Jun 11 2014
Professor Theunis Piersma has won the Dutch Nobel Prize (Spinoza) for his work on migratory shorebirds » Heartiest congratulations from the RBWG. Theunis’ work on Roebuck Bay has been outstanding, not only with migratory shorebirds, but also with the invertebrates in the bay’s mudflats that are the food source that fuels their extraordinary migrations each year.
Theunis is the leading authority on global shorebird and benthic ecology, and being forward thinking, started the Roebuck Bay benthos monitoring program in 1999. This long term monitoring study is still underway today and being carried out by Yawuru Rangers at DPaW and Wardens at the Broome Bird Observatory. Theunis (Team Leader of the Global Flyway Network) employs Chris Hassell, the only on ground researcher focused on Roebuck Bay’s shorebirds and benthos. Theunis is a Professor of Animal Ecology, Head of the Animal Ecology Group, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES), book author (Life along lands edge and many more) and supervisor of many doctoral and post-doctoral students. And as you would expect, as well as the Dutch Nobel Prize, Theunis is the recipient of many other illustrious scientific awards – an exemplary example is the internationally acclaimed Luc Hoffmann Medal for Excellence in Science and Conservation, awarded by Wetlands International.
Roebuck Bay Working Group is comprised of Traditional Owners and government, local community, conservation groups and business. We work collaboratively to solve issues, raise awareness and encourage research and monitoring which supports responsible management and protection of Roebuck Bay.