strategies of an African savanna frog, Phrynomantis microps (Amphibia, Anura, Microhylidae). – Journal of Tropical Ecology, 27: 601-609.
• Mohneke, M., A. B. Onadeko, M. Hirschfeld & M.-O. Rödel (2010): Dried or fried: amphibians in local and regional food markets in West Africa. – TRAFFIC Bulletin, 22: 69-80.

Last update: 31.07.2015