Publications of Chair members (bold)


  • Quirin Krabichler, Tomas Vega-Zuniga, Denisse Carrasco, Maximo Fernandez, Cristián Gutiérrez-Ibáñez, Gonzalo Marín, Harald Luksch (2017): The Centrifugal Visual System of a Palaeognathous Bird, the Chilean Tinamou (Nothoprocta perdicaria). J Comp Neurol, accepted for publication
  • Ka My Dang, Philipp Rinklin, Jan Schnitker, Bastian Haberkorn, Kathrin Zobel, Simona Gribaudo, Anselme L. Perrier, Jorne Carolus, Michael Daenen, Stefan Weigel,  Harald Luksch, Andreas Offenhäusser und Bernhard Wolfrum (2017): Fabrication of precisely aligned microwire and microchannel structures: towards heat stimulation of guided neurites in neuronal cultures. Phys. Status Solidi A, in press.


  • Vega-Zuniga T, Marín G, González-Cabrera C, Planitscher E, Hartmann A, Marks V, Mpodozis J, Luksch H. (2016) Microconnectomics of the pretectum and ventral thalamus in the chicken (Gallus gallus). J Comp Neurol.524: 2208 - 2229.
  • Niederleitner, B., Gutierrez-Ibanez, C., Krabichler, Q., Weigel, S., and Luksch, H. (2016) A novel relay nucleus between the inferior colliculus and the optic tectum in the chicken (Gallus gallus) Journal of Comparative Neurology, in press.
  • Maurer, D.L., Kohl, T., Gebhardt, MJ (2016) Cuticular microstructures turn specular black into matt black in a stick insect. Arthropod Struct Dev, in press.
  • Luo, J., Lingner, A. Firzlaff, U., Wiegrebe, L. (2016) The lombard effect emerges early in young bats: Implications for the development of audio-vocal integratin. J Exp Biol, in press
  • Genzel D, Firzlaff U, Wiegrebe L, MacNeilage PR. (2016) Dependence of auditory spatial updating on vestibular, proprioceptive, and efference copy signals. J Neurophysiol. 116:765-75
  • Gutierrez-Ibanez, C., Iwaniuk, A.N., Jensen, M., Graham, D.J., Pogány, A., Montgomery, B.C., Stafford, J.L., Luksch, H., Wylie, D.R. (2016) Immunhistochemical localization of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript peptide (CARTp) in the brain of the pigeon (Columba livia) and the zebra finch (Taenopygia guttata). Journal of Comparative Neurology, in press.
  • Kugler, K., Greiter, W., Luksch, H., Firzlaff, U., Wiegrebe, L. (2016) Echo-acoustic flow affects flight in bats. Journal of Exp. Biol.219:1793-7.
  • Verhaal J, Luksch H. (2016) Neuronal responses to motion and apparent motion in the optic tectum of chickens. Brain Res. 1635:190-200.
  • Kaldenbach F., Bleckmann H., Kohl T. (2016) Response of IR sensitive tectal units of the pitviper Crotalus atrox to moving objects. J comp Physiol A, 10.1007/s00359-016-1076-1
  • Verhaal, J; Luksch, H. (2016) Multimodal integration in behaving chickens. Journal of Experimental Biology 219, 90-95.
  • Stoeckle BC, Araujo R, Geist J, Kuehn R, Toledo C, Machordom A (2016) Strong genetic differentiation and low genetic diversity of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera L.) in the southwestern European distribution range. (Conservation Genetics in press)
  • Nikolov I, Stoeckle BC, Markov G, Kuehn R (2016) Substantial hybridisation between wild boars (Sus scrofa scrofa) and East Balkan pigs (Sus scrofa f. domestica) in natural environment as a result of semi-wild rearing in Bulgaria. (Czech Journal of Animal Science in press)
  • Zachos FE, Frantz AC, Kuehn R, Bertouille S, Colyn M, Niedzialkowska M, et al. (2016) Genetic structure and effective population sizes in European red deer (Cervus elaphus) at a continental scale: insights from microsatellite DNA. (Journal of Heredity in press).
  • Burkart S, Gugerli F, Senn J, Kuehn R and Bolliger J (2016). Evaluating the functionality of expert-assessed wildlife corridors with genetic data from roe deer. Basic and Applied Ecology, 17(1),52–60.


  • Wylie DR, Gutiérrez-Ibáñez C, Iwaniuk AN. (2015) Integrating brain, behavior, and phylogeny to understand the evolution of sensory systems in birds. Front Neurosci. 11;9:281.
  • Corfield JR, Price K, Iwaniuk AN, Gutierrez-Ibañez C, Birkhead T, Wylie DR. (2015) Diversity in olfactory bulb size in birds reflects allometry, ecology, and phylogeny.Front Neuroanat. 9:102.
  • Rodenas-Cuadrado P, Chen XS, Wiegrebe L, Firzlaff U, Vernes SC (2015) A novel approach identifies the first transcriptome networks in bats: a new genetic model for vocal communication. BMC Genomics. 2015 Oct 22;16(1):836.
  • Genzel D, Hoffmann S, Prosch S, Firzlaff U, Wiegrebe L. (2015) Biosonar navigation above water II: exploiting mirror images.J Neurophysiol.15;113(4): 1146-55.
  • Hoffmann S, Genzel D, Prosch S, Baier L, Weser S, Wiegrebe L, Firzlaff U. (2015) Biosonar navigation above water I: estimating flight height. J Neurophysiol. 113(4):1135-45.
  • Verhaal, J; Luksch, H. (2015) Processing of motion stimuli by cells in the optic tectum of chickens. Neuroreport. 26(10):578-582, July 8,
  • Krabichler Q, Vega-Zuniga T, Morales C, Luksch H, Marín GJ. (2015): The visual system of a palaeognathous bird: visual field, retinal topography and retino-central connections in the Chilean tinamou (Nothoprocta perdicaria). J Comp Neurol 523(2):226-50.
  • Grap NJ, Monzel AS, Kohl T, Bleckmann H (2015) Crocodylus niloticus (Crocodilia) is highly sensitive to water surface waves. Zoology, DOI:10.1016/j.zool.2015.03.004
  • Aspden JW, Gutierrez-Ibanez CI, Armstrong CL. Kohl T, Hawkes R, Graham DJ, Iwaniuk AN and Wylie DR (2015) Zebrin II / Aldolase C expression in the cerebellum of the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). PloS one, 10(2):e0117539.
  • Sato NJ, Tanaka KD, Okahisa Y, Yamamichi M, Kuehn R, Gula R, Ueda K and Theuerkauf J (2015). Nestling polymorphism in a cuckoo-host system: a consequence of an escalating coevolutionary arms race. Current Biology, 25(24), 1164–1165)
  • Stoeckle B, Kuehn R, Geist J, (2015) Environmental DNA as a monitoring tool for the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera L.) (Aquatic Conservation Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems in press).
  • Gazda MA, Kuehn R, Sato NJ, Tanaka KD, Okahisa Y,  Ueda K, Gula R, Theuerkauf J (2015) Establishment of microsatellite markers to assess the mating system of the fan-tailed gerygone (Gerygone flavolateralis) to study the cuckoo-host arms race. Ann. Zool. Fennici 2(5-6), 80-284.
  • Lechner R, Kuehn R, Schmitt T, Habel JC (2015) Ecological separation versus geographical isolation: population genetics of the water-lily leaf beetle Galerucella nymphaeae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116 (2), 423-431.
  • Theuerkauf J, Kuehn R, Gula R, Sztencel Jablonka A, Jourdan H, Taugamoa A, Labrousse D, Bogdanowicz W (2015) Invasion history affects genetic structure in island rat populations. Journal of Zoology, 295(3), 197-205.
  • Sittenthaler M, Bayerl H, Unfer G, Kuehn R, Parz-Gollner R (2015) Impact of fish stocking on Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) densities: A case study on two salmonid streams. Mammalian Biology 80, 106-113.
  • Theuerkauf J, Haneda T, Sato NJ, Ueda K, Kuehn R, Gula R and Watanabe I (2015) Naturally high heavy metal concentration in feathers of the flightless Kagu (Rhynochetus jubatus), Ibis. 157(1),177-180.


