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Dr. Peter Stahlschmidt



I studied Biology at the University of Kaiserslautern with a focus on Molecular Biology and Botany. In 2005 I received my diploma for the thesis on the molecular regulation of the CCM1 gen, a key regulator of the CO2-Concentration-Mechanism of the green algae Chlamydomonas. In 2006 I was involved in marine biodiversity studies conducted in Mozambique, the Philippines and Brazil. Since March 2007 I work on my PhD at the Institute of Environmental Science in Landau.

Research Interests

My research is concerned with the biodiversity of the agricultural landscape, with a focus on direct and indirect effects of pesticides and agricultural management practice on bats. I work in the field of Applied Ecology linked with Ecotoxicology.
In addition, I’m specialized in the taxonomy and biogeography of turriform gastropods, a highly diverse group of marine mollusks. Currently, I conducted field work in Sulawesi (Indonesia) and joined the Atimo Vatae expedition (more Info) to South Madagascar.

Current Research Projects

  • Bats in the agricultural landscape – direct and indirect effects of pesticides and management practice (more Info).

  • Taxonomy and Biogeography of turrids (Gastropoda)


Stahlschmidt, P. (2013). Assessment of bat activity in agricultural environments and the evaluation of the risk of pesticides. Doctoral dissertation, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau. Pdf.

Publications (selection)

   On bats:

  • Peter Stahlschmidt, Melanie Hahn & Carsten A. Brühl (2017) Nocturnal risks - High bat activity in the agricultural landscape indicates potential pesticide exposure. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 5, Article 62, 1-9.

  • Melanie Hahn, Carsten A. Brühl & Peter Stahlschmidt (2017) Nocturnal insects in different crops and the potential food provision for bat species. Mainzer naturwissenschaftliches Archiv, 53, 5-20.

  • Philipp Uhl, Lea Franke, Christina Rehberg, Claudia Wollmann, Peter Stahlschmidt, Lukas Jeker & Carsten A. Brühl (2016) Interspecific sensitivity of bees towards dimethoate and implications for environmental risk assessment. Scientific Reports, 6:34439.

  • Juliane Schmitz, Peter Stahlschmidt & Carsten A. Brühl (2015) Assessing the risk of herbicides to terrestrial non-target plants using higher-tier studies. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. 21 (8), 2137-2154.

  • Juliane Schmitz, Peter Stahlschmidt, Carsten A. Brühl (2015) Protection of terrestrial non-target plant species in the regulation of environmental risks of pesticides. Federal Environment Agency (Germany), TEXTE, 148 pages

  • Klaus Swarowsky, Carsten A. Brühl & Peter Stahlschmidt (2013) The importance of field margins and meadows for land snails in the agricultural landscape. Mainzer naturwissenschaftliches Archiv 50, 291-300.

  • Peter Stahlschmidt & Carsten A. Brühl (2012) Bats at risk? – Bat activity and residue analysis of food items following insecticide applications in an apple orchard. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 31(7), 1556-1563. DOI: 10.1002/etc.1834

  • Peter Stahlschmidt & Carsten A. Brühl (2012) Bats as bioindicator species – The need of a standardized method for acoustic bat activity surveys. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3, 503-508. DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2012.00188.x.

  • Peter Stahlschmidt, Achim Pätzold, Lisa Ressl, Ralf Schulz & Carsten A. Brühl (2012) Constructed wetlands support bats in agricultural landscapes. Basic and Applied Ecology 13, 196–203.

On molluscs:

  • Tucker, J.K., Tenorio, M.J. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2012). The genus Benthofascis (Gastropoda: Conoidea): A revision with descriptions of new species. Zootaxa.
  • Tucker, J.K. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2010). A second species of Pseudoconorbis (Gastropoda: Conoidea) from India. Miscellanea Malacologica, 4(3), 31-34.

  • Chino, M. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2010). New species of Plagiostropha (Gastropoda: Drillidae) from the Philippines and Japan. Visaya, 2(6), 81-86.

  • Stahlschmidt, P. & Fraussen, K. (2009). Antillophos brigitteae (Gastropoda: Buccinidae), a new species from the Philippines. Visaya, 2(5), 80-84.

  • Fraussen, K., Dharma, B. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2009). Recent and fossil: Nassaria nebulonis sp. nov. from Indonesia (Gastropoda: Buccinidae). Gloria Maris, 48(4-5), 83-90.

  • Chino, M. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2009). New turrid species of the Mitromorpha-complex (Gastropoda: Conidae: Clathurellinae) from the Philippines and Japan. Visaya, 2(4), 63-82.

  • Stahlschmidt, P. & Lyons, W.G. (2009). Fusinus aurinodatus (Gastropoda: Fasciolariidae) from Somalia and the Mozambique Channel. Miscellanea Malacologica, 3(4), 87-95.

  • Fraussen, K. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2008). A new Nassaria (Gastropoda: Buccinidae) from the East China Sea. Miscellanea Malacologica, 3(3), 33-37.

  • Stratmann, D. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2007). Description of a new species of Calliostoma (Trochoidea: Calliostomatidae) from the Saya de Mahla Bank. Visaya, 2(2), 3-6.

  • Stahlschmidt, P. & Bozzetti, L. (2007). Description of a new turriform gastropod (Gastropoda: Turridae) from Aliguay Island (Philippines). Malacologia (Mostra Mondiale), 56, 10-12.

  • Lussi, M. & Stahlschmidt, P. (2007). Description of a new species of Fusinus (Gastropoda: Fasciolariidae) from the east coast of southern Africa with notes on similar species. Malacologia (Mostra Mondiale), 54, 3-5.

Oral presentations

  • Stahlschmidt, P. & Brühl, C. A. (2010): Fledermäuse in der Kulturlandschaft: Vorkommen und Versuch einer Risikoabschätzung von Pestiziden. Oral presentation at the 4th joint Annual Meeting of the SETAC GLB and the GDCh (Section Environmental chemistry and Ecotoxicology) 2010, Dessau, Germany.

  • Stahlschmidt, P. (2004). Untersuchungen zur Regulation des CO2-Konzentrierungs-Mechanismus von Chlamydomonas. Oral presentation at the Photosynthese-Workshop 2004, University Karlsruhe, Germany.

Poster Presentations

  • Stahlschmidt, P. , Lenhardt, P. & Swarowsky, K. (2010). Profitieren Fledermäuse von künstlich angelegten Kleingewässern in der Agralandschaft? Poster Presentation, 4th joint Annual Meeting of the SETAC GLB and GDCh (Section Environmental chemistry and Ecotoxicology) 2010, Dessau, Germany.

  • Stahlschmidt, P., Hahn, M. & Brühl, C.A. (2009). Bats in the agriculture landscape –ultrasonic silence? Poster Presentation, Young Environmental Scientist Meeting (YES-Meeting), Landau, Germany.

  • Hahn, M., Stahlschmidt, P., Brühl, C. A. (2009): Biomass, abundance and diversity of nocturnal insects – with a focus on moths (Lepidoptera) – in organic and conventionally managed vineyards. Poster Presentation, Young Environmental Scientist Meeting (YES-Meeting), Landau, Germany.

  • Stahlschmidt, P. & Brühl, C.A. (2007). Estimating the impact of PPPs on bat populations.

  • Poster Presentation, SETAC Europe 17th Annual Meeting 2007, Porto, Portugal.