Mitarbeiterin Karin Hohberg Görlitz
Dr. Karin Hohberg
Head of section

born in Munich 23/11/1968 


since 2015  Part-time lectureship in the master programme “Biodiversity and Collection Management” at the Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau, Technische Universität Dresden

since 2009  Head of the Nematoda section within the Soil Zoology Division at the Senckenberg Museum

2009-2016  Part-time lectureship at the University Leipzig, Faculty of Biology II

2008-2009  Coordinator of the Interreg-project “adventure rainforest”, funded by the European Union, concept of a three-dimensional rainforest exhibition

2006-2008  Coordinator of the Interreg-project “The wolf in Neiße-Nysa-Nisa”, funded by the European Union. Drawing up and building an optionally multilingual, cross-border touring exhibition

2006  PhD at the University of Bielefeld / supervisor: Prof. Dr. Walter Traunspurger, chair of the department of Animal Ecology. Subject of the PhD-thesis: Nematodes in the soil food

2004-2007  Scientific Researcher within the project Successional Change and Biodiversity Conservation (SUBICON), funded by the BMBF

2004-2007  Coordinator of the Interreg-project “Beneath our feet – life in soil”, funded by the European Union. International presentation of the multilingual touring exhibition of the same name.

2002-2004  Creator of the international touring exhibition Beneath our feet life in soil and of the permanent exhibition Soil column. the project was funded by the DBU

2001  Scientific researcher at the SMNG within the project “Long-time influence of ecological farming on diseases, pests, pest plants and soil animals, funded by the Sächsische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft.

1998-2001  Scientific trainee at the State Museum of Natural History (SMNG), department of soil zoology. Starting a collection of free-living soil nematodes, and studying nematodes in post-mining sites (a project funded by the BMBF).

1998  Diploma thesis in Zoology at the Helmholtz Centre Munich/ Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, subject: Green manuring effects on arable land nematode communities.

1992-1998  Study of biology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich



Bingemer, J., Pfeiffer, M., Hohberg, K. (2020) First 12 years of tardigrade succession in the young soils of a quickly evolving ecosystem. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 188: 887-899.

Van den Hoogen J, Geisen S, Wall D, Wardle DA, Traunspurger W, Wardle DA, de Goede RGM, Adams BJ, Ahmad W, Ferris H, Bardgett RD, Bonkowski M, Campos-Herrera R, Cares JE, Caruso T, de Brito CL, Chen X, Costa SR, Creamer R, Mauro da Cunha Castro J, Dam M, Djigal D, Escuer M, Griffiths BS, Gutiérrez C, Hohberg K, Kalinkina D, Kardol P, Kergunteuil A, Korthals G, …, Crowther TW (2020) A global database of soil nematode abundance and functional group composition. Scientific Data 7: 1-8,

Bartel, S., Hohberg, K. (2019). Experimental investigations on the partner-finding behaviour of Isohypsibius dastychi (Isohypsibiidae: Tardigrada). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 188: 878-886.

Van den Hoogen J, Geisen S, Routh D, Ferris H, Traunspurger W, Wardle DA, de Goede RGM, Adams BJ, Ahmad W, Andriuzzi WS, Bardgett RD, Bonkowski M, Campos-Herrera R, Cares JE, Caruso T, de Brito CL, Chen X, Costa SR, Creamer R, Mauro da Cunha Castro J, Dam M, Djigal D, Escuer M, Griffiths BS, Gutiérrez C, Hohberg K, Kalinkina D, Kardol P, Kergunteuil A, Korthals G, …, Crowther TW (2019) Soil nematode abundance and functional group composition at a global scale. Nature 572, 194-198,

Xylander, W.E.R., Ansorge, H., Balkenhol, B., Burkhardt, U., Christian, A., Damm, U., Düker, Ch., Gebauer, P., Hohberg, K., Hutchinson, J.M.C., Lehmitz, R., Otte, V., Reise, H., Ritz, C., Russell, D. J., Schlitt, B., Schulz, H.-J., Seifert, B., Tietz, O., Voigtländer, K., Wesche, K. (2019). Obituary Prof. Dr. Wolfram Dunger. – Soil Organisms 91(1): i-ii.

Hohberg, K., Traunspurger, W. (2018) Fadenwürmer – fade Würmer? Biologie in unserer Zeit 1/2018: 388-395.

Bingemer, J., Hohberg, K. (2017) An illustrated identification key to the eutardigrade species (Tardigrada, Eutardigrada) presently known from European soils. Soil Organisms 89: 127-149.

