Stages

Sovon heeft regelmatig stageplaatsen. Voor een aantal projecten zoeken we studenten en vrijwilligers die concreet bij kunnen dragen aan ons onderzoek. Ieder project heeft een contactpersoon die je alles kan vertellen over dat specifieke project.

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Stageonderwerpen Sovon

Measuring disturbances at oystercatcher hotspots on Texel

Wintering oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) encounter many different pressures in the Wadden Sea area. Both foraging and resting birds might be disturbed by birds of prey, walkers, cyclists, cars, boats and airplanes. On the Vliehors, oystercatchers were equipped with GPS trackers to estimate the effect of such disturbances on the behaviour and time budget. It turns out that many of these birds regularly rest and feed near Texel. Observations at oystercatcher ‘hotspots’ are needed to link the GPS data to the actual disturbances in the field. During this thesis/internship, several weeks will be spent on Texel to observe oystercatchers at high tide roosts and foraging areas. During these observations disturbance sources and their effects on oystercatchers are precisely recorded. Thereafter, those field observations will be linked to GPS data from the GPS trackers mounted on oystercatchers. More information about the project on HIRP-website.

  • Start thesis/internship: August 2017
  • Duration: 4-5 months
  • University (research/applied sciences/professional education)
  • Driver’s license needed
  • Please send your resume
  • Contact: Bruno Ens 

Monitoring disturbance and sources of disturbance in the Wadden Sea

Large numbers of birds depend on the Wadden Sea for their survival. When feeding during low tide, or resting during high tide, they may be disturbed by birds of prey, walkers, cyclists, cars, boats and airplanes. The aim of this thesis/internship is to improve the monitoring of disturbance and sources of disturbance in the Wadden Sea. To this end, available data sets will be analysed and field data will be collected to evaluate and improve current methods of monitoring disturbance and sources of disturbances. Much work will focus on the Mok, a mudflat area on the south side of Texel, where bird numbers and sources of disturbance have been monitored since 1983. This unique long-term data series will be analysed with regard to trends in disturbance and their impact on numbers and distribution of the birds in the Mok. In addition, field data will be collected to interpret results. More informatie on website oogvoorhetwad.nl.

  • Start thesis/internship is flexible: from May 2017 onwards
  • Duration: 4-6 months
  • University (research/applied sciences/professional education)
  • Please send your resume
  • Contact: Bruno Ens