Martin Grüebler


    Martin Grüebler (Foto © Archiv Vogelwarte)
    Martin Grüebler (Foto © Archiv Vogelwarte)

    Dr. sc. nat. Martin U. Grüebler

    Swiss Ornithological Institute
    Seerose 1
    6204 Sempach

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    Head of the ecological research group


    • Behavioural ecology
    • Dispersal ecology
    • Life-history
    • Telemetry

    Current Projects

    • Population dynamics and natal dispersal ecology of range shifting red kites (Milvus milvus)
    • Costs and benefits of natal and breeding dispersal in a fragmented population of the little owl (Athene noctua)
    • Post-fledging survival and range use of the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    • Post-fledging ecology of altricial birds
    • Nest and adult survival of whinchats in relation to mowing schemes


    Dr. Guy Pe'er (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig)


    Since 2011                                         member of the editorial board of Bird Study


    Since 2016                                         head of the ecological research group

    2007 – 2016                                       researcher at the Swiss Ornithological Institute, ecological research group

    2001 – 2007                                       PhD at the University of Zurich supervised by Prof. Dr. H.-U. Reyer, Prof. Dr. L. Keller and Dr. B. Naef-Daenzer on the “fitness relevance of timing of reproduction and post-fledging parental investment in the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)”.

    1998 – 2000                                       research assistant at the Swiss Ornithological Institute



