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  • In search of stress resilience

    11.12.2014 13:00 - 14:00 sine tempore

    Location:

    Seewiesen, Seminar Room House 4, Tea & Cofee 12:30, Videoconference to Radolfzell

International Bioacoustics Congress

Organized by scientists of the MPIO - Registration opened

International Bioacoustics Congress 2015 in Murnau

Organized by scientists of the MPIO - Registration opened

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The MPI for Ornithology gets a new scientific department. Prof. Dr. Iain Couzin starts his Department of Collective Behavior on the 1st of February 2015. Director Couzin is also full professor at the University of Konstanz where his department will be located.

New Department at the MPIO

The MPI for Ornithology gets a new scientific department. Prof. Dr. Iain Couzin starts his Department of Collective Behavior on the 1st of February 2015. Director Couzin is also full professor at the University of Konstanz where his department will be located. [more]
Dr. Bart Kranstauber, former PhD student and recent Postdoc at the Department for Migration and Immuno-Ecology won the Max Planck Award 2014 for his stunning animation of global bird migrations. Congratulations, Bart!

Max Planck Award 2014

Dr. Bart Kranstauber, former PhD student and recent Postdoc at the Department for Migration and Immuno-Ecology won the Max Planck Award 2014 for his stunning animation of global bird migrations. Congratulations, Bart! [more]
Dr. Nawang Norbu, former PhD student of the MPIO and IMPRS, was awarded a Max Planck Partner Group to be established at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan. <span class="userContent">We are very much looking forward to continue working with you, Nawang!</span>

Max Planck Partner Group in Bhutan

Dr. Nawang Norbu, former PhD student of the MPIO and IMPRS, was awarded a Max Planck Partner Group to be established at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan. We are very much looking forward to continue working with you, Nawang!
Young scientist from all over the world interested in organismal biology may apply for several new PhD projects at the institut in Seewiesen, Radolfzell or the University of Konstanz. Deadline is January 15, 2015. All projects will be fully funded for at least three years.

IMPRS for Organismal Biology opens new PhD positions for 2015

Young scientist from all over the world interested in organismal biology may apply for several new PhD projects at the institut in Seewiesen, Radolfzell or the University of Konstanz. Deadline is January 15, 2015. All projects will be fully funded for at least three years.
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<p>It is believed that a bird's energetic reserves determine when within a day and for how long it incubates its eggs. Martin Bulla and his colleagues challenged this view for species where both parents incubate. They experimentally reduced the energetic demands of incubation by heating and insulating the nest. These treatments had no major effect on the length of incubation bouts. Their results demonstrate that the observed timing and length of incubation bouts in biparental semipalmated sandpiper are not primarily driven by energetic constraints and therefore by the state of the incubating bird. This finding implies that we still do not understand the factors driving timing and length of incubation bouts in biparentally incubating species. Image: Martin Bulla</p>
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Heating and insulating the nest had no major effect on the length of incubation bouts in sandpipers

It is believed that a bird's energetic reserves determine when within a day and for how long it incubates its eggs. Martin Bulla and his colleagues challenged this view for species where both parents incubate. They experimentally reduced the energetic demands of incubation by heating and insulating the nest. These treatments had no major effect on the length of incubation bouts. Their results demonstrate that the observed timing and length of incubation bouts in biparental semipalmated sandpiper are not primarily driven by energetic constraints and therefore by the state of the incubating bird. This finding implies that we still do not understand the factors driving timing and length of incubation bouts in biparentally incubating species. Image: Martin Bulla

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A big study of Max-Planck-researchers together with an international team shows for the first time that echolocation calls of bats are shaped not only by natural selection but also by sexual selection. Image: Stefan Greif

Listening for love in the darkness

A big study of Max-Planck-researchers together with an international team shows for the first time that echolocation calls of bats are shaped not only by natural selection but also by sexual selection. Image: Stefan Greif [more]
Dawn and dusk are two critical periods were male songbirds sing to defend their territory and their mate. The timing of dawn song is frequently regarded as a reliable indicator of male quality because in some cases it is age-related and condition-dependent. Previous work showed that artificial night lighting could modify this timing but no studies have ever investigated the influence of light pollution in parallel with another stressor associated with urbanization, i.e. noise pollution, and in comparison with natural conditions. In this study, researchers from Seewiesen have recorded 6 common European songbird species from winter to the peak of breeding season and have compared the effects of artificial light and traffic noise, not only on the onset of their dawn singing but also on the cessation of their dusk singing.

Singing under a streetlamp

Dawn and dusk are two critical periods were male songbirds sing to defend their territory and their mate. The timing of dawn song is frequently regarded as a reliable indicator of male quality because in some cases it is age-related and condition-dependent. Previous work showed that artificial night lighting could modify this timing but no studies have ever investigated the influence of light pollution in parallel with another stressor associated with urbanization, i.e. noise pollution, and in comparison with natural conditions. In this study, researchers from Seewiesen have recorded 6 common European songbird species from winter to the peak of breeding season and have compared the effects of artificial light and traffic noise, not only on the onset of their dawn singing but also on the cessation of their dusk singing. [more]
 
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