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I obtained a BSc degree in Biology (2011) and MSc degree in Environmental Biology (2013) from Utrecht University. During my MSc, I assessed the impact of alternative weaning and separation methods on weaning distress after prolonged suckling in dairy calves. After graduation, I started as a PhD student in the Animal Production Systems group of Wageningen University & Research. In collaboration with the Adaptation Physiology group and the Business Economics group, I investigated impacts of short or no dry periods in dairy cows on cow behaviour, milk yield, cash flows, and greenhouse gas emissions. After completing my PhD in 2018, I have been working as a postdoctoral fellow with the Animal Production Systems group on biodiversity and impact of livestock, and with the Adaptation Physiology group on projects about dairy cow behaviour, resilience and management (extended lactations, dry period length). In 2023, I started as researcher sustainable dairy at Wageningen Economic Research.