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Ilse Storch

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Prof. Dr.
Leader, Chair of Wildlife Ecology and Management


Phone:  +49 (0)761 203 3797
Fax:      +49 (0)761 203 3661 
Mail:     ilse.storch[at]

Tennenbacher Straße 4
79106 Freiburg, Germany



Curriculum vitae





Curriculum vitae


  • 2003 Habilitation in Ecology and Conservation Biology, University of Technical Sciences (TUM), Munich, Germany
  • 1993 Dr. rer. nat (PhD) in Ecology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany
  • 1986 Diploma (M.Sc.) in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany
  • 1980-1986 Student of biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), and Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany; Diploma (MSc) in Biology


  • 2004-present Professor Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  • 2002-2004 Research Fellow and Associate Scientist, Max Planck Research Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany
  • 1999-2004 Senior Scientist and Lecturer in Conservation Biology, Weihenstephan Life Science Centre, University of Technical Sciences, Munich, Germany
  • 1994-2001 Consultant in international wildlife conservation
  • 1993-1999 Project Leader, Munich Wildlife Society, Ettal, Germany
  • 1987-1993 Research Biologist, Institute of Wildlife Research and Mangement, Faculty of Forestry, Munich, and Project Leader, Munich Wildlife Society, Ettal, Germany
  • 1986-1987 Visiting Scientist, Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Riddarhyttan, Sweden



Research Interests:

  • Wildlife-habitat relationships
  • Populations and metapopulations in fragmented habitats
  • Grouse
  • Alpine wildlife




(selection – complete list upon request)

Coppes, J.; Nopp-Mayr, U.; Grünschachner-Berger, V.; Storch, I.; Suchant, R.; Braunisch, V. 2018. Habitat suitability modulates the response of wildlife to human recreation. Biological Conservation 227: 56-64.

Li, L., Tietze, DT ; Fritz, A; Lu, Z; Burgi, M; Storch, I 2018. Rewilding cultural landscape potentially puts both endemism at risk: A Tibetan Plateau case study. Biological Conservation 224: 75-86.

Storch, I. 2018. Hunting and other forms of exploitation and persecution of forest birds. In: G. Mikusiński, J.-M. Roberge, R. Fuller (eds.) 2018: Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds. - Cambridge University Press, Chapter 12, pp 427-454.

Storch, I., Bauhus, J. & Penner, J. 2017: ConFoBi: Ein Freiburger Forschungsprojekt zur Biodiversität genutzter Wälder AFZ Der Wald 14: 33-34.

Kammerle, JL., Coppes, J., Ciuti, S., Suchant, R., Storch, I. 2017. Range loss of a threatened grouse species is related to the relative abundance of a mesopredator. Ecosphere Volume: 8, Issue: 9, Article Number: e01934

Corlatti, L., Storch, I., Filli, F., Anderwald, P. 2017. Does selection on horn length of males and females differ in protected and hunted populations of a weakly dimorphic ungulate? Ecology and Evolution 7: 3713-3723.

Brieger, F., Hagen, R. Vetter, D. Dormann, CF., Storch, I. 2016. Effectiveness of light-reflecting devices: A systematic reanalysis of animal-vehicle collision data. - Accident Analysis and Prevention 97: 242-260

Moreno-Brush, M., Rydberg, J. Gamboa, N., Storch, I., Biester, H. 2016. Is mercury from small-scale gold mining prevalent in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon? - Environmental Pollution 218: 150-159.

Vetter, D., Storch, I., and Bissonette, J. A. (2015). Advancing landscape ecology as a science: the need for consistent reporting guidelines. Landscape Ecology.

Güthlin, D., Storch, I., Küchenhoff, H. 2014. Is It Possible to Individually Identify Red Foxes from Photographs? Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:205–210.

Fechter, D., Storch, I. 2014. How Many Wolves fit into Germany? The role of assumptions in predictive rule-based habitat models for habitat generalists. PLOS ONE  Volume 9, Issue 7, Article Number e101798  

Güthlin, D., Storch, I., Küchenhoff, H. 2014. Toward reliable estimates of abundance: comparing index methods to assess the abundance of a mammalian predator. - PLOS ONE Volume 4, Issue 4, Article Number e94537

Storch, I. 2013. Human disturbance of grouse – why and when? – Wildlife Biology 19:390-403.

Güthlin, D., Storch, I., Küchenhoff, H. 2013. Landscape Variables Associated with Relative Abundance of Generalist Mesopredators. - Landscape Ecology 28:1687-1696.

Kelle, D., Fechter, D., Singer, A., Pratje P., Storch, I. 2013. Determining Sensitive Parameters for the Population Viability of Reintroduced Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo abelii). International Journal of Primatology  34: 423-442 

Vetter, D., G. Rücker, and I. Storch. 2013. Meta-analysis: A need for well-defined usage in ecology and conservation biology. - Ecosphere 4(6):74.

Vetter, D.,  Rücker, G., Storch, I. 2013. A meta-analysis of tropical forest edge effects on bird nest predation risk. Biological Conservation 159: 382-395.

