Current positionPhD Candidate at The University of Western Australia
I’m currently working within the research group of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. The aim is to provide adaptation strategies and a framework to inform ecosystem management strategies. I apply a methodology applied to wetland ecosystems of the Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia.
Field of interestecology, aquatic & soil ecosystems, conservation biology
2013 – currentlyPhD, University of Western Australia, Environmental Sciences

Thesis theme: climate adaptation strategies for wetlands in Perth
– Organising and conveying of stakeholder workshops for the implementation of research results
– Developing scientific strategies with the community and the local governments for the implementation of policies and procedures
2006 – 2007Master of Education | Bilingual International Teacher Education Programme (BITEP) | Utrecht University

Field of study: environmental education, bilingual instruction (Dutch and English), pedagogy, educational psychology
2004 – 2006Master of Science | Environmental Sciences | Leiden University
2000 – 2004Bachelor of Applied Sciences | Biological and Medical Research | Hogeschool Rotterdam
1995 – 2000 Secondary school, Zandvlietcollege, senior general secondary education (HAVO level)
2009 – 2011Ministry of Agriculture & Nature of The Netherlands, Consultant for the implementation of regulations

Management and field survey work for implementing regulations for the national and European nature policy (Natura 2000, flora & Faunawet, Natuurbeschermingswet)
– Checking permit applications for CITES, Habitat and Bird Directives
– Propose cross-departmental adaptation proposals of the national policy of nature in a transdisciplinary team
2008 – 2009City Council of Rotterdam, Teacher at a centre for environmental education

Teaching, planning and development of new classroom activities for bilingual and regular education
– Organising and conducting environmental educational activities for schools
2007 – 2011Sealife Scheveningen, Employee entertainment and environmental education

Presentations and guided tours in Dutch, German and English about certain scientific topics focused on marine life.
Developing new lessons and teaching for primary and secondary (bilingual)
2006Trainee, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Theme of the internship: development of policy instruments for Dutch ‘Waterboards’ and city councils with pollution of soil and water to comply to the Soil Protection Law
2005Trainee, Centre d’Etude de l’Environnement et du Développement au Cameroun (CEDC), Maroua, Cameroon; Co-operation of Leiden University and Wageningen University

Topics: Ecology and field studies

Thesis theme: competition and facilitation of herbivores in the Savannah ecosystem
Set up a research project independently which covered ecological methods and analysing techniques with Arcview/GIS and SPSS
Other qualifications
– International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft
– Teacher English as a Foreign Language course (TEFL)
– Diploma first-aid and AED
ArcGIS 10.0 / Microsoft Excel, Word, Access / SPSS /Rstatistics
Additional activities
Several paid and voluntarily (international) positions regarding nature conservation and environmental education; editor for LEGO magazine; field guide in nature reserves
Dutch: Native
English: C2 level
German: C1 level
Spanish and French: B2 level
Leisure activitiesAthletics | rock climbing | wildlife photography | designing LEGO models
ReferencesOn request

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