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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Dr. Arash Ghoddousi







Office location



Postal address


Postdoctoral researcher




Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'105

+49 (0)30 2093-5394

+49 (0)30 2093-6848

Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany

Curriculum Vitae

since 2016   Postdoctoral researcher, Geography Department, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

2012 - 2016


PhD, J.F. Blumenbach Institute of Zoology & Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

2009 - 2010


MSc & DIC, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, UK

2002 - 2007


BSc, Department of Biology, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

A detailed CV can be found here.


Research interests

I am fascinated about conservation of endangered species through linking ecological perspectives to human dimensions. My research interest falls into managing human-wildlife conflict and poaching problem, as well as monitoring techniques of large mammals.




Selected publications in peer-reviewed journals


  • Ansari H., M. & Ghoddousi, A. (accepted). Water availability is the main predictor of brown bear distribution at the southern edge of the species’ global range. Ursus.
  • Ghoddousi A., Soofi, M., Kh. Hamidi, A., Ashayeri, S., Egli, L., Ghoddousi, S., Speicher, J., Khorozyan, I., H. Kiabi, B. & Waltert, M. (in press). The decline of ungulate populations in Iranian protected areas calls for urgent actions against poaching. Oryx. DOI:10.1017/S003060531600154X
  • Ghoddousi, S., Pintassilgo, P., Mendes, J., Ghoddousi, A. & Sequeira, B. (2018) Tourism and nature conservation: A case study in Golestan National Park, Iran. Tourism Management Perspectives 26: 20-27.
  • Soofi, M., Ghoddousi, A., Zeooenfeld, T., Shokri, S., Soufi, M., Jafari, A., Ahmadpour, M., T. Qashqaei, A., Egli, L., Ghadirian, T., Raeesi Chahartaghi, N., Zehzad, B., H. Kiabi, B., Khorozyan, I., Balkenhol, N. & Waltert, M. (2018). Livestock grazing in protected areas and its effects on large mammals in the Hyrcanian forest, Iran. Biological Conservation 217: 377-382.


  • Rust, N.A., Abrams, A., Challender, D.W.S., Chapron, G., Ghoddousi, A., Glikman, J.A., Gowan, C.H., Hughes, C., Rastogi, A., Said, A., Sutton, A., Taylor, N., Thomas, S., Unnikrishnan, H., Webber, A.D., Wordingham, G. & Hill, C.M. (2017). Quantity does not always mean quality: The importance of qualitative social science in conservation research. Society & Natural Resources 30(10): 1304-1310.
  • Ghadirian, T., Qashqaei, A. T., Soofi, M., Abolghasemi, H. & Ghoddousi A. (2017). Diet of Asiatic black bear in its westernmost distribution range, southern Iran. Ursus 28(1): 15-19
  • Lumetsberger, T., Ghoddousi A., Appel, A., Khorozyan, I., Waltert, M. & Kiffner, C. (2017). New leopard-specific biomass regression models call for a recalculation of leopard diet studies. Journal of Zoology 302(3): 201-210. doi: 10.1111/jzo.12449
  • Soofi, M., Ghoddousi A., Kh. Hamidi, A., Ghasemi, B., Egli, L., Vionopol-Sassu, A., Kiabi, B., Balkenhol, N., Khorozyan, I. & Waltert, M. (2017). Precision and reliability of indirect population assessments for the Caspian red deer (Cervus elaphus maral). Wildlife Biology. doi: 10.2981/wlb.00230
  • Khorozyan, I., Lumetsberger, T., Ghoddousi A., Soofi, M. & Waltert, M. (2017). Global patterns of biomass models describing consumption of wild and domestic prey by big cats. Mammal Review 47(2): 124-132.
  • Ghoddousi A., Soofi, M., Kh. Hamidi, A., Lumetsberger, T., Egli, L., Ashayeri, A., Khorozyan, I., H. Kiabi, B. & Waltert, M. (2017). When pork is not on the menu: assessing trophic competition between large carnivores and poachers. Biological Conservation 209: 223-229.
  • Khorozyan, I., Soofi, M., Soofi, M., Kh. Hamidi, A., Ghoddousi A. & Waltert, M. (2017) Effects of shepherds and dogs on livestock depredation by leopards (Panthera pardus) in north-eastern Iran. PeerJ 5:e3049.
  • Ghoddousi A., Egli, L., Soofi, M., Khorozyan, I. & Waltert, M. (2017). After sanctions: the urge to upgrade and integrate conservation in Iran. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment 15: 9-10.


  • Ghoddousi A., Kh. Hamidi A., Soofi M., Khorozyan I., H. Kiabi B. & Waltert M. (2016) Effects of ranger stations on predator and prey distribution and abundance in an Iranian steppe landscape. Animal Conservation 19(3): 273-280.
  • Ghoddousi A., Soofi M., Kh. Hamidi A., Lumetsberger T., Egli L., Khorozyan I., H. Kiabi B. & Waltert M. (2016) Assessing the role of big cat prey choice using spatiotemporal availability patterns. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153439.


  • Khorozyan I., Soofi M., Ghoddousi A., Kh. Hamidi A. & Waltert M. (2015) The relationship between climate, diseases of domestic animals and human-carnivore conflicts. Basic & Applied Ecology 16: 703-713.

  • Khorozyan I., Ghoddousi A., Soofi M. & Waltert M. (2015) Big cats kill more livestock when wild prey reaches a minimum threshold. Biological Conservation 192: 268-275.

  • Khorozyan I., Soofi M., Kh. Hamidi A., Ghoddousi A. & Waltert M. (2015) Veterinary services is associated with leopard (Panthera pardus) predation on domestic animals. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129221.


  • Kabir M., Ghoddousi A., Awan M. S. & Awan M. N. (2014) Assessment of human-leopard conflict in Machiara National Park, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan. European Journal of Wildlife Research 60: 291-296.


  • Ghoddousi A., Kh. Hamidi A., Ghadirian T., Ashayeri D. & Khorozyan I. (2010) The status of the endangered Persian leopard Panthera pardus saxicolor in Bamu National Park, Iran. Oryx 44(4), 551-557.


  • Ghoddousi A., Kh. Hamidi A., Ghadirian T., Ashayeri D., Hamzeh'pour M., Moshiri H., Zohrabi H. & Julayi L. (2008) Territorial marking by Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor Pocock, 1927) in Bamu National Park, Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 44, 101-103.


A full list of my publications can be found on ResearchGate.