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H.J. (Hans) Linssen MSc

Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    As a movement ecologist, I am interested in the ways in which animals interact with their environment to determine when and where they move. My current research focuses on mechanisms of individual and population bird movement in a changing environment. I study the Bewick’s swan, a large waterbird that migrates annually between breeding grounds on the coastal Russian tundra and wintering grounds in the North Sea countries. During the last decades, the population’s wintering distribution has shifted more than 350 kilometers in northeastern direction, possibly as a response to rising global temperatures. Using GPS tracking, field observations and various modelling techniques, I examine which individual movement strategies within and between wintering and migration sites underlie this population shift. If we understand why individual swans make the spatiotemporal decisions they do, we can gain better insight in the shifts we observe on the population level.

  • Publications



    • van der Kolk, H., Krijgsveld, K. L., Linssen, H., Diertens, R., Dolman, D., Jans, M., Frauendorf, M., Ens, B. J., & van de Pol, M. (2020). Cumulative energetic costs of military aircraft, recreational and natural disturbance in roosting shorebirds. Animal Conservation, 23(4), 359-372.


    • Linssen, H., Van De Pol, M., Allen, A. M., Jans, M., Ens, B. J., Krijgsveld, K. L., Frauendorf, M., & Van Der Kolk, H. J. (2019). Disturbance increases high tide travel distance of a roosting shorebird but only marginally affects daily energy expenditure. Avian Research, 10(1), Article 31.


    • Linssen, H. J., van Loon, E., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Nuijten, R. J. M. & Nolet, B. (5-10-2023). Data and scripts for "Migratory swans individually adjust their autumn migration and winter range to a warming climate". Universiteit van Amsterdam.
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