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Hanneke Meijer

Dr. H.J.M. (Hanneke) Meijer, Research associate - Biodiversity Discovery


Email: hanneke.meijer@naturalis.nl
Phone: +34 935 868 338
Room number: not applicable

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  • 2013 -… Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013 -… Research Collaborator, Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA
  • 2010 - 2012 Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Birds and Human Origins Program, Washington DC, USA
  • 2006 - … Research Associate at the Department of Geology, Netherlands Centre of Biodiversity (NCB) Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands
  • 2003 - 2007 Ph.D.,Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • 1998 - 2003 M.Sc. in Biology, Leiden University, Leiden


Research interest

I am a vertebrate paleontologist with a background in functional anatomy and an interest in insular evolution, biogeography, paleoecology and extinction. My current research project focuses on using fossil bird remains from Southeast Asia as paleoecological proxies to reconstruct the Pleistocene hominin environments, documenting prehistoric avian biodiversity in Southeast Asia and assessing the impact of natural and non-natural disturbances, including the arrival of modern humans, on insular bird communities. I am also involved in the Dodo Research Programme at Mauritius, which aims to reconstruct the lost world of the dodo.

I am currently a Beatriu de Pinos Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Catala de Paleontologia in Barcelona and a Research Collaborator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Human Origins Program in Washington DC.



Current research topics

The fossil fauna of Liang Bua

In collaboration with T. Sutikna, W. Saptomo, R. A. Due, S. Wasisto and Jatmiko (National Archaeology Centre Arkenas, Jakarta, Indonesia), Dr. G.D. van den Bergh and Prof. Dr. M. Morwood (University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia), Dr. M. Tocheri and Dr. H. James (Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA).

Dodo Research Programme

In collaboration with Dr. K.F. Rijsdijk (University of Amsterdam), Dr. J. de Vos (Naturalis, Leiden) Dr. J. Hume (NHM, London) and Prof. Dr. Leon Claessens (College of the Holy Cross).


See above.




Available student projects

Public outreach




Meijer, H.J.M., Sutikna, T., Saptomo, W.E., Due, R. A., Wasisto, S., James, H.F., Morwood, M.J., & Tocheri, M.W., 2013. Late Pleistocene-Holocene non-Passerine Avifauna of Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33:4, 877-894

Meijer, H.J.M., Gill, A., de Louw, P.G.B., van den Hoek Ostende, L.W., Hume, J.P. & Rijsdijk, K.F., 2012. Dodo remains from an in situ context from Mare aux Songes, Mauritius. Naturwissenschaften 99(3): 177-84. (IF: 2.25)

Rijsdijk, K.F., Zinke, J., de Louw, P.G.B., Hume, J.P., van der Plicht, J., Hooghiemstra, H., Meijer, H.J.M., Vonhof, H.B., Porch, N., Florens, F.B.V., Baider, C., van Geel, B., Brinkkemper, J., Vernimmen, T. & Janoo, A., 2011. Mid-Holocene (4200 yr BP) mass mortalities in Mauritius (Mascarenes): Insular vertebrates resilient to climatic extremes but vulnerable to human impact. The Holocene, doi:10.1177/0959683611405236. (IF: 2.772)

Meijer, H.J.M. & Due, R.A., 2010. A new species of giant marabou stork (Aves: Ciconiiformes) from the Pleistocene of Liang Bua, Flores (Indonesia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 160: 707-724. (IF: 2.319)

Meijer, H.J.M., van den Hoek Ostende, L.W., van den Bergh, G.D. & de Vos, J., 2010. The fellowship of the hobbit: the fauna surrounding Homo floresiensis. Journal of Biogeography, 37(6): 995-1006. (IF: 4.273)

Please contact the author when you are interested in one of the articles above and it is not available online or in the repository [Repository].