David Bierbach

Fish Behavior and Biorobotics


Lu Y, Bierbach D, Ormanns J, Warren WC, Walter RB, Schartl M (2021) Fixation of allelic gene expression landscapes and expression bias pattern shape the transcriptome of the clonal Amazon molly. Genome research, 31(3), 372-379.

 [69]   Roy T, Fromm K, Sbragaglia V, Bierbach D, Arlinghaus R (2021) Size Selective Harvesting Does Not Result in Reproductive Isolation among Experimental Lines of Zebrafish, Danio rerio: Implications for Managing Harvest-Induced Evolution. Biology, 10(2), 113.
 [68]   Bierbach D, Wenchel R, Gehrig S, Wersing S, O’Connor OL, Krause J (2021) Male Sexual Preference for Female Swimming Activity in the Guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Biology, 10(2), 147.

Lukas J, Auer F, Goldhammer T, Krause J, Romanczuk P, Klamser P, Arias-Rodriguez L, Bierbach D (2021) Diurnal Changes in Hypoxia Shape Predator-Prey Interaction in a Bird-Fish System. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9:619193.

 [66]   Lukas J, Kalinkat G, Miesen FW, Landgraf T, Krause J, Bierbach D (2020). Consistent Behavioral Syndrome Across Seasons in an Invasive Freshwater Fish. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8:583670.
 [65]    Landgraf T, Gebhardt GH, Bierbach D, Romanczuk P, Musiolek L, Hafner VV, Krause J (2020). Animal-in-the-Loop: Using Interactive Robotic Conspecifics to Study Social Behavior in Animal Groups. Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems, 4.
 [64]    Jolles JW, Weimar N, Landgraf T, Romanczuk P, Krause J, Bierbach D (2020) Group-level patterns emerge from individual speed as revealed by an extremely social robotic fish. Biology Letters, 16(9), 20200436.
 [63]    Musiolek L, Hafner VV, Krause J, Landgraf T, Bierbach D (2020) Robofish as Social Partner for Live Guppies. In: Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (pp. 270-274). Springer, Cham.
 [62]    Bierbach D, Moenck HJ, Lukas J, Habedank M, Romanczuk P, Landgraf T, Krause J. (2020) Guppies prefer to follow large (robot) leaders irrespective of own size. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, section Bionics and Biomimetics 8, 441.
 [61]    Bierbach D, Krause S, Romanczuk P, Lukas J, Arias-Rodriguez L, Krause J. 2020. An interaction mechanism for the maintenance of fission–fusion dynamics under different individual densities. PeerJ 8:e8974.
 [60]   Santi F, Bierbach D, Schartl M, Riesch R (2019) Life histories of guppies (Poecilia reticulata Peters, 1869; Poeciliidae) from the Pitch Lake in Trinidad. Caribbean Journal of Science 49 (2-3), 255-262
 [59]   Sbragaglia V, Gliese C, Bierbach D, Honsey AE, Uusi-Heikkilä S, Arlinghaus R (2019) Size-selective harvesting fosters adaptations in mating behaviour and reproductive allocation, affecting sexual selection in fish. Journal of Animal Ecology 88 (9), 1343-1354.
 [58]   Shivaramu S, Santo CE, Kašpar V, Bierbach D, Gessner J, Rodina M, Gela D, Flajšhans M, Wuertz S (2019) Critical swimming speed of sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus): Does intraspecific hybridization affect swimming performance? Journal of Applied Ichthyology 35(1): 217-225.
 [57]   Vivas Muñoz JC, Bierbach D, Knopf K (2019) Eye fluke (Tylodelphys clavata) infection impairs visual ability and hampers foraging success in European perch. Parasitology Research 118(9): 2531-2541

Laskowski KL, Doran C, Bierbach D, Krause J, Wolf M (2019) Naturally clonal vertebrates are an untapped resource in ecology and evolution research Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 161-169

