dr. J. Ouwehand
In 2004, I graduated from the University of Larenstein with a BSc Forestry and Nature Management. My passion for field ornithology and natural history shaped the course of this BSc program. I investigated nest site prevalence of European honey buzzards, did extensive fieldwork in Suriname on rainforest wild-life and sea turtles, and graduated with a dietary study of stranded Auks Alcidae.
After my BSc I worked for some years in an ecological research company ‘Altenburg & Wymenga ecologisch onderzoek bv’.
Driven by my need for in-depth ecological research I applied for the topmaster 'Evolutionary biology' at the University of Groningen, where I graduated in 2009.
I performed three projects that concerned seasonal carry-over effects in Pied flycatchers using stable isotope analyses (with Dr.ir. C.Both), feeding versus nest attendance trade-offs in Lesser Black-backed Gulls (with C.J. Camphuysen at the NIOZ) and a genetic association study in personality traits of free-living birds (Parus major) at the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology (with Dr. N.J.Dingemanse, Prof.dr. B. Kempenaers).
After this I performed PhD research in University of Groningen (2010-2016; 0.8fte) under the supervision of Christiaan Both and Theunis Piersma, to study life-cycle adaptation to climate change in migratory birds, using the insect-eating pied flycatcher as study system. Within this project, I worked at the breeding grounds, tracked birds during migration, and did pioneering studies on wintering ecology in Ghana. This was followed by a short postdoc (2017) financed by Birdlife Netherlands at the University of Groningen on the same topic.
With a National Geographic Explorer grant, I had to opportunity to further consolidate my research at the wintering grounds (2018/2019), now in the beautiful Comoé National Parc in Ivory Coast, where hardcore field ecological research is mixed with the newest tracking techniques and tools such as DNA-diet barcoding.
In my current research, as NWO-Veni laureate (2019-2022; 0.8fte), my goal is to truly advance the field of global change adaptation by an integrated full annual-cycle perspective on long-distance migratory birds, and by connecting the well-established flycatcher breeding population data with migration tracking and field research in Africa, and placing the findings in a range-wide perspective. PhD Wender Bil (Ivory Coast population) and Prof. Christiaan Both (Dutch population) are key persons in supporting this endeavour. In addition, close collaborations from across the Pied flycatcher range provide tracking data that is used in this project to investigate range-wide migratory connectivity, and study how common bottlenecks to climate-change adaptation are across populations.
By involving a wide public to this scientific journey I want to share my fascination, discoveries and enthusiasm, and raise awareness about the role of human-induced changes to our living planet.
I complement these research activities with board-memberships of Nature and Ornithological NGO's (currently; chair for Migrant Landbird Study Group) and enjoying outdoor activities in the weekends.
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