Collaborators

We are indebted to a range of magnificent collaborators. Here we list our national and international colleagues with whom we work.

José Mª Abad “Pipe”

José Mª Abad “Pipe”

Researcher and technician at the University of Extremadura as part of different research projects led by Jose Antonio Masero. The main focus of my work as a researcher is ecophysiology, migration and the role of anthropogenic habitats in the life cycle of shorebirds. Black-tailed Godwit has been t
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José Alves

José Alves

I am a conservation ecologist striving to understand the mechanistic bases of how biodiversity responds to changes in their environment. Currently based at the Universities of Aveiro and Iceland as a post-doctoral researcher, I address fundamental issues such as variation on demographic rates, range
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Allert Bijleveld

Allert Bijleveld

I am a tenure-track scientist at Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in the department of Coastal Systems, but this year I work in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford where I collaborate with Dora Biro and the Oxford Navigation group (OxNav). In 2015, I obtained my P
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Pierrick Bocher

Pierrick Bocher

Université de La Rochelle, France.
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Christiaan Both

Christiaan Both

Associate professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
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Teresa Catry

Teresa Catry

I am a Research Assistant at the University of Lisbon, working mainly on shorebird and seabird ecology, but also with a strong interest on the conservation of steppe birds. My main research is focused on key state-of-the-art aspects of the ecology of coastal and marine birds in the contrasting ecolo
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Nicola Crockford

Nicola Crockford

Theunis has been fostering my devotion to waders for more than three decades.  For the past decade or so, in my role at the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) leading BirdLife International’s Global Flyway policy work, it has been a pleasure to help use the Global Flyway Network’s work to deliver co
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Sjoerd Duijns

Sjoerd Duijns

I am a former PhD student of Theunis (2010 – 2014), where I studied the foraging ecology of Bar-tailed Godwits. My PhD thesis:  Sex-specific foraging: The distributional ecology of a polychaete-eating shorebird is available online. I am still involved with the Bar-tailed Godwit work, together wit
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Jordi Figuerola

Jordi Figuerola

I’m a senior researcher at Estación Biológica Doñana, a research institute of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) centered around studies of the mechanisms that generate, maintain and contribute to loss of biodiversity. My collaboration with Theunis focuses on identifying the consequences of wi
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Laura Govers

Laura Govers

I am a passionate marine ecologist that studies ecosystem-scale processes in intertidal ecosystems across the world. As postdoctoral researcher I am based at the University of Groningen - Conservation Ecology Group (The Netherland). My research mainly focuses on the Wadden Sea, where I study long-di
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José Pedro Granadeiro

José Pedro Granadeiro

I am an Assistant Professor at Lisbon University, working in the Department of Animal Biology. My research interests focus on understanding ecological constraints, demography and spatial ecology of coastal and marine birds in different tropical and subtropical ecosystems. I started studying shoreb
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Jorge Gutiérrez

Jorge Gutiérrez

I am a physiological ecologist, whose work mainly focuses on the adaptations and adjustments of migratory birds to fundamental challenges they face throughout their annual cycles. In 2010, during a 4-month PhD stay at the University of Groningen and NIOZ, I began to work with Dr. Theunis Piersma (an
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Bob Hickey

Bob Hickey

Professor at Department of Geography, Central Washington University, USA. AnnRoeBIM resident GIS expert. Global Flyway Network|Australia. On a lark (gotta get at least one bird references in here), I accepted a position at Curtin University in Western Australia a few decades ago. While I was there
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Paul W. Howey

Paul W. Howey

Microwave Telemetry, Inc. The company provides state-of-the-art avian (and marine) tracking technology for scientists.  
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Bart Kempenaers

Bart Kempenaers

Behavioural ecologist with a broad interest in all aspects of behaviour, but with a focus on mating behaviour and sexual selection. Ornithologist with a passion for shorebirds and the Arctic. Director of the Department Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Or
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Rosemarie Kentie

Rosemarie Kentie

Currently I am a Newton International Fellow of the Royal Society, based at the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, in the group of Prof Tim Coulson. I am still working with the Black-tailed Godwit dataset of Team Piersma. Here in Oxford I learn how to construct Integral Projection Mo
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Tienke Koning

Tienke Koning

Since a couple of years I support Team Theunis as a fundraiser. From 2007 until 2015 I was the director of Ubbo Emmius Fund, the charity of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Alumni of our university are very important for the relation between society and science. Ubbo Emmius Fund brings
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Clemens Küpper

Clemens Küpper

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. Research Group Behavioural Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology. Information about Clemens' research group can be found at http://www.orn.mpg.de/3731861/Research_Group_Kuepper[...]
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Thomas Lameris

Thomas Lameris

As an ecologist my main interest is how birds can adapt to indirect anthropogenic changes, such as human-induced climate warming and habitat changes following a shift in land-use. Currently, my main topic of investigation are the causes and consequences of mistimed reproduction under climate warming
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David Lelieveld

David Lelieveld

David Lelieveld is a theatre producer in the north of the Netherlands. In 2017, for theatre festival Oerol, he produced the play TRACKS with Theunis, Jos Thie (director) and Sytze Pruiksma, about migratory birds. In 2012 he established his theatre company Pier21, with which he created per
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Tamar Lok

Tamar Lok

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Coastal Systems group of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). I have a keen interest in understanding the causes and demographic consequences of (individual) variation in habitat choice and migration strategies of coastal migrants. During m
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Zhijun Ma

Zhijun Ma

I am Professor and Principle Investigator in the bird ecology research group at the School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, China. My research targets birds living on China’s coastal wetlands, especially waterbirds and saltmarsh birds, focusing on habitat ecology, migration ecology, and conserv
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Jose A. Masero

Jose A. Masero

Professor in ecology, marine biology and zoology at the Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain.
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Kimberley J. Mathot

Kimberley J. Mathot

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Very broadly, my research centers on understanding the causes and consequences of phenotypic variation across different levels of biological organization. What limits within-individual phenotypic plasticity? Why do
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Rocío Márquez-Ferrando

Rocío Márquez-Ferrando

Estación Biológica de Doñana, Sevilla - Wetlands Ecology. I am interested in understanding how shorebirds change their migratory behaviour in response to environmental changes and which are the potential ecological consequences at individual and population level. During the last few years we ha
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David Melville

David Melville

Global Flyway Network associate|New Zealand & China. I have been studying waders and undertaking wetland conservation management in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway since 1974. This has included work in Australia, Thailand, India, Republic of Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, an
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Juan G. Navedo

Juan G. Navedo

I am a Professor at the Institute of Marine Science and Limnology (ICML), Faculty of Science, Universidad Austral de Chile, leading the Bird Ecology Lab, where I focus my research in studying Nearctic and 'Patagonian' shorebird ecology since late 2013. Deciphering the effects of humans on wildlif
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Han Olff

Han Olff

Professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
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Jeroen Onrust

Jeroen Onrust

I am a postdoctoral researcher studying how detritivorous earthworms could be used in a more nature friendly farming system. During my PhD project (2012–2017), I studied the interactions between earthworms, meadow birds and dairy farming in Friesland (The Netherlands). During my PhD I focused on h
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Thomas Oudman

Thomas Oudman

Thomas Oudman is a behavioural ecologist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, and currently enjoys a 2-year Visiting Scholarship at the Laland Lab, financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. He is working on the learning behaviour of migratory birds, focusing o
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Grant Pearson

Grant Pearson

Coordinator Anna Plains and Roebuck Bay Benthic Invertebrate Mapping 1996-2016: AnnRoeBIM. Global Flyway Network|Australia. I have been (sort of) retired for a few years now. During my working life with the Western Australian government wetland and waterbird research organisation (the name changes
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Sytze Pruiksma

