Dr. Angela Schmitz Ornés

Zoological Institute and Museum
Vogelwarte

Soldmannstr. 23
17489 Greifswald

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 420 4348
angela.schmitz(at)uni-greifswald(dot)de

Curriculum Vitae
Educational Background
2005 PhD: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität (University of Bonn)/ Museum Alexander Koenig, Zoology, Ornithology. Group on Biology and Phylogeny of Tropical Birds, Bonn, Germany.
1991 Master of Science: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences. School of Forest and Conservation.
1987 Licenciado en Biología: Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela.
Professional Experience
since Januar 2007 Co-director Vogelwarte Hiddensee, Institut für Zoologie, Universität Greifswald.
2003 - 2006 Scientific assistant of Prof. Karl-L. Schuchmann, and Editorial assistant for the Peer Reviewed “Bonner Zoologisches Monographien” , Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig Bonn.
2000 Research exchange with the group on Biology and Phylogeny of Tropical Birds from the Alexander Koenig Research Institute and Museum, Bonn, Germany. DAAD-Conicit.
1995 - 2004 Universidad Nacional Experimental de los Llanos Ezequiel Zamora (University of the Llanos) (UNELLEZ), Guanare, Portuguesa state, Venezuela. Faculty member.
1997 Invited Professor. Graduate Program on Agricultural Zoology. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Maracay.
1995 - 1999 Secretary of Inter-Institutional Affairs of AsoVAC (Venezuelan Association for Science) Portuguesa.
1992 - 1997 Assistant Chair of the Cracidae Specialist Group (CSG-IUCN).
1992 - 1994 Teaching assistantship through the Department of Zoology, University of Florida.
1992 Field assistant of Dr. James Whitehead (Institute for Advanced Research in Communication Processes, Gainesville, Florida) for a study on vocalizations of howler monkeys (Allouata palliata) in Costa Rica.
1991 Temporary Intern position in Wildlife Conservation International, WCI (current “Wildlife Conservation Society” WCS). New York Zoological Society, USA.
1988 - 1989 Co-coordinator, Priorities Committee of the Venezuelan Society of Ornithology.
1988 Secretary of Organizing Committee, II International Symposium on the Biology and Conservation of the Family Cracidae (Caracas, Venezuela).
1987 - 1989 Research assistant to Dr. Stuart D. Strahl of WCI (New York Zoological Society), Venezuelan Office.
Special activities
1999 Organizing Committee, Workshop on Guidelines for Curricular Evaluation. UNELLEZ. Guanare, Venezuela.
2001 2nd European Symposium: “Bird Collections in Europe. The Challenge of Mutual Cooperation, Bonn and Bad Honnef.
1999 First national meeting on regional agriculture and environment. Guanare, Portuguesa State, Venezuela.
1999 Workshop on research topics for the study of Dickcissels. Pozo Blanco Experimental Station, Acarigua, Portuguesa State, Venezuela.
1999 Course on Research design for conservation ecology. Organized by EcoNatura, Prof. Feissinger. Caracas, Venezuela.
1999 Workshop on indicators and guidelines for institutional evaluation. UNELLEZ, and OPEI. Barinas, Venezuela.
1999 Course on Institutional empowerment toward the Change. Hemispheric System for Agriculture Development (SIHCA)/ Inter American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture. Educational Center (IICA).
1996 Mini-Course on quantitative study of bird communities. University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil).
1992 Course on Tropical Biology: An ecological approach, 92-3. Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS)/ Costa Rica. Dr. Nancy Greig and Dr. Michael Wesbster (Coordinators). Thirteen short articles were completed and included in an OTS publication.
1989 International Conservation Biology course. Wildlife Conservation International (NYZS), and Eco-Natura. July-August 1989. Dr. S. Strahl.
1986 Course on Conservation techniques in Wildlife Management. Smithsonian Institution/ Hato Masaguaral, Venezuela. Dr. R. Rudran.
Publications
Peer reviewed papers
  • von Gagern, M., von Gagern, M., Schmitz Ornés, A. (2015). Problems with bins: A critical reassessment of Gotelli and Ulrich's Bayes approach using bird data. Acta Oecologica 69: 137-145.
  • Seifert, N, Koschkar, S. & A. Schmitz Ornés (2015). Diet of Baillon‘s Crakes Zapornia pusilla: assessing differences in prey availability and consumption during the breeding season in the Senegal River Delta, West Africa. Acta Ornithologica 50(1): 69-84.
  • Stenkat, J., Krautwald-Junghanns, M.-E., Schmitz Ornés, A., Eilers, A. & Schmidt, V. 2014. Aerobic cloacal and pharyngeal bacterial flora in six species of free-living birds. Journal of Applied Microbiology 117: 1564-1571, DOI:10.1111/jam.12636.
  • Bravo, A., Esparza, X., Sáez de Adana,E., Schmitz Ornés, A. & Arizaga, J. 2014. Only females! An unexpected sex-bias in a population of Water Rails Rallus aquaticus wintering in a tidal marsh in northern Spain. Revista Catalana d’Ornitologia 30:86-89.
  • Schmitz Ornés, A.,Herbst, A., Spillner, A., Mewes, W. & Rauch, M. 2014. A standardized method for quantifying eggshell spot patterns. J. Field Ornithol. 85(4):397–407, DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12079.
  • Stermin, A. N., David, A., Pripon, L. R., Sevianu, E. N., Seifert, N., Eilers, A., Fregin, S., Haase, M., & Schmitz Ornés, A. 2014. Limited genetic structure and diversity in the water rail Rallus aquaticus L., 1758 (Aves: Gruiformes: Rallidae) revealed by mitochondrial DNA analysis. Ital. J. Zool. 81 (4): 496-500, DOI: 10.1080/11250003.2014.952357.
  • Eilers, A., Schmitz-Ornés, A. & Haase M. 2012. Sex at second sight. Sexing Water Rails and Spotted Crakes using morphology and molecular techniques. Acta Ornithologica 47: 1-9.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. & Schuchmann, K.-L. 2011. Taxonomic review and phylogeny oft he hummingbird genus Topaza Gray, 1840 using plumage color spectral information. Ornitologia Neotropical 22: 25-38.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. & Haase, M. 2009. Adapting generalized frequency coding to use color spectra in the determination of phylogenetic relationships: an example with humming birds. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 47: 385-390.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 2006. Using colour spectral data in studies of geographic variation and taxonomy of birds. Examples with two hummingbird genera: Anthracothorax and Eulampis. Journal of Ornithology: 147: 9 pp.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1999. The rufous-vented chachalacas (Ortalis ruficauda), and the effects of man-induced changes on their habitat. Ornitología Neotropical Vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 27-34.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1998. Group size and nesting in the rufous-vented chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda) in north and central Venezuela. Ornitología Neotropical. Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 177-184.
Non-reviewed papers
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1998. Identification of Foreign Institution Collections of Preserved Biological specimens from Venezuela (Vertebrates). In Ríos, G.A. Technical Papers for the Venezuelan Biodiversity National Strategy. Status of Wildlife Knowledge in Venezuela. Biocentro, UNELLEZ, MARNR, December.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1998. Qualification of Venezuelan Institutions to prepare Professionals on Biodiversity. In Ríos, G.A. Technical Papers for the Venezuelan Biodiversity National Strategy. Status of Wildlife Knowledge in Venezuela. Biocentro, UNELLEZ, MARNR, December.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1998. Used Software for the maintenance and management of Venezuelan museum collections. In Ríos, G.A. Technical Papers for the Venezuelan Biodiversity National Strategy. Status of Wildlife Knowledge in Venezuela. Biocentro, UNELLEZ, MARNR, December.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1996. Ecology of the rufous- vented chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda) and its sensibility to human perturbances. Anais V Congresso Brasileiro de Ornitologia, UNICAMP, Campinas. Pp: 63-66.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1996. Conservation of Tinamids and Galliformes: Information Status about the orders Tinamiformes and Galliformes and priorities for the future Anais V Congresso Brasileiro de Ornitologia, UNICAMP, Campinas. Pp: 83-84.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A.. & Buchholz, R. (1991-1994). The Cracid Newsletter (an annual publication sponsored by the Cracid Specialist Group).
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. & Strahl, S. 1992. (Implications of seasonal variation in the social organization of a cooperative bird, the hoatzin (Opistocomus hoazin) (Spanish). Proceedings of the III Neotropical Ornithology Congress, Cali, Colombia.
  • Strahl, S., & Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1992. (Demography of a cooperative bird, the hoatzin (AVES: Opisthocomidae), in relation to territory quality) (Spanish). Proceedings of the III Neotropical Ornithology Congress, Cali, Colombia.
Books and book chapters
  • Strahl, S. and A. Schmitz-Ornés. 1997. A taxonomic reference of the Family Cracidae for common use by Ornithologists. In Strahl, S, S. Beaujon, D. Brooks, A. Begazo, G. Sedaghatkish, and F. Olmos (eds.). The Cracidae: Their Biology and Conservation. Hancock House Publishers Ltd., Canada and USA. ISBN 0-888399-419-5.
  • Strahl, S., and Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1990. Hoatzins: cooperative breeding in a folivorous neotropical bird. In Koenig, W. and P. Stacey ed. Cooperative breeding in birds: long-term studies of ecology and behavior. Cambridge University Press.
Popular articles
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1997. Ongoing Project for Conservation of tegu lizards, Tupinambis teguixin in Venezuela by the development of a management plan. Mundo Agropecuario. Barinas, Venezuela.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. and Strahl, S. 1990. The hoatzins. Revista Natura. Caracas, Venezuela.
