Institution or affiliation:
Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences
I completed my PhD in 2004 at the University of Tartu in Estonia with a doctoral thesis on
speciation, hybridization and ecology of greater and lesser spotted eagles. I continued my
research as a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden, where I
explored the applicability of various genetic markers in the conservation genetics of avian
and mammalian predators. Since 2009 I am a senior research fellow at the Estonian
University of Life Sciences. Spotted eagles are still the preferred model system in my
research, but I consider myself a raptor biologist in the broadest sense. I have studied a
variety of raptor species in a diverse range of research fields, such as breeding biology,
foraging ecology, movement ecology, demography, population genetics and evolution.
Usually, the ultimate goal has been the conservation of species and habitats. This path has
led me to general issues of biodiversity conservation, especially in agricultural landscapes,
and the applicability of raptors as bioindicators of farmland biodiversity and heterogeneity.
For three decades, I have been involved in raptor monitoring and since 2013 I have been
coordinating raptor monitoring in Estonia.
by Martin Muir | Nov 10, 2023