ir. TPM (Thijs) Fijen

ir. TPM (Thijs) Fijen

Promovendus, PhD candidate

You could see me as a true Wageningen-person: I have done my Bachelors and my Masters in Wageningen (Forest and Nature Conservation). I graduated in 2013 and started my current PhD-project in May 2015. This PhD project is on the relative importance of wild pollinators in agricultural landscapes. I was broadly interested in anything with ecology, but had a preference for birds, but also plants and insects had my attention. However, I had never started to look at bees, but their diversity got my attention quickly after starting this project. In my recent research I am looking for strong arguments for taking better care of our biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Crop pollinators are an excellent reason to protect these pollinators, and protecting them will probably also benefit other species!

In my spare time I spent a lot of time bird watching, but also studying the identification of birds based on their calls and song. This means I am also very passionate about birds and bird research, of which I did a bit myself!

Picture: Thijs identifies an unknown butterfly on a day of during the fieldwork in Italy. Picture taken by Bastiaen Boekelo


I have recently started a crowdfunding project to study the effects of bumblebees on crop yield of lupin. The locally produced lupin can then replace soy beans in meat replacements and thus significantly reduce to ecological footprint of meat replacements!