We are part of the DG Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate Change at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
We study most aspects of ornithology but with a primary focus on bird migration, especially the orientation system of long-distance migrants. We also cover animal orientation and radio tracking in general as well as all aspects of the distribution, evolution and ecology of birds.
We are closely tied also to the Copenhagen Bird Ringing Centre of the Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark.
In 2014 we have started our MATCH project: migration in a changing world
Self-powered, fast and long-distance movement enables migratory birds to ultimately track seasonal changes across the rotating earth. Difficulties in following migrating birds over longer distances, have limited our knowledge of drivers and control of the ecological and evolutionary important phenomenon of migration.
Using satellite-based tracking systems, we study how small, long-distance migrants are able to ensure arrival to suitable winter and stopover grounds at the appropriate time of the year.
The ultimate goal is being able to predict migrants’ capability to cope with climate change. This include studying important ecological phenomena such as seasonal carry-over effects and migratory connectivity as well as the inherited migration program, focussing on consistency and precision, interaction between the inherited program and external cues, navigational abilities and constraints posed on migrants.
The 4-year project is funded through a Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF).