© Johannes Kamp

PD Dr. Johannes Kamp

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group
Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstr. 2, D-48149 Münster
room 505
phone +49(0)251-83 30 212
e-mail johannes.kamp@uni-muenster.de

Consultation hours: **Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I will offer consultation only online upon further notice. Please send me an e-mail to make an appointment.**

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Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten (DDA)
An den Speichern 6, D-48157 Münster
phone +49(0)251- 210140 18
e-mail kamp@dda-web.de


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  • Research Interests

    • Biodiversity monitoring in structured schemes and through unstructured citizen science data
    • Land-use change effects on biodiversity and carbon stocks
    • Agriculture–biodiversity trade-offs and sustainable land management
    • Socio-ecological systems and the persistence of cultural landscapes
    • Biodiversity of the Eurasian steppes
    • Animal migration
  • Projects

    running projects

    • The effectiveness of EU Special Protection Areas (SPAs) to protect birds of conservation concern (at DDA, funded by BfN)
    • Effects of changes in agricultural use and structures on farmland bird population trends in Germany (with Thünen-BD, funded by BMEL)
    • Migration ecology of Asian land birds
    • CopWoods - The biodiversity of traditional socio-ecological systems: Large coppiced woods in Germany

    finished projects

    • BALTRAK - Balancing trade-offs between agriculture and biodiversity in the steppes of Kazakhstan
    • SASCHA - Sustainable land management and adaptation strategies to climate change for the Western Siberian Grain Belt.
      results summarized for stakeholders [pdf, english] [pdf, russian]

  • Curriculum vitae

    07/2019 Habilitation and venia legendi
    Faculty of Geosciences, University of Münster, Germany
    since 01/2019 Coordinator Research and Monitoring
    Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten (DDA), Münster, Germany
    since 02/2012 Post-Doc
    Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, Institute of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster, Germany
    06/2012 PhD in Landscape Ecology (Dr. rer. nat.)
    University of Münster and RSPB (“summa cum laude”, 0.0)
    2008 - 2012 Senior Research Assistant
    Centre of Conservation Science, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Sandy/Cambridge, UK
    2004 - 2007 Contract Research Assistant
    Centre of Conservation Science, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) und BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK
    2007 Diploma in Landscape Ecology
    University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • Publications

    International publications (peer-reviewed)

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    * Supervised PhD students
    ** Supervised MSc and BSc students


    • Donald PF, Kamp J, Green RE, Urazaliyev R*, Koshkin M, Sheldon RD (in review) Migration strategy and site fidelity of the globally threatened Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius (Preprint: [doi:10.1101/2020.03.31.017848v1])
    • Heim RJ, Bucharova A, Rieker D, Yurtaev A, Kamp J, Hölzel N (in review) Long-term effects of fire on Arctic tundra vegetation in Western Siberia (Preprint: [doi:10.1101/756163])


    • Munteanu C, Kamp J, Klein N, Kraemer B, Müller D, Koshkina A*, Prishchepov A, Kuemmerle T (accepted): Cold War spy satellite images reveal long-term declines of a philopatric keystone species in response to cropland expansion. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    In press

    • Dara A, Baumann M, Hölzel N, Hostert P, Kamp J, Müller D, Ullrich B, Kuemmerle T (in press) Post-Soviet land-use change affected fire regimes on the Eurasian steppes. Ecosystems [doi:10.1007/s10021-019-00447-w]
    • Koshkina A*, Grigoryeva I, Tokarsky V, Urazaliyev R*, Kuemmerle T, Hölzel N, Kamp J (in press) Marmots from space: assessing population size and habitat use of a burrowing mammal using publicly available satellite images. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation [doi:10.1002/rse2.138] Open Access


