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Research Interests


Contributing to the broader understanding of bird biology is a dual pursuit, involving both my academic career and volunteer work as a master bird bander. My primary focus lies in unraveling the physiological mechanisms governing bird migration. Employing techniques such high-resolution respirometry, enzymatic assays, protein quantification, hematological assays, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), I investigate energetics on multiple levels from whole-organism to subcellular traits. While I approach many questions from a laboratory perspective, I integrate my field-based knowledge to approach novel questions from both an ecological and physiological perspective. Currently, my research is concentrated on understanding migratory traits in wild phenotypes, particularly mitochondrial traits. My ongoing banding studies aim to document novel migratory routes, conduct long-term monitoring of species status and trends at migratory banding stations, facilitated by the latest tracking technology and methods. While my primary focus is on avian taxa, I also collaborate with collegues to apply my knowledge broadly in other taxa and subdisciplines. 

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