Tamara Volkmer

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Department of Migration
Research Group Partecke

Main Focus

Despite our growing knowledge of animal migration, most of what juveniles experience in their first year of life for many species remains a mystery. Connecting the juvenile and adult life stage can provide insight into how individual and population level strategies evolve and are maintained in response to cues in changing environments. Fine temporal and spatial resolution data are required to study individual movement in the environment it experiences and technological advancements in animal tracking such as ICARUS will allow us to document these movements.

My research will focus on analyzing patterns of movement between juvenile individuals of European Blackbirds from different populations across Europe with varying migratory strategies. We aim to understand how individuals exhibiting different life histories respond to environmental cues during their first year of life, and how they strategize their dispersal and/or migration in response to these cues.


Curriculum Vitae

10/2018 - to date: PhD Student at MPI of Animal Behaviour, Department of Migration, Radolfzell, Germany

09/2018: MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Graz, Austria

04/2015: BSc in Biology, University of Graz, Austria

Work and Field Experience

06 - 09/2016 & 08 - 09/2017: Field Assistant in the Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics of Migration Lab, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany

10/2016 - 02/2017: Internship at the bird collection/depot of the Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz, Austria

03 - 05/2015: Internship as an animal care taker/research assistant in the Wolf lab, Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden

2013 - 2016: Field work to investigate the population size of the snake Natrix tesselata in the urban region of Graz, Advocate for environment Styria, Austria

2013 - 2015: Avian field technician at BfN (Consulting engineers in biology), Austria

2012 - 2016: Field technician at ÖkoTeam (Consulting engineers in biology), field work on birds, mammals, insects and snails, Austria

Teaching and workshops

2014 - 2015: Undergraduate teaching assistant, Lecture native fauna, University of Graz, Austria

05/2014: Ornithological seminar and field excursion, URANIA (adult educational institution), Graz, Austria

2013 – 2017: Guide for different field excursions with 5 to 16-year-old children, ÖNJ Steiermark (Austrian youth conservation of nature), Austria

Scholarships and Grants

2017: Grant for Short-Term Mobility (KUWI), University of Graz (for 4 Months field work in Mexico)

2017: Research scholarship “Förderungsstipendium”, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Graz (for 4 Months field work in Mexico)

2018: Merit-based scholarship “Leistungsstipendium”, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Graz (Master’s degree)

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