Research

Postdoc (August 2017 – January 2018): Evolution of tRNA in Birds
At the Karoline Institutet in Stockholm, I will explore the evolution of transfer RNA (tRNA) in birds using whole genome sequence data from several bird species. This project is under the supervision of Claudia Kutter and Alexander Suh.
PhD Project (May 2012 – July 2016): Hybridization in Geese
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.
A hybrid between Greylag Goose (Anser anser) and Canada Goose (Branta candensis)
A hybrid between Greylag Goose (Anser anser) and Canada Goose (Branta candensis)

 

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.
A semi-slug
A semi-slug

 

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.
Great Tit (Parus major)
Great Tit (Parus major)

 

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).
Freeliving Flatworm (Gyratrix hermaphroditus)
Freeliving Flatworm (Gyratrix hermaphroditus)