Anneke Paijmans


My core interests are in animal behaviour, evolution and conservation. In my master’s thesis I combine all three by using microsatellite genotyping to gain a better understanding of the population structure and demography of Antarctic fur seals. These seals were hunted to near extinction in the 18th and 19th century, but have managed to recover population size since. However, little is known about how recolonization of their former sites occurred. We are using over 40 loci to analyse population structure and genetic variation within this species.

Previous Research and Other Interests

After working for several years in nature legislation and marine policy, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in academia. To gain a better understanding of animal behaviour and evolution, I chose to participate in the MSc program “Behaviour: From neural mechanisms to evolution”. As part of this course, I participated in research looking at the frequency of a mutation in the MC1R gene (responsible for blonde coat colourisation) in Antarctic fur seals from different breeding sites. The project aims to gain a better understanding of how the mutant allele spread in the population. This motivated me to learn more about the use of genetic tools in evolution and conservation biology.

In my free time I love reading books, travelling, dancing and horseback riding.


Dr Joe Hoffman, University of Bielefeld

Curriculum Vitae
  • 2015–Present: MSc ‘Behaviour: From neural mechanisms to evolution’ – University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2011–2015: Marine ecologist – IMARES, The Netherlands
  • 2010–2011: Ecological consultant – Dienst Landelijk Gebied, The Netherlands
  • 2008–2010: Ecological consultant – Grontmij, The Netherlands
  • 2005–2008: MSc Biology, Specialisation: Animal Biology – Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • 2001–2005: BSc Biology, specialisation: Ecology – Wageningen University, The Netherlands



Paijmans, A.J., V. Swakman, F. Groenewoud, S.M. Amininasab, R.S. Marfull, J. Komdeur, P. Korsten (2015) Fair Sharing? Incomplete parental compensation for increased brood demand does not skew the distribution of food among nest mates. Conference: 10th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife

Scientific Articles

2) Piet, Gerjan J., Ruud H. Jongbloed, Antony M. Knights, Jacqueline E. Tamis, Anneke J. Paijmans, Marieken T. van der Sluis, Pepijn de Vries, and Leonie A. Robinson (2015) Evaluation of Ecosystem-Based Marine Management Strategies Based on Risk Assessment. Biological Conservation 186: 158–66. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.03.011.
1) Schutter, M., J. Crocker, A.J. Paijmans, M. Janse, R. Osinga, A. Verreth, and R. Wijffels (2010) The Effect of Different Flow Regimes on the Growth and Metabolic Rates of the Scleractinian Coral Galaxea Fascicularis. Coral Reefs 29, no. 3: 737–48. doi:10.1007/s00338-010-0617-2.

Contact Details

FurSealProjectDepartment of Animal Behaviour
Bielefeld University
Postfach 100131
33501 Bielefeld

email: a.paijmans[at]
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