Tamara Emmenegger


Tamara EmmeneggerTamara Emmenegger
Swiss Ornithological Institute
Department of Bird Migration
Seerose 1
CH – 6402 Sempach


PostDoc “Migration ecology & bird health"

Project administration assistant “GloBAM”


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

Current Projects

  1. Monitoring the health status of wild birds (mainly passerines) on migration
  2. Studying the causes and consequences of blood parasite infections in migratory birds
  3. Analysis of bird-borne activity data in the context of host-parasite interaction
  4. 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)


from 2019 Post-doc in the Department of Bird Migration, Swiss Ornithological Institute
2015 – 2018 PhD with the Swiss Ornithological Institute & the Institute of Integrative Biology of the ETH Zurich
2013 – 2018 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


Hahn S, Alves JA, Bedev K, Santos Costa J, Emmenegger T, Schulze M, Tamm P, Zehtindjiev P & Dhanjal‐Adams KL (2019). Range wide migration corridors and non‐breeding areas of a northward expanding Afro‐Palaearctic migrant, the European Bee‐eater Merops apiaster. Ibis.

Buttemer WA, Bauer S, Emmenegger T, Dimitrov D, Peev S and Hahn S (2019). Moult-related reduction of aerobic scope in passerine birds. J Comp Physiol B 1–8.

Brlík V, Koleček J, Burgess M, Hahn S, Humple D, Krist M, Ouwehand J, Weiser EL, Adamík P, Alves JA, Arlt D, Barišić S, Becker D, Belda EJ, Beran V, Both C, Bravo SP, Briedis M, Chutný B, Ćiković D, Cooper NW, Costa JS, Cueto VR, Emmenegger T, Fraser K, Gilg O, Guerrero M, Hallworth MT, Hewson C, Jiguet F, Johnson JA, Kelly T, Kishkinev D, Leconte M, Lislevand T, Lisovski S, López C, McFarland KP, Marra PP, Matsuoka SM, Matyjasiak P, Meier CM, Metzger B, Monrós JS, Neumann R, Newman A, Norris R, Pärt T, Pavel V, Perlut N, Piha M, Reneerkens J, Rimmer CC, Roberto‐Charron A, Scandolara C, Sokolova N, Takenaka M, Tolkmitt D, van Oosten H, Wellbrock AHJ, Wheeler H, van der Winden J, Witte K, Woodworth BK and Procházka P (2019). Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: a meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias. J Anim Ecol.

Briedis M, Bauer S, Adamík P, Alves JA, Santos Costa J, Emmenegger T, Gustafsson L, Koleček J, Liechti F, Meier CM, Procházka P and Hahn S (2019). A full annual perspective on sex-biased migration timing in long-distance migratory birds. Proc R Soc B 286:20182821.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Koleček, J., Hahn, S., Emmenegger, T. & Procházka, P. (2018). Intra-tropical movements as a beneficial strategy for Palearctic migratory birds. Royal Society Open Science 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.