Applied ecology

Red deer do not respect state borders. Using GPS technology we are able to monitor their migration routes.
Photo of a red deer stag
Ural owls are starting to live in the Austrian woods again - FIWI is helping with the re-introduction of this charismatic owl species.
Photo of a young ural owl in the woods
Black grouse is a endangered species, for which important corridors have to be conserved.
Photo of a male black grouse
The fox has become an urban resident. FIWI shares its expertise in the City of Vienna´s working group "Wildlife in the city" and offer sound advice in wildlife matters.
Photo of a fox in a meadow

Team leadership:   O.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Walter Arnold 1

Understanding the needs of wild animals and their adaptability is a prerequisite for sustainable management- and conservation strategies.  Through interdisciplinary research FIWI aims to create the scientific basis for efficient conservation measures and for the sustainable use of multiple use landscapes. Modern technology such as GPS-GSM telemetry, isotope analyses, and statistical modeling help us to clarify and present complex issues. 

Based on research findings we develop concepts and management strategies to maintain habitat for wildlife in multiple use landscapes, and to minimize damage and problems caused by wildlife. 

Research areas

  • - Habitat preferences, use of space and activity patterns of wild animals

  • - Reasons for human-wildlife conflicts

  • - The impact of changed living conditions on wild animals in the cultural landscape

  • - Reasons for population growth of wild animals in human-dominated landscapes

  • - Threats to wildlife and underlying causes

We apply our research tools and results in the following areas:

  • - Recommendations on habitat improvement

  • - Recommendations on protection measures for endangered species

  • - Recommendations on control measures of invasive species

  • - Improvement of ecological connectivity

  • - Advisory services on human-wildlife conflict for government agencies and interest groups

  • - Advisory services on the impacts of infrastructure projects on wildlife


General Contact


Savoyenstraße 1
A-1160 Wien

T +43 (1) 25077-7900
F +43 (1) 25077-7941

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