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I study interactions between organisms and their environment in coastal ecosystems. At present, my research focuses on the importance of “ecosystem engineers” – species that significantly modify habitat conditions. Ecosystem engineers are often “foundation species” of a system, which basically means that many other species depend on them.

In my research, I combine fieldwork, laboratory experiments, GIS and computer models. I’m assistant professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Department of Aquatic Ecology & Environmental Biology.