Philip Bethge

Philip Bethge
Der Spiegel - The German News Magazine · Science and Technology

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Philip Bethge (Ph.D.) is a German wildlife biologist and Science & Technology Editor. He studied zoology, marin sciences and computer sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and obtained his Ph.D. on the Australian Platypus from the University of Tasmania. Currently, he works as an Editor at Der Spiegel, Germanys leasding news magazine. He is also best friend with the Little Blue Penguin.
Additional affiliations
August 1997 - August 1999
University of Tasmania
Education
August 1997 - August 1999
University of Tasmania
Field of study
  • Zoology, Physiology, Wildlife Management, Energetics, Biology
August 1995 - August 1997
Evangelische Journalistenschule
Field of study
  • Journalism, Media, Editing, Writing
August 1988 - August 1994
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Field of study
  • Zoology, Marine Biology, Computer Sciences

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Publications (15)
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We investigated the activity patterns of platypuses, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, at Lake Lea, a subalpine lake in Tasmania. Platypuses were equipped with activity loggers or time–depth recorders, which allowed constant recordings for up to 48 days. The recordings revealed an unexpectedly high variety of foraging behaviors. Although nocturnal activity...
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When platypuses are in their burrows, microhabitat is of great importance for energy conservation, especially where air temperatures frequently fall below freezing in winter. In this study, we investigated burrow temperatures of platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) living at a sub-alpine Tasmanian lake. Nine individual platypuses were equipped wit...
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We investigated the diving behaviour, the time allocation of the dive cycle and the behavioural aerobic dive limit (ADL) of platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) living at a sub-alpine Tasmanian lake. Individual platypuses were equipped with combined data logger-transmitter packages measuring dive depth. Mean dive duration was 31.3 s with 72% of al...
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In this work, behavioural field studies and metabolic studies in the laboratory were conducted to elucidate the extent of adaptation of the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus to its highly specialised semiaquat-ic lifestyle. Energy requirements of platypuses foraging, resting and walking were measured in a swim tank and on a conventional tread-mill...
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We measured the energy requirements of platypuses foraging, diving and resting in a swim tank using flow-through respirometry. Also, walking metabolic rates were obtained from platypuses walking on a conventional treadmill. Energy requirements while foraging were found to depend on water temperature, body weight and dive duration and averaged 8.48...
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In: Munks S, Nicol S (eds) Current research on the platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus in Tasmania: Abstracts from the 1999 ‘Tasmanian Platypus Workshop’
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In: Munks S, Nicol S (eds) Current research on the platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus in Tasmania: Abstracts from the 1999 ‘Tasmanian Platypus Workshop’
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In: Munks S, Nicol S (eds) Current research on the platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus in Tasmania: Abstracts from the 1999 ‘Tasmanian Platypus Workshop’
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We present data on the diving behaviour and the energetics of breeding little penguins in Tasmania, Australia. Using an 18 m long still water canal in conjunction with respirometry, we determined the energy requirements while diving. Using electronic devices measuring dive depth or swimming speed, we investigated the foraging behaviour at sea. Cost...
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The Science of Music - in German - available here: http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-27970590.html

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