Junge Adelie-Pinguine

Research

Research focus of the Polar and Bird Ecology group
Adelie Penguin chicks
Image: Hans-Ulrich Peter

Current projects

  • Monitoring of the climate-induced changes in terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the Maxwell Bay (Antarctic) (Christina Braun)
  • Breeding, feeding and population ecology of Antarctic skuas (Daniel Prowaznik)
  • Feeding ecology of penguin using guano signatures (Hannes Grämer)
  • Impact of unmanned aerial vehicles on Penguins, Giant Petrels and Seals – Influence of different flight heigths on behavioral changes (Marie-Charlott Rümmler)
  • Population ecology of the Eurasian Jackdaw (incl. species protection program, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Peter and others)
  • Foraging ecology in Eagle owls (Christiane Geidel)
  • Home range and habitat use of the Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Anke Rothgänger)

Former projects

  • Monitoring of climate-induced changes of the terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the Maxwell Bay (King George Island, Antarctic) (Christina Braun, Jan Esefeld, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Peter)
  • Breeding phenology of penguins (Martin Senf)
  • Monitoring of penguin colonies in the Antarctic using remote sensing data (Hans-Ulrich Peter as sub-contractor of ThINK - Thuringian Institute for Sustainability and Climate Protection)
  • Environmental influences on breeding pair numbers of Antarctic seabirds in the Fildes Peninsula Region and its vicinity, South Shetland Islands (M. Stelter)
  • Ecological studies on Antarctic skuas: Distribution, movement and activity pattern of Brown Skua during the non-breeding period (Johannes Krietsch), reverse sexual dimorphism (Jan Esefeld), site and mate fidelity (Tobias Gütter), intraspecific difference in the arrival time (Dr. Simeon Lisovski), hybridization in Antarctic skuas (Dr. Markus Ritz), acoustic signaling (Dr. Tim Janicke), consequences of the timing of hatching on chick growth (Matthias Kopp), consequences of feeding territoriality on foraging and reproduction (Dr. Steffen Hahn, Anne Fröhlich)
  • Recolonization of habitats after the dismantling of the autobahn BAB 4 (ornithological part, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Peter)
  • Monitoring the consequences of local climate change on the natural resources of the ice-free regions of Maxwell Bay (King George Island, Antarctic) (Christina Braun, Jan Esefeld, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Peter)
  • Monitoring of penguin colonies in the Antarctic using satellite images (Dr. Hans-Ulrich Peter as sub-contractor of ThINK - Thuringian Institute for Sustainability and Climate Protection)
  • Current environmental situation and management proposals for the Fildes Region, Antarctic (Dr. Hans-Ulrich Peter, Christina Braun, Susann Janowski, Dr. Anja Nordt/Ruß, Anke Nordt, Michel Stelter)
  • Pilot study on monitoring climate-induced changes in penguin colonies in the Antarctic using satellite images (Osama Mustafa, Christian Pfeifer, Dr. Hans‑Ulrich Peter, Matthias Kopp, Robert Metzig)
  • Egg dimensions as indicators of habitat quality - long term study on Great Tits in the low mountain range of Vogelsberg, Rhön and Spessart (Regina Fache)
  • Population development of the Red Kite (Susanne Löw)
  • Pollution monitoring in coastal birds in the Wadden Sea (Henrike Mühlichen)
  • Behavioral mechanism in the reproduction of the Common Redshank under strong predation pressure (Antje Cervencl)
  • Breeding biology and foraging ecology of the Jackdaw at the Kriebstein castle (Simone Spreer)
  • Sibling competition in Common Tern chicks (Luis Schmidt)
  • Breeding success and foraging ecology of insectivore hole-nesting birds (Regina Fache)
  • Melanin-based heterozygote advantage in Common Buzzards (Nayden Chakarov)
  • Quantification of the wing shape in Common Blackbirds (Antje Gorschewki)
  • Life history studies on Wilson's Storm Petrels: Leucocytes as stress indicators (Stefan Lorenz), nestling begging behaviour (Dr. Anja Nordt/Ruß, Dr. Anja Gladbach), parental investment and morphology (Christina Buesser)
  • Effects of human activities on Antarctic birds (Dr. Simone Pfeiffer) 
  • Risk assessment at Antarctic sites and the development of management plans (Dr. Hans-Ulrich Peter, Christina Buesser, Dr. Simone Pfeiffer, Osama Mustafa)
  • Spatial behaviour and habitat use of Russian Capercaillies introduced to Thuringia (Dr. Christoph Unger)
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