Dr. Matthias Loretto

Research Scientist
☎ 0049.8652.9686.163, 📌 Berchtesgaden National Park
matthias.loretto (at) tum.de
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Research interests

  • Movement Ecology
  • Ethology
  • Scavenging Ecology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Animal navigation and spatial memory
  • Inter- and intraspecific interactions

Selected Publications

Rutz, C., Loretto, M-C., Bates, A. E., Davidson, S. C., Duarte, C. M., Jetz, W., Johnson, M., Kato, A., Kays, R., Mueller, T., Primack, R. B., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Tucker, M., Wikelski, M., Cagnacci, F. (2020): COVID-19 lockdown allows researchers to quantify the effects of human activity on wildlife. Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-1237-z

Beck, K.*, Loretto, M-C.* & Bugnyar, T. (2020): Effects of site fidelity, group size and age on food caching behaviour of common ravens. Animal Behaviour, 164: 51-64. doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.03.015.  * joint first authors.

Loretto, M.-C., Schöll, E. M., Hille, S. (2019): Occurrence of Eurasian Sky Lark Alauda arvensis Territories in relation to urban Area and heterogeneous Farmland. Bird Study, 66 (2): 273-278. doi.org/10.1080/00063657.2019.1637816

Pašukonis, A.*, Loretto, M-C.*, Hödl, W.(2018):  Map-like navigation from distances exceeding routine movements in the three-striped poison frog (Ameerega trivittata). Journal of Experimental Biology, 221. jeb.169714, doi.org/10.1242/jeb.169714. * joint first authors.

Loretto, M.-C., Schuster, R., Itty, C., Marchand, P., Genero, F. & Bugnyar, T. (2017): Fission-fusion dynamics over large distances in raven non-breeders. Scientific Reports, 7, 380. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-00404-4

Loretto, M.-C., R. Schuster and T. Bugnyar. (2016) GPS tracking of non-breeding ravens reveals importance of anthropogenic food sources during their dispersal in the Eastern Alps. Current Zoology, 62: 337-334. doi.org/10.1093/cz/zow016


Since 2021 Research Scientist, Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Since 2021 Research Scientist, Department for Research and Monitoring at Berchtesgaden National Park
2019-2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Department of Migration, Group Animal-Environment Interactions, Radolfzell, Germany
2018 Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
2016-2019 Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Cognitive Biology and the Konrad Lorenz Research Station, both University of Vienna, Austria
2011-2016 PhD in Biology, Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria
2007-2010 MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
2002-2006 BSc in Animal Behaviour, University of Graz, Austria