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.


CURRENT affiliations

Freelance ecologist (NL)
Part-time (June 2016 - present)

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

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

Previous affiliations

Novia University of Applied Sciences (F)
Postdoc (Sep 2017 - Jan 2018)

Hawk Mtn. Sanctuary (PA, USA)
Guest Researcher (Feb - Mar 2017)
Conservation Leadership Intern (Mar - Jun 2011)

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

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]
Chamber of commerce: 66266858
VAT-nr.: NL683203320B01



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

Dutch-Georgian Ornithological Foundation (NL)
Board member (Feb 2017 - present)

Batumi Raptor Count (GEO)
Board member (2008 - present)
Research Coordinator (Jan 2014 - present)
Education Coordinator (2011 - 2013)