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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.

Publications

Connecting the data landscape of long-term ecological studies: The SPI-Birds data hub

Migration route, stopping sites, and non-breeding destinations of adult Black-tailed Godwits breeding in southwest Fryslan, The Netherlands

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

Geolocators lead to better measures of timing and renesting in black-tailed godwits and reveal the bias of traditional observational methods

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

Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: A meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias

Adverse wind conditions during northward Sahara crossings increase the in-flight mortality of Black-tailed Godwits

Climate change may affect fatal competition between two bird species

Diet and provisioning rate differ predictably between dispersing and philopatric pied flycatchers

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

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Press/media

Honderden trekvogels vliegen tegen wolkenkrabbers in New York

En dan is het (nu al?) weer lente

Trekvogels die blijven gestraft door winterweer

Klimaatverandering in Nederland: wat merken we daarvan?

Een topprestatie: de bonte vliegenvanger lijkt het klimaatprobleem de baas

Een tweede nest of niet?

De Friese Wouden 'eldorado' voor roodstaart door rijk rupsenjaar

Wie zijn de winnaars, en wie de verliezers van zachte winters?

Broedseizoen begonnen: zo leggen vogels hun eieren in jouw tuin

Vrouwtjes die een man delen, overleven slechter

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