Christoph Meier


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

Telefon: +41 41 462 99 23


Function: researcher
Collecting geolocator data, analysis, and publication
Supervision of students


  • Palearctic-African bird migration
  • movement ecology
  • flight behaviour
  • dispersal biology
  • species range dynamics
  • spatially explicit models

Current Projects

  • Long-term monitoring of the alpine swift (Tachymarptis melba) full annual cycle movement
  • Estimating intra-individual repeatability of migratory route and timing
  • Estimating heritability of migratory traits
  • Linking annual movement pattern to individual load of persistent organic pollutant
  • Understanding the costs of maladapted timing of migrator northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)


  • Dr. Kalender Arikan, Department of Biology Education, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • Dr. Debora Arlt, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Science – SLU, Sweden
  • Dr. Raül Aymí, Institut Català d'Ornitologia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr Pierre Bize, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Martin Buchmann, Waldböckelheim, Germany
  • Ofri Eitan, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Dr. Manfred Enstipp, Department of Ecology, Physiology and Ethology, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, France
  • Dr. Gwenael Jacob, Department of Biology, Univerity of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Dr. Hakan Karaadiç, Mathematics and Science Education Department, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Turkey
  • Dr. Robert A. Robinson, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), United Kingdom
  • Dr. Heiko Schmaljohan, Institute of Avian Research, “Vogelwarte Helgoland” Wilhelmshaven, Germany
  • Willem Witvliet, Broek op Langedijk, Niederlande


Since 2015 Researcher at the Swiss Ornithological Institute, Department of Bird Migration
2012 Internship at the Fachstelle Naturschutz of canton Zürich
2007 – 2012 Ph.D. Evolutionary Ecology, University Helsinki (FIN) and University Ghent (BEL)
2006 MSc Zoologie, Zoological museum, University Zürich


Brlík, V. et al. (inklusive Hahn S, Briedis M, Emmenegger T, Lisovski S, Meier C. M). (2020). Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: a meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias. – Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 207–220.

Briedis, M., Bauer, S., Adamík, P., Alves, J. A., Costa, J. S., Emmenegger, T., Gustafsson, L., Koleček, J., Krist, M., Liechti, F., Lisovski, S., Meier, C. M., Procházka, P., Hahn, S. and McGill, B. (2020). Broad - scale patterns of the Afro - Palaearctic landbird migration. – Global Ecology and Biogeography 29: 722–735.

Lisovski, S., Bauer, S., Briedis, M., Davidson, S. C., Dhanjal-Adams, K. L., Hallworth, M. T., Karagicheva, J., Meier, C. M., Merkel, B., Ouwehand, J., Pedersen, L., Rakhimberdiev, E., Roberto-Charron, A., Seavy, N. E., Sumner, M. D., Taylor, C. M., Wotherspoon, S. J. and Bridge, E. S. (2020). Light-level geolocator analyses: A user's guide. – The Journal of animal ecology 89: 221–236.

Meier, C. M., Karaardıç, H., Aymí, R., Peev, S. G., Witvliet, W. and Liechti, F. (2020). Population‐specific adjustment of the annual cycle in a super - swift trans - Saharan migrant. – Journal of Avian Biology 51: 258.

Robinson, R. A., Meier, C. M., Witvliet, W., Kéry, M. and Schaub, M. (2020). Survival varies seasonally in a migratory bird: Linkages between breeding and non-breeding periods. – Journal of animal ecology 89: 2111–2121.

Briedis, M., Bauer, S., Adamík, P., Alves, J. A., Costa, J. S., Emmenegger, T., Gustafsson, L., Koleček, J., Liechti, F., Meier, C. M., Procházka, P. and Hahn, S. (2019). A full annual perspective on sex-biased migration timing in long-distance migratory birds. – Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286: 20182821.

Meier, C. M., Karaardıç, H., Aymí, R., Peev, S. G., Bächler, E., Weber, R., Witvliet, W. and Liechti, F. (2018). What makes Alpine swift ascend at twilight? Novel geolocators reveal year-round flight behaviour. – Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72: 45.

Alonso, D., Arizaga, J., Meier, C. M. and Liechti, F. (2016). Light-level geolocators confirm resident status of a southern European common crossbill population. – Journal of Ornithology 158: 75–81.

Schmaljohann, H., Meier, C. M., Arlt, D., Bairlein, F., van Oosten, H., Morbey, Y. E., Åkesson, S., Buchmann, M., Chernetsov, N., Desaever, R., Elliott, J., Hellström, M., Liechti, F., López, A., Middleton, J., Ottosson, U., Pärt, T., Spina, F. and Eikenaar, C. 2016. Proximate causes of avian protandry differ between subspecies with contrasting migration challenges. – Behavioral Ecology 27: 321–331.

Jaakkonen, T., Kivelä, S. M., Meier, C. M. and Forsman, J. T. (2015). The use and relative importance of intraspecific and interspecific social information in a bird community. – Behavioral Ecology 26: 55–64.

Meier, C. M., Bonte, D., Kaitala, A. and Ovaskainen, O. (2014). Invasion rate of deer ked depends on spatiotemporal variation in host density. – Bulletin of entomological research 104: 314–322.

Bonte, D., van Dyck, H., Bullock, J. M., Coulon, A., Delgado, M., Gibbs, M., Lehouck, V., Matthysen, E., Mustin, K., Saastamoinen, M., Schtickzelle, N., Stevens, V. M., Vandewoestijne, S., Baguette, M., Barton, K., Benton, T. G., Chaput-Bardy, A., Clobert, J., Dytham, C., Hovestadt, T., Meier, C. M., Palmer, S. C. F., Turlure, C. and Travis, J. M. J. (2012). Costs of dispersal. – Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 87: 290–312.

Meier, C. M., Starrfelt, J. and Kokko, H. (2011). Mate limitation causes sexes to coevolve towards more similar dispersal kernels. – Oikos 120: 1459–1468.

Blanckenhorn, W. U., Birrer M., Meier, C. M., Reim, C., Teuschl Y., and Weibel D. (2008). Size‐Dependent Mating Success at Various Nutritional States in the Yellow Dung Fly. – Ethology 114: 752–759.