Dr. Ivan Maggini

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
Abteilung Ornithologie
Wissenschaftlicher Koordinator - Österreichische Vogelwarte
Department für Integrative Biologie und Evolution
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Savoyenstr. 1a
A-1160 Wien


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My main research focus is on bird migration. Birds evolved morphological and physiological adaptations that allow them to perform large-scale movements through a variety of different habitats, under sometimes very challenging conditions, such as e.g. during the crossing of seas or deserts. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the strategies adopted by different species, or populations within species, are highly variable, depending on the characteristics of their itinerary. The aim of my research is to identify the physiological limitations that contribute to shaping and differentiating migration strategies. In the long run, knowing such limitations will help understand whether migratory birds are flexible enough to deal with changing environments and/or climate.


  • Scientific coordinator of the Austrian bird ringing scheme

Bird ringing has provided a huge amount of information about bird migration for over a century. Even with the development of modern tracking techniques, bird ringing still plays an important role in ornithological science. With the newly established Austrian ringing scheme we wish to pursue two main goals: 1. Monitoring of breeding and migratory birds in Austria through nationally coordinated projects; and 2. Integrating bird ringing and modern tracking techniques for cutting edge basic research on bird migration. As a very small ringing scheme, the vision for the future is to participate in international projects involving bird ringing and tracking at a larger scale (e.g. at the European level).

Curriculum Vitae


postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada). Topic: “Effects of crude oil on the migratory performance of birds”. Supervisor Prof. Christopher G. Guglielmo.

2010-2012participation in several research projects, including

Research assistant in GPS-tracking of Cory’s Shearwaters Calonectris diomedea at various Italian colonies, project managed by LIPU (BirdLife Italy);

Measurement and elaboration of physiological, morphological and behavioural data collected on migratory birds on the island of Ponza, Italy, led by Prof. Dr. Leonida Fusani (University of Ferrara, Italy) and Prof. Wolfgang Goymann (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany);
Field technician in the project “Stopover of passerine birds at the northern desert edge in Morocco”. Project leader: Gabriel Gargallo (Catalan Institute of Ornithology, Barcelona, Spain). Financed by the Institute of Avian Research, Wilhelmshaven (Germany);
Field technician in a study on migratory connectivity of bluethroats Luscinia svecica in Senegal, led by Dr. Juan Arizaga (Aranzadi Science Society, San Sebastian, Spain).
2009-2010Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Avian Research “Vogelwarte Helgoland”, Wilhelmshaven (Germany). Topic: “Migratory strategies of the Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe”. Supervisor Prof. Dr. Franz Bairlein.
2005-2009PhD in Ornithology at the University of Oldenburg (Germany). Thesis: “Migratory strategies of Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe”. Supervisor Prof. Dr. Franz Bairlein.
1998-2004Studies in Biology and Diploma in Zoology at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Thesis: “Do birds refuel when stopping over in the Western Sahara desert?” Supervisor Prof. Dr. Uli Reyer and PD Dr. Lukas Jenni (Vogelwarte Sempach, Switzerland).


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