(June 29, 2007)
KNDV Symposium: In the footsteps of Jan Verwey: How flexible phenotypes reflect ambient ecological conditions
Dr. Jan van Gils is the winner of the Dutch Zoology Prize 2007 of the Royal Dutch Zoological Society KNDV. Jan van Gils investigated the physiological and behavioural adaptations of the migratory bird species knot (Calidris canutus) in the Wadden Sea at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and of the Bewick’s swan (Cygnus bewickii) at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (NIOO-KNAW).
The jury report states: “The work of Dr. Jan van Gils represents biological research in its purest form and the results have been reported in an already impressive number of scientific publications reflecting a catching enthusiasm.” Jan van Gils will receive his prize during the symposium “In the footsteps of Jan Verwey: How flexible phenotypes reflect ambient ecological conditions”. This symposium is specially organized for the occasion and is part of the Zoology Prize. It will be held on 29 June at NIOZ (Texel), of which Dr. Jan Verwey was director from 1941 to 1965, and where Jan van Gils is currently employed.
The symposium is free of charge, but registration is required at www.nioz.nl/kndv. A lunch is included in the programme.