Fachbereich Biologie

Aktuelles

Recent research activity

Umfrage bei Passant:innen zum Naturerleben

Passend zum Frühlingserwachen führen Biologie-Studierende der Universität Tübingen am Lehrstuhl Biologiedidaktik eine Studie zum Naturerleben in Tübingen und Umgebung durch. Genauer geht es darum, wie Menschen die Natur wahrnehmen und wie sich dies auf ihr Wohlbefinden auswirkt. An unterschiedlichen Orten, wie Parks und Naherholungsgebieten, werden hierfür Passantinnen und Passanten zum Naturerleben befragt. Die Befragungen finden an verschiedenen Tagen von Mai bis Juli statt. Dabei werden Fragebögen eingesetzt. Die Teilnahme dauert etwa 10 Minuten und kann sowohl auf Papier als auch online, am Smartphone, erfolgen. Die Daten werden anonym und nach den Regeln der DSGVO erfasst, eine Ethik-Kommission hat die Studie bereits geprüft. Durch die Studie erhoffen wir uns genauere Einblicke in die Auswirkungen von Artenvielfalt auf das Naturerleben. Parallel werden die Vogelvorkommen und die groben Landschaftsstrukturen erfasst (Vegetationstypen). Dadurch sollen Artendiversität und Befinden in einen Zusammenhang gebracht werden.

 

Birds in our lives - bird diversity and well-being/health

In this large scale research project, we study the value of birds and bird diversity on health and well-being with an array of methods, such as large field surveys (in birds and people), small scale lab and outdoor experiments by applying a variety of techniques, like subjective and objective methods (actigraphy, saliva sampling, HRV and others). We address differences in humans, places, and species traits.

Birding / Birdwatching as a serious leisure activity

Further studies are concerned with birdwatchers or birders, people spending a considerable amount of time outdoors, watching and documenting birds. Not just a leisure activity, but it also retrieves valuable data for citizen science projects. We aim at becoming an established research group for this topics and shed light on the many people interested in this topic to unveil the positive aspects of birds and birding.

Some blokes may ask: "Ja ist das denn überhaupt Biologiedidaktik?". Yes - it is concerned with a biological content, deals with learning (intentionally or not, informal, incidental), and motivational aspects.

Still analyzing data from our

1) large scale study of >2,000 German speaking birders

2) more specialized study on >500 birders with a focus on motivational aspects with Dr. Großmann https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/fakultaeten/biologie/forschung/arbeitsgruppen/zoo_did/team/grossmann/

3) study with Prof. Dr. Tryjanowski http://zoologia.up.poznan.pl/en/laboratory-of-zoology/employees/piotr-tryjanowski-professor/ on Polish birders.

4) ongoing study: use of digital tools for field excursions with Prof. Fischer https://uni-tuebingen.de/pt/fakultaeten/wirtschafts-und-sozialwissenschaftliche-fakultaet/faecher/fachbereich-sozialwissenschaften/hector-institut-fuer-empirische-bildungsforschung/institut/personen/fischer-christian-prof-dr/

 

See our recent papers, follow us on twitter: @christophrandl1

Published studies

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-022-01062-2

This study analysed the "trigger" events and reasons why people started birding as a leisure activity. Social influence, nature experience, and bird-centered triggers were the most common reasons. However, the importance of social influence decreased during the last decades.

https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/24/13142

Here, we showed that sentiments (feelings) became more negative in the second wave of the pandemic. We compared sentiments given by birders during the first wave and the second wave of the lockdown measures.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10871209.2021.1993385

In this study, we follow the three-dimensional model of nature-related outdoor leisure motivation based on Decker et al. (1987): social, achivement-orientation and appreciation.

https://www.mdpi.com/2673-6004/2/3/18 :

This segmentation study revealed three consistent clusters of birder types (novice/casual, intermediates, and specialists)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S235198942100130X

Citizen scientists, users of the ornitho-portal, score higher in specialization scores and knowledge - this adds to the reliability of such citizen science projects. Further, there seems a self-selection process: people first start birding, and after having gained (substantial) experience start contributing data to these platforms.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fevo.2021.727719/full

We need more women and younger people as leaders in birding, University degree is not important for guiding birdwalks - what counts is field experience that can be gained by anybody.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jsr.13372

Birders sleep different - no differences to non-birders on week days and weekend days, but getting up earlier on birding days, the difference becomes larger the more specialized (or 'keen') the birders are. This is the first study challenging the reverse social jetlag concept in leisure activities.

https://peerj.com/articles/8673/#supp-1

Are owls watching owls? Chronotype-analysis of birders and their preferred species. Supposed that human evening owls may prefer bird owls as study objects.

https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/19/7310

SARS-CoV-2 changed also birding habits

 

Ranking #1 in GoogleScholar Topic "Biology Education"

https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=search_authors&hl=en&mauthors=label:biology_education

Februar 2019

Prof. Randler in der Fernsehserie 1,2 oder 3 mit ELTON

https://tv.de/sendung/1-2-oder-3/1-2-oder-3,1040537237/

5.6.2018
Der SWR berichtet in seiner TV-Sendung "natürlich!" über das Spitzbergprojekt:

https://www.swr.de/natuerlich/die-ganze-sendung-natuerlich-vom-5/-/id=100810/did=21810470/nid=100810/1dwm2sr/index.html

Ab etwa Minute 16 wird über das Projekt berichtet, ab Minute 22:17 wird über die Kamerafallen berichtet.
Wir nehmen teil am Spitzbergprojekt von Prof. Dr. Thomas Gottschalk, Erfassung von Säugern mit Kamerafallen.

https://www.hs-rottenburg.net/die-hochschule/ansprechpersonen/professorinnen/prof-dr-thomas-gottschalk/?L=0

Die Didaktik der Biologie ist am Wissenschaftscampus Tübingen beteiligt.

https://www.iwm-tuebingen.de/www/de/forschung/forschungsbereiche/AG9/index.html

Mit unserem Poster zu den Wildtierkameras haben wir auf der 150. Tagung der Deutschen Ornithologen-Gesellschaft in Halle (Saale) den Posterpreis gewonnen.

Zitationsanalyse zum Chronotyp:
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/research/core-research/lead-graduate-school-and-research-network/news-and-events/news/newsfullview-aktuell/article/randler-haeufigster-erstautor.html

Juli 2017
​​​​​​​Arash Rahafar, Ali Kasaeian, Corina Faßl and Christoph Randler presented their findings on the ISSID in Warsaw.

ISSID 2017