I am a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and Balliol College in Oxford, working with Prof. Stuart West and others interested in social evolution. I am also affiliated with the Calleva Research Centre for Evolution and Human Sciences at Magdalen College Oxford.
Previously, I was a Newton Fellow in Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, I completed my PhD (cum laude) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, working with Prof. Dr. Toby Kiers in the Department of Ecological Sciences. My thesis studied the evolution and maintenance of plant-microbial mutualisms using a combination of experimental, phylogenetic and theoretical approaches. You can find the full thesis (title Plants, microbes and markets. Evolution and maintenance of belowground cooperation) online in the VU library, or send me an email for a pdf-copy.
Prior to my PhD, I obtained an undergraduate degree (cum laude) in Biology with minors in Philosophy and Political Science from Utrecht University, and an MSc degree (Distinction) at Lincoln College Oxford.
I have a keen interest in (public) communication of science, and in contributing to the science-policy interface. With the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), I have contributed to the review of the fifth IPCC report. During my PhD, I have participated in the Nationale DenkTank (National Thinktank), a Dutch NGO connecting government, business and academia. I have also contributed to the public debate on both scientific and non-scientific topics in a number of (national) media.
CV and online profiles
For my full academic CV, including publications, media, teaching and outreach, please see here. You can also consult my Google Scholar, ORCID and Researchgate profiles for recent information, and find more information on my experience as a reviewer on my Publon page.