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Magali Frauendorf

Magali Frauendorf
I am an ecologist with a background in reproduction and quantitative ecology and a strong interest in movement, population and conservation ecology. My research is characterized by combining citizen science, advanced statistical methods and different monitoring techniques/technology to study large-scale ecological relationships.


I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies. In my current research, I apply technologies around camera trapping and AI as well as citizen science to study ecological questions related to wildlife conservation and management. More specifically, I am contributing to the Viltbild program, where SLU collaborates with the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (sv: Svenska Jägareförbundet). With Viltbild, we develop a platform to collect and organise camera-trapping images taken by hunters all over Sweden. On a long-term, we hope to use this platform as a digital monitoring tool to monitor Swedish game species with the help of hunters.

During my PhD, I was part of the CHIRP project that aimed to identify how humans impact bird populations during different stages of their life cycle and how these accumulate. We used the Eurasian oystercatcher as a model species which is a well studied and declining species in the Netherlands. My PhD project focused on the reproductive ecology of inland breeding oystercatchers. More specifically, I investigated the main drivers of the reduced reproductive success in the breeding area itself as well as studied potential carry-over effects of winter condition on the performance in the breeding season on a large national scale. 

During my work as a researcher I got experience with diverse monitoring -and catching techniques (GPS/VHF telemetry, trap cams, track pads, bird ringing, mist/cannon netting, on nest) of various species (meadow birds, passerines, geese, wild boar, red deer, lynx, bats) and the collaboration with different stakeholders. 

I am member of the editorial board of the scientific Dutch Ornithological Union journal Ardea. Furthermore, I have reviewed articles for Global Change Biology, Biological Conservation, Journal of Animal Ecology, Royal Society Open Science and Wader Study. 


I gave three (guest) lectures in the course “conservation biology” for bachelor and master students at Wageningen University and Radboud University (2017 & 2018)


I work(ed) together with researchers at several other universities and research institutes, both nationally and internationally:

Radboud University (NLD), Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology (NLD), James Cook University (AUS), University of Groningen (NLD), Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (GER), Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (GER), Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (FRA), Élvonal Shorebird Science (HUN)


2023-ongoing: Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden)

2022: Ecological researcher, Altenburg & Wymenga ecological research (The Netherlands)

2016-2021: PhD, Department of Animal Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (The Netherlands)

2016: Research assistant, Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (Germany)

2014-2016: Master of Science in Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, Wageningen (The Netherlands) (cum laude)

2013: Research assistant, Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (Germany)

2008-2012: Bachelor of Applied Science in Wildlife Management, University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)


I have supervised during my PhD nine BSc./MSc. students with their thesis from different universities in the Netherlands (2017-2020). 

Selected publications

13. Oosterveld, E. B., & Frauendorf, M. (2024). Is the settlement of a winter territory in the European Robin Erithacus rubecula triggered by the arrival of conspecific migrants? Journal of Ornithology, 1–6.

12. van der Kolk, H.-J., Desmet, P., Oosterbeek, K., Allen, A. M., Baptist, M. J., Bom,  R. A., Davidson, S. C., de Jong, J., de Kroon, H., Dijkstra, B., Dillerop, R., Dokter, A. M., Frauendorf, M., Milotić, T., Rakhimberdiev, E., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Spanoghe, G., van de Pol, M., Van Ryckegem, G., Vanoverbeke, J., Jongejans, E.& Ens, B. J. (2022). GPS tracking data of Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) from the Netherlands and Belgium. ZooKeys 1123: 31-45.

11. Frauendorf, M., Allen, A. M., Jongejans, E., Ens, B. J., Teunissen, W., Kampichler, C., van Turnhout, C. A. M., Bailey, L. D., de Kroon, H., Cremer, J., Kleyheeg, E., Nienhuis, J., & van de Pol, M. (2022). Love thy neighbour?—Spatial variation in density dependence of nest survival in relation to predator community. Diversity and Distributions, 28(4), 624–635.

10. Allen, A. M., Jongejans, E., van de Pol, M., Ens, B. J., Frauendorf, M., van der Sluijs, M., & de Kroon, H. (2022). The demographic causes of population change vary across four decades in a long-lived shorebird. Ecology, 103(4), e3615.

9. van Irsel, J., Frauendorf, M., Ens, B. J., van de Pol, M., Troost, K., Oosterbeek, K., de Kroon, H., Jongejans, E., & Allen, A. M. (2022). State-dependent environmental sensitivity of reproductive success and survival in a shorebird. Ibis, 164(3), 692–710.

8. Frauendorf, M., Allen, A. M., Verhulst, S., Jongejans, E., Ens, B. J., van der Kolk, H.-J., de Kroon, H., Nienhuis, J., & van de Pol, M. (2021). Conceptualizing and quantifying body condition using structural equation modelling: A user guide. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90(11), 2478–2496.

7. van der Kolk, H.-J., Ens, B. J., Frauendorf, M., Jongejans, E., Oosterbeek, K., Bouten, W., & van de Pol, M. (2021). Why time-limited individuals can make populations more vulnerable to disturbance. Oikos, 130(4), 637–651.

6. van der Kolk, H.-J., Krijgsveld, K. L., Linssen, H., Diertens, R., Dolman, D., Jans, M., Frauendorf, M., Ens, B. J., & van de Pol, M. (2020). Cumulative energetic costs of military aircraft, recreational and natural disturbance in roosting shorebirds. Animal Conservation, 23(4), 359–372.

5. van der Kolk, H.-J., Ens, B. J., Oosterbeek, K., Bouten, W., Allen, A. M., Frauendorf, M., Lameris, T. K., Oosterbeek, T., Deuzeman, S., de Vries, K., Jongejans, E., & van de Pol, M. (2020). Shorebird feeding specialists differ in how environmental conditions alter their foraging time. Behavioral Ecology, 31(2), 371–382.

4. Allen, A. M., Ens, B. J., van de Pol, M., van der Jeugd, H., Frauendorf, M., Oosterbeek, K., & Jongejans, E. (2019). Seasonal survival and migratory connectivity of the Eurasian Oystercatcher revealed by citizen science. Auk, 136(1), 1–17.

3. Allen, A. M., Ens, B. J., van de Pol, M., van der Jeugd, H., Frauendorf, M., van der Kolk, H.-J., Oosterbeek, K., Nienhuis, J., & Jongejans, E. (2019). Colour-ring wear and loss effects in citizen science mark-resighting studies. Avian Research, 10(11), 1–15.

2. Linssen, H., van de Pol, M., Allen, A. M., Jans, M., Ens, B. J., Krijgsveld, K. L., Frauendorf, M., & van der Kolk, H.-J. (2019). Disturbance increases high tide travel distance of a roosting shorebird but only marginally affects daily energy expenditure. Avian Research, 10(31), 1–11.

1. Frauendorf, M., Gethoffer, F., Siebert, U., & Keuling, O. (2016). The influence of environmental and physiological factors on the litter size of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in an agriculture dominated area in Germany. Science of the Total Environment, 541, 877–882.