PD Dr. Frieder Mayer

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

Phone +49 (0)30 2093 8702
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 8868
E-Mail frieder.mayer(at)mfn-berlin.de


  • Curator of the mammal collection
  • Deputy Head of Science Programme Evolution and Geoprocesses
  • Research in the fields of evolutionary ecology, behaviour and genetics

Research interests

The general objective of my research is a better understanding of evolutionary mechanisms that lead to the differentiation of populations and eventually to speciation. I am particularly interested in selective forces affecting dispersal and in mechanisms that restrict gene flow among populations.

My empirical studies involve bats and grasshoppers especially in Palaearctic and Neotropic regions and combine different methodological approaches including behavioural, ecological, morphological and genetic techniques.

Research projects

  • Network GENART – Funktionelle GENomik biologischer ARTbildung (Project leader and coordinator)
  • Cryptic species diversity and phylogenetic relationships in selected groups of bats
  • Behavioural ecology of bats
  • Speciation and sexual selection in acoustically communicating grasshoppers



Datzmann, T., O. von Helversen and F. Mayer 2010: Evolution of nectarivory in phyllostomid bats (Phyllostomidae Gray, 1825, Chiroptera, Mammalia). BMC Evolutionary Biology. In press.

Nagy, M., G. Heckel, C.C. Voigt and F. Mayer 2007: Female-biased dispersal and patrilocal kin groups in a mammal with resource-defence polygyny. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 274: 3019-3025.

Mayer, F., C. Dietz and A. Kiefer 2007: Molecular species identification boots bat diversity. Frontiers in Zoology 4: 4.

Gottsberger, B. and F. Mayer 2007: Behavioural sterility of hybrid males in acoustically communicating grasshoppers. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 193: 703-714.

Petit, E. and F. Mayer 1999: Male dispersal in the noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula): where are the limits? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 266: 1717-1722.

Last update: 02.06.2014