My research focuses on how animals perceive and use information from the Earth's magnetic field for orientation and navigation. I am particularly interested in the behavioural and physiological mechanisms of magnetic compass orientation in birds and in answering fundamental questions on the biophysical properties of light-dependent magnetoreception, on the functional characteristics of magnetic compass orientation, and on the interaction of the magnetic compass with other compass systems, specifically polarized light cues.
Recently, I have also started to investigate polarized light sensitivity in birds, which together with magnetoreception remains one of the unresolved mysteries in sensory physiology. I primarily use behavioural assays (orientation experiments with migratory birds and spatial orientation experiments with zebra finches) to answer my research questions, but I also study the orientation of free-flying birds under natural conditions by radio telemetry.
I finished my PhD on magnetic orientation in migratory birds in 2004 at the Department of Animal Ecology at Lund University. During 4 years I worked as a postdoc in Prof. John Phillips' lab at Virginia Tech on magnetic navigation in newts, magnetic compass orientation in C57BL/6J mice, and the calibration of the magnetic compass by polarized light cues in birds. In 2008 I came back to Lund for an Assistant Professorship and am since recently located in the Lund Vision Group.
(fetched from Lund University's publications database)
- A New View on an Old Debate: Type of Cue-Conflict Manipulation and Availability of Stars Can Explain the Discrepancies between Cue-Calibration Experiments with Migratory Songbirds.
- Polarized light modulates light-dependent magnetic compass orientation in birds.
- Towards a conceptual framework for explaining variation in nocturnal departure time of songbird migrants
- Rapid Learning of Magnetic Compass Direction by C57BL/6 Mice in a 4-Armed 'Plus' Water Maze
- Response of a free-flying songbird to an experimental shift of the light polarization pattern around sunset
- Spontaneous magnetic orientation in larval Drosophila shares properties with learned magnetic compass responses in adult flies and mice
- A behavioral perspective on the biophysics of the light-dependent magnetic compass: a link between directional and spatial perception?
- Light-dependent magnetic compass orientation in amphibians and insects: candidate receptors and candidate molecular mechanisms
- Orientation and autumn migration routes of juvenile sharp-tailed sandpipers at a staging site in Alaska.
- Fuel reserves affect migratory orientation of thrushes and sparrows both before and after crossing an ecological barrier near their breeding grounds
- Spike dives of juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii): a navigational role?
- White-throated sparrows calibrate their magnetic compass by polarized light cues during both autumn and spring migration.
- Avian orientation: effects of cue-conflict experiments with young migratory songbirds in the high Arctic
- Clock-shift experiments with Savannah sparrows, Passerculus sandwichensis, at high northern latitudes
- Magnetic compass orientation in European robins is dependent on both wavelength and intensity of light