I am a PhD student at the University of Groningen and Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). I am based at the Coastal Systems group at NIOZ where I work under the supervision of Theunis Piersma. In my project I focus on the role of development in shaping of individuals in Red Knots Calidris canutus.
During my Biology studies at the UvA (Amsterdam) I got involved with the shorebird work when I joined an expedition to Mauritania during one of my master projects in 2012. Since then I’ve been enchanted by migratory birds and the extreme performances they display while migrating long distances and inhabit inhospitable areas.
In 2014 I started my PhD research at NIOZ. Building on a great amount of knowledge gained by my predecessors studying Red Knots, I’m working on the ontogeny of different physiological and behavioural traits including the development of migratory routes.
2016: Poster Price at the International Wader Study Group conference in Cork, Ireland
2018: De Eilanden Het Wad, met Midas Dekkers
2018: Tracking Red Knots in the East Asian - Australasian Flyway in NW Australia