• E-mailHanneke.Meijer@uib.no
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I am a vertebrate paleontologist with a background in vertebrate functional morphology and an interest in insular evolution, biogeography, paleoecology and extinction. My research  focuses on dispersal, turnover and extinction of insular birds. I mainly work in Island Southeast Asia and Mauritius, where I use fossil bird remains to document prehistoric avian biodiversity and the impact of natural and non-natural disturbances on an insular ecosystem.

Selected publications

Jones, R.K., Meijer, H.J.M., Piper, P.J., Hoang Hiep, T., Anh Tuan, N., and M.F. Oxenham, 2016. The identification and modification of Greater Adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius) bones in the Mid-Holocene archaeological record of Northern Vietnam. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, doi 10.1002/oa.2547

Brumm, A., van den Bergh, G.D., Storey, M., Kurniawan, I., Alloway, B.V., Setiawan, R., Setiyabudi, E., Grün, R., Moore, M.W., Yurnaldi, D.,  Puspaningrum, M., Wibowo, U.P., Insani, H., Sutisna, I., Westgate, J.A., Pearce, N.J.G., Duval, M., Meijer, H.J.M., Aziz, F., Sutikna, T., van der Kaars, S., and M.J. Morwood, 2016. Age and context of the oldest known hominin fossils from Flores. Nature, 534:249–253

Sutikna, T., Tocheri, M.W., Morwood, M.J., Saptomo, E.W., Jatmiko, Awe, R.D., Wasisto, S., Westaway, K.E., Aubert, M., Li, B., Zhao, J.-x, Storey, M., Alloway, B.V., Morley, M.W., Meijer, H.J.M., van den Bergh, G.D., Grün, R., Dosseto, A., Brumm, A., Jungers, W.L., and R.G. Roberts, 2016. Revised stratigraphy and chronology for Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia. Nature, 532:366–369.

Claessens, L.P.A.M., Meijer, H.J.M.,  J.P. Hume, and K. F. Rijsdijk (eds.), Anatomy of the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus L., 1758): An Osteological Study of the Thirioux Specimens. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 15. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35(6), Suppl. 

Meijer, H.J.M., Kurniawan, I., Setiabudi, E, Brumm, A., Sutikna, T., Setiawan, R., and G.D. van den Bergh, 2015. Avian remains from the early Middle Pleistocene of the So'a Basin, central Flores, Indonesia, and their palaeoecological significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 440:161–171

Meijer, H.J.M., Tocheri, M.W., Due, R.A., Sutikna, T., Saptomo, W.E., and James, H.F., 2015. Continental-style avian extinctions on an oceanic island. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 429:163–170.

Meijer, H.J.M., 2014. The avian fossil record in Insular Southeast Asia and its implications for avian biogeography and palaeoecology. PeerJ 2:e295 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.295

Meijer, H.J.M., Sutikna, T., Saptomo, W.E., Due, R. A., Wasisto, S., James, H.F., Morwood, M.J., & Tocheri, M.W., 2013. Late Pleistocene-Holocene non-Passerine Avifauna of Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33(4):877-894.

Meijer, H.J.M., Gill, A., de Louw, P.G.B., van den Hoek Ostende, L.W., Hume, J.P. & Rijsdijk, K.F., 2012. Dodo remains from an in situ context from Mare aux Songes, Mauritius. Naturwissenschaften 99(3):177-84.

Rijsdijk, K.F., Zinke, J., de Louw, P.G.B., Hume, J.P., van der Plicht, J., Hooghiemstra, H., Meijer, H.J.M., Vonhof, H.B., Porch, N., Florens, F.B.V., Baider, C., van Geel, B., Brinkkemper, J., Vernimmen, T. & Janoo, A., 2011. Mid-Holocene (4200 yr BP) mass mortalities in Mauritius (Mascarenes): Insular vertebrates resilient to climatic extremes but vulnerable to human impact. The Holocene, 21(8):1179-1194.

Meijer, H.J.M. & Due, R.A., 2010. A new species of giant marabou stork (Aves: Ciconiiformes) from the Pleistocene of Liang Bua, Flores (Indonesia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 160:707-724.

Meijer, H.J.M., van den Hoek Ostende, L.W., van den Bergh, G.D. & de Vos, J., 2010. The fellowship of the hobbit: the fauna surrounding Homo floresiensis. Journal of Biogeography, 37(6):995-1006.

Journal articles
  • Jones, Rebecca K.; Meijer, Hanneke; Piper, Philip J.; Hiep, T.H.; Tuan, N.A.; Oxenham, Marc. 2017. The identification and modification of Greater Adjutant ( Leptoptilos dubius ) bones in the Holocene archaeological record of Northern Vietnam: Greater Adjutant Mid-Holocene Northern Vietnam. International journal of osteoarchaeology. 27: 387-397. doi: 10.1002/oa.2547
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Happy feet: why a 61m-year-old penguin foot has researchers dancing for joy. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-04-05.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Galápagos giant tortoises show that in evolution, slow and steady gets you places. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-03-01.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Sun, sea and dwarf hippos: the Med is a surprising palaeontological paradise. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-01-25.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Here be dragons: the million-year journey of the Komodo dragon. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-05-17.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Hot fuzz: the baby bird fossil that gives new meaning to ancient feathers. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-06-28.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Horse-eating birds and Demon Ducks of Doom: untangling the fowl family tree. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-11-22.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Make way for marsupials: the migration of Australia’s extinct megafauna. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-12-20.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Life in the old bird yet: study of dodo bones yields new biological insights. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-09-13.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Duck egg blue and oviraptor green: study reconstructs colour of dinosaur eggs. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-10-11.
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2017. Jump for joy: researchers make huge leap in understanding frog evolution. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-08-02.
  • Meijer, Hanneke; Due, Rokus Awe; Sutikna, Thomas; Saptomo, Wahyu; Jatmiko, Jatmiko; Wasisto, Sri; Tocheri, Matthew W.; Mayr, Gerald. 2017. Late Pleistocene songbirds of Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia); the first fossil passerine fauna described from Wallacea. PeerJ. 2017. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3676
  • Meijer, Hanneke; Hone, Dave; Panciroli, Elsa; Carnall, Mark; Lydon, Susannah. 2017. Top fossil discoveries of 2017. Guardian (Dig. ed.). Published 2017-12-28.
  • Pavia, Marco; Meijer, Hanneke; Rossi, Maria Adelaide; Göhlich, Ursula B. 2017. The extreme insular adaptation of Garganornis ballmanni Meijer, 2014: A giant Anseriformes of the Neogene of the Mediterranean basin. Royal Society Open Science. 4:160722: 1-10. doi: 10.1098/rsos.160722
  • Wood, Jamie; Alcover, Josep Antoni; Blackburn, Tim M.; Bover, Pere; Duncan, Richard P.; Hume, Julian P.; Louys, Julien; Meijer, Hanneke; Rando, Juan C.; Wilmshurst, Janet M. 2017. Island extinctions: processes, patterns, and potential for ecosystem restoration. Environmental Conservation. 44: 348-358. doi: 10.1017/S037689291700039X
  • Meijer, Hanneke. 2015. SOUTHERN ASIA, AUSTRALIA AND THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN ORIGINS, edited by Robin Dennell & Martin Porr. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014. No. of pages: 342. Priced: UK£65-00. ISBN 978-11070-1785-6 (hardback). Geological Journal. Published 2015-12-07. doi: 10.1002/gj.2758

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