Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
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Senior Scientist

Prof. Dr. Theunis Piersma

Senior Scientist

‘The Wadden Sea is a node in a worldwide web’

Migratory bird ecologist Theunis Piersma investigates various wader species. ‘However, I do not restrict my research to just the Wadden Sea. That is because the Wadden Sea mudflats are no more and no less than a link in a far larger system. Via birds such as red knots, Eurasian spoonbills and bar-tailed godwits, the Wadden Sea mudflats are linked with Siberia, Greenland, Southern Europe and West Africa. Through these birds, everything we do here influences what happens elsewhere in the world, and vice versa.’

Bar-tailed godwits have no time to lose

‘One of the birds with such an international effect is the bar-tailed godwit. In the breeding grounds in Siberia, the climate is warming up faster than anywhere else. This means that bar-tailed godwits have to arrive on the tundra earlier and earlier for their chicks to encounter the richest food supplies of insects emerging from the tundra. In the Wadden Sea, we can see this ‘being in a hurry’ by the speed at which the birds replenish their fuel stores in spring, the stores that carries them through 5000 km of nonstop flight to snow-covered tundra. Right here, en route from West Africa, they need to eat about half their body weight, which they mainly do on a diet of lugworms. Now, because the period they can remain here is getting shorter, they often depart underweight and therefore with a higher risk of perishing during the migratory flight.’

Comparison of crucial links

‘Sometimes, you learn the most about your own environment by comparing it with others. We therefore follow various waders on different migratory routes throughout the world, for example by using solar-powered miniature satellite-transmitters which regularly convey the birds’ geographical positions. For instance, we attach transmitters to bar-tailed godwits in the wadden areas of Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Oman, North-west Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to that international work, it has become crystal clear how unique the Wadden Sea is. It is a vital link for a great number of birds migrating between the Arctic region and Africa. Such knowledge reveals the global ecological network, but at the same time, it also places a particular responsibility on our shoulders for ensuring that the Wadden Sea is managed well.’

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Research interests

Habitat selection and distributional ecology; organismal design; marine biology; physiological, behavioural, population and community ecology; evolutionary and molecular ecology; animal migration; evolution. I am a firm adherent of an integrative biology in which the organism in its natural world takes centre stage in the search for evolution-based explanations.



From Oct. 2014: Rudi Drent Chair in Global Flyway Ecology, Conservation Ecology Group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), University of Groningen, The Netherlands and Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Marine Ecology of NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.

From June 2012: Professor of Global Flyway Ecology in the Animal Ecology Group at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen and Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Marine Ecology of NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.

From June 2003: Professor of Animal Ecology at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies at the University of Groningen and Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Marine Ecology and Evolution of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ).

July 1996 - June 2003: Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Marine Ecology of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) (0.9 fte) and Associate Professor at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies at the University of Groningen (0.2 fte).

June 1994 - June 1996: Research Biologist at NIOZ, Texel

April 1988 to October 1992: University of Groningen, PhD position in Behavioural Biology, Zoological Laboratory, in co-operation with Department of Coastal Systems at NIOZ ; December 1993-May 1994: Temporary contracts as Editor and Research Biologist at NIOZ

August 1985 - February 1987, June-August 1987: Research Biologist at the Rijksdienst voor de IJsselmeerpolders, Lelystad (Scientific department) 

September 1984: Consultant (Wader & Benthos specialist) with DHV, NEDECO in South Korea l

Recent synergistic activities

Contributing to the Animal Ecology Group, University of Groningen (staff of 5 scientists and 7 technicians, and ca. 7 postdocs, more than 20 PhD students, and over 10 MSc students)

Scientific leader of the WaddenSea research team at NIOZ, Texel, managing more than 20 people including 2 research scientists, 5 technicians, 2 postdocs, 9 PhD students, and several MSc students

Founder and co-leader of a worldwide consortium of shorebird scientists, the Global Flyway Network, that is financially supported by BirdLife International and employs 2 researchers in Australia

Scientific coordinator/PI/co-PI of 18 current national and international research projects

Regular advisor of national and international governmental and non-governmental agencies on issues of conservation and management of nature and natural resources, especially in relation to marine wetlands and cultural landscapes

The Chair in Global Flyway Ecology was made possible by BirdLife Netherlands and World Wildlife Fund-Netherlands.



Piersma, T. & van Gils, J.A. (2011). The Flexible Phenotype. A Body-centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lok, T., Veldhoen, L., Overdijk, O., Tinbergen, J.M. & Piersma, T. 2017. An age- dependent fitness cost of migration? Old trans- Saharan migrating spoonbills breed later than those staying in Europe, and late breeders have lower recruitment. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 998–1009.

Piersma, T., Lok, T., Chen, Y., Hassell, C. J., Yang, H.-Y., Boyle, A., Slaymaker, M., Chan, Y.-C., Melville, D. S., Zhang, Z.-W. & Ma, Z. (2016) Simultaneous declines in summer survival of three shorebird species signals a flyway at risk. Journal of Applied Ecology 53, 479–490.

Bijleveld, A.I., MacCurdy, R.B., Chan, Y.-C., Penning, E., Gabrielson, R.M., Cluderay, J., Spaulding, E., Dekinga, A., Holthuijsen, S., ten Horn, J., Brugge, M., van Gils, J.A., Winkler, D.W. & Piersma, T. (2016) Understanding spatial distributions: Negative density dependence in prey causes predators to trade-off prey quantity with quality. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283, 20151557.

Ma, Z., Melville, D.S., Liu, J., Chen, Y., Yang, H., Ren, W., Zhang, Z., Piersma, T. & Li, B. (2014) Rethinking China’s new great wall. Massive seawall construction in coastal wetlands threatens biodiversity. Science 346, 912-914.

Please find my complete list of NIOZ-publications at the bottom of this webpage or on ResearcherID. You can find all my publications in NARCIS.


Professional education

1980: BSc in Biology-B5 (palaeontology as additional specialization), University of Groningen

1984: MSc in degree Biology, University of Groningen, (cum laude; upper 3%)

1994: PhD in degree Biology, University of Groningen (supervisor: Prof. Dr R.H. Drent, (cum laude)


Awards and Prizes

1989: Winner of the Herman Klomp Prize for Dutch Ornithology, awarded jointly by Netherlands Ornithologists’ Union, SOVON-Bird Monitoring Netherlands and Vogelbescherming-BirdLife Netherlands(1.5 k€)

1994: Winner of the Dutch National Zoology Prize, awarded by the Netherlands Zoological Society (NDV) (3 k€)

1996: Recipient of the prestigious 5-year PIONIER-award of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) (0,9 M€)

1998: Elected Corresponding Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union

2000: Research award from the Committee for Research and Exploration of National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., for work on shorebirds in Northwest Australia (an 8-page feature called ‘Tale of the Hot Knot’ featured the Feb. 2003 issue of National Geographic Magazine) (50 kUSD)

2001: Elected as Member of the Fryske Akademy (FrisianAcademy of Arts & Sciences), Ljouwert

2001: A new subspecies of Red Knot from the New Siberian Islands was named Calidris canutus piersmai (by P.S. Tomkovich in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 121: 257-263)

2002: Named as one of the six most promising Dutch scientists (‘Toppers met stip’) in Elsevier Magazine (16 March 2002), on the basis of citation-scores (CWTS, Leiden)

2004: Recipient of the biannual national Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs voor Natuurbehoud (Dutch Nature Conservation Award from the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund) (50 k€)

2004: Winner of the Ornithologenpreis of the German Ornithological Society

2004: Recipient of the first Luc Hoffmann Medal for Excellence in Science and Conservation, awarded by Wetlands International 2007: Elected Corresponding Member of the German Ornithological Society

2007: Elected Corresponding Member of the German Ornithological Society

2007: Subject of a Dutch National TV documentary based on a prize-winning script by Helmie Stil, called De Wereld is Plat: door de vogelkijker van Theunis Piersma (subtitled in English: The World is Flat, through the telescope of Theunis Piersma), produced by Selfmade Films, Utrecht

2009: Elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, Amsterdam)

2011: Recipient of ALW-NWO TOP-subsidie (‘Shorebirds in space’)

2014: NWO Spinoza-Award

2017: Marsh Award for International Ornithology by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

2018: Rudi Drent-leerstoel (University of Groningen, Faculty of Science and Engineering)

2014: Theunis Piersma NWO Spinoza Award

Professional productivity

(Co-)authorship of 315 ISI-recognized publications (with >7,000 citations) since 1984, 16 of which have been cited 100 times or more; current H(irsch)-index is 45

(Co-)author of 14 books, and >460 contributions to the popular press, working papers, reports and other non-peer-reviewed publications

(Co-)advisor of 25 completed PhD theses, and 18 in progress >90 invited and plenary lectures in the last decade

Editorial duties

Editor in Chief of Ardea, the scientific journal of the Netherlands Ornithologists' Union

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Linked news

Friday 28 August 2020
Red knots base migration strategy on both environment and experience
In her dissertation Why Knot? Eva Kok (NIOZ and the University of Groningen) investigates how individual red knots develop their migration strategy. Although environmental conditions play a key role in shaping individual routines, she urges not to…
Monday 08 June 2020
Flying home. Examining the role of memorized locations as motivation for migration in red knots
NIOZ biologist Eva Kok and red knot Paula met in 2016 when the bird was caught in mist nets in the Dutch Wadden Sea. Once ringed and tagged with a very small transmitter, the first of its kind, Kok followed Paula on two of her migratory journeys from…
Tuesday 17 December 2019
Catching birds at the Bijagós Archipelo in Guinea-Bissau
This story describes the first of several bird catches made by researchers from the NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Roeland Bom) and the University of Aveiro (José Alves and Afonso Rocha) in the Bijagós Archipelago between 11 and 28…
Tuesday 29 October 2019
Migratory birds are worse off in West Africa
Migratory sandpipers breeding in Greenland who choose to spend the winter in West Africa instead of elsewhere along the East Atlantic coast have a lower chance of survival, are more likely to skip their first breeding season and arrive later at their…
Thursday 18 July 2019
Grote Kanoeten gebruiken andere 'tankstations' dan eerder gedacht
Geïnspireerd door het belang van de Europese Waddenzee voor trekvogels, heeft China vorige week onderdelen van haar eigen waddenzee – in de Gele Zee - succesvol genomineerd voor de Unesco Werelderfgoedstatus. Hiermee is de lijst beschermde gebieden…
Friday 14 June 2019
No evidence for increased egg predation in the Arctic
Climate and ecosystems are changing, but predation on shorebird nests has changed little across the globe over the past 60 years, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study published in Science on 14 June 2019 challenges a recent claim…
Tuesday 11 June 2019
Trekvogel kanoet verandert wel zijn maag, niet zijn gedrag
Het gezegde dat een vos wel zijn haren maar niet zijn streken verliest, lijkt enigszins van toepassing op kanoeten, trekvogels die in voor- en najaar de Waddenzee bezoeken om zich er vol te eten. Onderling verschillen de individuele vogels vooral in…
Monday 15 October 2018
Waddenzee sleutel tot succes rosse grutto
De hoeveelheid voedsel in de Waddenzee bepaalt of rosse grutto's met succes op en neer kunnen vliegen naar hun broedgebied in Siberië. Tot die conclusie komen NIOZ-onderzoeker dr. Eldar Rakhimberdiev en collega’s in het jongste nummer van het…
Monday 08 October 2018
Wapenwedloop in 'oerwadden' in Midden-Oosten
In het Sultanaat Oman, aan de zuidoostkust van het Arabische Schiereiland, is door het Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ) voor het eerst een uitgebreide fauna-inventarisatie gemaakt. De Nederlandse bioloog Roeland Bom deed…
Monday 20 November 2017
Wild Clocks theme edition Philosophical Transactions
IMPORTANCE OF BIOLOGICAL CLOCK CAN ONLY BE SEEN IN THE WILD | The oldest scientific journal in the world, Philosophical Transactions B, is devoting a complete theme issue to new joint research in the field of chronobiology and ecology, initiated by…
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Linked blogs

