MLSG

Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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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Almut Schlaich

Research topic: Full annual cycle

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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Rien van Wijk

Research topic: Full annual cycle

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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Will Cresswell

One third of European breeding bird species winter in Africa including iconic species that add to our quality of life (e.g. swallows, nightingales, warblers). Nearly all Western European populations are declining and for many species this is almost certainly related to changing conditions in Africa or on migration.

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Janne Ouwehand

Research topic: Full annual cycle

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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Wouter Vansteelant

Research topic: Migration

As a keen birder I have long been fascinated by ecology and the complexity of natural systems. Animal movement is a particularly intriguing discipline aiming to understand how individual animals decide to move through their environment in search of resources, and how behavior of individuals translates into population dynamics and species distributions.

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