MLSG

Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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Judit Szabo

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Alison Beresford

Research topics: Distribution; Full annual cycle; Migration; Migration routes; Migratory connectivity

Study species: All migrants

I work in RSPB's International Conservation Science team, supporting the Migrants and Flyways Programme.

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Wieland Heim

Research topics: Full annual cycle; Migration

Research locations: Muraviovka Park, Russia; Mirnoye, Siberia; Kvarkush, Ural mountains, Russia; Khingansky zapovednik, Russia; Baikalsky zapovednik, Russia

Study speciess: Barnacle Goose; Passerines

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Kasper Thorup

Research topics: Full annual cycle; Geolocation tracking; Migration routes; Non-breeding ecology; Resource tracking; Stopover ecology

Study species: All migrants

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Sam Ivande

Research topics: Distribution; Non-breeding ecology; Wintering ecology

Study species: Some migrant species

I am a Conservation Biologist and a Lecturer at the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), Department of Zoology, University of Jos, Nigeria. APLORI is West Africa’s foremost Ornithology and biodiversity conservation training Institute. I currently serve as the Scientific Director at APLORI and help to coordinate the implementation of the academic curriculum for the APLORI MSc Conservation Biology course. I also help coordinate ongoing research at the Institute. Prior to this, I served as the pioneer Project Manager for the Nigerian Bird Atlas Project (NiBAP) - the first nationwide biodiversity citizen project aimed at promoting public participation in biodiversity conservation by young Nigerians through bird watching. I helped provide strategic direction to promote public engagement through education and volunteering for the project. Along with the Nigerian Bird Atlas Team, we increased local engagement by recruiting, training and organizing over 1000 young nature enthusiasts into over 25 bird clubs across Nigeria and West Africa. I really enjoy the formal and semi-formal opportunities that my work as an Ornithologist affords me to travel, watch and study birds and learn about nature and other cultures. I remain motivated by a passionate desire to contribute to an environmentally conscious society not only in Nigeria but across Africa.

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Will Cresswell

Research topics: Migration routes; Migratory connectivity; Non-breeding ecology

Research locations: APLORI, Jos, Nigeria; Liberia

Study species: All migrants

Will Cresswell is Professor of Biology at St Andrews University and has been studying predator-prey interactions, and the ecology of migrant birds for the last 30 years. Current research priorities are to understand the factors determining the density and distribution of Palearctic migrants wintering in West Africa so that we can address their continuing declines in the face of anthropogenic habitat and climate change. As part of the solution he is also involved with capacity building in the region through helping to run the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute that trains future African ornithologists.

Will Cresswell has been involved in management, teaching and research at APLORI from the very start when a chance meeting with Tasso Leventis on a rain forest trail in Ibadan in 1999 led to the initial partnership between APLORI and Oxford University. Will developed the curriculum and initial teaching program for the Masters in Conservation Biology at APLORI, and his then PhD students, Ross MacGregor and Jared Wilson were the first researchers on site at Amurum, setting up the long term ringing and survey program that continues to this day. Will has taught almost all of the hundred and twenty plus Masters students at one time or another, and has had eleven PhD students carrying out research based at APLORI, including three APLORI graduates, Sam Ivande, Murna Tela and Chima Nwaogu. Will is on the Management and Scientific Committees for APLORI, and is a Trustee of the APLORI Foundation that oversees the endowment that provides APLORI’s core funding.

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Janne Ouwehand

Research topics: Full annual cycle; Geolocation tracking; Wintering ecology

Research locations: Comoé National Park, Ivory Coast; Dwingelderveld Drenthe, Netherlands

Study species: Pied Flycatcher

A strong passion for nature and travelling around the world… Together with curiosity, involvement and an exploring mind they form the foundation of my field research in animal ecology.

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Barbara Helm

Research topics: Ecophysiology; Full annual cycle; genetic migration; Non-breeding ecology; Light pollution

Study species: Siberian/Stejnegeri's stonechat

Hi, I'm at the Swiss Ornithological Institute. I'm interested in all aspects of migration, in particular responses to light pollution, the migration cycle in Africa, and broadly timing and annual cycles.

Malcolm Burgess

Study species: Pied Flycatcher

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Martha Maria Sander

Research topics: Breeding ecology; Climate Change; Migration; Migration routes; Mountain ecology

Research location: Parco Naturale Val Troncea

Study species: Northern Wheatear

I am interested in the link between breeding ecology and migration, and effects of climate change in alpine systems. I collect and analyse data on Northern wheatear reproduction (nest monitoring), survival (colour ringing), seasonal habitat and timing of migration (geolocation).

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Rien van Wijk

Research topic: Full annual cycle

Study species: Some migrant species

Currently I reside in Copenhagen, Denmark, after having worked as a PhD student at SOI on the migratory behaviour and its effects on breeding success in Hoopoes that breed in Switzerland.

Using geolocators we investigated their timing, routes and non-breeding sites and put this in a broader perspective by obtaining similar geolocator data from other Hoopoe populations throughout Eurasia. Simultaneously we studied their genetic relations so to be able to investigate population specific migration strategies in relation to genetics.

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Scott Pursner

Research topics: Climate Change; Conservation action, threat reduction, international cooperation; Distribution; Migration; Migration routes; Migratory connectivity; Stopover ecology

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Vojtěch Brlík

Research topics: Breeding ecology; Distribution; Full annual cycle; Non-breeding ecology

Study species: Passerines

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Tianhao Zhao

Research topics: Geolocation tracking; Migration routes; Migratory connectivity; genetic migration

Study speciess: Siberian rubythroat; Siberian/Stejnegeri's stonechat

I am a 2nd-year PhD student in University of Groningen, the Netherlands, main supervisor is Barbara Helm. I work with Siberian rubythroat and Siberian/Stejnegeri's stonechats (race maurus, przewalski and stejnegeri) to study: 1. the impact of geographical barriers in western China (e.g., Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau) on the migration routes of passerines; 2. the genetic basis and genomic structural details associated with the migration pattern differences across different populations.

Ella Hughes

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Martins Briedis

Research topics: Full annual cycle; Geolocation tracking; Migratory connectivity

Study speciess: Common Starling; Northern House Martin; Some migrant species

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Wender

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Flavio Monti

Research topic: Full annual cycle

My main research interest focuses on bird migration ecology with applications in conservation biology and wildlife management, specifically in the Mediterranean region.

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Catrin Eden

Research topic: Full annual cycle

Study species: Spotted Flycatcher

I am in the first year of my PhD researching the decline of Spotted Flycatchers and how habitat and environmental drivers impact their population dynamics. 

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Ivan Maggini

Research topics: Ecophysiology; Migration; Stopover ecology

Research locations: Biological Station Illmitz, Austria; Hotel Yasmina, Morocco; Ponza, Italy; Ventotene, Italy

Study species: Passerines

I am the scientific coordinator of the Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC) based in Vienna. I'm also a board member of EURING, the European bird ringing association, and vice-chair of the MLSG.

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