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Fields of interest / focus of research
My research focuses on the spatiotemporal distribution of long-tailed ducks, of the West Siberian/North Europe population. This duck species has faced a large decline of wintering individuals on the Baltic Sea over the last 25 years. Because the Baltic Sea represent a major wintering ground, long-tailed ducks were recently classified as “vulnerable” by the IUCN. Caused by the inaccessibility of the breeding grounds in the remote Arctic and the offshore wintering locations, knowledge about ecology and movement is limited. Additionally, the Arctic is expected to be prominently influenced by climate change, so that its wildlife is crucial to be investigated for conservation issues. We attached light level geolocators on female long-tailed ducks to study their migration-pattern, especially considering the occurrence in the Baltic sea. Hereby also major moulting sites and distribution changes within wintering areas in relation to ice cover and other environmental factors should be examined.