Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen
Scientific Curriculum Vitae
Name: Henrik Østergaard Mouritsen
Address: AG Neurosensorik/Animal Navigation, IBU, University of Oldenburg,
D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany.
Born in 1971 in Aalborg.
Civil status: Married, one child.
Phone: +49 (0) 151 5631 3360; Fax: +49 441 798 3620
2007-: Permanent Full Professor (W3, “Verbeamtet”) at University of Oldenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Germany.
2006-2014: W2 Lichtenberg-Professor (VW-Stiftung) at University of Oldenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Germany.
2002-2006: Leader of my own independent research group (Volkswagen Nachwuchsgruppe) at University of Oldenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Germany.
1999-2001: Visiting scientist (postdoc) at Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Canada financed by a three-year research grant from The Carlsberg Foundation.
1998: Research assistant at Centre for Sound Communication at Odense University Sept-Dec financed by the Danish National Research Foundation.
2005: Habilitation in “Zoology” from University of Oldenburg, Germany.
1998: Ph.D. in Biology from Odense University, Denmark.
1996: Master of Science (Cand. Scient.) in Biology and Chemistry from Odense University, Denmark (Average 11,0 – the highest grades on record at Department of Biology).
1990: Graduated from Støvring Gymnasium (mathematical-chemical high-school) (top 2%).
Honours, prizes, stipends and grants
2013-2017: Major initiator together with Prof. Karl W. Koch in applying for and getting a graduate school titled “Molecular basis of sensory Biology” (GRK 1885) funded by the Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft to Oldenburg. This graduate school will fund 12 Ph.D. students for at least 4.5 years, and it will be a benefit for a number of colleagues from physics and biology (ca. 2,2 million €).
2012: “Grossgeräteantrag” DFG/MWK: gated STED and confocal microscope from Leica (“Vorführgerät” [demonstration model], ca. 880,000 € joint with Reto Weiler).
2011: Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientist Award 2011.
2010-2013: Collaborative DARPA grant with Prof. Peter Hore, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Oxford: “Quantum effects in Magnetoperception” (total grant 4.9 million US$, University of Oldenburg: ca. 1.5 million US$).
2009-2014: BMBF: Bernstein Focus: Neuronal Mechanisms of Learning; Konsortium project title: Varying Tunes: Neuronal Mechanisms of Motor Sequence Learning (Teilprojektleiter) (my part ca. 440,000 €).
2009-2012: “Projektleiter” in the “Forschergruppe” 701: Dynamic and Stability of Retinal Processing (ca. 400,000 euro).
2006-2014: “Lichtenbergprofessur” from the VolkswagenStiftung (ca. 1.8 million euro).
2006-2007: Offered professorial positions at University of Manchester (Senior Lectureship), University of Bayreuth (W3), University of Kiel (W3), and University of Oldenburg (W3).
2006-2009: Member of a Graduiertenkolleg “Neurosensory science, systems and applications” (1 stipend = ca. 36,000 euro).
2006-2009: “Projektleiter” in one project and “co-Projektleiter” in a second project in the “Forschergruppe” 701: Dynamic and Stability of Retinal Processing (ca. 300,000 euro).
2006-2008: DFG “Einzelantrag”: “Visual perception of the Earth’s magnetic field” (352,400 euro).
2003: Invited candidate at the Max-Planck search-colloquium “Birds as Model Organisms in Integrative Biological Research” at Seewiesen, Germany.
2002-2007: Volkswagen Nachwuchgruppe grant from the VolkswagenStiftung (1.60 million euro).
1999-2001: Personal (postdoc) research fellowship from the Carlsberg Foundation (1.1 million dkr).
1994-1998: Personally awarded Ph.D. grant from Odense University (1.36 million dkr). Additional research funding (ca. 300,000 dkr) was provided by the Danish National Research Foundation (Grundforskningsfonden) through a grant to my supervisor, Prof. Ole Næsbye Larsen.
1994: Travel award as EU’s official representative at the 45th International Science and Engineering Fair in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
1994: First prize winner (5,000 euro) of the 5th EU Competition for Young Scientists in Berlin (European wide ‘Jugend Forscht’ final). In total, more than 20,000 young scientists participated.
