List of publications

(* equal contribution, # supervised student or postdoc co-author)

Wynn J#, Fandos G, Delmore K#, Van Doren BM#, Fransson T, Liedvogel M (2024) Could bi-axial orientation explain range expansion in a migratory songbird? Journal of Avian Biology, e03196.doi: 10.1111/jav.03196

Langebrake C#, Manthey G#, Frederiksen A, Lugo Ramos JS#, Dutheil J, Chetverikova R, Solov’yov I, Mouritsen H, Liedvogel M (2024) Evidence for adaptive evolution towards high magnetic sensitivity of potential magnetoreceptor in songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 20232308. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2023.2308

Helm B, Liedvogel M (2024) Avian Migration Clocks in a Changing World. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. doi: 10.1007/s00359-023-01688-w

Bascón-Cardozo K#, Bours A#, Manthey G#, Pruisscher P#, Durieux G#, Dutheil J, Odenthal-Hesse L*, Liedvogel M* (2023) Fine-scale map reveals highly variable recombination rates associated with genomic features in the European blackcap. Genome Biology and Evolution16, evad233. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evad233

Delmore K#, Van Doren BM#, Ullrich K, Curk T, van der Jeugd HP, Liedvogel M (2023) Structural genomic variation and migratory behavior in wild songbirds. Evolution Letters qrad040. doi: 10.1093/evlett/qrad040

Le Clercq L-S, Bazzi G, Ferrer Obiol J, Cecere J, Gianfranceschi L, Grobler J, Kotzé A, Riutort León M, González-Solís J, Rubolini D, Liedvogel M, Dalton D (2023) Birds of a feather flock together: a dataset for Clock and Adcyap1 genes from migration genetics studies. Scientific Data10, 787. doi: 10.1038/s41597-023-02717-8

Bours A*#, Pruisscher P*#, Bascón-Cardozo K#, Odenthal-Hesse L, LiedvogelM (2023) The blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) genome reveals a recent accumulation of LTR retrotransposons. Scientific Reports13, 16471. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-43090-1

Frederiksen A, Langebrake C#, Hanic M, Manthey G#, Mouritsen H, Liedvogel M, Solov'yov I (2023) Mutational study of the tryptophan tetrad important for electron transfer in European robin cryptochrome 4a. ACS Omega8, 26425-26436. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.3c02963

Wynn J#, Liedvogel M (2023) Lost: on what level should we aim to understand animal navigation? Journal of Experimental Biology226, jeb245441. doi: 10.1242/jeb.245441

Wynn J#, Leberecht B, Liedvogel M, Burnus L#, Chetverikova R, Döge S#, Karwinkel T, Kobylkov D, Xu J, Mouritsen H (2023) Naive songbirds show seasonally appropriate spring orientation in the laboratory despite having never completed first migration. Biology Letters19, 20220478. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2022.0478. (overall winner - Biology Letters ECR Competition)

Klughammer J*, Romanovskaia D*, Nemc A, Posautz A, Seid C, Schuster L, Keinath M, Lugo Ramos JS#, Kosak L, Evankow A, Prinz D, Kirchberger S, Datlinger P, Fortelny N, Schmidl C, Farlik M, Skjærven K, Bergthaler A, Liedvogel M, Thaller D, Burger P, Hermann M, Distel M, Distel D, Kübber Heiss A, Bock C (2023) Comparative analysis of genome-scale, base-resolution DNA methylation profiles across 580 animal species. Nature Communications14, 232. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-34828-y

Meyer B#, Moiron M, Caswara C, Chow W, Fedrigo O, Formenti G, Haase B, Howe K, Mountcastle J, Uliano-Silva M, Wood J, Jarvis ED, Liedvogel M*, Bouwhuis S* (2023). Sex-specific changes in autosomal methylation rate in ageing common terns. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11, 982443. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2023.982443

Le Clercq L-S, Bazzi G, Cecere J, Gianfranceschi L, Grobler J, Kotzé A, Rubolini D, Liedvogel M, Dalton D (2023) Time trees and Clock genes: a Systematic Review and Comparative Analysis of contemporary Avian Migration Genetics. Biological Reviews 98 1051-1080. doi: 10.1111/brv.12943

Hanic M, Schuhmann F, Frederiksen A, Langebrake C#, Manthey G#, Liedvogel M, Xu J, Mouritsen H, Solov'yov I (2022) Computational reconstruction and analysis of structural models of avian cryptochrome 4. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B,126, 4623-4635.doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.2c00878

