Research team 2017

Project leader

Dr. Laura Gangoso

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

My research focuses on the interplay between behavioral, evolutionary and population ecology. I investigate the role played by variation in genetic and phenotypic correlated traits and its relation to plasticity in the way in which organisms interact among each other and cope with environmental changes. I combine comparative analyses with long term monitoring as well as field and lab experiments to respond a wide range of questions related to the conservation of biodiversity, the evolution of life-history strategies and ecological interactions.

dhr. prof. dr. ir. Willem Bouten

Main supervisor

Leader of the research group of Computational Geo- Ecology (CGE) within the (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam. His current research focuses on the role of the biotic environment in species’ behaviour and distribution. He uses both data-driven approaches (Big Data) and concept-driven theoretical modelling.

Together with Edwin Baaij, Prof. W. Bouten has developed the UvA-Bird Tracking System and its Virtual Lab ( and is expert on the analysis of movement data. More info on

Field technicians

Walo Moreno. Main technician who has been participating in this project since 2006.

Juan Luis Barroso

Manuel de la Riva

Pablo Gustems

Field collaborators

Marc Majem

José M. Parrilla

Research partners

Dr. Duarte S. Viana. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig, Germany. He is an active researcher on organism movement and biodiversity distribution. He has been collaborating in this Project since 2012.

Dr. Judy Shamoun-Baranes. IBED, University of Amsterdam. Expert on avian flight behavior and on the effects of atmospheric dynamics on bird migration. She is vice-chair of COST-ENRAM (European Network for the Radar Surveillance of Animal Movement).

Dr. Adriaan Dokter. IBED, University of Amsterdam. He has developed the algorithm for monitoring bird migration with meteorological radars and is in charge of its implementation in Europe (leader of COST-ENRAM/WG1: Classification and Retrieval of Biological Data from European Weather Radars).

Dr. Jordi Figuerola. Department of Wetland Ecology at the Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Spain. He has participated in the project since 2008. Expert on bird ecology and eco-physiology, and population dynamics.

Dr. Isabelle Smallegange. IBED, University of Amsterdam. Expert on population dynamics and evolutionary processes.