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, Purple Heron, Eurasian Bittern and currently also Great Reed Warbler, Theunis kindly invited me to join his enthusiastic team as Guest Researcher at the Global Flyway Ecology Group. This enabled me to profit from the vast network and knowledge on migration ecology in birds and I hope to add to this scientific studies with my work on birds that use the same flyways as waders. Behaviours and habitats differ from most waders: terns are born to fly and make the longest migratory journeys ever recorded (Artic Tern) and the Great Reed Warblers are bound to inland wetlands.
I work as freelancer in the fields of wetland bird research and nature conservation. I work on projects on marsh habitat restoration and wetland management but in the slipstream have started up biologging projects to reveal migration routes of marsh birds in order to detect important wintering- and stopover sites. I also like to understand the migration ecology of birds living in dynamic landscapes, which means that presence of breeding habitats is unpredictable in successive years. I think communication with society is important to be sure nature conservation is taken seriously.
For publications see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_Van_Der_Winden