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Research interests

Thomas Oudman is a behavioural ecologist working at NIOZ. He received a Rubicon grant from NWO to visit the University of St Andrews for two years, working on the learning behaviour of migratory birds. He will study how traditions help and hinder migratory birds in adjusting their flight schedules and destination as a response to climate change.

Thomas received his PhD on Red Knots wintering at Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, focussing on the factors that determine their foraging decisions. This work was done at NIOZ under supervision of Jan van Gils and Theunis Piersma. Together with Theunis Piersma, Thomas wrote a book on the value of ecology for society, which will be published by Athenaeum in June 2018.

More information can be found on my personal website.






Please find my complete list of NIOZ-publications at the bottom of this webpage. You can download all my publications on ResearchGate.



Professional education



Awards and Prizes