Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Martina Scacco

Am Obstberg 1

78315 Radolfzell


Martina Scacco

Martina Scacco

Martina Scacco


IMPRS Doctoral Student


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Main Focus

Multiple spatiotemporal scale analysis in the Movement Ecology of Old World Vultures:

Animal movement results from a balance of the need to move, the individual capacities and all the external factors affecting the movement. This is the central idea of the movement ecology paradigm and I find in the Ornithology an ideal playground for its application.

The purpose of my PhD project is to analyze a pan-European dataset composed of high resolution GPS data collected by different research groups across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to explore the movement ecology of different Old World vulture species (mainly the griffon vulture) at multiple spatiotemporal scales.
In particular, my interest is in analyzing the vultures' movements and their soaring behaviour on a local, regional and continental scale, trying to evaluate the importance and the effects of different atmospheric and environmental factors (in an energy landscape perspective), comparing them at intra-specific and inter-specific levels.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Sep 2016 - to date: Doctoral student, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany
  • May 2015 - Aug 2016: Field Assistant at the Strait of Messina (IT): Operation of X-band radars to monitor spring and autumn migration of raptors and nocturnal passerines.
  • Oct 2015 - Feb 2016: STSMs (Short Term Scientific Missions) within the ENRAM CoST-Action to compare radar data among different radar systems (Host Institutions: University of Lund, University of Amsterdam, Swiss Ornithological Institute).
  • Mar 2015: Master’s Degree (Msc Ecobiology), University of Rome “La Sapienza”
  • Dec 2012: Bachelor Degree (BA Natural Science), University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department Wikelski
  • IMPRS Board
  • MPI for Ornithology Radolfzell
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