Janne Ouwehand studies the pied flycatcher, which is a small long-distance migrating bird that is affected by climate warming. As much as we feel the urge to simplify such big environmental problems, she emphasizes the value of thoroughly zooming in on small animals as well. Janne Ouwehand’s study on the pied flycatcher reveals, among other things, how their unbelievable flight capabilities connect different parts of the world, but also their problems. Large variation in life-style within this single species shows how truly diverse the impact of global warming is, and thereby highlights the potential resilience of nature to such major environmental changes.
Janne Ouwehand is currently a PhD candidate in Conservation Ecology at the University of Groningen. Janne performed three projects within well-known research institutes to explore various avenues to study behavioral variation in gulls and songbirds, e.g. field experiments, tracking techniques and genetics. A passion for nature, involvement, curiosity, perseverance and an exploring mind underlie her field research to understand how animals can adapt their behavior when environments change.
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