I am interested on the mechanical analyses of animal movement. My work focuses on the study of animal locomotion in fluids (air and water). In my PhD I use an integrative approach to research the costs of pregnancy on the locomotion of fish. I use kinematics, force measurements and muscle histology as some of the methods to explain the causes of the higher costs on locomotion that pregnant females experience, and to also explain how they overcome some of these costs.
At the Experimental Zoology Group at Wageningen University I perform laboratory experiments on the species Poeciliopsis gracilis (Porthole livebearer). And I collaborate with the Department of Ocean Ecosystems at the University of Groningen, to quantify the effect of pregnancy on the drag production during swimming.