The time to protect a species is while it is still common.
— Rosalie Edge

As a movement ecologist I integrate cutting-edge technology and traditional field research to understand how birds thrive and survive in an ever-changing world. By revealing how and why birds move the way they do I want to foster a greater appreciation for birds as cognitive and social beings. Drawing inspiration from contemporary science, I aim to develop innovative models for co-existence of humans and (migrating) birds.

Through this website I warmly invite you to join me in my journey to understand the natural world from a bird´s perspective.

Surveying raptor migration at Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia, August 2011.

Surveying raptor migration at Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia, August 2011.

Email: vansteelant [dot] wouter [at] gmail.com
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Previous affiliations

current affiliations

University of Amsterdam (NL)
Researcher (Aug 2015 - Dec 2015)
Ph.D. candidate (Jul 2011 - Aug 2015)

Batumi Raptor Count (GEO)
Co-founder & Board member (2008 - 2013)
Education Coordinator (2011 - 2013)

Hawk Mtn. Sanctuary (PA, USA)
Conservation Leadership Intern (spring 2011)

Montagu´s Harrier Foundation (NL)
Research biologist (April 2017 - present)

Hawk Mtn. Sanctuary (PA, USA)
Guest Researcher (Feb 2017 - present)

University of Amsterdam (NL)
Guest Researcher (Jan 2016 - present)

Migrant Landbird Study Group (International)
Co-founder & Secretary (Apr 2014 - present)

Batumi Raptor Count (GEO)
Board member (Dec 2015 - present)
Research Coordinator (Jan 2014 - present)