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



Ripperger, S.P., M. Tschapka, E.K.V. Kalko, B. Rodriguez-Herrera & Mayer, F. 2014: Resisting habitat fragmentation: high genetic connectivity among populations of the frugivorous bat Carollia castanea in an agricultural landscape. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 185: 9-15.

Nagy, M., L. Günther, M. Knörnschild & Mayer, F. 2013: Female-biased dispersal in a bat with a female-defence mating strategy. Molecular Ecology 22: 1733-1745.

Pfeiffer, B. & Mayer, F. 2013: Spermatogenesis, sperm storage and reproductive timing in bats. Journal of Zoology 289: 77-85.

Mayer, F., D. Berger, B. Gottberger & Schulze, W. 2010: Non-ecological radiations in acoustically communicating grasshoppers? In: Evolution in Action – Case Studies in Adaptive Radiation, Speciation and the Origins of Biodiversity (Glaubrecht, M. Hrsg.). Springer, Berlin Heidelberg. 451-464.

Datzmann, T., O. von Helversen & Mayer, F. 2010: Evolution of nectarivory in phyllostomid bats (Phyllostomidae Gray, 1825, Chiroptera, Mammalia). BMC Evolutionary Biology10: 165

Last update: 08.05.2015