Presentations
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 2007. New Methodological approach to use color spectra for taxonomic and phylogenetic studies: example with hummingbirds (Topaza, Anthracothorax, and Eulampis). VIIIth Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Maturin, Venezuela.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A., Mullen, P., and G. Pohland. 2006. Anwendung von Farbspektraldaten als Merkmale: Neue Methoden für taxonomische, phylogenetische und biogeographischer Untersuchungen. XXVII. Tagung über tropische Vögel, Bonn.
  • Mullen, P., Pohland, G. and A. Schmitz-Ornés. 2006. UV-Reflexionen im Vogelgefieder. XXVII. Tagung über tropische Vögel, Bonn.
  • Pohland, G., Schmitz-Ornés, A. and P. Mullen. 2006. Fluoreszens im Vogelgefieder. XXVII. Tagung über tropische Vögel, Bonn.
  • Invited Speaker in:
    • V Brazilian Ornithological Congress, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil. "Effects of human pressure on chachalaca populations (Ortalis ruficauda) in Northern Venezuela. January 1996.
    • Round-table on Conservation of Tinamids and Galliformes. V Brazilian Ornithological Congress, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil. January 1996.
    • Alachua Audubon Society (Florida): Chachalacas of South America. October, 1993.
    • Working day of the ICBP (International Council for Bird Preservation) Network. November 1991. Quito, Ecuador.
    • Environmental Research Center of the Smithsonian Institute. The familie Cracidae in the Neotropics. June, 1991.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A. 1991. The rufous-vented chachalacas (Ortalis ruficauda), and the effects of man-induced changes on the habitat. November 8 1991, IV Neotropical Ornithology Congress, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A., and Strahl, S., 1988. An annotated bibliography of the Family Cracidae. March 1988, II Symp. Int. Fam. Cracidae, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A., and Strahl, S., 1987. Implications of the seasonal variation in the social organization of a cooperative Bird, the hoatzin (Opistocomus hoazin), for breeding success. December 1987, III Neotropical Ornithology Congress. Cali, Colombia.
  • Strahl, S., and Schmitz-Ornés, A., 1987. Demography of a cooperative bird, the hoatzin (AVES: Opisthocomidae), in relation to territory quality. December 1987, III Neotropical Ornithology Congress, Cali, Colombia.
  • Schmitz-Ornés, A., and Strahl, S., 1987. Seasonal variation in social system and its implications for reproductive success in a communal bird, the hoatzin (Opistocomus hoazin). August 1987, 105th meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, San Francisco, USA.
Funding, Grants, Awards
2008 Synthesys: visit of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain.
2008 - 2009 Brehm-Fund, research grant (24 months): The return of the Crakes, in cooperation with M. Haase and B. Herold.
2007 DFG-grant to participate in the VIIIth Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Maturin, Venezuela.
2005 Grant from the Heinrich Hertz Foundation, “Ministry for Innovation and Science, Research and Technology of the Nordrhein Westfalen State, Germany”.
2002 A Jessup Grant from the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANSP), Philadelphia, USA.
2002 A Collections’ Study Grant from The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York, USA.
2002 A Short-Term visitor appointment from The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA.
2002 Small Grant from Alexander Koenig Foundation, Cologne, Germany.
2001 - 2002 Short-term research grant from DAAD (Germany), for Doctoral studies in the "Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhems University", Bonn.
2000 Grant from DAAD (Germany) and Conicit (Venezuela), through an agreement for international cooperation, for a research visit to Bonn.
1995 Research Fellowship from The Wildlife Conservation Society, NYZS, to partially support the study: " Tegu lizards (Tupinambis nigropunctatus) in Venezuela: Study of their status and ecology toward a management and conservation plan.
1995 Research grant from Eco-Natura (Venezuelan ONG) to partially support the study: " Reproductive aspects of the tegu lizard (Tupinambis nigropunctatus) in the Venezuelan Llanos: Preliminary information toward a management and conservation Program."
1992 Financial support from the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and Smithsonian Institution to conduct a visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama city and Barro Colorado Island, Panama.
1992 Small grant from Wildlife Conservation International WCI to conduct a preliminary field trip to determine the feasibility of a study about the significance of visual versus audio clues for communication with the species Oreophasis derbianus in Chiapas, Mexico.
1991 - 1992 Fellowship for PhD studies in the Department of Zoology, sponsored by the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD).
1989 - 1991 Research assistantship for graduate studies, given through the Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences, and The Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida), sponsored by WCI, and the Program for Studies on Tropical Conservation (PSTC).
1989 - 1990 Financial support from Venezuelan Programs, WCI (NYZS) for the study of the ecology and the adaptability of the Rufous-vented chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda) to human impacts in Venezuela.
1985 - 1986 Financial support from Venezuelan Programs, Wildlife Conservation International (NYZS) for the study: "Seasonal Variation in the Social System and Diet of the Hoatzin (Opistocomus hoazin)."