Justen HC#, Hasselmann T#, Illera JC, Delmore KE#, Senyaki M, Kawamura K, Helm B, Liedvogel M. (2022)Population-specific association of Clock gene polymorphism with annual cycle timing in stonechats. Scientific Reports. 12, 7947. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-11158-z

Ishigohoka J#, Liedvogel M (2022) Evolutionary Genetics: Inversions – do not quail but go big. Current Biology32, R76-R78. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.12.016

Dunn JC, Liedvogel M, Smith M et al. The genome sequence of the European robin, Erithacus rubecula Linnaeus 1758 [version 1; peer review: 2 approved with reservations]]. Wellcome Open Res 2021, 6:172 (

Wood MJ, Canonne C, Besnard A, Lachish S, Fairhurst SM, Liedvogel M, Boyle D, Patrick SC, Josey S, Kirk H, Dean B, Guilford T, McCleery RM, Perrins CM, Horswill C (2021) Demographic profiles and environmental drivers of variation relate to individual breeding state in a long-lived trans-oceanic migratory seabird, the Manx shearwater. PLoS ONE16(12): e0260812. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260812

Holland PWH, Jiggins CD, Liedvogel M, Warren G, Wurm Y (2021) Functional genomics of supergene-controlled behavior in the white-throated sparrow. Faculty Reviews10, 75. doi: 10.12703/r-01-000003

Spiecker L, Leberecht B, Langebrake# C, Laurien M, Apte SR, Mouritsen H, Gerlach G, Liedvogel M (2021) Endless skies and open seas – how birds and fish navigate. Neuroforum 27, 127-139. doi:10.1515/nf-2021-0009.

Van Doren BM#, Conway GJ, Phillips RJ#,Evans GC, Roberts GCM, Liedvogel M*, Sheldon BC* (2021) Human activity shapes the wintering ecology of a migratory bird. Global Change Biology27, 2715-2727.doi: 10.1111/gcb.15597

Lisovski S, Liedvogel M (2021) A bird’s migration decoded. Nature591, 203-204. doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-00510-4

Delmore KE*#, Van Doren B*#, Conway GJ, Curk T, Garrido-Garduño T#, Germain RR, Hasselmann T#, Hiemer D, van der Jeugd HP, Justen H#, Lugo Ramos JS#, Maggini I, Meyer BS#, Phillips RJ#, Remisiewicz M, Roberts GCM, Sheldon BC, Vogl W, Liedvogel M (2020) Individual variability and versatility in an eco-evolutionary model of avian migration. Proceedings of the Royal Society B287, 20201339. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1339

Feng S, Stiller J, (139 authors including Thiele N#, Delmore KE#, Liedvogel M) et al. (2020) Densely sampling genomes across the diversity of birds increases power of comparative genomics analyses. Nature587, 252-257. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2873-9

Delmore KE#, Illera JC, Pérez-Tris J, Segelbacher G, Lugo Ramos JS#, Durieux G#, Ishigohoka J#, Liedvogel M (2020) The genomics of European blackcap migration. eLife.9, e54462. doi: 10.7554/eLife.54462 (featured in Science: C. Ash 2020: Should I stay or should I go? 368, 1202-1203. doi: 10.1126/science.368.6496.1202-c)

Merlin C*, Liedvogel M* (2019) The genetics and epigenetics of animal migration and orientation: birds, butterflies, and beyond. Journal of Experimental Biology222, jeb191890. doi: 10.1242/jeb.191890 (invited contribution for a special issue on Navigation)

Koch HR#, Blohm-Sievers E, Liedvogel M (2019) Rapid sex determination of a wild passerine species using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP). Ecology and Evolution 9, 5849-5858. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5168

Sokolovskis K, Lundberg M, Liedvogel M, Solovyeva D, Åkesson S, Bensch S (2019) Phenotypic and genetic characterization of the Far East Siberian willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus yakutensis in relation to the European subspecies P. t. trochilus and P. t. acredula.Journal for Ornithology160, 721-731. doi: 10.1007/s10336-019-01653-y

Delmore KE#, Lugo Ramos JS#, van Doren BM#, Lundberg M, Bensch S, Irwin DE, Liedvogel M (2018) Comparative genomic analysis reveals limited repeatability in patterns of genomic divergence across birds. Evolution Letters2, 76-87. doi: 10.1002/evl3.46

