comp ecol trans small

Anne Scharf

PhD Student

Curriculum vitae:

Nov 2011- Aug 2012 Research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany

Feb 2011 - May 2011 Field assistant in the Carpathian Brown Bear Project at the Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Oct 2010 MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, University of Pablo de Olavide & Doñana Biological Station (CSIC), Sevilla, Spain

Dec 2008 Licenciatura degree in Biology, University of Granada, Spain

Research interests:

The Matrix: challenges of living in a fragmented habitat 
Increasing anthropomorphic land use change, leads to habitat fragmentation and consequently the affected animals have to deal with an increasing proportion of matrix. I define the matrix as the dispensable fractions of an individual's environment, as it does not provide any resources that cover vital needs. Although the condition in the matrix is very important, as it can impact negatively the survival of animals, most studies up to now focus on the suitable habitat. 

My aim is to characterize the attributes of the matrix and the effects it has on the movement of animals. Movement abilities can be influenced negatively by the matrix, increasing isolation between suitable habitat patches. If we understand how the matrix affects the animals, this information can be included in management and conservation strategies, making them more effective in diminishing the negative effects of fragmentation. For this I will analyze high resolution movement data from a behavioral, energetic, and space-use perspective and relate the outcomes to the environment characteristics and habitat suitability. To study this relationship between environment and animal movement I chose terrestrial carnivorans as my study model. 

Highlight publications:

Cooper, D. M., Dugmore, A. J., Gittings, B. M., Scharf, A. K., Wilting, A. & Kitchener, A. C. (2016) Predicted Pleistocene–Holocene range shifts of the tiger (Panthera tigris). Diversity Distrib.

Bautista, C., Naves, J., Revilla, E., Fernández, N., Albrecht, J., Scharf, A.K., Rigg, R., Karamanlidis, A.A., Jerina, K., Huber, D., Palazón, S., Kont, R., Ciucci, P., Grodd, C., Dutsov, A., Seijas, J., Quenette, P.I., Olszańska, A., Shkvyria, M., Adamec, M., Ozolins, J., Jonozvic, M. & Selva, N. (2016) Patterns and correlates of claims for brown bear damages on a continental scale. Journal of Applied Ecology

Abedi-Lartey, M., Dechmann, D.K.N., Wikelski, M., Scharf, A.K. & Fahr, J. (2016) Long-distance seed dispersal by straw-coloured fruit bats varies by season and landscape. Global Ecology and Conservation, 7: 12-24

Scharf, A. K., S. LaPoint, M. Wikelski, & K. Safi. (2016). Acceleration Data Reveal Highly Individually Structured Energetic Landscapes in Free-Ranging Fishers (Pekania pennanti). PLOS ONE 11(2):e0145732.

Wilting, A., Courtiol, A., Christiansen, P., Niedballa, J., Scharf, A.K., Orlando, L., Balkenhol, N., Hofer, H. Kramer-Schadt, S., Fickel, J. & Kitchener, A.C. (2015). Planning tiger recovery: Understanding intraspecific variation for effective conservation. Science Advances, 1(5), e1400175.

Struebig, M.J., Wilting, A., Gaveau, D.L.A., Meijaard, E., Smith, R.J., The Borneo Mammal Distribution Consortium*, Fischer, M., Metcalfe, K., Kramer-Schadt, S. (2015). Targeted Conservation to Safeguard a Biodiversity Hotspot from Climate and Land-Cover Change. Current Biology, 25(3), 372-378.
AK Scharf is member of the Consortium

Kramer-Schadt S, Niedballa J, Pilgrim JD, Schröder B, Lindenborn J, Reinfelder V, Stillfried M, Heckmann I, Scharf AK, Augeri DM, Cheyne SM, Hearn AJ, Ross J, Macdonald DW, Mathai J, Eaton J, Marshall AJ, Semiadi G, Rustam R, Bernard H, Alfred R, Samejima H, Duckworth JW, Breitenmoser-Wuersten C, Belant JL, Hofer H, Wilting A (2013) The importance of correcting for sampling bias in MaxEnt distribution models. Diversity and Distributions 19(11): 1366-1379 

Ossa G, Kramer-Schadt S, Peel AJ, Scharf AK, Voigt CC (2012) The Movement Ecology of the Straw-Colored Fruit Bat, Eidolon helvum, in Sub-Saharan Africa Assessed by Stable Isotope Ratios. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45729

Anne Scharf

Contact Details
Anne Scharf
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Am Obstberg 1
78315 Radolfzell
Tel: 0049-7732-1501-15
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Tel: 0049-7531-88-4940