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Waddentrekkers | Wadden Flyways 10
Na twee volle seizoenen met zendergegevens van rosse gruto’s blijft één beeld hangen: dit zijn vogels met haast! De vogels vliegen in één ruk van hun overwinteringsgebieden in West-Afrika naar de Waddenzee, en vervolgens ook in één ruk naar de…
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Waddentrekkers | Wadden Flyways 9
Zo heel af en toe komen er nog signalen van twee gezenderde kanoeten binnen: één vanuit de Banc d’Arguin in Mauritanië en één vanuit steeds hetzelfde plekje in het zuiden van Marokko. Onderzoeksleider Theunis Piersma is nuchter genoeg om te weten wat…
Monday 21 August 2017
Waddentrekkers | Wadden Flyways 8 | Paula is weer thuis
Er gaat niets boven een visuele waarneming. De afgelopen weken heeft de zender van kanoet Paula signalen verstuurd vanuit Canada, Groenland, het noorden van Schotland en de Duitse Waddeneilanden Sylt en Borkum. Uiteindelijk kwamen de signalen deze…
Thursday 03 August 2017
Waddentrekkers | Wadden Flyways 7
De gezenderde kanoet 'Paula' is weer 'gezien', dat wil zeggen de zender heeft weer signalen uitgezonden. Wat is er allemaal gebeurd sinds het laatste contact? | Knot 'Paula' has been 'seen' again, that is her transmitter has transmitted signals .…
Monday 26 June 2017
Waddentrekkers | Waddenflyways 6
Touch-down for bar-tailed godwit '54' - Back to what we know from previous fieldwork
Wednesday 07 June 2017
Waddentrekkers | Waddenflyways 5
Knot Paula: Ellesmere Island, touch down!
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Waddentrekkers | Waddenflyways 4
African and Arabian bar-tailed godwits cross on their way to the breeding grounds!
Friday 12 May 2017
Waddentrekkers | Waddenflyways 3
Kanoeten houden zich stil: gaat het nog goed met de zenders? | Knots off air: are transmitters OK?
Monday 01 May 2017
Waddentrekkers | Waddenflyways 2
Net gearriveerde gezenderde rosse grutto gezien bij Terschelling | Bar-tailed godwit with sat-tag spotted on arrival in Wadden Sea near Terschelling
Tuesday 18 April 2017
Waddentrekkers | Waddenflyways 1
Het nieuwe 'vogels kijken': trektocht kanoeten volgen via vederlichte satelliet-zenders op hun rug | New bird-watching: following migration of sat-tagged red knots with featherlight satellite-transmitters

