Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Vogl

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

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E-Mail an Wolfgang Vogl senden [Link 1]


My field of interest in biology is very broad and I always try to combine applied with basic research. The main topics are:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Population Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology with a focus on mating systems and other behavioral adaptations.

Current Projects

PhD Project, working title: “Sexual conflict and parental care in the monogamous house martin (Delichon urbica)” Supervisors Hans Winkler [Link 2] and Dustin Penn [Link 3]

In various studies of animals with biparental care it has been shown frequently that social fathers are not necessarily the genetic fathers of the young they care for. This leads to an evolutionary conflict between the sexes which, among other things, may lead to differential parental investment. It is known from other studies on house martins that the proportions of chicks which are not sired by the social father reach from 20-30% of broods (11-19% of chicks) in different populations. In a previous study at our institute it has been shown that cuckolded fathers decrease their feeding rates. This leads to two questions: are males able to detect that their partner where „unfaithful“and hence limit their investment? Or, is cuckoldry a reaction of females to the overall “bad quality” of their mates which also is reflected in their insufficient parental qualities? I addressed these questions with short-term male removal experiments and a combination of genetic paternity assessment with individual measures of various aspects of male and female quality.

Implementation of an Austrian Ornithological Research Centre and national ringing scheme “Projekt Ornithologische Forschungsstelle (Österreichische Vogelwarte)”

Project leader Hans Winkler [Link 2], in collaboration with Herbert Hoi [Link 4] (KLIVV), Max Planck Institut für Ornithologie Radolfzell [Link 5] and BirdLife Austria [Link 6]

Austria is the only country of the developed world which does not enjoy the services of an ornithological research institution. There are several historical reasons for this situation. Fact is, that ringers of post-war Austria have been supported by the Max-Planck-Society based Vogelwarte Radolfzell [Link ], Germany, for decades.

Our concept rests on the notion that such an institution has to (i) do research in the field of population ecology of birds; (ii) run a national ringing (and marking) scheme, and (iii) take care of volunteers. This institution will provide thus services to universities and other research institution, governmental bodies, and the general public alike.

I am part of two studies that aim at collecting and properly archiving all available ringing data that have accumulated so far and that are relevant for Austria, and lay the base for such an institution and define its objectives and agenda.
My part in these projects concerns the implementation of a ringing scheme, developing the outline of a research program proper for Austria, and to care for training and servicing the volunteer force.

This project is carried out in collaboration with BirdLife Austria [Link 6], Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology [Link 7] and supported by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management [Link 8], the conservation offices of the federal states, and the Federal Ministry for Science and Research [Link 9].

Impact of global climate change on population genetics and phenology of Birds in Austria

Project leader Hans Winkler, funded by the BMLFUW [Link ], KLIVV and National Park Neusiedler See [Link 10], in collaboration with Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Radolfzell [Link ] and Biologische Station Illmitz [Link 11]

Between 1974 and 1993 the “Vogelwarte Radolfzell” conducted standardized ringing of migrating songbirds in Illmitz at the Lake Neusiedl, Austria. About 114,000 individuals were trapped and marked with aluminum rings between end of June and beginning of November each year. To document possible changes in long-term trends due to climate change we are trapping and ringing birds since 2007 at the same location, the same time and with the same effort and compare the current data set with the results obtained in the previous century. From first analyses we could show that long-distance and short-distance migrants react differently, and that age also plays a role. In parallel, we also study the population genetics of resident and migratory populations of selected species like blackcaps, reed- and sedge warblers and kingfishers. The fact that about 10,000 birds in almost 70 species are trapped annually requires the help of more than 50 volunteers. Thus, this project provides great training opportunities for students and lay people as well. I coordinate this project and schedule for the work of the teams of ringers and helpers, and am responsible for the logistics. Data archiving, management and analysis are also part of my responsibilities.

This research was supported by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Biologische Station Burgenland, and the National Park Neusiedler See – Seewinkel.

Curriculum Vitae

Nationality: Austrian



PhD Natural Science, Zoology, University of Vienna, Austria

1995-1999MS Natural Science, Biology with Major in Zoology, University of Vienna, Austria, Diploma Thesis: „Die Bedeutung des Habitats für die Raumnutzung und Wirtsfindung des Europäischen Kuckucks (Cuculus canorus c.)"
1991Biology study, University of Vienna, Austria


Since August 2011Research assistant of a feasibility study for installation of a national Ornithological Research Institute (“Projekt österreichische Vogelwarte”) funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research together with Prof. Dr. Hans Winkler.
2001-Aug.2011Various short-term part time positions as research assistant in conservation biased projects like, e.g. an expert’s report on “Influence of global climate change on breeding- and migration phenology of Birds in Austria” (2004), in collaboration with Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, BOKU Wien and BirdLife Austria, or e.g. “Beaver Management in Lower Austria” (Oct.2004-May 2008), in collaboration with the Institute of Wildlife biology and Game Management-BOKU Vienna and the Conservation Department of the Lower Austrian provincial government.


Publikationen [Link 12]


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