    • Dara A, Baumann M, Freitag M**, Hölzel N, Hostert P, Kamp J, Müller D, Prishchepov AV, Kuemmerle T (2020) Annual Landsat time series reveal post-Soviet changes in grazing pressure. Remote Sensing of Environment 239: 111667 [doi:10.1016/j.rse.2020.111667]
    • 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/rs12010038] Open Access
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • Buchanan GM, Bond A, Crockford NJ, Kamp J, Pearce-Higgings JW, Hilton G (2018) The potential breeding range of Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris identified from stable-isotope analysis. Bird Conservation International 28(2): 228–237 [doi:10.1017/S0959270916000551]
    • Dara A, Baumann M, Kuemmerle T, Pflugmacher D, Rabe A, Griffiths P, Hölzel N, Kamp J, Freitag M**, Hostert P (2018) Mapping the timing of cropland abandonment and recultivation in northern Kazakhstan using annual Landsat time series. Remote Sensing of Environment 213: 49–60 [doi:10.1016/j.rse.2018.05.005]
    • 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/s10336-018-1562-z]
    • Kamp J, Reinhard A**, Frenzel M**, Kämpfer S**, Trappe J**, Hölzel N (2018) Farmland bird responses to land abandonment in Western Siberia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 268: 61–69 [doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2018.09.009]
    • Nguyen H*, Hölzel N, Völker A, Kamp J (2018) Patterns and Determinants of Post-Soviet Cropland Abandonment in the Western Siberian Grain Belt. Remote Sensing 10(12): 1973 [doi:10.3390/rs1012973] Open Access
    • Griewald Y, Clemens G, Kamp J, Gladun E, Hölzel N, von Dressler H (2017) Developing land use scenarios for stakeholder participation in Russia. Land Use Policy 68: 264–276 [doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.07.049]
    • Palpurina S, Wagner V, von Wehrden H, Hájek M, Hórsak M, Brinkert A, Hölzel N, Wesche K, Kamp J, Hájková P, Danihelka J, Lustyk P, Merunková K, Preislerová Z, Kočí MKubešová,  S, Cheresov M, Ermakov N, German D, Gogoleva P, Lashchynsky N, Martynenko V, Chytrý M (2017) The relationship between plant species richness and soil pH vanishes with increasing aridity across Eurasian dry grasslands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26(4): 425–434 [doi:10.1111/geb.12549]
    • Trappe J**, Kunz F**, Weking S, Kamp J (2017) Grassland butterfly communities of the Western Siberian forest steppe in the light of post-Soviet land abandonment. Journal of Insect Conservation 21(5-6): 813–826 [doi:10.1007/s10841-017-0021-0]
    • Wagner V, Chytrý M, Zelený D, von Wehrden H, Brinkert A, Danihelka J, Jansen F, Hölzel N, Kamp J, Lustyk P, Merunková K, Palpurina S, Preislerová Z, Wesche K (2017) Regional differences in soil pH niche among dry grassland plants in Eurasia. Oikos 126(5): 660–670 [doi:10.1111/oik.03369]
    • Wertebach T-M, Hölzel N, Kämpf I, Yurtaev A, Tupitsin S, Kiehl K, Kamp J, Kleinebecker T (2017) Soil carbon sequestration due to post-Soviet cropland abandonment: estimates from a large-scale soil organic carbon field inventory. Global Change Biology 23(9): 3729–3741 [doi:10.1111/gcb.13650]
    • Václavík T, Langerwisch F, Cotter M, Fick J, Häuser I, Hotes S, Kamp J, Settele J, Spangenberg J, Seppelt R (2016) Investigating potential transferability of place-based research in land system science. Environmental Research Letters 11: 095002 [doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095002]
    • Kamp J, Oppel S, Heldbjerg H, Nyegaard T, Donald PF (2016) Unstructured citizen science data fail to detect long‐term population declines of common birds in Denmark. Diversity and Distributions 22(10): 1024–1035 [doi:10.1111/ddi.12463]
    • Wesche K, Ambarli D, Török P, Kamp J, Treiber J, Dengler J (2016) The Palaearctic steppe biome: a new synthesis. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(12): 2197–2231 [doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1214-7]
    • Török P, Ambarli D, Kamp J, Wesche K, Dengler K (2016) Step(pe) up! Raising the profile of palaearctic steppe grasslands. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(12): 2187–2195 [doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1187-6]
    • Kamp J, Koshkin MA, Bragina, Katzner TE, Milner-Gulland EJ, Schreiber D, Sheldon R, Shmalenko A, Smelansky I, Terraube J, Urazaliev R (2016) Persistent and novel threats to the biodiversity of Kazakhstan’s steppes and semi-deserts. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(12): 2521–2541 [doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1083-0]
    • Lameris T**, Fijen T**, Urazaliev R, Pulikova G, Donald PF, Kamp J (2016) Breeding ecology of the endemic Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis on natural steppe and abandoned croplands in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(12): 2381–2400 [doi:10.​1007/​s10531-015-1041-2] Open Access
    • Brinkert A**, Hölzel N, Sidorova TV, Kamp J (2016) Spontaneous steppe restoration on abandoned cropland in Kazakhstan: grazing affects successional pathways. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(12): 2543–2561 [doi:10.1007/s10531-015-1020-7

    • Kamp J, Oppel S, Ananin AA, Durnev YA, Gashev SN, Hölzel N, Mishchenko AL, Pessa J, Smirenski SM, Strelnikov EG, Timonen S, Wolanska K, Chan S, (2015) Global population collapse in a superabundant migratory bird and illegal trapping in China. Conservation Biology 29: 1684–1694  [doi:10.1111/cobi.12537]
    • Fijen TPM**, Kamp J, Lameris TK**, Urazaliev R, Pulikova G, Kleijn D, Donald PF (2015) Functions of extensive animal dung ‘pavements’ around the nests of the Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis. The Auk 132: 878–892 [doi:10.1642/AUK-15-38.1]
    • Kamp J, Urazaliev R*, Balmford A, Donald PF, Green RE, Lamb A, Phalan B (2015) Agricultural development and the conservation of avian biodiversity on the Eurasian steppes: a comparison of land-sparing and land-sharing approaches. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 1578–1587  [doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12527]
    • Kamp J, Pelster A, Gaedicke L, Karthäuser J, Dieker P, Mantel K (2015) High nest survival and productivity of Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus breeding on urban brownfield sites. Journal of Ornithology 156: 179–190 [doi:10.1007/s10336-014-1114-0]
    • Sutcliffe L, Batáry P, Kormann U, Baldi A, Dicks LV, Herzon I, Kleijn D, Tryjanowski P, Apostolova I, Arlettaz R, Aunins A, Aviron S, Balezentiene L,  Fischer C,  Halada L, Hartel T, Helm A, Hristov I, Jelaska SD, Kaligarič M, Kamp J, Klimek S, Koorberg P, Kostiukova J, Kovács-Hostyánszki A, Kuemmerle T, Leuschner C, Lindborg R, Loos J, Maccherini S, Marja R, Máthé O, Paulini I, Proença V, Rey-Benayas J, Sans FX, Seifert C, Stalenga J, Timaeus J, Török P, van Swaay C, Viik E, Tscharntke T (2015) Harnessing the biodiversity value of Central and Eastern European farmland. Diversity and Distributions 21: 722–730 [doi:10.1111/ddi.12288]
    • Kamp J (2014) Land management: Weighing up the reuse of Soviet croplands. Nature 505: 483 [doi:10.1038/505483d]
    • Sheldon RD, Kamp J, Koshkin MA, Urazaliev RS, Iskakov TK, Field RH, Salemgareev AR, Khrokov VV, Zhuly VA, Sklyarenko SL, Donald PF (2013) Breeding ecology of the globally threatened Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius and the demographic drivers of recent declines. Journal of Ornithology 154(2): 501–516 [doi:10.1007/s10336-012-0921-4]
    • Kamp J, Siderova T, Salemgaarev A, Urazaliev R, Donald PF, Hölzel N (2012) Niche separation of larks (Alaudidae) and agricultural change on the drylands of the former Soviet Union. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 155: 41–49 [doi:10.1016/j.agee.2012.03.023]
    • Kamp J, Urazaliev R, Donald PF, Hölzel, N (2011) Post-Soviet agricultural change predicts future declines after recent recovery in Eurasian steppe bird populations. Biological Conservation 144: 2607–2614 [doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.07.010]
    • Schielzeth H, Kamp J, Eichhorn G, Heinecke T, Koshkin MA, Lachmann L, Sheldon RD, Koshkin AV (2010) Wader, gull and tern population estimates for a key breeding and stopover site in Kazakhstan. Bird Conservation International 20: 186–199 [doi:10.1017/S0959270910000031]
    • Kamp J, Koshkin MA, Sheldon RD (2010) Historical breeding of Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius in Xinjiang. Chinese Birds 1: 70–73 [doi:10.5122/cbirds.2009.0001]
    • Kamp J, Sheldon RD, Koshkin MA, Donald PF, Biedermann R (2009) Post-Soviet steppe management causes pronounced synanthropy in the Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius. Ibis 151: 452–463
    • Kamp J, Koshkin MA, Sheldon RD (2009) Population size, breeding performance and habitat selection of the Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni. Bird Conservation International 19: 149–163 [doi:10.1017/S0959270908008150]
    • Schielzeth H, Eichhorn G, Heinicke T, Kamp J, Koshkin MA, Koshkin AV, Lachmann L (2008) Waterbird migration on the Central Asian flyway: Population size estimates from a key staging area in Central Kazakhstan. Bird Conservation International 18: 71–86

    Other Publications

    • Kamp J, Frank C, Busch M, Gerlach B, Dröschmeister R (2019) Monitoring ausbaufähig: Vogelbestände und Trends in EU-Vogelschutzgebieten. Der Falke 65(10): 15–17.  Download
    • Kamp, J (2019) Rätselhafter Steppenvogel: Mohrenlerchen in Kasachstan. Der Falke 65(1): 6–11 Download
    • Friedritz L**,  Joest R, Kamp J (2018) Abundanz und Habitatwahl von Imagines von Ophiogomphus cecilia an renaturierten und ausgebauten Abschnitten der Lippe, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Odonata: Gomphidae). Libellula 37(1/2): 1–22 Download
    • Gladun E, von Dressler H, Kamp J (2017) Law and policy for sustainable development of the Arctic region. Textbook. Tyumen university publishing house, 180 pages. Download
    • Härting Ch**, Illner H, Kamp J (2017) Die Nutzung von Fotofallen zur Quantifizierung von Beuteeinträgen brütender Wiesenweihen Circus pygargus. Vogelwelt 137(4): 404–410 Download
    • Kamp J, Kallmayer J**, Koch J**, Karthäuser J, Veit W (2017) Die Brutvogelgemeinschaften der "Hauberge" bei Haiger in Abhängigkeit von der Waldbewitschaftung. Vogelkundl. Berichte Lahn-Dill 32: 139–149 Download
    • Kamp J (2017) Farming the forest steppe: sustainable land management in Western Siberia. Stakeholder brochure and project results synthesis. 34 pages. Download: [pdf english] [pdf russian]
    • Donald  PF, Azimov N, Ball E, Green RE, Kamp J,  Kashkarov R, Kurbanov A, Rustamov E, Saparmuradov J, Sheldon R, Soldatov V, Ten A, Thorpe R, Underhill M, Urazaliyev R, Veyisov A (2016) Discovery of a globally important migration staging site for Sociable Lapwings Vanellus gregarius in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Sandgrouse 38: 82–95 Download
    • Hoppmanns H**, Kamp J, Burkhard B (2016) Einfluss der Beweidung im Naturschutzgebiet Schleimündung: Reaktionen ausgewählter Brutvogelarten auf die Veränderung der Schilfflächen. Seevögel 37: 16–20 Download
    • Stolbov VA, Kuzmin IA, Ivanov SA, Kamp J (2016) Northward shift of arthropod distribution ranges in the Tyumen and Kurgan provinces of Russia. Eurasian Entomological Journal 15: 99–103
    • Kamp J (2013) Buchbesprechung: ‘Birds of Central Asia’ by R. Aye, M. Schweizer and T. Roth. Ibis 155: 681–682
    • Sheldon RD, Koshkin MA, Kamp J, Dereliev S, Donald PF, Jbour S (2012) International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius). CMS Technical Series No. 28, AEWA Technical Series No. 47. Bonn, Deutschland Download
    • Urazaliev R, Iskakov T, Kamp J (2012) Aggressive intraspecific behaviour in Black Larks Melanocorypha yeltoniensis in winter. British Birds 105: 40–42
    • Kamp J (2011) "The Amazing Journey" - der Zug des Steppenkiebitzes. Der Falke 58: 101–103 Download
    • Kamp J (2010) Große Trupps und starke Bejagung – Neues vom Steppenkiebitz. Der Falke 57: 113–115 Download
    • Kamp J (2008) Forschung an einer weltweit bedrohten Vogelart – der Steppenkiebitz. Der Falke 55: 130–135 Download
    • Kamp J, Grishina KV (2008) Rooks killing adult Black-tailed Godwit. British Birds 101: 447
    • Kamp J, Sohni V (2008) Die Vogelwelt der Ostfriesischen Inseln. In: Niedringhaus R, Haeseler V, Janiesch P (Hrsg.) Die Flora und Fauna der Ostfriesischen Inseln. Schriftenreihe Nationalparkverwaltung Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer 11, Wilhelmshaven: 421–439 
    • Kamp J (2007) Verbreitung, Bestand und Habitatnutzung des Mittelspechts Dendrocopos medius in NW-Niedersachsen. Vogelkundliche Berichte aus Niedersachsen 39: 77–96
    • Kamp J, Sohni V (2006) Habitat use and population densities of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius caucasicus in the NW Caucasus mountains (Russia). Vogelwelt 129: 69–75