1993: Læge Frk. Else Mogensens Fond: 5,000 dkr (given to the best students at Odense University).
1993: Overall winner of the national Danish competition for young scientists for the second time.
1989: Overall winner of the national Danish competition for young scientists (First prize 20,000 dkr).
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
2013: Mouritsen, H., Derbyshire, R., Stalleicken, J., Mouritsen, O.Ø., Frost, B.J. & Norris, R.D. (2013) Reply to Oberhauser et al.: The experimental evidence is clear. Monarch butterflies are almost certainly not true navigators. PNAS 110, in press, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1309282110
2013: Jarvis ED, Yu J, Rivas MV, Horita H, Feenders G, Whitney O, Jarvis S, Jarvis ER, Kubikova L, Puck AEP, Siang-Bakshi C, Martin S, McElroy M, Hara E, Howard J, Mouritsen H, Chen C-C, Wada K (2013) A global view of the functional molecular organization of the avian cerebrum: mirror images and functional columns. J. Comp. Neurol., in press, doi: 10.1002/cne.23404
2013: Kishkinev, D., Chernetsov, N., Heyers, D. & Mouritsen, H. (2013) Migratory reed warblers need intact trigeminal nerves to correct for a 1,000 km eastward displacement. PLOS ONE 8, e65847.
2013: Mouritsen, H., Atema, J., Kingsford, M. & Gerlach, G. (2013) Sun Compass Orientation Helps Coral Reef Fish Larvae Return to their Natal Reef. PLOS ONE 8, e66039.
2013: Mouritsen, H., Derbyshire, R., Stalleicken, J., Mouritsen, O.Ø., Frost, B.J. & Norris, R.D. (2013) An experimental displacement and over 50 years of tag-recoveries show that monarch butterflies are not true navigators. PNAS 110, 7348-7353.
2012: Engels, S., Hein, C.M., Lefeldt, N., Prior, H. & Mouritsen, H. (2012) Night-Migratory Songbirds Possess a Magnetic Compass in Both Eyes. PLOS ONE 7, e43271. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043271.
2012: Kishkinev, D., Mouritsen, H & Mora, C.V. (2012) An attempt to develop an operant conditioning paradigm to test for magnetic discrimination behaviour in a migratory songbird. J. Ornithology 153, 1165-1177. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-012-0847-x.
2012: Mouritsen, H. (2012) Sensory biology: search for the compass needles. Nature 484, 320-321 (News and Views). DOI:10.1038/484320a
2012: Mouritsen, H. & Hore, P. J. (2012) The magnetic retina: light-dependent and trigeminal magnetoreception in migratory birds. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 22, 343-352. DOI:10.1016/j.conb.2012.01.005
2011: Guilford, T., Åkesson, S., Gagliardo, A., Holland, R.A., Mouritsen, H., Muheim, R., Wiltschko, R., Wiltschko, W. & Bingman, V.P. (2011) Migratory navigation in birds: new opportunities in an era of fast-developing tracking technology. J. Exp. Biol. 214, 3705-3712. DOI:10.1242/jeb.051292
2011: Hein, C. M., Engels, S., Kishkinev, D. & Mouritsen, H. (2011) Robins have a magnetic compass in both eyes. Nature 471, E11. DOI:10.1038/nature09875.
