Personal profile


In my research I study how flowers and animals get their colours. I want to understand the mechanistic underpinnings of the beautiful flora and fauna around us, as well as how these colours evolve in the eyes of natural observers, such as pollinators or mates. I study this evolutionary question using techniques from biology (evolutionary theory, behavioural experiments) and physics (optics, anatomy). 

I strive to make the world — and especially The Netherlands —a more biodiverse place, and colour is a beautiful way to visualise biodiversity. I use our scientific knowledge on ecology and evolution to advice policy makers and politicians, in the media, and write opinion pieces for newspapers. With my brother (an artist) I am currently working on a children’s book about plant evolution. This book is scheduled to appear late 2024 with Lemniscaat Publishers.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land