Current projects

Bird migration across North Sea and Baltic Sea (TRACKBIRD)

In this project we investigate the potential impact of offshore wind farms on migratory birds. Movement patterns of individual birds in German marine regions (North Sea, Baltic Sea) are recorded by using modern telemetry systems. The collected data improve the assessment of potential wind farm effects such as collision risks, barrier or attraction effects and potential habitat loss.

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Tracking of marine top predators (MONTRACK)

Seabirds and marine mammals are top predators in marine food webs. With telemetric methods data on their spatial movements can be gathered.

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Monitoring of marine top predators in the North and Baltic Seas (TopMarine)

Seabirds and marine mammals are apex predators and as such they constitute an important component of marine ecosystems. The monitoring and assessment of their population status and precise information on their distribution, population trends, and ecological preferences are fundamental prerequisites for effective conservation measures and fact-based management of protected areas. In addition, data from this monitoring programme are used as indicators for the assessment of the environmental status.

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Telemetry of Red Foxes and Raccoon Dogs

Telemetry study to unravel the movement patterns of foxes and raccoon dogs along the Wadden Sea coast and to evaluate the impact of those terrestrial predators on birds in saltmarshes along the mainland coast (and particularly on islands and Halligen).

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Research focus: Migration patterns of Eurasian Curlews

Migratory routes of Eurasian Curlews in the East Atlantic Flyway have been largely unknown. Information on the spatio-temporal patterns of Curlew migration has now been collected by GPS data loggers. Furthermore, possible conflicts with offshore wind farms on their migratory routes can be identified.

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