I am a marine biologist with a long-held interest in tropical marine biodiversity. A key question of my research is how communities of species adapt in response to environmental change over ecological and evolutionary timescales.
Through collaborative research projects, I take a multi-facetted approach to biodiversity by applying techniques of genomics, bioinformatics, environmental analyses, paleontology, and taxonomy. These combined datasets allow a detailed dissection of the relative roles of ecological speciation, colonization, habitat filtering, and isolation in the formation of marine communities.
By focusing on a conceptual area of broad relevance, my research bridges multiple domains: while I am a marine biologist, I work closely with terrestrial biologists interested in similar questions; my work is based in the tropics, though the principals apply to temperate systems as well.
- 2013-2015 NWO Rubicon postdoctoral fellow, UC Berkeley, Evolab
- 2012-present Tropical Marine Ecologist IMARES
- 2007-2012 PhD, Naturalis Biodiversity Center & Leiden University
- 2007 Junior Researcher University College Dublin
- 2004-2005 Japan Prizewinners Programme at Tokyo University
- 2004 MSc Biology, University of Amsterdam