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Within the cluster Forest Genetic Resources of the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, I am involved in the conservation and the promotion of sustainable use of genetic diversity of endemic species of both trees and shrubs.
Trees are long-living organisms that record ecologically relevant information in their wood that can be accessed by dendrochronology, the study of tree rings. During my PhD project I investigated the precision of tree rings as archives of insect outbreaks, drift-sand dynamics and spring flooding.
During my master thesis and later as a research assistant, I used genetics and tree-rings studies to infer the origin of oak clusters in the Netherlands. As part of this project, I investigated the relation between forest management systems such as coppice on tree morphology and tree-ring patterns.