Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 418
Location
Texel
Function
Postdoc

Dr. Tamar Lok

Postdoc

Expertise

  • Population ecology, mark-recapture analysis
  • Evolution, phenotypic plasticity, developmental plasticity
  • Migration
  • Environmental change
  • Foraging ecology, habitat choice
Interests

Research interests

I am a biologist with a broad interest in animal behaviour, population ecology and evolution. I have a special interest in the evolution of migratory behaviour. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the intriguing phenotypic variation in migratory behaviour will learn us more about the flexibility and constraints of migratory animals to keep track in a world that is constantly changing. 

Functions

Functions

2019-present: VENI post-doctoral fellow, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, The Netherlands. Project: The ontogeny of migration: the interplay of genes and environment and how this affects the adaptability of migratory species to a changing world.

2017-2018: Post-doctoral researcher, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, The Netherlands. Project: Individual development of migratory strategies of coastal birds.

2015-2016 : Rubicon post-doctoral fellow, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Montpellier, France.  Project: The adaptability of migratory animals to a rapidly changing world: novel measures from an integrated analysis of count, mark-recapture and telemetry data. Collaborators: Dr Olivier Gimenez, Dr Roger Pradel

2013–2014: Post-doctoral researcher, Animal Ecology Group, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Project: Demography of waders along the East-Asian Australasian flyway. Collaborator: Prof. Theunis Piersma

Publications

Publications

A complete list of my publications can be found on my personal website and on Researchgate.

Education

Professional education

2013           PhD, University of Groningen, cum laude (Promotors: Prof. Dr. Theunis Piersma and Prof. Dr. Joost Tinbergen). Thesis title: Spoonbills as a model system: a demographic cost-benefit analysis of differential migration.

2005           M.Sc. Evolutionary Biology (Topmaster programme), University of Groningen, cum laude

2003           B.Sc. Biology, University of Groningen

Awards

Awards and prizes

2018: NWO Veni award. The ontogeny of migration: an interplay of genes and environment (250 k€)

2015: NWO Rubicon award. The adaptability of migratory animals to a rapidly changing world: novel measures from an integrated analysis of count, mark-recapture and telemetry data. (110 k€)

2014: Van Swinderen prize (2nd place) for best Dutch summary of a PhD-thesis at University of Groningen

2008: NWO Open Aanvraag. Fitness consequences of migration in the spoonbill: a comparative approach.  (175 k€)

Other

Other

For more information about me and my research, please visit my personal website

Linked news

Thursday 05 September 2019
Help mee bij het volgen van jonge lepelaars op eerste zuidwaartse trek vanuit de Waddenzee
Onderzoekers van het NIOZ Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek vragen natuurliefhebbers om als ‘citizen scientist’ (burgerwetenschapper) mee te helpen bij het in kaart brengen van de trekroutes van jonge lepelaars. Belangrijk, want we…
Monday 16 July 2018
2 Veni-financieringen voor NIOZ-onderzoekers | 2 Veni grants for NIOZ researchers
[Scroll down for English version] De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) heeft twee veelbelovende NIOZ wetenschappers een Veni-financiering van 250.000 euro toegekend. Hiermee kunnen zij gedurende drie jaar hun eigen…

Linked blogs

Tuesday 17 September 2019
SPOONBILLS | The French are closely followed by the Dutch: also Arno and Veer are on their way!
Blog4: Last Friday, one day after the first Camargue juvenile spoonbills departed, the Dutch juvenile Arno left from Schiermonnikoog, and flew to the Grevelingenmeer in the Dutch Delta where he spent the night. The next morning, he continued his trip…
Friday 13 September 2019
SPOONBILLS | Migration has started, Ravi and Alex have departed
Blog 3: Yesterday (12 September), around midday, Ravi departed from the Marais du Vigueirat in westerly direction. He stayed close to the coast, maximally 17 km offshore, from where he could still see the coast, flying at about 300 m altitude. The…
Tuesday 03 September 2019
SPOONBILLS | Post-fledging movements
Blog 2: After fledging, and before their first southward migration, juvenile spoonbills often roam around much more than adult birds do during this period. These so-called post-fledging movements allow juvenile birds to explore their environment and…
Thursday 15 August 2019
SPOONBILLS | Meet the Juveniles
Blog 1: To investigate the importance of social information and habitat quality in shaping the migration routes of young spoonbills, we have equipped 20 juvenile spoonbills with a GPS-GSM transmitter in June 2019, 10 on Schiermonnikoog (The…
Wednesday 26 June 2019
Introduction | Tracking movements of Spoonbills
Spoonbills that breed in The Netherlands spend the winter along the Atlantic coast between France and Senegal. But why do some spoonbills fly only a few hundred kilometres to spend the winter in France, whereas others continue their journey for more…

NIOZ publications

Linked projects

Monitoring MSC Zoe plastics
Supervisor
Henk van der Veer
Funder
Rijkswaterstaat
Project duration
1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019