Department of Migration


Myriads of organisms travel great distances on their search for suitable food, wintering and mating grounds. Our planet resembles one large pulsating organism, in which all of the organisms that are continually moving are breathing life into it. Understanding this pulsating life and its underlying mechanisms allows a better understanding of the ecologically dynamic processes on a global scale.

We strive to understand and predict which decisions animals will make on their journey, how animals will interact with their ever-changing environment, and the consequences their migrations have on ecosystems and humans. Above all, this insight will enable us to predict the impact that we humans have on these processes and allow us to understand the future consequences.

Research - The Migration Groups

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Fireworks have long-lasting impact on birds

A study GPS tracked geese before and after New Year’s Eve, revealing changes in behavior that persisted well after the fireworks ended

Scientists unearth another brain-shrinking mammal

A study of moles reveals that cold weather—not lack of food—drives the rare phenomenon of reversible brain shrinkage in mammals more

A powerful picture 

A powerful picture 

September 15, 2022

Movebank partners with Audubon on a cutting-edge visual resource for conserving migratory birds more

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In the Media

Mt Etna, animal disaster forecasting

Etnografia multispecie more

Windkraft-Ausbau: Probleme und Proteste

Windkraft-Ausbau: Probleme und Proteste more

Spritsparen über den Alpen

Spritsparen über den Alpen more

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