NIOZ publications

  • 2020
    de Fouw, J.; van der Zee, E.M.; van Gils, J.A.; Eriksson, B.K.; Weerman, E.; Donadi, S.; van der Veer, H.W.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T.; van der Heide, T. (2020). The interactive role of predation, competition and habitat conditions in structuring an intertidal bivalve population. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 523: 151267.
    Fokkema, W.; van der Jeugd, H.P.; Lameris, T.K.; Dokter, A.M.; Ebbinge, B.S.; de Roos, A.M.; Nolet, B.A.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H. (2020). Ontogenetic niche shifts as a driver of seasonal migration. Oecologia 193(2): 285-297.
    Kok, E.M.A.; Hogan, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2020). Experimental tests of a seasonally changing visual preference for habitat in a long‐distance migratory shorebird. Ethology 126(7): 681-693.
    Muller, J.R.M.; Chan, Y.-C; Piersma, T.; Chen, Y.-P.; Aarninkhof, S.G.J.; Hassell, C.J.; Tao, J-F.; Gong, Z.; Wang, Z.B.; van Maren, D.S. (2020). Building for nature: Preserving threatened bird habitat in port design. Water 12(8): 2134.
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    Muller, J.R.M.; Chen, Y.-P.; Aarninkhof, S.G.J.; Chan, Y.-C; Piersma, T.; van Maren, D.S.; Tao, J-F.; Wang, Z.B.; Gong, Z. (2020). Ecological impact of land reclamation on Jiangsu coast (China): A novel ecotope assessment for Tongzhou Bay. Water Science and Engineering 13(1): 57-64.
    Oudman, T.; Schekkerman, H.; Kidee, A.; van Roomen, M.; Camara, M.; Smit, C.; ten Horn, J.; Piersma, T.; El-Hacen, E.-H. M. (2020). Changes in the waterbird community of the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, 1980–2017. Bird. Cons. Intern. First view: 1-16.
    Piersma, T. (2020). Book review: Incredible journeys. Exploring the wonders of animal navigation. Ardea 108(1): 106-107.
    Piersma, T.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Oudman, T. (2020). Rethinking classic starling displacement experiments: evidence for innate or for learned migratory directions? J. Avian Biol. 51(5): e02337.
    Reneerkens, J.; Versluijs, T.S.L.; Piersma, T.; Alves, J.A.; Boorman, M.; Corse, C.; Gilg, O.; Hallgrimsson, G.T.; Lang, J.; Loos, B.; Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y.; Nuoh, A.A.; Potts, P.M.; ten Horn, J.; Lok, T. (2019). Low fitness at low latitudes: Wintering in the tropics increases migratory delays and mortality rates in an Arctic breeding shorebird. J. Anim. Ecol. 89(3): 691-703.
    Van den Bremer, L.; van Turnhout, C.; Piersma, T.; Nienhuis, J.; de Jong, A. (2020). Broedprestaties van Nederlandse huiszwaluwen. Limosa (Amst.) 93: 33-34
    Verhoeven, M.A.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; McBride, A.D.; Macias, P.; Kaspersma, W.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W. ; van der Velde, E.; Both, C.; Senner, N.R.; Piersma, T. (2020). Geolocators lead to better measures of timing and renesting in black‐tailed godwits and reveal the bias of traditional observational methods. J. Avian Biol. 51(4).
    Zhu, B.-R.; Hassell, C.J.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Gunnarson, Tómas G.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W. ; Zhang, Z.; Piersma, T. (2020). Size, shape and sex differences in three subspecies of Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa. Bird Study 67(1): 45-52.
  • 2019
    Bulla, M.; Reneerkens, J.; Weiser, E.L.; Sokolov, A.; Taylor, A.R.; Sittler, B.; McCaffery, B.J.; Ruthrauff, D.R.; Catlin, D.H.; Payer, D.C.; Ward, D.H.; Solovyeva, D.V.; Santos, E.S.A.; Rakhimberdiev, E.; Nol, E.; Kwon, E.; Brown, G.S.; Gates, H.R.; Johnson, J.A.; van Gils, J.A.; Hansen, J.; Lamarre, J.-F.; Rausch, J.; Conklin, J.R.; Liebezeit, J.; Bêty, J.; Lang, J.; Alves, J.A.; Fernández-Elipe, J.; Exo, K.-M.; Bollache, L.; Bertellotti, M.; Giroux, M.-A.; van de Pol, M.; Johnson, M.; Boldenow, M.L.; Valcu, M.; Soloviev, M.Y.; Sokolova, N.; Senner, N.R.; Lecomte, N.; Meyer, N.; Schmidt, N.M.; Gilg, G.; Smith, P.A.; Machín, P.; McGuire, R.L.; Cerboncini, R.A.S.; Ottvall, R.; van Bemmelen, R.S.A.; Swift, R.J.; Saalfeld, S.T.; Jamieson, S.E.; Brown, S.; Piersma, T.; Albrecht, T.; D’Amico, V.; Lanctot, R.B.; Kempenaers, B. (2019). Comment on “Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds”. Science (Wash.) 364(6445): eaaw8529.
    Chan, Y.-C; Peng, H.-B.; Han, Y.-X.; Chung, S. S.-W.; Li, J.; Zhang, L.; Piersma, T. (2019). Conserving unprotected important coastal habitats in the Yellow Sea: Shorebird occurrence, distribution and food resources at Lianyungang. Global Ecology and Conservation 20: e00724.
    Chan, Y.-C; Tibbitts, T.L; Lok, T.; Hassell, C.J.; Peng, H.-B.; Ma, Z.; Zhang, Z.; Piersma, T. (2019). Filling knowledge gaps in a threatened shorebird flyway through satellite tracking. J. Appl. Ecol. 56(10): 2305-2315.
    Choi, C.-Y.; Peng, H.-B.; He, P.; Ren, X.-T.; Zhang, S.; Jackson, M.V.; Gan, X.; Chen, Y.; Jiaj, Y.; Christie, M.; Flaherty, T.; Leung, K.-S. K; Yu, C.; Murray, N.J.; Piersma, T.; Fuller, R.A.; Ma, Z. (2019). Where to draw the line? Using movement data to inform protected area design and conserve mobile species. Biol. Conserv. 234: 64-71.
    De Felici, L.; Piersma, T.; Howison, R.A. (2019). Abundance of arthropods as food for meadow bird chicks in response to short- and long-term soil wetting in Dutch dairy grasslands. PeerJ 7: e7401.
    El-Hacen, E.-H.M.; Bouma, T.J.; Govers, L.L.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H. (2019). Seagrass sensitivity to collapse along a hydrodynamic gradient: evidence from a pristine subtropical intertidal ecosystem. Ecosystems 22(5): 1007-1023.
    El-Hacen, E.-H.M.; Bouma, T.J.; Oomen, P.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H. (2019). Large‐scale ecosystem engineering by flamingos and fiddler crabs on West‐African intertidal flats promote joint food availability. Oikos (Kbh.) 128(5): 753-764.
    Gutiérrez; Piersma, T.; Thieltges, D.W. (2019). Micro‐ and macroparasite species richness in birds: The role of host life history and ecology. J. Anim. Ecol. 88(8): 1226-1239.
    Howison, R.A.; Belting, H.; Smart, J.; Smart, M.; Schuckard, R.; Thorup, O.; Piersma, T.; International Wader Study Group (2019). Een horizon vol weidevogels in Zuidwest-Friesland: Inzichten uit de workshop van de International Wader Study Group, 28 september 2018. International Wader Study Group, IWSG: [s.l.]. 71 pp.
    Howison, R.A.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2019). Grutto’s als indicator voor veranderingen in landgebruik in de Sahel. Limosa (Amst.) 92: 154-163
    Kok, E.M.A.; Burant, J.B.; Dekinga, A.; Manche, P.; Saintonge, D.; Piersma, T.; Mathot, K.J. (2019). Within-individual canalization contributes to age-related increases in trait repeatability: a longitudinal experiment in red knots. American Naturalist 194(4).
    Lok, T.; Hassell, C.J.; Piersma, T.; Pradel, R.; Gimenez, O. (2019). Accounting for heterogeneity when estimating stopover duration, timing and population size of red knots along the Luannan Coast of Bohai Bay, China. Ecol. Evol. 9(11): 6176-6188.
    Loonstra, A.H.J.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Senner, N.R.; Both, C.; Piersma, T. (2019). Adverse wind conditions during northward Sahara crossings increase the in‐flight mortality of Black‐tailed Godwits. Ecol. Lett. 22(12): 2060-2066.
    Loonstra, A.H.J.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Senner, N.R.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W. ; Piersma, T.; Kentie, R. (2019). Natal habitat and sex-specific survival rates result in a male-biased adult sex ratio. Behav. Ecol. 30(3): 843-851.
    Loonstra, A.H.J.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Zbyryt, A.; Schaaf, E.; Both, C.; Piersma, T. (2019). Individual Black-tailed Godwits do not stick to single routes: a hypothesis on how low population densities might decrease social conformity. Ardea 107(3): 251-261.
    Mathot, K.J.; Kok, E.M.A.; Burant, J.B.; Dekinga, A.; Manche, P.; Saintonge, D.; Piersma, T. (2019). Evolutionary design of a flexible, seasonally migratory, avian phenotype: why trade gizzard mass against pectoral muscle mass? Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 286(1903): 20190518.
    Onrust, J.; Hobma, S.; Piersma, T. (2019). Determining the availability of earthworms for visually hunting predators. Wildlife Soc. Bull. 43(4): 745-751.
    Onrust, J.; Piersma, T. (2019). How dairy farmers manage the interactions between organic fertilizers and earthworm ecotypes and their predators. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 273: 80-85.
    Onrust, J.; Wymenga, E.; Piersma, T. (2019). Rode regenwormen: sleutelspelers voor boerenlandbiodiversiteit. Levende Nat. 120(4): 144-148
    Onrust, J.; Wymenga, E.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H. (2019). Earthworm activity and availability for meadow birds is restricted in intensively managed grasslands. J. Appl. Ecol. 56(6): 1333-1342.
    Piersma, T. (2019). Ornithology from the flatlands. Seasonal selective forces and innovations in bird migration. Ardea 17(2): 115-117.
    Piersma, T. (2019). Wer wachtsje wy op? Alde arguminten foar nij buorkjen, in: Kooistra, L. De Fryske utopy. pp. 94-104
    Piersma, T. (2019). Waddenwetenschap: zouden we iets van onze waddennatuur moeten weten dan?, in: Eenhoorn, B. Het Waddengebied bij nader inzien. pp. 67-90
    Piersma, T. (2019). Waar wachten wij op? Oude argumenten voor nieuw boeren, in: Kooistra, L. De Friese utopie. pp. 95-105
    Senner, N.R.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Abad-Gómez, J.M.; Alves, J.A.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W. ; Howison, R.A.; Kentie, R.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Masero, J.A.; Rocha, A.; Stager, M; Piersma, T. (2019). High migratory survival and highly variable migratory behavior in black-tailed godwits. Ecol. Evol. 7: 96.
    van der Geest, M.; van der Lely, J.A.C.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T.; Lok, T. (2019). Density-dependent growth of bivalves dominating the intertidal zone of Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania: importance of feeding mode, habitat and season. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 610: 51-63.
    van der Winden, J.; Hogeweg, N.; Shamoun-Baranes, J.; Piersma, T. (2019). Sex-related migration distances in the dimorphic Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding in The Netherlands. Ardea 107(3): 283-290.
    Verhoeven, M.A.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; McBride, A.D.; Tinbergen, J.M.; Kentie, R.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Both, C.; Senner, N.R.; Piersma, T. (2019). Variation in egg size of Black-tailed Godwits. Ardea 107(3): 291-302.
    Verhoeven, M.A.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Senner, N.R.; McBride, A.D.; Both, C.; Piersma, T. (2019). Variation from an unknown source: large inter-individual differences in migrating black-tailed godwits. Front. Ecol. Evol. 7: 31.
    Zhang, S.-D; Ma, Z.; Choi, C.-Y.; Peng, H.-B.; Melville, D.S.; Zhao, T.-T.; Bai, Q.-Q.; Liu, W.-L.; Chan, Y.-C; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2019). Morphological and digestive adjustments buffer performance: how staging shorebirds cope with severe food declines. Ecol. Evol. 9(7): 3868-3878.
