Jan Engler is currently a finishing PhD student working on landscape genetics in Germany, and together with Matthias Weissensteiner, he is a founding father of the EOU “Fledglings”.
Jan Engler’s work covers three main areas: dispersal ecology, population genetics and niche modeling. His general goal is to bring the different fields together in synergy to better answer questions in the fields of evolutionary and conservation biology. Especially in the latter field he is particularly interested to communicate results not only to a greater scientific audience but also for consulting, planning and policy making purposes. He worked on dispersal decisions in Common Blackbirds on Heligoland Island, studied range edge dynamics in parapatric distributed Hippolais warblers and used a wide range of other passerine species to model species ranges and study environmental niche evolution in birds. In his PhD thesis he currently switched to non-avian systems to study landscape genetics and connectivity conservation but he hopes to turn back and apply those tools he learned on birds afterwards.
Jan explains his background and his wish to help the EOU as follows:
“I have been fascinated by nature and the living world ever since I can remember. My passion for birds started more than a decade ago during my civil service on Heligoland, one of the history-charged places of ornithology. Here, I made my first contacts and got my first training in ornithological research,which I then elaborated during my study of biogeography in the following years, where I initiated my first own ornithological projects. The EOU captured my imagination already during my undergraduate stage with my first attendance at an international conference, which was the EOU in Riga in 2011. I got overwhelmed by the openness of the people and the friendly, family‐like atmosphere the conference and its members radiate, which I haven’t found in any other international society so far. Despite my early academic level, I was able to organize two symposia at this venue which went very successfully and got me in touch with a lot of people from other countries. This family‐like atmosphere of the society as well as the support from their council members was the main reason for me to be more active in the society by founding an international group for young ornithologists, the EOU Fledgelings at the EOU at Norwich two years later. Its goal, to connect the ornithological offspring at this early academic level to create fruitful networks, collaborations and other social interactions, is already on a very successful path with Fledgeling events during the upcoming EOU in Badajoz. Based on this, I would like to contribute to the EOU Council as its member by sharing my creativity and passion for ornithology, and to extend my ongoing support for early career ornithologists in this society.”