Lugo Ramos JS#, Delmore KE#, Liedvogel M (2017) Candidate genes for migration do not distinguish migratory and non-migratory birds. Journal of Comparative Physiology A203, 383-397. doi: 10.1007/s00359-017-1184-6

Lundberg M, Liedvogel M, Larson K, Sigeman H, Grahn M, Wright A, Åkesson S, Bensch S (2017) Genetic differences between willow warbler migratory phenotypes are few and cluster in large haplotype blocks. Evolution Letters 1, 155-168. doi: 10.1002/evl3.15

van Doren BM#, Campagna S, Helm B, Illera JC, Lovette IJ, Liedvogel M (2017) Correlated patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation across an avian family. Molecular Ecology 26, 3982-3997. doi: 10.1111/mec.14083 (featured in News & Views: R. Burri. doi 10.1111/mec.14167)

van Doren BM#, Liedvogel M, Helm B (2017) Programmed and flexible: long-term Zugunruhe data highlight the many axes of variation in avian migratory behaviour. Journal of Avian Biology48, 155-172. doi: 10.1111/jav.01348

Delmore KE*#, Liedvogel M* (2016) Investigating factors that generate and maintain variation in migratory orientation: a primer for recent and future work. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience10, 3. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00003

Bolte P, Bleibaum F, Einwich A, Günther A, Liedvogel M, Heyers D, Depping A, Wöhlbrand L, Rabus R, Janssen-Bienhold U, Mouritsen H (2016) Localisation of the putative magnetoreceptive protein cryptochrome 1b in the retinae of migratory birds and homing pigeons. PLOS ONE 11(3): e0147819. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147819

Boss J, Liedvogel M, Lundberg M, Olsson P, Reischke N, Naurin S, Åkesson S, Hasselquist D, Wright A, Grahn M, Bensch S (2016) Gene expression in the brain of a migratory bird during breeding and migration. Movement Ecology15, 4:4. doi: 10.1186/s40462-016-0069-6

Liedvogel M, Larson K, Lundberg M, Gursoy A, Wassenaar LI, Hobson KA, Bensch S, Åkesson S (2014) No evidence for assortative mating within a willow warbler migratory divide. Frontiers in Zoology 11, 52. doi: 10.1186/s12983-014-0052-2

Larson KW, Liedvogel M, Addison B, Kleven O, Laskemoen T, Lifjeld JT, Lundberg M, Åkesson S, Bensch S (2014) Allelic variation in a willow warbler genomic region is associated with climate clines. PLOS ONE9, e95252. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095252

Liedvogel M (2013) Dispersal – dispersing across scales and disciplines. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28, 385-386. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2013.03.002

Larson K, Liedvogel M, Bensch S, Åkesson S, Wassenaar L, Hobson K (2013) Inferring the ecology of willow warblers during their winter moult by sequential stable isotope analyses of remiges. Journal of Avian Biology44, 561-566. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2013.00050.x

Lundberg M, Boss J, Canbäck B, Liedvogel M, Larson KW, Grahn M, Åkesson S, Bensch S, Wright A (2013)Characterisation of a transcriptome to find sequence differences between two differentially migrating subspecies of the willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus. BMC Genomics14, 330-340. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-330

Liedvogel M, Chapman B, Muheim R, Åkesson S (2013) The behavioural ecology of animal movement – synthesis and future directions. Animal Migration 1, 39-46. doi: 10.2478/ami-2013-0002

Liedvogel M*, Cornwallis C*, Sheldon BC (2012) Integrating candidate gene and quantitative genetic approaches to understand variation in timing of breeding in wild tit populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 813-823. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02480.x

Liedvogel M, Åkesson S, Bensch S (2011) The genetics of migration on the move. Trends in Ecology & Evolution26, 561-569. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.07.009

Liedvogel M, Sheldon BC (2010) Low variability and absence of phenotypic correlates of Clock gene variation in the great tit. Journal of Avian Biology41, 543-550. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2010.05055.x

Zapka M, Heyers D, Liedvogel M, Jarvis ED, Mouritsen H (2010) Night-time activation of Cluster N in a day- and night-migrating bird. European Journal of Neuroscience 32, 619-624. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07311.x

Liedvogel M, Mouritsen H (2010) Cryptochromes – a potential magnetoreceptor: what do we know and what do we want to know? Journal of the Royal Society Interface 7, S147-S162. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2009.0411.focus

