90th Annual Meeting

90th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Mammalian Biology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde e.V.) Berlin 2016

We cordially invite you to join the 90th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Mammalian Biology hosted by the Tierpark and the Zoo Berlin, Germany.

The meeting will take place between 4th and 8th September 2016 at the Schloss Friedrichsfelde in the Tierpark Berlin.


Around the conference

The social part of the conference will start with the Icebreaker on Sunday. On Tuesday there is an option to join either a guided tour through the Zoo, exhibiting about 18.600 animals in 1.400 species, or a guided tour behind the scenes of the Mammal Section in the Naturkundemuseum Berlin. The Conference Dinner will take place the same day in the Zoo.


Here is the recent version of the programme:


Sunday, September 4th

  • 16:00 Board Meeting (Tierpark, Marché-Restaurant "Patagona", Flamingobar)
  • 16:00 Meeting of the museum curators (Schloss Friedrichsfelde)
  • 18:00 Official Registration (Schloss Friedrichsfelde)
  • 18:30-22:00 Ice-Breaker (Entrance/location: Schloss Friedrichsfelde)

Monday, September 5th

All scientific sessions will take place in the Schloss Friedrichsfelde

  • 08:30 Welcome by the DGS Board, Sabine Begall
  • 08:40 Welcome by the CEO of the Berlin Zoo AG, Andreas Knieriem, and a short introduction “Berlin and its two zoos in the German capital“

Session I chair: Eva Bärmann

  • 09:00 Rainer Hutterer: “Forgotten treasure: Lives and fates of members of the DGS“
  • 09:20 Peter Giere: “Berlin mammalogy at the dawn of the DGS“
  • 09:40 Jan Decher: “Comparing the mammalian fauna of German colonial Togo at the time of Paul Matschie with a mammal checklist of the current Republic of Togo”
  • 10:00 Coffee break
  • 10:30 Jan Mohnhaupt: “The Zoo of the others - Relationship and competition between the two Berlin Zoos during the Cold War“
  • 10:50 André Schüle: “Animal training in zoos - a chance for research”
  • 11:10 Andreas Pauly: “Important veterinary aspects of lemur husbandry at Tierpark Berlin”
  • 11:30 Sabine Hammer: “Evidence for Introgressive Hybridization of Captive Markhor (Capra falconeri) with Domestic Goat: Cautions for Reintroduction”
  • 11:50 Anne Berger: “Living wild in the urban jungle – research projects on wild mammals in Berlin“
  • 12:10 Neal Woodman: “See how they move: divergence and convergence in locomotory adaptations among shrews”
  • 12:30 Lunch

Session II chair: Sabine Begall

  • 14:00 Verena Coleman: “Muscle mitochondrial stress adaptation operates independently of endogenous FGF21 action“
  • 14:20 Kai Caspar: “Through the looking glass, and what gibbons found there – New observations on the behaviour of lesser apes when confronted with their own reflection and a novel modification of the mirror-test”
  • 14:40 Hannes Lerp: “Evolution of ecological traits and phylogeny of the genus Gazella“
  • 15:00 Rainer Ulrich: “Viral and bacterial agents in Norway rat populations from zoological gardens in Germany”
  • 15:20 Anneke H. van Heteren: “Pre- and postnatal growth rates of Phanourios minor from the Pleistocene of Cyprus”
  • 15:40 Coffee break
  • 16:00 General Assembly

Evening free, visit Berlin!

Tuesday, September 6th

Session III chair: Frank Zachos

  • 08:30 Frank Zachos: “Genetic analysis of endangered Asian elephants from Myanmar”
  • 08:50 Sabine Hammer: “Ancient mitochondrial DNA analyses of Bronze Age pigs from Hallstatt– Results from a pilot study”
  • 09.10 Nicola Heckeberg: “New cervid cytochrome b sequences, new conundrums in cervid systematics”
  • 09.30 Coffee break
  • 10:15 Gertrud Rößner: “What is a deer and what is an antler?”
  • 10:35 Hendrik Edelhoff: “Effects of landscape fragmentation on genetic diversity and population structure of Red deer (Cervus elaphus) in Northern Germany”
  • 10:55 Michael Hofreiter: “The palaeogenomic revolution in zoology“
  • 11:15 Poster Session
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:30 -19:00 Guided tours in the NH Museum & in the Zoo Berlin (Entrance: Elephant Gate, Budapesterstr. 32, 10787 Berlin).
  • 19:00-22:00 Conference dinner at the Zoo Restaurant (Entrance: Elephant Gate, Budapesterstr. 32, 10787 Berlin).

Wednesday, September 7th

Session IV chair:

  • 09:00 Clara Stefen: “Methods of postmortal age-determination in Cricetus cricetus”
  • 09:20 Sabine Begall: “Do breeders and non-breeders in eusocial Ansell’s mole-rats represent different personalities?”
  • 09:40 Jan Wölfer: “Morphological adaptations of sciuromorph limb bones to different locomotor behaviors”
  • 10:00 Sandra Jungnickel: “Comparative morphology of the m. cutaneus trunci of the polecat and the suricate”
  • 10:20 Anita Schweizer: “Comparative anatomy of the osseous inner ear of dog breeds, dingoes and wolves - A study of intraspecific variation and domestication”
  • 10:40 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Yoshiyuki Henning: “How do retinal thyroid hormone transporters influence mammalian color vision?”
  • 11:20 Sara Lado: “Population history and taxonomy of African hares (genus Lepus) inferred from genetic variation”
  • 11:40 Paper Fritz-Frank-Förderpreis
  • 12:15 Lunch

Session V chair:

  • 14:00 Sandra Malewski: “Magnetoreception in rodents – new species, new methods”
  • 14:20 Sabine Martini: “Magnetoreception in Dogs – New Insights”
  • 14:40 Marco Zaccaroni: “The diet of Savi’s pine vole: a new quantitative approach”
  • 15:00 Michael Hiller: “Discovering the Genomic Basis of Morphological and Physiological Differences between Mammalian Species with Forward Genomics”
  • 15:20 End of the 90. DGS Annual Meeting


Programme for download (pdf)


If you want to sign in for the Conference please use the Online-Registration-Account at the Conference Registration file!


Schloss Friedrichsfelde
Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde GmbH
Am Tierpark 125
D-10319 Berlin

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