    Zhang, S.-D; Ma, Z.; Feng, C.-C.; Melville, D.S.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2019). Individual diet differences in a molluscivore shorebird are associated with the size of body instruments for internal processing rather than for feeding. J. Avian Biol. 50(10).
  • 2018
    Bom, R.A.; de Fouw, J; Klaassen, R.H.G.; Piersma, T.; Lavaleye, M.S.S.; Ens, B.J.; Oudman, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2018). Food web consequences of an evolutionary arms race: Molluscs subject to crab predation on intertidal mudflats in Oman are unavailable to shorebirds. J. Biogeogr. 45(2): 342-354.
    El-Hacen, E.-H.M.; Bouma, T.J.; Fivash, G.S.; Sall, A.A.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H.; Govers, L. (2018). Evidence for ‘critical slowing down’ in seagrass: a stress gradient experiment at the southern limit of its range. NPG Scientific Reports 8(1): 17263.
    Hassell, C.; Boyle, A.; Slaymaker, M.; Piersma, T. (2018). Red Knot Northward Migration Through Bohai Bay, China, Field Trip Report April - June 2018. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 41 pp.
    Howison, R.A.; Piersma, T.; Kentie, R.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Olff, H. (2018). Quantifying landscape-level land-use intensity patterns through radar-based remote sensing. J. Appl. Ecol. 55(3): 1276-1287.
    Jouta, J.; de Goeij, P.; Lok, T.; Velilla, E.; Camphuysen, C.J.; Leopold, M.; van der Veer, H.W.; Olff, H.; Overdijk, O.; Piersma, T. (2018). Unexpected dietary preferences of Eurasian Spoonbills in the Dutch Wadden Sea: spoonbills mainly feed on small fish not shrimp. J. Ornithol. 159(3): 839-849.
    Karagicheva, J.; Rakhimberdiev, E.; Saveliev, A.; Piersma, T. (2018). Annual chronotypes functionally link life histories and life cycles in birds. Funct. Ecol. 32(10): 2369-2379.
    Kentie, R.; Coulson, T.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W. ; Howison, R.A.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Both, C.; Piersma, T. (2018). Warming springs and habitat alteration interact to impact timing of breeding and population dynamics in a migratory bird. Glob. Chang. Biol. 24(11): 5292-5303.
    Lei, W.; Masero, J.A.; Piersma, T.; Zhu, B.; Yang, H.-Y.; Zhang, Z. (2018). Alternative habitat: the importance of the Nanpu Saltpans for migratory waterbirds in the Chinese Yellow Sea. Bird. Cons. Intern. 28(4): 549-566.
    Loonstra, A.H.J.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Piersma, T. (2018). Sex-specific growth in chicks of the sexually dimorphic Black-tailed Godwit. Ibis 160(1): 89-100.
    Marquez-Ferrando, R.; Remisiewicz, M.; Masero, J.A.; Kentie, R.; Senner, N.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Pardal, S.; Sarasa, M.; Piersma, T.; Figuerola, J. (2018). Primary moult of continental Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa limosa in the Doñana wetlands, Spain. Bird Study 56(1): 132-139.
    Mathot, K.J.; Piersma, T.; Elner, R.W. (2018). Shorebirds as integrators and indicators of mudflat ecology, in: Beninger, P.G. Mudflat ecology. Aquatic Ecology Series, 7: pp. 309-338.
    Oudman, T.; Piersma, T. (2018). De ontsnapping van de natuur : Een nieuwe kijk op kennis. Athenaeum: Amsterdam. ISBN 9789025308438. 256 pp.
    Oudman, T.; Piersma, T.; Ahmedou Salem, M.V.; Feis, M.E.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; ten Horn, J.; van Gils, J.A.; Bijleveld, A.I. (2018). Resource landscapes explain contrasting patterns of aggregation and site fidelity by red knots at two wintering sites. Movement Ecology 6(24).
    Piersma, T. (2018). Ornithology from the flatlands: the logic to questions about birds (and other topics). Ardea 106(1): 1-3.
    Rakhimberdiev, E.; Duijns, S.; Karagicheva, J.; Camphuysen, C.J.; VRS Castricum; Dekinga, A.; Dekker, R.; Gavrilov, A.; ten Horn, J.; Jukema, J.; Saveliev, A.; Soloviev, M.Y.; Tibbitts, T.L.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2018). Fuelling conditions at staging sites can mitigate Arctic warming effects in a migratory bird. Nature Comm. 9: 4263.
    Ruthrauff, D.R.; Dekinga, A.; Gill, R.E.; Piersma, T. (2018). Energetic solutions of Rock Sandpipers to harsh winter conditions rely on prey quality. Ibis 160(2): 397-412.
    Schmaltz, L.E.; Jelle Loonstra, A.H.; Wymenga, E.; Hobson, K.A.; Piersma, T. (2018). Quantifying the non-breeding provenance of staging Ruffs, Philomachus pugnax, using stable isotope analysis of different tissues. J. Ornithol. 159(1): 191-203.
    Senner, N.R.; Stager, M; Verhoeven, M.A.; Cheviron, Z.A.; Piersma, T.; Bouten, W. (2018). High-altitude shorebird migration in the absence of topographical barriers: avoiding high air temperatures and searching for profitable winds. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 285(1881): 20180569.
    Verhoeven, M.A.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Masero, J.A.; Piersma, T.; Senner, N.R. (2018). Generational shift in spring staging site use by a long-distance migratory bird. Biol. Lett. 14(2): 20170663.
    Zhang, S.-D.; Ma, Z.; Choi, C.-Y.; Peng, H.-B.; Bai, Q.-Q.; Liu, W.-L.; Tan, K.; Melville, D.S.; He, P.; Chan, Y.-C; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2018). Persistent use of a shorebird staging site in the Yellow Sea despite severe declines in food resources implies a lack of alternatives. Bird. Cons. Intern. 28(4): 534-548.
  • 2017
    Bos, D.; Kentie, R.; Hoekstra, G.; van der Heide, Y.; Wymenga, E.; Hoekema, F; Hooijmeijer, J.; Piersma, T. (2017). Effecten van habitatverlies op grutto en andere weidevogels. Levende Nat. 118(2): 40-46
    Brandsma, O.H.; Kentie, R.; Piersma, T. (2017). Why did Lapwings Vanellus vanellus in managed habitat advance egg laying during a period without warming early springs? Ardea 105(1): 19-26.
    Bulla, M.; Oudman, T.; Bijleveld, A.I.; Piersma, T.; Kyriacou, C.P. (2017). Marine biorhythms : bridging chronobiology and ecology. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. (B Biol. Sci.) 372(1734): 20160253.
    Christianen, M.J.A.; Middelburg, J.J.; Holthuijsen, S.J.; Jouta, J.; Compton, T.J.; van der Heide, T.; Piersma, T.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; van der Veer, H.W.; Schouten, S.; Olff, H. (2017). Benthic primary producers are key to sustain the Wadden Sea food web: stable carbon isotope analysis at landscape scale. Ecology 98(6): 1498-1512.
    Compton, T.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Mulder, M.; van Arkel, M.; Kleine Schaars, L.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; ten Horn, J.; Luttikhuizen, P.C.; Van der Meer, J.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H.W. (2017). Shifting baselines in the Ems Dollard estuary : A comparison across three decades reveals changing benthic communities. J. Sea Res. 127: 119-132.
    Conklin, J.R.; Senner, N.R.; Battley, P.F.; Piersma, T. (2017). Extreme migration and the individual quality spectrum. J. Avian Biol. 48(1): 19–36.
    Eriksson, B.K.; Westra, J.; van Gerwen, I.; Weerman, E.; van der Zee, E.; van der Heide, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T.; Donadi, S. (2017). Facilitation by ecosystem engineers enhances nutrient effects in an intertidal system. Ecosphere 8(12): e02051.
    Folmer, E.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Van der Meer, J.; Mosk, D.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H. (2017). Species Distribution Models of Intertidal Benthos : Tools for Assessing the Impact of Physical and Morphological Drivers on Benthos and Birds in the Wadden Sea. NIOZ-rapport, 2017(3). NIOZ: Texel. 114 pp.
    Gutiérrez, J.S.; Rakhimberdiev, E.; Piersma, T.; Thieltges, D.W. (2017). Migration and parasitism: habitat use, not migration distance, influences helminth species richness in Charadriiform birds. J. Biogeogr. 44(5): 1137-1147.
    Helm, B.; Visser, M.E.; Schwartz, W.; Kronfeld-Schor, N.; Gerkema, M.; Piersma, T.; Bloch, G. (2017). Two sides of a coin: ecological and chronobiological perspectives of timing in the wild. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 372(1734): 20160246.
    Jouta, J.; Dietz, M.W.; Reneerkens, J.; Piersma, T.; Rakhimberdiev, E.; Hallgrimsson, G.T.; Pen, I. (2017). Ecological forensics: using single point stable isotope values to infer seasonal schedules of animals after two diet switches. Methods Ecol. Evol. 8: 492-500.
    Kentie, R.; Marquez-Ferrando, R.; Figuerola, J.; Gangoso, L.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Robin, F.; Sarasa, M.; Senner, N.; Valkema, H.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Piersma, T. (2017). Does wintering north or south of the Sahara correlate with timing and breeding performance in black-tailed godwits? Ecol. Evol. 7(8): 2812-2820. 10.1002/ece3.2879
    Lok, T.; Veldhoen, L.; Overdijk, O.; Tinbergen, J.M.; Piersma, T. (2017). An age-dependent fitness cost of migration? Old trans-Saharan migrating spoonbills breed later than those staying in Europe, and late breeders have lower recruitment. J. Anim. Ecol. 86(5): 998-1009.
    Lourenço, P.M.; Catry, T.; Lopes, R.J.; Piersma, T.; Granadeiro, J.P. (2017). Invisible trophic links? Quantifying the importance of non-standard food sources for key intertidal avian predators in the Eastern Atlantic. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 563: 219–232.
    Masero, J.A.; Abad-Gómez, J.M.; Gutiérrez, J.S.; Santiago-Quesada, F.; Senner, N.R.; Sánchez-Guzmán, J.M.; Piersma, T.; Schroeder, J.; Amat, J.A.; Villegas, A. (2017). Wetland salinity induces sex-dependent carry-over effects on the individual performance of a long-distance migrant. NPG Scientific Reports 7(1): 6867.
    Mathot, K.J.; Dekinga, A.; Piersma, T. (2017). An experimental test of state–behaviour feedbacks: gizzard mass and foraging behaviour in red knots. Funct. Ecol. 31(5): 1111-1121.
    Onrust, J.; Loonstra, A.H.J.; Schmaltz, L.E.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2017). Detection of earthworm prey by Ruff Philomachus pugnax. Ibis 159(3): 647-656.
    Onrust, J.; Piersma, T. (2017). The Hungry Worm Feeds the Bird. Ardea 105(2): 153-161.
    Oudman, T.; de Goeij, P.; Piersma, T.; Lok, T. (2017). Colony-breeding Eurasian spoonbills in the Netherlands: local limits to population growth with expansion into new areas. Ardea 105(2): 113-124.
    Pearce-Higgins, J.W.; Brown, D.J.; Douglas, D.J.T.; Alves, J.A.; Bellio, M.; Bocher, P.; Buchanan, G.M.; Clay, R.P.; Conklin, J.; Crockford, N.; Dann, P.; Elts, J.; Friis, C.; Fuller, R.A.; Gill, J.A.; Gosbell, K.; Johnson, J.A.; Marquez-Ferrando, R.; Masero, J.A.; Merlville, D.S.; Millington, S.; Minton, C.; Mundkur, T.; Nol, E.; Pehlak, H.; Piersma, T.; Robin, F.; Rogers, D.I.; Ruthrauff, D.R.; Senner, N.R.; Shah, J.N.; Sheldon, R.D.; Soloviev, S.A.; Tomkovich, P.S.; Verkuil, Y.I. (2017). A global threats overview for Numeniini populations: synthesising expert knowledge for a group of declining migratory birds. Bird. Cons. Intern. 27(1): 6-34.
    Piersma, T. (2017). Wat vertellen trekvogels ons over de staat van het klimaat?, in: de Graaf, B. et al. Hoe zwaar is licht : meer dan 100 dringende vragen aan de wetenschap. pp. 230-232