2011: Hein, C. M., Zapka, M. & Mouritsen, H. (2011) Weather significantly influences the migratory behaviour of night-migratory songbirds tested indoors in orientation cages. Journal of Ornithology 152, 27-35. DOI:10.1007/s10336-010-0540-x
2010: Kishkinev, D., Chernetsov, N. & Mouritsen, H. (2010) A double clock or jetlag mechanism is unlikely to be involved in detection of east-west displacements in a long-distance avian migrant. Auk 127, 773−780. DOI:10.1525/auk.2010.10032
2010: Zapka, M., Heyers, D., Liedvogel, M., Jarvis, E.D. & Mouritsen, H. (2010) Night-time neuronal activation of Cluster N in a day- and night-migrating songbird. European Journal of Neuroscience 32, 619-624. DOI:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07311.x
2010: Solov’yov, I. A. Mouritsen, H. & Schulten, K. (2010) Acuity of a cryptochrome and vision-based magnetoreception system in birds. Biophysical Journal 99, 40-49. DOI:10.1016/j.bpj.2010.03.053
2010: Heyers, D., Zapka, M., Hoffmeister, M., Wild, J. M. & Mouritsen, H. (2010) Magnetic field changes activate the trigeminal brainstem complex in a migratory bird. PNAS 107, 9394-9399. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0907068107
2010: Falkenberg, G., Fleissner, Ge., Schuchardt, K., Kuehbacher, M., Thalau, P., Mouritsen, H., Heyers, D., Wellenreuther, G. & Fleissner, Gue. (2010) Avian Magnetoreception: Elaborate Iron Mineral Containing Dendrites in the Upper Beak Seem to Be a Common Feature of Birds. PLoS ONE 5, e9231. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0009231
2010: Ritz, T., Ahmad, M., Mouritsen, H., Wiltschko, R. & Wiltschko, W. (2010) Photoreceptor-based magnetoreception: optimal design of receptor molecules, cells, and neuronal processing. J. Royal. Soc. Interface 7, S135-S146. DOI:10.1098/rsif.2009.0456.focus
2010: Liedvogel M. & Mouritsen, H. (2010) Cryptochromes – a potential magnetoreceptor: what do we know and what do we want to know? J. Royal. Soc. Interface 7, S147-S162. DOI:10.1098/rsif.2009.0411.focus
2010: Hein, C. M., Zapka, M., Heyers, D., Kutzschbauch, S., Schneider, N.-L. & Mouritsen, H. (2010) Night-migratory garden warblers can orient with their magnetic compass using the left, the right or both eyes. J. Royal. Soc. Interface 7, S227-S233. DOI:10.1098/rsif.2009.0376.focus
2009: Zapka, M., Heyers, D., Hein, C. M., Engels, S., Schneider, N.-L., Hans, J., Weiler, S., Dreyer, D., Kishkinev, D., Wild, J. M. & Mouritsen, H. (2009) Visual but not trigeminal mediation of magnetic compass information in a migratory bird. Nature 461, 1274-1277. DOI:10.1038/nature08528
2009: Mouritsen, H., Feenders, G., Hegemann, A. & Liedvogel, M. (2009) Thermal paper can replace typewriter correction paper in Emlen funnels. J. Ornithol. 150, 713-715. DOI:10.1007/s10336-009-0421-3
2008: Chapman, J.W., Reynolds, D.R., Mouritsen, H., Hill, J.H., Riley, J.R., Sivell, D., Smith, A.D. & Woiwod, I.P. (2008) Wind Selection and Drift Compensation Optimize Migratory Pathways in a High-flying Moth. Current Biology 18, 514-518. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2008.02.080
2008: Heyers D., Manns M., Luksch H., Güntürkün O., & Mouritsen H. (2008) Calcium-binding proteins label functional streams of the visual system in a songbird. Brain Research Bulletin 75, 348-355. DOI:10.1016/j.brainresbull.2007.10.029
2008: Feenders, G., Liedvogel, M., Rivas, M., Zapka, M., Horita, H., Hara, E., Wada, K., Mouritsen, H. & Jarvis, E.D. (2008) Molecular Mapping of Movement-Associated Areas in the Avian Brain: A Motor Theory for Vocal Learning Origin. PLoS ONE, 3, e1768. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0001768
2008: Chernetsov, N., Kishkinev, D. & Mouritsen, H. (2008) A long-distance avian migrant compensates for longitudinal displacement during spring migration. Current Biology 18, 188-190. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2008.01.018
2007: Liedvogel M., Maeda K., Henbest K., Schleicher E., Simon T., Timmel C.R., Hore P.J. & Mouritsen, H. (2007) Chemical Magnetoreception: Bird Cryptochrome 1a is Excited by Blue Light and Forms Long-Lived Radical-Pairs. PLoS ONE 2: e1106. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0001106
2007: Heyers D., Manns M., Luksch H., Güntürkün O. & Mouritsen H. (2007) A visual pathway links brain structures active during magnetic compass orientation in migratory birds. PLoS ONE 2: e937. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0000937
2007: Liedvogel, M., Feenders, G., Wada, K., Troje, N.F., Jarvis, E. D. & Mouritsen, H. (2007) Lateralized activation of Cluster N in the brains of migratory songbirds. European Journal of Neuroscience 25, 1166-1173. DOI:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2007.05350.x
2007: Sohle, I.S., Robertson, C.J.R., Nicholls, D.G., Mouritsen, H., Frost, B. & Moller, H. (2007) Satellite tracking of sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) during their pre-laying 'exodus' and incubation. Notornis 54, 180-188.
