New Subject Editor: Sonja Ludwig

Submitted by editor on 25 August 2020.


My name is Sonja Ludwig, and I am looking forward to contributing as a new subject editor for Wildlife Biology.

I studied to become a biologist at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, and was first introduced to wildlife biology research with my diploma thesis on habitat selection of black grouse at the Institute of Wildlife Research (now Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research), University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover. I then did a part-time PhD in avian behavioural ecology at the Institute of Avian Research in Wilhelmshaven, studying mate selection in common terns. During my PhD, I worked in a variety of other ornithological projects, including population studies on red grouse in Scotland. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Konrad Lorenz Research Centre, University of Vienna, in Austria, where I studied the interactions between social behaviour, stress hormones and parasites in greylag geese. In 2012, I returned to my roots in wildlife biology by moving to Scotland to work as a Senior Scientist for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. Since then, my research has focussed on grouse ecology and the impact of grouse management on other species, in particular the conflict with conservation of birds of prey.

Outside of work, I enjoy bird ringing, going for a hike in the hills and working my Labradors, which provide a nice contrast to counting grouse with pointers and setters!