Throughout my PhD, I have become facinated by statistical data analysis and programming. Unfortunately, computer work doesn’t make for the most pretty pictures so I have added some field work pictures below.

My research interests lie in the fields of statistics, evolution and ecology. I have approached my passion my integrating various small and large-scale studies from very diverse fields within biology.

Education

2014 – 2019   PhD Computational Ecological Genomics, Monash University, Australia

2008 –2010   MSc Evolutionary Ecology, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), Netherlands

2005 – 2008  BSc Biology,Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)

Research Experience (click for publications and other resources available through projects):

2014 – 2019   Research Fellow Monash University, Australia
“Genomic architecture and repeatability of local adaptation”

  • Statistical analysis (2018). “Genomic and phenotypic repeatability of adaptation to climate”. Using common garden and next-generation genomic data to identify the traits, genomic region and genomic architecture underlying the rapid and repeated adaptation in the North American, European and Australian common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia).
  • Statistical analysis (2018). “Rapid repeated adaptation to climate”. Using common garden and next-generation genomic data to identify rapid adaptation in the North American, European and Australian common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia).
  • Statistical analysis (2018). “Enemy escape or rapid adaptation to climate”. Using common garden and next-generation genomic data to identify whether the invasive spread of North American, European and Australian common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is due to escape from natural enemies (EICA) or rapid adaptation to climate.
  • Simulation study (2016/17). Introduction history of Ambrosia artemisiifolia.” Using ABC-RF to simulate 12 introduction scenarios using >400 samples collected in North America, Europe and Australia at Monash University (Australia)
  • Common garden experiment (2015). Local adaptation to global environments. Daily measurements and caring of 2000 plants in two experimental treatments over 9 months at Monash University (Australia)
  • Common garden experiment (2015). Global patterns in herbicide resistance of Ambrosia artemisiifolia. Daily monitoring of up to 4000 plants over 4 months at Monash University (Australia)
  • Field expedition (2014). Local adaptation to European environments. Sample collection of leaf tissue and seeds of artemisiifolia over 40 European locations during 4 weeks, quarantine handling
  • Field expedition (2014). Local adaptation to Australian environments. Sample collection of leaf tissue and seeds of artemisiifolia over 32 Australian locations during 4 weeks, quarantine handling

2012 – 2018   Research Assistant Groningen University, the Netherlands
“Provisioning behaviour of the Seychelles warbler”

  • Archive study.  Extracting data from previous field studies to gain insight into provisioning in Acrocephalus sechellensis. Two months full-time at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) and additional weekend work for 3 years.

2008 – 2010  Research Assistant Groningen University, the Netherlands
“Various research projects”

    • Field expedition (2010). Environmental stress, genetic diversity and reproductive output. Daily measurements of Lasius flavus nest and sample collection for 4 months at Schiermonnikoog (the Netherlands)
    • Field expedition (2009). Parental provisioning in the Seychelles warbler. Daily observation, ringing and blood sampling of sechellensis over 3 months at Cousin Island (Seychelles)
    • Field experiment (2008/09). Bottom-up effects on food-web assembly. Construction of experimental plots to study food-web assembly in presence/absence of detritivore Orchestia gammarella, daily experimental treatment and measurement for 8 months at Schiermonnikoog (the Netherlands)
    • Field expedition (2008). Egg recognition mechanisms in the great reed warbler (Hungary)
    • Lab experiment (2008). Haplo-diploid sex determination in the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis