Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni), Vienna, Austria
Affiliate Researcher, BAH&CM, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
My main research interest lies in behavioural ecology and evolutionary physiology. I am particularly interested in understanding endocrine and neuroendocrine pathways through which organisms respond to variable and changing environmental conditions in the context of their life history strategies.
My research aims at integrating our knowledge of mechanisms acting on different biological scales, from cellular to the whole-organism level, by using omics approaches as well as molecular, physiological, and neuroendocrine techniques. I am interested in understanding how these mechanisms have been evolved to mediate phenotypic responses and organismal outcomes in the context of growth, reproduction, and survival. I am also particularly interested in understanding mechanisms mediating early life programming responses over the course of the individual’s life. My research questions are not taxa-dependent. I mostly work on birds, but I also collaborate with other veterinarians and biologists working on different vertebrate species, including mammals and amphibians.
Main current project: An avian model for understanding adaptations and modulatory drivers of avian migration.
Funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, grant N: 704582 MIGRADAPT.
Please visit my own research blog if you would like to know more about my research projects.