Hans Slabbekoorn did his BSc and MSc at Utrecht University and received his PhD-degree at Leiden University in 1998. He went to San Francisco, California, for a four-year post-doc and returned to Leiden for another three-year post-doc to become assistant professor in 2004 and associate professor in 2012. Over the years, he has worked on animal signal evolution and environmental selection pressures in birds in Africa, South America, the US, China and Europe.
The last decade, he has moved on with work on anthropogenic noise pollution and potential effects on birds, marine mammals, fish, and aquatic invertebrates. In 2004, he co-authored a book on “Nature’s Music. The science of birdsong” and in 2018, he co-authored a book on the “Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Animals”. He is currently working on noise and particulate matter pollution on birdsong and the importance of underwater soundscapes in rivers, around offshore windfarms, and in the deep sea.
Hans Slabbekoorn is speaker at the FilmForward Vrijplaats Residency.