[55]   Doran C, Bierbach D, Laskowski KL. (2018). Familiarity increases aggressiveness among clonal fish. Animal Behaviour, (online first)
[54]   Kurvers R, Drägestein J, Hölker F, Jechow A, Krause J, Bierbach D (2018) Artificial light at night affects emergence from a refuge and space use in guppies. Scientific reports 8 (1), 14131
[53]   Uusi-Heikkilä S, Bierbach D, Alós J, Tscheligi P, Wolter C, Arlinghaus R (2018) Relatively large males lower reproductive success in female zebrafish. Environmental Biology of Fishes, (online first)
[52]   Bierbach D, Landgraf T, Romanczuk P, Lukas J, Nguyen H, Wolf M, Krause J (2018) Using a robotic fish to investigate individual differences in social responsiveness in the guppy. Royal Society Open Science 5:181026
[51]   Zimmer C, Riesch R, Jourdan J, Bierbach D, Arias-Rodriguez L, Plath M (2018) Female choice undermines the emergence of strong sexual isolation between locally adapted populations of Atlantic mollies (Poecilia mexicana) Genes 9:232
[50]   Riesch R, Plath M, Bierbach D (2018) Ecology and evolution along environmental gradients. Current Zoology
[49]   Bierbach D, Lukas J, Bergmann A, Elsner K, Höhne L, Weber C, Weimar N, Arias-Rodriguez L, Mönck HJ, Nguyen H, Romanczuk P, Landgraf T, Krause J (2018) Insights into the social behavior of surface and cave-dwelling fish (Poecilia mexicana) in light and darkness through the use of a biomimetic robot. Frontiers in Robotics and AI
[48]   Bierbach D, Arias-Rodriguez L, Plath M (2017) Intrasexual competition enhances reproductive isolation between locally adapted populations. Current Zoology
[43]   Wronski T, Bierbach D, Klein M, Sun P, Plath M (2016) Welfare of captive breeding stock for reintroductions into Saudi Arabian national parks: Assessment of aggressiveness and dominance hierarchies in True Gazelles (Gazella spp.) using social network analysis. In: Diaz J. (ed.) National Parks: Biodiversity, Management and Environmental Issues. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY
[42]   Polverino G, Bierbach D, Killen SS, Uusi-Heikkilä S, Arlinghaus R (2016) Body length rather than routine metabolic rate and body condition correlates with activity and risk-taking in juvenile zebrafish Danio rerio. Journal of Fish Biology (online first)
[41]   Schulz-Mirbach T, Eifert C, Riesch R, Farnworth MS, Zimmer C, Bierbach D, Klaus S, Tobler M, Streit B, Indy JR, Arias-Rodriguez L, Plath M (2016) Toxic hydrogen sulphide shapes brain anatomy: a comparative study of sulphide-adapted ecotypes in the Poecilia mexicana complex. Journal of Zoology (online first)
[40]   Sommer-Trembo C, Bierbach D, Arias-Rodriguez L, Verel Y, Jourdan J, Zimmer C, Riesch R, Streit B, Plath M (2016) Does personality affect premating isolation between locally-adapted populations? BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:138
[39]   Ziege M, Bierbach D, Bischoff S, Brandt A–L, Brix M, Greshake B, Merker S, Wenninger S, Wronski T, Plath M (2016) Importance of latrine communication in European rabbits shifts along a rural–to–urban gradient. BMC Ecology 16:29
[38]   Laskowski KL, Wolf M, Bierbach D (2016) The making of winners (and losers): how early dominance interactions determine adult social structure in a clonal fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B
[37]   Bierbach D, Laskowski KL, Brandt A-L, Chen W, Jourdan J, Streit B, Plath M. Highly variable, unpredictable behavior in invasive, but not native amphipod species. Aquatic Ecology (online first)
[36]   Sommer-Trembo C, Zimmer C, Jourdan J, Bierbach D, Plath M (2016) Predator experience homogenizes consistent individual differences in predator avoidance. Journal of Ethology (online first)


