I am a biologist with a broad interest in animal behaviour, population ecology and evolution. I have a special interest in the evolution of migratory behaviour. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the intriguing phenotypic variation in migratory behaviour will learn us more about the flexibility and constraints of migratory animals to keep track in a world that is constantly changing.
2019-present: VENI post-doctoral fellow, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, The Netherlands. Project: The ontogeny of migration: the interplay of genes and environment and how this affects the adaptability of migratory species to a changing world.
2017-2018: Post-doctoral researcher, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, The Netherlands. Project: Individual development of migratory strategies of coastal birds.
2015-2016 : Rubicon post-doctoral fellow, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Montpellier, France. Project: The adaptability of migratory animals to a rapidly changing world: novel measures from an integrated analysis of count, mark-recapture and telemetry data. Collaborators: Dr Olivier Gimenez, Dr Roger Pradel
2013–2014: Post-doctoral researcher, Animal Ecology Group, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Project: Demography of waders along the East-Asian Australasian flyway. Collaborator: Prof. Theunis Piersma
A complete list of my publications can be found on my personal website and on Researchgate.
2013 PhD, University of Groningen, cum laude (Promotors: Prof. Dr. Theunis Piersma and Prof. Dr. Joost Tinbergen). Thesis title: Spoonbills as a model system: a demographic cost-benefit analysis of differential migration.
2005 M.Sc. Evolutionary Biology (Topmaster programme), University of Groningen, cum laude
2003 B.Sc. Biology, University of Groningen
2018: NWO Veni award. The ontogeny of migration: an interplay of genes and environment (250 k€)
2015: NWO Rubicon award. The adaptability of migratory animals to a rapidly changing world: novel measures from an integrated analysis of count, mark-recapture and telemetry data. (110 k€)
2014: Van Swinderen prize (2nd place) for best Dutch summary of a PhD-thesis at University of Groningen
2008: NWO Open Aanvraag. Fitness consequences of migration in the spoonbill: a comparative approach. (175 k€)
For more information about me and my research, please visit my personal website.