2021-Present: Scientist Sustainable Aquaculture (Aquaculture & Fisheries Group, Wageningen University): Integration of Low Trophic (shellfish) production in the food systems approach; Development of approaches to assess the circularity of aquatic food production; Optimization and sustainability of shellfish cultivation through in-depth insight in eco-physiological responses and ecosystem interactions
2012-2021 Researcher Sustainable Shellfish and Seaweed Culture (Wageningen Marine Research): Work included research on the interactions between shellfish & seaweed aquaculture and the environment (incl nature values), ecosystem services, bivalve eco-physiology, feasibility of offshore production, efficiency of integrated production systems, indicators for sustainable aquaculture, and circular production. Approaches applied involved field and laboratory experiments that answer ecological questions related to nutrient cycling, carrying capacity, biodiversity and system productivity, stakeholder participation, desk-studies, data-mining, expert advice and provide solutions to management problems.
2015-2021 Researcher development sustainable aquaculture production (Institute of Marine Research, Norway): Development of approaches to optimize resource use and minimize environmental impact of salmon aquaculture, through implementation of new/adapted techniques for integrated and circular culture.
2012-2015 Post-Doctoral Position Environmental Impacts of Aquaculture (Institute of Marine Research, Norway): The PostDoc was carried out within the EXPLOIT project (RCN—216201) which had the overall aim of investigating the potential for integrated multi trophic aquaculture (IMTA) in Norwegian fjords, by exploiting waste nutrients originating from salmon aquaculture to grow bivalves and seaweed. I was responsible for the workpackage on waste dispersal kinetics from salmon culture, and was involved in studies on bivalve assimilation. The output include scientific publications and advice to both the industry as well as government for further development of IMTA production.
2008-2011 PhD degree Bivalve nutrient Cycling (collaboration between Aquaculture & Fisheries Group of Wageningen University and Institute of Marine Research in Norway): The study focused on carrying capacity of bivalve production by studying eco physiological processes and feedback-mechanisms between bivalve cultures and the surrounding ecosystems. Nutrient cycling, regeneration, retention, reallocation and nutrient losses were key areas in this work.
2005-2007 Researcher Fish ecology and Fresh water fish aquaculture, Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES, The Netherlands). The work included a broad range of research projects in the field of fish culture in recirculating productions systems (RAS), as well as freshwater ecology (fish migration, population dynamics) and marine ecology (ecosystem approach to fisheries management, impacts of land reclamation). The work was carried out at national and international level.
1999-2005 MSc degree Wageningen University, with specialisations in both Aquaculture and Fisheries (AFI), and Animal Production Systems (APS)