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Vojtěch Brlík

Vojtech is an ecologist interested in various aspects of bird migration. His scientific journey started by studying migratory divide in the Eurasian Reed Warbler using light-level geolocators and stable isotopes. He also conducted a meta-analysis of the effects of geolocators on birds during his BSc and he again used a combination of geolocators and stable isotopes to uncover the most important seasonal interactions in the Great Reed Warbler during his MSc. Currently, he is a PhD student at the Department of Ecology, Charles University and works at Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences. In his dissertation, Vojtech focuses on the year-round specialization of migratory birds, develops continental isotopic maps and coordinates the IsoBird Network project.

As a project coordinator and one of the European IsoBird Network ambassadors, Vojtech is a main contact person regarding all sorts of questions (first check FAQ please), a person responsible for contacting researchers with a request to store their sample descriptions in the IsoBird Network database and a person responsible for promotion of the project at various scientific meetings.

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Pavel Pipek

Pavel is an ecologist interested in biological invasions, animal communication & behaviour and citizen-science. He started his masters studying antipredatory behaviour of true bugs (“flash displays”) but all his interests (including his child dream to be a historian) met later in the citizen-science project Yellowhammer Dialects (http://yellowhammers.net), the aim of which was to study the cultural evolution of yellowhammer song 150 years after the introduction to New Zealand. He is currently working at Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Ecology, Charles University, mainly on follow-up project (history of avian invasions to New Zealand) and other topics concerning biological invasions.

Especially during his work on citizen-science projects Pavel gathered some expertise on web development and that is how he joined IsoBird Network. As an administrator of the website, Pavel is the main contact person for all issues related to the website functioning.

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Petr Procházka

Petr is an avian ecologist based at the Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences https://www.ivb.cz/en/. His interests centre on bird ecology, bird migration and behavioural ecology. During his pre-graduate studies at Charles University in Prague, he investigated Acrocephalus warblers and this group soon became his favourite study object. Later on, he moved to Brno where he has been researching various adaptations and counter-adaptations in the common cuckoo and its hosts. As a keen bird ringer, he has been also interested in bird migration and this led him to the use of stable isotopes as a tool to infer origins and non-breeding ecology of migratory birds.

Petr has been involved in the project right from the start and he is the ambassador of IsoBird Network in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Kate J. Brandis

Kate is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She is the lead researcher of the Feather Map of Australia project (www.ansto.gov.au/feathermap) which combines citizen science and laboratory-based research to understand the movement patterns of Australia's waterbirds. This information is then used to inform wetland and water policy development and water management decisions. She is also a colonial waterbird ecologist, working in the floodplain wetlands of inland Australia measuring reproductive success in relation to water and wetland management. Kate is a member of the IUCN Species Specialist Group for Stork, Ibis and Spoonbills. Her other research focuses on wildlife forensics and its application to the illegal wildlife trade - including birds.

Kate is the IsoBird Network ambassador for Australia.

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Nikita Chernetsov

Nikita is the director of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the head of its Ornithology Lab. The Zoological Institute maintains a very rich collection of avian specimens, of which tissue samples make a small fraction.

Nikita is the IsoBird Network ambassador for Russia.

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