[35]   Landgraf T, Bierbach D, Nguyen H, Muggelberg N, Romanczuk P, Krause J (2016) RoboFish: Increased acceptance of interactive robotic fish with realistic eyes and natural motion patterns by live Trinidadian guppies. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 11:015001
[34]   Apio A, Umuntunundi P, Lerp H, Bierbach D, Plath M, Wronski T (2015) Persistence of Two Small Antelope Species in the Degraded Mutara Rangelands (Akagera Ecosystem) Based on Pastoralists’
and Farmers’ Perceptions. Human Ecology 43(4):613-620.
[33]   Bierbach D, Sommer-Trembo C, Hanisch J, Wolf M Plath M (2015) Personality affects mate choice: bolder males show stronger audience effects under high competition. Behavioral Ecology 26:1314-1325.
[32]   Uusi-Heikkilä S, Whiteley AR, Kuparinen A, Matsumura S, Venturelli PA, Wolter C, Slate J, Primmer CR, Meinelt T, Killen SS, Bierbach D, Polverino G, Ludwig A, Arlinghaus R (2015) The evolutionary legacy of size-selective harvesting extends from genes to populations. Evolutionary Applications 8:597-620.
[31]   Eifert C, Farnworth M, Schulz-Mirbach T, Riesch R, Bierbach D, Klaus S, Wurster A, Tobler M, Streit B, Rimber Indy J, Arias-Rodriguez L, Plath M (2015) Brain size variation in extremophile fish: local adaptation versus phenotypic plasticity. Journal of Zoology 295:143-153.
[30]   Jourdan J, Miesen FW, Zimmer C, Gasch K, Herder F, Schleucher E, Plath M, Bierbach D (2014)
On the natural history of an introduced population of guppies (Poecilia reticulata Peters, 1859) in Germany. BioInvasions Records
[29]   Jourdan J, Bierbach D, Riesch R, Schießl A, Wigh A, Arias-Rodriguez L, Rimber Indy J, Klaus S, Zimmer C, Plath M (2014) Microhabitat use, population densities, and size distributions of sulfur cave–dwelling Poecilia mexicana. PeerJ 2:e490.
[28]   Landgraf T, Nguyen H, Schroer J, Szengel A, Clément RJG, Bierbach D, Krause J (2014) Blending in with the shoal: Robotic fish swarms for investigating strategies of group formation in guppies. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 8608:178-189.
[27]   Bierbach D, Oster S, Jourdan J, Arias-Rodriguez L, Krause J, Wilson AM, Plath M (2014) Social network analysis resolves temporal dynamics of male dominance relationships. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68(6):935-45.
[26]   book chapter Zimmer C, Gavalas A.S, Kunkel B, Hanisch J, Martin S, Bischoff S, Plath M, Bierbach D (2014) Mate choice copying in both sexes of the guppy: The role of sperm competition risk and sexual harassment. In: Geldani RM, Davin, MA (eds.) Sexual Selection: Evolutionary perspectives, mating strategies and long-term effects on genetic variation. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.
[25]    Bierbach D, Penshorn M, Hamfler S, Herbert D, Appel J, Meyer P, Slattery PA, Charaf S, Wolf RR, Völker J, Berger EAM, Dröge J, Wolf K, Riesch R, Arias–Rodriguez L, Indy JR, Plath M (2013) Gradient evolution of body coloration in surface– and cave–dwelling Poecilia mexicana and the role of phenotype–assortative female mate choice. BioMed Research International 2013:148348.
[24]    Bierbach D, Makowicz AM, Schlupp I, Geupel H, Streit B, Plath M (2013) Casanovas are liars: Behavioral syndromes, sperm competition risk, and the evolution of deceptive male mating behavior in livebearing fishes F1000 Research 2013, 2:75.
[23]   Plath M, Pfenninger M, Lerp H, Riesch R, Eschenbrenner C, Slattery PA, Bierbach D, Herrmann N, Schulte M, Arias–Rodriguez L, Rimber Indy J, Passow C, Tobler M (2013) Genetic differentiation and selection against migrants in evolutionarily replicated extreme environments. Evolution 67(9):2647-2661.
[22]   Bierbach D, Schulte M, Herrmann N, Zimmer C, Arias-Rodriguez L, Rimber Indy J, Riesch R,Plath M (2013) Predator avoidance in extremophile fish. Life (Special issue Extremophiles and extreme environments) 3:161-180.
[21]   book chapter Bierbach D, Konstantin, Y, Stadler S, Schenkel D, Makowicz ME, Nigl H,Geupel H, Riesch R, Schlupp I, Plath M (2013) Audience effects alters male mate choice in poecilids. In: Clark KB (ed.) Social learning theory: Phylogenetic considerations across animal, plant, and microbial taxa. pp. 95-112. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.
[20]   Bierbach D, Jung CT, Hornung S, Streit B, Plath M (2013) Homosexual behaviour increases male attractiveness to females. Biology Letters 9(1):20121038.
