2018 - persent Senior researcher - Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology
2017 - 2018 Post-doc, Max Planck Instutute for Ornithology
2016 - 2017 Ecologist, Dactylis
2016 - 2016 Post-doc, Utrecht University
2015 - 2016 Post-doc, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
2011 - 2015 PhD candidate, Utrecht University
2010 - 2011 Research technician, Utrecht University



2008 - 2010 MSc. Environmental Biology, Utrecht University (cum laude)
2005 - 2008 BSc. Biology, Utrecht University
1999 - 2005 Coornhert Gymnasium, Gouda




Peer-reviewed publications

  • Grondard N., Kleyheeg E., Hein L. & Van Bussel L.G. (2023) Effects of Dutch agri-environmental field margins and bird plots on cropland birds. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 15;349:108430. (pdf)
  • Rijks J.M., Leopold M.F., Kühn S., in ‘t Veld R., Schenk F., Brenninkmeijer A., Lilipaly S.J., Ballmann M.Z., Kelder L., de Jong J.W., Courtens W., Slaterus R., Kleyheeg E., et al. (2022) Mass mortality caused by highly pathogenic influenza A (H5N1) virus in Sandwich terns, the Netherlands, 2022. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 28:2538-42. (pdf)
  • Wiegers J.N., Jongejans E., Van Turnhout C.A., van den Bremer L., van der Jeugd H. & Kleyheeg E. (2022) Integrated population modeling identifies low duckling survival as a key driver of decline in a European population of the Mallard. Ornithological Applications, 2;124(3):duac020. (pdf)
  • Frauendorf M., Allen A.M., Jongejans E., Ens B.J., Teunissen W., Kampichler C., van Turnhout C.A., Bailey L.D., de Kroon H., Cremer J. & Kleyheeg E. (2022) Love thy neighbour?—Spatial variation in density dependence of nest survival in relation to predator community. Diversity and Distributions, 28(4):624-35. (pdf)
  • van Toor M.L., Kharitonov S., Švažas S., Dagys M., Kleyheeg E., Müskens G., Ottosson U., Žydelis R., Waldenström J. (2021) Migration distance affects how closely Eurasian wigeons follow spring phenology during migration. Movement Ecology, 9(1):1-2. (pdf)
  • Laidlaw R., Smart J., Ewing H., Franks S., Belting H., Donaldson L., Hilton G., Hiscock N., Hoodless A., Hughes B., Jarrett N., Kentie R., Kleyheeg E., et al. (2021) Predator management for breeding waders: a review of current evidence and priority knowledge gaps. Wader Study, 128(1):44-55. (pdf)
  • Mallon J.M., Tucker M.A., Beard A., Bierregaard Jr R.O., Bildstein K.L., Böhning‐Gaese K., Brzorad J.N., Buechley E.R., Bustamante J., Carrapato C., Castillo‐Guerrero J.A., Kleyheeg E., et al. (2020) Diurnal timing of nonmigratory movement by birds: the importance of foraging spatial scales. Journal of Avian Biology, 51(12). (pdf)
  • Lovas‐Kiss Á., Vincze O., Kleyheeg E., Sramkó G., Laczkó L., Fekete R., Molnár A. & Green A.J. (2020) Seed mass, hardness, and phylogeny explain the potential for endozoochory by granivorous waterbirds. Ecology and Evolution, 10(3):1413-24. (pdf)
  • Tucker M.A., Kleyheeg E., et al. (2019) Large birds travel farther in homogeneous environments. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28:576-587.
  • Kleyheeg E., Fiedler W., Safi K., Waldenström J., Wikelski M. & van Toor M.L. (2019) A comprehensive model for the quantitative estimation of seed dispersal by migratory mallards. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7:40.
  • Kleyheeg E., Nolet B.A., Otero‐Ojea S. & Soons M.B. (2018) A mechanistic assessment of the relationship between gut morphology and endozoochorous seed dispersal by waterfowl. Ecology and Evolution, 8:10857-10867.
  • Lameris T.K., Brown J.S., Kleyheeg E., Jansen P.A. & van Langevelde F. (2018) Nest defensibility decreases home-range size in central place foragers. Behavioral Ecology, 29:1038-1045.
  • Kölzsch A., Kleyheeg E., Kruckenberg H., Kaatz M. & Blasius B. (2018) A periodic Markov model to formalize animal migration on a network. Royal Society open science, 5:180438.
