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

  • Dr Nick Holmes, Island Conservation
  • Drs Sam and Nicola Weber, Ascension Island Government
  • Dr Johannes Kamp, University of Munster
  • Dr Stoyan Nikolov, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Maria Dias and Ana Carneiro, BirdLife International
  • James Russell, University of Auckland
  • Evan Buechley, University of Utah

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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International International species

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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International Identifying problems

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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International species

Global population collapse in a superabundant migratory bird and illegal trapping in China

Persecution and overexploitation by humans are major causes of species extinctions. Rare species, often confined to small geographic ranges, are usually at highest risk, whereas extinctions of superabundant species with very large ranges are rare. The Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola) used to be one of the most abundant songbirds ...

Date
08 June 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Steffen Oppel
Authors
Kamp, J., Oppel, S., Ananin, A.A., Durnev, Y.A., Gashev, S.N., Holzel, N., Mishchenko, A.L., Pessa, J., Smirenski, S.M., Strelnikov, E.G., Timonen, S., Wolanska, K. & Chan, S.
Published in
Conservation Biology
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International International species

Assessing population viability while accounting for demographic and environmental uncertainty

Predicting the future trend and viability of populations is an essential task in ecology. Because many populations respond to changing environments, uncertainty surrounding environmental responses must ...

Date
24 July 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Steffen Oppel, Dr David Gibbons, Dr Juliet Vickery
Authors
Oppel, S., Hilton, G. M., Ratcliffe, N., Fenton, C., Daley, J., Gray, G., Vickery, J.A. & Gibbons, D.
Published in
Ecology
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International Montserrat oriole