Wieland Heim
© Ramona Heim

Dr. Wieland Heim


Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group
Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstr. 2, D-48149 Münster
room  505
phone +49(0)251-83 30 212
fax +49(0)251-83 38 338
e-mail wieland.heim [at] uni-muenster.de

Consultation hours: on appointment

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  • Research Interests

    • Palaearctic birds
    • Conservation biology
    • Avian migration
    • Land-use impact on biodiversity
    • Pollution ecology

  • Curriculum vitae

    01/2021 PhD in Landscape Ecology
    Institute of Landscape Ecology, University of Münste
    PhD thesis: "The migration ecology of East Asian land birds"
    since 11/2020 PostDoc
    Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, Institute of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster
    03/2018 - 10/2020 PhD Student and Research Assistant
    Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, Institute of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster
    02/2017 - 02/2018 PhD Student and Graduate Assistant
    Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, Institute of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster
    10/2013 - 02/2017 Master in Ecology, Evolution and Nature Conservation
    Potsdam University
    Master thesis: “Stop-over niche use of East Asian buntings Emberizidae
    10/2008 - 09/2012 Bachelor in Biology
    Leipzig University
    Bachelor thesis: “Habitat use of Tawny Pipits Anthus campestris in former open coal pits south of Leipzig”
    Professional Experience
    since 09/2011 Muraviovka Park/Russia & Amur Bird Project: Project coordinator
    planning and implementation of research and education project
    03/2014 - 03/2017 Potsdam University,  Animal Ecology: Research assistant
    teacher for “field methods in ornithology”
    02/2013 - 03/2013 Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden, Section Ornithology/Phylogeny/Population genetics: Internship
    DNA-analysis based on feather samples
    04/2010 - 07/2012 Leipzig University, Molecular Evolution an Animal Systematics: Student assistant
    leading ornithological excursions and determination exercises
    03/2008 - 07/2012 Freelance biologist
    breeding bird surveys, ecological reports on building projects, surveys on sea birds and marine mammals
    04/2011 - 07/2011 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Department Conservation Science: Student assistant
    trapping, ringing and re-locating Blackbirds
    11/2007 - 08/2008 Regional Conservation Authority Chemnitz, Department Species Conservation: Civil service
    Management and protection of urban bird species

  • Services and Memberships

    Member of the Research Committee of the German Ornithologists´ Society (since 2021)

    Member of the Editorial Board: Journal of Asian Ornithology (since 2019)

    Council member of the European Ornithologists' Union (since 2017)

    Member of the executive committee of the Migrant Landbird Study Group (since 2018)

    Member of the Avifaunistic Rarities Committee of Saxony (since 2010)

  • Publications

    International publications (peer-reviewed)


    Google Scholar


    • Beermann I, Thomas A, Anisimov Y, Batbayar N, Davaasuren B, Gerasimov Y, Hasebe M, Nakul G, Nergui J, Ktitorov P, Kulikova O, Heim W (submitted) Range-wide breeding habitat use of the Critically Endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola after population collapse.
    • Heim W*, Thomas A*, Berner I, Korschefsky T, Hölzel N, Kamp J (submitted) Fire frequency as a main driver of habitat provision and niche partitioning in sympatric songbird species.


    • Heim W, Chan S, Hölzel N, Ktitorov P, Mischenko A, Kamp J (accepted) East Asian buntings: ongoing illegal trade and encouraging conservation responses. Conservation Science and Practice.
    • Yong DL, Heim W, Chowdhury SU, Choi CY, Ktitorov P, Kulikova O, Kondratiev A, Round PD, Allen D, Trainor CR, Gibson L, Szabo JK (accepted) The state of migratory landbirds in the East Asian Flyway: distributions, threats, and conservation needs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.


    • Eilts H-J, Feuerbach N, Round PD, Bourski OV, Allcock J, Leader PJ, Davaasuren B, Erdenechimeg T, Park J-G, Heim W (2021) Complex post-breeding moult strategies in a songbird migrating along the East Asian flyway, the Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler Locustella certhiola. Ecology and Evolution 11: 11-21 [doi: 10.1002/ece3.7098]
    • Bozó L, Csörgő T, Heim W (2021) Factors controlling the migration phenology of Siberian Phylloscopus species. Journal of Ornithology 162: 53-59 [doi: 10.1007/s10336-020-01805-5]
    • Heim RJ, Heim W, Darman G, Heinken T, Smirenski SM, Hölzel N (2021) Litter removal through fire - a key process for wetland vegetation and ecosystem dynamics. Science of the Total Environment 755: 142659 [doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142659]
    • Heim W*, Wobker J*, Schmaljohann H (2021) Sex, age, molt strategy and migration distance explain the phenology of songbirds at a stopover along the East Asian flyway. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 75 [doi:10.1007/s00265-020-02957-3]


    • Bozó L, Csörgő T, Heim W (2020) Stopover duration and body mass change of two Siberian songbird species at a refuelling site in the Russian Far East. Ornithological Science 19(2): 159-166 [doi: 10.2326/osj.19.159]
    • Heim W, Heim RJ, Beermann I, Burkovskiy OA, Gerasimov Y, Ktitorov P, Ozaki K, Panov I, Sander MM, Sjöberg S, Smirenski SM, Thomas A, Tottrup A, Tiunov IM, Willemoes M, Hölzel N, Thorup K, Kamp J (2020) Using geolocator tracking data and ringing archives to validate citizen-science based seasonal predictions of songbird distribution in a data-poor region. Global Ecology and Conservation 24: e01215 [doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01215]
    • Meissner BR, Rodriguez-Vera F, Hawlitschek O, Heim W, Jentzsch M (2020) Incidence of louse flies on birds from the Russian Far East (Diptera: Hippoboscidae) and investigation of the status of some taxa by DNA barcoding. Russian Entomological Journal 29(3): 327-335
    • Richter R, Heim A, Heim W, Kamp J, Vohland M (2020) Combining multiband remote sensing and hierarchical distance sampling to establish drivers of bird abundance. Remote Sensing 12(1): 38 [doi:10.3390/rs1201003] Open Access
    • Sander MM, Heim W, Schmaljohann H (2020) Seasonal and diurnal increases in energy stores in migratory warblers at an autumn stopover site along the Asian-Australasian flyway. Journal of Ornithology 161: 73–87 [doi:10.1007/s10336-019-01701-7]
    • Weissensteiner MH, Bunikis I, Francoijs KJ, Catalán A, Knief U, Heim W, Peona V, Pophaly SD, Sedlazeck FJ, Suh A, Warmuth VM, Wolf JBW (2020) Discovery and population genomics of structural variation in a songbird genus. Nature Communications 11: 3403 [doi: s41467-020-17195-4]
    • Bozó L, Heim W, Trense D, Fetting P, Eilts HJ, Wobker J, Csörgő T (2019) Migration timing of Pallas’s Grasshopper-warbler Locustella certhiola and Lanceolated Warbler L. lanceolata at a stopover site in the Russian Far East. Ornithological Science 18(2): 177–181 [doi:10.2326/osj.18.177]
    • Bozó L, Heim W, Anisimov Y, Csörgő T (2019) Seasonal morphological differences indicate possible loop migration in two, but not in another four, Siberian passerines. Forktail 35: 12-19
    • De Jong A, Torniainen J, Bourski OV, Heim W, Edenius L (2019) Tracing the origin of vagrant Siberian songbirds with stable isotopes: the case of Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) in Fennoscandia. Ornis Fennica 96: 90–99 download
    • Frommhold M, Heim A, Barabanov M, Maier F, Mühle RU, Smirenski SM, Heim W (2019) Breeding habitat and nest site selection by an obligatory “nest-cleptoparasite”, the Amur Falcon Falco amurensis. Ecology and Evolution 9(24): 14430–14441 [doi:10.1002/ece3.5878] Open Access
    • Heim RJ, Hölzel N, Heinken T, Kamp J, Thomas A, Darman GF, Smirenski SM, Heim W (2019) Post-burn and long-term fire effects on plants and birds in floodplain wetlands of the Russian Far East. Biodiversity and Conservation 28: 1611–1628 [doi:10.1007/s10531-019-01746-3]
    • Heim W, Trense D, Heim A, Kamp J, Smirenski SM, Wink M, Wulf T (2019) Discovery of a new breeding population of the Vulnerable Swinhoe’s Rail Coturnicops exquisitus confirmed by genetic analysis. Bird Conservation International 29: 454–462 [doi:10.1017/S0959270918000138]
    • Bozó L, Csörgő T, Heim W (2018) Weather conditions affect spring and autumn migration of Siberian leaf warblers. Avian Research 9: 33 [doi:10.1186/s40657-018-0126-5] Open Access
    • Bozó L, Heim W, Csörgő T (2018) Habitat use of Siberian warbler species at a stopover site in Far East Russia. Ringing & Migration 33(1): 31–35 [doi:10.1080/03078698.2018.1446889]
    • Heim W, Eccard JA, Bairlein F (2018) Migration phenology determines niche use of East Asian buntings (Emberizidae) during stopover. Current Zoology 64(6): 681–692 [doi:10.1093/cz/zoy016] Open Access
    • Heim W, Pedersen L, Heim RJ, Kamp J, Smirenski SM, Thomas A, Tottrup A, Thorup K (2018) Full annual cycle tracking of a small songbird, the Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope, along the East Asian flyway. Journal of Ornithology 159(4): 893–899 [doi:10.1007/s10336-018-15]
    • Edenius L, Choi CY, Heim W, Jaakkonen T, de Jong A, Ozaki K, Roberge JM (2017) The next common and widespread bunting to go? Global population decline in the Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica. Bird Conservation International 27(1): 35–44 [doi:10.1017/S0959270916000046]
    • Heim W, Smirenski SM (2017) The importance of Muraviovka Park/Far East Russia for endangered bird species on regional, national and international scale based on observations from 2011-2016. Forktail 33: 77–83
    • Heim W, Trense D, Sokolova GV, Kitagawa T (2017) Increased Populations of Endangered Cranes After Amur River Flood. Waterbirds 40(3): 282–288 [doi:10.1675/063.040.0309] Open Access
    • Sander MM, Eccard JA, Heim W (2017) Flight range estimation of migrant Yellow-browed Warblers Phylloscopus inornatus on the East Asian Flyway. Bird Study 64(4): 569–572 [doi:10.1080/00063657.2017.1409696]
    • Tritsch C, Martens J, Sun YH, Heim W, Strutzenberger P, Päckert M (2017) Improved sampling at the subspecies level solves a taxonomic dilemma -a case study of two enigmatic Chinese tit species (Aves, Passeriformes, Paridae, Poecile). Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution 107: 538–550 [doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.014]
    2016 - 2012
    • Bozó L, Heim W (2016) Sex-specific migration of Phylloscopus warblers at a stopover site in Far Eastern Russia. Ringing & Migration 31(1): 41–46 [doi:10.1080/03078698.2016.1195213]
    • Fetting P, Thorn S, Päckert M, Heim W (2016) First record of Yellow-bellied Tit Periparus venustulus in Russia suggests a significant range extension of a species formerly endemic to China. Forktail 32: 88–90
    • Päckert M, Hering J, Fuchs E, Barthel P, Heim W (2014) Genetic barcoding confirms first breeding record of the Yellow Bittern, Ixobrychus sinensis,(Aves: Pelecaniformes, Ardeidae) in the Western Palearctic. Vertebrate Zoology 64(2): 251–260 [pdf at senkenberg.de]
    • Heim W, Smirenski SM, Siegmund A, Eidam F (2012) Results of an autumnal bird ringing project at Muraviovka Park/Amur region in 2011. Avian Ecology and Behaviour 21: 27–40 [pdf at zin.ru]

    *geteilte Erstautorenschaft/*joint first authorship

    Other Publications

    • Anisimova VI, Anisimov YA, Bastardot M, Heim W (2019) First observation of Swinhoe's Rail Coturnicops exquisitus in the delta of Selenga river. Baikal Zoological Journal 2(25): 112–113 [in Russian]
    • Kapitonova LV, Dugintsov VA, Averin AA, Zhu B, Antonov AI, Heim W (2018) Azure tit (Cyanistes cyanus) in the Amur and Jewish Autonomous Regions. Regional problems 21(2): 22–32 [in Russian]
    • Hering H, Fuchs E, Heim W, Steinheimer FD, Winkler H (2018) Ein Leben unter dem Meeresspiegel - Der Siwarohrsänger. Der Falke 65(2): 14–20
    • Bozó L, Heim W, Csörgö T (2017) Trapping and ringing Pallas’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus at the Muraviovka Park, Amur region, Far East Russia. BirdingASIA 28: 67–70
    • Dugintsov VA, Antonov AI, Babykina MS, Heim W (2017) On the revival of the breeding population of Eurasian Coot in Amur region. Amurian Zoological Journal 9(3)
    • Wulf T, Heim W, Thomas A (2017) Mysterious calls from the swamp: the song of the Vulnerable Swinhoe’s Rail Coturnicops exquisitus. BirdingASIA 27: 49–53
    • Heim W (2017) Population declines in eastern Palaearctic passerines. Vogelwelt 137: 181–183
    • Bozó L, Heim W, Harnos A, Csörgö T (2016) Can we explain vagrancy in Europe with the autumn migration phenology of Siberian warbler species in East Russia ? Ornis Hungarica 24(1): 150–171
    • Heim W (2016) Das Amur Bird Project: Vogelberingung in Fern Ost Russland. Berichte der Vogelwarte Hiddensee 23: 104–106
    • Heim W (2016) A survey of breeding waterbird communities on lakes and other waterbodies on the middle reaches of the Amur River valley near Blagoveshensk, Amur province, Far East Russia. BirdingASIA 25: 98–103
    • Sander MM, Heim W (2016) Maximale Flugdistanzen des Gelbbrauen-Laubsängers Phylloscopus inornatus an einem Zwischenrastplatz in Fernost-Russland. Vogelwarte 54(4): 394–395
    • Heim W, Thomas A, Wulf T (2016) Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopos hyperythrus and Chinese Paradise Flycatcher Tersiphone paradisi incei at Muraviovka Park, Far East Russia: First records for the Amur region. Amurian Zoological Journal 8(3): 217–222
    • Suanjak M, Heim W (2016) Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus numbers on the increase at Muraviovka Park, Far East Russia. BirdingASIA 25: 44–46
    • Thomas A, Heim W (2016) Die Weidenammer verschwindet – Welche Gefahren drohen im Brutgebiet? Vogelwarte 54(4): 350–351
    • Wulf T, Heim W (2016) Entdeckung des Gesangs der Mandschurenralle Coturnicops exquisitus und Vorkommen im Muraviovka Park (Fern-Ost-Russland). Vogelwarte 54(4): 412
    • Bozó L, Heim W (2015) Trapping and Ringing Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes, Muraviovka Park, Amur region, Far East Russia. BirdingAsia 23: 118–120
    • Donath S, Heim W (2015) Wer zuerst kommt, mahlt zuerst? Untersuchungen zu protandrischem Zugverhalten an einem Zwischenrastplatz in Fernost-Russland. Vogelwarte 54(4): 386
    • Flöter E, Hallfarth T, Heim W, Hering J, Kronbach D, Ritz M, Zischewski M (2015) Ornithologische Beobachtungen 2012 in Sachsen. Vögel in Sachsen 2: 4–110
    • Heim W (2015) Das Amur Bird Project: Vogelzugforschung und Umweltbildung in Fern Ost Russland. Vogelwarte 53(4): 395–396
    • Heim W, Eidam F, Smirenski SM (2015) Breeding records of Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis and Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus at the northern limit of their Asian range. BirdingAsia 23: 60–62
    • Hering J, Heim W (2015) Türkentauben Streptopelia decaocto 'mal maritim – Hohe Brutdichte in Mangroven am Roten Meer. Vogelwarte 53(4): 433–434
    • Schröder JE, Meffert P, Heim W (2015) Zugphänologie und Rastökologie des Rubinkehlchens Luscinia calliope in Fernost Russland. Vogelwarte 53(4): 400–402
    • Flöter E, Hallfarth T, Heim W, Hering J, Kronbach D, Ritz M, Zischewski M (2014) Ornithologische Beobachtungen 2011 in Sachsen. Vögel in Sachsen 1: 4–102
    • Hering J, Hering H, Fuchs E, Heim W (2014) Die Amsel Turdus merula als Brutvogel in der Sahara – erfolgreich bei 50 °C und Wüstensturm. Vogelwarte 52(4): 337–338
    • Flöter E, Hallfarth T, Heim W, Hering J, Kronbach D, Ritz M, Zischewski M (2013) Ornithologische Beobachtungen 2010 in Sachsen. Rundschr. Ver. Sächs. Ornithol. 36: 6–107
    • Heim W (2013) Ein neuer Fall einer Mischbrut zwischen Wendehals Jynx torquilla und Kohlmeise Parus major Mitt. Ver. Sächs. Ornithol. 11: 120–122
    • Heim W, Siegmund A, Thorn S (2013) Zug- und Brutvogelforschung mit Umweltbildung im Muraviovka Park, Ost-Russland. Vogelwarte 51(2): 141
    • Heim W, Smirenski SM (2013) The Amur Bird Project at Muraviovka Park in Far-eastern Russia. BirdingAsia 19: 31–33
    • Heim W, Smirenski SM (2013) Seltene Vogelarten am Mittellauf des Amur - erste Ergebnisse aus drei Jahren Monitoring im fern-östlichen Russland. Vogelwarte 51(4): 304
    • Heim W, Wolanska K, Siegmund A, Schuster U (2013) Possible breeding of Baer´s Poachard Aythya baeri at Muraviovka Park, Far East Russia. BirdingAsia 20: 64–66
    • Hering J, Fuchs E, Heim W, Eilts HJ, Barthel PH, Päckert M (2013) Die Chinadommel Ixobrychus sinensis am Roten Meer in Ägypten – erste Nachweise eines übersehenen westpaläarktischen Brutvogels. Limicola 26: 253–278
    • Hering J, Heim W, Fuchs E, Eilts HJ (2013) Aberrant Clamorous Reed Warbler at Nile Delta, Egypt, in April 2012. Dutch Birding 35: 190–193
    • Hering J, Heim W, Fuchs E, Eilts HJ, Ibrahim H (2013) New information on the Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris in Egypt. Dutch Birding 35: 23–27
    • Flöter E, Hallfarth T, Heim W, Hering J, Kronbach D, Ritz M, Zischewski M (2012) Ornithologische Beobachtungen 2009 in Sachsen. Rundschr. Ver. Sächs. Ornithol. 45: 6–76
    • Heim W, Heim A (2012) Totfund eines Birkhuhns Tetrao tetrix auf dem Fichtelberg/Erzgebirge. Mitt. Ver. Sächs. Ornithol. 10: 679–680
    • Heim W, Mehner N (2012) Wohnungsnot im Tagebau: Außergewöhnliche Brutplätze der Kohlmeise Parus major. Mitt. Ver. Sächs. Ornithol. 10: 684–686
    • Hering J, Fuchs E, Heim W (2012): Felduntersuchungen zu Brutvorkommen und Brutbiologie sowie zur Klärung taxonomischer Fragestellungen des Teichrohrsänger-Komplexes Acrocephalus scirpaceus im östlichen Nordafrika (Ägypten). Vogelwarte 50: 131–133
    • Hering J, Heim W, Fuchs E, Eilts HJ, Barthel PH, Winkler H (2012) In der Westpaläarktis übersehen: Mangroverohrsänger Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) avicenniae am Roten Meer in Ägypten. Vogelwarte 50: 324–325
    • Flöter E, Hallfarth T, Heim W, Hering J, Kronbach D, Ulbricht J, Zischewski M (2011): Ornithologische Beobachtungen 2007 und 2008 in Sachsen. Rundschr. Ver. Sächs. Ornithol. 34: 1–120
    • Heim W (2011) Neue Brutnachweise nadelbaumbewohnender Singvogelarten in der Stadt Leipzig. Mitteilungen des Ornithologischen Vereins zu Leipzig e.V. 18: 74–78