Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Palaeoanthropology

Dr. Tim schikora


Associated Researcher
 
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Zoo Schwerin

 

Research Interests:

  • Zoo biology and management
  • Strategies for in- and ex-situ species conservation
  • Biogeography and evolutionary ecology
  • Interactions of herbivores and their habitats in Southeast Asia and Africa
  • Population dynamics and density estimations of mammals
  • Macroevolution and climate linked speciation processes
  • Molecular dating techniques as additional tool for paleontological studies

Research Related Activities:

  • Member of the organizing committee of the 86th Annual Conference of the German Society for Mammalian Biology (DGS) in Frankfurt, Germany, 2012
  • EDIT Summer-School for taxonomy and conservation, Slovakia, 2010
  • Summer-School „Paleo-environments and hominid evolution in Africa“, Malawi, 2009
  • Installation and PR for the museum exhibition: “First Islander”. HOPsea-Project, Bandung, Indonesia, 2007
  • Spatial analysis of game activities, Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, 2006

Field work:

  • Tissue sampling for DNA analysis of antelopes in Uganda, 2011
  • Tissue sampling for DNA analysis of antelopes in Cameroon, 2011
  • Tissue sampling for DNA analysis of antelopes in Ghana, 2010
  • Tissue sampling for DNA analysis of antelopes and paleontological surveys in Malawi, 2009
  • Excavations and collection studies on the Island of Java, Indonesia, 2005, 2007
  • Sampling design and non-invasive tissue sampling of wild boars (Sus scrofa) in the Palatinate Forest, Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, 2006 (http://www.fawf.wald-rlp.de/)
  • Wild boar monitoring using telemetry techniques and GPS-collars, Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, 2005 - 2006

Award:

  • Best Presentation “Young Scientist”, 85th Annual Conference of the German Society of Mammalian Biology (DGS), Luxembourg, 2012

Publications:

  • Schikora, T., Bibi, F. and Schrenk, F. (2012):  A dense and dated bayesian phylogeny shows response in diversity of Bovidae to climatic changes since the Late Miocene in Africa. (in prep.)
  • Schikora, T. (2012): Climate-Linked Temporal and Spatial Patterns in the Evolution of African Bovids; Dissertation, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt 
  • Schikora, T. & Schrenk, F. (2011): Tempo-Spatial Patterns in the Evolution of Extant African Bovidae based on Molecular, Fossil and Climate Niche Data; Oral Presentation, 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Las Vegas, USA
  • Schikora, T. & Schrenk, F. (2011): The Impact of Climate onto Evolution and Diversity of African Antelopes; Oral Presentation, 85th Annual Conference of the German Society of Mammalogy, City of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Schikora, T. & Schrenk, F. (2010): What Does the Past Show Us About the Future? - Reconstructing Antelope's Evolution, Student Conference on Conservation Science; Oral Presentation, AMNH New York, USA
  • Schikora, T. & Schrenk, F. (2010): The Impact of Changing Environment on Bovid's Evolution in Africa, 40th Anniversary Conference; Oral Presentation, Gesellschaft für Ökologie, Gießen, Germany
  • Schikora, T. & Schrenk, F. (2009): Combining modern molecular phylogenies with classic morphometric fossil studies. Oral Presentation, 15th European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology, Schoorl, The Netherlands
  • Ebert, C., Kolodziej, K., Schikora, T., Schulz, H., Hohmann, U. (2009). Is Non-invasive Genetic Population Estimation via Faeces Sampling Feasible for Abundant Mammals with Low Defecation Rates? A Pilot Study on Free Ranging Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) in South-West Germany. Acta Silvatica et Lignaria Hungarica, Vol. 5, pp 167-177
  • Wunn, U., Ebert, C., Huckschlag, D., Kolodziej, K., Schikora, T., Schulz, H., Hohmann, U. (2008): Die Zählung von Wildschweinen mit einer Fang-Wiederfang-Methode. Oral Presentation, "Die Grüne Reihe", 19th Tagung Deutscher Verband Forstlicher Forschungsanstalten
  • Schikora (2007): Felduntersuchung zur nicht-invasiven Kotproben-gewinnung von Wildschweinen (Sus scrofa) im Pfälzerwald, zwecks Verwendung bei der Bestandesdichteschätzung auf Grundlage der Genotypisierung. Diploma Thesis, Goethe University Frankfurt (http://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/5956)
  • Schikora, T., Ebert, C., Huckschlag, D., Nikolov, I., Schulz, H.K., Hohmann, U. (2007): Feasibility of scat sampling field protocols for population estimates of wild boar (Sus scrofa) based on a sampling-genotyping-resampling model. Oral Presentation, 28th Congress of International Union of Game Biologists (IUGB), Uppsala, Sweden
  • Ebert, C., Huckschlag, D., Kolodziej, K., Schikora, T., Schulz, H., Hohmann, U. (2007): Is non-invasive hair sampling a feasible option to estimate wild boar (Sus scrofa) population densities? Poster, 28th Congress of International Union of Game Biologists (IUGB), Uppsala, Sweden
  • Ebert, C., Berger, K., Huckschlag, D., Nikolov, I., Schikora, T., Schulz, H., Hohmann, U. (2007): Kann man Wildschweine zählen? Eine Untersuchung über die nicht- invasive Gewinnung von Gewebeproben zur Verwendung bei der Bestandesschätzung von Wildschweinen. Tagungsband der Sektion forstliche Biometrie und Informatik im DVFFA "Die grüne Reihe", Vol. 18, pp 63-72

Memberships:

  • Berufsverband Deutscher Zootierpfleger, BDZ
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde, DGS
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP
  • Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt, ZGF
  • Zoologische Gesellschaft zum Schutz bedrohter Arten und Populationen, ZGAP
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