Dr. Friederike Woog




+49 (0) 711 / 8936-253
+49 (0) 711 / 8936-200

Research interests

Many bird species are confronted with rapidly changing environmental conditions, be it on our doorstep or in the tropics, such as in Madagascar. Only in long-term studies does it become clear which life histories individuals are pursuing, e.g. in terms of their ecological niche or their survival rates. It is important to me to apply my research results in a practical way, for example when monitoring diseases in Germany or for nature conservation in Madagascar.





  • Movalli, P., Koschorreck, J., Treu, G., Slobodnik, J., Alygizakis, N., Androulakakis, A.,..Woog, F., ... & Duke, G. (2022). The role of natural science collections in the biomonitoring of environmental contaminants in apex predators in support of the EU’s zero pollution ambition. Environmental Sciences Europe, 34(1), 1-7. doi.org/10.1186/s12302-022-00670-8
  • Vázquez, R. M., Woog, F., Dinkel, A., Mackenstedt, U. & S. Musa (2022): Blood parasites of Vangas and other Corvoidea on Madagascar. Diversity 14, 888.doi.org/10.3390/d14100888
  • Musa, S., Mackenstedt, U., Woog, F., & Dinkel, A. (2022). Untangling the actual infection status: detection of avian haemosporidian parasites of three Malagasy bird species using microscopy, multiplex PCR, and nested PCR methods. Parasitology Research, 1-13. doi.org/10.1007/s00436-022-07606-4
  • Mai, S., Berthoud, J. L., Haag, H., & Woog, F. (2022). Factors limiting reproductive success in urban Greylag Geese (Anser anser). PeerJ, 10, e13685. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.13685


  • Hohmann, R., Woog, F. (2021): How aggressive are Egyptian Geese? Interactions with Greylag Geese and other birds in an urban environment. Wildfowl 71: 234-243.
  • Hohmann, R., Woog, F. (2021): Comparing behavioral responses of Greylag Geese Anser anser and Egyptian Geese Alopochen agyptiaca to disturbance in an urban setting. Wildfowl 71: 244-261.
  • Milano, S., Frahnert, S., Hallau, A., Töpfer, T., Woog, F., & Voigt, C. C. (2021). Isotope record tracks changes in historical wintering ranges of a passerine in sub‐Saharan Africa. Global Change Biology 27(21), 5460-5468.


  • Ehret, S.A., Berthoud, J.-L., Woog, F. 2020: Spring fattening in non-migratory female Greylag Geese Anser anser regardless of social status. Wildfowl 70: 257–266.
  • Tantely, M.L., Randrianambinintsoa, F.J., Rakotonirina, A.H., Woog, F., Boyer, S. & Girod, R. (2020): Discrimination of Uranotaenia species (Diptera: Culicidae) from Madagascar based on morphology and wing morphometric traits. Zootaxa 4801:171-178.


  • Yohannes E, Woog F (2019) A multi-isotope and morphometric analysis to uncover ecological niche divergence in two endemic island birds from Madagascar: the Dark and Common Newtonia (Vangidae). Journal of Ornithology Online first DOI 10.1007/s10336-019-01702-6 (IF 1,95)
  • Tantely, L.M., Randrianambinintsoa, F. J., Woog, F., Raharinirina, M.R., Ratsimbazafy, J., Boyer, S. & R. Girod (2019): Horizontal and vertical distribution of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the rainforest of Maromizaha, Madagascar: implications for pathogen transmission to humans and animals. Austral Entomology 58(4) Online First, DOI: 10.1111/aen.12427 (IF 1,114)
  • Feng, S., Fang, Q., Barnett, R., Li, C., Han, S., Kuhlwilm, M., Zhou, L., Pan, H., Deng, Y., Chen, G., Gamauf, A., Woog, F., Prys-Jones, R.., Marques-Bonet, T., Gilbert, M.T.P., Zhang, G. 2019. The genomic footprints of the fall and recovery of the crested ibis. Current Biology 21; 29(2):340-349 (IF 9.193)
  • Movalli, P., Duke, G., Ramello, G., Dekker, R., Vrezec, A., Shore, R.F., García-Fernández, A., Wernham, C., Krone, O., Alygizakis, N., Badry, A., Barbagli, F., Biesmeijer1, K., Boano, G., Bond, A.L., Choresh, Y., Christensen, J.B., Cincinelli, A., , Danielsson, S., Dias, A., Dietz, R., Eens, M., Espín, S., Eulaers, I., Frahnert, S., Fuiz, T.I., Gkotsis, G., Glowacka, N., Gómez-Ramírez, P., Grotti, M., Guiraud, M., Hosner, P., Johansson, U., Jaspers, V.L.B., Kamminga1, P., Koschorreck, J., Knopf, B. , Kubin, E., LoBrutto, S., Lourenco, R., Tania Martellini, T., Martínez-López, E., Mateo, R., Nika, M.-C., Nikolopoulou, V., Osborn, D., Pauwels, O., Pavia, M., Glória Pereira, G., Rüdel, H., Sanchez-Virosta, P., Slobodnik, J., Sonne, C., Thomaidis, N., Töpfer, T., Treu, G., Väinölä, R., Valkama, J., van der Mije1, S., Vangeluwe, D., Warren, B.H., Woog, F. (2019) Progress on bringing together raptor collections in Europe for contaminant research and monitoring in relation to chemicals regulation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research https://rdcu.be/bEDE4, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-019-05340-6. (IF=2.914)



