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Prof. Dr.

Martin Wikelski

Year of election: 2014
Section: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
City: Radolfzell
Country: Germany
CV Martin Wikelski - Deutsch (pdf)


Martin Wikelski is Professor for Ornithology at the University of Konstanz and Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology at Radolfzell/Lake Constance. Together with his colleagues and staff, he investigates general biological and ecological laws governing animal migrations in the wild. Data from wild animals equipped with biologgers are recorded and analyzed in the global data base ‘Movebank’. The results will also inform us how organisms use their immune setup in ecological contexts and show how animals deal with diseases, climate change and anthropological alterations in their natural habitats.

The data will prominently help to conserve the globally threatened phenomenon of animal migrations. Wikelski also investigates whether animals can serve as an intelligent distributed sensor network, e.g., to predict environmental changes and events such as hurricanes or earth quakes.


  • seit 2011 Geschäftsführender Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Ornithologie, Radolfzell
  • 2008 Professor für Ornithologie an der Universität Konstanz und Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Ornithologie, Radolfzell
  • seit 2007 Direktor der Abteilung für Tierwanderung und Immunökologie des Max-Planck-Instituts für Ornithologie/Teilinstitut Radolfzell
  • seit 2005 Associate Professor an der Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
  • 2000-2005 Assistant Professor an der Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
  • 1998-2000 Assistant Professor an der University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • 1996-1998 Forschung am Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
  • 1995-1998 Postdoc an der University of Washington in Seattle, USA
  • 1994 Promotion in Verhaltensökologie an der Universität Bielefeld
  • 1985-1991 Studium der Zoologie an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


  • seit 2015 Mitglied der Working Group on Avian Influenza der European Food and Safety Association
  • seit 2011 Leiter der Migration Ecology Group der FAO Task Force for Wildlife and Ecosystem Health


  • seit 2011 DFG-Projekt „Wie beeinflussen lebenslange Bewegungsmuster die Fitness von langstreckenziehenden Vögeln?“

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • 2016 Max-Planck-Forschungspreis
  • seit 2014 Fellow der International Ornithologists' Union (IOU)
  • seit 2014 Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina
  • 2010 National Geographic Society “Adventurer of the Year”
  • 2008 National Geographic Society “Emerging Explorer“
  • 2000 Bartholomew-Preisträger, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • 1999 A. O. Beckman Award, University of Illinois, USA
  • 1998 Niko Tinbergen-Preisträger der Ethologischen Gesellschaft e.V.




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