    Piersma, T. (2017). Book review. Herbert H.H.T & Namgail T. (eds) 2017 Bird migration across the Himalayas: Wetland functioning amidst mountains and glaciers. Ardea 105(2): 171-172
    Piersma, T. (2017). Book review. Prum R.O. 2017 The evolution of beauty: How Darwin’s forgotten theory of mate choice shapes the animal world – and us. Ardea 105(2): 169-170
    Piersma, T.; Chan, Y.-C; Mu, T.; Hassell, C.J.; Melville, D.S.; Peng, H.-B.; Ma, Z.; Zhang, Z.; Wilcove, D.S. (2017). Loss of habitat leads to loss of birds: reflections on the Jiangsu, China, coastal development plans. Wader Study 124(2): 93-98.
    Rakhimberdiev, E.; Saveliev, A.; Piersma, T.; Karagicheva, J. (2017). FLightR: an r package for reconstructing animal paths from solar geolocation loggers. Methods Ecol. Evol. 8(11): 1482-1487.
    van den Hout, P.J.; Piersma, T.; ten Horn, J.; Spaans, B.; Lok, T. (2017). Individual shifts toward safety explain age-related foraging distribution in a gregarious shorebird. Behav. Ecol. 28(2): 419-428.
    van der Velde, M.; Haddrath, O.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Baker, A.J.; Piersma, T. (2017). New primers for molecular sex identification of waders. Wader Study 124(2): 147-151.
    Vézina, F.; Gerson, A.R.; Guglielmo, C.G.; Piersma, T. (2017). The performing animal: causes and consequences of body remodeling and metabolic adjustments in red knots facing contrasting thermal environments. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology 313(2): R120-R131.
  • 2016
    Bijleveld, A.I.; MacCurdy, R.B.; Chan, Y.-C; Penning, E.; Gabrielson, R.M.; Cluderay, J.; Spaulding, E.L.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Ten Horn, J.; Brugge, M.; van Gils, J.A.; Winkler, D.W.; Piersma, T. (2016). Understanding spatial distributions: negative density-dependence in prey causes predators to trade-off prey quantity with quality. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 283: 1828.
    Buiter, R.; Govers, L.; Piersma, T.; Metawad Team (2016). Knooppunt Waddenzee. Metawad/NIOZ: Assen. ISBN 978-90-5615-378-6. 141 pp.
    Bulla, M.; Valcu, M.; Dokter, A.M.; Dondua, A.G.; Kosztolányi, A.; Rutten, A.L.; Helm, B.; Sandercock, B.K.; Casler, B.; Ens, B.J.; Spiegel, C.S.; Hassell, C.J.; Küpper, C.; Minton, C.; Burgas, D.; Lank, D.B.; Payer, D.C.; Loktionov, E.Y.; Nol, E.; Kwon, E.; Smith, F.; Gates, H.R.; Vitnerová, H.; Prüter, H.; Johnson, J.A.; St Clair, J.J.H.; Lamarre, J.-F.; Rausch, J.; Reneerkens, J.; Conklin, J.R.; Burger, J.; Liebezeit, J.; Bêty, J.; Coleman, J.T.; Figuerola, J.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Alves, J.A.; Smith, J.A.M.; Weidinger, K.; Koivula, K.; Gosbell, K.; Exo, K.-M.; Niles, L.; Koloski, L.; McKinnon, L.; Praus, L.; Klaassen, M.; Giroux, M.-A.; Sládecek, M.; Boldenow, M.L.; Goldstein, M.I.; Šálek, M.; Senner, N.R.; Rönkä, N.; Lecomte, N.; Gilg, O.; Vincze, O.; Johnson, O.W.; Smith, P.A.; Woodard, P.F.; Tomkovich, P.S.; Battley, P.; Bentzen, R.; Lanctot, R.B.; Porter, R.; Saalfeld, S.T.; Freeman, S.; Brown, S.C.; Yezerinac, S.; Székely, T.; Montalvo, T.; Piersma, T.; Loverti, V.; Pakanen, V.-M.; Tijsen, W.; Kempenaers, B. (2016). Unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds. Nature (Lond.) 540(7631): 109-113.
    Catry, T.; Lourenco, P.M.; Lopes, R.J.; Bocher, P.; Carneiro, C.; Alves, J.A.; Delaporte, P.; Bearhop, S.; Piersma, T.; Granadeiro, J.P. (2016). Use of stable isotope fingerprints to assign wintering origin and trace shorebird movements along the East Atlantic Flyway. Basic appl. ecol. (Print) 17(2): 177-187.
    Catry, T.; Lourenco, P.M.; Lopes, R.J.; Carneiro, C.; Alves, J.A.; Costa, J.; Rguibi-Idrissi, H.; Bearhop, S.; Piersma, T.; Granadeiro, J.P. (2016). Structure and functioning of intertidal food webs along an avian flyway: a omparative approach using stable isotopes. Funct. Ecol. 30(3): 468–478.
    Chan, Y.-C; Brugge, M.; Tibbitts, T.L.; Dekinga, A.; Porter, R.; Klaassen, R.H.G.; Piersma, T. (2016). Testing an attachment method for solar-powered tracking devices on a long-distance migrating shorebird. J. Ornithol. 157: 277–287.
    Compton, T.J.; Bodnar, W.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Ten Horn, J.; McSweeney, N.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2016). Burrowing Behavior of a Deposit Feeding Bivalve Predicts Change in Intertidal Ecosystem State. Front. Ecol. Evol. 4: 19.
    Conklin, J.R.; Lok, T.; Melville, D.S.; Riegen, A.C.; Schuckard, R.; Piersma, T.; Battley, P.F. (2016). Declining adult survival of New Zealand Bar-tailed Godwits during 2005–2012 despite apparent population stability. Emu 116: 147-157.
    Conklin, J.R.; Reneerkens, J.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Tomkovich, P.S.; Palsbøll, P.J.; Piersma, T. (2016). Low genetic differentiation between Greenlandic and Siberian Sanderling populations implies a different phylogeographic history than found in Red Knots. J. Ornithol. 157: 325–332.
    de Fouw, J.; Govers, L.; van de Koppel, J.; van Belzen, J.; Dorigo, W.; Sidi Cheikh, M.A.; Christianen, M.J.A.; van der Reijden, K.J.; van der Geest, M.; Piersma, T.; Smolders, A.J.P.; Olff, H.; Lamers, L.P.M.; van Gils, J.A.; van der Heide, T. (2016). Drought, mutualism breakdown, and landscape-scale degradation of seagrass beds. Curr. Biol. 26(8): 1051-1056.
    de Fouw, J.; van der Heide, T.; Oudman, T.; Maas, L.R.M.; Piersma, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2016). Structurally complex sea grass obstructs the sixth sense of a specialized avian molluscivore. Anim. Behav. 115: 55-67.
    Gutiérrez, J.S.; Piersma, T. (2016). Ecological context determines the choice between prey of different salinities. Behav. Ecol. 27(2): 530-537.
    Hassell, C.; Boyle, A.; Loos, B.; Piersma, T. (2016). Red Knot Northward Migration Through Bohai Bay, China, Field Trip Report April - June 2016. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 35 pp.
    Karagicheva, J.; Rakhimberdiev, E.; Dekinga, A.; Brugge, M.; Koolhaas, A.; Ten Horn, J.; Piersma, T. (2016). Seasonal Time Keeping in a Long-Distance Migrating Shorebird. J. Biol. Rhythms 31(5): 509 –521.
    Kentie, R.; Senner, N.R.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Márquez-Fernando, R.; Figuerola, J.; Masero, J.A.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Piersma, T. (2016). Estimating the size of the Dutch breeding population of Continental Black-tailed Godwits from 2007–2015 using resighting data from spring staging sites. Ardea 104(3): 213-225.
    Küpper, C.; Stocks, M.; Risse, J.E.; dos Remedios, N.; Farrell, L.; McRae, S.B.; Morgan, T.C.; Karlionova, N.; Pinchuk, P.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Kitaysky, A.S.; Wingfield, J.C.; Piersma, T.; Zeng, K.; Slate, J.; Blaxter, M.; Lank, D.B.; Burke, T. (2016). A supergene determines highly divergent male reproductive morphs in the ruff. Nature Gen. 48(1): 79–83.
    Liu, Q-X; Rietkerk, M.; Herman, P.M.J.; Piersma, T.; Fryxell, J.M.; van de Koppel, J. (2016). Phase separation driven by density-dependent movement: A novel mechanism for ecological patter. Physics of Life Reviews 19: 107-121.
    Liu, Q-X; Rietkerk, M.; Herman, P.M.J.; Piersma, T.; Fryxell, J.M.; van de Koppel, J. (2016). Bridging physics and biology Reply to comments on “Phase separation driven by density-dependent movement: A novel mechanism for ecological patterns”. Physics of Life Reviews 19: 142-146.
    Loonstra, A.H.J.; Piersma, T.; Reneerkens, J. (2016). Staging duration and passage population size of Sanderlings in the western Dutch Wadden Sea. Ardea 104(1): 49-62.
    Lourenço, P.M.; Catry, T.; Piersma, T.; Granadeiro, J.P. (2016). Comparative Feeding Ecology of Shorebirds Wintering at Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania. Est. Coast. 39(3): 855-865.
    Oudman, T.; Bijleveld, A.I.; Kavelaars, M.M.; Dekinga, A.; Cluderay, J.; Piersma, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2016). Diet preferences as the cause of individual differences rather than the consequence. J. Anim. Ecol. 85(5): 1378-1388.
    Piersma, T. (2016). Lân fan langstme = Land van verlangen = Land of longing, in: Gerlsma , A. Bisten en blommen. pp. 8-15
    Piersma, T. (2016). Book review. Davies N. 2015. Cuckoo. Cheating by Nature. Ardea 104(1): 101-102
    Piersma, T. (2016). Cultuurnatuur tussen wal en schip, in: Grooten, M.[s.d.] De Steen in de Vijver: tien jaar passie voor natuur en debat: uitgave ter gelegenheid van het afscheid van Johan van de Gronden als directeur van het Wereld Natuur Fonds. pp. 19-29
    Piersma, T. (2016). Guests of Summer: a House Martin love story. British Trust for Ornithology: Thetford. 115 pp.
    Piersma, T. (2016). Marathon Migrants. Utjouwerij Bornmeer: Gorredijk. ISBN 9789056153793. 208 pp.
    Piersma, T. (2016). Reisvogels: ode aan de vogels die plaatsen en mensen wereldwijd verbinden. 20 Leafdesdichten BV: Bornmeer. ISBN 9789056153816. 208 pp.
    Piersma, T. (2016). Ornithology from the flatlands : did mammalian predators kill the gnomes too? (forget Mars). Ardea 104(3): 195-197.
    Piersma, T.; Lok, T.; Chen, Y.; Hassell, C.J.; Yang, H.-Y.; Boyle, A.; Slaymaker, M.; Chan, Y.-C; Melville, D.S.; Zhang, Z.W.; Ma, Z. (2016). Simultaneous declines in summer survival of three shorebird species signals a flyway at risk. J. Appl. Ecol. 53: 479-490.
    Piersma, T.; Pearson, G.; Lavaleye, M.S.S.; Hickey, R.; Rogers, D.I.; Holthuijsen, S.; Marin-Estrella, S.; de Goeij, P.; Findlay, N.; Storey, A.W. (2016). Anna Plains and Roebuck Bay Benthic Invertebrate Mapping 2016: AnnRoeBIM16, Field Report. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 96 pp.
    Piersma, T.; Waal, J.; van Ommen, E. (2016). Rosse grutto. Noorderbreedte 2016(2): 37-38
    Piersma, T.; Waal, J.; van Ommen, E. (2016). Huismus. Noorderbreedte 40(1): 19-21
    Rakhimberdiev, E.; Senner, N.R.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Winkler, D.W.; Bouten, W.; Piersma, T. (2016). Comparing inferences of solar geolocation data against high-precision GPS data: annual movements of a double-tagged black-tailed godwit. J. Avian Biol. 47: 589–596.
    Reneerkens, J.; Schmidt, N.M.; Gilg, O.; Hansen, J.; Hansen, L.H.; Moreau, J.; Piersma, T. (2016). Effects of food abundance and early clutch predation on reproductive timing in a high Arctic shorebird exposed to advancements in arthropod abundance. Ecol. Evol. 6(20): 7375–7386.
    Schmaltz, L.E.; Vega, M.L.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2016). Use of agricultural fields by Ruffs staging in southwest Friesland in 2003–2013. Ardea 104(1): 23-32.
    Van der Zee, E.M.; Angelini, C.; Govers, L.; Christianen, M.J.A.; Altieri, A.H.; van der Reijden, K.J.; Silliman, B.R.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Geest, M.; van Gils, J.A.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T.; de Ruiter, P.C.; Olff, H.; van der Heide, T. (2016). How habitat-modifying organisms structure the food web of two coastal ecosystems. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 283(1826): 20152326.
    van Gils, J.A.; Lisovski, S.; Lok, T.; Meissner, W.; Ozarowska, A.; de Fouw, J.; Rakhimberdiev, E.; Soloviev, M.Y.; Piersma, T.; Klaassen, M. (2016). Body shrinkage due to Arctic warming reduces red knot fitness in tropical wintering range. Science (Wash.) 352(6287): 819-821.
