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I am a marine ecological researcher with broad knowledge on the role of bivalves in estuarine ecosystems and in-depth knowledge on behaviour of bivalve larvae, bivalve ecophysiology, the Pacific oyster and invasions of marine exotic species in general. At Wageningen Marine Research I mainly work on long-term time series in relation to human induced changes. I am leading several benthos monitoring campaigns such as the annual shellfish survey in Dutch coastal waters. At Wageningen Marine Research we are constantly improving our monitoring techniques and explore innovative techniques such as remote sensing, which makes the job very challenging and interesting. I enjoy the versatility at Wageningen Marine Research, where I can combine my expertise with project management, coaching of colleagues and PhD students, and sticking my feed in the mud myself regularly while participating in the field work in the Wadden Sea and Delta waters.