2006: Frost, B.J. & Mouritsen, H. (2006) The neural mechanisms of long distance animal navigation. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 16, 481-488. DOI:10.1016/j.conb.2006.06.005
2006: Stalleicken, J., Labhart, T., & Mouritsen, H. (2006) Physiological characterization of the compound eye in monarch butterflies with focus on the dorsal rim area. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 192, 321-331. DOI:10.1007/s00359-005-0073-6
2005: Mouritsen, H. & Ritz, T. (2005) Magnetoreception and it use in bird navigation. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 15, 406-414. DOI:10.1016/j.conb.2006.06.005
2005: Piersma, T., Pérez-Tris, J., Mouritsen, H., Bauchinger, U. & Bairlein, F. (2005) Is there a “migratory syndrome” common to all migrant birds? Annals of the New York Academy of the Sciences 1046, 282-293. DOI:10.1196/annals.1343.026
2005: Mouritsen, H., Feenders, G., Liedvogel, M., Wada, K. & Jarvis, E. D. (2005) Night Vision Brain Area in Migratory Songbirds. PNAS 102, 8339-8344. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0409575102
2005: Stalleicken, J., Mukhida, M., Labhart, T., Wehner, R., Frost, B. J. & Mouritsen, H. (2005) Do monarch butterflies use polarized skylight for orientation? Journal of Experimental Biology 208, 2399-2408.
2004: Mouritsen, H., Feenders, G., Liedvogel, M. & Kropp, W. (2004) Migratory birds use head scans to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field. Current Biology 14, 1946-1949. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2004.10.025
2004: Mouritsen, H., Janssen-Bienhold, U., Liedvogel, M., Feenders, G., Stalleicken, J., Dirks, P. & Weiler, R. (2004) Cryptochromes and neuronal-activity markers colocalize in the retina of migratory birds during magnetic orientation. PNAS 101, 14294-14299. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0405968101 [See also Science 306, 432-434 and Nature Review Neuroscience 5, 827]
2004: Cochran, W. W., Mouritsen, H. & Wikelski, M. (2004) Migrating songbirds recalibrate their magnetic compass daily from twilight cues. Science 304, 405-408. DOI:10.1126/science.1095844
2003: Mouritsen, H. (2003) Spatiotemporal orientation strategies of long-distance migrants. In: Berthold, P., Gwinner, E. & Sonnenschein, E. (eds.) "Avian Migration", pp. 493-513, Springer Verlag, Berlin.
2003: Mouritsen, H., Huyvaert, K.P., Frost, B.J. & Andersson, D. (2003) Waved Albatrosses can navigate with strong magnets attached to their head. Journal of Experimental Biology 206, 4155-4166. DOI:10.1242/jeb.00650
2003: Andersson, D.J., Huyvaert, K.P., Wood, D.R., Gillikin, C.L., Frost, B.J. & Mouritsen, H. (2003) At-sea distribution of Waved Albatrosses and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Biological Conservation, 110, 367-373.
2002: Mouritsen, H. & Frost, B.J. (2002) Virtual migration in tethered flying monarch butterflies reveals their orientation mechanisms. PNAS 99, 10162-10166. DOI:10.1073/pnas.152137299
2001: Mouritsen, H. & Larsen, O.N. (2001) Migrating songbirds tested in computer-controlled Emlen funnels use stellar cues for a time-independent compass. Journal of Experimental Biology 204, 3855-3865.
2001: Mouritsen, H. (2001) Ringing recoveries contain hidden information about orientation mechanisms. Ardea 89, 31-42.
