Fabio Balotari Chiebao

​Population ecology of the white-tailed eagle

I am currently following a doctoral programme at the University of Turku. My studies concern the population ecology of the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), a raptor species which nearly disappeared from Finland in the 1970s. At present, my research is focused on the potential effects of wind farms on the breeding success and survival rate to adulthood of the white-tailed eagle.
In line with the climate and energy strategy adopted by the European Union, Finland has been assiduously promoting wind energy development. In spite of being a clean and renewable source of energy, wind power, in the way it is currently used and expected to spread, is likely to have a significant impact on the environment. The potential impact of wind turbines (and their associated infra-structure) on wildlife, especially birds and bats, needs to be further assessed. In this context, slow-maturing species, like the white-tailed eagle, may be particularly vulnerable to population decline, and therefore deserve special attention. The idea of making a contribution to the conservation of the white-tailed eagle, while being involved in a topic of relevant socio-economic implications, that is, the rapidly-increasing production of wind-derived energy, is a great source of motivation.

Contact information

Section of Ecology
Department of Biology
University of Turku
FI-20014 Turku

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