Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1997
    Undergraduate studies and Diplom degree in biology at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

  • 1993 – 1994
    Studied at and worked as project assistant at the University of Sheffield, UK, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

  • 1997
    Diplom degree in biology (main subject: zoology; minor subjects: ecology, biosystems and land use, and biochemistry; final mark: 1,0)

  • 2002
    Doctorate (magna cum laude) in the Department of Animal Behaviour at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 2005
    Research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to work at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell Ornithological Station, Germany

  • 2006 – 2011
    Head of an Emmy Noether junior research group at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell Ornithological Station (funded by the DFG, New Island Conservation Trust, Falkland Islands, Wildlife Conservation Society etc.)

  • Since 2012
    Heisenberg Professorship (behavioural ecology and physiological ecology) at Giessen University, Germany

Selected publications

  • over 1200 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 6 book chapters, over 20 publications in conservation journals, over 50 contributions to scientific meetings, h-factor 24:

  • Quillfeldt, P. & Masello, J.F. (2013) Impacts of climate variation and potential effects of climate change on South American seabirds – a review. Marine Biology Research 9:337-357.

  • Quillfeldt, P., Masello, J.F., Navarro, J. & Phillips, R.A. (2013) Year-round distribution suggests spatial segregation of two small petrel species in the South Atlantic. Journal of Biogeography 40: 430-441.

  • Quillfeldt, P., Masello, J.F., Segelbacher, G. (2012) Extra-pair paternity in seabirds: a review and case study of Thin-billed prions Pachyptila belcheri. Journal of Ornithology 153:367-373.

  • Quillfeldt, P. et al. (2010) Haemosporidean blood parasites in seabirds. A comparative genetic study of species from Antarctic to tropical habitats. Naturwissenschaften

  • Quillfeldt, P. et al. (2010) Moving polewards in winter: a recent change in migratory strategy of a seabird. Frontiers in Zoology.

  • Quillfeldt et al. (2010) Plasticity versus repeatability in seabird migratory behaviour. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology.

  • Quillfeldt, P. et al. (2009) Acute stress hyporesponsive period in nestling Thin-billed prions P. belcheri. Journal of Comparative Physiology A.

  • Quillfeldt, P. et al. (2008) Stable isotope analysis reveals sexual and environmental variability and individual consistency in foraging of Thin-billed prions. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

  • Quillfeldt, P. et al. (2007) Corticosterone in thin-billed prion Pachyptila belcheri chicks: Diel rhythm, timing of fledging and nutritional stress. Naturwissenschaften.

  • Quillfeldt, P. et al. (2007) Sea surface temperatures and behavioral buffering capacity in Thin-billed prions. Journal of Avian Biology.

  • Quillfeldt, P. et al. (2007) Is sex-specific mass gain in Cory's shearwaters Calonectris diomedea related to begging and steroid hormone expression? Behavioral Ecolgy and Sociobiology.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Ecology and behaviour of subantarctic birds, since 2003

  • Ecology of the burrowing parrot Cyanoliseus patagonus, since 1998

  • Dynamics of waterbird populations as important top consumers at Lake Constance, 2006 – 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Spokesperson of the section Ecology in the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (German Zoological Association), 2009 – 2013

Additional qualifications

  • Head of a junior research group (Emmy Noether Programme), since 2006

  • Active in the Wildlife Conservation Society, since 2004

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Teaching, nature conservation, environmental education

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children (born 2001, 2005)


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