Below an overview of our scientific publications.

Colony nesting birds explore alternative breeding sites

February 2023 - Ruben Fijn is co-author of an international article about reconnaissance trips that colony breeders already make during the breeding season to explore new breeding locations. Such trips can help populations to switch breeding sites flexibly as changing environmental conditions demand it.

Wind farms and bird collisions

December 2022 -Astrid Potiek is co-author of a paper detailing the impact assessment of offshore wind farms, which describes the effects of collisions and habitat loss and how this can be assessed at a population level.
Article ScienceDirect

Bird flu in Sandwich terns

December 2022 - Article about mass mortality among Sandwich terns due to bird flu, with colleague Job de Jong as co-author.

Distribution and flight heights of Sandwich terns in offshore wind farms in the North Sea

November 2022 - Ruben Fijn and Mark Collier have published an article about flight movements and behaviour of Sandwich terns in several offshore wind farms in the North Sea. The research shows that Sandwich terns fly much higher than previously believed. The data is important to get a better grip on the collision risks for this protected seabird in current and future offshore wind farms.

The influence of static and dynamic abiotic environmental factors on the feeding behaviour of a seabird

June 2022 - Three of our marine bird ecologists have co-authored a paper exploring which abiotic factors play a role in where Sandwich terns forage in the North Sea. The research shows that static environmental variables, such as sediment size, play a more important role in foraging choices than dynamic variables, such as weather.

Nocturnal migration of black-headed gulls over the North Sea and sex-dependent choice of winter quarters

March 2022 - Three of our marine bird ecologists co-authored an article examining the migratory strategy of the black-headed gull. A common bird species in the Netherlands about which little is known on where these birds migrate. One of the surprises of the research is the nightly migration by sea to England. This may lead to collision risks in offshore wind farms for a species that has been declining for years.

Coastal restoration by oyster reefs

March 2021 - On Science Direct an publication by, among others, Wouter Lengkeek and Karin Didderen.

Peat moss in swamp pools

February 2021 - 'Overcoming design barriers for peat mosses in man-made swamp pools' a publication by, among others, Wouter Lengkeek and Karin Didderen in 'Ecological Applications'.