Length of project: 01.11.2014 to 30.04.2018
Project partners: BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG. Husum, Justus Liebig University Gießen and DHI
The project DIVER is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie BMWi) represented by Projektträger Jülich (PTJ).
The project DIVER is a cooperation between BioConsult SH (Dr. Georg Nehls), the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Department Animal Ecology and Systematics, Research Group Behavioural Ecology and Ecophysiology, Prof. Dr. Petra Quillfeldt) and DHI-Denmark (Dr. Ramūnas Žydelis), and further involvement of the University of Copenhagen (Dr. Kasper Thorup).
The project DIVER also closely cooperates with the Research and Technology Centre, West Coast, Büsum, (FTZ Westküste Group ECOLAB Marine Animal Ecology, Prof. Dr. Stefan Garthe) and their project HELBIRD.
The main tasks of BioConsult SH are ecological research and consulting. BioConsult SH compiles expert reports for environmental impact studies, risk assessment, baseline research, appropriate assessment in accordance with the Habitats Directive and feasibility studies.
BioConsult SH has a broad experience in ecological monitoring in marine habitats, in the development and implementation of conservation concepts, control of ecological efficiency in protected areas, wildlife biology and management of databases, up to research projects such as radar surveys of bird migration. BioConsult SH conducts investigations associated with certain interventions and conservation projects as well as biological baseline studies.
BioConsult SH has a proven track record of performing telemetry studies with sea ducks and other seabird species and has profound experience in catching, handling and ringing birds. Together with DHI, BioConsult SH teamed up to track sea ducks during environmental impact studies for the Fehmarnbelt project.
JLU – Behavioural Ecology and Ecophysiology
The Research Group Behavioural Ecology and Ecophysiology of Justus Liebig University Gießen (JLU) has a broad experience in analyzing bird monitoring/surveys relevant to nutrition ecology, breeding biology and behavioural studies, especially with seabirds. The team has profound knowledge about the biology and ecology of birds related to marine ecosystems and was involved in delimitation of Important Bird Areas (Falkland Islands & Argentina).
There is relevant experience in assessing migration routes of pelagic living seabirds tracked by geolocators and GPS loggers- deployed on several diving bird species (penguins, cormorants) and coastal bird species (gulls), data evaluation of tracked positions as well as diving profiles and spatial modelling of several bird species in different ecosystems and publications in scientific papers.
DHI is a research and consulting company specializing in solving challenges in a water environment. While being globally recognized for physical water modelling, DHI also possesses extensive experience in environmental and ecosystem analyses.
With relevance to the DIVER project, DHI staff has multi-year experience in telemetry studies, analyzing tracking data as well as expertise in habitat modelling and other types of statistical analyses.