Sytze Pruiksma

Sytze Pruiksma is a composer, sound artist and bird watcher. Since 2008 he combines his love for birds and landscape with the music he makes. As a soloist but also in projects together with poets, dancers, video artists and scientists like Theunis Piersma he gives voice to the landscape he cares abo
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Adrian Riegen

Adrian Riegen

Global Flyway Network associate | New Zealand. Adrian Riegen has done research on waders for many years, and has trapped, marked and observed waders in many international wader monitoring programmes, including in North Korea. He liaises with observers and researchers along the East Asian-Australasia
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Jeroen Reneerkens

Jeroen Reneerkens

As a post-doctoral researcher in the Conservation Ecology Group at the University of Groningen (RUG) I have the privilege to study the ecology and evolution of Sanderling migration. While I have been fascinated by bird migration since I was a kid, my real interest and focus on shorebirds came during
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Afonso Rocha

Afonso Rocha

I am a postdoctoral researcher based at the Functional Biodiversity Group, University of Aveiro (Portugal). As conservation ecologist passionate for shorebirds and their habitats, I focus on the migratory connectivity along the East Atlantic Flyway and global processes of climate change. I have a pa
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Dan Ruthrauff

Dan Ruthrauff

I am a Research Wildlife Biologist with the US Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center, and have been actively studying Alaskan shorebirds since 1996. I have pursued studies of foraging ecology and reproductive biology, helped document the status and distribution of shorebirds in Alaska and beyo
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Nathan Senner

Nathan Senner

NEWS: Starting in January 2019, I am assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. From 2012 to 2015, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Conservation Ecology Group at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands with shorebird guru, Dr. Theu
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Judy Shamoun-Baranes

Judy Shamoun-Baranes

Assistant professor in the interdisciplinary research group Computational Geo-Ecology, in the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.[...]
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Ruben Smit

Ruben Smit

Dr Ir Ruben Smit is a passionate and award winning photographer and filmmaker (De Nieuwe Wildernis / The New Wilderness). Theunis will be the ambassador for the film about the Wadden Sea Ruben is currently working on. Here is the Wad film teaser. Ruben received a Gouden Kalf, the Rembrandt Award, a
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Klaas Sietse Spoelstra

Klaas Sietse Spoelstra

Strategic advisor, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, focusing on "Sustainable Landscapes" related topics. Initiative leader of citizens-network-program King of the Meadow | "Kening fan'e Greide" partnering with scientists, artists, citizens, NGO's, governments and farmers.  [...]
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Jos Thie

Jos Thie

I am a theater maker who lives in Friesland (Wergea). That is my base for making performances that are made and played everywhere in The Netherlands and beyond. From my childhood, my passion is to reach the largest possible audience with performances that stimulate the imagination and thus stimulat
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Lee Tibbitts

Lee Tibbitts

Alaska Science Centre, U.S. Geological Survey. Global Flyway Network associate / ARGOS Tracking and Tracing. Profile ‘under construction’. Photo: Frontier scientists.
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Jan van Gils

Jan van Gils

I am a direct colleague of Theunis at Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, where I work as a senior scientist using shorebirds as my ‘model organisms’. My current interest centers around the role that migrant shorebirds play as connecting agents between ecosystems on a global scal
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Francois Vézina

Francois Vézina

I am a Professor of ecophysiology at the Université du Québec à Rimouski, Québec, Canada. My team’s research focuses on reversible physiological adjustments that allow birds to face environmental constraints. More precisely, we study physiological mechanisms helping birds to deal with challeng
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Auxiliadora Villegas Sanchez

Auxiliadora Villegas Sanchez

Assistant professor in ecology, zoology and physiology at the Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain.
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Songlin Wang

Songlin Wang

Global Flyway Network associate|China. Director of the China Program of Ocean Outcomes - O2, with focus on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Songlin, who lives in China, is an experienced and passionate conservation professional. His international career includes work for The Nature Conservanc
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