Dr. Oliver Krone


Head of parasitology and toxicology

Department of Wildlife Diseases


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 212

Short curriculum vitae

Oliver Krone is a wildlife veterinarian specialised in parasitology and toxicology. He graduated at the Free University of Berlin and did his doctoral thesis on endoparasites in birds of prey in 1998. His work at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) includes endoparasites of wild cats, wolves and raptors. Since 2000 he leads the long-time health monitoring project on the causes of death and diseases in large raptors such as white-tailed sea eagles. Toxicological aspects, especially lead intoxication of birds of prey and intentional poisoning are of growing importance. The heavy metals are analysed in the atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS) in the toxicological lab. Field projects include conflicts between wildlife and anthropogenic structures (wind power plants, railways, power lines), sustainable hunting (lead-free ammunition) and spacial movements of raptors in urban and rural environment using satellite telemetry. His over-all focus is conservation medicine with a focus on wildlife diseases and toxins in large predators. Hi supervised 8 doctoral, 5 diploma, 4 master and 4 bachelor theses.
Research interests
  • Wildlife diseases
  • Wildlife population health
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Human-wildlife conflicts
Ausgewählte Publikationen

Krone O, Bailey LD,  Jähnig S, Lauth T, Dehnhard M (2019) Monitoring corticoid metabolites in urine of white-tailed sea eagles: Negative effects of road proximity on breeding pairs. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 283: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.113223

Krone O, Kenntner N, Ebner N, Szentiks CA, Dänicke S (2019) Comparing erosion and organ accumulation rates of lead and alternative lead-free ammunition fed to captive domestic ducks" AMBIO 48: 1065-1071. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01183-0.

Krone O (2018) Lead poisoning in birds of prey. (book chapter) In: Sarasola JH, Grande, JM and JJ Negro (eds.) Birds of prey: Biology and Conservation in the XXI century. Springer International Publishing, pp 251-272. ISBN 978-3-319-73744-7, doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73745-4

Krone O, Treu G (2018) Movement Patterns of White-tailed Sea Eagles near Wind Turbines. Journal of Wildlife Management 82(7): 1367-1375; DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21488

Prüter H, Franz M, Auls S, Czirják GA, Greben O, Greenwood AD, Lisitsyna O, Syrota Y, Sitko J, Krone O (2018) Chronic lead intoxication decreases intestinal helminth species richness in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). STOTEN 644, 151-160. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.297.

Lesniak I, HeckmannI, Franz M, Greenwood AD, Heitlinger E, HoferH, Krone O (2018) Recolonizing grey wolves increase parasite infection risk in their prey. Ecology and Evolution. 8(4): 2160–2170.

Lesniak I, Heckmann I, Heitlinger E, Szentiks CA, Nowak C, Harms V, Jarausch A, Reinhardt I, Kluth G, Hofer H, Krone O (2017) Population expansion and individual age affect endoparasite richness and diversity in a recolonising large carnivore population. Nature Scientific Reports/ 7:41730/ DOI: 10.1038/srep41730

Arnemo JM, Andersen O, Stokke S, Thomas VG, Krone O, Pain DJ, Mateo R (2016) Health and environmental risks from lead-based ammunition: Science Versus Socio-Politics. EcoHealth DOI: 10.1007/s10393-016-1177-x

Nadjafzadeh M, Hofer H, Krone O (2015) Lead exposure and food processing in white-tailed eagles and other scavengers: an experimental approach to simulate lead uptake at shot mammalian carcasses. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 61 (5): 763-774.

Van den Brand JMA, Krone O, Wolf PU, van de Bildt MWG, van AmerongenG, Osterhaus ADME, Kuiken T (2015) Host-specific exposure and fatal neurologic disease in wild raptors from highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 during the 2006 outbreak in Germany. Veterinary Research 46: 24.