PD Dr.
Swen Renner

curator, senior scientist
  • Head of Ornithology
  • Scientific Research
  • Public Relation
Phone: +43-1-52177-499

Academic training

  • Habilitation: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna: venia docendi in Ecology; thesis title: Global Change effects on individuals, species, and ecosystems; 2017.

  • PhD: University of Göttingen, Germany: Dr. rer. nat. in Biodiversity Research and Ecology; thesis title: Structure and diversity of cloud forest bird communities in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, and implications for conservation; 2000 to 2003.

  • MSc: University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, in cooperation with Zoological Research Institute and Museum Koenig, Bonn: Diplom (equivalent to MSc) in Ecology, Biophysics, Zoo-physiology, and Zoology; thesis title: Biogeography, geographic variation, and taxonomy of the hummingbird genera Heliodoxa, Clytolaema, Eugenes, Sternoclyta, Hylonympha, and Sephanoides; 1999 to 2000.

Current positions

  • Head of Ornithology: Natural History Museum Vienna; since 2019

  • Adjunct Professor: Department of Zoology, University of Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar; since 2019

  • Research Associate: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, Washington DC, USA; since 2007

Previous positions

  • Assistant Professor: Institute of Zoology, University of Natural Resource and Life Science, Vienna, Austria; Senior Researcher 2014-2018, Assistant Professor 2018-2019

  • Senior Research Scientist: Biology I (Zoology), University of Freiburg; 2014

  • Senior Research Scientist: Institute of Experimental Ecology, University of Ulm; 2009 to 2014

  • Senior Research Scientist: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, UK; 2013 to 2015 (I declined the appointment offer)

  • International Consultant: BirdLife International in Southeast Asia, Hanoi, Vietnam; 2008 to 2009 (I declined the extension offer)

  • Consultant: Global Taxonomy Initiative, State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany; 2007 to 2008 (I declined the extension offer)

  • Postdoc: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, Washington DC, USA; 2004 to 2007

Since 1995, I regularly publish in scientific multidisciplinary or specialized journals, and in popular scientific magazines. An regularly updated list is available through ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6893-4219

A selection:


Suarez-Rubio M, Connette G, Aung T, Kyaw M, & Renner SC (2020). Hkakabo Razi landscape as one of the last exemplar of large contiguous forests. Scientific Reports, 10:14005 doi:10.1038/s41598-020-70917-y

Renner SC, Bates PJJ (2020) Historic changes in species composition for a globally unique bird community. Scientific Reports 10:10739 doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67400-z

Sai Sein Lin Oo, Myint Kyaw, Nay Myo Hlaing, Renner SC (2020) New to Myanmar: the Rosy Starling Pastor roseus (Aves: Passeriformes: Sturnidae) in the Hkakabo Razi Landscape. Journal of Threatened Taxa 12:15493-15494 doi:10.11609/jott.5045.12.4.15493-15494

Suarez-Rubio M, Connette G, Aung; T, Kyaw; M, Renner SC (2020) Hkakabo Razi Landscape as one of the last exemplar of large contiguous forests. Scientific Reports 10:14005 doi:10.1038/s41598-020-70917-y

van Hoesel W, Santiago Alarcon D, Marzal A, Renner SC (2020) Effects of forest structure on the interaction between avian hosts, dipteran vectors and haemosporidian parasites. BMC Ecology 20:47 doi:10.1186/s12898-020-00315-5

Päckert M, Milensky CM, Martens J, Myint Kyaw, Suarez-Rubio M, Win Naing Thaw, Sai Sein Lin Oo, Wolfgramm H, Renner SC (2019) Pilot biodiversity assessment of the Hkakabo Razi passerine avifauna in northern Myanmar – implications for conservation from molecular genetics. Bird Conservation International 30:267-288 doi:10.1017/s0959270919000273

Penone C, Allan E, Soliveres S, Felipe-Lucia MR, Gossner MM, Seibold S, Simons NK, Schall P, van der Plas F, Manning P, Manzanedo RD, Boch S, Prati D, Ammer C, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Ehbrecht M, Goldmann K, Jung K, Muller J, Muller JC, Pena R, Polle A, Renner SC, Ruess L, Schonig I, Schrumpf M, Solly EF, Tschapka M, Weisser WW, Wubet T, Fischer M (2019) Specialisation and diversity of multiple trophic groups are promoted by different forest features. Ecology Letters 22:170-180 doi:10.1111/ele.13182

Sai Sein Lin Oo, Aung Ko Lin, Ngwe Lwin, Khaung Haung, Renner SC (2019a) White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis in Imawbum, Kachin State: a first record for Myanmar. BirdingASIA 31:110-112

Sai Sein Lin Oo, Nang Lao Kham, Renner SC (2019b) Indication of reproductive success of three critically endangered Gyps-vultures in Myanmar. Journal of Threatened Taxa 11:4

Santiago-Alarcon D, MacGregor-Fors I, Falfan I, Ludtke B, Segelbacher G, Schaefer HM, Renner SC (2019) Parasites in space and time: a case study of haemosporidian spatiotemporal prevalence in urban birds. International Journal for Parasitology 49:235-246 doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2018.08.009

van Hoesel W, Marzal A, Magallanes S, Santiago-Alarcon D, Ibanez-Bernal S, Renner SC (2019) Management of ecosystems alters vector dynamics and haemosporidian infections. Scientific Reports 9:8779 doi:10.1038/s41598-019-45068-4

Vogt J, Klaus VH, Both S, Furstenau C, Gockel S, Gossner MM, Heinze J, Hemp A, Holzel N, Jung K, Kleinebecker T, Lauterbach R, Lorenzen K, Ostrowski A, Otto N, Prati D, Renner SC, Schumacher U, Seibold S, Simons N, Steitz I, TeuScher M, Thiele J, Weithmann S, Wells K, Wiesner K, Ayasse M, Bluthgen N, Fischer M, Weisser WW (2019) Eleven years' data of grassland management in Germany. Biodivers Data Journal 7:e36387 doi:10.3897/BDJ.7.e36387

Felipe-Lucia MR, Soliveres S, Penone C, Manning P, van der Plas F, Boch S, Prati D, Ammer C, Schall P, Gossner MM, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Blaser S, Bluthgen N, de Frutos A, Ehbrecht M, Frank K, Goldmann K, Hansel F, Jung K, Kahl T, Nauss T, Oelmann Y, Pena R, Polle A, Renner SC, Schloter M, Schoning I, Schrumpf M, Schulze ED, Solly E, Sorkau E, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Weisser WW, Wubet T, Fischer M, Allan E (2018) Multiple forest attributes underpin the supply of multiple ecosystem services. Nature Communications 9:4839 doi:10.1038/s41467-018-07082-4

Renner SC, Suarez-Rubio M, Kaiser S, Nieschulze J, Kalko EKV, Tschapka M, Jung K (2018) Divergent response to forest structure of two mobile vertebrate groups. Forest Ecology and Management 415-416:129-138 doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.02.028

Sai Sein Lin Oo, Myint Kyaw, Meyers K, Renner SC (2018) Confirmation of the White-winged Duck from the Hkakabo Razi Landscape, Myanmar. BirdingASIA 30:86-87

Schall P, Gossner MM, Heinrichs S, Fischer M, Boch S, Prati D, Jung K, Baumgartner V, Blaser S, Böhm S, Buscot F, Daniel R, Goldmann K, Kaiser K, Kahl T, Lange M, Müller J, Overmann J, Renner SC, Schulze E-D, Sikorski J, Tschapka M, Türke M, Weisser WW, Wemheuer B, Wubet T, Ammer C, Mori A (2018) The impact of even-aged and uneven-aged forest management on regional biodiversity of multiple taxa in European beech forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 55:267-278 doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12950

van der Plas F, Allan E, Fischer M, Alt F, Arndt H, Binkenstein J, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Böhm S, Hölzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Morris K, Oelmann Y, Prati D, Renner SC, Rillig MC, Schaefer HM, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Solly EF, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffan‐Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Manning P, Nichols E (2018) Towards the development of general rules describing landscape heterogeneity–multifunctionality relationships. Journal of Applied Ecology 56:168-179 doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13260

Renner SC, Hoesel Wv (2017) Ecological and Functional Traits in 99 Bird Species over a Large-Scale Gradient in Germany. Data 2:12 doi:10.3390/data2020012

Renner SC, Rappole JH, Myint Kyaw, Milensky CM, Päckert M (2017) Genetic confirmation of the species status of Jabouilleia naungmungensis. Journal of Ornithology 159:63-71 doi:10.1007/s10336-017-1493-0

Simons NK, Lewinsohn T, Blüthgen N, Buscot F, Boch S, Daniel R, Gossner MM, Jung K, Kaiser K, Müller J, Prati D, Renner SC, Socher SA, Sonnemann I, Weiner CN, Werner M, Wubet T, Wurst S, Weisser WW (2017) Contrasting effects of grassland management modes on species-abundance distributions of multiple groups. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 237:143-153 doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.12.022

Soisook P, Win Naing Thaw, Myint Kyaw, Sai Sein Lin Oo, Pimsai A, Suarez-Rubio M, Renner SC (2017) A new species of Murina (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from sub-Himalayan forests of northern Myanmar. Zootaxa 4320:159 doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4320.1.9

Bluthgen N, Simons NK, Jung K, Prati D, Renner SC, Boch S, Fischer M, Holzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Tschapka M, Weisser WW, Gossner MM (2016) Land use imperils plant and animal community stability through changes in asynchrony rather than diversity. Nature Communications 7:10697 doi:10.1038/ncomms10697

Boch S, Allan E, Birkhofer K, Bossdorf O, Blüthgen N, Christ-Breulmann S, Diekötter T, Dormann C, Gossner M, Hallmann C, Hemp A, Hölzel N, Jung K, Klaus V, Klein A, Kleinebecker T, Lange M, Müller J, Nacke H, Parti D, Renner SC, Rothenwoehrer C, Schall P, Schulze ED, Socher S, Tscharntke T, Türke M, Weiner C, Weisser W, Westphal C, Wolters V, Wubet T, Fischer M (2016) Extensive und jährlich wechselnde Nutzungsintensität fördert den Artenreichtum im Grünland. ANLiegen Natur 38:86-95

Dejtaradol A, Renner SC, Sunate Karapan, Bates P, Moyle R, Päckert M (2016) Indochinese-Sundaic faunal transition and phylogeographical divides north of the Isthmus of Kra in Southeast Asian Bulbuls (Aves: Pycnonotidae). J Biogeogr 43:471-483 doi:10.1111/jbi.12662

Gossner MM, Lewinsohn TM, Kahl T, Grassein F, Boch S, Prati D, Birkhofer K, Renner SC, Sikorski J, Wubet T, Arndt H, Baumgartner V, Blaser S, Bluthgen N, Borschig C, Buscot F, Diekotter T, Jorge LR, Jung K, Keyel AC, Klein AM, Klemmer S, Krauss J, Lange M, Muller J, Overmann J, Pasalic E, Penone C, Perovic DJ, PurSchke O, Schall P, Socher SA, Sonnemann I, Tschapka M, Tscharntke T, Turke M, Venter PC, Weiner CN, Werner M, Wolters V, Wurst S, Westphal C, Fischer M, Weisser WW, Allan E (2016) Land-use intensification causes multitrophic homogenization of grassland communities. Nature 540:266-269 doi:10.1038/nature20575

Renner SC, Lüdtke B, Kaiser S, Kienle J, Schaefer HM, Segelbacher G, Tschapka M, Santiago-Alarcon D (2016a) Forests of opportunities and mischief: disentangling the interactions between forests, parasites and immune responses. International Journal for Parasitology 46:571-579 doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.04.008

Renner SC, Suarez-Rubio M, Wiesner KR, Drögemüller C, Gockel S, Kalko EKV, Ayasse M, Frantz AC (2016b) Using multiple landscape genetic approaches to test the validity of genetic clusters in a species characterized by an isolation-by-distance pattern. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118:292-303 doi:10.1111/bij.12737

Soliveres S, Manning P, Prati D, Gossner M, Alt F, Arndt H, Baumgartner V, Binkenstein J, Birkhofer K, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Boch S, Böhm S, BörSchig C, Buscot F, Diekötter T, Heinze J, Hölzel N, Jung K, Klaus V, Klein A, Kleinebecker T, Klemmer S, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris E, Müller J, Oelmann Y, Overmann J, Pašalić E, Renner SC, Rillig M, Schaefer H, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Sikorski J, Socher S, Solly E, Sonnemann I, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffen-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Türke M, Venter P, Weiner C, Weisser W, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Wolters V, Wubet T, Wurst S, Fischer M, Allan E (2016a) Locally rare species influence grassland ecosystem multifunctionality. Philosophical Transactions Series B 371:1-10 doi:10.1098/rstb/371/1694

Soliveres S, van der Plas F, Manning P, Prati D, Gossner MM, Renner SC, Alt F, Arndt H, Baumgartner V, Binkenstein J, Birkhofer K, Blaser S, Bluthgen N, Boch S, Bohm S, Borschig C, Buscot F, Diekotter T, Heinze J, Holzel N, Jung K, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Klemmer S, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Muller J, Oelmann Y, Overmann J, Pasalic E, Rillig MC, Schaefer HM, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schoning I, Schrumpf M, Sikorski J, Socher SA, Solly EF, Sonnemann I, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Turke M, Venter PC, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Wolters V, Wubet T, Wurst S, Fischer M, Allan E (2016b) Biodiversity at multiple trophic levels is needed for ecosystem multifunctionality. Nature 536:456-459 doi:10.1038/nature19092

Suarez-Rubio M, Thein Aung, Sai Sein Lin Oo, Nay Myo Shwe, Nay Myo Hlaing, Kyaw Myo Naing, Tun Oo, Mie Mie Sein, Renner SC (2016) Nonbreeding Bird Communities Along an Urban-Rural Gradient of a Tropical City in Central Myanmar. Tropical Conservation Science 9:1-9 doi:10.1177/1940082916675961

Allan E, Manning P, Alt F, Binkenstein J, Blaser S, Bluthgen N, Bohm S, Grassein F, Holzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Morris EK, Oelmann Y, Prati D, Renner SC, Rillig MC, Schaefer M, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schoning I, Schrumpf M, Solly E, Sorkau E, Steckel J, Steffen-Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Fischer M (2015) Land use intensification alters ecosystem multifunctionality via loss of biodiversity and changes to functional composition. Ecology Letters 18:834-843 doi:10.1111/ele.12469

Manning P, Gossner MM, Bossdorf O, Allan E, Zhang YY, Prati D, Bluthgen N, Boch S, Bohm S, Borschig C, Holzel N, Jung K, Klaus VH, Klein AM, Kleinebecker T, Krauss J, Lange M, Muller J, Pasalic E, Socher SA, Tschapka M, Turke M, Weiner C, Werner M, Gockel S, Hemp A, Renner SC, Wells K, Buscot F, Kalko EKV, Linsenmair KE, Weisser WW, Fischer M (2015) Grassland management intensification weakens the associations among the diversities of multiple plant and animal taxa. Ecology 96:1492-1501 doi:10.1890/14-1307.1

Suarez-Rubio M, Montealegre C, Renjifo LM, Renner SC (2015) Returning home: movement strategies of Sub-Andean birds in a modified landscape. Tropical Conservation Science 8:992-998

Allan E, Bossdorf O, Dormann CF, Prati D, Gossner MM, Tscharntke T, Bluthgen N, Bellach M, Birkhofer K, Boch S, Bohm S, Borschig C, Chatzinotas A, Christ S, Daniel R, Diekotter T, Fischer C, Friedl T, Glaser K, Hallmann C, Hodac L, Holzel N, Jung K, Klein AM, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Muller J, Nacke H, Pasalic E, Rillig MC, Rothenwohrer C, Schall P, Scherber C, Schulze W, Socher SA, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenter I, Turke M, Weiner CN, Werner M, Westphal C, Wolters V, Wubet T, Gockel S, Gorke M, Hemp A, Renner SC, Schoning I, Pfeiffer S, Konig-Ries B, Buscot F, Linsenmair KE, Schulze ED, Weisser WW, Fischer M (2014) Interannual variation in land-use intensity enhances grassland multidiversity. PNAS 111:308-313 doi:10.1073/pnas.1312213111

Kubiczek K, Renner SC, Bohm SM, Kalko EK, Wells K (2014) Movement and ranging patterns of the Common Chaffinch in heterogeneous forest landscapes. PeerJ 2:e368 doi:10.7717/peerj.368

Renner SC, Gossner MM, Kahl T, Kalko EK, Weisser WW, Fischer M, Allan E (2014) Temporal changes in randomness of bird communities across Central Europe. PloS one 9:e112347 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112347

Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Prati D, Gossner MM, Alt F, Boch S, Gockel S, Hemp, Lange M, Müller J, Oelmann Y, Pašalić E, Renner SC, Socher SA, Türke M, Weisser WW, Fischer M, Hölzel N (2013) Does organic grassland farming benefit plant and arthropod diversity at the expense of yield and soil fertility? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 177:1-9 doi:10.1016/j.agee.2013.05.019

Lauterbach R, Wells K, O'Hara RB, Kalko EK, Renner SC (2013) Variable strength of forest stand attributes and weather conditions on the questing activity of Ixodes ricinus ticks over years in managed forests. PloS one 8:e55365 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055365

Ludtke B, Moser I, Santiago-Alarcon D, Fischer M, Kalko EK, Schaefer HM, Suarez-Rubio M, Tschapka M, Renner SC (2013) Associations of forest type, parasitism and body condition of two European passerines, Fringilla coelebs and Sylvia atricapilla. PloS one 8:e81395 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081395

Mettler R, Schaefer HM, Chernetsov N, Fiedler W, Hobson KA, Ilieva M, Imhof E, Johnsen A, Renner SC, Rolshausen G, Serrano D, Wesolowski T, Segelbacher G (2013) Contrasting patterns of genetic differentiation among blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) with divergent migratory orientations in Europe. PloS one 8:e81365 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081365

Renner SC, Schidelko K, Stiels D, Baumann S, Tietze DT, PurSchke C, Hinkelmann C, Woog F (2013) Bird handling techniques and data acquisition in the tropics and subtropics. Vogelwarte 51:25-30

Blüthgen N, Dormann CF, Prati D, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Alt F, Boch S, Gockel S, Hemp A, Müller J, Nieschulze J, Renner SC, Schöning I, Schumacher U, Socher SA, Wells K, Birkhofer K, Buscot F, Oelmann Y, Rothenwöhrer C, Scherber C, Tscharntke T, Weiner CN, Fischer M, Kalko EKV, Linsenmair KE, Schulze ED, Weisser WW (2012) A quantitative index of land-use intensity in grasslands: Integrating mowing, grazing and fertilization. Basic Appl Ecol 13:207-220 doi:10.1016/j.baae.2012.04.001

Naether A, Foesel BU, Naegele V, Wuest PK, Weinert J, Bonkowski M, Alt F, Oelmann Y, Polle A, Lohaus G, Gockel S, Hemp A, Kalko EKV, Linsenmair KE, Pfeiffer S, Renner SC, Schoening I, Weisser WW, Wells K, Fischer M, Overmann J, Friedrich MW (2012) Environmental factors affect acidobacterial communities below the subgroup level in grassland and forest soils. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78:7398-7406 doi:10.1128/aem.01325-12

Renner SC, Baur S, Possler A, Winkler J, Kalko EK, Bates PJ, Mello MA (2012a) Food preferences of winter bird communities in different forest types. PloS one 7:e53121 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053121

Renner SC, Heynen I, Neumann D, Feit U, Giere P, Häuser CL, Paulsch A, Paulsch C, Sterz M, Vohland K (2012b) Im- und Export ornithologischer Proben aus den Tropen. Vogelwarte 50:21-36

Renner SC, Neumann D, Burkart M, Feit U, Giere P, Groger A, Paulsch A, Paulsch C, Sterz M, Vohland K (2012c) Import and export of biological samples from tropical countries-considerations and guidelines for research teams. Org Divers Evol 12:81-98 doi:10.1007/s13127-012-0076-4

Wells K, O'Hara RB, Bohm SM, Gockel S, Hemp A, Renner SC, Pfeiffer S, Boehning-Gaese K, Kalko EKV (2012) Trait-dependent occupancy dynamics of birds in temperate forest landscapes: fine-scale observations in a hierarchical multi-species framework. Anim Conserv 15:626-637 doi:10.1111/j.1469-1795.2012.00560.x

Dejtaradol A, Kalko EKV, Renner SC, Päckert M, Bates PJJ, Chimchome P Phylogeography of Bulbuls (Pycnonotus sp.) along the Thai-Malay-Peninsular: Transition zone from the Indochinese to the Sundaic zoogeographic region at the Isthmus of Kra. In: Vogelwarte, 2011. p 293

Renner SC, Vanna N, Eames JC (2011) Observations on the spread and extent of alien invasive plant species in six protected areas in Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2:40-48

Suarez-Rubio M, Leimgruber P, Renner SC (2011) Influence of exurban development on bird species richness and diversity. Journal of Ornithology 152:461-471 doi:10.1007/s10336-010-0605-x

Fischer M, Bossdorf O, Gockel S, Hänsel F, Hemp A, Hessenmöller D, Korte G, Nieschulze J, Pfeiffer S, Prati D, Renner SC, Schöning I, Schumacher U, Wells K, Buscot F, Kalko EKV, Linsenmair KE, Schulze E-D, Weisser WW (2010) Implementing large-scale and long-term functional biodiversity research: The Biodiversity Exploratories. Basic Appl Ecol 11:473-485 doi:10.1016/j.baae.2010.07.009

Woog F, Renner SC, Fjeldså J (2010) Tips for bird surveys and censuses in countries without existing monitoring schemes. ABC Taxa 8:558-586

Renner SC (2009) Spatial post-breeding segregation of 1st-year and adult common bush-tanagers in a Guatemalan cloud forest. Open Ecology Journal 2:47-51 doi:10.2174/1874213000902010047

Renner SC, Rasmussen PC, Rappole JH, Thein Aung, Myint Aung (2009) Discovery of the Large Blue Flycatcher Cyornis [banyumas] magnirostris breeding in northern Kachin State (Burma/Myanmar) and taxonomic implications for the Cyornis-group. Journal of Ornithology 150:671-683 doi:10.1007/s10336-009-0395-1

Rappole JH, Rasmussen PC, Aung T, Milensky CM, Renner SC (2008) Observations on a new species: the Naung Mung Scimitar-Babbler Jabouilleia naungmungensis. Ibis 150:623-627 doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.2008.00815.x

Renner SC, Rappole JH, Rasmussen PC, Thein Aung, Myint Aung, Nay Myo Shwe, Dumbacher JP, Fleischer RC (2008a) A new subspecies of Tesia olivea (Sylviidae) from Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. Journal of Ornithology 149:439-450 doi:10.1007/s10336-008-0277-y

Renner SC, Stloukal E, Häuser CL (2008b) First record of Oriolus oriolus (Aves: Oriolidae) in the Slovenský Raj National Park, Slovakia, with a list of bird species found in the ‘ATBI Gemer’ region. Folia Faunistica Slovaca 13:81-84

Renner SC (2007) Observation of a breeding attempt of European Blackbird Turdus merula in January in a city of Western Germany. Vogelwarte 45:225-226

Renner SC, Markussen M, Mühlenberg M, Gerold G (2007a) Human impact on biodiversity of a tropical montane cloud forest in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. GeoÖko 28:54-71

Renner SC, Rappole JH, Leimgruber P, Kelly DS, Nay Myo Shwe, Thein Aung, Myint Aung (2007b) Land cover in the Northern Forest Complex of Myanmar: new insights for conservation. Oryx 41:27-37 doi:10.1017/S0030605307001603

Renner SC, Rieser R, Horwich RH (2007c) An experimental census method and estimates of population density of a black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) highland population in the Sierra Yalijux, Guatemala. Neotropical Primates 14:19-24 doi:10.1896/044.014.0104

Rappole JH, Compton BW, Leimgruber P, Robertson J, King DI, Renner SC (2006) Modeling movement of West Nile virus in the Western hemisphere. Vec Borne Zoonotic Dis 6:128-139 doi:10.1089/vbz.2006.6.128

Renner SC, Voigt M, Markussen M (2006a) Regional deforestation in a tropical montane cloud forest in Alta-Verapaz, Guatemala. Ecotropica 12:43-49

Renner SC, Waltert M, Muhlenberg M (2006b) Comparison of bird communities in primary vs. young secondary tropical montane cloud forest in Guatemala. Biodivers Conserv 15:1545-1575 doi:10.1007/s10531-005-2930-6

Máñez-Costa MA, Renner SC (2005) Unos crían la fama y otros cardan la lana. Pagos directos a los que realmente conservan. Agro Nuevo 1:31-50

Rappole JH, Renner SC, Shwe NM, Sweet PR (2005) A New Species of Scimitar-Babbler (Timaliidae: Jabouilleia) from the Sub-Himalayan Region of Myanmar. Auk 122:1064-1069 doi:10.1093/auk/122.4.1064

Renner SC (2005a) The Mountain Guan (Penelopina nigra) in the Sierra Yalijux, Guatemala. Ornitol Neotrop 16:419-426

Renner SC (2005b) The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) in the Sierra Yalijux, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Journal of Ornithology 146:79-84 doi:10.1007/s10336-004-0060-7

Renner SC (2005c) The Blue-Throated Motmot (Aspatha gularis) in the central cloud forests of Guatemala: An indicator for primary forest? Boletín SAO 15:16-25

Renner SC (2005d) Biodiversity: there's a role to be played by 'museum-keepers' too. Nature 438:914 doi:10.1038/438914a

