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Johan Bäckman

I work at the CanMove technical innovation lab with database solutions, prototype electronics design and application programming. I am responsible for planning and reporting of the CAnMove tech./IT lab. I completed my PhD thesis "Bird Orientation: External Cues and Ecological Factors" in 2002.
Research topics that I have explored focus on orientation in migratory birds; with special attention to body condition, magnetic orientation and orientation in free flight. My work has been carried out using funnel cages for measurement of the direction of activity and tracking radar for observation of free flying birds.

Before CanMove I have been working for 7 years (2003-2010) with IT systems at The Nordic Genebank/NordGen (web, databases, programming), first as a  database developer and later as IT manager. One system I developed was the storage logistics system at Svalbard Global Seedvault.  Concurrently, I worked part time with radar ornithology projects at Lund University. Since 1991 I've also been part owner of and active in a small company developing electronics for animal behaviour & physiology studies and low voltage power systems for vehicles.

My main professional interests are bird migration biology, sensory electronics, low power microcontroller systems, energy harvesting, data modelling, data analysis, programming and data sharing solutions using internet. I'm currently assistant supervisor of Cecilia Nilsson, PhD student at our department.


Johan Bäckman
E-mail: johan.backman [at]

Research engineer

Evolutionary ecology

+46 46 222 37 88

+46 46 222 37 88



Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden