Dr. Gesa Feenders, PhD


Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen

AG Neurosensorik/Animal Navigation, IBU
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Carl-von-Ossietzky-Strasse 9-11
D-26129 Oldenburg

Telefon: +49 (0) 441 798 3081
              +49 (0) 441 798 3095

E-Mail: henrik.mouritsen[at]uol.de

Assistentin von Prof. Dr. Mouritsen

Nadine Ruthenberg

Telefon: +49 (0) 441 798 3149

E-Mail: nadine.ruthenberg[at]uol.de

Dr. Gesa Feenders, PhD

Dr. Gesa Feenders, PhD

Current Position

Research associate

University of Oldenburg, Working group Animal Physiology & Behaviour


Multisensory integration in starlings

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Education and Scientific Career

2008-2011: Newcastle University (UK): postdoctoral position
the development of stereotypic behaviour in caged starlings in connection with possible cognitive impairments (Bateson lab)

2006-2008: Newcastle University (UK): DAAD postdoctoral fellowship
the neuronal background of episodic-like memory in food-hoarding magpies
(Smulders lab)

2002-2006: Oldenburg University (DE): PhD
Thesis title: “Orientation mechanisms and their neurobiological background”

AG Animal Navigation

2001-2002: Bristol University (UK): Research Assistant
UV vision in birds (groups of Andy Bennett and Kate Buchanan)

1994-2000: Freiburg University (DE): undergrad studies Diplom-Biologie



Jarvis ED, Yu J, Rivas MV, Horita H, Feenders G, Whitney O, Jarvis S, Jarvis ER, Kubikova L, Puck AEP, Siang-Bakshi C, Martin S, McElroy M, Hara E, Howard J, Mouritsen H, Chen C-C, Wada K (2013) A global view of the functional molecular organization of the avian cerebrum: mirror images and functional columns. J. Comp. Neurol., 521(16):3614-65. doi: 10.1002/cne.23404


Bateson M & Feenders G (2010): The use of passerine bird species in laboratory research: implications of basic biology for husbandry and welfare. ILAR Journal 51(4), 394-408


Brilot BO, Asher L, Feenders G, Bateson M (2009): Quantification of abnormal repetitive behaviour in captive European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Behavioural Processes 82(3), 256-264

Mouritsen H, Feenders G, Hegemann A, Liedvogel M (2009): Thermal paper can replace typewriter correction paper in Emlen funnels. J Ornithology 150(3), 713-715

Feenders G & Smulders TV: Episodic-like memory in food-hoarding birds. In: Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol 18, Handbook of Episodic Memory. Eds E. Dere, A. Easton, L. Nade and J. P. Huston. Elsevier, 2008, pp. 197-216


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 ONE 3(3), e1768


Liedvogel M, Feenders G, Wada K, Troje N, Jarvis EDJ, Mouritsen H (2007): Lateralized activation of Cluster N in the brains of migratory songbirds. Europ J Neurosci 25, 1166-1173


Mouritsen H, Feenders G, Liedvogel M, Wada K, Jarvis EDJ (2005): Night-vision brain area in migratory songbirds. PNAS 102(23), 8339-8344


Mouritsen H, Feenders G, Liedvogel M, Kropp W (2004): Migratory birds use head-scans to detect the direction of the earth’s magnetic field. Curr Biol 14, 1946-1949

Mouritsen H, Janssen-Bienhold U, Liedvogel M, Feenders G, Stalleicken J, Dirks P, Weiler R (2004): Cryptochromes and neuronal-activity markers colocalize in the retina of migratory birds during magnetic orientation. PNAS 101(39), 14294-14299

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