Head of ringing section
Natural History Museum of DenmarkUniversitetsparken 152100 København Ø
Phone: +45 353-21051Phone (Reception desk): +45 353-21120E-mail:
Welcome to the BIRD MIGRATION LAB
Primary research areas are within ornithology with a focus on bird migration, especially the orientation systems of long-distance migrants, but also including animal orientation and radio tracking in general. Other primary research areas include all aspects of the distribution, evolution and ecology of birds.
Overall research themes: Bird Migration: Migration routes; Climate change effects; Monitoring; Spread of bird-borne diseases. Navigation: Navigation and orientation, the migratory orientation programme. Conservation: Rare Danish breeding birds, Environmental impact assessment
I am Head of the Copenhagen Bird Ringing Centre of the Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark and part of the DG Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate Change
Conservation (and population ecology)
Copenhagen Bird Ringing Centre
Main collaborators include the Head of Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Prof Dr Carsten Rahbek, University of Copenhagen; Martin Wikelski, Princeton University, on many aspects of animal orientation and migration, primarily using conventional radio tracking from airoplanes and satellite telemetry; and Prof Dr Thomas Alerstam, Bird Migration Group, Lund University on satellite tracking of migratory raptors.
Danmarks fauna - hvirveldyr (3. year, block 4), responsible teacher and lecturer
Main subjects are in the fields of ornithology, bird migration, orientation, simulation of movements, bird conservation and avian biology in general. Masters and bachelor students are welcomed in these fields, and interested students should feel free to contact me.
Field projects could involve trapping, ringing, radio tracking, geolocators or orientation cage experiments.
Theoretical projects could involve the following: Analysis of (1) ringing data, (2) satellite telemetry data, (3) migration routes/patterns, (4) the extensive ringing data from Christiansø (including stopover ecology/competition, trends, influence of climate change, etc.) or (5) the occurrence of rarities.
In general, financial support will be limited, making studies using radio tracking or satellite telemetry and long-term field-studies dependent on external financing.
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