Renner SC, Schuchmann K-L (2004) Biogeography, geographical variation, and taxonomy of the hummingbird genera Eugenes Gould, 1856, Sternoclyta Gould, 1858, and Hylonympha Gould, 1873 (Aves: Trochilidae). Ornithologischer Anzeiger 43:103-114

Renner SC, Schuchmann K-L (2001) The Fawn-breasted Brilliant Heliodoxa rubinoides, a hummingbird species new to Bolivia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 121:252-255

Weller AA, Renner SC (2001) A new subspecies of Heliodoxa xanthogonys (Aves, Trochilidae) from the southern Pantepui highlands, with biogeographical and taxonomic notes. Ararajuba 9:1-5



Global change is accelerating rapidly and includes climate, land use, and land cover changes among others. Important forms of land use change for birds are habitat loss such as deforestation and habitat modifications such as intensification of land use. These modifications are responsible for changes in species numbers, abundance, diversity, functional diversity, local extinctions, range shifts, and alterations of species interactions and ecological processes such as parasitism or predation. Within the research framework of land use effects, I am mainly interested in:
  • The changes of species richness, species diversity, species composition, and functional diversity of birds as response to global change;
  • Temporal turnover in biodiversity over a century and the consequences for conservation of birds;
  • How bird populations respond to avian haemosporidians and to land use change and land use intensification.


I have successfully applied for competitive grants of small to large monetary scales for own and collaborative research proposals. A selection is found after login in  http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6893-4219


My personal teaching interest is mainly focused on conservation biology and global change effects on animals along with the needed methods of monitoring. These are all topics of particular relevance to the position. Furthermore, I can help make the subjects come alive by including interesting examples from my own research.

My teaching experience started in 1997. It includes serving as a mentor and instructor in courses during my early student career. Subsequently I was a teaching assistant in various courses at the University of Ulm and at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, both with particular focus on ecology and conservation biology. In addition, I trained conservation biologists and monitoring experts in Southeast Asia.

I supervise PhD students working on: host-vector-parasite interactions in Germany; on biogeography of bulbuls in Southeast Asia; and the spatial interaction of birds and insect pests in the Brazilian landscape. I guide the students to collect adequate data, analyse their data using up-to-date statistical methods, and guide the students to write and defend their theses to a committee. I meet regularly with my students to follow their progress and help with potential problems. I conduct interactive seminars with the students to confirm they have understood relevant concepts and methods.

1. zoology

Ahnelt Harald
associate scientist
Auer Helga
project researcher ECSA 2024
Bacher Florian
project researcher
Berg Hans-Martin
collection manager
Bibl Alexander
collection manager
Bogutskaya Nina
associate scientist
Chai Min
Project researcher
Duda Michael
Project researcher
Engelmaier Gernot
associate scientist
Ernst Karin
project researcher
Franzke Jennifer
associate scientist
Friedrich Rok
Project researcher
Gassner Georg
collection manager
Grillitsch Heinz
associate scientist
Grunstra Nicole D. S.
affiliated scientist
Haring Melina
Hengl Marietta
project researcher
Herzig Barbara
associate scientist
Illek Robert
head taxidermist
Kamschal Denise
technical assistant
Kirchner Sandra
Poject researcher for TETTRIs, Laboratory manager
Langnitschke Tim
scientific assistant
Leeb Christoph
project researcher „C321083 Biodiversitätsfonds“
Mikschi Ernst
head of department
Palandačić Anja
collection manager, staff scientist
Querner Pascal
Project researcher
Reier Susanne
Project researcher
Riedel Bettina
staff scientist & assistant to the head of department (1. zoology)
Rubin Iris
model and diorama builder
Saliari Konstantina
curator, staff scientist
Schedl Benjamin
project researcher Harrison Collection
Schiller Katharina
employee project digitization (currently on parental leave)
Schweiger Silke
curator, staff scientist
Sonnleitner Ria
project researcher "Gefährliche Fauna " (ÖBH)"
Sontag Walter, A.
associate scientist
Stefke Katharina
staff scientist
Stückler Susanne
project researcher "Synthesys"
Sumasgutner Petra
associate scientist
van den Elzen Renate
associate scientist
Viehauser Christof
scientific assistant
Wallner Nathalie
Administrative management, taxidermist
Witthoff Ronja
Wolf Paul
Project researcher
Wöss Günther
scientific assistant
Zachos Frank Emmanuel
curator, staff scientist