Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski

Contact information
Phone: +49 7531 88 4940
Post office box: Universitätsstraße 10
Room: Z 806
Scientific career

Martin Wikelski is Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology based in Radolfzell, Germany, and Professor for Ornithology at the University of Konstanz. He is also visiting research scholar at Princeton University, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Explorer at the National Geographic Society. Wikelski is the chairperson for the International Max Planck Research School on Organismal Biology at the University of Konstanz.

He received his Ph.D. at Bielefeld University and then postdoced at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Wikelski was assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, from 1998-2000 and then assistant and associate professor at Princeton University from 2000-2008. He is currently investigating global migratory pattern in animals with particular emphasis on disease spread and zoonoses. In this capacity Wikelski heads the migration ecology group within the FAO Scientific Task Force on Wildlife and Ecosystem Health. He is leading the ICARUS initiative, aiming at measuring the ‘Pulse of the Living Planet’ by installing an experimental small-object tracking system at the International Space Station. He authored more than 150 publications.

Institution Responsibility
Department of Biology Professor
Previous courses
Title Type Number
Advanced Course Organismal biology: Going Wild practical course BIO-11500-20171
Advanced Course Organismal biology: Going Wild lecture course with colloquium BIO-11490-20171
Brutbiologischer Kurs der Vogelwarte Radolfzell course BIO-10495-20171
Migration and Immuno-Ecology supervision of research theses
Publication list
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Title Responsibility Period
Computational Conservation Ecology Project head 01.09.2014 – 31.08.2018
MoveVRE - MoveBank Virtual Research Environment Project head 01.07.2010 – 30.06.2012
Research interests

Movement Ecology, Immuno-ecology, Disease, Wildlife, Animal ecology, Ornithology, Global interconnectedness of life on the move