As an ecologist my main interest is how birds can adapt to indirect anthropogenic changes, such as human-induced climate warming and habitat changes following a shift in land-use. Currently, my main topic of investigation are the causes and consequences of mistimed reproduction under climate warming in migratory birds. I am based as a post-doc at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ).
The Arctic is the most rapidly warming region on the globe, which is why I conduct most of my research on Arctic migratory birds. By tracking birds and modelling their migration, I aim to answer why birds may be unable to advance timing of reproduction under a warming climate. By making observations and experimental work with juvenile birds, I study the potential consequences of mistimed reproduction on growth and survival. I combine this with long-term data to study whether mistiming can ultimately affect population demographics.
While I started to study these questions specifically for Arctic barnacle geese during my PhD, I currently encompass a set of Arctic migratory birds, including geese, shorebirds and seabirds. During my current post-doc, I focus on Red Knots breeding in Arctic Russia.