In addition to being an assistant professor in wildlife ecology at Wageningen University, I hold a position as researcher at the Swedish university of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden. My research focuses on species conservation, biogeography, ecosystem restoration, and climate change ecology. I have a special interest in species interactions and in impacts of changing environmental conditions on species and ecosystems. I like to combine modelling techniques with fieldwork to get a better understanding of how species are faring, now and in the future. Although I work with a variety of taxa, my main focus is on mammals and birds.
I focused especially on species conservation during my doctorate research, conducted at Royal Holloway, university of London, where I studied potential drivers of the decline of the West European hedgehog in the UK. I further lead an ongoing project aimed at the conservation of the locally endangered black guillemot population in the Baltic Sea region in collaboration with The Ume River Delta Field Station and others. We monitor some colonies, fit colour rings to the legs of juveniles and adults and using camera traps to shed light on behaviour and events during the breeding season. You can read all about this project on http://project-black-guillemot.weebly.com/
Much of my work has a strong focus on biogeography in which I try to understand how climate change has affected speciation in the past and how it may affect species distributions in future. I started this work when I was a postdoctoral researcher at Umeå University in Sweden. Much of this work has thus far focused on subarctic and arctic species since these are expected to be especially vulnerable to future climate change. I however wish to continue this line of research for other parts of the world, using the newest Species Distribution Modelling techniques.
In addition to focussing on species I study the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems and the species they harbour, using landscape simulation models. Such models can provide useful insights in e.g. how and how much of the forest landscape must be restored to provide a suitable habitat to species of conservation concern. I used such a model (Landis II) to study exactly this for the white-backed woodpecker during my position at SLU. I also used Landis II to study how the provision of ecosystem services such as timber production, carbon sequestration and the provision of wildlife habitat may be affected by changing management strategies under varying climatic conditions. I conducted this work at the forest and wildlife ecology lab from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Landis II has been developed. I now lead a project, conducted by a postdoctoral researcher stationed at SLU, that aims to balance conflicting goals in the boreal forest: timber production, hunting quotas and biodiversity.