Auke-Florian Hiemstra

Auke-Florian Hiemstra, copyright Alexander Schippers

I'm a biologist in the Anthropocene, with the main focus on plastic pollution. I work on animal architecture and study the structures made by animals, like nests, casings and bowers. Birds nowadays are often using plastics to built their nest. I study these modern structures, and what they contain. Why do animals use these new materials? 


Animal architecture, urban evolution, biodiversity, human impact, plastic pollution, Anthropocene, science communication


Animals are great architects! But these often wonderfull structures have a story to tell. 

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Auke-Florian working on a coot nest
Common Coot


All publications


A selection of the topics I am working on currently.

top 100

I'm honoured to be listed in the leading 'Sustainable Top 100' list by Trouw - for two years in a row already.  I'm also included in the 'Sustainable Young 100' list - for influencial young people working on sustainability. 

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    Auke-Florian litter fishing


    I give talks and guest lectures for multiple Bachelor and Masters courses on animal architecture and plastic pollution. These can be combined with a litter picking session or an urban nature excursion. 

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