Claire Hermans

Claire Hermans MSc

PhD Student
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Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands

About

I am an ecologist with a particular interest in bioacoustics. The aim of my PhD is to establish dose-response relations between different light colors and intensity and activity of different bat species by using acoustic tracking systems.

Biography

From 2012 to 2017 I studied Biology of Organisms and Ecology at UCLouvain University (Belgium). During my last year of Master, I carried out a research internship in Magnus Wahlberg’s laboratory at the University of Southern Denmark (Kerteminde, Denmark), which focuses on bioacoustics in aquatic animals. My deep interest about acoustics and programming gave me the desire to continue to learn and to work in this field. In 2018 worked 5 months as a research assistant in the research group of “Acoustic and Functional Ecology” headed by Dr. Holger Goerlitz at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology (Seewiesen, Germany). This project allowed me to learn acoustic tracking methods to track bats in particular.

All the those earlier experiences led me to start my PhD in July 2019 at the Animal Ecology Department of the NIOO-KNAW under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marcel Visser and Dr. Kamiel Spoelstra. This PhD project is part of the « Light on Landscape » project, which is the immediate continuation of the « Light on Nature » project. Increasing artificial light at night constitutes a major threat for ecosystems, especially for nocturnal species such as bats. Recent investigations have provided evidence on how bats respond to different light spectra. However, little is known on how their response varies with light intensity. The aim of my PhD is then to establish dose-response relations between different light colors and intensity and activity of different bat species by using acoustic tracking systems. This would help us to find appropriate mitigation measures in order to prevent habitat loss and fragmentation.

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Projects

  • Artificial light

    Project 2016–Present
    Nocturnal illumination leads to a permanent disturbance of natural habitats and there is accumulating evidence for – often negative – impact of artificial light in an increasing number of species.
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