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I am broadly interested in evolutionary ecology, particularly how the environment and developmental processes affect evolution. Different forms of phenotypic plasticity are therefore reoccurring in my work. My previous work focused mainly on how genes affect (social) behavior and the other way around. I am now broadening my scope into the exciting fields of developmental plasticity and epigenetics. I am rounding-up a project on maternal effects in Daphnia and start to work on the importance of developmental bias in evolution.

Winter ecology of Bewick's swans

Tags: foraging ecology - life history - epidemics

Bewick's swans (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) breed in Siberia and winter in Western Europe. Visiting crowed areas like the Netherlands result in conflicts between Bewick's swans and humans, because of for instance foraging on agricultural lands and the potential spread of avian influenza. In this project we investigated space use and foraging in winter by the Bewick's swans. We equipped 12 Bewick's swans with GPS-loggers to track then throughout the winter. We related their movements to both their infection status of a low-pathogenic avian influenza and to vegetation quality and growth.

related publications

Van Gils JA, Munster VJ, Radersma R, Liefhebber D, Fouchier RAM, Klaassen M, 2007. Hampered foraging and migratory performance in swans infected with low-pathogenic avian influenza A virus. PLoS ONE. 2(1): e184.

Relevant links:
Uller group, Lund
Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
Department of Biology, Lund
The Edward Grey Institute, Oxford
Animal Ecology, Groningen
Behavioural Ecology and Self-organization, Groningen

 © text: Reinder Radersma, 2018
 © image: Sylvain Haye, 2008