Dr. Hans-Günther Bauer

Research Scientist
Department of Migration
+49 7732 1501-50

Main Focus

The focus of my work lies in linking census data of voluntary birdwatchers with science in four main fields, namely (1) species and environmental protection, with the main focus of my publications on Red Listing of birds (Germany, Federal State of Baden-Württemberg), the identification (and quantification) of threat factors, the development of Action Plans, the study of the effects of climate change on bird distributions, and the outbreaks of avian influenza; (2) avifaunistic research, focusing on bird atlas works (currently the breeding bird atlases of Europe EBBA2, and of Lake Constance), federal state avifauna, the population trends of birds on national and federal state levels, improving the general standards of ornithological field methods etc.; (3) the occurrence and spread of avian non-natives, with a focus on status assessment, on the impact on indigenous bird communities and on invasiveness; (4) the study of waterbirds, especially their migrations, stop-over and wintering ecology, moulting periods, nutritional requirements, and population trends.

Links to some projects and collaborators

Honorary offices

  • From 2010 Member of the Atlas Steering Committee of the European Bird Census Council
  • 2005 – 2013 Secretary and Board Member of the European Bird Census Council
  • 2005 – 2013 Board Member of Ornithological Society of Baden-Württemberg (OGBW)
  • From 2002 Board Member of International Ornithological Society of Lake Constance (OAB)
  • From 2004 Coordinator of Neozoan Specialist Group of German Ornithologists’ Society (FG  Neozoen)
  • 1998 – 2006 Board Member of the German Ornithologists’ Society (DO-G)
  • From 1996 Coordinator of National Red List Committee of Birds (NGRLV)
  • 1993 – 2008 President of the German Bird Conservation Council (DRV)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2000   Research Scientist at the MPIO
  • From 1998   Lecturer at University of Konstanz
  • 1989 - 2000 Post-Doc at the Max Planck Institute of Behavioural Physiology (later re-formed as Max Planck Institute for Ornithology) 


  • PhD project at the Max Planck Institute of Behavioural Physiology, Dept. "Vogelwarte Radolfzell". Title: Functions of song variations in the Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla). Playback experiments and digital sound analysis. PhD exam in July 1989 in three subjects: Ecology, Physiology, Experimental Psychology
  • Diploma Thesis: April - December 1985 at University of Freiburg, Dept. Zoology (Developmental Biology), on the in-vitro development of insect eggs. Diploma exam in December 1985, main subject: Evolution; other subjects: Limnology, Geology, Paleontology
  • October 1981 – August 1982 Study of Zoology (3rd year) at the University of Manchester, UK
  • October 1978 – December 1984 Study of Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germay
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