Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 36 9533

Christine Beardsworth


Research Interests

My interests are quite broad, but I am particularly interested in how individual differences influence movement and foraging behaviour.

I finished my PhD in 2020, supervised by Joah Madden at the University of Exeter, where I worked to understand how individual differences in spatial cognition influenced different aspects of movement ecology such as habitat selection or path structure. My study species was the pheasant and after testing juveniles on various cognitive tests, I tracked their movements in the wild, first with RFID but later with an ATLAS system.

I am currently completing a post-doc with Allert Bijleveld working on the movement ecology of red knots. We are using the Wadden sea ATLAS system (WATLAS) to answer questions about how personality and environmental factors can influence the movement strategies of individuals.



Post Doctoral Researcher



Please find my list of publications on Google Scholar

You can also download my publications on ResearchGate.


Professional education

2008-2012 BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Manchester
2014-2015 MSc (by research) Animal Behaviour, Manchester Metropolitan University
2015-2020 PhD "Exploring the relationship between spatial cognitive ability and movement ecology", University of Exeter 


Awards and Prizes





Linked news

Thursday 17 February 2022
Tiny transmitters reveal animal behavior as well as threats
Tracking birds and other animals using miniature transmitters, has become extremely accurate in recent years. Literally every second, the positions of animals can be recorded automatically on the meter scale. This allows biologists to extract a…

Linked blogs

Wednesday 01 December 2021
A tight knot between exploratory personality, foraging tactics and diet
There is a place on earth where life not only revolves around day and night but also around the tidal cycle. Intertidal mudflats are dynamic and fascinating places that are completely submerged for part of the day and exposed during others. For the…
Wednesday 25 August 2021
WATLAS fieldwork 2021 | Dagboek op Griend
Evy Gobbens verbleef met Dr. Allert Bijleveld, Dr. Christine Beardsworth, Anne Dekinga en Job ten Horn een week op Griend om onderzoek te doen naar wadvogels. Lees in deze blogserie het dagboek dat Evy bijhield over het wonen en werken op een…
Friday 02 October 2020
WATLAS fieldwork 2020 | Tracking Shorebirds in the Wadden Sea
The Wadden Sea is an important and unique site for many shorebirds. By tracking shorebirds, we study how shorebirds move with the tide, on which intertidal mudflats they feed, and how long they stay in the Wadden Sea on their migratory journeys. This…

NIOZ publications

  • 2022
    Beardsworth, C.E; Gobbens, E.; van Maarseveen, F.; Denissen, B.; Dekinga, A.; Nathan, R.; Toledo, S.; Bijleveld, A.I. (2022). Validating ATLAS: A regional‐scale high‐throughput tracking system. Methods Ecol. Evol. 13(9): 1990-2004.
    Nathan, Ran; Monk, Christopher T.; Arlinghaus, Robert; Adam, Timo; Alós, Josep; Assaf, Michael; Baktoft, Henrik; Beardsworth, Christine E.; Bertram, Michael G.; Bijleveld, Allert I.; Brodin, Tomas; Brooks, Jill L.; Campos-Candela, Andrea; Cooke, Steven J.; Gjelland, Karl Ø.; Gupte, Pratik R.; Harel, Roi; Hellström, Gustav; Jeltsch, Florian; Killen, Shaun S.; Klefoth, Thomas; Langrock, Roland; Lennox, Robert J.; Lourie, Emmanuel; Madden, Joah R.; Orchan, Yotam; Pauwels, Ine S.; Říha, Milan; Roeleke, Manuel; Schlägel, Ulrike E.; Shohami, David; Signer, Johannes; Toledo, Sivan; Vilk, Ohad; Westrelin, Samuel; Whiteside, Mark A.; Jarić, Ivan (2022). Big-data approaches lead to an increased understanding of the ecology of animal movement. Science (Wash.) 375(6582): 1-14.

Linked projects

WATLAS - advanced tracking and localisation of shorebirds
Allert Bijleveld
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research - Veni/Vidi/Vici
Project duration
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2024