  • Musa, S., Mackenstedt, U., Woog, F.*, Dinkel*, A. (*joint senior authorship) 2018. Avian malaria on Madagascar: Prevalence, biodiversity and specialization of haemosporidian parasites. International Journal of Parasitology, Online First: DOI:10.1016/j.ijpara.2018.11.001. [36]               
  • Marshall, B. M., Casewell, N. R., Vences, M., Glaw, F., Andreone, F., Rakotoarison, A., Zancolli, G., Woog, F., Wüster, W. 2018. Widespread vulnerability of Malagasy predators to the toxins of an introduced toad. Current Biology, 28(11), R654-R655. [35]
  • Schmid, S., Fachet, K., Dinkel, A., Mackenstedt,U., Woog, F. 2018. Low prevalence of haemosporidian parasites in resident Greylag Geese (Anser anser) in southwestern Germany. Journal of Ornithology, 159(4): 1099-1103. DOI 10.1007/s10336-018-1580-x [34]
  • Woog, F., Ramanitra, N., Rasamison, S.A., Tahiry, R.L. 2018. Longevity in some Malagasy rainforest passerines. Ostrich, 89(3), 281-286. https://doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2018.1502693[33]
  • Hölzinger, J., Mahler, U., Bauer, H.-G., Bommer, K., Fiedler, W., Konrad, A., Woog, F. 2018. Anser anser, Graugans. In: Hölzinger, J., Bauer H.-G. (eds): Die Vögel Baden-Württembergs. Nicht-Singvögel 1.2. Ulmer, Stuttgart: 170 – 193.  
  • Bauer, H.-G., Konrad, A., Woog, F., Fiedler, W., Hölzinger, J. 2018. Alopochen aegyptiaca, Nilgans. In: Hölzinger, J., Bauer H.-G. (eds): Die Vögel Baden-Württembergs. Nicht-Singvögel 1.2. Ulmer, Stuttgart: 194-210.  
  • Hölzinger, J., Bauer, H.-G., Boschert, M.,  Woog, F., Schmolz, M. 2018. Aix galericulata, Mandarinente. In: Hölzinger, J., Bauer H.-G. (eds): Die Vögel Baden-Württembergs. Nicht-Singvögel 1.2. Ulmer, Stuttgart: 257-267.  


  • Schmid, S., Fachet, K., Dinkel, A., Mackenstedt, U., Woog, F. 2017. Carrion Crows (Corvus corone) of southwest Germany: important hosts for haemosporidian parasites. Malaria Journal DOI 10.1186/s12936-017-2023-5, http://rdcu.be/vNOu [32]
  • Schmid, S., Dinkel, A., Mackenstedt, U., Tantely, M.L., Randrianambinintsoa, F.J., Boyer, S., Woog, F. 2017. Avian malaria on Madagascar: bird hosts and putative vector mosquitoes of different Plasmodium lineages. Parasites and Vectors DOI 10.1186/s13071-016-1939-x., http://rdcu.be/olpg [31]
  • Martens, J.M., Woog, F. 2017. Nest cavity characteristics, reproductive output and population trend of naturalised Amazon parrots in Germany. Journal of Ornithology DOI 10.1007/s10336-017-1436-9 [30]
  • Bauer, H.-G., Geiter, O., Homma, S., Woog, F. 2017.  Die neuen Statuseinstufungen der Fachgruppe Neozoen der DO-G: Entgegnung zu Fritz et al. (2017): Aspekte der Nahrungsökologie und Genetik des Waldrapps. Vogelwarte 55, 2017: 146


