Dr Jeroen Minderman

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Harold Mitchell 305
tel. 01334 463220

I studied biology and ecology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (1999-2005) and obtained my PhD (behavioural ecology of starlings) from Newcastle University (2005-2009). Since then, I have worked in post-doc positions at the University of Stirling and Newcastle, held a University Impact Research Fellowship at the University of Stirling and I am currently (2015-2018) on a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of St Andrews.

Since 2011 I am an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Ecology and actively contribute to and collaborate with the Stirling Conservation Science group.

Research Interests

Broadly, my interests are in behavioural ecology and conservation biology, and ornithology in particular. Specifically, I am interested in understanding and predicting behavioural responses to environmental change (anthropogenic or otherwise) in a range of species and systems. My current fellowship focuses on linking behavioural responses to different stressors or risks, to physiological stress responses. This involves both field experiments in model systems (Great tits Parus major and Blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus) as attempts to tests the same patterns in more applied contexts, in collaboration with Will Cresswell and Karen Spencer.

My previous (some ongoing) projects included a project that aims to understand the landscape-scale effects of small wind turbines on birds and bats, with Kirsty Park, studies of the ecological relevance of behavioural syndromes or “animal personality” in wild starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) (see e.g. here, and here) and interference competition and predation risk in redshank (Tringa totanus). On the more applied side, I have been involved with the development of a model to prioritise international species conservation efforts for the UK Department for Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MAPISCO). 

Moreover I have a keen interest in statistical techniques as applied to problems in ecology and conservation, in particular mixed-effects modelling and Information-Theoretic approaches, Bayesian statistics and simulation modelling. I am also a keen birder and hold a BTO bird ringing licence. 



Pattison, Z, Minderman, J, Boon, PJ & Willby, N 2017, 'Twenty years of change in riverside vegetation: what role have invasive alien plants played?' Applied Vegetation Science, vol 20, no. 3, pp. 422-434. DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12297
Minderman, J, Gillis, M, Daly, H & Park, K 2017, 'Landscape-scale effects of single- and multiple small wind turbines on bat activity' Animal Conservation, vol Early View. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12331
Kubasiewicz, LM, Minderman, J, Woodall, LC, Quine, CP, Coope, R & Park, KJ 2016, 'Fur and faeces: an experimental assessment of non-invasive DNA sampling for the European pine marten' Mammal Research, vol 61, no. 4, pp. 299-307. DOI: 10.1007/s13364-016-0276-y
Tatchley, C, Paton, H, Robertson, E, Minderman, J, Hanley, ND & Park, K 2016, 'Drivers of public attitudes towards small wind turbines in the UK' PLoS One, vol 11, no. 3, e0152033, pp. 1-16. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152033
Murray, C, Minderman, J, Allison, J & Calladine, J 2016, 'Vegetation structure influences foraging decisions in a declining grassland bird: the importance of fine-scale habitat and grazing regime' Bird Study, vol 63, no. 2, pp. 223-232. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1180342
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Dr Jeroen Minderman
Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

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