  • Schnyder, H.A., Vanderelst, D., Bartenstein, S., Firzlaff, U., Luksch, H. (2014) The Avian Head Induces Cues for Sound Localization in Elevation. PLOS one 12; 9(11): e112178. .
  • Bartenstein, S.K., Gerstenberg, N., Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H. and Firzlaff, U. (2014) Echo-acoustic flow dynamically modifies the cortical map of target range in bats. Nat. Commun.5:4668. doi: 10.1038/ncomms5668..
  • Tobias Kohl, Maximilian S. Bothe, Harald Luksch, Hans Straka and Guido Westhoff (2014) Topographic organization of the primary infrared sensitive nucleus (LTTD) in the western diamondback-rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). J Comp Neurol, Volume 522, Issue 18, pages 3943–3959.
  • DR Wylie, J Kolominsky, DJ Graham, TJ Lisney, C Gutierrez-Ibanez (2014): The Retinal Projection to the Pretectal Nucleus Lentiformis Mesencephali in Pigeons (Columba Livia). Journal of Comparative Neurology, Volume 522, Issue 17, 3928–3942.
  • Erin Nesjan, Cristian Gutierrez-Ibanez, Jason R Cameron, Sydele Merrigan, Douglas R Wylie, Peter L Hurd (2014): Social status and GnRH soma size in female convict cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciatus). Behavioural brain research, online.
  • DC Franklin, ST Garnett, GW Luck, C Gutierrez-Ibanez, AN Iwaniuk (2014): Relative brain size in Australian birds. Emu 114 (2), 160-170.
  • Cristián Gutiérrez-Ibáñez, Andrew N Iwaniuk, Bret A Moore, Esteban Fernández-Juricic, Jeremy R Corfield, Justin M Krilow, Jeffrey Kolominsky, Douglas R Wylie (2014): Mosaic and Concerted Evolution in the Visual System of Birds. PloS one 9 (3), e90102.
  • Weigel, S., Flisikowsa, T., Schnieke, A., Luksch, H. (2014) Hybrid voltage sensor imaging of eGFP-F expressing neurons in chicken midbrain slices. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, in press.
  • Kraus RHS, vonHoldt B, Cocchiararo B, Harms V, Bayerl H, Kuehn R, Förster DW, Fickel J, Roos C, Nowak C (2014)A SNP-based approach for rapid and cost-effective genetic wolf monitoring in Europe based on non-invasively collected samples (Mol Ecol Res accepted)
  • Stoeckle BC, Müller D, Müller J and Kuehn R (2014) Identification of 10 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the high montane gastropod Semilimax kotulae using high-throughput sequence data. Molluc. Res. 34(1), 20-24.
  • Vega-Zuniga, T., Mpodozis, J., Karten, H.J., Marín, G.J., Hain, S., Luksch, H. (2014) Morphology, projection pattern and neurochemical identity of Cajal’s “centrifugal neurons”: the cells of origin of the TeO-GLv pathway in birds. J Comp Neurol, 522:2377-2396
  • Kraus RHS, vonHoldt B, Cocchiararo B, Harms V, Bayerl H, Kuehn R, Förster DW, Fickel J, Roos C, Nowak C (2014). A SNP-based approach for rapid and cost-effective genetic wolf monitoring in Europe based on non-invasively collected samples. Mol Ecol Resurces 15(2),295-305
  • Horn RL, Kuehn R, Drechsel  V and Cowley DE (2014). Discriminating between the Effects of Founding Events and Reproductive Mode on the Genetic Structure of Triops Populations (Branchiopoda: Notostraca). PloS one, 9(5), e97473.


  • Weigel, S., Luksch, H (2013) Local cholinergic interneurons modulate GABAergic inhibition in the chicken optic tectum. Europ J Neurosci, online.
  • Verhaal J, Luksch H. (2013) Mapping of the receptive fields in the optic tectum of chicken (Gallus gallus) using sparse noise. PLoS One. 8 (4): e60782.
  • Hoffmann, S., Warmbold, A., Wiegrebe, L. Firzlaff, U. (2013) Spatio-temporal contrast enhancement and feature extraction in the bat auditory midbrain and cortex. J. Neurophysiol. 110:1257-1268.
  • Horn RL, Kuehn R, Drechsel V and Cowley DE (2013). Discriminating between the Effects of Founding Events and Reproductive Mode on the Genetic Structure of Triops Populations (Branchiopoda: Notostraca). PloS one, 9(5), e97473.
  • Hausknecht R, Jacobs S, Müller J, Zink R, Frey H, Solheim R, Vrezec A, Kristin A, Mihok J, Kergalve I, Saurola P and Kuehn R (2013) Phylogeographic analysis and genetic cluster recognition for the conservation of Ural Owls (Strix uralensis) in Europe. J Ornithol. 155(1), 121-134.


