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Prof. Dr. Petra Quillfeldt

Telephone: +49 (0)641-99 35770

Building: Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26 IFZ

Room: B423



Fields of interest / focus of work

My research primarily focuses on wild populations of long-lived birds and their responses to changes in marine and terrestrial ecosystems, including:

  • population responses to historic and recent changes in climate,
  • foraging and diet, using direct methods (diet analyses, radio tracking, data logger technology) as well as non-invasive methods (stable isotope analysis, fatty acid signatures),
  • molecular ecology and speciation (seabirds and parrots),
  • behavioural ecology: studies on parent-offspring interactions as honest signalling system, and
  • regulation of trade-offs in response to variable environmental conditions: field endocrinology and immunology.


Scientific career

  • 1998: Diplom (MSc) in Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (incl. 1993/94 one year at the University of Sheffield, U.K.)
  • 2002: PhD ‘Resource partitioning in Wilson’s storm-petrels (Oceanites oceanicus): adaptations of a small marine bird to breeding in a temporally variable environment’ at Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2002: Postdoc Fellow (DAAD) at the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, U.K. (Ornithology group, Prof. R.W. Furness)
  • 2003-2005 Research scientist (Emmy Noether Programme, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at the School of Biosciences, University of Cardiff, U.K., Hosts and principal collaborator: Dr. K.L. Buchanan
  • 2005: Research scientist at Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Germany
  • 2006-2011Research Group Leader (Emmy Noether Programme, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Germany                          
  • Heisenberg LogoSince 2012: University professor (Heisenberg professorship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at the Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics, Justus Liebig University in Giessen



  • Current h-index: 27

  • List of peer-reviewed and book publications: Publications


Awards and grants

  • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Stipend (1992-1998)
  • DAAD, Research Stipend (2003-04)
  • British Ecological Society grant (2004)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft "Emmy Noether Programm" grants (2004-2011)
  • Falkland Islands Government “Environmental Studies Budget” grants (2007-2011)
  • World Parrot Trust (UK, USA) 2003-2012
  • Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society, USA: 2004-2011
  • Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft, DO-G, Research grant (2007)
  • NERC, UK & Scottish Environmental Research Centre (Grant-in-Kind 2006, 2008)
  • SYNTHESYS grants (2008, 2009)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Collaborative Research Centre CRC 454:
  • UK Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP, 2005-07, 2009-11)
  • Speaker of the Ecology group, German Zoological Society (DZG) - 2009 to present
  • Member of the advisory board, German Ornithological Association (DO-G) - 2011 to present
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft "Heisenberg Programm" grants (2012 to date)