Brief summary of research interest
My research is focussed on three main themes: Marine mammals, fish & fisheries, and statistical ecology.
After completion of my PhD at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (St. Andrews University, Scotland), I worked for two years part-time at IMARES (Wageningen UR), and part-time at the Mathematics and Statistics Department of Wageningen University, teaching statistics. At the fishery department of IMARES, my research was focussed on statistical age- and size-structured population models, which were applied in stock assessments for commercial flatfish species. In 2009, I continued working on marine mammals at IMARES on Texel, and in 2011 I started a NWO-ZKO Postdoc on the effect of sound on marine mammals.
Over the years, I have studied several marine mammal species, such as harbour seal, grey seal, harbour porpoise, stellar sea lion and Risso dolphin. I have a strong interest in statistical ecological problems and for example worked on spatial point process models, state-space models for animal movement, distance sampling, Bayesian population models, mixed-effect models, likelihood-based inference, and statistical models for species distributions. I have several years of experience with R, and taught R-courses within the Netherlands and abroad.
Currently my research focusses on understanding the spatial distribution of marine mammals. In future years, I hope to spend more time studying how formation of colonies on land is shaped by the surrounding resource landscape. See below for more details.