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My co-author network according to Web of Knowledge in March 2020. Created by Josh A. Firth.

Being a biologist is the best job I could wish for. I get to be curious as a profession.
Below you can find the products of my curiosity. Inspired by the creativity of Prof Hanna Kokko, I decided to make a haiku for each one of them, trying to phrase the essence of the paper in 5-7-5 syllables.

When food is around

Guppies become more friendly

A strategy or…?

Snijders L., Krause S., Tump A.N., Breuker M, Ramnarine I.W., Kurvers R.H.J.M., Krause J. (2022). Ephemeral Resource Availability Makes Wild Guppies More Social. BioRXiv. DOI: 10.1101/2022.05.20.492799


You can keep trying

but you’ll get the same result

Are you testing me?

Naguib M., Titulaer M., Waas J.R., van Oers K. Sprau P., Snijders, L. (2022). Prior territorial responses and home range size predict territory defense in radio-tagged great tits. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 76: 35. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-022-03143-3


Does CTA work?

Learning principles can guide

wildlife management

Snijders L., Thierij N.M., Appleby R., St Clair C.C., Tobajas J. (2021). Conditioned taste aversion as a tool for mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. Frontiers in Conservation Science 2: 744704. DOI: 10.3389/fcosc.2021.744704


Managing wildlife

Teaching them to stay away

But ethically

Smith B.P., Snijders L., Tobajas J.,  Whitehouse-Tedd K., van Bommel L., Pitcher B., St. Clair C.C., Appleby R.G., Jordan N., Greggor A.L. (in press). ‘Management techniques for deterring and repelling wildlife’ in Smith B.P., Waudby H., Alberthsen C. (eds) Ethical wildlife research in Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9781486313440

We call to explore

Some of us more than others

Are you listening?

Schabacker T, Lindecke O, Rizzi S, Marggraf L, Pētersons G, Voigt CC, Snijders L (2021). In situ novel environment assay reveals acoustic exploration as a repeatable behavioral response in migratory bats. Scientific Reports 11: 8174 – Preprint on BioRxiv.

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When you are a fish

And want to eat lots of food

It helps to be social

Snijders L., Krause S., Tump A.N., Breuker M., Ortiz C., Rizzi S., Ramnarine I.W., Krause J., Kurvers R.H.J.M. (2021) Causal evidence for the adaptive benefits of social foraging in the wild. Communications Biology 4: 94 – Preprint on BioRxiv.

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Remember those friends

that disappeared when they got hitched?

Not barnacle geese.

Kurvers R.H.J.M., Prox L., Farine D.R., Jongeling C., Snijders L. (2020) Season-specific carryover of early life associations in a monogamous bird species. Animal Behaviour 164: 25-37 –  Preprint on BioRxiv

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Captive animals

Possessed, but wild at heart 

Where can wild things go?

Snijders L. (2020) Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of elephant rewilding. A comment on Baker & Winkler. Animal Sentience 28(6): 1-4.


When you are hungry,

hanging out with females helps.

They will show the way.

Snijders L., Kurvers R.H.J.M, Krause S., Tump A.N., Ramnarine I.W., Krause J. (2019) Females facilitate male patch discovery in a wild fish population. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 1950-1960 – Preprint on BioRxiv

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It’s not what I sing

It’s how I sing it better

Just listen to me

Naguib M., Diehl J., van Oers K., Snijders L. (2019) Repeatability of signalling traits in the avian dawn chorus. Frontiers in Zoology 16: 1-11


Wildlife management

Which interventions help us

To reduce conflict?

Snijders L., Greggor A.L., Hilderink F., Doran C. (2019) Effectiveness of animal conditioning interventions in reducing human-wildlife conflict: a systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence 8: 1-10


Are you a person?

We discuss, but we all know:

You are not a thing!

van Leeuwen E.J.C., Snijders L. (2019) A comment on Thompson “Supporting Ape Rights: Finding the Right Fit Between Science and the Law”. ASEBL Journal 14: 46-48


We want to review

what works in conservation.


Berger-Tal O., Greggor A.L., Macura B., Adams C.A., Blumenthal A., Bouskila A., Candolin U., Doran C., Fernandez-Juricic E., Gotanda K.M., Price C., Putman B., Segoli M., Snijders L., Wong B.B.M., Blumstein D.T. (2019)

Systematic maps and reviews as tools for applying behavioral ecology to management and policy. Behavioral Ecology.


Systematic evidence synthesis as part of a larger process: a response to comments on Berger-Tal et al. Behavioral Ecology.


Following your friends 

can get you to new places

with lots of good food.

Snijders L, Kurvers R.H.J.M, Krause S., Ramnarine I.W.,  Krause J. (2018) Individual- and population-level drivers of consistent foraging success across environments. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1610-1618 – Preprint on BioRxiv

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Do you understand

how we link to each other?

Our network matters.

Snijders L., Blumstein D.T., Stanley C.R., Franks D.W. (2017) Social Network Theory Can Help Wildlife Conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 567-577

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Scientists track us

but sometimes it’s just too much.

Always be careful.

Snijders L., Nieuwe Weme L.E., de Goede P., Savage J.L., van Oers K., Naguib M. (2017) Context‐dependent effects of radio transmitter attachment on a small passerine. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 650–659 

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I can come closer,

or sing you a pretty song.

Maybe I’ll do both.

Snijders, L., Naguib, M. (2017) Communication in animal social networks: a missing link? Advances in the Study of Behavior 49: 297–359.


Even when I change,

my dominance rank will tell,

how social I am.

Snijders, L., Naguib, M., van Oers, K. (2017) Dominance rank and boldness predict social attraction in great tits. Behavioral Ecology 28: 398-406.


I am a fit male,

can you hear it in my song?

Ladies come closer.

Snijders L, van Oers K, Naguib M. (2017) Sex-specific responses to territory intrusions in a communication network: evidence from radio-tagged great tits. Ecology and Evolution 7: 918-927.

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You like to explore,

I can hear it in your voice.

Sing to me baby.

Naguib M., Van Rooij E.P., Snijders L., van Oers K. (2016) To sing or not to sing: seasonal changes in singing varies with personality in wild great tits. Behavioral Ecology 27: 932-938.

I hate intruders.

By singing vigorously,

I might keep them out.

Snijders, L., van Rooij, E., Henskens, M., van Oers, K., Naguib, M. (2015) Dawn song predicts behaviour during territory conflicts in personality-typed great tits. Animal Behaviour 109: 45-52.


Should I stay or go?

When I watch the way you move,

it says everything.

Clément, R., Wolf, M., Snijders, L., Krause, J., Kurvers, R.H.J.M. (2015) Information transmission via movement behaviour improves decision accuracy in human groups. Animal Behaviour 105: 85-93.

We sing during dawn,

different from our neighbors.

Are we out of tune?

Snijders, L., van Rooij, E.P., van der Eijk, J., de Goede, P., van Oers, K., Naguib, M. (2015) Song trait similarity in great tits varies with social structure. Plos One 10: e0116881.

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We like our own space,

but connect to others too.

Bold birds more than shy.

Snijders, L., van Rooij, E. P., Burt, J., Hinde, C. A., van Oers, K., Naguib, M. (2014) Social networking in territorial great tits: slow explorers have the least central social network positions. Animal Behaviour 98: 95-102.

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We care for our young,

until spring migration comes.

Enough is enough!

Jonker, R. M., Kuiper, M. W., Snijders, L., Van Wieren, S. E., Ydenberg, R. C., & Prins, H. H. (2011) Divergence in timing of parental care and migration in barnacle geese. Behavioral Ecology 22: 326-331.

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