Department of Global Change Ecology

Prof. Dr. Christian Hof

Prof. Dr. Christian Hof

Chair holder
Department of Global Change Ecology
Klara-Oppenheimer-Weg 32
Hubland Nord
97074 Würzburg

by appointment

Since 9.2023         Professor for Global Change Ecology, University of Würzburg

2018 – 2023          Junior Research Group Leader and TUM Junior Fellow, Technical University of Munich, funded by the Bavarian Network for Climate Research bayklif

since 2020             Freelance Lecturer for sustainability and global change within the sustainability programs of the European Business School

2018 – 2019          Guest Scientist, Senckenberg BiK-F, Frankfurt (Germany)

2011 – 2018          Postdoctoral Researcher (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Senckenberg Gesellschaft für                                                               Naturforschung, Frankfurt (Germany)

2010 – 2011          Postdoctoral Researcher, CMEC, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

2010                       Graduation as PhD with the dissertation “Species distributions and climate change: current patterns and future scenarios for biodiversity”

2007 – 2010          PhD student, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC), University of Copenhagen & Biodiversity and Global Change Lab, Museo Nacional de                                                        Ciencias Naturales, CSIC, Madrid (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Rahbek, Prof. Dr. M.B. Araújo)

2006                        Scientific assistant (4 months), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

2006                        Graduation as “Diplom-Biologe” (= M.Sc. in Biology) with the thesis “Macroecology of the European freshwater fauna” (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. R. Brandl)

1999 – 2006          Studies of Biology, University of Marburg (Germany), majors: Animal Ecology, Nature Conservation, Zoology

1998 – 1999          Civilian Service (13 months) with the Verein Jordsand e.V. (Jordsand Society for the Protection of Seabirds and the Conservation of Nature), working as a                                               nature reserve ranger at the lower Elbe River

1989 – 1998           Abitur (university-entrance qualification) at the Westerwald-Gymnasium Altenkirchen/Ww (Germany)

2024[ to top ]
  • König S, Krauss J, Classen A, Hof C, Prietzel M, Wagner C, Steffan‐Dewenter I (2024) Micro‐ and macroclimate interactively shape diversity, niches and traits of Orthoptera communities along elevational gradients. Diversity and Distributions.
2023[ to top ]
  • Biber MF, Voskamp A, Hof C (2023) Potential effects of future climate change on global reptile distributions and diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography 32: 519–534.
  • Rubanschi S, Meyer ST, Hof C, Weisser WW (2023) Modelling potential biotope composition on a regional scale revealed that climate variables are stronger drivers than soil variables. Diversity and Distributions 29: 492–508.
  • Novella‐Fernandez R, Chalmandrier L, Brandl R, Pinkert S, Zeuss D, Hof C (2023) Trait overdispersion in dragonflies reveals the role and drivers of competition in community assembly across space and season. Ecography.
  • Novella-Fernandez R, Brandl R, Pinkert S, Zeuss D, Hof C (2023) Seasonal variation in dragonfly assemblage colouration suggests a link between thermal melanism and phenology. Nature Communications 14.
  • Terlau JF, Brose U, Eisenhauer N, Amyntas A, Boy T, Dyer A, Gebler A, Hof C, Liu T, Scherber C, Schlägel UE, Schmidt A, Hirt MR (2023) Microhabitat conditions remedy heat stress effects on insect activity. Global Change Biology 29: 3747–3758.
  • Khaliq I, Biber M, E. Bowler D, Hof C (2023) Global change impacts on bird biodiversity in South Asia: potential effects of future land-use and climate change on avian species richness in Pakistan. PeerJ 11: e16212.
2022[ to top ]
  • Harvey JA, Tougeron K, Gols R, Heinen R, Abarca M, Abram PK, Basset Y, Berg M, Boggs C, Brodeur J, Cardoso P, de Boer JG, Snoo GRD, Deacon C, Dell JE, et al. (2022) Scientiststextquotesingle warning on climate change and insects. Ecological Monographs.
  • Stewart PS, Voskamp A, Santini L, Biber MF, Devenish AJM, Hof C, Willis SG, Tobias JA (2022) Global impacts of climate change on avian functional diversity. Ecology Letters 25: 673-685.
  • Biber MF, Voskamp A, Hof C (2022) Potential future climate change effects on global reptile distributions and diversity.
  • Voskamp A, Hof C, Biber MF, Böhning-Gaese K, Hickler T, Niamir A, Willis SG, Fritz SA (2022) Projected climate change impacts on the phylogenetic diversity of the world’s terrestrial birds: more than species numbers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 289.
  • Dimobe K, Ouédraogo K, Annighöfer P, Kollmann J, Bayala J, Hof C, Schmidt M, Goetze D, Porembski S, Thiombiano A (2022) Climate change aggravates anthropogenic threats of the endangered savanna tree Pterocarpus erinaceus (Fabaceae) in Burkina Faso. Journal for Nature Conservation 70: 126299.
2021[ to top ]
  • Hof C (2021) Towards more integration of physiology, dispersal and land-use change to understand the responses of species to climate change. Journal of Experimental Biology 224.
  • Creutzig F, Erb K, Haberl H, Hof C, Hunsberger C, Roe S (2021) Considering sustainability thresholds for BECCS in IPCC and biodiversity assessments. GCB Bioenergy 13: 510–515.
  • Biber MF, Voskamp A, Hof C (2021) Representation of the worldtextquotesingles biophysical conditions by the global protected area network. Conservation Biology 36.
2020[ to top ]
  • Stewart PS, Voskamp A, Biber MF, Hof C, Willis SG, Tobias JA (2020) Global impacts of climate change on avian functional diversity.
  • Voskamp A, Hof C, Biber M, Hickler T, Niamir A, Fritz S (2020) Climate change impacts on the phylogenetic diversity of the worldtextquotesingles terrestrial birds: more than species numbers.
  • Schleuning M, Neuschulz EL, Albrecht J, Bender IM, Bowler DE, Dehling DM, Fritz SA, Hof C, Mueller T, Nowak L, Sorensen MC, Böhning-Gaese K, Kissling WD (2020) Trait-Based Assessments of Climate-Change Impacts on Interacting Species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 319-328.
2019[ to top ]
  • Berkhout BW, Borregaard MK, Brandl R, Brändle M, Dehling DM, Hof C, Poulin R, Thieltges DW (2019) Host assemblage and environment shape \($\upbeta$\)-diversity of freshwater parasites across diverse taxa at a continental scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29: 38-49.
  • Leit~a}}o PJ, Andrew CJ, Engelhardt EK, Graham CH, Martinez-Almoyna C, Mimet A, Pinkert S, Schröder B, Voskamp A, Hof C, Fritz SA (2019) Macroecology as a hub between research disciplines: Opportunities, challenges and possible ways forward. Journal of Biogeography 47: 13-15.
  • Hof C (2019) BEREICHERUNG ODER BEDROHUNG?. In Historische Gärten und Klimawandel (eds R.F. Hüttl, K. David & B.U. Schneider), pp. 211-222.
  • Wüest RO, Zimmermann NE, Zurell D, Alexander JM, Fritz SA, Hof C, Kreft H, Normand S, Cabral JS, Szekely E, Thuiller W, Wikelski M, Karger DN (2019) Macroecology in the age of Big Data – Where to go from here?. Journal of Biogeography 47: 1–12.
  • Biber MF, Voskamp A, Niamir A, Hickler T, Hof C (2019) A comparison of macroecological and stacked species distribution models to predict future global terrestrial vertebrate richness. Journal of Biogeography 47: 114–129.
2018[ to top ]
