Department of Bird Migration
0041 41 462 97 85 (Phone)
© Marcel Burkhardt
0041 41 462 97 85 (Phone)
1. Annual routines of migratory birds
2. Spring migration as a sensitive part in the life-cycle of Arctic-breeding birds
Central questions include
3. How does the degree of information shape migration strategies?
4. Which roles do migrants play in the spread of parasites and the dynamics of diseases?
My major research interests are the migration of animals, in particular the timing of migration, the cues animals use before and during migration and how the level of environmental information affects migration strategies and their consequences. Thus, I’m interested in the (proximate) factors that shape migration, what are the individual fitness effects of particular migration strategies (and ultimately, the population-dynamical consequences), but also how climatic or human-driven changes along migratory routes may affect individual migration behaviours and fates.
Furthermore, I’m also interested in the role of migratory animals in shaping diversity and processes in communities, particularly by the transport of propagules and parasites, nutrients and energy as well as by their trophic influences.
For full publication list, see my ResearcherID C-3524-2008
S. Bauer & B.J. Hoye (2014). Migratory animals couple biodiversity and ecosystem functioning worldwide. Science 343, 4 April 2014
S. Bauer and M. Klaassen (2013). Models of animal migration behaviour – their diversity, structure and use. Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 498-508.
J. M. McNamara, Z. Barta, M. Klaassen and S. Bauer (2011). Cues and the optimal timing of activities under environmental changes. Ecology Letters 14: 1183-1190.
S. Bauer, B.A. Nolet, J. Giske, J.W. Chapman, S. Akesson, A. Hedenstroem, and J. Fryxell (2011). Cues and decision rules in animal migration. In “Migration – a new synthesis (eds. E.-J. Milner-Gulland, A.R.E. Sinclair, J. Fryxell) . Oxford University Press.
S. Bauer, Bruno J Ens, and M. Klaassen (2010). Many routes leading to Rome: Potential causes for the multi-route migration system of Red Knots Calidris canutus islandica. Ecology 91(6):1822-1831.
S.Hahn, S.Bauer, F.Liechti (2009) The natural link between Europe and Africa - 2.1 billion birds. OIKOS 118: 624-626 Full article: here
S. Bauer, M. van Dinther, K.-A. Høgda, M. Klaassen & J. Madsen (2008). The consequences of climate-driven stop-over sites changes on migration schedules and fitness of Arctic geese. Journal of Animal Ecology 77(4), pp. 654-660. Full article: here
S. Bauer, P. Gienapp & J. Madsen (2008). The relevance of local environmental conditions for departure decision changes en route in migrating geese. Ecology 89(7), pp. 1953–1960. Full article: here
S. Hahn, S.Bauer, and M. Klaassen (2008). Quantification of allochthonous nutrient input into freshwater bodies by herbivorous waterbirds. Freshwater Biology 53(1), pp. 181-193. Full article: here