    Verhoeven, M.A.; Van Eerbeek, J.; Hassell, C.J.; Piersma, T. (2016). Fuelling and moult in Red Knots before northward departure: a visual evaluation of differences between ages, sexes and subspecies. Emu 116: 158-167.
    Verkuil, Y.I.; Piersma, T. (2016). Genetische ‘ongelukjes’ verklaren het ontstaan van drie typen mannen bij Kemphanen. Limosa (Amst.) 89: 154-162
    Yang, H-Y; Chen, B.; Piersma, T.; Zhang, Z.; Ding, C. (2016). Molluscs of an intertidal soft-sediment area in China: Does overfishing explain a high density but low diversity community that benefits staging shorebirds? J. Sea Res. 109: 20-28.
  • 2015
    Bijleveld, A.I.; Twietmeyer, S.; Piechocki, J.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2015). Natural selection by pulsed predation: survival of the thickest. Ecology 96(7): 1943-1956.
    Bijleveld, A.I.; van Gils, J.A.; Jouta, J.; Piersma, T. (2015). Benefits of foraging in small groups: An experimental study on public information use in red knots Calidris canutus. Behav. Process. 117: 74-81.
    Dietz, M.W.; Rogers, K.G.; Gutiérrez, J.S.; Piersma, T. (2015). Body mass and latitude both correlate with primary moult duration in shorebirds. Ibis 157: 147-153.
    Donadi, S.; van der Heide, T.; Piersma, T.; van der Zee, E.M.; Weerman, E.J.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Devine, C.; Hernawan, U. E.; Boers, M.; Planthof, L.; Eriksson, B.K. (2015). Multi-scale habitat modification by coexisting ecosystem engineers drives spatial separation of macrobenthic functional groups. Oikos (Kbh.) 124: 1502–1510.
    Duijns, S.; Knot, I.E.; Piersma, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2015). Field measurements give biased estimates of functional response parameters, but help explain foraging distributions. J. Anim. Ecol. 84(2): 565–575.
    Duijns, S.; van Gils, J.A.; Smart, J.; Piersma, T. (2015). Phenotype-limited distributions: short-billed birds move away during times that prey bury deeply. Royal Society Open Science 2: 1-11.
    Grond, K.; Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y.; Piersma, T.; Reneerkens, J. (2015). Prey type and foraging ecology of Sanderlings Calidris alba in differentclimate zones: are tropical areas more favourable than temperate sites? PeerJ 3: e1125.
    Gutiérrez, J.S.; Soriano-Redondo, A.; Dekinga, A.; Villegas, A.; Masero, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2015). How salinity and temperature combine to affect physiological state and performance in red knots with contrasting non-breeding environments. Oecologia 178(4): 1077-1091.
    Hickey, R.J.; Pearson, G.B.; Piersma, T. (2015). Advances in large-scale mudflat surveying: The Roebuck Bay and Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia examples, in: Finkl, C.W. et al. (Ed.) Environmental management and governance: Advances in coastal and marine resources. Coastal Research Library, 8: pp. 275-289.
    Jukema, J.; Van Rhijn, J.G.; Piersma, T. (2015). Geographic variation in morphometrics, molt, and migration suggests ongoing subspeciation in Pacific Golden-Plovers (Pluvialis fulva). The Auk 132(3): 647-656.
    Kentie, R.; Both, C.; Hooijmeijer, C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2015). Management of modern agricultural landscapes increases nest predation rates in Black-tailed Godwits Limosa Limosa. Ibis 157: 416-425.
    Lok, T.; Overdijk, O.; Piersma, T. (2015). The cost of migration: spoonbills suffer higher mortality during trans-Saharan spring migrations only. Biol. Lett. 11(1): 0140944.
    Lourenço, P.M.; Piersma, T. (2015). Migration distance and breeding latitude correlate with the scheduling of pre-alternate body moult: a comparison among migratory waders. J. Ornithol. 156: 657-665.
    Piersma, T. (2015). Book review : Animal Movement Across Scales, Lars-Anders Hansson, Susanne Åkesson (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K. (2014). Anim. Behav. 102: 39.
    Piersma, T. (2015). Red Knots and the Red Square: a perspective article. Wader Study Group Bull. 122(3): 169-170
    Piersma, T. (2015). Fuut. Noorderbreedte 39(3): 27-29
    Piersma, T. (2015). Book review. Avery M. 2014. A Message from Martha. Ardea 103(2): 189-196.
    Piersma, T. (2015). Ornithology from the flatlands contributing to larger intellectual frameworks. Ardea 103(2): 97-98
    Piersma, T. (2015). Voorwoord Vloeiend landschap, in: de Ruyter, P. Vloeiend landschap: Over de toekomst van het Friese landschap. pp. 6-7
    Piersma, T. (2015). Book review: The Social Life of Greylag Geese. Patterns, Mechanisms and Evolutionary Function in an Avian Model System. Ibis 157: 895–908
    Rakhimberdiev, E.; Winkler, D.W.; Bridge, E.; Seavy, N.E.; Sheldon, D.; Piersma, T.; Saveliev, A. (2015). A hidden Markov model for reconstructing animal paths from solar geolocation loggers using templates for light intensity. Movement Ecology 3: 1-15.
    Rakhimberdiev, E.N.; van den Hout, P.J.; Brugge, M.; Spaans, B.; Piersma, T. (2015). Seasonal mortality and sequential density dependence in a migratory bird. J. Avian Biol. 46: 332-341.
    Ruthrauff, D.R.; Dekinga, A.; Gill, R.E.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2015). Ways to be different: foraging adaptations that facilitate higher intake rates in a northerly wintering shorebird compared with a low-latitude conspecific. J. Exp. Biol. 218: 1188-1197.
    Schmaltz, L.E.; Juillet, C.; Tinbergen, J.M.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2015). Apparent annual survival of staging ruffs during a period of population decline: insights from sex and site-use related differences. Popul. Ecol. 57(4): 613-624.
    Senner, N.R.; Conklin, J.R.; Piersma, T. (2015). An ontogenetic perspective on individual differences. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 282: 20151050.
    Senner, N.R.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Abad-Gómez, J.; Gutiérrez, J.S.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Kentie, R.; Masero, J.A.; Tibbitts, T.L; Piersma, T. (2015). When Siberia came to the Netherlands: the response of continental black-tailed godwits to a rare spring weather event. J. Anim. Ecol. 84: 1164-1176.
    Senner, N.R.; Verhoeven, M.A.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2015). Just when you thought you knew it all: new evidence for flexible breedingpatterns in Continental Black-tailed Godwits. Wader Study Group Bull. 122(1): 21-27.
    van der Zee, E.M.; Tielens, E.; Holthuijsen, S.; Donadi, S.; Eriksson, B.K.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H.; van der Heide, T. (2015). Habitat modification drives benthic trophic diversity in an intertidal soft-bottom ecosystem. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 465: 41–48.
    van Gils, J.A.; van der Geest, M.; De Meulenaer, B.; Gillis, H.; Piersma, T.; Folmer, E.O. (2015). Moving on with foraging theory: incorporating movement decisions into the functional response of a gregarious shorebird. J. Anim. Ecol. 84(2): 554–564.
  • 2014
    Ahmedou Salem, M.V.; van der Geest, M.; Piersma, T.; Saoud, Y.; van Gils, J.A. (2014). Seasonal changes in mollusc abundance in a tropical intertidal ecosystem, Banc d'Arguin (Mauritania): Testing the 'depletion by shorebirds' hypothesis. Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 136: 26-34.
    Bijleveld, A.I.; Massourakis, G.; van der Marel, A.; Dekinga, A.; Spaans, B.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2014). Personality drives physiological adjustments and is not related to survival. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 281: 20133135.
    Bom, R.A.; Bouten, W.; Piersma, T.; Oosterbeek, K.; van Gils, J.A. (2014). Optimizing acceleration-based ethograms: the use of variable-time versus fixed-time segmentation. Movement Ecology 2(6): 1-8.
    Donadi, S.; van der Zee, E.M.; van der Heide, T.; Weerman, E.J.; Piersma, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Bartelds, M.; van Gerwen, I.; Eriksson, B.K. (2014). The bivalve loop: Intra-specific facilitation in burrowing cockles through habitat modification. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 461: 44–52.
    Duijns, S.; Piersma, T. (2014). Interference competition in a sexually dimorphic shorebird: prey behaviour explains intraspecific competition. Anim. Behav. 92: 195-201.
    Duijns, S.; van Gils, J.A.; Spaans, B.; ten Horn, J.; Brugge, M.; Piersma, T. (2014). Sex-specific winter distribution in a sexually dimorphic shorebird is explained by resource partitioning. Ecol. Evol. 4(20): 4009–4018.
    El-Hacen, E.-H. M.; Piersma, T.; Jouta, J.; Overdijk, O.; Lok, T. (2014). Seasonal variation in the diet of Spoonbill chicks in the Wadden Sea: a stable isotopes approach. Journ. Ornithol. 155: 611-619.
    Gill, R.E.; Douglas, D.C.; Handel, C.M.; Tibbitts, T.L.; Hufford, G.; Piersma, T. (2014). Hemispheric-scale wind selection facilitates bar-tailed godwit circum-migration of the Pacific. Anim. Behav. 90: 117-130.
    Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Gill, R.E.; Mulcahy, D.M.; Tibbitts, T.L.; Kentie, R.; Gerritsen, G.J.; Bruinzeel, L.W.; Tijssen, D.C.; Harwood, C.M.; Piersma, T. (2014). Abdominally implanted satellite transmitters affect reproduction and survival rather than migration of large shorebirds. Journ. Ornithol. 155: 447-457.
    Kentie, R.; Both, C.; Hooijmeijer, J.W.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2014). Age-dependent dispersal and habitat choice in black-tailed godwits Limosa limosa Limosa across a mosaic of traditional and modern grassland habitatsgrassland habitats. J. Avian Biol. 45: 396-405.
    Ma, Z.; Melville, D.S.; Liu, J.; Chen, Y.; Yang, H.; Ren, W.; Zhang, Z.; Piersma, T.; Li, B. (2014). Rethinking China’s new great wall : Massive seawall construction in coastal wetlands threatens biodiversity. Science (Wash.) 346(6212): 912-914.
    Márquez-Ferrando, R.; Figuerola, J.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2014). Recently created man-made habitats in Doñana provide alternative wintering space for the threatened Continental European black-tailed godwit population. Biol. Conserv. 171: 127-135.
    Milot, E.; Cohen, A.A.; Vézina, F.; Buehler, D.M.; Matson, K.D.; Piersma, T. (2014). A novel integrative method for measuring body condition in ecological studies based on physiological dysregulation. Methods Ecol. Evol. 5(2): 146-155.
    Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y.; Nuoh, A.A.; Reneerkens, J.; Piersma, T. (2014). Population increases in non-breeding Sanderlings in Ghana indicate site preference. Ardea 102(2): 131-138.
    Oudman, T.; Onrust, J.; de Fouw, J.; Spaans, B.; Piersma, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2014). Digestive Capacity and Toxicity Cause Mixed Diets in Red Knots That Maximize Energy Intake Rate. American Naturalist 183(5): 650-659.
    Piersma, T.; MacCurdy, R.B.; Gabrielson,, R.M.; Dekinga, A.; Cluderay, J.; Spaulding, E.L.; Oudman, T.; van Gils, J.; Winkler, D.; Bijleveld, A. (2014). Fijnmazige positiebepaling van individuen in groepen : de principes en drie toepassingen van TOA-tracking. Limosa (Amst.) 87: 156-176