Korsten P, Mueller JC, Hermannstädter C, Bouwman KM, Dingemanse NJ, Drent PJ, Liedvogel M, Matthysen E, van Oers K, van Overveld T, Patrick SC, Quinn JL, Sheldon BC,Tinbergen JM, Kempenaers B (2010) Association between DRD4 gene polymorphism and personality variation in great tits: a test across four wild populations. Molecular Ecology19, 832-843. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294x.2009.04518.x

Liedvogel M, Szulkin M, Knowles SCL, Wood M, Sheldon BC (2009) Phenotypic correlates of variation at the Clock gene in a wild blue tit population: evidence for a role in seasonal timing of reproduction. Molecular Ecology 18, 2444-2456. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04204.x (front cover)

Mouritsen H, Feenders G, Hegemann A, Liedvogel M (2009) Thermal paper can replace typewriter correction paper in Emlen funnels. Journal for Ornithology 150, 713-715. doi: 10.1007/s10336-009-0421-3

Feenders G, Liedvogel M, Rivas M, Zapka M, Horita H, Hara E, Wada K, Mouritsen H, Jarvis ED (2008) Molecular mapping of movement-associated areas in the avian brain: a motor theory for vocal learning origin. PLOS ONE3 (3): e1768. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001768

Liedvogel M, Maeda K, Henbest K, Schleicher E, Simon T, Hore PJ, Timmel CR, Mouritsen H (2007) Chemical magnetoreception: bird cryptochrome 1a is excited by blue light and forms long-lived radical-pairs. PLOS ONE2 (10): e1106. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001106

Liedvogel M, Feenders G, Wada K, Jarvis ED, Mouritsen H (2007) Lateralized activation of Cluster N in the brains of migratory songbirds. European Journal of Neuroscience25, 1166-1173. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2007.05350.x

Liedvogel M (2006) Cryptochromes and magnetoreception in migratory songbirds. Journal for Ornithology 147 Suppl 1, 73-74. doi: 10.1007/s10336-006-0093-1

Mouritsen H, Feenders G, Liedvogel M, Wada K, Jarvis JE (2005) A night vision brain area in migratory songbirds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA102, 8339-8344. doi: 10.1073/pnas.040957510

Mouritsen H, Janssen-Bienhold U, Liedvogel M, Feenders G, Stalleicken J, Dirks P, Weiler R (2004) Cryptochromes and activity markers co-localize in bird retina during magnetic orientation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA101, 14294-14299. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0405968101

Mouritsen H, Feenders G, Liedvogel M, Kropp W (2004) Migratory birds use head scans to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field. Current Biology14, 1946-1949. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2004.10.025

| Book chapters |

Durieux G#, LiedvogelM (2020) Orientation and navigation in the animal world. Chapter accepted for: Position Navigation & Timing technologies in the 21st Century (eds. J. Morton, F. van Diggelen, J. Spilker, B. Parkinson), Wiley-IEEE. doi: 10.1002/9781119458555.ch54

Delmore KE*#, Liedvogel M* (2020) Avian population genomics taking off: latest findings and future prospects. Chapter 17 in: Statistical Population Genomics, Methods in Molecular Biology (ed. J. Dutheil). pp 413-433. Springer, Germany. doi: 0.1007/978-1-0716-0199-0_17

Liedvogel M (2019) Genetics of Animal and Bird Migration. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour (ed. J.C. Choe), (2nd ed.). vol. 2, 323-330. Elsevier, Academic Press. ISBN: 978-0-12-809633-8, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.90062-1

Liedvogel M*, Delmore KE*# (2018) (Micro)evolutionary changes and the evolutionary potential of bird migration. In: Bird species, how they arise, modify and vanish (ed. D.T. Tietze). 109-127. Springer, Germany, ISBN 978-3-319-91689-7, pp 109-127. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-91689-7_7

Muheim R, Liedvogel M (2015) The Light-dependent Magnetic Compass. In: Photobiology. The Science of Life and Light (ed. L.O. Björn). Springer Netherlands, 3rd ed. 2013, XII, ISBN 978-0-387-72655-7, 323-334. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1468-5_20

LiedvogelM, Lundberg M (2014) The genetics of animal movement and migration syndromes. In: Animal Movement Across Scales (eds. L.-A. Hansson, S. Åkesson), Oxford University Press, 219-231

Muheim R, Boström J, Åkesson S, Liedvogel M (2014) Sensory mechanisms of animal orientation and navigation. In: Animal Movement Across Scales (eds. Hansson L-A, Åkesson S), Oxford University Press, 179-194. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677184.003.0010

