Adriaan Dokter

Research Associate

Expertise

Bird Migration • Radar Ornithology • Foraging Ecology • Computer Science

I study the seasonal migrations of birds, from the continental-scale movements of species to the fine-scale behavior of individuals flying through the atmosphere. I use weather radar networks as well as individual tags to address questions in migration ecology, including when and where birds migrate, when and where birds die within the annual cycle, and how shifting patterns in mortality and recruitment of young birds cause bird abundances to change. I also develop software tools for biologists using weather radar as a tool in their research.

I am an ecologist with a background in physics, and my research bridges the disciplines of ecology, computer science, physics, and meteorology, addressing questions about the effects of global change on the distribution and seasonal migration of birds.

After receiving my Ph.D. at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam, I studied animal movement during postdoctoral appointments at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, the University of Amsterdam, and the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. I have a continuing interest in understanding the role of individual decision making as a constituent of large-scale movement patterns, which I explored in individual tracking studies on dark-bellied brent geese (Brant) and Eurasian Oystercatchers.

Education

Ph.D., Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam

Recent Publications

Kranstauber, B., W. Bouten, H. Leijnse, B.-C. Wijers, L. Verlinden, J. Shamoun-Baranes, and A. M. Dokter (2020). High-resolution spatial distribution of bird movements estimated from a weather radar network. Remote Sensing 12:635.
Rosenberg, K. V., A. M. Dokter, P. J. Blancher, J. R. Sauer, A. C. Smith, P. A. Smith, J. C. Stanton, A. Panjabi, L. Helft, M. Parr, and P. P. Marra (2019). Decline of the North American avifauna. Science:eaaw1313.
Lin, T.-Y., K. Winner, G. Bernstein, A. Mittal, A. M. Dokter, K. G. Horton, C. Nilsson, B. M. V. Doren, A. Farnsworth, F. A. L. Sorte, S. Maji, and D. Sheldon (2019). MistNet: Measuring historical bird migration in the US using archived weather radar data and convolutional neural networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 0.
Lin, T., K. Winner, G. Bernstein, A. Mittal, A. M. Dokter, K. G. Horton, C. Nilsson, B. M. Van Doren, A. Farnsworth, F. A. La Sorte, S. Maji, and D. Sheldon (2019). MistNet: Measuring historical bird migration in the US using archived weather radar data and convolutional neural networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:1908–1922.
Nilsson, C., J. Bäckman, and A. M. Dokter (2019). Flocking behavior in the twilight ascents of Common Swifts Apus apus. Ibis 161:674–678.
Dokter, A. M., P. Desmet, J. H. Spaaks, S. van Hoey, L. Veen, L. Verlinden, C. Nilsson, G. Haase, H. Leijnse, A. Farnsworth, W. Bouten, and J. Shamoun‐Baranes (2019). bioRad: biological analysis and visualization of weather radar data. Ecography 42:852–860.
Horton, K. G., C. Nilsson, B. M. Van Doren, F. A. La Sorte, A. M. Dokter, and A. Farnsworth (2019). Bright lights in the big cities: Migratory birds' exposure to artificial light. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17:209–214.
Nilsson, C., A. M. Dokter, L. Verlinden, J. Shamoun‐Baranes, B. Schmid, P. Desmet, S. Bauer, J. Chapman, J. A. Alves, P. M. Stepanian, N. Sapir, et al. (2019). Revealing patterns of nocturnal migration using the European weather radar network. Ecography 42:876–886.
Bauer, S., J. Shamoun‐Baranes, C. Nilsson, A. Farnsworth, J. F. Kelly, D. R. Reynolds, A. M. Dokter, J. F. Krauel, L. B. Petterson, K. G. Horton, and J. W. Chapman (2019). The grand challenges of migration ecology that radar aeroecology can help answer. Ecography 42:861–875.
La Sorte, F. A., K. G. Horton, C. Nilsson, and A. M. Dokter (2019). Projected changes in wind assistance under climate change for nocturnally migrating bird populations. Global Change Biology 25:289 – 601.
Bulla, M., M. Valcu, A. M. Dokter, A. G. Dondua, A. Kosztolanyi, A. Rutten, B. Helm, B. K. Sandercock, B. Casler, B. J. Ens, C. S. Spiegel, et al. (2019). [In press] Defying the 24‐h day: unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds. Nature.
Liechti, F., J. Aschwanden, J. Blew, M. Boos, R. Brabant, A. M. Dokter, V. Kosarev, M. Lukach, M. Maruri, M. Reyniers, I. Schekler, et al. (2018). Cross-calibration of different radar systems for monitoring nocturnal bird migration across Europe and the Near East. Ecography. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04041
Nilsson, C., A. M. Dokter, L. Verlinden, J. Shamoun-Baranes, B. Schmid, P. Desmet, S. Bauer, J. Chapman, J. A. Alves, P. M. Stepanian, N. Sapir, et al. (2018). Revealing patterns of nocturnal migration using the European weather radar network. Ecography. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04003
Dokter, A. M., P. Desmet, J. H. Spaaks, S. van Hoey, L. Veen, L. Verlinden, C. Nilsson, G. Haase, H. Leijnse, A. Farnsworth, W. Bouten, and J. Shamoun-Baranes (2018). bioRad: biological analysis and visualization of weather radar data. Ecography. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04028
Dokter, A. M., W. Fokkema, B. S. Ebbinge, H. Olff, H. P. van der Jeugd, and B. A. Nolet (2018). Agricultural pastures challenge the attractiveness of natural saltmarsh for a migratory goose. Journal of Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13168
Nilsson, C., A. M. Dokter, B. Schmid, M. Scacco, L. Verlinden, J. Bäckman, G. Haase, G. Dell'Omo, J. W. Chapman, H. Leijnse, and F. Liechti (2018). Field validation of radar systems for monitoring bird migration. Journal of Applied Ecology 55:2552–2564.
Nilsson, C., K. G. Horton, A. M. Dokter, B. M. Van Doren, and A. Farnsworth (2018). Aeroecology of a solar eclipse. Biology Letters 14:20180485.
Bauer, S., J. Shamoun-Baranes, C. Nilsson, A. Farnsworth, J. F. Kelly, D. R. Reynolds, A. M. Dokter, J. F. Krauel, L. B. Petterson, K. G. Horton, and J. W. Chapman (2018). The grand challenges of migration ecology that radar aeroecology can help answer. Ecography. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04083
Dokter, A. M., A. Farnsworth, D. Fink, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, W. M. Hochachka, F. A. La Sorte, O. J. Robinson, K. V. Rosenberg, and S. Kelling (2018). Seasonal abundance and survival of North America's migratory avifauna determined by weather radar. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:1603–1609.
Lameris, T. K., H. P. van der Jeugd, G. Eichhorn, A. M. Dokter, W. Bouten, M. P. Boom, K. E. Litvin, B. J. Ens, and B. A. Nolet (2018). Arctic geese tune migration to a warming climate but still suffer from a phenological mismatch. Current Biology 28:2467-2473.e4.
Van Doren, B. M., K. G. Horton, A. M. Dokter, H. Klinck, S. B. Elbin, and A. Farnsworth (2017). High-intensity urban light installation dramatically alters nocturnal bird migration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/0.1073/pnas.1708574114
Shamoun-Baranes, J., A. Farnsworth, B. Aelterman, J. A. Alves, K. Azijn, G. Bernstein, S. Branco, P. Desmet, A. M. Dokter, K. Horton, S. Kelling, et al. (2016). Innovative visualizations shed light on avian nocturnal migration. PLOS ONE 11:e0160106.

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