    Rakhimberdiev, E.N.; Karagicheva, J.; Winkler, .D.W.; Jaatinen, K.; Phillips, J.B.; Piersma, T. (2014). Naïve migrants and the use of magnetic cues: temporal fluctuations in the geomagnetic field differentially affect male and female Ruff Philomachus pugnax during their first migration. Ibis 156: 864-869. 10.1111/ibi.12172
    Reneerkens, J.; van Veelen, P.; van der Velde, M.; Luttikhuizen, P.; Piersma, T. (2014). Within-population variation in mating system and parental care patterns in the Sander ling (Calidris alba) in northeast Greenland. The Auk 131(2): 235-247.
    Trimbos, K.B.; Doorenweerd, C.; Kraaijeveld, K.; Musters, C.J.M.; Groen, N.M.; de Knijff, P.; Piersma, T.; de Snoo, G.R. (2014). Patterns in Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA Reveal Historical and Recent Isolation in the Black-Tailed Godwit (Limosa Limosa). PLoS One 9(1): e83949.
    van den Hout, P.J.; van Gils, J.A.; Robin, F.; van der Geest, M.; Dekinga, A.; Piersma, T. (2014). Interference from adults forces young red knots to forage for longer and in dangerous places. Anim. Behav. 88: 137-146.
    van der Geest, M.; Sall, A.A.; Ely, S.O.; Nauta, R.W.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2014). Nutritional and reproductive strategies in a chemosymbiotic bivalve living in a tropical intertidal seagrass bed. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 501: 113-126.
    van der Heide, T.; Tielens, E.; van der Zee, E.M.; Weerman, E.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Eriksson, B.K.; Piersma, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H. (2014). Predation and habitat modification synergistically interact to control bivalve recruitment on intertidal mudflats. Biol. Conserv. 172: 163-169.
    van der Winden, J.; Fijn, R.C.; van Horssen, P.; Gerritsen-Davidse, D.; Piersma, T. (2014). Idiosyncratic Migrations of Black Terns (Chlidonias niger): Diversity in Routes and Stopovers. Waterbirds (De Leon Springs Fla.) 37(2): 162-174.
    Van Rhijn, J.; Jukema, J.; Piersma, T. (2014). Diversity of Nuptial Plumages in Male Ruffs Philomachus pugnax. Ardea 102(1): 5-20.
    Verkuil, Y.I.; Juillet, C.; Lank, D.B.; Widemo, F.; Piersma, T. (2014). Genetic variation in nuclear and mitochondrial markers supports a large sex difference in lifetime reproductive skew in a lekking species. Ecol. Evol. 4(18): 3626-3632.
  • 2013
    Compton, T.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Ten Horn, J.; Klunder, L.; McSweeney, N.; Brugge, M.; Smelter, M.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T.; Van der Meer, J. (2013). Progress report for the 2012 sampling of the synoptic intertidal benthic surveys across the Dutch Wadden Sea. NIOZ-rapport, 2013(9). NIOZ: Texel. 48 pp.
    Compton, T.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; ten Horn, J.; Smith, J.; Brugge, M.; van der Wal, D.; van der Meer, J.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2013). Distinctly variable mudscapes: Distribution gradients of intertidal macrofauna across the Dutch Wadden Sea. J. Sea Res. 82: 103-116.
    Compton, T.J.; Van der Meer, J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Ten Horn, J.; Klunder, L.; McSweeney, N.; Brugge, M.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2013). Synpotic Intertidal Benthic Surveys Across the Dutch Wadden Sea : 2008 to 2011. NIOZ-rapport, 2013(1). NIOZ: Texel. 50 pp.
    Dietz, M.W.; Piersma, T.; Dekinga, A.; Korthals, H.; Klaassen, M. (2013). Unusual patterns in 15N blood values after a diet switch in red knot shorebirds. Isot. Environ. Healt. S. 49(2): 283-292.
    Dietz, M.W.; Rogers, K.G.; Piersma, T. (2013). When the Seasons Don't Fit: Speedy Molt as a Routine Carry-Over Cost of Reproduction. PLoS One 8(1).
    Donadi, S.; van der Heide, T.; van der Zee, E.M.; Eklöf, J.S.; van de Koppel, J.; Weerman, E.J.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H.; Eriksson, B.K. (2013). Cross-habitat interactions among bivalve species control community structure on intertidal flats. Ecology 94(2): 489-498.
    Donadi, S.; Westra, J.; Weerman, E.J.; van der Heide, T.; van der Zee, E.M.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H.W.; Eriksson, B.K. (2013). Non-trophic Interactions Control Benthic Producers on Intertidal Flats. Ecosystems 16: 1325-1335.
    Duijns, S.; Hidayati, N.A.; Piersma, T. (2013). Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa l. lapponica eat polychaete worms wherever they winter in Europe. Bird Study 60(4): 509-517.
    Duijns, S.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Piersma, T. (2013). Het belang van de Ballastplaat voor wadvogels in de westelijke Waddenzee : een literatuurstudie naar de effecten van zoutwinning op de aanwezige wadvogels. NIOZ-rapport, 2013(8). NIOZ: Texel. 49 pp.
    El-Hacen, E.-H.M.; Overdijk, O.; Lok, T.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T. (2013). Home Range, Habitat Selection, and Foraging Rhythm in Mauritanian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia balsaci): A Satellite Tracking Study. Waterbirds (De Leon Springs Fla.) 36(3): 277-286.
    Fuller, R.A.; Bearhop, S.; Metcalfe, N.B.; Piersma, T. (2013). The effect of group size on vigilance in Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres varies with foraging habitat. Ibis 155(2): 246-257.
    Hua, N.; Piersma, T.; Ma, Z.J. (2013). Three-Phase Fuel Deposition in a Long-Distance Migrant, the Red Knot(Calidris canutus piersmai), before the Flight to High Arctic Breeding Grounds. PLoS One 8(4).
    Kentie, R.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Trimbos, K.B.; Groen, N.M.; Piersma, T. (2013). Intensified agricultural use of grasslands reduces growth and survivalof precocial shorebird chicks. J. Appl. Ecol. 50(1): 243-251.
    Kraan, C.; Aarts, G.; Dormann, C.F.; Piersma, T. (2013). Temporal variability of ecological niches: a study on intertidal macrobenthic fauna. Oikos (Kbh.) 122(5): 754-760.
    Lank, D.B.; Farrel, L.L.; Burke, T.; Piersma, T.; McRae, S.B. (2013). A dominant allele controls development into female mimic male and diminutive female ruffs. Biol. Lett. 9(6): 1-4.
    Leyrer, J.; Lok, T.; Brugge, M.; Spaans, B.; Sandercock, B.K.; Piersma, T. (2013). Mortality within the annual cycle: seasonal survival patterns in Afro-Siberian Red Knots Calidris canutus canutus. J. Ornithol. 154(4): 933-943.
    Lok, T.; Overdijk, O.; Piersma, T. (2013). Migration Tendency Delays Distributional Response to Differential Survival Prospects along a Flyway. American Naturalist 181(4): 520-531.
    Lok, T.; Overdijk, O.; Tinbergen, J.; Piersma, T. (2013). Seasonal variation in density dependence in age-specific survival of a long-distance migrant. Ecology 94(10): 2358-2369.
    Lopes, R.J.; Alves, J.A.; Gill, J.A.; Gunnarsson, T.G.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Lourenço, P.M.; Masero, J.A.; Piersma, T.; Potts, P.M.; Rabaçal, B.; Reis, S.; Sánchez-Guzmán, J.M.; Santiago-Quesada, F.; Villegas, A. (2013). Do different subspecies of Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa overlap in Iberian wintering and staging areas? Validation with genetic markers. J. Ornithol. 154(1): 35-40.
    Mendes, L.; Pardal, S.; Morais, J.; Antunes, S.; Ramos, J.A.; Perez-Tris, J.; Piersma, T. (2013). Hidden haemosporidian infections in Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax) staging in Northwest Europe en route from Africa to Arctic Europe. Parasitol. Res. 112(5): 2037-2043.
    Onrust, J.; de Fouw, J.; Oudman, T.; van der Geest, M.; Piersma, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2013). Red Knot diet reconstruction revisited: context dependence revealed by experiments at Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania. Bird Study 60(3): 298-307.
    Piersma, T. (2013). Timing, Nest Site Selection and Multiple Breeding in House Martins: Age-Related Variation and the Preference for Self-Built Mud Nests. Ardea 101(1): 23-32
    Robin, F.; Piersma, T.; Meunier, F.; Bocher, P. (2013). Expansion into an Herbivorous Niche by a Customary Carnivore: Black-Tailed Godwits Feeding on Rhizomes of ZOSTERA at a Newly Established Wintering Site. Condor 115(2): 340-347.
    Ruthrauff, D.R.; Dekinga, A.; Gill, R.E.; Piersma, T. (2013). Identical metabolic rate and thermal conductance in rock sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis) subspecies with contrasting nonbreeding life histories. The Auk 130(1): 60-68.
    Ruthrauff, D.R.; Dekinga, A.; Gill, R.E.; Summers, R.W.; Piersma, T. (2013). Ecological correlates of variable organ sizes and fat loads in the mostnortherly wintering shorebirds. Can. J. Zool. 91: 698-705.
    Trimbos, K.B.; Kentie, R.; van der Velde, M.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Poley, C.; Musters, C.J.M.; de Snoo, G.R.; Piersma, T. (2013). Intronic variation at the CHD1-Z gene in Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa limosa: correlations with fitness components revisited. Ibis 155(3): 508-517.
    van Gils, J.A.; van der Geest, M.; Leyrer, J.; Oudman, T.; Lok, T.; Onrust, J.; de Fouw, J.; van der Heide, T.; van den Hout, P.J.; Spaans, B.; Dekinga, A.; Brugge, M.; Piersma, T. (2013). Toxin constraint explains diet choice, survival and population dynamics in a molluscivore shorebird. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 280(1763).
    Yang, H.-Y.; Ma, Z.-J.; Hua, N.; van Gils, J.A.; Zhang, Z.-W.; Piersma, T. (2013). Economic design in a long-distance migrating molluscivore: how fast-fuelling red knots in Bohai Bay, China, get away with small gizzards. J. Exp. Biol. 216(19): 3627-3636.
  • 2012
    Battley, P.F.; Warnock, N.; Tibbitts, T.L; Gill, R.E.; Piersma, T.; Hassel, C.J.; Douglas, D.C.; Mulcahy, D.M.; Gartell, B.D.; Schuckard, R.; Melville, D.S.; Riegen, A.D. (2012). Contrasting extreme long-distance migration patterns in bar-tailed godwits Limosa lapponica. J. Avian Biol. 43: 001–012.
    Bijleveld, A.I.; Folmer, E.O.; Piersma, T. (2012). Experimental evidence for cryptic interference among socially foraging shorebirds. Behav. Ecol. 23(4): 806-814.
    Bijleveld, A.I.; van Gils, J.A.; van der Meer, J.; Dekinga, A.; Kraan, C.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2012). Designing a benthic monitoring programme with multiple conflicting objectives. Methods Ecol. Evol. 3(3): 526-536.
    Boere, G.C.; Piersma, T. (2012). Flyway protection and the predicament of our migrant birds: A critical look at international conservation policies and the Dutch Wadden Sea. Ocean Coast. Manag. 68: 157-168.
    Buehler, D.M.; Vézina, F.; Goymann, W.; Schwabl, I.; Versteegh, M.; Tieleman, B.I.; Piersma, T. (2012). Independence among physiological traits suggests flexibility in the face of ecological demands on phenotypes. J. Evolution. Biol. 25(8): 1600-1613.
    Compton, T.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Ten Horn, J.; Smith, J.; Galama, Y.; Brugge, M.; Van der Meer, J.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2012). Synoptic Intertidal Benthic Survey SIBES across the Dutch Wadden Sea : report on data collected from 2008-2010. NIOZ-rapport, 2012(1). NIOZ: Texel. 64 pp.
    Duijns, S.; Jukema, J.; Spaans, B.; van Horssen, P.; Piersma, T. (2012). Revisiting the proposed leap-frog migration of Bar-tailed Godwits along the East-Atlantic Flyway. Ardea 100(1): 37-43