  • Woog, F., Köhn, S., Pollmann, M., Weinhardt, M. 2016. Bauchgefiederfärbung bei Graugänsen – ein Merkmal für die Altersbestimmung? Vogelwarte 54: 364.
  • Bauer, H-G., Geiter, O., Homma, S., Woog, F. 2016. Vogelneozoen in Deutschland – Revision der nationalen Statuseinstufungen. Vogelwarte 54: 165 – 179. [29]


  • Rabitsch, W., Nehring, S., Wolter, C., Bauer H.-G., Woog F., Homma S., Wiesner C., Martens H. & Michler, F.U. 2015. Naturschutzfachliche Invasivitätsbewertungen für in Deutschland wild lebende gebietsfremde Wirbeltiere, III Steckbriefe. BfN-Skripten 409: 43-145. [28]


  • Woog, F., Bauer, H.-G., Heine, H. 2014. Ergebnisse der Gänsezählung in Baden-Württemberg Mitte Januar 2011. Ornithol. Jh. Bad.-Württ. 30: 41-66. [27]
  • Salewksi, V., Siebenrock, K-H., Hochachka, W.M., Woog F., Fiedler, F. 2014. Morphological change to birds over 120 years is not explained by thermal adaptation to climate change. PLOS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101927. [26]


  • Martens, J., Hoppe, D., Woog, F. 2013. Diet and feeding behaviour of naturalised Amazon parrots in Stuttgart, south-western Germany. Ardea 101 (1): 71-77. [25]
  • Renner, S., Schidelko, K., Stiels, D., Baumann, S., Tietze, D. T.,  Purschke, C., Hinkelmann, C.,  Woog F. 2013. Praktische Tipps zur Handhabung von wildlebenden Vögeln und Datenerfassung in den Tropen und Subtropen. Vogelwarte 51 (1): 25-30. [24]


  • Jonsson, K.A., Fabre, P.H., Fritz, S.A., Etienne R.S., Haegeman, B., Ricklefs, R.E., Jorgensen, T.B., Fjeldsa, J., Rahbek, C., Ericson, P. GP., Woog, F., Pasquet, E., Irestedt, M. 2012. Ecological and evolutionary determinants for the adaptive radiation of the Madagascan Vangas. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1115835109 [23]
  • Schwarz, K., Hulme, H., Woog, F. 2012. All you can eat - do peck rates of Greylag Geese (Anser anser) vary with age and social status? Journal of Ornithology. DOI 10.1007/s10336-012-0831-5. [22]
  • Woog, F. 2012. Persistence of a dark form of the Magpie Robin Copsychus albospecularis in the region inhabited by the ‘inexpectatus’ subspecies in mid-eastern Madagascar. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 19 (1): 33-38.
  • Rasamison, A.S., Woog, F. 2012.First record of the Souimanga Sunbird Cinnyris souimanga being a host of the Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus rochii at Ankamenabe -Tsimanapetsotsa National Park. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 19 (1): 56-58.
  • Schwarz, K., Woog, F. 2012. Limits of grazing area use by feral Greylag Geese (Anser anser) during moult Wildfowl 62: 115–125. [21]


  • Bauer, H.-G., Woog, F. 2011. Bemerkungen zur „Invasivität“ nichtheimischer Vogelsarten. Berichte zum Vogelschutz 47/48: 135-141. [20]
  • Woog, F., Maierhofer, J., Haag, H. 2011. Endoparasites in the annual cycle of feral Greylags Anser anser. Wildfowl 61: 164-179. [19]
  • Bauer, H.-G., Woog, F. 2011. On the „invasiveness“ of non-native bird species. Ibis 153 (1) 204–206. [18]
  • Eck, S., Fiebig, J, Fiedler, W., Heynen, I., Nicolai, B., Töpfer, T., Van den Elzen, R. Winkler, R., Woog, F. 2011. Measuring Birds - Vögel vermessen. Herausgeben von der Deutschen Ornithologen-Gesellschaft. Christ Media Natur, Minden, 122 Seiten. 


