Drs. M. (Merlijn) van Weerd

  • PhD researcher

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1484
E-Mail: merlijnvanweerd@yahoo.com
Faculty / Department: Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen, Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden, CML/Conservation Biology
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

Professional experience

Merlijn van Weerd graduated in 1996 at the University of Groningen with a MSc (Drs.) degree in biology, specialisation animal ecology. During his study he conducted fieldwork in Cameroon on the impact of floodplain restoration on water bird populations and fieldwork in Mozambique on shore birds and their food supplies. In 1997 he conducted fieldwork on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog on the breeding behaviour of Oystercatchers for the University of Groningen. In 1998 he was ecologist for the CML at the Waza-Logone project in Cameroon working on freshwater fish migration and conducting bird and mammal surveys. From 1999 till 2002 he worked as a wildlife biologist for the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park – Conservation Project in Luzon, the Philippines. Within this Dutch funded integrated conservation and development project, he trained local wildlife researchers, conducted biodiversity surveys of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fishes and butterflies, studied wildlife resource utilisation and assisted in the development of conservation and natural resource management plans for the region. In 2003, Merlijn started work at the CML as a PhD researcher on the wildlife diversity, utilisation and conservation of Northeast Luzon. In addition, he is co-ordinator of a Philippine crocodile research and conservation program. He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and of the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group.

Regional specialisation: Philippines, Cameroon, Mozambique, Netherlands.

Research topics

  • Biodiversity in tropical forest ecosystems
  • The impact of deforestation and fragmentation on tropical forest biodiversity
  • Local utilisation and management of natural resources
  • Conservation of biodiversity at various organisational levels
  • Status, ecology and conservation of the Philippine crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis
  • Wetlands and water-birds

Last Modified: 29-03-2016