Two new Wetland Database Management Assistants start work
Ellen Amting, a Dutch National from Amsterdam joined us today as Wetland Database Management Assistant. She replaces Jantien van Oord who recently moved to Haarlem. Ellen will bring the Ramsar Databa...
Ellen Amting, a Dutch National from Amsterdam joined us today as Wetland Database Management Assistant. She replaces Jantien van Oord who recently moved to Haarlem. Ellen will bring the Ramsar Database team back up to full strength and will assist with our other wetland database managment. Ellen studied Tropical Ecology at the University of Amsterdam. She has done research and/or fieldwork in spatial/landcover/vegetation (including wetlands) issues in Senegal, Kenya, Burkina Faso and the Netherlands. She has a keen interest in GIS as evidenced by previous and ongoing course work. She was a database management assistant on a Soil Information System before joining us. Niels Gilissen has recently joined our staff, replacing Edith Hubert as Waterbird Monitoring Technical Assistant. He will be mainly responsible for managing data gathered in the International Waterbird Census (IWC). The first goal for Niels is to complete the dataset for 1997-1999 as a basis for publication of a new IWC-report and new Waterbird Population Estimates. Furthermore he will be dealing with a survey on the status and mangement of the North-American Ruddy Duck in Europe. Niels is 29 years old and graduated in Environmental Sciences in 1996. He has been working in several ecological projects for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Vogelbescherming Nederland (the Dutch BirdLife International partner) and the Provincial council of Noord-Brabant (The Netherlands). He is a birdwatcher and as a member of the Working Group International Wetland and Waterbird Research (WIWO), he has organised a voluntary expedition to Tunisia to count waterbirds.