From 2013-2016, I was research assistant in the METAWAD project at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Chiefly I worked in the lab preparing blood samples for stable isotope analysis of Red Knots (thousands of birds caught at the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania) in cooperation with Dr Jan van Gils in the Department of Coastal Systems (formerly Marine Ecology). Furthermore I was science reporter for the METAWAD project and posting newsletters and news-items on the METAWAD website. At 31th March 2016, I published my first children’s book about red knots titled: Uitblinkerz!

Thomas Leerink
Read more about Uitblinkerz! on the Science and Art page

As of July 2016, I am guest researcher at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in the Department of Coastal Systems. I still progress preparing blood samples for stable isotope analysis of red knots caught and colour-ringed in Polen and Banc d’Arguin from 2015 onwards.