Baptiste Schmid


Baptiste Schmid
Baptiste Schmid (Foto © Archiv Vogelwarte)
Dr. phil. nat. Baptiste Schmid
Department of Bird Migration
Swiss Ornithological Institute
Seerose 1
CH - 6204 Sempach

++41 41 462 97 72
Twitter: @baptischmi


  • researcher


Animal movements ecology; animal stress physiology; community ecology; pollination systems; radar ornithology.

Current Projects

  • Dynamics of broad front avian migration in topography and wind fields.
  • How many migratory birds cross Switzerland?
  • Phenology of avian and insect migration at Col de Bretolet
  • Composition of nocturnal avian migration: Do individuals fly with conspecifics?



Active membre of the Groupe de Recherche en Ecologie Arctique (GREA) home page


Since 2015 researcher at Swiss Ornithological Institute, Department of Bird Migration
2011 - 2015 Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology), Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2009 – 2010 research assistant at Swiss Ornithological Institute, department of physiology
2008 – 2009 MSc in Biology (Ecology), ETH Zürich and Swiss Ornithological Institute


Selected publications Baptiste Schmid (2011-today)

For a complete list see: google-scholar home page or


  • Nussbaumer, R, L Benoit, G Mariethoz, F Liechti, S Bauer, and B Schmid (2019) A Geostatistical Approach to Estimate High Resolution Nocturnal Bird Migration Densities from a Weather Radar Network. Remote Sensing 11:2233. [link]
  • Nilsson C, A Dokter, L Verlinden, J Shamoun-Baranes, B Schmid, P Desmet, S Bauer, J Chapman, JA Alves, PM Stepanian, N Sapir, C Wainwright, M Boos, A Górska, MHM Menz, P Rodrigues, H Leijnse, P Zehtindjiev, R Brabant, G Haase, N Weisshaupt, M Ciach, F Liechti (2019). Revealing patterns of nocturnal avian migration from the European weather radar network. Ecography 42: 876-886. [link]
  • B Schmid, S Zaugg, SC Votier, JW Chapman, M Boos, F Liechti (2019) Size matters in quantitative radar monitoring of animal migration: estimating monitored volume from wingbeat frequency. Ecography 42 (5), 931-941 [link]
  • Aschwanden J, H Stark, D Peter, T Steuri, B Schmid & F Liechti (2018): Bird collisions at wind turbines in a mountainous area related to bird movement intensities measured by radar. Biological Conservation 220: 228–236. [link]
  • A Aurbach, B Schmid, F Liechti, N Chokani, R Abhari (2018) Complex behaviour in complex terrain-Modelling bird migration in a high resolution wind field across mountainous terrain to simulate observed patterns. Journal of Theoretical Biology 454, 126-138 [link]
  • Schmid B., Nottebrock H., Esler K.J., Pagel J., Pauw A., Böhning-Gaese K., Schurr F. and Schleuning M., 2015. Responses of nectar feeding birds to floral resource at multiple scales. Ecography, 39, 619-629. Full text
  • Schmid B., Dafond L., Jenni-Eiermann S., Arlettaz R., Schaub M., Jenni L., 2013. Modulation of the adrenocortical response to acute stress with respect to brood value, reproductive success and survival in the Eurasian hoopoe. Oecologia, 173, 33-44. Full text