In my diploma thesis I studied a Rookery (Rook, Corvus frugilegus) at Berlin Tegel Airport over two breeding seasons (2004/2005) and was fascinated by their social behaviour and cleverness. In 2006 I developed the Corvids Literature Database to make research articles related to corvids available for everyone (http://www.corvids.de). The fascination never stopped and today my main interest lies in corvid evolution and biogeography in Asia, which is also part of my PhD.
In addition the mobilization of data for platforms such as GBIF or GGBN and establishing standardized pipelines is another research topic that I’m working on at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin (BGBM). Regarding corvids this includes occurrence records from literature as well as collection based occurrences and also focuses on Asia currently (see Figs.).
Figures. Available georeferenced Corvid occurrence records (left, from http://www.gbif.org) in comparison to known distribution of Corvids from literature (right, from http://dataportal.corvids.de).
Berliner Ornithologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft (BOA), Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft (DO-G), British Ornithologists' Union (BOU)
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