I am a former PhD student of Theunis (2010 – 2014), where I studied the foraging ecology of Bar-tailed Godwits. My PhD thesis: Sex-specific foraging: The distributional ecology of a polychaete-eating shorebird is available online. I am still involved with the Bar-tailed Godwit work, together with Theunis, Jan van Gils and Eldar Rakhimberdiev.
Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University in Canada, where I am working on the distribution and migration patterns of several shorebird species in North America using the motus wildlife tracking system. I work together with researchers from different Universities and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Like a migratory shorebird, I’m on the move again and from September onwards I will be working in Kalmar, Sweden. I will continue to work with the motus system and plan to deploy this system in Southern Sweden, which will expand the European automated telemetry network.
I am a behavioral ecologist with a background and interest in foraging behavior and migration. I am interested in the mechanisms by which organisms deal with the aspects of their (changing) environment and I am fascinated how animals respond to this. Are animals phenotypically flexible or do they change their distribution and diet? These are key questions that I aim to unravel by integrating behavior, demography and population dynamics using statistical and theoretical models with empirical data.