Schenk, J., Hohberg, K., Helder, J., Ristau, K., Traunspurger, W. (2017) The D3-D5 region of large subunit ribosomal DNA provides good resolution 3 of German limnic and terrestrial nematode communities. Nematology 19: 821-837.

Pilz, M., Hohberg, K., Pfanz, H., Wittmann, C., Xylander, W.E.R. (2017) Respiratory adaptations to a combination of oxygen deprivation and extreme carbon dioxide concentration in nematodes. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology 239: 34-40.

Hohberg, K., Lang B. (2016) The feeding apparatus and taxonomic position of clawless Apodibius confusus Dastych, 1983 (Tardigrada: Isohypsibiidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178: 828-833.

Bingemer, J.Hohberg, K., Schill, R.O. (2016) First detailed observations on tardigrade mating behavior and some aspects of the life history of Isohypsibius dastychi Pilato, Bertolani & Binda 1982 (Tardigrada, Isohypsibiidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178: 856-862.

Hohberg, K., Sturhan, D. (2016) Pflanzenparasitäre, mykophage und entomophile Tylenchiden in Deutschland. Abstract. Journal für Kulturpflanzen, 68 (7), 213.

Balkenhol, B., Hohberg, K., Pfanz, H. (2016) Spiders in mofette fields—Survival of the toughest in natural carbon dioxide springs? Ecological Indicators 69: 749-757.

Geiger, M.F., Astrin, J.J., Borsch, T., Burkhardt, U., Grobe, P., Hand, R., Hausmann, A., Hohberg, K., Krogmann, L., Lutz, M., Monje, C., Misof, B., Morinière, J., Müller, K., Pietsch, S., Quandt, D., Rulik, B., Scholler, M., Traunspurger, W., Haszprunar, G., Wägele, W. (2016) How to tackle the molecular species inventory for an industrialized nation – lessons from the first phase of the German Barcode of Life initiative GBOL (2012-2015). Genome 59: 1-10.

Sturhan, D., Hohberg, K. (2016) Nematodes of the order Tylenchida in Germany – the non-phytoparasitic species. Soil Organisms 88: 19-41.

Hohberg, K., Schulz, H.-J., Balkenhol, B., Pilz, M., Thomalla, A., Russell, D.J., Pfanz, H. (2015) Soil faunal communities from mofette fields: Effects of high geogenic carbon dioxide concentration. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 88: 420-429.

Pilz, M., Hohberg, K. (2015) Laboratory experiments on nematodes from natural CO2 springs reveal species-specific tolerance to extreme CO2 concentrations. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 88: 165-168.

Xylander, W.E.R., Lehmitz, R., Hohberg, K., Lang, B., Russell, D.J. (2015) Boden ein unterschätzter Lebensraum. Biologie in unserer Zeit 6/2015: 388-395.

Lehmitz, R., Hohberg, K., Voigtländer, K. (2015) Senckenberg erforscht, wie Boden entsteht – Görlitzer Langzeitstudien zur Entwicklung von Bodenlebensgemeinschaften. Senckenberg – Natur Forschung Museum 145: 84-89.

Hohberg, K., Lehmitz, R., Voigtländer, K. (2015) Wie ein Lebensraum entsteht – Bodentiere in der Bergbaufolge. The genesis of a habitat – Soil animals at post-mining sites. Senckenberg Jahresbericht 2013-2014 ISBN 978-3-929907-92-6: 36-42.

Dabert, M., Dastych, H., Hohberg, K., Dabert, J. (2014) Phylogenetic position of the enigmatic clawless eutardigrade genus Apodibius Dastych, 1983 (Tardigrada), based on 18S and 28S rRNA sequence data from its type species A. confusus. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 70: 70-75.

Russell, D.J., Hohberg, K., Potapov, M., Bruckner, A., Otte, V., Christian, A. (2014) Native terrestrial invertebrate fauna from the northern Antarctic Peninsula: new records, state of current knowledge and ecological preferences – Summary of a German federal study. Soil Organisms, 86(1): 1-58.

Mayer, G., Martin, C., Rüdiger, J., Kauschke, S., Stevenson, P.A., Poprawa, I., Hohberg, K., Schill, R.O., Pflüger, H.-J., Schlegel, M. (2013) Selective neuronal staining in tardigrades and onychophorans provides insights into the evolution of segmental ganglia in panarthropods. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:230.

