Miriam Liedvogel is Director of the Institute of Avian Research “Vogelwarte Helgoland” and Professor of Ornithology at Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg. She is fascinated by the phenomenon of bird migration and asks with her research, how this fascinating behaviour is controlled, coordinated and regulated on the molecular level?
To address this question, she links careful behavioural observation and state-of-the-art tracking migration in the wild to carefully characterise migratory behaviour under controlled conditions as well as free flying birds, with whole genome sequencing approaches to match genotype to phenotype.
Miriam has been awarded various prices and fellowships, for instance the JED Williams Medal, Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Navigation, DFG, MPG, and besides regularly talking at both national and international scientific conferences, enjoys to communicate science to children and the general public.
You can learn more about her research focus, the key questions she is addressing and the wider impact of her research in this video clip.