Bianca Alert, PhD student

Scientific Curriculum Vitae

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Name: Bianca Alert

Adress: AG Neurosensorik/Animal Navigation, IBU

Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Carl-von-Ossietzky-Strasse 9-11,

D-26129 Oldenburg


Phone: +49 (0) 441 798 3646

Fax: +49 (0) 441 798 3284

email: bianca.alert(at)


Apr. 2010-present: Ph.D. student at Department of Biology, University of Oldenburg, Germany, AG Animal Navigation/"Neurosensorik" (Group leader: Prof. Dr. H. Mouritsen).
Project: "Star Compass Learning in Night-Migratory Songbirds".


Oct. 2009: Graduation: Diplom-Biologin (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg. Thesis: "Quantitative Analysis of the Predation Frequency on Grouse (Tetraonidae) Leks". Prof. Dr. Ilse Storch (Dept. of Wildlife Ecology and Management), Prof. Dr. Josef K. Müller (Institute of Biology I).

2004-2009: Studies in Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg (Germany). Specialization in Evolution and Ecology of Animals, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, Wildlife Ecology and Management.

1997-2004: Secondary School Education at Barnim-Oberschule (Gymnasium) Berlin-Lichtenberg (Germany). Graduation: Abitur (university entrance qualification).

Conference Contributions:

Oct. 2009: 5th International Black Grouse Conference, Bialowieza (Poland). Presentation: "Does Predation Affect Lekking Behaviour in Grouse? A Summary of Field Observations".


2013: Michalik, A., Alert, B., Engels, S., Lefeldt, N. & Mouritsen, H. (2013) Star compass learning: how long does it take? J. Ornithol, in press, doi: 10.1007/s10336-013-1004-x