Theunis Piersma is a professor of Animal Ecology at the University of Groningen. He was a winner of the 2014 Spinoza Prize, also referred to as the ‘Dutch Nobel Prize’. In 2009, he was appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests are habitat selection and distributional ecology, organismal design, marine biology, physiological behavioral, population and community ecology.
Zhijun Ma is a professor in the bird ecology research group at the School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, China. His research targets are bird living on China’s coastal wetlands, especially waterbirds and saltmarsh birds, focusing on habitat ecology, migration ecology, and conservation biology.
Michelle Wille is a researcher at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia. She works to understand the ecology and evolution of viruses in shorebirds, which utilise a range of migratory strategies to disseminate viruses.
Kate Gorringe-Smith created the Overwintering Project: Mapping Sanctuary, an Australia and New-Zealand wide art project designed to engage people with their local migratory shorebirds and habitat. Kate, a practising artist with a background in zoology, worked on HANZAB and edited Wingspan magazine for BirdLife Australia.