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Mihaela Ilieva

In the focus of my research is bird migration and in particular the orientation behaviour and migratory directions of various passerine species and their populations. I am also interested in the physiological aspects of bird migration and the mechanisms of evolution of the inherited migratory programs allowing birds to make their amazing journeys.

I also participate in various projects studying ecto- and blood parasites on wild birds and tracking the migration of small passerines using light loggers.

During my PhD I studied the orientation of night migrating passerines in relation to the accessibility of different celestial cues and depending on their physiological condition. I also investigated directionality of different populations of long-distance passerine migrants crossing the Eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Later I did a postdoc in Lund University and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with Susanne Åkesson, studying the migratory directions of different populations of Willow Warblers in Sweden and Bulgaria.
Currently I am back in Sweden, in the research group of Susanne Åkesson, this time to study the orientation of several migratory bird species and more specifically how they react to simulated equator crossing. For the simulation of the geomagnetic conditions that birds can experience at the equator I will use the new magnetic-coil facility constructed in the frames of CAnMove program.


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E-mail: mihaela.ilieva [at]

Project assistant

Evolutionary ecology


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