  • Tucker MA, Boehning-Gaese K, Fagan WF, Fryxell JM, Van Moorter B, Alberts SC, Ali AH, Allen AM, Attias N, Avgar T, Bartlam-Brooks H, Bayarbaatar B, Belant JL, Bertassoni A, Beyer D, et al. (2018) Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science 359: 466-469.
  • Hof C, Voskamp A, Biber MF, Böhning-Gaese K, Engelhardt EK, Niamir A, Willis SG, Hickler T (2018) Bioenergy cropland expansion may offset positive effects of climate change mitigation for global vertebrate diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 13294-13299.
  • Pinkert S, Dijkstra K-DB, Zeuss D, Reudenbach C, Brandl R, Hof C (2018) Evolutionary processes, dispersal limitation and climatic history shape current diversity patterns of European dragonflies. Ecography 41: 795-804.
  • Buckley LB, Khaliq I, Swanson DL, Hof C (2018) Does metabolism constrain bird and mammal ranges and predict shifts in response to climate change?. Ecology and Evolution 8: 12375–12385.
  • Khaliq I, Hof C (2018) Testing the heat dissipation limitation hypothesis: basal metabolic rates of endotherms decrease with increasing upper and lower critical temperatures. PeerJ 6: e5725.
2017[ to top ]
  • Bowler DE, Haase P, Hof C, Kröncke I, Baert L, Dekoninck W, Domisch S, Hendrickx F, Hickler T, Neumann H, OtextquotesingleHara RB, Sell AF, Sonnewald M, Stoll S, Türkay M, et al. (2017) Cross-taxa generalities in the relationship between population abundance and ambient temperatures. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284: 20170870.
  • Methorst J, Boehning-Gaese K, Khaliq I, Hof C (2017) A framework integrating physiology, dispersal and land-use to project species ranges under climate change. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 1532-1548.
  • Bowler DE, Hof C, Haase P, Kroencke I, Schweiger O, Adrian R, Baert L, Bauer H-G, Blick T, Brooker RW, Dekoninck W, Domisch S, Eckmann R, Hendrickx F, Hickler T, et al. (2017) Cross-realm assessment of climate change impacts on species’ abundance trends. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1.
  • Hof C, Winter M, Hotes S, Opgenoorth L (2017) It’s not (all) about the money textemdash supporting IPBES through challenging times. Frontiers of Biogeography 9.
  • Khaliq I, Boehning-Gaese K, Prinzinger R, Pfenninger M, Hof C (2017) The influence of thermal tolerances on geographical ranges of endotherms. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 650-668.
  • Hof C, Khaliq I, Prinzinger R, Böhning-Gaese K, Pfenninger M (2017) Global patterns of thermal tolerances and vulnerability of endotherms to climate change remain robust irrespective of varying data suitability criteria. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284: 20170232.
  • Frieler K, Lange S, Piontek F, Reyer CPO, Schewe J, Warszawski L, Zhao F, Chini L, Denvil S, Emanuel K, Geiger T, Halladay K, Hurtt G, Mengel M, Murakami D, et al. (2017) Assessing the impacts of 1.5 degrees C global warming - simulation protocol of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP2b). Geoscientific Model Development 10: 4321-4345.
  • Hof C, Fritz SA, Prinzinger R, Pfenninger M, Böhning‐Gaese K, Khaliq I (2017) Phylogenetic signals in thermal traits remain stronger in the tropics if we can believe published physiological data. A reply to McKechnie et al., “Data quality problems undermine analyses of endotherm upper critical temperatures”. Journal of Biogeography 44: 2427–2431.
2016[ to top ]
  • Dulle HI, Ferger SW, Cordeiro NJ, Howell KM, Schleuning M, Boehning-Gaese K, Hof C (2016) Changes in abundances of forest understorey birds on Africa’s highest mountain suggest subtle effects of climate change. Diversity and Distributions 22: 288-299.
  • Hof C, Dehling DM, Bonn A, Burgess ND, Eigenbrod F, Harfoot MBJ, Hickler T, Jetz W, Marquard E, Pereira HM, Böhning-Gaese K (2016) Macroecology meets IPBES. Frontiers of Biogeography 7.
  • Fritz SA, Eronen JT, Schnitzler J, Hof C, Janis CM, Mulch A, Boehning-Gaese K, Graham CH (2016) Twenty-million-year relationship between mammalian diversity and primary productivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113: 10908-10913.
  • Schleuning M, Fruend J, Schweiger O, Welk E, Albrecht J, Albrecht M, Beil M, Benadi G, Bluethgen N, Bruelheide H, Boehning-Gaese K, Dehling DM, Dormann CF, Exeler N, Farwig N, et al. (2016) Ecological networks are more sensitive to plant than to animal extinction under climate change. Nature Communications 7.
2015[ to top ]
  • Willis SG, Foden W, Baker DJ, Belle E, Burgess ND, Carr JA, Doswald N, Garcia RA, Hartley A, Hof C, Newbold T, Rahbek C, Smith RJ, Visconti P, Young BE, et al. (2015) Integrating climate change vulnerability assessments from species distribution models and trait-based approaches. Biological Conservation 190: 167-178.
  • Khaliq I, Fritz SA, Prinzinger R, Pfenninger M, Boehning-Gaese K, Hof C (2015) Global variation in thermal physiology of birds and mammals: evidence for phylogenetic niche conservatism only in the tropics. Journal of Biogeography 42: 2187-2196.
  • Fristoe TS, Burger JR, Balk MA, Khaliq I, Hof C, Brown JH (2015) Metabolic heat production and thermal conductance are mass-independent adaptations to thermal environment in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112: 15934-15939.
