Dominik Schüßler



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Raum: D002
Sprechzeit: Donnerstags 12:45-14:00 in D002 oder online nach Vereinbarung


Education and Experience

  • Current: PhD in Biology; topic of thesis: “The use of comparative phylogeographic and ecologic modeling to disentangle interacting evolutionary processes in contrasting clades: The example of Malagasy mouse lemurs (Microcebus), sportive lemurs (Lepilemur) and woolly lemurs (Avahi)”, University of Hildesheim
  • 2018: Master of Science in “Environment, Nature Conservation and Education for Sustainability”, University of Hildesheim
  • 2014: Bachelor of Science in “Biology”, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf

Research Interests

  • Global change biology
  • Interdisciplinary research in conservation biology
  • Environmental modelling
  • Drivers of speciation in hotspots of micro-endemism


Work in Progress

  • Invisible people: How well do remotely sensed datasets predict the presence of forest proximate people
  • Exploration of morphological diversity in the genus of mouse lemurs (Microcebus)
  • Conservation assessment of the northern giant mouse lemur (Mirza zaza)


  • Randimbiharinirina RD, Richter T, Raharivololona BM, Ratsimbazafy JH & Schüßler D (2021) To tell a different story: Unexpected diversity in local attitudes towards Endangered Aye‐ayes Daubentonia madagascariensis offers new opportunities for conservation. People and Nature, 3:484-498.
  • Schüßler D, Mantilla-Contreras J, Stadtmann R, Ratsimbazafy JH, Radespiel U (2020) Identification of crucial stepping stone habitats for biodiversity conservation in northeastern Madagascar using remote sensing and comparative predictive modeling. Bidoversity and Conservation 1-24. PDF:
  • Schüßler D, Blanco MB, Salmona J, Poelstra J, Andriambeloson JB, Miller A, Randrianambinina B, Rasolofoson DW, Mantilla-Contreras J, Chikhi L, Louis EE, Yoder AD, Radespiel U (2020) Ecology and morphology of mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) in a hotspot of microendemism in northeastern Madagascar, with the description of a new species. American Journal of Primatology. PDF:
  • Poelstra J, Salmona J, Tiley GP, Schüßler D, Blanco MB, ..., Radespiel U, Yoder AD (2020) Cryptic patterns of speciation in cryptic primates: microendemic mouse lemurs and the multispecies coalescent. Sytematic Biology PDF:
  • Schüßler D, Richter T, Mantilla-Contreras J (2019) Educational approaches to encourage pro-environmental behaviors in Madagascar. Sustainability 11:3148. DOI: 10.3390/su11113148.
  • Schüßler D, Radespiel U, Ratsimbazafy JH, Mantilla-Contreras J (2018) Lemurs in a dying forest: Factors influencing lemur diversity and distribution in forest remnants of north-eastern Madagascar. Biological Conservation 228:17-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.10.008.
  • Schüßler D, Lee PC, Stadtmann R (2018) Analyzing land use change to identify migration corridors of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the Kenyan-Tanzanian borderlands
  • Schüßler D, Greven H (2017) Quantitative aspects of the ruminating process in giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) fed with different diets. Zoo Biology 36:407-412. DOI: 10.1002/zoo.21386
  • Schüßler D, Gürtler WD, Keyser S, Greven H (2017) Einflüsse des Nahrungsangebotes auf Aktivitätsbudgets und mittlere Partikelgrößen im Kot von Rothschildgiraffen (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, Lydekker 1903) in der ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen. Der Zoologische Garten 86:167-175.
  • Schüßler D, Gürtler WD, Greven H (2015) Aktivitätsbudgets von Rothschildgiraffen (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi Lydekker, 1903) in der "Zoom Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen". Der Zoologische Garten 84:61-74.