Julia Stahl




Onderzoek & Inventarisaties


Afdelingshoofd Onderzoek






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long-term research experience on

  • coastal and wetland ecology, especially ecology and population biology of arctic geese and ducks, meadow birds and birds of prey
  • functional ecology of bird migration and habitat connectivity
  • effects of global change such as climatic change and changes in human land use on the interplay between soil, plants and birds.


  • experimental field and laboratory studies on behavioural ecology, nutritional ecology and ecophysiology of waterbirds
  • satellite telemetry and comparative studies with geolocation light level loggers on migratory pathways and timing of migration
  • advanced experience in statistical habitat modelling

Editorial Board Member:

  • Ardea (Journal of the Netherlands Ornithologist Union) 2004 to 2010
  • Journal of Ornithology from 2012


Scientific Experience

  • 10/2012 until present
    Head of Research and Consultancy at Sovon
  • 11/2008 - 09/2012
    Senior Researcher and Lecturer at Landscape Ecology Group, Univ. of Oldenburg, Germany
  • 11/2004 – 10/2008
    Post-Doc at Landscape Ecology Group (prof. M. Kleyer), Univ. of Oldenburg; leader of junior research group "Flexible migration patterns in arctic geese" (DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • 11/2002 – 10/2004
    Post-doc at Community and Conservation Ecology (prof. H. Olff, prof. J.P. Bakker) and Animal Ecology (prof. R.H. Drent, prof. T. Piersma), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • 09/2001 – 10/2002
    Ecologist at It Fryske Gea – research on salt-marsh restoration projects in relation to habitat use of waterfowl

Scientific education

  • 1990 - 1995
    MSc Study of Biology at University of Cologne, Germany, University of Vienna, Austria and University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 1996-2001
    PhD at Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies CEES, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,
    Animal Ecology Group, Prof. Dr. R.H. Drent

    Title of the PhD thesis ‘Limits to the co-occurrence of avian herbivores. How geese share scarce resources.’ based on field ecological studies on bird migration and the role of herbivores in coastal ecosystems; including behavioral and ecophysiological studies on arctic geese and large herbivores (sheep, cattle, hares) in the Wadden Sea and on Spitsbergen