My research is mainly fueled by a deep fascination for nature and science, but also to stimulate more efficient management of species and fragile links between ecosystems. My main research interest lies in functional ecology, in which I study a species’ niche, distribution and ecological role. I am also interested in how ecosystem processes are linked on different spatial and temporal scales, and how species with a large dispersal range can serve as vital links between ecosystems. Lastly, not only did I grow up in a digital world, but also in a rapidly changing world. Our perspectives on conserving nature, the climate and how we interact with species (e.g. large predatory species as wolves and sharks) have all changed vastly over the last two decades. How do these changes influence the integrity of ecosystems, food webs and how do we effectively conserve species on this rapidly changing planet?
CURRENT AND PAST PROJECTS
INTERTIDAL SHARKS AND RAYS
As most studies focusing on sharks and rays are conducting in coral reef ecystems, our knowledge on this species group within large intertidal areas is relatively limited. After two expeditions to the Banc d’Arguin we hypothesized that the roles that sharks and rays have within these ecosystem can be profound. Now, as part of the Conservation Ecology Group of the University of Groningen, I am studying the possible cascading effects local overfishing, and how sharks and rays link food webs on a spatial and temporal scale.
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SHARKS OF THE CARIBBEAN
Sharks, as mobile predators, can link multiple ecosystems across their range and influence food webs at different spatial scales. This ecological role can be disturbed by pressure on shark populations. In this project I focus on how sharks link different ecosystems and how anthropogenic stressors affect this.
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OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS
From the Caribbean to West Africa, the Bahamas to South Africa, I got the opportunity to study sharks and rays within a large variety of ecosystems. From guitarfish and white sharks, to great hammerheads and milk sharks, read all about my other research projects.