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Masters degree: Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 27/03/2007

PhD degree: Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 27/06/2012
ru toplogo nl nieuwPromotors: Prof. J.M. van Groenendael, Prof. M. Klaassen
Title of thesis: Speeding up the snail´s pace: bird-mediated dispersal of aquatic organisms pdf


Academic positions


2017 - present     Junior Group Leader and Marie S-Curie Actions Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands
                            Dr. Liesbeth Bakker

logo utrecht2016                    Postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
                            Dr. Merel Soons


2016                    Postdoctoral researcher at Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Lillehammer, Norway
                            Dr. Jon Museth

2013 - 2015         Postdoctoral researcher at Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES),
                            Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
                            Prof. L. Asbjørn Vøllestad & Dr. Jon Musethcees-logo-black-small

2012                    Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, The Netherlands
                            Dr. Liesbeth BakkerDeakin Worldly Logo

2007 - 2012        PhD research at the Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, The Netherlands
                            Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
                            Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
                            Prof. Marcel Klaassen, Prof. Jan van Groenendael, Dr. Gerard van der Velde

2006                    MSc internship at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Simon FraserCanada                          
                            Prof. Ron Ydenberg and Dr. Sarah Jamieson

2005                    MSc internship at University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands                           uni groningen
                            Prof. Theunis Piersma and Dr. Maurine Dietz

2005                    MSc intership at Department of Plant-Animal Interactions, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands
                            Dr. Raymond Klaassen and Dr. Bart Nolet


Acquired external funding

2017   Horizon 2020 - MSCA - Individual Fellowship
2012   Smithsonian travel grant to attend Phylogeny workshop, Washington, USA         
2009   ICTS program Doñana Scientific Reserve, Spanish Government, Spain               
2008   Schure-Beijerinck-Popping foundation project SBP/JK/2008-43:
                         “Bird-mediated dispersal of aquatic organisms: a novel solution to an old problem?”                
2006   Schure-Beijerinck-Popping foundation project SBP/JK/2006-51:
                         “Optimal clutch size of waders: are production costs and egg viability limiting clutch size?”     
2006   Trajectum travel grant, University Utrecht, The Netherlands


External expert

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): assessing the Impact the impact of the apple snail in the European Union

Consultancy agencies:  assessing the importance of dispersal for ecosystems in The Netherlands



Teaching and supervision

2018   PhD Student María José Navarro (started 01/09/2018 Donaña Biological Station)
2018   PhD student Antonella Petruzella (ongoing NIOO/Utrecht University)
2018   PhD Student Peiyu Zhang (graduated 28/09/2018 NIOO/Utrecht University)
2018   MSc student Nyasha Dakriet (Wageningen University)
2018   MBO student Jurre Deelstra (Helicon Velp)
2017   HBO student Laura Vandionant (Hogeschool Utrecht)
2016   MSc writing assignment of Frans Erdem, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
2014/6   MSc project of Kristine Dalen, University of Oslo, Norway 
2014/5   Involved in MSc project of Torkil Dokk, University of Ås, Norway
2013   Teaching bachelors course Aquatic Ecology, Utrecht University and NIOO
2012   Instructor of workshop “Statistical analyses in R”, University of Tübingen, Germany
2011   Teaching bachelors course Aquatic Ecology, Utrecht University and NIOO
2010   Supervision of fieldwork by Andre van den Beld, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
2009   Graduation project of Karen Vreugdenhill, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
2009   MSc project of Marthe Tollenaar, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
2009   Teaching bachelors course Aquatic Ecology, Utrecht University and NIOO
2008   Involved in MSc project of Roeland Bom, Netherlands Insitute of Ecology
2007   MSc project of Mariella Baratti, Netherlands Institute of Ecology

Reviewer for >25 international journals and funding bodies

Acta Oecologica
African Journal of Aquatic Sciences
American Journal of Botany
Aquatic Botany
Aquatic Conservation
Aquatic Ecology
Basic and Applied Ecology
Biological Invasions
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Biology Letters
Diversity and Distributions
Ecological Engineering
Ecological Entemology
Ecology of Freshwater Fish
Evolutionary Ecology
Freshwater Biology
Functional Ecology
Journal of Biogeography
Journal of Fish Biology
Journal of Natural History
Journal of Zoology
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
River Research and Applications
I also review grant proposals for the:



2018   Pan-European Duck Symposium 5, Millport, Scotland

2018   Netherlands Ecological Research Network annual meeting (Feb 12-13), Lunteren, The Netherlands

2017   British Ecological Society Annual Meeting (Dec 11-14), Ghent, Belgium

2017   "Reassessing the importance of avian vectors in plant dispersal" - workshop at Doñana Biological Station (Feb 20-21), Seville, Spain

2017   Netherlands Ecological Research Network annual meeting (Feb 14-15), Lunteren, The Netherlands

2017   Nederlandse Ornithologische Unie days (Jan 28-29), Nunspeet, The Netherlands - organising workshop "bird anatomy"

2016   Netherlands Ecological Research Network annual meeting (Feb 9-10), Lunteren, The Netherlands

2016   Nederlandse Ornithologische Unie  - days (Feb 5-7), Haren, The Netherlands

2015   World Fishpassage Conference (June 22-24), Groningen, The Netherlands

2015   Advances in the Population Ecology of Stream Salmonids IV  (May 25-29), Girona, Spain

2015   NoWPaS  international network meeting on migratory salmonids (April 7-10), Galway, Ireland

2013   Causes and consequences of organism dispersal, Lund, Sweden

2012   Global change in the Mediterranean, Seville, Spain

2012   Pan-European Duck Symposium III, Jindrichuv-Hradec, Czechia

2010   Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh, USA

2009   DISPERSAL conference, Ghent, Belgium

2009   Pan-European Duck Symposium II, Arles, France

2008   European Ecological Federation EURECO-GFOE, Leipzig, Germany

2007   DISPERSAL conference, Paris, France

2006   WESA-X: Western Sandpiper conference, Vancouver, Canada

‘08-‘12 Netherlands Annual Ecological Meeting, Lunteren, The Netherlands

2009   Sixteenth Benelux congress of Zoology, Wageningen, The Netherlands

2008   Island Biogeography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2007   Phenotypic flexibility, Texel, The Netherlands

2005   Measuring Behaviour, Wageningen, The Netherlands



Lab visits


2018    Doñana Biological Station, Seville, Spain (3 months)

2017    Doñana Biological Station, Seville, Spain

2015    Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden

2015    Norwegian Institue for Water Research, Oslo, Norway

2013    Department of Aquatic Ecology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

2013    Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA), Mallorca, Spain

’09,’12 Donaña Biological Station, Sevilla, Spain

‘10-‘11  Deakin University, Geelong, VIC, Australia

2009    Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

2006    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

2006    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, USA