Local-scale ecology and conservation of steppe birds
Most of my local-scale fieldwork studies have been focused on steppe and farmland birds, which are arguably one of the most threatened groups in Europe. My PhD research was focused on disentangling co-occurrence mechanisms and habitat preferences of sympatric sandgrouse species at multiple scales of analysis in a context of agriculture intensification and increasing anthropogenic change. My research with steppe birds has been approached from different angles, from behavioural ecology to conservation biogeography, movement ecology and population ecology. In our most recent project we are studying the movement strategies of sandgrouse under dynamic environmental conditions.