Research interests

  • Tropical Ecology
  • Disease Ecology
  • Species Diversity
  • Bat Ecology
  • Parasite Ecology

 

 

 

Scientific projects

With more than 1200 species bats are the second most species rich order of mammals and show an extremely high ecological diversity. Particularly the neotropical Phyllostomidae family presents a great variety in foraging ecology and roosting behaviour. Besides in caves or hollow trees these bats also roost in the foliage and even modify leaves into so called tent roosts. In my PhD research I am working on the tent making bat Uroderma bilobatum, that is a known carrier of a hepadnavirus (TBHBV) closely related to human hepatitis B virus.
Within the multidisciplinary project “Ecology and Species Barriers in Viral Emerging Diseases”, funded by the DFG Priority Program SPP 1596, we are focusing on prevalence and distribution of TBHBV of the bats in different habitats as well as on physical condition (assessed by respirometry) and mobility of the bat hosts. Additionally I am interested in the diversity and host-parasite relations of bat flies (Streblidae and Nycteribiidae), a group of obligate and highly species specific ectoparasites of bats.

Publications

Rose A, Brändel SD, Cvecko P, Engler S, Hiller T, Knörnschild M, Tschapka M (2017) New records of hypopigmentation in two neotropical phyllostomid bat species with different roosting habits (Uroderma bilobatum, Glossophaga soricina). MammaliaDOI 10.1515/mammalia-2016-0086  (online first)

Conference contributions

Hiller T, Rasche A, Brändel SD, König A, Jeworowski L, O’Mara T, Cottontail V, Page R, Glebe D, Drexler JF, Tschapka M (2016) Anthropogenic factors shape TBHBV infection patterns in the neotropical tent-making bat Uroderma bilobatum. Oral presentation at the European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ), Göttingen, Germany.

Hiller T and Tschapka M (2013) Bat flies on cave-dwelling bats in Costa Rica. Poster presented at the 16th International Bat Research Conference (IBRC) & the 43rd North American Symposium ob Bat Research (NASBR), San José, Costa Rica.

Hiller T and Tschapka M (2013) Bat flies on cave-dwelling bats in Costa Rica. Oral presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) & the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), San José, Costa Rica.

Vallo P, Benda P, Cerveny J, Hiller T, Uhrin M, Reiter A,  Badu EK, Lucan RK, Oppong SK, Drosten C, Koubek P, Tschapka M (2013) Genetic structure of a Sahelo-Sudanian bat species Scotophilus leucogaster in West Africa. Zoological Days 2013, Brno, Czech Republic.

Hiller T, Tschapka M (2013) Bat flies on cave-dwelling bats in Costa Rica. Poster presented at „Treffen der Fledermausforscher in Deutschland 2013“, Rottenburg-Ergenzingen, Germany.

Contact

  • Thomas Hiller

    Institute of Evolutionary Ecology
    and Conservation Genomics
    University of Ulm Helmholtzstr. 10/1
    89081 Ulm
    Germany
    Tel: +49 (0)731 50 22675
    Email: thomas.hiller () uni-ulm.de