Professor Petra Quillfeldt

In 1996-2000, I spent five summers in Antarctica, near King George Island, studying the smallest birds of Antarctica, the Wilson’s storm petrels, as part of my diploma thesis and doctorate. Further field work on this colony had to give way to family planning, but I remained faithful to the Southern Ocean and have been working from the Subantarctic Islands since 2002, especially from the Falkland Islands. Here I am in charge of an extensive research programme on seabirds, such as rockhopper penguins and whale birds. Another research stay led me to the Kerguelen Archipelago, and since 2013 our working group has returned to the Wilson’s storm petrels of King George Island with the support of AWI and the SPP 1158.



Professor Petra Quillfeldt
AG Verhaltensökologie und Ökophysiologie der Tiere

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 38
35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 641-9935770

Brief CV

Since 2014 Coordination the priority programme Antarctic Research, Biosciences Division
Since 2012 Heisenberg Professorship for Behavioural Ecology and Ecophysiology, Justus Liebig University, Gießen
2006-2011 Emmy Noether Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
2002-2004 Postdoc at the Universities of Glasgow and Cardiff, UK (DAAD scholarship holder and Emmy Noether scholarship holder)
2002 Doctorate at the Freie Universität Berlin
1991-1998 Diploma degree programme in Biology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the University of Sheffield, UK

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