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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Zeller

 

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften

FG Spezielle Zoologie

email: ulrich.zeller@hu-berlin.de

Tel: +49(0)30-2093-46910

Sitz: Ziegelstrasse 4, 10117 Berlin

Post: Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

 

Curriculum Vitae
Research interests
Advisory and editorial commitments, invitations, organisation of symposia
Selected Publications
 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

  • 1956

Born in Tübingen, Germany

  • 1975

Abitur

  • 1975-1977

Studies of medical sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin

  • 1976-1982

Scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

  • 1977-1982

Scientific assistant and graduate student

  • 1982-1987

Scientific employee

  • 1984

Dissertation (Dr. med), Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

  • 1987-1991

Lecturer, Human anatomy

  • 1988

Habilitation, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

  • 1991-1995

University teacher (C2), Human anatomy

  • 1994

Appointment as apl.-Professor, Human anatomy, Georg-August Universität Göttingen

  • 1994

C3-Professor, Zoology, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

  • 1996-2006

C4-Professor, Director for Systematic Zoology, Museum of Natural History(MfN), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • 2006-date

C4-Professor, Chair of Zoology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • 2012-date

Head, Division of Systematic Zoology, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

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Research interests

 

Evolutionary and organismic biology of vertebrates with special emphasis to mammals

 

Biodiversity and natural resource management in agro-ecological systems under changing environment and human use

 

Quality network biodiversity in sub-sahara Africa

 

Biodiversity and nature conservation in urban areas and surroundings

 

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Advisory and editorial commitments, invitations, organisation of symposia

 

1983-1986   Editor, Primate Report

1984-date    Member of the selection committee of the German National Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung)

1991-2003   Co-editor, Journal of Mammalian Evolution

1996           Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Zoology, Stellenbosch University.

1997           Founding initiator, Society for Biological Systematics (GfBS)

1998-2004   Speaker of the DFG Research Training Group 503 "Evolutionary   Transformations and Mass Extinctions"

2003-2005   Member of the DFG Research Training Group „Urban Ecology“

1998-2006   Chief Editor, Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde, Zool. Reihe

1999–2001  Member of the board, Society for Biological Systematics (GfBS)

2000           Project leader, BIOTA subproject "Functional zoodiversity in southern Africa(BMBF)

2001           Organiser, 75th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde in Berlin

2001           Co-Convener, International Symposium "Evolutionary transformations of fetal membranes and reproductive strategies" at the International Congress on Vertebrate Morphology in Jena, Germany

2002-2014   Research and teaching visits to Namibia and South Africa; implementation of the MSc programme "Biodiversity Management and Research" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Namibia (supported by DAAD)

2002-2010   Member of the board, Gesellschaft für Erdkunde, Berlin

2004-2014   Project leader: DAAD Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Entwicklungsländern.Masterstudiengang „Biodiversity Management and Research“

2004           Co-convener, Symposium "Evolution of ontogenetic and reproductive patterns in mammals", Florida,Boca Raton

2004-2014   Chairman, Admission and Examination Committee for MSc Biodiversity Management and Research (a joint program of UNAM and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

2005           Co-convener, 18th annual conference of the "Society for Tropical Ecology", Berlin

2005-date    Member of the regional board Berlin-Brandenburg of the Deutsch-Namibische Gesellschaft

2007-date    Project leader: The Etosha Bufferzone Project (Namibia)

2009-2012   German PI: EU-US Atlantis Programme. – Cooperation in higher education and training.‘Joint interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Arid land studies

2010-2014   Project leader: DAAD - Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Entwicklungsländern.Qualitätsnetz Biodiversität in Sub-Sahara Afrika

since 2011   Scientific Director: Zwillenberg-Tietz Stiftung

since 2014   Member of the Editorial Board of "Primate Biology", international open access journal on primate research

 

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Selected publications:

 

 

Zeller, U., Göttert, T. 2019. The relations between evolution and domestication reconsidered - Implications for systematics, ecology, and nature conservation. Global Ecology and Conservation, 20: e00756. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00756

 

Mannetti, L.M., Göttert, T., Zeller, U., Esler, K.J. 2019. Identifying and categorizing stakeholders for protected area expansion around a national park in Namibia. Ecology and Society, 24(2): 5. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10790-240205

 

Zeller, U., Perry, G., Göttert, T. 2019. „Biodiversity and the urban-rural interface: conflicts vs. opportunities“. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin. 69 pp. 