2000: Mouritsen, H. & Mouritsen, O. (2000) A mathematical expectation model for bird navigation based on the clock-and-compass strategy. Journal of Theoretical Biology 207, 283-291. DOI:10.1006/jtbi.2000.2171
2000: Mouritsen, H. (2000) Yes, the clock-and-compass strategy can explain the distribution of ringing recoveries: reply to Thorup et al. Animal Behaviour 60, F9-F14. DOI:10.1006/anbe.2000.1455
2000: Mouritsen, H. (1999) Navigation in birds and other animals. Journal of Image and Vision Computing 19, 713-731.
1999: Mouritsen, H. (1998) How do young night migrating passerines use their compasses for orientation during migration? Proceedings of the 22nd International Ornithological Congress pp. 934-955.
1998: Mouritsen, H. & Larsen, O.N. (1998) Migrating young Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca do not compensate for geographical displacements. Journal of Experimental Biology 201, 2927-2934.
1998: Mouritsen, H. (1998) Modelling migration: the clock-and-compass model can explain the distribution of ringing recoveries. Animal Behaviour 56, 899-907.
1998: Mouritsen, H. (1998) Redstarts, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, can orient in a true-zero magnetic field. Animal Behaviour 55, 1311-1324.
2013: Mouritsen, H. (2013) The Magnetic Senses. In: C.G. Galizia, P.-M. Lledo (eds.), Neurosciences - From Molecule to Behavior: A University Textbook, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-10769-6_20, © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 427-443.
Peer-reviewed papers published by group members under my supervision, but where I did not take part in the practical work
2005: Sauman, I., Briscoe, A.D., Zhu, H. Shi, D., Froy, O., Stalleicken, J., Yuan, Q., Casselman, A. & Reppert, S.M. "Connecting the Navigational Clock to Sun Compass Input in Monarch Butterfly Brain". Neuron 46, 1-11.
2000: Mouritsen, H. "A career in free public research – a risky future with poor perspectives?" Paper written for the EU commission on the problems facing young scientists today and on why natural sciences educations experience recruitment problems, 6 pp.
2000: Mouritsen, H. "Trækfuglenes orienteringsmekanismer". In: Kyhn, G. (ed.): Carlsbergfondet Årsskrift 2000, Winther Grafik, Copenhagen, pp. 28-35. [in Danish]
1998: Mouritsen, H. "Compasses and orientational strategies of night migrating passerines" Ph.D. thesis, Department of Biology, Odense University, Denmark.
1998: Mouritsen, H. "Trækfugle er dumme maskiner" Nyt fra Odense Universitet, 4/1998: 4-6. [in Danish]
1993: Danielsen, F., Balete, D.S., Christensen, T.D., Heegaard, M., Jakobsen, O.F., Jensen, A., Lund, T. and Poulsen, M.K. With contributions from Altamirano, R., Cruz, V., Diesmos, A., Manamtam, A.S., Mallari, N., Mouritsen, H., Reyes, G. and Schoyen, K.S. "Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Isabela and southern Cagayan Province, The Philippines". DENR-BirdLife International, Manila, and DOF, Copenhagen.
1992: Balete, D.S., Christensen, T.D., Cruz, V. Heegaard, M., Lund, T. and Mouritsen, H. "A research of biological diversity in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Isabela and Cagayan Provinces, The Philippines, March-May 1992", Danish Ornithological Society, Copenhagen.
1989: Mouritsen, H. "Fuglelivet i Gravlev Ådal" Book published by the author in 200 copies, 86 pp. [in Danish]
2012-: Developed two new courses for the new DFG Graduate school “Molecular Basis of sensory biology”. Both brings together teachers from our physics department and our biology department to promote the multidisplinary skills of our students and are titled “The physics and biology of sensory stimuli and systems”.
2012: Taught a 2-week field course at two “Organization of Tropical Studies” stations in Costa Rica for 21 students from University of Oldenburg.
2009-: Lectures in the basic biology course for 1st year students at University of Oldenburg.
2007-: Conceptually developed and presented the course: “Advanced presentation skills and body language” for doctoral students from all faculties at University of Oldenburg.
2005-: Arranged and gave lectures in "Neuroethology" at University of Oldenburg.
2005-: Arranged and gave lectures in "Ornithology" at University of Oldenburg.
2004-: Arranged and gave seminar "Bird migration and navigation" at University of Oldenburg.
2003-2008: Arranged and gave practical course "Animal Navigation" at University of Oldenburg.
2003-2004: Guest lectures in the "Basic Biology" course at Odense University.
1995-1998: Lectures, tutorials and lab exercises in the (Animal) Physiology A and Animal Behaviour courses of Odense University (graduate and undergraduate students).
1994-1998: Tutorials and a few lectures in the Population Biology course of Odense University (undergraduate students).
1989-1995: Lectures at Støvring folk high school in "The Nature of Himmerland".
1989-1990: Private teacher in mathematics (high school students).
Until now, I have been the primary supervisor for 6 doctoral students, who have already received their doctorate, and I currently have 8 doctoral students and 3 postdocs working under my supervision.
In addition to the doctoral students, I have supervised a large number of bachelor, diploma and master theses.
Examples of conferences, talks, abstracts, international research stays etc.
2013: Gave invited plenary talk at the Quantum Effects in Biological Systems conference at the IMP, Vienna, Austria.
2013: Gave invited seminar talk at the Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane, Australia.
2013: Our group gave 3 different talks at the „Royal Institute of Navigation“ conference in Egham, Great Britain. This is the most important conference worldwide on animal navigation research held every three years. Ten scientists at this meeting represented my group.
2013: Gave invited seminar talk at the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford.
2012: Invited talk on „The magnetic senses“ at The University of Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.
2012: Several group members including myself gave talks at the symposium on magnetoreception at the 6th European Conference on Behavioural Biology 2012 in Essen Germany.
2012: Invited plenary speaker at the „Quantum Effects in Biological Systems (QuEBS)“ Workshop at University of Berkeley, California, USA.
2011: Invited plenary speaker at course for elite students on the topic of circadian clocks and their control of migration in Meerut, India.
2011: Invited speaker at the „Physiological basis of magnetic navigation in birds and other animals: combining biophysics and behavioural studies“ conference in Taihu Bay, China.
2011: Invited speaker at the meeting on „Animal Migration“ arranged by the Wallenberg Foundation in Sweden.
2011: Our group gave 3 different talks at the „Royal Institute of Navigation“ conference in Reading, Great Britain, and I functioned as a chairman of one of the symposia. This is the most important conference worldwide on animal navigation research held every three years. Eleven scientists at this meeting represented my group.
2010: Symposium organiser and speaker at the International Ornithological Congress (IOC 2010), Campos de Jordao, Brazil.
2010: Invited plenary speaker at the Gordon Conference „Bioelectromagnetics“, University of New England, Maine, USA
2010: Invited talk and invited working group participant in MIGRATE Symposium at MPI für Ornithologie, Radolfzell.
2010: Invited to give a seminar at the Chemistry Department at University of Oxford, Great Britain.
2010: Invited talk (30 min) at the DPG (Deutsche Physiker Gesellschaft)-Tagung in Regensburg.
2007-2009: >20 different talks at various conferences including plenary talks at two Gordon Conferences.
2006: Invited as a main speaker at the Gordon Conference “Bioelectrochemistry” in Aussois, France.
2006: Speaker and symposium organizer at the International Ornithological Congress in Hamburg.
2006: Symposium speaker and substitute organizer of a symposium on “Retinal Processing - not just for vision!” at the FENS (European Society for Neurosciences meeting) in Vienna, Austria.
2006: Invited speaker at "German-American Frontiers of Science" (GAFOS) meeting in Potsdam arranged by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.
2006: Gave colloquium talks at the Universtity of Vienna, Austria; Universtity of Marburg, Germany; and University of Kiel, Germany.
2005: Gave colloquium talks at the Universtity of Kassel, Germany; Rodhampsted Research, Herpenden, Great Britain; and MPI for Limnologie in Plön, Germany.
2005: Invited to give a lecture titled "Cryptochromes and their possible role in the magnetic compass of migratory birds" at the Spin Chemistry Meeting 2005 at Oxford University.
2005: Gave talk titled "Magnetic compass orientation in birds and its physiological basis" at the Royal Institute of Navigation Meeting at Reading University, Great Britain.
2004: Chaired and spoke at a symposium titled: "Seeing on the move" together with Prof. Rüdiger Wehner at the International Society of Neuroethology conference 2004. [see Science 306, 432-434].
2004: Invited symposium speaker at the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft Tagung in Rostock 2004.
2004: Gave invited seminar on "How do birds find their way? -behavioural and physiological mechanisms" at RWTH Aachen, Germany.
2003: Invited symposium speaker at the 4th Conference of the European Ornithologists’ Union in Chemnitz, Germany (first presentation of our albatross work).
2003: Gave invited lecture on "Bird orientation mechanisms" at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Copenhagen, Denmark.
2003: Gave invited seminar on "Celestial orientation in birds and butterflies" at University of Salt Lake City, USA.
2003: Gave talk at Department of Engineering at University of Illinois, USA.
2003: Gave talk as an invited candidate at the Max-Planck search-colloquium "Birds as Model Organisms in Integrative Biological Research" at Seewiesen, Germany.
2003: Gave invited Colloquia talk on bird orientation mechanisms at the Zoological Institute at University of Zürich, Switzerland.
2002: Gave invited Colloquia talk: "Virtual migration in tethered flying monarch butterflies reveals their orientation mechanisms" at Max-Planck-Institut für Verhaltenphysiologie, Andechs, Germany.
2002: Presented the paper: "A carrier in free public research – a risky future with poor perspectives?" written on invitation from the EU commission on the problems facing young scientists today and on why natural sciences educations experience recruitment problems, 6 pp.
2002: Chaired the the oral session on migration and gave oral presentation "How do night migrating passerines use the stars for navigation?" at the 22nd International Ornithological Conference in China.
2001: Gave invited talk on "Spatiotemporal orientation strategies of long-distance migrants" at the Symposium on Avian Migration at the Max-Planck Research Centre for Ornithology, Konstanz, Germany.
2000: Presented poster at the ESF Workshop on Optimal Migration in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
2000: Gave invited seminar at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.
2000: Gave invited seminar at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA.
2000: Field research on Galapagos in collaboration with Dr. Dave Anderson, Wake Forest University, USA.
2000: Field research in New Zealand in collaboration with Dr. Henrik Moller, Otago University, New Zealand.
1999: Gave invited symposium talk on "Ringing recoveries contain hidden information about orientation mechanisms." at the "Bird Ringing 100 Years"-conference on Helgoland, Germany.
1999: Gave invited plenary talk on "Navigation in birds and other animals", at the 1999 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Colorado, USA.
1999: Gave talk on "The orientation programmes of night migrating passerines", at University of Otago, New Zealand.
1999: Gave talk on "The orientation programmes of night migrating passerines", at Department of Biology and at Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Canada.
1998: Talks on "How migratory birds find their way", at the universities of Odense, Aarhus, and Copenhagen, Denmark.
1998: Gave talk on "The orientation programmes of night migrating passerines", as an invited symposium speaker at the 22nd International Ornithological Conference in South Africa.
1998: Gave talk on "The orientation programmes of night migrating passerines", at RWTH Aachen.
1997: Gave talk on "Magnetic-stellar cue-conflict experiments with night migrating passerines", and visited lab of Roswitha and Wolfgang Wiltschko at Johan Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.
1997: Presented poster on "Mathematical modelling of migration", at the Optimal migration conference at Lund University.
1997: Presented poster on "Mathematical modelling of migration", at the RIN 1997 meeting in Oxford.
Referee Services for
Journals: Nature, Science, PNAS, Current Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society London, J. Royal Society Interface, PLOS, J. Experimental Biology, Animal Behaviour, J. Comparative Physiology A, European Journal of Neuroscience and many other journals.
Funding agencies: DFG, ERC, Welcome Trust, Danish Research Council, Masden Fund (NZ), and many others.
2004-: Subject editor (orientation and navigation) for Journal of Ornithology.
2004-2010: Served as a judge for the National Danish Competition for Young Scientists (Danish "Jugend Forscht" final).
2002: Invited speaker at the "Life in Science – Science in Life" conference arranged by the Danish EU chairmanship in order to recommend to the EU commission, which European-wide measures should be taken to stop the current drop in recruitment to the hard natural sciences.
1999: Appointed as a judge for the 10th EU Competition for Young Scientists (European-wide "Jugend Forscht" final) in Thessalonica, Greece.
1998: Invited to a conference in Brussels in order to advise the European Commissioners on Education and Research on how to promote the development and carriers of young scientists.
Examples of media publicity related to my previous research achievements (updated till 2006)
Since the topic of bird migration and the avian magnetic sensing capabilities seems to be inherently interesting to the public, we often get a lot of scientific and popular press attention, when we publish new findings. Below is a short list of representative examples (I have given up long ago recording all press reports about our research).
8 minutes live interview on BBC World TV 19:00 News and feature on CBC countrywide news.
ZDF daily news, ca. 1:30 Minutes, prime time news (October 2009); Zapka et al. 2009 (Location of the magnetic compass in the brain)
NDR DAS! (09/Jun/2008); 3:30 Minutes, about Feenders et al. 2008 (Language development in the brain)
Danmarks Radio “Knowledge” (National Danish Television 18/Sep/2007); 35:00 minutes; About all aspects of our research.
Two of my PNAS papers were featured in Science’s News section.
Article about my paper in JEB 2001 was written up in the "New Scientist" 9 Feb 2002 issue and another
article about my PNAS 2002 paper appeared in the 13 July 2002 issue.
8 minute program about or monarch navigation research on "Abenteuer Erde" Hessischer Rundfunk, WDR,
and 3sat TV, and 5 minutes live interview in the news on an American television station.
2 different 3 minute features on monarch navigation and bird navigation research in "DAS!" on NDR TV.
6 minute feature on Bayerische Rundfunk TV on our bird navigation research.
20 minutes programme about my research on local Danish television: TV Nord.
Short news spots on CNN, CBC (Canadian TV), national Danish television, both DR’s "TV-avisen", TV2’s "Nyhederne".
Several radio interviews on various radio programs including BBC World Service, BBC National, MDR
INFO, SWR and other local and national Danish, British and German radio stations.
Full page articles in current science sections of the "The Independent", "Washington Post" and three major Danish newspapers: "Politiken", "Jyllandsposten" and "Berlingske Tidende".
Several 1-2 page articles in "Ingenøren" and "Jyllandsposten" special issues on research by young scientists.
Smaller news articles in "Die Welt", "Süddeutsche Zeitung", "Frankfurter Allgemeine", "FOCUS", "Der Spiegel", "Berliner Zeitung", “The Guardian”, "The Independent", "The New York Times" and several others.
Early research achievements
1986-1989: Prepared report: "The Birdlife of Gravlev Ådal" This work won me the first prize of 20,000 dkr in Jyllandsposten’s research competition for young scientists and inventors (Danish "Jugend Forscht").
1992: Participation in a scientific expedition to the rain forests of the Sierra Madre Mountains of Luzon, The Philippines (five month). The expedition was supported by Birdlife International and the World Bank. The aim of the expedition was to pinpoint the most important rain forest areas for conservation of bio-diversity in the Philippines.
1993-1994: Prepared report: "The effect of daily activity changes on population density estimates of rain forest birds derived from transect counts." based on the results from the above-mentioned expedition. The work won me the first prize of 15,000 dkr in Jyllandsposten’s research competition for young scientists and inventors and a first prize of 5,000 ECU in the 5th EU Competition for Young Scientists (European-wide "Jugend Forscht" final. In total, more than 20,000 young scientists participated European-wide). Also, I won a travel award as EU’s official representative at the 45th International Science and Engineering Fair in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Active field ornithologist over the last 20 years and holder of banding license from the Zoological Museum
of Copenhagen (have banded approximately 6,000 birds ranging from albatrosses to hummingbirds).
A keen interest and curiosity about nature in general, and birds and other animals in particular.
Nature photographer (pictures used in my teaching).
Safari guide in Kenya 2 weeks every 2 or 3 years.
Danish, English, German