Meet the team!

Josh Nightingale – Post-doctoral Research Associate

Josh is based at the University of Iceland, and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the GWTDP. A ringer of waders since 2009, he completed his PhD in 2023 at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, on the role of juvenile recruitment and settlement in driving range change in Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits, using a combination of tracking and colour-ring data. (Twitter | Orcid))

Camilo Carneiro – Post-doctoral Research Associate

Camilo is an ornithologist at the South Iceland Research Centre. He has been working mostly on waders over the past 12 years, with a substantial focus on aspects of their migration and movement ecology. His PhD included studying the migration of adult whimbrels (as part of their annual cycle); more recently, he shifted the focus from the adults to the chick and juvenile phases, with questions ranging from the effects of trophic interactions on growth to the ontogeny of migration. (Twitter | Orcid)

José Alves – Principal Investigator

A Senior Research Associate with the Universities of Aveiro and Iceland, José is an ecologist with specific interests in the mechanisms by which organisms respond to environmental change with particular attention to migratory systems. He has been studying waders since his PhD, completed in 2010 at the University of East Anglia. (Twitter | Orcid)

Martin Beal – Post-doc Researcher

Based at University of Lisbon, Portugal, Martin is working with BirdLife International to use ringing and tracking data from several wader species to identify important connectivity sites in the East Atlantic Flyway. (Twitter | Orcid)

Maria Dias

Maria was instrumental in setting up the BirdLife International Seabird Tracking Database, and now shares her expertise to develop the GWTDP. Maria is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Lisbon, with a particular interest on migratory bird species and on using animal tracking technology (e.g., GPS, GLS) to understand the interaction between birds and human activities, to identify important areas for conservation (Key Biodiversity Areas) and to study migratory connectivity. (Orcid)

Verónica Méndez

Verónica’s research investigates migratory decisions, individual level responses to environmental change and their consequences for population demography and distribution in a partial migrant population of Eurasian Oystercatcher breeding in Iceland. (Twitter | Orcid)

Theunis Piersma

Leader of the Global Flyway Network consortium and at the University of Groningen and the Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Theunis brings decades of experience and a global perspective to the GWTDP. (Twitter | Orcid)

Tómas Grétar Gunnarsson

Director of the South Iceland Research Centre, University of Iceland, Tómas researches the ecology and conservation of birds, particularly migratory shorebirds, with particular interest in relationships between habitats and demography. (Orcid)


Gregoire Michel – Masters student

In order to set up the GWTDP, it was important to have an inventory of current publications on shorebird tracking. Greg conducted a systematic literature review, gathering all the knowledge on electronic shorebird tracking at a global level. This work also aims to establish the gaps in knowledge on the subject, and thus indicate where future efforts should be directed. Greg is a masters student at the University of La Rochelle, France.
Image: Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa flocking in the Tagus Estuary SPA, Portugal. Photo by Verónica Méndez.