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

Associate professor


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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. Blog Bonte Vliegenvangeronderzoek in Drenthe

    Ubels, R. & Both, C., 10-Apr-2018

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/sitePopular

  2. Stoere bonte vliegenvanger-vrouwen

    Both, C. & Ubels, R., 6-May-2019

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/sitePopular

  3. Scrutinizing assortative mating in birds

    Wang, D., Forstmeier, W., Valcu, M., Dingemanse, N. J., Bulla, M., Both, C., Duckworth, R. A., Kiere, L. M., Karell, P., Albrecht, T. & Kempenaers, B., Feb-2019, In : PLOS BIOLOGY. 17, 2, 20 p., 3000156.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Cues, strategies, and outcomes: How migrating vertebrates track environmental change

    Winkler, D. W., Jørgensen, C., Both, C., Houston, A. I., McNamara, J. M., Levey, D. J., Partecke, J., Fudickar, A., Kacelnik, A., Roshier, D. & Piersma, T., 29-May-2014, In : Movement Ecology. 2, 1, 10.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

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

    Brlík, V., Koleček, J., Burgess, M., Hahn, S., Humple, D., Krist, M., Ouwehand, J., Weiser, E. L., Adamik, P., Alves, J. A., Arlt, D., Barišić, S., Becker, D., Belda, E. J., Beran, V., Both, C., Bravo, S. P., Briedis, M., Chutný, B., Ćiković, D., Cooper, N. W., Costa, J. S., Cueto, V. R., Emmenegger, T., Fraser, K., Gilg, O., Guerrero, M., Hallworth, M. T., Hewson, C. M., Jiguet, F., Johnson, J. A., Kelly, T., Kishkinev, D., Leconte, M., Lislevand, T., Lisovski, S., López, C., McFarland, K. P., Marra, P. P., Matsuoka, S. M., Matyjasiak, P., Meier, C. M., Metzger, B., Monrós, J. S., Neumann, R., Newman, A., Norris, R., Pärt, T., Pavel, V., Perlut, N. G., Piha, M., Reneerkens, J., Rimmer, C. C., Roberto‐Charron, A., Scandolara, C., Sokolova, N., Takenaka, M., Tolkmitt, D., van Oosten, H., Wellbrock, A. H. J., Wheeler, H., van der Winden, J., Witte, K., Woodworth, B. & Procházka, P., 16-Feb-2019, In : Journal of Animal Ecology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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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

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

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

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  1. Hosting Flightcatchers blog

    Christiaan Both (Advisor), Janne Ouwehand (Advisor)
    28-Feb-2018 → …

    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachProfessional

  2. Hosting Pied Flycatcher blog and live stream

    Richard Ubels (Advisor), Christiaan Both (Advisor)
    1-Apr-2019 → …

    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachProfessional

  3. Bonte vliegenvangers het jaar rond: Broeden, trekken en overwintering in een snel veranderende wereld

    C Both (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationPopular

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Press / Media
  1. Een bos vol rupsjes

    C Both


    1 item of media coverage

    Press/Media: ResearchPopular

  2. Climate change intensifies war of the birds

    Jelmer Samplonius & C Both


    74 items of media coverage, 5 media contributions

    Press/Media: ResearchAcademic

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