Elmer, M., Gerwin, W., Schaaf, W., Zaplata, M.K., Hohberg, K., Nenov, R., Bens, O., Hüttl, R.F. (2013) Dynamics of initial ecosystem development at the artificial catchment Chicken Creek, Lusatia, Germany. Environmental Earth Sciences. DOI 10.1107/s12665-013-2330-2.

Russell, D.J., Hohberg, K., Otte, V., Christian, A., Potapov, M., Brückner, A., McInnes, S.J. (2013) The impact of human activities on soil organisms of the maritime Antarctic and the introduction of non-native species in Antarctica. Environmental Research of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Project No. (FKZ) 3709 85 157, Report No. (UBA-FB) 001739/E, ISSN 1862-4804, pp. 285.

Lehmitz, R., Russell, D., Hohberg, K., Christian, A., Xylander, W.E.R. (2012) Active dispersal of oribatid mites into young soils. Applied Soil Ecology 55: 10-19.

Hohberg, K., Elmer, M., Russell, D.J., Christian, A., Schulz, H.-J., Lehmitz, R., Wanner, M. (2011) First five years of soil food-web development in ‘Chicken Creek’ catchment. Ecosystem development 3: 93-114.

Elmer, M., Biemelt, D., Gerwin, W., Hohberg, K., Kleeberg, A., Lessmann, D., Schaaf, W., Schneider, A., Zaplata, M.K. & Hüttl, R.F. (2011): Conclusions. In: Elmer, M., Schaaf, W., Biemelt, D., Gerwin, W. & Hüttl, R.F. (eds.): The artificial catchment ‘Chicken Creek’ – initial ecosystem development 2005-2010. Ecosystem Development 3: 145-153.

Russell, D.J., Schulz, H.-J., Hohberg, K., Pfanz, H. (2011) Occurrence of collembolan fauna in mofette fields (natural carbon-dioxide springs) of the Czech Republic. Soil organisms 83: 489-505.

Hohberg, K., Russell, D.J., Elmer, M. (2011) Mass occurrence of algal-feeding tardigrade Apodibius confusus, in the young soils of a post-mining site. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 49: 62-65.

Lehmitz, R., Russell, D, Hohberg, K., Christian, A., Xylander, W.E.R. (2011) Wind dispersal of oribatid mites as a mode of migration. Pedobiologia 54: 201-207.

Russell, D.J., Hohberg, K., Elmer, M. (2010) Primary colonisation of newly formed soils by actinedid mites. Soil organisms 82: 237-351.

Elmer, M., Hohberg, K., Russell, D., Christian, A., Schulz; H.-J. & Wanner, M. (2010): Succession of the soil faunal community during initial ecosystem development. In: Schaaf, W., Biemelt, D., Hüttl, R.F. (Eds.): Initial development of the artificial catchment ‘Chicken Creek’ – monitoring program and survey 2005-2008. Ecosystem Development 2: 97-118.

Hohberg, K. (2010) Stamm Bärtierchen (Tardigrada). In: Engelmann, W. E.; Lange, J. (Hrsg.): Zootierhaltung, Band 6: Wirbellose, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Harri Deutsch, Frankfurt am Main, 481-484.

Elmer, M., Wöllecke, J., Gebhardt, S., Böllmann, J., Hohberg, K., Wanner, M., Xylander, W.E.R. & Hüttl, R.F. (2010): Primärsukzession der Bodenorganismen. In: Hotes, S. & Wolters, V. (Hrsg.): Fokus Biodiversität – Wie Biodiversität in der Kulturlandschaft erhalten und nachhaltig genutzt werden kann. oekom verlag München.

Elmer, M., Rißmann, C., Wanner, M., Hohberg, K., Xylander, W.E.R. (2010) Die Bodenfauna in den Wäldern der Schlabendorfer Felder – natürliche Besiedlung und Wechselwirkungen mit der forstlichen Bewirtschaftung. Biologische Studien 39: 36-47.

Hohberg, K. & Traunspurger, W. (2009) Foraging theory and partial consumption in a tardigrade-nematode system. (doi: 10.1093/beheco/arp077) Behav. Ecol. 20: 884-890.

Jeschke, J.M.& Hohberg, K. (2008). Predicting and testing functional responses: an example from a tardigrade-nematode system. Bas. Appl. Ecol. 9, 145-151.

Elmer, M., Wanner, M., Hohberg, K., Hüttl, R.F. (2008) Diversität der Bodenfauna in der Bergbaufolgelandschaft. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 60, 113-118.

