Team Piersma is a group of researchers working with Prof. Dr Theunis Piersma under the umbrella of Global Flyway Network, a foundation under Dutch law. Their home bases are the University of Groningen, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, and associated institutes along the flyways where the team conducts studies on shorebirds and spoonbills.
Introduction of the members of the team and their projects can be found below. Our collaborators are listed here.
Rudi Drent Chair in Flyway Ecology
Theunis Piersma holds the Rudi Drent Chair in Flyway Ecology at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering, UG), and he is Senior Research Scientist Research Department of Coastal System at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea.
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In 2004 Theunis and I started two long-term research programs on inland, fresh-water, wader species: Black-tailed Godwit and Ruff. Although I am appointed at the Conservation Ecology Group of the University of Groningen, you can find me most of the time in SW Friesland, The Netherlands, where the
Hacen E.M. El-Hacen
I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Conservation Ecology Group of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and a conservationist in the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania. Being born a few years after the most severe drought and loss of biodiversity in the history of West Africa ign
I am the manager of this website in my capacity as the Personal Assistant of Prof. Dr Theunis Piersma. I’m based in The Netherlands in the Conservation Ecology Group of the University of Groningen where I work as molecular ecologist, and I’m the Chair of the International Wader Study Group.
I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Conservation Ecology Group of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. My key interests lie in understanding the dynamic spatial ecology of habitat and habitat choice of the migratory continental Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) along the East Atlantic
Petra de Goeij
Since 2011 I work as a technician for the Spoonbill project of METAWAD, based at the Conservation Ecology Group of the University of Groningen, and the Royal NIOZ on Texel. I was trained as a biologist at the University of Amsterdam where I did my Masters on the feeding ecology of Spoonbills. Afte
Bingrun Zhu (Drew)
I am a PhD candidate at Beijing Normal University (BNU), China, and University of Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands; under the supervision of Profs. Zhang Zhengwang (BNU) and Theunis Piersma (RUG). I conduct my fieldwork in Bohai Bay, and Huolin Gol, Inner Mongolia, China, and mainly focus on the mig
Egbert van der Velde
University of Groningen, Conservation Ecology Group.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. My office is at the NIOZ, Texel, The Netherlands, but my prime area of interest are the intertidal mudflats of the Wadden Sea, West Africa and the Middle East. During my doctoral research I have led various rese
I am a Global Flyway Network associate for the Australia chapter. I help Chris conduct research particularly on Red Knots when I am in Broome and spend two months every year in northern China during northward migration recording bands and flags on Red Knots and hope this helps in the tentative steps
Behavioural ecologists and ornithologists curious about biorhythms, especially those found in the wild and during parental care. Passionate about the shorebirds and the Arctic.
His recent work – on incubation rhythms – brought together shorebird enthusiasts from across the Globe and in doin
I am a designer, online application developer and bird lover, living in Fryslân, the Netherlands. In 2015 Theunis Piersma asked me to build a web application to show the locations of blacktailed godwits that carry a satellite transmitter. The first version of this application was released on the
Banc d’Arguin National Park & Global Flyway Network|Mauritania. Profile under construction.
Ying Chi Chan
I am a PhD candidate of the University of Groningen (RUG), currently based at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. My project studies how migratory shorebirds are impacted by, and how will they adapt to, the rapidly diminishing habitats at their fuelling stops in China. I am funde
Sidi Cheikh' Mohamed Ahmed
Sidi Cheikh loves learning, nature and birds, somehow combining a career in public service, the GIS & Mapping industry with his pursuit of a PhD at the University of Groningen on seagrass dynamics! A meteorologist by training, he started his career in conservation when he joined Banc d’Arguin
I am a PhD student at CESAM, University of Aveiro (Portugal) and University of Groningen (The Netherlands), working on the project “Waders of the Bijagós” funded by MAVA, that aims at securing the ecological integrity of the Bijagos archipelago as a key site for waders along the East Atlantic F
I am a guest researcher, through Global Flyway Network (GFN), in the Conservation Ecology Group at the University of Groningen (RUG). Inspired by the epic migratory journeys of many shorebirds, my research initially focused on how individuals manage to fit these migrations into their busy annual rou
Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.
I am researcher in All-Russian Research Institute for Environmental Protection and PhD student in Moscow State University. My research is supported by the Global Flyway Network, through the Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the University of Groningen.
Several years ago I was in
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen (Netherlands) and at the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). I love working with Theunis for his rousing optimism, boundless thought and unique ability to mix interes
In 2015, I became a ‘pensioner’ following a 40-year-long career directing shorebird research programs in Alaska, initially through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and later the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center. It was in 1991, at a symposium in Quito, Ecuador, that I first m
Global Flyway Network associate. I have the privilege to regularly join the shorebird research of the Royal NIOZ as ring reader and field assistant in the Dutch Wadden Sea and at the Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania.
Originally based in the German Wadden Sea and its islands, my first contact with Theu
Global Flyway Network associate|Argentina. Profile ‘under construction’.
University of Groningen, Conservation Ecology Group.
Global Flyway Network associate | Sénégal.
