Prof. Dr. Peter Berthold

General research interests:

Until retirement:
Migration - all aspects, annual periodicity, biological rhythms, behavioural, population and molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, population dynamics, ecosystem analysis, reproduction, biology of capercaillie, basic research related to conservation, satellite tracking.

Based on my emeritus working place:

Various research related to conservation, above all engagement for the establishment of a “Biotopverbund Bodensee” and of a “Biotopverbund Germany” since 2017 together with the Sielmann Foundation, studies of effects of (all year) bird feeding, of effects of man-made biotopes on biodiversity and their carrying capacity, monitoring of population dynamics in various habitats.

Curriculum vitae

Emeritus (since 31st December 2004)
Born: 19th April 1939
Education: Ph.D. 1964 University Tübingen
Post-doctoral 1964-1969 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Max Planck Society Fellowships
Active member of the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft since 1955
Amateur coworker and bird ringer of Vogelwarte Radolfzell since 1955

Academic positions:
Lecturer, University of Constance, 1972
Professor of Biology, University of Constance, since 1981
Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki, 1992
Local Head, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Max Planck Institute of Behavioural Physiology, 1991
Director, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, as one of the two divisions of the Research Unit for Ornithology of the Max Planck Society, 1998

Professional societies, offices:
Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten: President, 1975-1977
Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft: Councellor, 1970-1973, 1986-1993
Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft: Secretary General, 1974-1979
Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft: Vice-President, 1980-1982
Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft: President, 1983-1985
International Ornithological Committee: President, 1995-1998
Circle of Friends, Biol. Station Rybachy: President, 1998
Editor, Vogelwarte, 1969-2004

Honours and awards:
Member of the International Ornithological Committee, 1982
Member of the Permanent Executive Committee of the International Ornithologial Congresses, 1986
Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee of the XX. International Ornithological Congress, 1986
Award of the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft, 1988
Elliott Coues Award, American Ornithologist's Union, 1989
Honorary Fellow, American Ornithologist's Union, 1990
Golden nestbox for bird conservation activities, Ludwigshafen/Rhine, 1990
Bruno-H. Schubert-Award of the Schubert-Foundation, 1991
Member of the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, 1992
Witherby Memorial Lecturer, British Trust for Ornithology, 1992
President of the XXII. International Ornithological Congress in Durban (1998), 1994
Honorary Member of the British Ornithologists' Union, 1995
Council Member of the European Ornithologists' Union, 1997
Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society, 1998
Member of the Academia Europaea, 1998
Science Price and Karl Ritter von Frisch-Medal of the German Zoological Society, 1998
J. Müller and E. Haeckel Memorial Lecturer, Berlin and Jena, 1999
Honorary Member of the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft, 2000
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Deutsche Jagdschutz-Verband, 2000
Philip Morris Research Award, 2002
Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2003
Honorary Member Spanish Ornithological Society, 2004
Honorary Award Heinz Sielmann Foundation, 2004
Challenge trophy, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, 2004
Member of the Council of the Sielmann Foundation, 2005
Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, 2005
Honorary Member of the Ornithological Society of Saxony, 2005
Corresponding Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, 2006
Felix-von-Hornstein-Medal, by the BNO, Bad Wurzach, 2010
Promega Science and Journalism Price for excellent publications in Biology, 2011
Order of Merit of State Baden-Württemberg, 2012
Project Award UN-Decade of Biodiversity, 2014
Federal Merit on a band, 2018
Face of Europe, 2019


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