Teja CurkIMPRS doctoral candidate
Arctic tundra, snow conditions are crucial for several processes such as
breeding decisions, phenology, and survival. Ongoing climate change causes
modifications in snow patters, which are especially evident at the high
latitudes, and might consequently affect decision-making in biological
organisms. Avian predators specifically, play a major role in the tundra
ecosystem by shaping communities. Therefore, studying the mechanisms of their
movement ecology and decision-making is crucial for the understanding the
functionality of the ecosystem. My project focuses on investigating how
spatio-temporal variation in snow and prey density affects individual movement
and settlement decisions of the three most important Arctic predators (i.e.
snowy owl, rough-legged buzzard and peregrine falcon), to what degree are these
movement patterns shaped by an ongoing environmental change, and what are the
fitness and survival consequences for the species.
- 2016 MSc in Environmental Biology, Utrecht University, Netherlands
- 2014 BSc in Biology, University of Maribor, Slovenia