  • Kleyheeg E., Claessens M. & Soons M.B. (2018) Interactions between seed traits and digestive processes determine the viability of bird-dispersed seeds. PLoS One, 13(4):e0195026.
  • Poen M.J., Bestebroer T.M., Vuong O., Scheuer R.D., van der Jeugd H.P., Kleyheeg E., Eggink D., Lexmond P., van den Brand J.M.A., Begeman L., van der Vliet S., Müskens G.J.D.M., Majoor F.A., Koopmans M.P.G., Kuiken T. & Fouchier R.A.M. (2018) Local amplification of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 viruses in wild birds in the Netherlands, 2016-2017. Eurosurveillance, 23(4):17-00449
  • Kleyheeg E., Slaterus R., Bodewes R., Rijks J.M., Spierenburg M.A.H., Beerens N., Kelder L., Poen M.J., Stegeman J.A., Fouchier R.A.M., Kuiken T. & van der Jeugd H.P. (2017) Deaths among Wild Birds during Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Virus Outbreak, the Netherlands. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23:12
  • Lameris T.K. & Kleyheeg E. (2017) Reduction in adverse effects of tracking devices on waterfowl requires better measuring and reporting. Animal Biotelemetry, 5:24 (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E., Treep J., De Jager M., Nolet B. & Soons M.B. (2017) Seed dispersal distributions resulting from landscape-dependent daily movement behaviour of a key vector species. Journal of Ecology, 105:1279-1289 (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E., van Dijk J.G.B., Nolet B.A., Tsopoglou-Gkina D., Woud T., Boonstra D. & Soons M.B. (2017) Movement patterns of a keystone waterbird species are highly predictable from landscape configuration. Movement Ecology, 5(2) (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E., Klaassen M. & Soons M.B. (2016) Seed dispersal potential by wild ducks as estimated from digestive tract analysis. Freshwater Biology, 61:1746-1758 (pdf)
  • Green A.J., Soons M., Brochet A.L., & Kleyheeg E. (2016). Dispersal of plants by waterbirds. Why Birds Matter (eds. D.G. Wenny, C.J. Whelan & C. Sekercioglu), University of Chicago Press, Chicago
  • Poen M.J., Verhagen J.H., Manvell R.J., Brown I., Bestebroer T.M., van der Vliet S., Vuong O., Scheuer R.D., van der Jeugd H.P., Nolet B.A., Kleyheeg E., Muskens G.J.D.M., Majoor F.A., Grund C. & Fouchier R.A.M. (2016) Lack of virological and serological evidence for continued circulation of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 virus in wild birds in the Netherlands, 14 November 2014 to 31 January 2016. Eurosurveillance, 21:38 (pdf)
  • Wubs E.R.J., Fraaije R.G.A., de Groot G.A., Erkens R.H.J., Garssen A., Kleyheeg E., Raven B. & Soons M.B. (2016) Going against the flow? A case for upstream dispersal and how to detect uncommon dispersal events. Freshwater Biology, 61: 580-595 (pdf)
  • Soons M.B., Brochet A.L., Kleyheeg E. & Green A.J. (2016) Seed dispersal by dabbling ducks: an overlooked dispersal pathway for a broad spectrum of plant species. Journal of Ecology, 104: 443-455 (pdf)
  • Huig N., Buijs R.J. & Kleyheeg E. (2016) Summer in the city: behaviour of large gulls visiting an urban area during the breeding season. Bird Study, 63: 214-222 (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E. & Van Leeuwen C.H.A. (2015) Regurgitation by waterfowl: an overlooked mechanism for long-distance dispersal of wetland plant seeds. Aquatic Botany, 127:1-5 (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E., Van Leeuwen C.H.A., Morison M.A., Nolet B.A. & Soons M.B. (2015) Bird-mediated seed dispersal: reduced digestive efficiency in active birds modulates the dispersal capacity of plant seeds. Oikos, 124:899-907 (pdf)
  • Van Dijk J.G.B., Kleyheeg E., Soons M.B., Nolet B.A., Fouchier R.A.M. & Klaassen M. (2015) Weak negative associations between avian influenza virus infection and movement behaviour in a key host species, the mallard Anas platyrhynchos. Oikos, 124:1293-1303 (pdf)


