In December 2016 I successfully defended my PhD at the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands). You can find a report of this day on my blog. The project focused on the genetic consequences of hybridization between several goose species. You can find several publications on this page.
Master Thesis (2010-2011): Snails on the Azores
I completed a Master (Evolution and Behavior) at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). During my studies I wrote a thesis on the phylogenetic relationships between snails of the genus Plutonia on the Azores. This project was supervised by Thierry Backeljau and Kurt Jordaens.
Master Project (2010-2011): Effect of Traffic Noise on Great Tit Song
When choosing the option “Research” in Antwerp, one has to complete an extra research project. Given my interest in birds, I decided to study the effects of traffic noise on the song characteristics of Great Tits (Parus major). This study was based on the Nature paper by Hans Slabbekoorn and Margriet Peet. But I did not confirm their results. This project was under the supervision of Marcel Eens and Hector Fabio Rivera-Gutierrez.
Bachelor Project (2009): Genetic Diversity of the Flatworm Gyratrix hermaphroditus in Donana (Spain)
In this project, I sequenced the COI-gene in order to assess the genetic diversity of a freeliving flatworm in the nature reserve Donana in Spain. Unfortenately, there was no variation whatsoever. Nevertheless, this work introduced many techniques (such as PCR and phylogeny reconstruction) that have been very helpful in my future studies. My supervisors were Tom Artois and Bart Tessens, from the University of Hasselt (Belgium).