Dunger, W., Hohberg, K., Schulz, H.-J., Zimdars, B. (2008) Langzeit-Reaktionen der Bodenfauna auf den Einfluss umweltschonender Landbewirtschaftung der Flur Glaubitz (Sachsen) – geprüft am Beispiel der edaphischen Collembola. Ber. der Naturforsch. Ges. Oberlausitz 16, 81-98.

Hohberg, K. (2007) Nematoden – Entwicklung der Diversität in jungen Böden. Aktuelle Reihe der BTU Cottbus 2, 100-108

Wanner, M., Elmer, M., Bahrt, A., Balkenhol, B., Düker, C., Hohberg, K., Nährig, D., Hüttl, R.F., Xylander, W.E.R. (2007) Entwicklung der Biodiversität junger Böden der Niederlausitzer Bergbaufolgelandschaft. Aktuelle Reihe der BTU Cottbus 2, 75-78

Hohberg, K. (2007): Nematoden in jungen Böden. In Wöllecke, J., Anders, K., Durka, W., Elmer, M., Wanner, M. & G. Wiegleb (Hrsg): Landschaft im Wandel. Natürliche und anthropogene Besiedlung der Niederlausitzer Bergbaufolgelandschaft. Shaker Verlag, Aachen: 71 – 78

Wanner, M., Elmer, M., Bahrt, A., Balkenhol, B., Düker, C., Hohberg, K., Nährig, D., Hüttl, R.F. & W. E. R. Xylander (2007): Entwicklung der Biodiversität in jungen Böden der Niederlausitzer Bergbaufolgelandschaft. In Wöllecke, J., Anders, K., Durka, W., Elmer, M., Wanner, M. & G. Wiegleb (Hrsg): Landschaft im Wandel. Natürliche und anthropogene Besiedlung der Niederlausitzer Bergbaufolgelandschaft. Shaker Verlag, Aachen: 43 – 51

Hohberg, K. & W. Xylander (2007): Wölfe. Ausstellungsbegleiter. ISBN 978-3-9809854-3-7. Eigenverlag des Staatlichen Museums für Naturkunde Görlitz, 32 S. Erschienen in deutscher und polnischer Sprache.

Hohberg, K. (2006) Tardigrade species composition in young soils and some aspects on life history of Macrobiotus richtersiJ. Murray, 1911. Pedobiologia 50: 267-274.

Ansorge, P., Hohberg, K., Xylander, W. (2006) Bodentiere und die Frage nach dem „Wozu?“. Standbein Spielbein. Museumspädagogik aktuell 74: 36-38

Schellenberg, J. & Hohberg, K. (2006). Der Wolf am Nordrande der Sudeten. Przyroda Sudetów. Muzeum Przyrodnicze w Jeleniej Górze oraz Zachodniosudeckiego towarzystwa przyrodniczego, Wroclaw, Band 9, 207-210

Hohberg, K. & Traunspurger, W. (2005). Predator-prey interaction in soil food web: functional response, size-dependent foraging efficiency, and the influence of soil texture. Biol. Fertil. Soils. 41, 419-427

Hohberg, K. & Greven, H. (2005). Retention of embryonated eggs in parthenogenetic Macrobiotus richtersi J. Murray, 1911 (Eutardigrada). Zool. Anz. 243, 211 – 213.

Dunger, W., Schulz, H.-J., Zimdars, B., Hohberg, K. (2004). Changes in collembolan species composition in Eastern Germany mine sites over fifty years of primary succession. Pedobiologia 48, 503-517.

Hohberg, K. & Xylander, W. (2004). Unter unseren Füßen – Lebensraum Boden. ISBN 3-9809854-0-7. Eigenverlag des Staatlichen Museums für Naturkunde Görlitz, 40 S. Erschienen in deutscher, polnischer und tschechischer Sprache.

Hohberg, K. (2003). Soil nematode fauna of afforested mine sites: genera distribution, trophic structure and functional guilds. App. Soil Ecol. 22, 113 – 126.

Dunger, W., Wanner, M., Hauser, H., Hohberg, K., Schulz, H.-J., Schwalbe, T., Seifert, B., Vogel, J., Voigtländer, K., Zimdars, B., Zulka, K.P. (2001). Development of soil fauna at mine sites during 46 years after afforestation. Pedobiologia 45, 243-271.

Seidel (Hohberg), K. & Mommertz, S. (1999). Auswirkungen von Gründüngung auf die Nematodenfauna eines Ackerbodens. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 29, 271-276.

Dipl.-Biol. Astrid König
Dipl.-Biol. Astrid König
Technical Assistant
Mitarbeiter Julian Escher Görlitz