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My research interest is focussed on marine biodiversity conservation. My research questions are therefore concentrated on understanding the effects of climate change, pollution, marine debris, over-fishing, on marine species and ecosystems, and on finding solutions that reduce the impacts.
Throughout most of my career I have worked with sea turtles, studying their reproductive ecology, migration pathways, habitat use, and interaction with derelict fishing gear. I worked extensively in remote areas of the SE Asian and Australasian region for the conservation of regionally threatened populations and their habitat. Doing this alongside local indigenous communities was often the most rewarding aspect of my work.
At NIOZ, I currently study the growth of cockles under semi-natural conditions. We run experiments in a unique system of raceways where Wadden Sea water flows over cockle beds following the natural tidal cycle and thus providing the nutrients the cockles need to grow.
2010: PhD in 'Ecology and Phylogeography of the Australasian Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) populations; A case study for conservation from Aru, Indonesia'. Faculty of Science, Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Promotor: Prof. dr. J.M. van Groenendael.
1994: MSc in Environmental Science, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands.