Dr Steffen Oppel

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

I work as conservation scientist to provide knowledge about the ecology and conservation status of bird species in a wide variety of ecosystems around the world.

The goal of my work is to achieve effective conservation of globally threatened species and their habitats through collaboration with partner organisations in the global network of BirdLife International.

My role is to use robust scientific approaches to monitor populations, identify the causes for population declines, and develop and test effective management solutions that are practically feasible and benefit threatened species.

My current work portfolio includes seabirds, raptors, songbirds, and a wide range of invasive species which threaten the native biodiversity of remote islands.

Partners and Collaboration

  • Peter Ryan, Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Cape Town
  • Richard Phillips, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge
  • Cloe Pourchier, Sahara Conservation Fund, Niger
  • BirdLife partners in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, North Macedonia, Syria, and Turkey

Contact

Steffen Oppel

Dr Steffen Oppel

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

RSPB Centre of Conservation Science, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3QZ

steffen.oppel@rspb.org.uk

@steffopp

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Specialisms

Identifying problems International species Marine New methods and technologies

Selected Publications

Assessing the effectiveness of intensive conservation actions: does guarding and feeding increase productivity and survival of Egyptian Vultures in the Balkans?

Assessing the effectiveness of conservation measures to reverse population declines is essential to evaluate management strategies. Management solutions such as direct protection or supplementary feeding typically aim at reducing mortality or increasing productivity, but demonstrating ...

Date
01 June 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Steffen Oppel
Authors
Oppel, S., Dobrev, V., Arkumarev, V., Saravia, V., Bounas, A., Kret, E., Skartsi, T., Velevski, M., Stoychev, S. & Nikolov, S.C.
Published in
Biological Conservation 198: 157-164
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Prioritizing islands for the eradication of invasive vertebrates in the United Kingdom overseas territories

Invasive alien species are one of the primary threats to native biodiversity on islands worldwide. Consequently, eradicating invasive species from islands has become a mainstream conservation practice. Deciding which islands have ...

Date
01 January 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Steffen Oppel
Authors
Dawson, J., Oppel, S., Cuthbert, R.J., Holmes, N., Bird, J.P., Butchart, S.H.M., Spatz, D.R. & Tershy, B.
Published in
Conservation Biology
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Foraging distribution of a tropical seabird supports Ashmole's hypothesis of population regulation

Many animals reproduce in large aggregations, which can vary in size from dozens to millions of individuals across species, time and space. The size of breeding colonies is a complex trade-off between multiple costs and benefits to an individual’s fitness, but the mechanisms ...

Date
02 April 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Steffen Oppel
Authors
Oppel, S., Beard, A., Fox, D., Mackley, E., Leat, E., Henry, L., Clingham, E., Fowler, N., Sim, J., Sommerfield, J., Weber, N., Weber, S. & Bolton, M.
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