Tamara Emmenegger


    Tamara Emmenegger
    Tamara Emmenegger (Foto © Archiv Vogelwarte)
    Tamara Emmenegger
    Swiss Ornithological Institute
    Department of Bird Migration
    Seerose 1
    CH – 6402 Sempach



    PhD student


    • Avian health and migration ecology
    • Basic bird migration research
    • Geolocator data analysis
    • Programming bits and pieces in R

    Current Projects

    1. Studying the causes and consequences of blood parasite infections in migratory birds 
    2. Developing and applying methods for the analysis of bird-borne activity data
    3. Programming of an R tool to facilitate acquisition of long-term NDVI data sets


    • Staffan Bensch (Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab, Lund University, Sweden)
    • Petr Prochazka (Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic)
    • Fernando Spina (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), Italy)


    since 2015 PhD in the project “Migration ecology and bird health” with the Swiss Ornithological Institute & the Institute of Integrative Biology of the ETH Zurich
    since 2013 Doctoral student at the Department of Bird Migration, Swiss Ornithological Institute
    2012 - 2013 Internship at the Department of Bird Migration, Swiss Ornithological Institute
    2010 – 2012 MSc in Animal Ecology and Conservation at Conservation Biology division, Institute of Ecology & Evolution, University of Bern and Department of Bird Migration, Swiss Ornithological Institute
    2007 - 2010 BSc in Biology at Institute of Ecology & Evolution, University of Bern


    Liechti F, Bauer S, Dhanjal-Adams KL, Emmenegger T, Zehtindjiev P, Hahn S (2018). Miniaturized multi-sensor loggers provide new insight into year-round flight behaviour of small trans-Sahara avian migrants. Mov Ecol 1–10. doi:10.1186/s40462-018-0137-1

    Hahn S, Dimitrov D, Emmenegger T, Ilieva M, Peev S, Zehtindjiev P, Briedis M (2018). Migration, wing morphometry and wing moult in Spanish and House Sparrows from the eastern Balkan Peninsula. J Ornithol 1–4. doi:10.1007/s10336-018-1597-1

    Emmenegger T, Bauer S, Dimitrov D, Olano Marin J, Zehtindjiev P, Hahn S (2018). Host migration strategy and blood parasite infections of three sparrow species sympatrically breeding in Southeast Europe. Parasitology Research. doi:10.1007/s00436-018-6072-7.

    Dhanjal-Adams K.L., Bauer S., Emmenegger T., Hahn S., Lisovski S., Liechti F. (2018). Spatiotemporal Group Dynamics in a Long-Distance Migratory Bird. Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.054.

    Emmenegger T., Bauer S., Hahn S., Müller S.B., Spina F., Jenni L. (2018). Blood parasites prevalence of migrating passerines increases over the spring passage period. Journal of Zoology. doi:10.1111/jzo.12565.

    Hahn, S., Bauer, S., Dimitrov, D., Emmenegger, T., Ivanova, K., Zehtindjiev, P. & Buttemer, W.A. (2018). Low intensity blood parasite infections do not reduce the aerobic performance of migratory birds. Proc. R. Soc. B. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2307

    Koleček, J., Hahn, S., Emmenegger, T. & Procházka, P. (2018). Intra-tropical movements as a beneficial strategy for Palearctic migratory birds. R. Soc. Open Sci. 5.

    Adamík, P., Emmenegger, T., Briedis, M., Gustafsson, L., Henshaw, I., Krist, M., … Hahn, S. (2016). Barrier crossing in small avian migrants: individual tracking reveals prolonged nocturnal flights into the day as a common migratory strategy. Scientific Reports, 6 (February), 21560.

    Emmenegger, T., Hahn, S., Arlettaz, R., Amrhein, V., Zehtindjiev, P., & Bauer, S. (2016). Shifts in vegetation phenology along flyways entail varying risks of mistiming in a migratory songbird. Ecosphere, 7 (June), 1–9.

    Hahn, S., Korner-Nievergelt, F., Emmenegger, T., Amrhein, V., Csörgo, T., Gursoy, A., … Salewski, V. (2016). Longer wings for faster springs - wing length relates to spring phenology in a long-distance migrant across its range. Ecology and Evolution, 6 (1), 68–77.

    Finch T., Saunders P., Avilés J. M., Bermejo A., Catry I., de la Puente J., Emmenegger T., Mardega I., Mayet P., Parejo D., Račinskis E., Rodríguez-Ruiz J., Sackl P., Schwartz T., Tiefenbach M., Valera F., Hewson C., Franco A., Butler S. J. (2015). A pan-European, multipopulation assessment of migratory connectivity in a near-threatened migrant bird. Diversity and Distributions, 21 (9), 1051–1062.

    Lisovski S., Bauer S. and  Emmenegger T. (2015). GeoLight: Analysis of light based geolocator data. R package version 2.0.0.

    Emmenegger, T., Hahn, S., & Bauer, S. (2014). Individual migration timing of common nightingales is tuned with vegetation and prey phenology at breeding sites. BMC Ecology, 14 (1), 9.

    Emmenegger, T., Mayet, P., Duriez, O., & Hahn, S. (2014). Directional shifts in migration pattern of rollers (Coracias garrulus) from a western European population. Journal of Ornithology, 155 (2), 427–433.

    Hahn, S., Emmenegger, T., Lisovski, S., Amrhein, V., Zehtindjiev, P., & Liechti, F. (2014). Variable detours in long-distance migration across ecological barriers and their relation to habitat availability at ground. Ecology and Evolution, 4 (21), 4150–4160.