Åkesson S, Boström J, Liedvogel M, Muheim R (2014) Animal Navigation. In: Animal Movement Across Scales (eds. L.-A. Hansson, S. Åkesson), Oxford University Press, 151-178. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677184.003.0009

Hansson L-A, Akesson S, …, M. Liedvogel M et al. (2014) A synthesis of animal movement across scales. In: Animal Movement Across Scales (eds. Hansson L-A, Åkesson S), Oxford University Press, 259-267. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677184.003.0014


| Outreach |

Liedvogel M (2023) RIN23 - Animal Orientation and Navigation Research – where are we? Navigation News. Jul/Aug 23, 16-18

Liedvogel M (2021) "Nachgefragt", Biospektrum, 2021

Langebrake C#, Meyer BS#, Liedvogel M (2021). Molekulare Grundlagen des Vogelzuges. BioSpektrum. 27, 28-30. doi: 10.1007/s12268-021-1511-y

Liedvogel M (2021) Faszination Vogelzug – wie finden Mönchsgrasmücken ihren Weg? Der Mellum Rat e. V. – Natur- und Umweltschutz 20, 15-16

Liedvogel M (2020) Latest Thinking, How Do Genes Allow Migratory Birds To Travel With Such Precision?- Latest Thinking Video Clip about our work doi: 10.21036/LTPUB10978, 2020

LiedvogelM (2018) Molekulare Grundlagen und genetische Architektur des Vogelzugs. Vogelwarte 56, 324-325

Liedvogel M (2018) Gleichgewichtssinn der Vögel - Wieso der Vogel nicht von der Stange fällt. VSAO-Journal

Liedvogel M (2017) Magnetsinn bei Tieren. VSAO-Journal 3:38-39

Liedvogel M (2017) Migration genetics – how do migratory birds find their way? MPG yearbook

Liedvogel M (2016) Handbuch für kleine Wattforscher. Verlag Enno Söker. ISBN-10: 3941163221

Liedvogel M (2016) Bestimmungsbogen für kleine Wattforscher. Verlag Enno Söker. ISBN-10: 394116323X

Liedvogel M (2012) Is there a compass-needle in the upper beak of birds? Navigation News Nov/Dec 12, 12-13

Liedvogel M (2011) Can humans sense the Earth’s magnetic field? Navigation News Sep/Oct 11, 28

Liedvogel M, C. Mora (2011) Animal navigation research – nature's giant jigsaw puzzle. Nav News Mar/Apr 11, 8-11

Liedvogel M (2009) The Cryptochrome Controversy. Navigation News Jan/Feb 09, 24-26


| Media |

Deutschlandfunk Zwischentöne(2024) (in German)

ARTE (2023) 42 - Die Antwort auf fast alles - Stehen wir vor einer Turbo Evolution? (in German)

abi>>podcast (2023) Berufe jenseits des Schreibtischs (in German) (2022) Das Forschungsquartett Gehen oder bleiben? (in German)

logo erklärt (2022) Zugvögel und ihre Reise (in German)

RiffReporter  (2021) Interview "Flugbegleiter" (in German)

Deutschlandfunk Kultur (2021) "Welttag der Zugvögel" Interview with Deutschlandfunk Kultur (listen to the Interview (in German))

M. Liedvogel (2020) Latest Thinking, How Do Genes Allow Migratory Birds To Travel With Such Precision? - Latest Thinking Video Clip about our work doi:, 2020

ARTE (2019) Wundersame Wanderungen - the blackcap is main actor in one of four documentaries on the less well known heros of migration. It was super interesting, lots of fun, and a huge honour having had the amazing crew of ARTE devoting one of their series on a large body of our work. One focus of the documentary is on our work using geolocator technology to characterise the fascinating variability in phenotype across the blackcap's breeding range with one focus in the hybrid zone across the central European migratory divide and a second focus on the increasing numbers of blackcaps spending their winter in the British Isles following a newly established northwesterly direction. Thanks, ARTE, great story and wonderful pictures!

Sanger Institute Videoclip (2018) We are adding European Robin to the list of migratory species our lab uses to understand the genetics of migration. This project is part of the SFB 1372 Magnetoreception and Navigation in Vertebrates and the reference genome was assembled in collboration with the Wellcome Sanger Institute to celebrate its 25th Anniversary (they compiled this little video with a little more background info on our work)