Although my first incursion into science involved chasing frogs and inventorying 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 frontier areas, e.g. the land surrounding / in natural (protected) areas, where I can engage with rural communities and enjoy the beauty of human-natural landscapes.
Within these fields, I've tend to shift my attention towards trees and working with peasant farmers. This led me to pursue a (double) MSc degree in Forestry & Livelihoods - Agroforestry, and currently a PhD in ‘Production Ecology and Resource Conservation’ at WUR, and within the interdisciplinary Forefront Program. I believe in place-based social-ecological research and practice; engaging at local sites and then scaling with bottom-up approaches.
Some side notes: I greatly enjoy visiting and have worked for botanic gardens. I’m fascinated by plants, insects and good-smelling soils. I'm learning how to conduct action research. I find transdisciplinarity, e.g. science and art collaborations, inspiring and necessary. On occasssions, I still chase frogs and amphibians.