Publications in national journals

  • Kleyheeg E., Dirksen S. †, Van Beusekom R., Eggenhuizen T., Jonkers D., Koffijberg K., Majoor F. & Nagtegaal J. (2020) Ruiende Casarca's in Nederland: aantalsontwikkeling, herkomst, ecologie. Limosa, 93 (1): 1-14. (pdf)
  • Simons E.L.A.N., Haveman R. & Kleyheeg E. (2016) Revision of Bolboschoenus (Asch.) Palla (Cyperaceae) in the Netherlands. Gorteria, 38:189-223 (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E. & Oskam C.G.A. (2016) Verrassende prooikeuze van een steenuilenpaar in Zuid-Holland. Limosa, 89:120-123.
  • Huig N., Buijs R.J. & Kleyheeg E. (2016) Foeragerende Zilvermeeuwen langs de Hollandse kust: ‘stadsmeeuwen’ of nog steeds ‘zeemeeuwen’? Limosa, 89:58-66 (pdf)
  • Huig N. & Kleyheeg E. (2015) Partnerruil bij Kleine Mantelmeeuw, uitzondering of regel? Limosa, 88:125-127 (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E. & Oskam C.G.A. (2015) Geringde Zwarte Stern in Steenuilenkast. Op Het Vinkentouw, 133:31 (pdf)
  • Kleyheeg E. (2013) Beschadigde eendenpoten door aluminium ring. Op Het Vinkentouw, 127:16 (pdf)


Conference abstracts

  • Kleyheeg E. Presentation at the symposium "Ecological Consequences of Waterbird Movement", Utrecht, The Netherlands, 22 September 2015
  • Kleyheeg E. Presentation at This Side of Paradise congrestival, Haren, The Netherlands, 29 August 2015
  • Kleyheeg E. Presentation at 4th Pan-European Duck Symposium, April 2015
  • Kleyheeg E. Presentation at the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2015, Lunteren, The Netherlands, 10-11 February 2015
  • Kleyheeg E. Presentation at the Netherlands Ornithology Union conference 2015, Haren, The Netherlands, January 2015
  • Kleyheeg E. Presentation at the International Ornithology Conference 2014, Tokyo, Japan, Aug 2014
  • Kleyheeg E. Presentation at the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment, Raleigh, USA, 5-7 May 2014
  • Kleyheeg E., Soons M.B. (2013) Tracking seed dispersal by mallards. Presentation at the Movement and Dispersal Conference, Aberdeen, Schotland, 12 November 2013
  • Kleyheeg E., Soons M.B. (2013) Studying mallards' local movements - On the limits of solar power. Presentation at Ecotone Telemetry Workshop, Poland, April 2013
  • Kleyheeg E., Morison M.A., Van Leeuwen C.H.A., Nolet B.A., Soons M.B. (2012) The role of waterbirds in seed dispersal between wetlands. Presentation at Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2012, Lunteren, The Netherlands, 7-8 February 2012
  • Kleyheeg E., Van Leeuwen C.H.A., Morison M.A., Verhoeven J.T.A., Soons M.B. (2012) Hitchhiking in wetlands: seed dispersal by waterbirds. Presentation at 3rd Pan-European Duck Symposium, Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic, 23-27 April 2012 - awarded best student presentation
  • Kleyheeg E., Van Dijk J.G.B., Tsopoglou-Gkina D., Verhoeven J.T.A., Soons M.B. (2012) How to track flying seeds? Presentation at symposium "Dispersal of aquatic organisms by waterbirds", Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 26 June 2012



Best Student Presentation Award, PEDS4, Finland, 2015
Best Student Presentation Award, PEDS3, Czech Republic, 2012




I have been referee for the following journals:

  • Ardea
  • Animal Biotelemetry
  • Conservation Physiology
  • Current Biology
  • Emerging Microbes & Infections
  • Freshwater Biology
  • International Journal of Biometeorology
  • Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Journal of Avian Biology
  • Journal of Ecology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • PeerJ
  • The Auk
  • Waterbirds



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  • Nature Photography
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