  • Woog, F., Taubmann, J., Mörike, D. 2010. Ausgestorbene und bedrohte Vögel am Naturkundemuseum Stuttgart. Vogelwarte 48 (4): 419-420.
  • Woog, F., Renner S.W., Fjeldså, J. 2010. Tips for bird surveys and censuses in countries without existing monitoring schemes. In: Manual on Field Recording Techniques and Protocols for All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories, eds. J. Eymann, J. Degreef, C. Häuser, J. C. Monje, Y. Samyn & D. VandenSpiegel. ABC taxa 8: 558-586. [17]
  • Woog, F., H. Haag, M. Schmolz, Lachenmaier, K. 2010. Ausbreitung der Nilgans im mittleren Neckartal. Ornith. Jahreshefte Bad.-Württ. [16]
  • Quaisser, C., Woog, F. 2010. Sammlungsrichtlinien am Beispiel naturkundlicher Sammlungen, In: Universitätsmuseen und –sammlungen im Hochschulalltag. Aufgaben . Konzepte. Perspektiven, Cornelia Weber, Klaus Mauersberger (Hrsg.), 33-42 (http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/conferences/ums2010) [15]
  • Maurer, G., Russell, D., Woog, F., Cassey, P. 2010. The eggs of the extinct Egyptian population of White-tailed Eagle Haliaëetus albicilla. Bull. British Ornithologists Club 130 (3): 208-214. [14]


  • Bauer, H.-G., Woog, F. 2009. Gebietsfremde Vogelarten in Deutschland. In: C., Sudfeldt, R. Dröschmeister, M. Flade, C. Grüneberg, A. Mitschke, J. Schwarz und J. Wahl (eds.): Vögel in Deutschland – 2009. DDA, BfN, LAG VSW, Münster. 
  • Bauer, H.-G., Woog, F. 2009.  Nichtheimische Vogelarten in Deutschland – Ökologie, Brutbiologie und Verhalten. Vogelwarte 47 (4): 360.


  • Woog, F., Wink, M., Rastegar-Pouyani, Gonzalez, J., Helm, B. 2008. Distinct taxonomic position of the Madagascar stonechat (Saxicola torquatus sibilla) revealed by nucleotide sequence data of mitochondrial cytochrome b and ND2. Journal of Ornithology 149 (1): 393–398. [13]
  • Bauer, H.-G., Woog, F. 2008. Nichtheimische Vogelarten (Neozoen) in Deutschland, Teil 1: Auftreten, Bestände und Status. Vogelwarte 46: 157–194. [12]
  • Käßmann, S., Woog, F. 2008. Impact of supplementary food on the activity budgets of Greylag Geese Anser anser in an urban environment. Wildfowl 58, 46-54. [11]
  • Woog, F., Schmolz, M., Lachenmaier, K. 2008. Die Bestandsentwicklung der Graugans im Stadtkreis Stuttgart. Ornithologische Jahreshefte Baden-Württemberg, 141-146. [10]
  • Woog, F. 2008. Madagascar Swamp Warbler Acrocephalus newtoni far from a swamp. Bull ABC 15 (1): 85-87. [9]
  • Käßmann, S., Woog, F. 2008. Winterliche Verbreitungsmuster und Habitatnutzung von Graugänsen Anser anser in einer süddeutschen Großstadt. Vogelwarte 46, 2008: 131–138.
  • Woog, F., Haag, H., Käßmann, S. & J. Lehmann (2008): Zwischen Stadt und Wildnis: Graugänse Anser anser im Mittleren Neckartal: Vektoren für die Vogelgrippe? Vogelwarte 46 (4): 288-289.


