Dr Johan van Rhijn - Open Universiteit


Dr Johan van Rhijn


Studiecentrum Groningen




Expertise, onderzoek en publicaties


I am biologist above all, but also crofter, author and still a little bit teacher. I like to talk on all these topics. My new book (written in Dutch for a wide audience) 'Darwins Dating Show' has recently been published. Not quite independent of it, I resumed - after 20 years - to participate in scientific research. Together with ecologists from Groningen University and distiguished amateur ornithologists I am working now on a number of publications on ruffs and tundra plovers.


Incomplete and irregular annual replacement of secondaries in Eurasian Golden Plovers, Pluvialis apricaria. Wader Study Group Bull. 120: 102-107 (2013 - samen met Joop Jukema, Erik Bunskoeke, Theunis Piersma, Ton Pieters en Anita Koolhaas).

Darwins Dating Show. Wie kies je als partner en wie zorgt er voor het kroost? Veen Media, Diemen, 228 pp (2013).

Hoe rekbaar is onze planeet? Feiten en fictie over de draagkracht van de natuur. Veen Magazines, Diemen, 255 pp (2010).

Mate guarding as a key factor in the evolution of parental care in birds. Anim.Behav. 41: 963-970 (1991).

The Ruff: individuality in a gregarious wading bird. T.& A.D. Poyser, London, 209 pp (1991).

Unidirectionality in the phylogeny of social organisation, with special reference to birds. Behaviour 115: 153-174 (1990).

Mensen in hun oecosystemen. Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, 117 pp (1990 - samen met Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga).

Ethologie: Veroorzaking, ontwikkeling, functie en evolutie van gedrag. Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, 425 pp (1989 - samen met Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga).

On the mechanism of mate selection in black-headed gulls. Behaviour 100: 134-169 (1987 - samen met Ton Groothuis).

Biparental care and the basis for alternative bond-types among gulls, with special reference to black-headed gulls. Ardea 73: 159-174 (1985 - samen met Ton Groothuis). 

Black-headed gull or black-headed girl? On the advantage of concealing sex in gulls and other colonial birds. Neth.J. Zool. 35: 87-102 (1985).

A scenario for the evolution of social organization in Ruffs Philomachus pugnax and other charadriiform species. Ardea 73: 25-37 (1985). 

Phylogenetical constraints in the evolution of parental care strategies in birds. Neth.J.Zool. 34: 103-122 (1984).

On the maintenance and origin of alternative strategies in the ruff Philomachus pugnax. Ibis 125: 482-498 (1983).

Units of behaviour in the black-headed gull, Larus ridibundus L. Anim.Behav. 29: 586-593 (1981).

Being honest about one's intentions: an Evolutionary Stable Strategy for animal conflicts. J.theor.Biol. 85: 623-641 (1980 - samen met Ron Vodegel).

Communication by agonistic displays: a discussion. Behaviour 74: 284-293 (1980).

Processes in feathers caused by bathing in water. Ardea 65: 126-147 (1977). 

The patterning of preening and other comfort behaviour in a herring gull. Behaviour 63: 71-109 (1977).

Behavioural dimorphism in male ruffs. Behaviour 47: 153-229 (1973).


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