Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Kim Lea Holzmann

Kim Lea Holzmann

Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter, University of Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Raum: C036
Telefon: +49 931 31-86716

I have a broad evolutionary & ecological research interest in the response of organisms to climate change, particularly in the context of thermal tolerances. In my research I aim to understand how the distribution of biodiversity is shaped by natural gradients and environmental changes. I am investigating these topics focusing on holometabolous insects, mainly dung beetles and flies, along an elevational gradient in the Peruvian Andes. My current fieldwork includes:

  • insect sampling in Peruvian Andes and rainforest
  • thermal tolerance tests
  • mesocosm experiments
  • camera-trapping of large mammals
  • recording climate data


ANDIV - Patterns and drivers of insect diversity and their microbiome along a complete forest elevational gradient in the Peruvian Andes

ANDIV (uni-wuerzburg.de) 

September 2022 - now: PhD student at Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

August 2020 - August 2022: Erasmus Mundus Master of Evolution MSc program studying at 

  1. University of Groningen, Netherlands
  2. Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany
  3. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  4. Uppsala University, Sweden
  5. The University of Arizona, USA

(Graduated with a MSc in Biology from Uppsala University and a MSc in Ecology, Evolution & Systematics from Ludwig Maximilian University)

October 2017 - July 2020: BSc in Biology at University of Göttingen, Germany, including

  1. External thesis project at the Department of Zoology at the University Kassel, Germany
  2. Semester abroad at University of Tasmania, Australia

For more information please visit my personal homepage at: https://kimleaholzmann.wordpress.com/about/

Holzmann, K.L., Charrier, C. & Johansson, F. (2022) Weak effects on growth and cannibalism under fluctuating temperatures in damselfly larvae. Scientific Reports 12, 12910. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-17192-1.

Holzmann, K. L. (2022) Challenges in a changing climate: the effect of temperature variation on growth and competition in damselflies. Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years) thesis, Uppsala University. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-467582.

Woehler, E.J., & Holzmann, K.L. (2020) Polymelia and polydactyly in a Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae. Marine Ornithology 48, 169–170.