 

Fiderer, C., Göttert, T., Zeller, U. 2019. Spatial interrelations between raccoons (Procyon lotor), red foxes (Vulpes vulpes), and ground-nesting birds in a Special Protection Area of Germany. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 65: 14.

 

Starik, N., Göttert, T., Heitlinger, E., Zeller, U. 2018. Bat community responses to structural habitat complexity resulting from management practices within different land use types - a case study from north-eastern Germany. Acta Chiropterologica, 20(2): 387-405.

 

Zeller, U., Ferner, K., Göttert, T., Starik, N. 2018. Eutherians: Placental Mammals. In M. K. Skinner (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Reproduction. Vol. 6, pp. 617-624. Academic Press: Elsevier.

 

Mannetti, L.M., Göttert, T., Zeller, U., Esler, K.J. 2017. Expanding the protected area network in Namibia: An institutional analysis. Ecosystem Services, 28(B): 207-218.

 

Zeller, U., Starik, N., Göttert, T. 2017. „Connecting biodiversity and improving human livelihood beyond boundaries – a global perspective“. Workshop proceedings, Systematic Zoology Division, Berlin.

 

Ferner, K., Schultz, J. A., Zeller, U. 2017. Comparative anatomy of neonates of the three major mammalian groups (monotremes, marsupials, placentals) and implications for the ancestral mammalian neonate morphotype. Journal of Anatomy, 231: 798-822.

 

Zeller, U., Starik, N., Göttert, T. 2017. Biodiversity, land use and ecosystem services - an organismic and comparative approach to different geographical regions. Global Ecology and Conservation, 10(C): 114-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2017.03.001

 

Starik, N. & Zeller, U. 2017. Bioindicators for land use and climate change - bats at the urban-rural interface. In: Kabisch, N., Stadler, J., Duffield, S., Korn, H. & Bonn, A. (Hrsg.) 2017. Proceedings of the European conference "Nature-based solutions to climate change in urban areas and their rural surroundings. BfN Skripten 456, p. 154.

 

Schultz, J.A., Zeller, U., Luo, Z. 2017. Inner ear labyrinth anatomy of monotremes and implications for mammalian inner ear evolution. Journal of Morphology 278: 236-263. doi:10.1002/jmor.20632.

       

Zeller, U., Starik, N., Göttert, T. 2016. Biodiversity and land use – a comparative approach. Workshop proceedings, Systematic Zoology Division, Berlin.

 

Ruf, I., Janßen, S., Zeller, U. 2015. The ethmoidal region of the skull of Ptilocercus lowii (Ptilocercidae, Scandentia, Mammalia) - a contribution to the reconstruction of the cranial morphotype of primates. Primate Biology, 2(1): 89-110. doi:10.5194/pb-2-89-2015

 

Cornelis, G., Vernochet, C., Carradec, Q., Souquere, S., Mulot, B., Catzeflis, F., Nilsson, M. A., Menzies, B. R., Renfree, M., Pierron, G., Zeller, U., Heidman, O., Dupressoir, A., Heidmann, T. 2015. Retroviral envelope gene captures and syncytin exaptation for placentation in marsupials. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112 (5): E487 - E496. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1417000112

 

Starik, N. & Zeller, U. 2015. Fledermäuse als Bioindikatoren für die ökologischen Auswirkungen von unterschiedlichen Landnutzungsformen auf Biodiversität. In: Feit, U. & Korn, H. (Hrsg.) 2015. Treffpunkt Biologische Vielfalt XIV - Interdisziplinärer Forschungsaustausch im Rahmen des Übereinkommens über die biologische Vielfalt. BfN Skripten 397: 143-149. ISBN 978-3-89624-132-0

 

Schwabe, F., Göttert, T., Starik, N., Levick, S., Zeller, U. 2015. A study on the post-release behavior and habitat preferences of black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) reintroduced into a fenced reserve in Namibia. African Journal of Ecology, 53(4): 531-539. doi:10.1111/aje.12245

 

Göttert, T., Grothmann, P., Zeller, U. 2015. Faecal corticosterone responses of black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) to a transfer between housing facilities within a zoo. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 3(1): 25-28.

