Using stable isotopes to decipher enigmatic animals
Dr. Christian Voigt is head of the Department Evolutionary Ecology at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (www.izw-berlin.de) and lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin.
His group studies how animals cope with the challenges of life, and how to best protect wildlife in an ever changing environment. In his research he targets mostly European and African wildlife. Specifically, Dr Voigt is interested in understanding human-wildlife conflicts with the ultimate goal of turning conflict into coexistence. He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited two open-access books on conservation research (www.batlab.de). After finishing his studies in zoology with a diploma, he conducted doctoral research at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Multiple research visits at Boston University guided him to use stable isotopes as a central method in his research to understand the physiology and ecology of animals. After postdoc stays at Boston University and Cornell University he started his research career at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, where he established the stable isotope laboratory, and where his group organizes the biennial international summer schools on stable isotopes in animal ecology.