Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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Malcolm Burgess

Study species: Pied Flycatcher

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Kiraz Erciyas Yavuz

Research topic: Census, Migration, Ecology

Study species: All migrants

Research focuses on bird migration, bird ecology, bird distribution and population monitoring. Ability to birdwatch, bird ringing and monitoring, attaching tracking devices on birds, nature conservation policies, understanding and implementing ecotourism. Professional ornithologist: qualified ringer and affiliated with Cernek Bird Ringing Station since 2002. Organisation of national waterbird censuses. Provided Turkish contributions to European Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA), Member of Turkish BBA scientific council. Turkish representative in EURING. Contributor to IUCN Redlist bird species. IUCN Species Survival Commission Member. IUCN SSC Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group Member. Turkish representative/contributor to international bird action plans (e.g. Ferruginous Duck, Roller). Experienced in collecting, analysing and summarizing data from a variety of sources. Academic and policy knowledge dissemination – training activities and workshops.

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Nico Arcilla

Research topics: Conservation action, threat reduction, international cooperation; Distribution; Migration; Migratory connectivity; Wintering ecology

Study species: All migrants

The International Bird Conservation Partnership (IBCP)'s mission is to foster and support research, outreach, and partnerships to advance the conservation of birds worldwide. 

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Reto Spaar

Head of the regional offices unit and deputy head ot the species conservation unit at the Swiss Ornithological Institute.

Member of the Coordination unit of the AEMLAP (African-Eurasian migratory landbirds action plan) of the CMS (Convention on migratory species).

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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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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Almut Schlaich

Research topic: Full annual cycle

Study species: Montagu's Harrier

I am passionate about Montagu’s Harriers since I first observed these gracile raptors dancing above the vast cereal fields of Eastern Groningen in the Netherlands in 2009. I could count myself lucky to start working on this amazing species at the Dutch Montagu’s Harrier Foundation doing my Master’s thesis on stopover site ecology of Montagu’s Harriers at an important stopover site in East Morocco. Since then, I travelled through many European and West African countries in search of Montagu’s Harriers, following our satellite- and GPS-tagged individuals.

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Brady Mattsson

Kaan Özgencil

I am a PhD student in biology based in Ankara, Turkey. I have been a nature-lover all my life, and my love for birds is an evergrowing one. My current research interests are functional ecology of birds, avian community ecology, and conservation of endangered avifauna. If you are interested in any of these topics and need a collaborator in Turkey, you can contact me on Twitter: @bio_kaan

Juan Arizaga

Research topics: Migration; Migratory connectivity; Stopover ecology

Head of the Aranzadi Ringing Scheme. 

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Research topic: Yellow-billed Kite dispersal pattern

Study species: Yellow-billed Kite

I'm Caka, a Master's student at Lund University. For my Master's project, I'm studying Yellow-billed Kites and Red Kites dispersal pattern

Crinan Jarrett

Research topics: Non-breeding ecology; Non-breeding regions

Study species: Passerines

I'm a post-doc at the Swiss Ornithological Institute, studying the ecology of migratory passerines in their non-breeding grounds.

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Jessica Williams

Research topic: Conservation action, threat reduction, international cooperation

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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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Vojtěch Brlík

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

Study species: Passerines

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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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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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Camille Mermillon

Research topics: Breeding ecology; Climate Change; Mountain ecology; Trophic links

Study species: Northern Wheatear

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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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