The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

PD Dr. Dennis Rödder

Curator Herpetology
Tel: +49 228 9122-252
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: d.roedder [at]



Field of work

My scientific interests comprise the taxonomy, faunistics, diversity, aut- / synecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. My field experiences comprise collection trips within Europe as well as to Brazil, Gabon, Tanzania and Zambia. Next to more traditional collection based methods (systematics, morphology / anatomy, bioacoustics, phylogenetics, empirical field studies and experiments), I combine genetics and natural history information with recently developed macroecological approaches (species distribution modelling, environmental niche modelling) as well as phylogenetic comparative methods. These techniques allow me to analyse the structure and evolution of species’ environmental niches through space and time in a phylogenetic and biogeographic context, assessments of species’ likely responses to anthropogenic climate change as well as impacts of habitat fragmentation on the genetic architecture of populations.

Research interests

  • Taxonomy, faunistics, aut- / synecology, diversity patterns and conservation of amphibians and reptiles with special focus on tropical amphibian communities
  • Spatial epidemiology of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytridium dendrobatidis
  • Macroecology / Species Distribution Modelling with focus on climate change impacts as well as structure and evolution of environmental niches



Alexander Koenig Gesellschaft, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde, The Research and Analysis Network for Neotropical Amphibians, Societas Europaea Herpetologica

Further information

Organisation of Scientific Congresses
Symposium “Biology of Native and Invasive Populations of Xenopus laevis”, 8th World Congress of Herpetology, Hangzhou / Tulong, China; Workshop „Towards the ‚next generation‘ of species distribution modelling“, Biennial Congress of the International Biogeography Society, Bayreuth, Germany;  Annual Congress of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde" (DGHT), Bonn, Germany (2013 + 2014); Symposium “Species distribution modelling in ornithology: recent problems, novel solutions and future challenges” at the 8th Conference of the European Ornithologists’ Union, Riga, Lettland (together with J. O. Engler, D. Stiels and K. Schidelko); Annual Congress of the AK Biogeography within the association of geographers at German highschools (VGDH), Trier, Germany (Co-Organizer)

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