Research

PhD Project (2012 – now): Hybridization in Geese

Currently, I am working on a PhD at the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands). The project focuses on the genetic consequences of hybridization between several goose species. By sequencing the whole genome of these birds, I hope to gain more insights into the role of hybridization in the evolutionary history of geese. More information can be found here.

 

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)
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