While Khady's profile is under construction, we would like to refer you to a video of her visit to the Netherlands. Khady Gueye investigates Black-tailed Godwits in Senegal (West-Africa). In spring 2014, she visited our study area in Friesland and met
I have lived close to Roebuck Bay in Broome, north Western Australia (NWA), since 1996. “21 years at the best shorebird site in the world!” is my un-biased statement on that. In 2006 I was contracted by Global Flyway Network to conduct their colour-banding project at Roebuck Bay. Initially, I wo
Sjoerd van Hasselt
I am a PhD student in the Chronobiology and Conservation Ecology group at the University of Groningen. My research focuses on avian sleep. One of the main questions I am trying to answer if birds have sleep homeostasis like mammals, i.e. if sleep is recovered by sleeping either deeper or longer afte
Absolutely passionate by birds and the Bijagós. I am a Guinea-Bissau PhD student in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) since 2017, and a guest PhD student at the Royal University of Groningen (RUG).
Presently I work with shorebirds and my research project is part of a l
My fascination for the Wadden Sea (only) started when I was 18 years old. But has never ended. Since 2001 I yearly spend up to 15 weeks per year on the mudflats, from 2008 onwards in a professional way, as research assistant for the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. I am currently,
Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Postdoctoral researcher. Profile ‘under construction’.
I work at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), where I am responsible for the database of the SIBES (Synoptic Intertidal Benthic Survey) program. This benthic sampling program has been running since 2008 where we sample each year the entire sublittoral Dutch Wadden Sea for sedime
I am a PhD student at the University of Groningen and Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). I am based at the Coastal Systems group at NIOZ where I work under the supervision of Theunis Piersma. In my project I focus on the role of development in shaping of individuals in Red Knots Ca
From 2013-2016, I was research assistant in the METAWAD project at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Chiefly I worked in the lab preparing blood samples for stable isotope analysis of Red Knots (thousands of birds caught at the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania) in cooperation with Dr
I am a PhD-student and work under the supervision of Theunis Piersma in the Conservation Ecology Group at the University of Groningen (RuG). My connection with ‘Team-Piersma’ started already when I was still in high school and joined a catching expedition on the uninhabited island Griend. Since
Fieldwork is challenging, often satisfying, but always delightful, even though this photo may suggest otherwise ...
After working in financial advice for 30 years, I have since 2015 the privilege to do field work for Global Flyway Network. Birds (often) have long legs that can carry colour rings wh
Banc d'Arguin National Park & Global Flyway Network|Mauritania.
I am a PhD candidate of the University of Groningen (RuG), based at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. My PhD research focuses on migratory shorebirds staging along the coasts of China. By sampling benthic prey of intertidal mudflats, and observing the behavior of shorebirds, I t
I am a PhD student at the University of Groningen and I am based at the Coastal Systems group of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). I have worked under the supervision of Theunis Piersma since the start of my masters. I work in the research project Conservation of the Dynamic I
I was initially introduced to the work of the Global Flyway Network in 2009 when I took up a position of assistant warden at Broome Bird Observatory, Western Australia. After a year spent sharing the amazing birds of the region with guests and visitors and assisting Chris Hassell and Adrian Boyle wh
Job ten Horn
Since 2009 I’m working as a technician at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in the Coastal Systems department. I live in the beautiful town of Oosterend on the island of Texel, close to mudflats of the Wadden Sea.
I coordinate the colour- ringing of Bar-tailed Godwits and Red
I am a Team Piersma researcher that tries to understand what the source is of the variation in the migration of Black-tailed Godwits. I work at the University of Groningen, Conservation Ecology Group, as PhD student.
We do our fieldwork in Fryslân with a large team, which is a lot of fun! Howeve
In a previous life I worked as a molecular biologist, now I devote my time to fieldwork on Ruff. Since 2011 I have visited the RUG study area in Friesland, to investigate the spring migration of Ruff, with support of Theunis Piersma. In spring 2014 and 2015 I joined Team Piersma as a field assistant
Jan van der Winden
Although my research focus is not on waders, Theunis Piersma has always encouraged me in my applied conservation studies on terns, herons and other endangered marsh and coastal birds. Especially as soon as my scientific studies started to involve the migration ecology of Black Tern, Arctic Tern, Pur
Hong-Yan (Nicky) Yang
I'm a volunteer PhD candidate in the Conservation Ecology Group at the University of Groningen (RUG). I'm also a freelance ornithologist in China at present, based in Beijing. I'm interested in the role of shorebirds in the intertidal ecosystem and how birds respond to their constantly changing envi
I am a PhD candidate at Fudan University (FDU), China, and University of Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands. Under the supervision of Profs. Ma Zhijun (FDU) and Theunis Piersma (RUG), I conduct my fieldwork in the Yalujiang coastal wetland, China. I mainly focus on the stopover ecology of Bar-tailed G
I am a PhD student at Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research under the supervision of Jan van Gils and Theunis Piersma. My research is focused on trophic interactions between birds and their arthropod prey. Are red knots mismatched with their food source due to shifting sy
Gone but not forgotten
Lucie Schmaltz, PhD student, University of Groningen, Conservation Ecology Group, 2011 – 2018.
Tanya Compton, Researcher, Royal Netherlands Institute, 2012 – 2018.
Piet van den Hout, Msc and PhD Researcher, Royal Netherlands Institute, 2001 – 2017.
Matthijs van der Geest, Msc and PhD