    • Naef-Daenzer,B., Korner-Nievergelt,F., Fiedler,W. & Grüebler,M.U. (2016) Bias in ring-recovery studies: A case study of little owls and implications for population assessment. Journal of Avian Biology, in press.
    • Naef-Daenzer,B. & Grüebler,M.U. (2016) Post-fledging survival in altricial birds: ecological determinants and adaptation. Journal of Field Ornithology, in press.
    • Michel,V.T., Jiménez-Franco,M.V., Naef-Daenzer,B. & Grüebler,M.U. (2016) Intraguild predator drives forest edge avoidance of a mesopredator. Ecosphere 7, e01229.
    • Schaub,M., Von Hirschheydt,J. & Grüebler,M.U. (2015) Differential contribution of demographic rate synchrony to population synchrony in barn swallows. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84, 1530-1541.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Schuler,H., Spaar,R. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2015) Behavioural response to anthropogenic habitat disturbance: indirect impact of harvesting on whinchat populations in Switzerland. Biological Conservation, 186, 52-59.
    • Schifferli,L., Grüebler,M.U., Meijer,H.A.J., Visser,G.H. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2014) Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica parents work harder when foraging conditions are good. Ibis, 156, 777-787.
    • Perrig,M., Grüebler,M.U., Keil,H. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2014) Experimental food supplementation affects the physical development, behaviou and survival of Little Owl Athene noctua nestlings. Ibis, 156, 755-767.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Korner-Nievergelt,F. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2014) Equal nonbreeding period survival in adults and juveniles of a long-distant migrant bird. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 756-765.
    • Naef-Daenzer,B. & Grüebler,M.U. (2014) Effects of radio-tag characteristics and sample size on estimates of apparent survival. Animal Biotelemetry, 2, 2.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Widmer,S., Korner-Nievergelt,F. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2014) Temperature characteristics of winter roost-sites for birds and mammals: tree cavities and anthropogenic alternatives. International Journal of Biometeorology, 58, 629-637.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Schaller,S., Keil,H. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2013) The occurrence of cavities in fruit trees: effects of tree age and management on biodiversity in traditional European orchards. Biodiversity and Conservation, 22, 3233-3246.
    • Knop,E., Rindlisbacher,N., Ryser,S. & Grüebler,M.U. (2013) Locomotor activity of two sympatric slugs: implications for the invasion success of terrestrial invertebrates. Ecosphere, 4, Article 92.
    • Bock,A., Naef-Daenzer,B., Keil,H., Korner-Nievergelt,F., Perrig,M. & Grüebler,M.U. (2013) Roost site selection by Little Owls Athene noctua in relation to environmental conditions and life-history stages. Ibis, 155, 847-856.
    • Morales Fernaz,J., Schifferli,L. & Grüebler,M.U. (2012) Ageing nestling Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica: an illustrated guide and cautionary comments. Ringing & Migration, 27, 65-75.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Schuler,H., Horch,P. & Spaar,R. (2012) The effectiveness of conservation measures to enhance nest survival in a meadow bird suffering from anthropogenic nest loss. Biological Conservation, 146, 197-203.
    • Ryser,S., Rindlisbacher,N., Grüebler,M.U. & Knop,E. (2011) Differential survival rates in a declining and an invasive farmland gastropod species. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 144, 302-307.
    • Willi,T., Korner-Nievergelt,F. & Grüebler,M.U. (2011) Rauchschwalben Hirundo rustica brauchen Nutztiere, Mehlschwalben Delichon urbica Nisthilfen. Der Ornithologische Beobachter, 108, 215-224.
    • Rickenbach,O., Grüebler,M.U., Schaub,M., Koller,A., Naef-Daenzer,B. & Schifferli,L. (2011) Exclusion of ground predators improves Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus chick survival. Ibis, 153, 531-542.
    • Naef-Daenzer,L., Grüebler,M.U. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2011) Parental care trade-offs in the inter-brood phase in Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica. Ibis, 153, 27-36.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Korner-Nievergelt,F. & Von Hirschheydt,J. (2010) The reproductive benefits of livestock farming in barn swallows Hirundo rustica: quality of nest site or foraging habitat? Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 1340-1347.
    • Grüebler,M.U. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2010a) Brood overlap and male ornamentation in the double-brooded barn swallow. Behavioral Ecology, 21, 513-519.
    • Grüebler,M.U. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2010b) Fitness consequences of timing of breeding in birds: date effects in the course of a reproductive episode. Journal of Avian Biology, 41, 282-291.
    • Grüebler,M.U. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2010c) Survival benefits of post-fledging care: experimental approach to a critical part of avian reproductive strategies. Journal of Animal Ecology, 79, 334-341.
    • Schifferli,L., Rickenbach,O., Koller,A. & Grüebler,M.U. (2009) Massnahmen zur Förderung des Kiebitzes Vanellus vanellus im Wauwilermoos (Kanton Luzern): Schutz der Nester vor Landwirtschaft und Prädation. Ornithologischer Beobachter, 106, 311-326.
    • Naef-Daenzer,B. & Grüebler,M.U. (2008) Post-fledging range use of Great Tit Parus major families in relation to chick body condition. Ardea, 96, 181-190.
    • Jenni-Eiermann,S., Glaus,E., Grüebler,M.U., Schwabl,H. & Jenni,L. (2008) Glucocorticoid response to food availability in breeding barn swallows (Hirundo rustica). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 155, 558-565.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Schuler,H., Müller,M., Spaar,R., Horch,P. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2008) Female biased mortality caused by antropogenic nest loss contributes to population decline and adult sex ratio of a meadow bird. Biological Conservation, 141, 3040-3049.
    • Grüebler,M.U. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2008a) Fitness consequences of pre- and post-fledging timing decisions in a double-brooded passerine. Ecology, 89, 2736-2745.
    • Grüebler,M.U. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2008b) Post-fledging parental effort in barn swallows: evidence for a trade-off in the allocation of time between broods. Animal Behaviour, 75, 1877-1884.
    • Grüebler,M.U., Morand,M. & Naef-Daenzer,B. (2008) A predictive model of the density of airborne insects in agricultural environments. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 123, 75-80.
    • Grüebler,M.U. & Pasinelli,G. (1999) Nahrungsökologie von rindenabsuchenden Vogelarten im Winter in einem Eichen-Hagebuchenwald der Nordostschweiz. Tichodroma, 12 (Supplementum 1), 164-190.





    • Grüebler,M.U., Horch,P. & Spaar,R. (2015) Whinchats impacted by changes in alpine grassland management: research results from Switzerland. Living on the Edge of Extinction in Europe. Proceedings 1st European Whinchat Symposium (eds H.-V. Bastian & J. Feulner), pp. 17-26. LBV Hof, Helmbrechts.
    • Grüebler,M.U. (2007) Time constraints of breeding twice. On the fitness relevance of timing of reproduction and post-fledging parental investment in the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica). Ph.D. thesis, University of Zürich, Zürich.