Güthlin, D., Kröschel, M., Küchenhoff, H., Storch, I. 2012. Fecal sampling along trails – A questionable standard for estimating red fox abundance. Wildlife Biology 18: 374-382.

Vetter, D., Hansbauer, M.M., Vegvari, Z., Storch, I. 2011. Predictors of forest fragmentation sensitivity in Neotropical vertebrates: A quantitative review. – Ecography 34: 1-8

Ebert C, Knauer F, Storch I, Hohmann U 2010. Individual heterogeneity as a pitfall in population estimates based on non-invasive genetic sampling: a review and recommendations. Wildlife Biology 16: 225-240 [pdf]

Hansbauer MM, Storch I, Knauer F, Pilz S, Küchenhoff H, Végvári Zs, Pimentel RG, Metzger JP 2010. Landscape perception by forest understory birds in the Atlantic Rainforest: black-and-white versus shades of grey. Landscape Ecology 25: 407-417.

Moss R, Storch I, Müller M 2010. Trends in grouse research Wildlife Biology 16: 1-11 [pdf]

Ludwig, T., Storch I.; Graf, R.F. 2009. Historic landscape change and habitat loss: the case of black grouse in Lower Saxony, Germany. Landscape Ecology 24: 533-546.

Hansbauer, M.M., Storch, I., Leu, S., Nieto Holguin, J.-P. Pimentel, R., Knauer, F., & Metzger, J.P. 2008. Movements of Neotropical understory passerines affected by anthropogenic forest edges in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Biological Conservation 141:782-791

Storch, I. 2007. Conservation status of grouse worldwide: an update Wildlife Biology 13 Suppl. 1: 5-12 [pdf]

Storch, I. 2007. Grouse Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2006-2010. WPA/BirdLife/SSC Grouse Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK and the World Pheasant Association, Reading, UK.

Bissonette, J. & Storch, I. (eds.) 2007. Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to variable resources. Springer Verlag, New York, Heidelberg, 284 S. (ISBN: 978-0-387-45444).

Storch, I.,Woitke, E. & Krieger, S. 2005. Large-scale edge effects in predation risk in a forest-farmland landscape mosaic. Landscape Ecology 20: 927 – 940.

Storch, I. & Leidenberger, C. 2003. Tourism, mountain huts and the distribution of corvids in the Alps. - Wildlife Biology 9:301-308. [pdf]

Segelbacher, G., Storch, I. & Tomiuk, J. 2003. Genetic evidence of capercaillie dispersal sources and sinks in the Alps. - Wildlife Biology 9:267-274. [pdf]

Segelbacher, G., Höglund, J. & Storch, I. 2003. From connectivity to isolation: genetic consequences of population fragmentation in capercaillie across Europe. - Molecular Ecology 12: 1773-1780.

Bissonette, J. A. & Storch, I. 2002. Fragmentation: is the message clear? Conservation Ecology 6(2): 14. [online] URL:

Segelbacher, G. & Storch, I. 2002. Capercaillie in the Alps: genetic evidence of metapopulation structure and population decline. - Molecular Ecology 11: 1669-1677.

Storch, I. 2002. On spatial resolution in habitat models: Can small-scale forest structure explain Capercaillie numbers? Conservation Ecology 6(1): 6. [pdf]; [online] URL:

Bissonette, J. & Storch, I. (eds.) 2002. Landscape ecology and resource management: linking theory with practice. Island Press, Washington D.C. and Covelo, CA., USA. 463 S.

Storch, I. 2001. Capercaillie. - BWP Update. The journal of birds of the Western Palearctic (Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK) 3(1):1-24.

Storch, I. 2000. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2000-2004 Grouse. - WPA/BirdLife/SSC Grouse Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK & World Pheasant Association, Reading, UK.

Grimm, V. & Storch, I. 2000. Minimum viable population size of capercaillie Tetrao urogallus: results from a stochastic model. – Wildlife Biology 6:259-265. Storch, I. 1997. Male territoriality, female range use, and spatial organization of capercaillie leks. Wildlife Biology 3:149-161. [pdf]

Storch, I. 1995. Annual home ranges and spacing patterns of capercaillie in central Europe. - Journal of Wildlife Management 59: 392-400.

Storch, I. 1994. Habitat and survival of Capercaillie nests and broods in the Bavarian Alps. - Biological Conservation 70:237-243.

Storch, I. 1993. Patterns and strategies of winter habitat selection in alpine capercaillie. - Ecography 16:351-359.

Storch, I. 1993. Habitat selection of capercaillie in summer and autumn: Is bilberry important? - Oecologia 95:257-265.

Storch, I., Lindström, E. & de Jounge, J. 1990. Diet and habitat selection of the pine marten in relation to competition with the red fox. - Acta Theriologica 35:311-320.

Storch, I. 1989. Condition in chamois populations under different harvest levels in Bavaria. - Journal of Wildlife Managemant 53:925-928