  • Niederleitner, B., Luksch, H. (2012) Neuronal Morphology in Subdivisions of the Inferior Colliculus of Chicken (Gallus gallus). J Chem Neuroanatomy, Volume 44, Issue 1, May 2012, Pages 24-33.
  • Stock M, Kirchner B, Waibler D, Cowley DE, Pfaffl MW and Kuehn R (2012). Effect of magnetic stimulation on the gene expression profile of in vitro cultured
    neural cells. Neurosci Letters 526, 122-127
  • Stoeckle BC, Cowley DE, Schaack Y, Macdonald III KS, Sallenave R and Kuehn R (2012). Microsatellites for North American Species of Triops (Branchiopoda: Notostraca) (Journal of Crustacean Biology in press)
  • Schilling F, Dworschak K, Schopf R, Kuehn R, Glaser SJ, and Haase A (2012). Non-invasive lipid measurement in living insects using NMR microscopy. (Journal of Experimental Biology, in press)
  • Zieritz A, Gum B , Kuehn R and Geist J (2012). Identifying freshwater mussels (Unionoida) and parasitic glochidia larvae from host fish gills: a molecular key to the North and Central European species. Ecol Evol 2(4), 740-750.


  • Weigel, S., Luksch, H. (2011) Spatiotemporal analysis of electrically evoked activity in the chicken optic tectum - a VSDI study. J Neurophysiol 107: 640-8.
  • Lai, D., Brandt, S., Luksch, H., Wessel, R.(2011) Recurrent antitopographic inhibition mediates competitive stimulus selection in an attention network. J Neurophysiol, 105:793-805.
  • Vanderelst, D., Reijners, J., Firzlaff, U. & Peremans, H. (2011) Dominant glint based prey localization in Horseshoe bats: A possible strategy for noise rejection. PloS Comput. Biol. 7(12), e1002268,doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002268
  • Heinrich, M., Warmbold, A., Hoffmann, S., Firzlaff, U. & Wiegrebe, L. (2011) The sonar aperture and its neural representation in bats. J. Neurosci., 31, 15618-15627.
  • Borina, F., Firzlaff, U. & Wiegrebe, L. (2011) Neural coding of echo-envelope disparities in echolocating bats. J. Comp. Physiol. A, 197, 561-569.
  • Stoeckle BC, Theuerkauf J, Rouys S, Gula R, Lorenzo A, Lambert C, Kaeser T and Kuehn R (2011) Identification of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) by high-throughput sequencing. J Ornith 153(1) 249-253.
  • Kaczensky P, Kuehn R, Lhagvasuren B, Pietsch S, Yang W and Walzer C (2011) Connectivity of the Asiatic wild ass population in the Mongolian Gobi. Biol Conserv 144, 920-929.
  • Masood A, Stoeckle BC, Kuehn R and Saeed S (2011) Cross-species transfer of microsatellite loci in Scolytidae species mostly associated with Mango (Mangifera indica L.,Anacardiaceae) quick decline disease. Pak J Zool (43)2, 403-405.
  • Stoeckle BC and Kuehn R (2011) Identification of 18 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the spruce bark beetle Ips typographus L. (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) using high-throughput sequence data. Eur J Entomol 108(1), 169-171.


  • Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H., Geipel, I., Kalko, E. & Firzlaff, U. (2010) What noseleaves do for FM bats depends on their degree of sensorial specialization. PLoS ONE 5(8): e11893. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011893.
  • Schebesch, G., Lingner, A., Firzlaff, U., Wiegrebe, L. & Grothe, B. (2010) Perception and neural representation of size-variant human vowels in the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). Hear. Res., 261, 1-8.
  • Hoffmann, S., Schuller, G. & Firzlaff, U. (2010) Dynamic stimulation evokesspatially focused receptive fields in bat auditory cortex. Eur. J. Neurosci., 31(2), 371-385.
  • Görlich, A., Illy, M., Friauf, E., Wagner, H., Luksch, H., Löhrke, S.(2010). Development of the delay lines in the nucleus laminaris of the chicken embryo revealed by optical imaging (Neuroscience 168(2): 564 - 572).
  • Maier, S., Walkowiak, W., Luksch, H., Endepols, H. (2010). An indirect basal ganglia pathway in anuran amphibians? (J Chem Neuroanat. 40(1): 21-35).
  • Hausknecht R, Bayerl H, Gula R and Kuehn R (2010) Application of quantitative real-time PCR to facilitate non-invasive genetic monitoring of animal populations. J. Wildlife Manage. 74(8), 1904-1910.
  • Theuerkauf J, Jourdan H, Rouys S, Gula R, Gajewska M, Unrug K and Kuehn R (2010) Inventory of alien birds and mammals in the Wallis and Futuna Archipelago. Biol. Invasions 12(9), 2975-2978.
  • Hausknecht R, Szabo A, Firmanszky G, Gula R and Kuehn R (2010) Confirmation of wolf residence in Northern Hungary by field and genetic monitoring. Mam. Biol. 75(4), 348-352.
  • Geist J, Soderberg H, Karlberg A and Kuehn R (2010) Drainage-independent genetic structure and high genetic diversity of endangered freshwater pearl mussels (Mageritifera margeritifera) in northern Europe. Conserv. Genetics. 11(4), 1339-1350.
  • Geist J, Geismar J and Kuehn R (2010) Isolation and characterization of the first microsatellite markers for the endangered swan mussel Anodonta cygnea L. (Bivalvia: Unionoidea). Conserv. Genet. 11(3), 1103-1106.
  • Stoeckle BC, Dworschak K, Gossner MM and Kuehn R (2010) Influence of arthropod sampling solutions on insect genotyping reliability. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 135(2), 217-223.


  • Kuenzel, T., Wirth, M.J., Luksch, H., Wagner, H., Mey, J. (2009) Increase of Kv3.1b expression in avian auditory brainstem neurons correlates with synaptogenesis in vivo and in vitro (Brain Research 1302: 64-75).
  • Shao, J., Lai, D., Meyer, U., Luksch, H., Wessel, R. (2009) Generating oscillatory bursts from regular spiking neurons without inhibition (Journal of Computational Neuroscience 27(3): 591-606).
  • Geist J, Kolahsa M, Gum B and Kuehn R (2009) The importance of genetic cluster recognition for the conservation of migratory fish species: the example of the endangered European Huchen (Hucho hucho L.), J Fish Biol 75(5), 1063-1078.
  • Hausknecht R, Salzer K, Filli F and Kuehn R (2009) Techniques for noninvasive genetic monitoring of Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex). Acta Therio 54(3), 277-287.
  • Theuerkauf J, Rouys S, Mériot JM Gula R and Kuehn R (2009) Observations on cooperative breeding, mate guarding, and nest sharing in two parrot species of New Caledonia. J Ornit 150 (4), 791-797.
  • Gula R, Hausknecht R and Kuehn R (2009) Evidence of wolf dispersal in anthropogenic habitats of the Polish Carpathian Mountains. Biodiv Conserv 18 (8), 2173-2184.
  • Nikolov I, Gum B, Markov G and Kuehn R (2009) Population genetic structure of wild boar Sus scorfa in Bulgaria as reveald by microsatellite analysis. Acta Theriol 54(3), 93-205.
  • Wiedemann S, Lutz B, Albrecht C, Kuehn R, Killermann B, Einspanier R and Meyer HHD (2009) Fate of genetically modified maize and conventional rapeseed, and endozoochory in wild boar (Sus scrofa). Mam Biol 74 (3) 191-197.
  • Koiv K, Gross R, Paver T, and Kuehn R (2009) Isolation and characterization of 11 novel microsatellite DNA markers in the noble crayfish, Astacus astacus. Anim Genet 40 (1), 124.