prof. dr. ir. C. (Christiaan) Both

Associate professor

prof. dr. ir. C. (Christiaan) Both


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Research interests

I am interested in how organisms adapt to large-scale environmental change. Almost any species in the world is experiencing radical changes in its environment, due to human induced direct habitat changes, or more indirect changes like climate change. If organisms do not adjust to these changes, they likely will decline. My research seeks to understand the capacities and constraints in adaptation, with a clear focus on long-distance migratory birds. Their annual cycles are tuned to seasonal changes across different habitats, and these habitats vary often in the pace of change. In Africa, humans change habitats directly, whereas at the European breeding grounds climate change is altering trophic interactions. How can these species persist? More broadly, I am also interested in how the speed of adaptation varies between species within the same food-web, and how this affects the functioning of ecosystems.

  1. Morph-dependent fitness and directional change of morph frequencies over time in a Dutch population of Common buzzards Buteo buteo

    Kappers, E. F., de Vries, C., Alberda, A., Kuhn, S., Valcu, M., Kempenaers, B. & Both, C., 6-Jul-2020, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Variation in egg size of Black-tailed Godwits

    Verhoeven, M. A., Loonstra, A. H. J., McBride, A. D., Tinbergen, J. M., Kentie, R., Hooijmeijer, J. C. E. W., Both, C., Senner, N. R. & Piersma, T., Dec-2019, In : Ardea. 107, 3, p. 291-302 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Descriptive and experimental evidence for timing-mediated polygyny risk in a pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca population

    Lamers, K. P., Nicolaus, M., Rakhimberdiev, E., Nilsson, J-Å. & Both, C., 1-Feb-2020, In : Journal of Avian Biology. 51, 2, p. 1-12

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Life-history innovation to climate change: Can single-brooded migrant birds become multiple breeders?

    Both, C., Ubels, R. & Ravussin, P-A., May-2019, In : Journal of Avian Biology. 50, 5, 7 p., 01951.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  5. Een vergelijking van plaatstrouw en overleving van Bonte Vliegenvangers in het overwinterings- en broedgebied

    Both, C., Ouwehand, J. & Bil, W., 3-Dec-2019, In : Limosa. 92, 3, p. 184-191 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

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  1. Evolutionary causes and consequences of dispersal syndromes: An experimental approach

    C Both (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

  2. Dispersing to northern breeding areas as adaptation to climate change in migrant birds

    C Both (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

  3. Gratama Foundation Grant

    Christiaan Both (Recipient) & Maurine Dietz (Recipient), 1-Jun-2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

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  1. Explaining life-cycle adaptation of migratory birds to global climate change

    Christiaan Both (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic

  2. Lund Univ, Lund University

    Christiaan Both (Visiting researcher)

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institutionAcademic

  3. Onverwachte aanpassingen in broedgedrag als reactie op klimaatsverandering

    C Both (Speaker)

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Press / Media
  1. Een tweede nest of niet?

    Christiaan Both


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

  2. De Friese Wouden 'eldorado' voor roodstaart door rijk rupsenjaar

    Christiaan Both & Raymond Klaassen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: ResearchProfessional

  3. Broedseizoen begonnen: zo leggen vogels hun eieren in jouw tuin

    Christiaan Both


    3 items of Media coverage

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