    Escudero, G.; Navedo, J.G.; Piersma, T.; de Goeij, P.; Edelaar, P. (2012). Foraging conditions 'at the end of the world' in the context of long-distance migration and population declines in red knots. Austral ecology : a journal of ecology in the southern hemisphere 37(3): 355-364.
    Folmer, E.O.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T. (2012). The spatial distribution of flocking foragers: disentangling the effects of food availability, interference and conspecific attraction by means of spatial autoregressive modeling. Oikos (Kbh.) 121(4): 551-561.
    Folmer, E.O.; Piersma, T. (2012). The contributions of resource availability and social forces to foraging distributions: a spatial lag modelling approach. Anim. Behav. 84(6): 1371-1380.
    Folmer, E.O.; van der Geest, M.; Jansen, E.; Olff, H.; Anderson, T.M.; Piersma, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2012). Seagrass-Sediment Feedback: An Exploration Using a Non-recursive Structural Equation Model. Ecosystems 15(8): 1380-1393.
    Groen, N.M.; Kentie, R.; de Goeij, P.; Verheijen, B.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2012). A modern landscape ecology of Black-tailed Godwits: habitat selection in southwest Friesland, The Netherlands. Ardea 100(1): 19-28.
    Gutiérrez, J.S.; Dietz, M.W.; Masero, J.A.; Gill, R.E.; Dekinga, A.; Battley, P.F.; Sánchez-Guzmán, J.M.; Piersma, T. (2012). Functional ecology of saltglands in shorebirds: flexible responses to variable environmental conditions. Funct. Ecol. 26(1): 236-244.
    Helm, B.; Gwinner, E.; Koolhaas, A.; Battley, P.F.; Schwabl, I.; Dekinga, A.; Piersma, T. (2012). Avian migration: Temporal multitasking and a case study of melatonin cycles in waders. Progress in brain research 199: 457-479
    Hobson, K.A.; Van Wilgenburg, S.L.; Piersma, T.; Wassenaar, L.I. (2012). Solving a Migration Riddle Using Isoscapes: House Martins from a Dutch Village Winter over West Africa. PLoS One 7(9): e45005.
    Leyrer, J.; Lok, T.; Brugge, M.; Dekinga, A.; van Gils, J.A.; Sandercock, B.K.; Piersma, T. (2012). Small-scale demographic structure suggests preemptive behavior in a flocking shorebird. Behav. Ecol. 23(6): 1226-1233.
    Piersma, T.; van der Velde, M. (2012). Dutch House Martins Delichon urbicum gain blood parasite infections over their lifetime, but do not seem to suffer. J. Ornithol. 153(3): 907-912.
    Piersma, T.; van der Velde, M.; El-Hacen, E.M.; Lok, T.; Overdijk, O.; El-Hacen, E.M. (2012). Molecular verification of the subspecies status of the Mauritanian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia balsaci. Ardea 100(2): 131-136.
    Robin, F.; Robin, J.-G.; Dulac, P.; Guéret, J.-P.; Piersma, T. (2012). Current state of Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa limosa breeding in France. Wader Study Group Bull. 119(2): 133-136
    Santos, S.; Aarts, G.M; Luttikhuizen, P.C.; Campos, J.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H.W. (2012). Site-specific distribution of the bivalve Scrobicularia plana along the European coast. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 471: 123-134.
    Schroeder, J.; Piersma, T.; Groen, N.M.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Kentie, R.; Lourenço, P.M.; Schekkerman, H.; Both, C. (2012). Reproductive timing and investment in relation to spring warming and advancing agricultural schedules. J. Ornithol. 153(2): 327-336.
    van der Heide, T.; Govers, L.L.; de Fouw, J.; Olff, H.; van der Geest, M.; van Katwijk, M.M.; Piersma, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Silliman, B.R.; Smolders, A.J.P.; van Gils, J.A. (2012). A three-stage symbiosis forms the foundation of seagrass ecosystems. Science (Wash.) 336(6087): 1432-1434.
    van der Zee, E.M.; van der Heide, T.; Donadi, S.; Eklöf, J.S.; Eriksson, B.K.; Olff, H.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2012). Spatially Extended Habitat Modification by Intertidal Reef-Building Bivalves has Implications for Consumer-Resource Interactions. Ecosystems 15(4): 664-673.
    van Gils, J.A.; van der Geest, M.; Jansen, E.J.; Govers, L.L.; de Fouw, J.; Piersma, T. (2012). Trophic cascade induced by molluscivore predator alters pore-water biogeochemistry via competitive release of prey. Ecology 93(5): 1143-1152.
    Verkuil, Y.I.; Karlionova, N.; Rakhimberdiev, E.N.; Jukema, J.; Wijmenga, J.J.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Pinchuk, P.; Wymenga, E.; Baker, A.J.; Piersma, T. (2012). Losing a staging area: Eastward redistribution of Afro-Eurasian ruffs is associated with deteriorating fuelling conditions along the western flyway. Biol. Conserv. 149(1): 51-59.
    Verkuil, Y.I.; Piersma, T.; Jukema, J.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Baker, A.J. (2012). The interplay between habitat availability and population differentiation: a case study on genetic and morphological structure in an inland wader (Charadriiformes). Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 106(3): 641-656.
    Vézina, F.; Williams, T.D.; Piersma, T.; Morrison, R.I.G. (2012). Phenotypic compromises in a long-distance migrant during the transition from migration to reproduction in the High Arctic. Funct. Ecol. 26(2): 500-512.
  • 2011
    Aarts, G.M; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Ten Horn, J.; Smith, J.; Brugge, M.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H.W. (2011). Benthic macrofauna in relation to natural gas extraction in the Dutch Wadden Sea Report on the 2008 and 2009 sampling program. NIOZ-rapport, 2011(3). NIOZ: Texel. 41 pp.
    Estrella, S.M.; Storey, A.W.; Pearson, G.; Piersma, T. (2011). Potential effects of Lyngbya majuscula blooms on benthic invertebrate diversity and shorebird foraging ecology at Roebuck Bay, Western Australia: preliminary results. J. R. Soc. West Aust. 94: 171–179
    Kraan, C.; Dekinga, A.; Piersma, T. (2011). Now an empty mudflat: past and present benthic abundances in the western Dutch Wadden Sea. Helgol. Mar. Res. 65(1): 51-58.
    Lok, T.; Overdijk, O.; Tinbergen, J.M.; Piersma, T. (2011). The paradox of spoonbill migration: most birds travel to where survival rates are lowest. Anim. Behav. 82(4): 837-844.
    Lourenço, P.M.; Kentie, R.; Schroeder, J.; Groen, N.M.; Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W.; Piersma, T. (2011). Repeatable timing of northward departure, arrival and breeding in Black-tailed Godwits Limosa l. Limosa, but no domino effects. J. Ornithol. 152(4): 1023-1032.
    Luttikhuizen, P.C.; Bol, A.; Witte, H.; van Bleijswijk, J.; Haddrath, O.; Baker, A.J.; Piersma, T.; Reneerkens, J.; Piersma, T. (2011). Novel and cross-species microsatellite markers for parentage analysis in Sanderling Calidris alba. J. Ornithol. 152(3): 807-810.
    Mathot, K.J.; van den Hout, P.J.; Piersma, T.; Kempenaers, B.; Réale, D.; Dingemanse, N.J. (2011). Disentangling the roles of frequency-vs. state-dependence in generating individual differences in behavioural plasticity. Ecol. Lett. 14(12): 1254-1262.
    Piersma, T. (2011). Why marathon migrants get away with high metabolic ceilings: towards an ecology of physiological restraint. J. Exp. Biol. 214(2): 295-302.
    Piersma, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2011). The Flexible Phenotype: a body-centred integration of ecology, physiology and behaviour. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780199233724. 1-248 pp.
    Portugal, S.J.; Green, J.A.; Piersma, T.; Eichhorn, G.; Butler, P.J. (2011). Greater energy stores enable flightless moulting geese to increase resting behaviour. Ibis 153(4): 868-874.
    Quaintenne, G.; van Gils, J.A.; Bocher, P.; Dekinga, A.; Piersma, T. (2011). Scaling up ideals to freedom: are densities of red knots across western Europe consistent with ideal free distribution? Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 278(1719): 2728-2736.
    Rakhimberdiev, E.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Saveliev, A.A.; Vaisanen, R.A.; Karagicheva, J.; Soloviev, M.Y.; Tomkovich, P.S.; Piersma, T. (2011). A global population redistribution in a migrant shorebird detected with continent-wide qualitative breeding survey data. Diversity Distrib. 17(1): 144-151.
    Reneerkens, J.; Grond, K.; Schekkerman, H.; Tulp, I.; Piersma, T. (2011). Do Uniparental Sanderlings Calidris alba Increase Egg Heat Input to Compensate for Low Nest Attentiveness? PLoS One 6(2): e16834.
    Reperant, L.A.; van de Bildt, M.W.G.; van Amerongen, G.; Buehler, D.M.; Osterhaus, A.D.M.E.; Jenni-Eiermann, S.; Piersma, T.; Kuiken, T. (2011). Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus H5N1 Infection in a Long-Distance Migrant Shorebird under Migratory and Non-Migratory States. PLoS One 6(11): e27814.
    Spaans, B.; Van Kooten, L.; Cremer, J.; Leyrer, J.; Piersma, T. (2011). Densities of individually marked migrants away from the marking site to estimate population sizes: a test with three wader populations. Bird Study 58(2): 130-140
    Trimbos, K.B.; Musters, C.J.M.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Kentie, R.; Piersma, T.; De Snoo, G.; Verkuil, Y.I. (2011). No evident spatial genetic structuring in the rapidly declining Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Limosa in The Netherlands. Conserv. Genet. 12(3): 629-636.
    van der Geest, M.; van Gils, J.A.; van der Meer, J.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T.; van der Meer, J.; Piersma, T. (2011). Suitability of calcein as an in situ growth marker in burrowing bivalves. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 399(1): 1-7.
    van der Heide, T.; van der Zee, E.; Donadi, S.; Eklöf, J.S.; Eriksson, B.K.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T.; van der Heide, Wopke (2011). A simple and low-cost method to estimate spatial positions of shorebirds: the Telescope-Mounted Angulator. J. Field Ornithol. 82(1): 80-87.
    Vézina, F.; Dekinga, A.; Piersma, T.; Vézina, F. (2011). Shorebirds' Seasonal Adjustments in Thermogenic Capacity Are Reflected by Changes in Body Mass: How Preprogrammed and Instantaneous Acclimation Work Together. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51(3): 394-408.
    Yang, H.Y.; Chen, B.; Barter, M.; Piersma, T.; Zhou, C.F.; Li, F.S.; Zhang, Z.W. (2011). Impacts of tidal land reclamation in Bohai Bay, China: ongoing losses of critical Yellow Sea waterbird staging and wintering sites. Bird. Cons. Intern. 21(3): 241-259.

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Conservation of the dynamic Island of Griend
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1 May 2014 - 1 Jul 2020
Ontogeny of Migration: disentangling genetic and learned components of migratory routines
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University of Groningen
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1 Aug 2014 - 31 Aug 2018
METAWAD: connecting habitat use and survival in migratory shorebirds
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1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2016
Shorebirds in space
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Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Project duration
31 Dec 2011 - 31 Aug 2016
Conservation of the dynamic Island of Griend
Theunis Piersma
Vereniging Natuurmonumenten
Project duration
1 May 2014 - 1 Jul 2020