Although my first incursion into science involved surveying amphibians in a river canyon near Guadalajara, Mexico, I have long ago shifted my focus to other areas of environmental studies. I’m presently interested in tropical forest mosaics and multifunctional landscapes, especially in the agro-forest frontier of natural (protected) areas. I enjoy engaging with rural communities and wandering across natural-human landscapes.
I've focused on trees and more recently on collaborating with farmers in rural contexts. I believe in place-based social-ecological research and practice, and the power of local scales. For this, I followed a (double) MSc degree in Forestry & Livelihoods - Agroforestry, and I'm currently pursuing a PhD in ‘Production Ecology and Resource Conservation’ at WUR, within the interdisciplinary Forefront Program.
As a side note: I greatly enjoy visiting and working for botanic gardens. I’m fascinated by plants, insects and compost, and I'm learning about action research. I find transdisciplinarity as well as science and art collaborations, inspiring and necessary. On occasssions, I still chase amphibians.