  • Bowler DE, Haase P, Kroencke I, Tackenberg O, Bauer HG, Brendel C, Brooker RW, Gerisch M, Henle K, Hickler T, Hof C, Klotz S, Kuehn I, Matesanz S, O’Hara R, et al. (2015) A cross-taxon analysis of the impact of climate change on abundance trends in central Europe. Biological Conservation 187: 41-50.
2014[ to top ]
  • Khaliq I, Hof C, Prinzinger R, Boehning-Gaese K, Pfenninger M (2014) Global variation in thermal tolerances and vulnerability of endotherms to climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 281.
  • Platts PJ, Garcia RA, Hof C, Foden W, Hansen LA, Rahbek C, Burgess ND (2014) Conservation implications of omitting narrow-ranging taxa from species distribution models, now and in the future. Diversity and Distributions 20: 1307-1320.
  • Stevens VM, Whitmee S, Le Galliard J-F, Clobert J, Boehning-Gaese K, Bonte D, Braendle M, Dehling DM, Hof C, Trochet A, Baguette M (2014) A comparative analysis of dispersal syndromes in terrestrial and semi-terrestrial animals. Ecology Letters 17: 1039-1052.
2013[ to top ]
  • Fritz SA, Schnitzler J, Eronen JT, Hof C, Boehning-Gaese K, Graham CH (2013) Diversity in time and space: wanted dead and alive. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28: 509-516.
  • Grewe Y, Hof C, Dehling DM, Brandl R, Braendle M (2013) Recent range shifts of European dragonflies provide support for an inverse relationship between habitat predictability and dispersal. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 403-409.
2012[ to top ]
  • Beck J, Ballesteros-Mejia L, Buchmann CM, Dengler J, Fritz SA, Gruber B, Hof C, Jansen F, Knapp S, Kreft H, Schneider A-K, Winter M, Dormann CF (2012) What’s on the horizon for macroecology?. Ecography 35: 673-683.
  • Hof C, Braendle M, Dehling DM, Munguia M, Brandl R, Araujo MB, Rahbek C (2012) Habitat stability affects dispersal and the ability to track climate change. Biology Letters 8: 639-643.
2011[ to top ]
  • Thieltges DW, Hof C, Borregaard MK, Dehling DM, Braendle M, Brandl R, Poulin R (2011) Range size patterns in European freshwater trematodes. Ecography 34: 982-989.
  • Thieltges DW, Hof C, Dehling DM, Braendle M, Brandl R, Poulin R (2011) Host diversity and latitude drive trematode diversity patterns in the European freshwater fauna. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 675-682.
  • Hof C, Araujo MB, Jetz W, Rahbek C (2011) Additive threats from pathogens, climate and land-use change for global amphibian diversity. Nature 480: 516-U137.
  • Hof C, Levinsky I, Araujo MB, Rahbek C (2011) Rethinking species’ ability to cope with rapid climate change. Global Change Biology 17: 2987-2990.
2010[ to top ]
  • Hof C, Rahbek C, Araujo MB (2010) Phylogenetic signals in the climatic niches of the world’s amphibians. Ecography 33: 242-250.
  • Dehling DM, Hof C, Braendle M, Brandl R (2010) Habitat availability does not explain the species richness patterns of European lentic and lotic freshwater animals. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1919-1926.
2009[ to top ]
  • Diniz-Filho JAF, Bini LM, Rangel TF, Loyola RD, Hof C, Nogues-Bravo D, Araujo MB (2009) Partitioning and mapping uncertainties in ensembles of forecasts of species turnover under climate change. Ecography 32: 897-906.
2008[ to top ]
  • Hof C, Braendle M, Brandl R (2008) Latitudinal variation of diversity in European freshwater animals is not concordant across habitat types. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 539-546.
2006[ to top ]
  • Hof C, Brandle M, Brandl R (2006) Lentic odonates have larger and more northern ranges than lotic species. Journal of Biogeography 33: 63-70.

Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), Macroecology Specialist Group of the GfÖ (founding member), German Ornithologists’ Society (DO-G), The International Biogeography Society (IBS), Society of Island Biology, German Society for the Protection of Nature (NABU), Society for Nature Conservation and Ornithology of Rheinland-Pfalz (GNOR), Jordsand Society for Seabird Protection and Nature Conservation (Verein Jordsand)

2021                     Supervisory Award by the Graduate Center Weihenstephan of the TUM School of Life Sciences, Technical University of Munich

2019                     Horst-Wiehe Award of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

2015 - 2020         Membership of the German Young Academy (Die Junge Akademie bei der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Nationalen Akademie der                                  Naturforscher Leopoldina)

2009                     Poster award of the International Biogeography Society during the 4th biennial meeting in Merida (Mexico)

2006                     PhD stipend granted by the Cusanuswerk – the German Catholic scholarship foundation for the project “Diversity, Biogeography and Macroecology of the European                                      freshwater fauna” (declined)

2004 – 2010       Scholarship granted by

2001 – 2006       Student scholarship granted by the Cusanuswerk – the German Catholic scholarship foundation