Dr. Juliana Menger

Guest researcher

Department of Conservation Biology
Helmholtz - Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: 0341 235 1643
Fax: 0341 235 1470




2017   Doc. rer. nat, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Dissertation title: Unraveling patterns and drivers of understorey birds’ distribution in a Central Amazon forest – from community ecology to population genetics
2011   Master in Biology (Ecology),Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil.
Dissertation title: Drivers of bird’s distribution in the Purus-Madeira interfluve, Occidental Amazonia.
2008   Bachelor of Biology, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), São Leopoldo, Brazil.
Dissertation title: Impact of artisan shrimp fishing in the waterbirds assemblages of the Lagoa do Peixe National Park, South Brazil.

Scientific career

2012 onwards Guest researcher, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany
2017 Post-doctoral researcher, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
2012-2017 Research collaborator, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Coordenação de Biodiversidade, Manaus, Brazil
2015 Research visitor, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study - NZIAS, Albany Campus, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
2011 Research assistant, Brazilian Program for Biodiversity Research (PPBio), Manaus, Brazil
2010 Teaching assistant, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil: Community Ecology Course
2008 Teaching assistant, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, Brazil: Systematic of Angiosperms Course
2007 Research assistant, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, Brazil: Project Rice Field Biodiversity and Functioning
2005 Teaching assistant, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, Brazil: Population, Community and Ecosystems Ecology Courses

Research interests

Biodiversity distribution and conservation

Movement and dispersal

Tropical ecology



Menger J. 2018. Birdwatching in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Biotropica, DOI 10.1111/btp.12508

Menger J, Unrein J, Woitow M, Schlegel M, Henle K, Magnusson WE. 2017. Weak evidence for fine-scale genetic spatial structure in three sedentary Amazonian understorey birds. Journal of Ornithology, DOI 10.1007/s10336-017-1507-y

Menger J, Magnusson WE, Anderson M, Schlegel M, Peer G, Henle K. 2017. Environmental characteristics drive variation in Amazonian understorey bird assemblages. PLoS One, DOI 10.1371/journal.pone. 0171540

Menger J, Gerth M, Unrein J, Henle K, Schlegel M. 2017. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci from the Rufous-throated Antbird (Aves: Thamnophilidae). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, DOI 10.1676/16-062.1

Menger J, Henle K, Magnusson WE, Soro A, Husemann M, Schlegel M. 2017. Genetic diversity and spatial structure of the Rufous-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys rufigula), an Amazonian obligate army-ant follower. Ecology and Evolution, DOI 10.1002/ece3.2880

Unrein J, Menger J, Weigert A, Henle K, Schlegel M. 2017. Isolation and characterisation of novel polymorphic microsatellite markers for the Wedge-billed Woodcreeper. Avian Biology Research 10: 24-26

Suh A, Witt C, Menger J, Sadanandan KR, Podsiadlowski L, Gerth M, Weigert A, McGuire JA, Mudge J, Edwards SV, Rheindt FE. 2016. Ancient horizontal transfers of retrotransposons between birds and ancestors of human pathogenic nematodes. Nature Communications, DOI 10.1038/ncomms11396

Graca PMLA, Santos Junior MA, Rocha VM, Fearnside PM, Emilio T, Menger JS, Marciente R, Bobrowiec PED, Venticinque EM, Antunes AP, Bastos AN, Rohe F. 2014 Cenários de desmatamento para região de influência da rodovia BR-319: perda potencial de habitats, status de proteção e ameaça para a biodiversidade. In: Emilio T, Luizão F (Org.). Cenários para a Amazônia. 1ed. Manaus: Editora INPA, p. 91-104.

Menger JS, Marra DM, Salimon CI. 2013. Forest management effects on the abundance and species composition of ferns in South-West of Brazilian Amazon. Neotropical Biology and Conservation 8:25-30


Menger J, Magnusson WE, Costa FRC. 2016. Understorey-bird monitoring at the Reserva Florestal Adolpho Ducke, Amazonas, Brazil. Programa de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade (PPBio). PPBioAmOc.82.4