Michiel (Chiel) Boom

Michiel (Chiel) Boom MSc

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Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands



By using tracking and bio-logging technologies, I aim to determine the behavioural and physiological adaptations to a migratory life history strategy. I make use of a unique study system where I can compare resident and migratory barnacle geese.


I started with my PhD at the NIOO-KNAW in September 2017. Before, I studied Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University, where I specialised in Ecology and GIS-analyses. After my study I was involved in several projects at the NIOO-KNAW such as the monitoring of cavity breeding passerines and the Light on Nature project.
My PhD-project focusses on the costs and benefits of bird migration, by comparing resident and migratory barnacle geese. I aim to determine the adaptations (behavioural and physiological) of migrating geese and how this influences their survival, energy expenditure and breeding success. To this end we use GPS-tracking devices and heart rate loggers to track barnacle geese in the Netherlands and on their migration to Arctic Russia. Within this project I work closely with Götz Eichhorn, Henk van der Jeugd and Bart Nolet.

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