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Dr. Kirsten Ferner

Dr. Kirsten Ferner
  • Publications

    Dr. Kirsten Ferner

    Ferner, K., Mortola, J.P. 2009. Ventilatory response to hypoxia in chicken hatchlings: A developmental window of sensitivity to embryonic hypoxia. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol. 165, 49-53.

    Szdzuy, K., Mortola, J.P. 2008. Ventilatory chemosensitivity and thermogenesis of the chicken hatchling after embryonic hypercapnia. Respiratory Physiology and Neirobiology 162: 55-62.

    Szdzuy, K., Fong, M., Mortola, J.P. 2008. Oxygenation and establishment of thermogenesis in the avian embryo. Life Sciences 82, 50–58.

    Szdzuy, K., Mortola, J.P. 2007. Monitoring breathing in avian embryos and hatchlings by the barometric technique. Respiratory Physiology and Neirobiology159: 241–244.

    Szdzuy, K., Mortola, J.P. 2007. Ventilatory chemosensitivity of the 1-day-old chicken hatchling after embryonic hypoxia. American Journal of Physiology Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol. 293: R1640–R1649.

    Azzam, M., Szdzuy, K., Mortola, J.P. 2007. Hypoxic incubation blunts the development of thermogenesis in chicken embryos and hatchlings. American Journal of Physiology Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol. 292: R2373–R2379.

    Lundberg, U., Szdzuy, K., König, I. 2001. Beobachtungen zur Verhaltensontogenese Afrikanischer Elefanten (Loxodonta africana) im Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde. Milu Vol. 10, No. 3, 392–408.

  • Curriculum vitae

    Dr. Kirsten Ferner

    since 2008:

    Postdoc / scientific employee, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany


    Postdoc, Mc Gill University, Montréal, Canada


    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany

    Scholarship holder in the DFG-Graduate Research Programm 503: Evolutive Transformationen und Faunenschnitte

    PhD thesis: 'Reproductive strategies of K/T-crossing Theria: Neonate and postnatal development of the morphotype of Marsupialia and Placentalia (Mammalia)'


    Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

    Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) Berlin, Germany

    Diploma thesis: 'Ethologische und analytische Parameter bei einer Afrikanischen und einer Asiatischen Elefantenkuh im periparaten Zeitraum sowie Saugverhalten beim afrikanischen Elefanten'

  • Research interests

    Reproductive strategies of mammals.

    • Comparative anatomy of neonate mammals (placentals, marsupials und monotremes)
    • Morphological and morphometric investigation of the skin in newborn Marsupialia and newly hatched Monotremata with respect to cutaneous gas exchange
    • Structural development of essential organ systems (lung, kidney) and the gene expression of relevant genes

    Publications (selected)

    Zeller, U., Ferner, K., Göttert, T., Starik, N. 2018. Eutheria: Placental Mammals. In: Reference Module in Life Sciences, Elsevier. ISBN 9780128096338. DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.20608-0

    Ferner, K., Schultz, J.A., Zeller, U. 2017. Comparative anatomy of neonates of the three major mammalian groups (monotremes, marsupials, placentals) and implications for the ancestral mammalian neonate morphotype. Journal of Anatomy 231: 798—822. doi: 10.1111/joa.12689

    Ferner, K., Siniza, S., Zeller, U. 2014. The Placentation of Eulipotyphla—Reconstructing a Morphotype of the Mammalian Placenta. Journal of Morphology 275: 1122-1144.

    Ferner, K., Mess, A. 2011. Evolution and development of fetal membranes and placentation in amniote vertebrates. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology 178 (1): 39-50.

    Mess, A.M., Ferner, K.J. 2010. Evolution and development of gas exchange structures in Mammalia: The placenta and the lung. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology 173, Suppl.: S74-S82.

    Ferner, K., Zeller, U., Schmelting, B., Fuchs, E. 2010.Ontogenetic and lung development in Tupaia belangeri during the early postnatal period. Mammalian Biology 75 (2): 95-105.

    Ferner, K., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B. 2009. Lung development of monotremes: Evidence for the mammalian morphotype. Anatomical Record 292: 190-201.

    Szdzuy, K., Zeller, U. 2009. Lung and metabolic development in mammals: contribution to the reconstruction of the marsupial and eutherian morphotype. Journal of Experimental Zoology 312B: 555-578.

    Szdzuy, K., Zeller, U., Renfree, M.B., Tzschentke, B., Janke, O. 2008. Postnatal lung and metabolic delopment  in two marsupial and four eutherian species. Journal of Anatomy 212: 164-179.

    Szdzuy, K., Dehnhard, M., Strauss, G., Eulenberger, K., Hofer, H. 2006. Behavioural and endocrinological parameters of female African and Asian elephants Loxodonta africana and Elephas maximus in the peripartal period. International Zoo Yearbook 40: 41–50.