Me and Wieslaw Babik dipnetting for newts. Picture by Gonçalo Espregueira Themudo

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the evolutionary history of closely related species – how such species originate and obtain their distribution and how they interact during the course of their evolution, as ecological divergence drives them apart and gene flow pulls them together. My research combines phylogeographical and spatial ecological methods to retrace the distribution of species and spatial contact between them through time. As a model system I mainly use salamanders.

  • Since 2013 I am a research associate at Naturalis.
  • In 2016-2018 I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Sheffield.
  • In 2014-2016 I was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Sheffield.
  • In 2012-2013 I conducted postdoctoral research at Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
  • In 2007-2012 I conducted PhD research in a collaboration between the University of Twente and Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
  • In 2000-2007 I studied Biology at Leiden University, conducting several research projects at Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

The Triturus cristatus superspecies: your new favourite model organism. Upper panel: left a larva just hatched; right a larva close to metamorphosis. Lower panel: left a female; right a male in breeding costume. These sleepy newts were temporarily sedated and after non-invasisve tissue sampling they were released again. Pictures by me.


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