[19]   Bierbach D, Sassmannshausen V, Streit B, Arias–Rodriguez L, Plath M (2013) Females prefer males with superior fighting abilities but avoid sexually harassing winners when eavesdropping on male fights. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 (4): 675-683.
[18]   Plath M, Sarbu A, Erkoc K, Bierbach D, Jourdan J, Schleucher E (2013) Energetic costs of group–living? A reversed “group effect” in shoaling minnows (Phoxinus phoxinus). Bulletin of Fish Biology (in press)
[17]   Bierbach D, Ziege M, Zimmer C, Riesch R, Schlupp I, Arias-Rodriguez L, Plath M (2012) Male Grijalva mosquitofish (Heterophallus milleri Radda, 1987) increase individual mating preferences in front of an audience. Aqua 18(4):199-208.
[16]   Chen W, Bierbach D, Plath M, Streit B, Klaus S (2012) Distribution of amphipod communities in the Middle to Upper Rhine and five of its tributaries. BioInvasions Records 1(4):263-271.
[15]   Riesch R, Martin RA, Bierbach D, Plath M, Langerhans RB, Arias-Rodriguez L (2012) Natural history, diet, and life history of Priapella chamulae Schartl, Meyer & Wilde 2006 (Teleostei: Poeciliidae). Aqua 18(2):95-102.
[14]   Slattery P, Eschenbrenner C, Arias-Rodriguez L, Streit B, Bierbach D, Riesch R, Tobler M, Pfenninger M, Feldmeyer B, Plath M, Lerp H (2012) Twelve new microsatellite loci for the sulphur molly (Poecilia sulphuraria) and the related Atlantic molly (P. mexicana). Conservation Genetics Resources 4(4):935-937.
[13]   Wronski T, Bierbach D, Czupalla LM, Lerp H, Ziege M, Cunningham PL, Plath M (2012) Rival presence leads to reversible changes in male mate choice of a desert dwelling ungulate. Behavioral Ecology 23(3):551-558.
[12]   Bierbach D, Klein M, Sassmannshausen V, Schlupp I, Riesch R, Parzefall J, Plath M (2012) Divergent evolution of male aggressive behaviour: another reproductive isolation barrier in extremophile poeciliid fishes? International Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Special edition Mechanisms of speciation) 2012:148745.
[11]   Ziege M, Hennige-Schulz C, Muecksch F, Bierbach D, Tiedemann R, Streit B, Plath M (2012) A comparison of two methods to assess audience–induced changes in male mate choice. Current Zoology (Special edition Ecology, Evolution and Behavior of fishes) 58:84-94.
[10]   book chapter Bierbach D, Plath M (2012) Influence of the social environment on mating behavior in teleost fishes. In: Jenkins OP (ed.) Advances in Zoology Research. Volume 3. pp. 27-60. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY
[9]   highly accessed Bierbach D, Schulte M, Herrmann N, Tobler M, Stadler S, Jung C, Kunke B, Ziege M, Riesch R, Klaus S, Indy SR, Arias-Rodriguez L, Plath M (2011) Predator-induced changes of female mating preferences: innate and experiential effects. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:190
[8]   Tobler M, Palacios M, Chapman L, Mitrofanov I, Bierbach D, Plath M, Arias–Rodriguez L, García de León FJ, Mateos M (2011) Evolution in extreme environments: replicated phenotypic differentiation in livebearing fish inhabiting sulfidic springs. Evolution 65(8):2213-2228
[7]   invited review Plath M, Bierbach D (2011) Sex and the public—social eavesdropping, sperm competition risk, and male mate choice. Communicative and Integrative Biology 4:276-280.
[6]   Bierbach D, Kronmarck C, Hennige–Schulz C, Stadler S, Plath M (2011) Sperm competition risk affects male mate choice copying. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:1699-1707.
[5]    Hauber ME, Bierbach D, Linsenmair KE (2011) The traditional Whedo aquaculture system in Northern Benin. Journal of Applied Aquaculture 23:67-84.
[4]   Hauber ME, Bierbach D, Linsenmair KE (2011) A description of teleost fish diversity in floodplain pools (‘Whedos’) and the Middle-Niger at Malanville (North-eastern Benin). Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27:1095-1099.
[3]   Bierbach D, Girndt A, Hamfler S, Klein M, Müksch F, Penshorn M, Schwinn M, Zimmer C, Schlupp I, Streit B, Plath M (2011) Male fish use prior knowledge about rivals to adjust their mate choice. Biology Letters 7:349-351 
[2]   Bierbach D, Schleucher E, Hildenbrand P, Köhler A, Arias–Rodriguez L, Riesch R, Plath M (2010) Thermal tolerances in mollies (Poecilia spp.): reduced physiological flexibility in stable environments? Bulletin of Fish Biology 12:83-89
[1]   Hauber ME, Bierbach D, Linsenmair KE (2010) New records of fish species in the River Niger at Malanville (North-East Benin). Bulletin of Fish Biology 12:78-83