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Ilse Storch

Ilse StorchProf. 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
  • Human impacts on wildlife
  • Grouse (Tetraonidae)
  • Alpine wildlife




(selection – complete list upon request)

Asbeck, T., Basile, M., Stitt, J., Bauhus, J., Storch, I., Vierling, KT. 2020. Tree‑related microhabitats are similar in mountain forests of Europe and North America and their occurrence may be explained by tree functional groups. Trees (2020) 34:1453–1466

Sutherland, W.J.,...  Storch, I. & Wordley, C. (2020) Ensuring tests of conservation interventions build on existing literature. Conservation Biology 34, 781-3.

Sultana, M; Corlatti, L; Storch, I (2020). The interaction of imperviousness and habitat heterogeneity drives bird richness patterns in south Asian cities. URBAN ECOSYSTEMS, DOI: 10.1007/s11252-020-01037-8

Basile, M., Asbeck, T., Pacioni, C., Mikusiński, G., Storch, I. (2020). Woodpecker cavity establishment in managed forests: relative rather than absolute tree size matters. Wildlife Biology, 2020(1). DOI: 10.2981/WLB.00564

Coppes, J; Braunisch, V; Bollmann, K; Storch, I; Mollet, P; Grünschachner-Berger, V; Taubmann, J; Suchant, R; Nopp-Mayr, U (2020). The impact of wind energy facilities on grouse: a systematic review. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 161: 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-019-01696-1

Basile, M., Asbeck, T., Jonker, M., Knuff, A., Bauhus, J., Braunisch, V., Mikusiński, G., Storch, I. (2020). What do tree-related microhabitats tell us about the abundance of forest-dwelling bats, birds, and insects? Journal of Environmental Management 264, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110401

Gustafsson L, Bauhus J, Asbeck T, Augustynczik ALD, Basile M, Frey J, Gutzat F, Hanewinkel M, Helbach JFP, Jonker M, Knuff A, Messier C, Penner J, Pyttel P, Reif A, Storch F, Winiger N, Winkel G, Yousefpour R, Storch I (2020) Retention as an integrated biodiversity conservation approach for continuous-cover forestry in Europe. Ambio. DOI:10.1007/s13280-019-01190-1.

Storch I., Penner, J., et al. (2020). Evaluating the effectiveness of retention forestry to enhance biodiversity in production forests of Central Europe using an interdisciplinary, multi-scale approach. Ecology and Evolution, 10:1489–1509. DOI:10.1002/ece3.6003.

Augustynczik, A.D.L., Asbeck, T; Basile, M., Bauhus, J., Storch, I., Mikusiński, M., Yousefpour, R.; Hanewinkel, M. 2019. Diversification of forest management regimes secures tree microhabitats and bird abundance under climate change. Science of the Total Environment 650, Part 2, pp 2717-2730.

Basile, M., Mikusinski, G. and Storch, I. (2019).  Bird guilds show different responses to tree retention levels: a meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Conservation, Volume 18, April 2019, e00615.

Kämmerle J.-L. & Storch, I.  2019. Predation, predator control and grouse populations: a review. Wildlife Biology, DOI: 10.2981/wlb.00464

Augustynczik, ALD., Asbeck, T;  Basile M., Bauhus, J., Storch, I., Mikusiński , M., Yousefpour, R.; Hanewinkel, M. 2019. Diversification of forest management regimes secures tree microhabitats and bird abundance under climate change. Science of the Total Environment 650, Part 2, pp 2717-2730.

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.

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.  download:

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.

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: 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. (Herausgeber) 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. (Herausgeber) 2002. Landscape ecology and resource management: linking theory with practice. Island Press, Washington D.C. and Covelo, CA., USA. 463 S.

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