People

Dr Lyanne Brouwer EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow & Assistant Professor Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

I am interested in social behaviours of animals and their behavioural adaptations to environmental change, like climate change and urbanization. My work focuses on analyses of long-term datasets in combination with creative experiments, based on a thorough understanding of animals in the wild. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me for research project opportunities!

MSc Morrison Pot

As an ornithologist and behavioural ecologist from The Netherlands, I have always been fascinated by bird migration. My work includes foraging ecology and breeding ecology of migratory birds (geese and skua’s) both at the wintering grounds as well as at the breeding grounds in the Arctic, but also tracking of migratory songbirds (blackcaps and starlings). My enthusiasm for evolutionary ecology pushed me towards the amazing fairy-wrens. Currently I study how offspring sex ratio varies with environmental and social factors in red-winged fairy-wrens.

Dr Christine Evans (visiting fellow)

Christine is a post-doctoral researcher affiliated with Massey University in New Zealand and Flinders University in South Australia. Her research interests focus on the ontogeny and evolution of male and female vocal communication in Australasian songbirds. In one of her projects she investigates the role of song, particularly of female helpers, in territory defence using the red-winged fairy-wren as a model system.

BSc Kyle Sutherland

My primary research interests are in avian behavioural ecology and conservation biology. The research that I’ve been involved in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA has primarily concentrated on the social behaviour and reproductive success of several passerine species in natural systems. I have developed an interest in avian vocal communication whilst assisting on red-winged fairy-wren field projects with Dr. Lyanne Brouwer. The social systems and year-round singing by both sexes is novel to me and has led me to focus on Australasian passerine vocal communication for my studies. My Master’s thesis project focuses on vocal communication as a driver for cultural evolution and the evolution of behavioural barriers in the North Island saddleback/ Tīeke (Philesturnus rufusater).

MSc Wendy Lichtenauer

I am broadly interested in animal behaviour and specialized in Behavioural Ecology during my master’s program ‘Environmental Biology’ at Utrecht University. During my Master’s, I examined whether and how extra-pair paternity may benefit offspring resulting from these extra-pair fertilizations using the red-winged fairy-wren as a model system. For this, I examined the fitness of extra-pair and within-pair offspring across life-stages and under varying conditions.

Dr Marina Louter (visiting fellow)

Marina has been involved in the red-winged fairy-wren project for a long time. After spending her first season as a field assistant she kept returning to watch these amazing birds in the beautiful forests of south-west WA. In the mean time she completed her PhD on the behavioural ecology of a nationally threatened endemic arid zone bird, the previously unstudied Thick-Billed Grasswren. She is now a Projects Coordinator at EBS Ecology.

Other collaborators include:

Andrew Cockburn & Janet Gardner Australian National University
Henk van der Jeugd & Lisenka de VriesDutch Centre for Avian Migration and Demography
Martijn van de PolNetherlands Institute of Ecology
Henk SiepelRadboud University
Ruud Foppen SOVON Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology
Simon GriffithMacquarie University
Anne Peters & Nataly Hidalgo Aranzamendi Monash University
Sjouke Kingma Wageningen University
Mike Webster, Kurt Gielow & Derrick Thrasher Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Martijn HammersUniversity of Groningen
Raoul Mulder, Glen Bain & Michelle HallMelbourne University
Steve Pruett-Jones & Allison JohnsonUniversity of Chicago
Sonia Kleindorfer & Diane Colombelli Flinders University
Claire Varian-Ramos Colorado State University
Dan Baldassarre Princeton University
Jordan Karubian & Erik Enbody Tulane University
Keith Tarvin Oberlin College