June 2019 I joined Wetlands International as a Technical Officer. In this role, I provide technical support for safeguarding wetland nature and effective project- and knowledge management. I hold over ten years’ experience in ecology and biodiversity monitoring and have worked in Latin-America, Australia and The Netherlands. Being an advocate for pragmatic – science-based – solutions for real world problems, I feel right at home at Wetlands International.
In my previous role as Research Coordinator in the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru, I explored sustainable solutions for balancing nature and people within a conservation corridor. During an earlier position at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, I’ve led the national water quality programs of rivers, lakes and coast. Here, I advised on the long-term biological monitoring of seven indicator groups (e.g., fish, birds, macrophytes, macrofauna, seagrass, marshes and phytoplankton) while harmonising these programs with our neighbouring countries.
My affinity for wetlands is especially evident from my PhD in Conservation Biology (Monash University, Australia, 2014-2018). With my research, I informed mangrove management by closing critical knowledge gaps in their terrestrial biodiversity and reviewing complex intertidal governance systems – the publications are available on my ResearchGate. Wetland biodiversity was also a common thread in previous studies; investigating amphibian conservation for my MSc Ecology and BSc Wildlife Management. So far, I have explored mangrove forests in 15 countries, and these wetlands hold a special place in my heart.