 

Necsulea, A., Soumillon, M., Warnefors, M., Liechti, A., Daish, T., Zeller, U., Baker, J.C., Grützner, F. & Kaessmann, H. 2014. The evolution of lncRNA repertoires and expression patterns in tetrapods. Nature, 505: 635-640. doi:10.1038/nature12943

 

Ferner, K., Siniza, S., Zeller, U. 2014. The Placentation of Eulipotyphla-Reconstructing a Morphotype of the Mammalian Placenta. Journal of Morphology, 275 (10): 1122-1144. doi: 10.1002/jmor.20289

 

Mannetti, L., Esler, K., Zeller, U. 2013. Evaluating social-ecological aspects of edge effects and land use conflicts at the borders of Etosha National Park, Namibia. Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society. 'Frontiers in Social-Ecological Research' Colloquium. Kirstenbosch, Cape Town.

 

Dannenberg, P., Göttert, T., Nduru, G., Zeller, U. 2013. Land use and nature conservation – Proceedings of the 2nd international workshop of the Quality Network Biodiversity in Sub-Sahara Africa 2012, Arbeitsberichte des Geographischen Instituts der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Heft 175. ISSN 0947-0360

 

Siniza, S., Lupiañez, D.G., Jiménez, R., Zeller, U. 2012. Morphology and ultrastructure of the chorioallantoic placenta of the Iberian mole (Talpa occidentalis) with special reference to heterophagous areolas and the nature of interhaemal barrier. Journal of Anatomy, 221(2):164-173. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7580.2012.01527.x

 

Starik, N., Bengsch, S., Mannetti, L., Dannenberg, P. Göttert, T., Zeller, U. 2012. Climate change affects the economic and ecological value of savannah ecosystems – a challenge for the sustainable management of protected areas. In: Korn, H., Kraus, K., Stadler, J. (eds.): Proceedings of the European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change, BfN-Skripten 310: 85-86. ISBN 97-3-89624-044-6

 

Zeller, U., Göttert, T. 2012. Naturschutz als Staatsziel – Qualitätsnetz Biodiversität veranstaltet Sommerschule in Namibia. HUMBOLDT Die Zeitung der Alma Mater Berolinensis 55/3: 5.

 

Bengsch, S., Starik N., Zeller U. 2011. Diversity, abundance and habitat use of small mammals reflect ecological disturbances – valuable information for the management of farm systems and the protected area network in Southern Africa. Proceedings of the 11th African Small Mammal Symposium, Aug 3-8 2011. University of Swaziland, Kwaluseni, Swaziland: 87-88.

 

Brawand, D., Soumillon, M., Necsulea, A., Julien, P., Csárdi, G., Harrigan, P., Weier,M., Liechti, A., Aximu-Petri, A., Kircher, M., Albert, F.W., Zeller U. , Khaitovich, P., Grützner, F., Bergmann, S., Nielsen, R., Pääbo, S. & Kaessmann, H. 2011. The evolution of gene expression levels in mammalian organs. Nature, 478: 343-348. doi:10.1038/nature10532

 

Ferner, K., Zeller, U., Schmelting, B. & Fuchs, E. 2010. Ontogenetic and lung development in Tupaia belangeri during the early postnatal period. Mammalian Biology, 75 (2): 95-105. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2009.03.00

 

Linsenmair, K. E., Mohr, K., Oliver, T., Petersen, A., Rambold, G., Zeller, U., Austermühle, R., Bausch, J., Bösing, B. M., Classen, N., Dorendorf, J., Dorigo, W., Esler, K. J., Etzold, S., Graiff, A., Grotehusmann, L., Hecht, J., Hoyer, P., Kongor, R. Y., Lang, H., Lieckfeld, L. A. B., Oldeland, J., Peters, J., Röwer, I. U., September, Z. M., Sop, T. K., van Rooyen, M. W., Weber, J., Willer, J. & Jürgens, N. 2010. The BIOTA Observatories. In: Haarmeyer, D. H., Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M. & Schmiedel, U. (eds.). Biodiversity in southern Africa 1: Patterns at local scale – the BIOTA Observatories. Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek: 6–801. ISBN 978-3-93311-744-1

 

Hoffmann, A., Zeller, U. 2010. Small mammals on Gellap Ost and Nabaos. In: Jürgens, N., Haarmeyer, D. H., Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M. & Schmiedel, U. (eds.). Biodiversity in southern Africa 1: Patterns at local scale – the BIOTA Observatories. Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek: 426-427. ISBN 978-3-93311-744-1

 

Hoffmann, A. U. Zeller, U. 2010. Large mammals on Gellap Ost. In: Jürgens, N., Haarmeyer, D. H., Luther-Mosebach, J., Dengler, J., Finckh, M. & Schmiedel, U. (eds.). Biodiversity in southern Africa 1: Patterns at local scale – the BIOTA Observatories. Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek: 427. ISBN 978-3-93311-744-1

 

Schunke, A.C., Zeller, U. 2010. Chondrocranium and dermal bones of the lowland streaked Tenrec Hemicentetes semispinosus (Afrosoricida, Tenrecidae) and their comparison with Potamogale and other insectivoran-grade placental mammals. Vertebrate Zoology, 60(1): 37-72.

 

Göttert, T., Zeller, U. 2010. Der Zoologische Garten Magdeburg unterstützt ein Naturschutzprojekt in Namibia. Felis News, 5: 18-20. ISSN: 18626297

 

Hoffmann, A., Vohland, K., Zeller, U. 2010. Overgrazing favours desert species –differences in arthropod and small mammal communities of the twin sites Gellap Ost and Nabaos. In: Schmiedel, U., Jürgens, N. (eds.): Biodiversity in southern Africa. Volume 2:Patterns and processes at regional scale. Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek: 239-244. ISBN 978-3-93311-744-1

 

Giberson, N., Zeller, U., Göttert T. 2010. A study of the ground squirrel’s response to the Ashy Tit’s alarm calls in a Namibian semi-arid ecosystem. Proceedings of the SCB 24th Annual Meeting, 3- 7 July 2010, Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Zeller, U., Göttert, T. 2009. MSc Programme „Biodiversity Management and Research“: 204. In: Czech University of Life Sciences, 2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) “Conservation biology and beyond: from science to practice”, Prague, Czech Republic, 01 – 05 September 2009, Book of abstracts, ISBN: 978-80-213-1961-5.

 

Göttert, T., Zeller, U. 2009. Etosha buffer zone – A concept to support efforts to link Etosha National Park to the transnational network of protected areas in southern Africa: 72. In: Czech University of Life Sciences, 2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) “Conservation biology and beyond: from science to practice”, Prague, Czech Republic, 01 – 05 September 2009, Book of abstracts, ISBN: 978-80-213-1961-5.

 

Zeller, U., Göttert, T. 2008. Friedliche Nachbarschaft? In: 100 Jahre Etoscha. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Afrikastiftung 78:  44-47.

 

Göttert, T., Zeller, U. 2008. Das Etosha-Pufferzonenprojekt. - Beiträge zur Jagd & Wildforschung, 33: 283-292.

 

Szdzuy, K., Zeller, U. 2009. Lung and metabolic development in mammals: contribution to the reconstruction of the marsupial and eutherian morphotype. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 312(6): 555-578. doi: 10.1002/jez.b.21228

 

Szdzuy, K., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B., Tzschentke,B., Janke, O. 2008. Postnatal lung and metabolic delopment in two marsupial and four eutherian species. Journal of Anatomy, 212(2): 164-179. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2007.00849.x

 

Szdzuy, K., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B. 2008. Lung development of monotremes: Evidence for the mammalian morphotype. The Anatomical Record, 292(2): 190-201. doi:10.1002/ar.20825

 

Zeller, U., Szdzuy, K., Siniza, S. 2007. Reproductive patterns in amniotes with special reference to mammals. Journal of Morphology, 268 (12): 1153.

 

Freyer, C., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B. 2007. Placental function in two distantly related marsupials. Placenta, 28: 249-257. doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2006.03.007

 

Muck, C., Zeller, U. 2006. Small mammal communities on cattle and game grazing areas in Namibia. African Zoology, 41: 1-9. doi: 10.3377/1562-7020(2006)41[215:SMCOCA]2.0.CO;2

 

Hoffmann A., Zeller, U. 2005. Influence of variations in land use intensity on species diversity and abundance of small mammals in the Nama Karoo, Namibia. Belgian Journal of Zoology,135: 91-96.

 

Vohland, K., Uhlig, M., Marais, E., Hoffmann, A., Zeller, U. 2005. Impact of different grazing systems on diversity, abundance and biomass of beetles (Coleoptera), a study from southern Namibia. Mitt. Mus. Nat.kd. Berl., Zool. Reihe, 81 (2): 131-143.

 

Kübler, S., Zeller, U. 2005. The Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus L.) in Berlin: Feeding Ecology along an Urban Gradient. Die Erde, 136, 153-164.

 

Kübler, S., Kupko, S., Zeller, U. 2005. The Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus L.) in Berlin: Investigation of breeding biology and feeding ecology. Journal of Ornithology, 146: 271-278.

 

Kübler, S., Zeller, U. 2004. Wintervögel entlang eines Urbangradienten in Berlin: Erhebungen zur Nahrungsökologie. Berliner Ornithologische Berichte, 14: 3-15.

 

Giere, P., Zeller, U. 2004. Small mammal diversity and reproduction along a transect in Namibia (BIOTA S 07). In Huber B, Sinclair J, Lampe KH (eds.) African biodiversity. Molecules, organisms, ecosystems. Berlin, Springer Verlag, 305-313.

 

Kiessling, W., Lazarus, D. Zeller, U. 2004. Mesozoic-Cenozoic bioevents. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 214(3): 179-180.

 

Zeller, U., Mey, W., Giere, P. 2004. Terrestrial Zoodiversity of the Philippine „Hotspot“ under changing Environment and Human Use: Current Issues and Future Aspects. Lecture Notes: International Seminar and Workshop on Terrestrial Ecology, LSU, BayBay, Leyte, Philippines, 1-8.

 

Zeller, U. (2004/2015) Monotremata und Marsupialia. In Westheide W., Rieger R., (eds.) Spezielle Zoologie, Teil 2: Wirbeltiere. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg.

 

Mess, A., Blackburn, D.G., Zeller, U. 2003. Evolutionary transformations of fetal membranes and reproductive strategies. Journal of Experimental Zoology, 299(1): 3-12.

 

Freyer, C., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B. 2006. Placental Function in two distantly related Marsupials. Placenta, 28(2):1-9.

 

Freyer, C., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B. 2003. The marsupial placenta: A phylogenetic analysis. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology, 299(1): 59-77.

 

Freyer, C., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B. 2002. Ultrastructure of the placenta of the tammar wallaby, Macropus eugenii: Comparison with the grey short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica. Journal of Anatomy, 201(2): 101-119.

 

Zeller, U., Freyer, C. 2001. Early ontogeny and placentation of the grey short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica (Didelphidae: Marsupialia): Contribution to the reconstruction of the marsupial morphotype. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 39(3): 137-158.

 

Zeller, U. 1999. Mammalian reproduction: origin and evolutionary transformations. Zool. Anz. 238: 117-130.

 

Zeller, U. 1989. Die Entwicklung und Morphologie des Schädels von Ornithorhynchus anatinus (Mammalia: Prototheria: Monotremata). Abh. d. Senkenberg. Naturforsch. Ges. 545, S. 1 - 188.

 

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