  • Käßmann, S., Woog, F. 2007. How to cope with snow and ice: winter ecology of feral Greylag Geese Anser anser. Wildfowl 57: 29 – 39. [8]


  • Woog, F., Dean, W.R.J., Underhill, L.G., Allen, D.G. 2006. SABASE – Historische Datenbank über die Vögel im südlichen Afrika. Die Vogelwarte 44: 253.
  • Woog, F., Ramanitra, N. 2006. Site fidelity of some rainforest species endemic to Madagascar. Journal of Ornithology 147, 5 Suppl. 1. 275.


  • Woog, F., Ramanitra N. 2005. Effects of deforestation on eastern Malagasy bird communities. Proceedings of the German-Malagasy Research Cooperation in Life and Earth Sciences. C. Schwitzer, S. Brandt, O. Ramilijaona, M. Rakotomalala Razanahoera, D. Ackermand, T. Razakamanana and J. Ganzhorn (eds.). Concept Verlag, Berlin. [7]


  • Mayr, G., Rheinwald, G., Woog, F. 2003. Ornithological databases at some German Natural History Museums. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 51, 2-3: 221-224, Bonn. [6]
  • Woog, F., Haag, H., Heynen, I. 2003. Die Vogelsammlung des Staatlichen Museums für Naturkunde Stuttgart (SMNS) - Funde aus Deutschland mit Schwerpunkt Baden-Württemberg. - Jahreshefte der Gesellschaft für Naturkunde Württemberg 159, 205-263. [5]


  • Woog, F. 2002. Distribution and timing of nesting in Hawaiian Geese in relation to food phenology in scrublands. Wildfowl 53: 78-106. [4]
  • Woog, F. 2002. Reproductive success and pairing in Hawaiian Geese (Branta sandvicenis) in relation to age and body size. Journal für Ornithologie 143: 43-50. [3]


  • Woog, F., Black, J.M. 2001. Foraging behavior and temporal use of grasslands by Nene: implications for management. Studies in Avian Biology 22: 319-328.



  • Black, J. M., Prop, J., Hunter, J. M., Woog, F., Marshall, A. P. & Bowler, J. M. 1994. Foraging behavior and energetics of the Hawaiian Goose Branta sandviciensis. Wildfowl 45:65-109. [1]

supervised Diplom-, MSc- and Bachelor thesises

popular science


22.09.2004 - 03.05.2005

Viva Color – Farben der Natur (Wanderausstellung)

  • Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart: September 2004–Mai 2005
  • Naturkundemuseum Görlitz: Juni – Oktober 2005
  • Museum am Schölerberg, Osnabrück: Mai – September 2006
  • Naturkundemuseum Dortmund: Oktober 2006 – Januar 2007
  • Naturkundemuseum Bielefeld: Februar – Mai 2007
  • Museum Mensch und Natur, München: Juni – September 2008
  • Museum der Westlausitz, Kamenz: Januar – Mai 2009
  • Palmengarten Frankfurt: Mai – November 2009
  • Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe: März - September 2010
  • Museo di Scienze dell'Alto Adige, Bozen: Oktober 2010 bis März 2011


since 2015

  • Lecturer at the University of Hohenheim, Institute of Zoology.

since 2000

  • Curator of birds


  • PhD at the University of Hannover, at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge (England) and in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (U.S.A) on the behavioural ecology of reintroduced Hawaiian Geese


  • Volunteer positions at U.S. National Parks (Chiricahua National Monument, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park).


  • MSc in Biology at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, thesis on Threatened Hawaiian Geese in Haleakala National Park, Maui (U.S.A)


Teaching at the University of Hohenheim, Germany (annual events)

since 2015

  • MSc-module „Biology of vertebrates“ with lectures on behavioural ecology (introduction, methods, evolution of behaviour, social behaviour, etc.) and behavioural studies excercises on a marked goose population
  • MSc - research module (2000-430) und BSc - portfolio module (2203-090): Scientific bird ringing including ageing and sexing – Hamburg/Reit

seit 2014

  • BSc modulw „Systematics, taxonomy, evolution - biology at a natural history museum, „biogeography and speciation in birds"

seit 2016

  • BSc module „Introduction to evolutionary and developmental biology“ (2201-041), lectures on behavioural ecology


  • BSc modulw „Systematics, taxonomy, evolution - biology at a natural history museum, „biogeography and speciation in birds"

some years

  • Ornithological  field trip (2203-140) Lake Constance


  • Introduction to scientific methods, writing, practical training